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- Thoughts on my friend’s Allyson’s memorial service:
- The first rule for any male going to a funeral or wedding service is to bring tissue or a handkerchief. It’s not for the male, but for him offer to others around and to be gentleman.
- A private graveside service was held in the morning with the memorial service in the afternoon. Considering the age of her children, I think that was an excellent idea.
- I forgot that this was her third bout with cancer, after beating it twice. But I guess when you finally succumb to cancer, you never really beat it.
- Sometimes people tell me blogs are trivial, but she touched many, many people through her blog which has now turned into a book for each child and started a foundation.
- I’d say about 1,200 to 1,500 people were in attendance.
- This marks the third person that has died from my college Sunday school class.
- I was glad that she died in the middle of summer instead of the school year, it makes it easier on her boys and give them time to grieve. It sucks losing your mom, but it would suck a bit more having to leave school and then come back knowing everyone is “looking” at you.
- When the service started the music director pointed to a particular pew and stated that was her pew. I thought this was a nice touch, it started to make it very personal.
- Somewhat surprisingly a lot of old hymns were played, with just a few contemporary ones. It just seems that everything nowadays is just focused on the “new” stuff. However, the last verse in the hymn 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) stood out (especially the first two lines) and made everyone stop down, considering her long bout fighting cancer three times:
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
- The mosting meaningful part of the service to me was when the children’s minister spoke. He addressed each of her children by name and told them that he’s going to read a letter to them given to him by their mother to read at this very moment. I mean, what kind of person has that kind of foresight? Here are three young boys who just wanted their mother, and she gave them exactly that. In the letter, she expresses her love for them, funny memories, and tells them it’s okay to question God and ask him why he would take away their mother. She goes on to say that God was going to take care of their father as well as them, and that in all things God is good, God is love, and they should continue to seek him.
- The only family that spoke was her first born, who was twelve years old. He never broke down, but understandably choked up a few times. I was proud of the kid, he spoke well and from the heart in a place he never wanted to be.
- The minister explained that she wanted her memorial service done in a specific manner, and provided him those instructions late last year. He went on to say he later discovered those same instructions were given to the youth minister and the funeral director – she wanted to make sure there was confusion in how this thing was pulled off.
- I was surprised there wasn’t more people in attendance from her college years. That’s not a criticism of my college friends that read this blog, but I really thought I’d see more of her sorority sisters. Other than me, I only saw two others I knew from college.
- In a weird sort of way, I actually enjoy funerals. It gives me a way to appreciate a departed one and for me to reevaluate things in my life. And selfishly, and I’m sure most of us are guilty about this, think about what kind of funeral we’ll have and how to live a life live up to that perception.
- Yesterday I got a bill in the mail from the North Texas Tollway Authority for a car I sold two years ago, but the charge took place when I still owned the car. After a surprisingly friendly conversation with a customer service representative, she explained they got new software and anything left in the old queue was finally pushed out, and that’s why I’m just now receiving a bill. I had a Tolltag on the car so I’m not sure why it didn’t register, but she ran the transaction at the cheaper Tolltag rate.
- Jason Segel on Letterman stated sandwiches are more diverse than burritos, and if a burrito becomes too diverse, it becomes a wrap.
- Buzzfeed states that Jeff Goldblum (age 61) is engaged to a 31-year-old woman. She looks older than thirty-one me thinks.
- There’s a Garden of Gethsemane in Tucson.
- These People Are Laying in 7 Days of Their Own Garbage
- If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean.
- I doubt Dallas will see a guy like Dirk here again, in any sport. He turned down more money to play for the Lakers and Rockets but stayed loyal to Dallas.
- Somewhere in Houston Nolan Ryan is happy he’s no longer a part of the Rangers.
- There’s absolutely no good reason why Chick-fil-A doesn’t serve chicken biscuits all day. I know grill temperatures have to be changed for eggs, but I’m just talking about a plain chicken biscuit.
- The new college football championship trophy looks like something Olympic torch runners could carry.
- Many moons ago I made a post about an upcoming app or web browsing extension from Spritz called ReadMe! that allows a one to read more efficiently by flashing one word on the screen at a time, but in a unique manner. I meant to post this a long time ago, but I couldn’t wait for the app and found Spreed and OpenSpritz to my speed reading needs. Both are very similar to ReadMe!, free, customizable, and all you have to do is highlight the text and right click to get it to work. But for those of you that prefer ReadMe!, it’s now available for your web browser here, just drag the bottom from their website to your bookmarks bar and it’s installed – all that is left is to select the text you want to read and selecting the new button on your bookmarks bar. I haven’t toyed around with ReadMe! much, but I can get the other two to work on my tablet to read any eBook I have.
- Local Casting Call - The producers who brought you Jersey Shore, The Osbournes, Punk’d, The Hills, and Jackass, are planning to shoot a reality TV show in Dallas
inspired by our original concept and screenplay, $30,000 Millionaires!
- Alabama Fan Fired From Texas A&M Kyle Field Construction Crew For Hanging Bama Flag
- What about the Ewings? - Hunts, Marshalls and Basses are Forbes’ richest North Texas Families
- From The Onion - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Recaptured By Taliban After Wandering Off Texas Base
- Watch Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner do things that would make you throw up
- A great search engine to find GIFs – GifMe
- I experienced a lot of this as a child, and now I know the background - How ‘Ching Chong’ Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians
- 5 Ways We Could Probably Be “Better Christians”
- She also thinks sideline reporting will be phased out, which I doubt - ‘Stunned’ Pam Oliver bumped to No. 2 FOX NFL team, out after 2014 - It’s not like the rest of the sports world didn’t see this coming when Erin Andrews joined the network.
- The Air Jordan brand made a nice little Derek Jeter tribute video with a lot of celebrity cameos.
- In response to a question, DaughterGeeding answered, “Daddy, don’t be silly, girls don’t wear a penis.”
- Scientists discover that atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke
- A new plant species found in West Texas.
I only watched part of the content so I’m not sure there’s any cursing.
This is like a scene from a slapstick comedy.
- My college friend, Allyson, died on Friday night. I’ve mentioned her before as the 38-year-old married mother of three (ages 8-12) who fought and beat cancer, only for it to come back a second time seven years ago. She was the one blogging about her the end of her life. Her funeral will be this Tuesday. A couple months ago the Dallas Morning News had an article about a foundation named in her honor. Her church recorded and posted a video of her Christian testimony here. In lieu of flowers or condolences, her family asks donations be made to her foundation. In one of her last posts she mentioned that she’s actually the lucky one as she’s dying and will no longer be in pain, but it also pains her to know how much her children, husband, and parents will miss her – she certainly had a grasp on things. May peace and grace be with her family and friends.
- One of my eldest friends has been suffering from dementia, and he doesn’t have any family other than a niece from Atlanta. It’s gotten worst that many are fearing for his well-being. This past weekend they visited to take him to Atlanta for “a visit”. Yup, under the guise of a trip he’s actually moving to Atlanta permanently.
- Let’s see if I pick things up and not make this Monday any more benumb than it has to be.
- WifeGeeding and I were debating who had the better burger, Maple and Motor or Haystack. I claimed the former and she claimed the latter, so we ate at Maple and Motor on Friday and Haystack on Saturday to compare. We both aren’t moving from our claim, but I will succumb that Haystack provides the better overall meal with their fries and their speciality frozen drink, the haymaker.
- After our trip to Maple and Motor, we thought we’d take the kids to Klyde Warren Park since we were so close, and we had a blast. The park was shadowed, the weather was perfect for July – not hot not humid and there was a nice breeze, and it wasn’t crowded at all. If I was single, I think it’s the perfect date place. Not only are their food trucks and restaurants around, but there was a free salsa dancing class taught on the performance stage. I’m actually impressed with the picture at the top of this post, which I took with my camera phone. Here’s the photoset if you are interested, but I’m partial to this one and this one.
- It’s the first day for reservations for Restaurant Week in DFW.
- I caught a whole lot of the three part six hours series The ’90s: The Last Great Decade on the National Geographic channel. Keeping in mind I was went through years 15-25 of my life in that decade, here are some random thoughts:
- I’m thankful that cellphones with cameras were not available during that Macarena phase, I’m embarrassing enough as it is to my kids now.
- I have a lot of vivid memories where I was and what I was doing during the OJ chase, but for the life of me, I have no idea where I was or what I was doing when the verdict was read.
- The policeman that talked to OJ during the chase and the pilot that dropped the first bomb on Baghdad during Desert Storm were both interviewed. I’m impressed they were able to find and talk to both those guys.
- I wasn’t aware there basically was a failed assassination attempt on Clinton’s life when he was in the Philippines by Osama bin Laden. Basically, the security detail overheard there was a ‘wedding cake under the bridge’ which made them change route. Later they found explosives under the bridge. Here’s a two-minute video about it.
- Anna Nicole Smith wore her wedding dress to her husband’s funeral. How can I forget that wheels off detail?
- As they started to talk about the Branch Davidian compound, the narrator (Rob Lowe) said before that event Waco was only known for its suspension bridge and Dr Pepper. It was then I had to restrain WifeGeeding from attacking the television because Baylor wasn’t mentioned.
- I forgot how funny it was seeing Dr Evil and Scott on Jerry Springer. What happens at the two minute mark had my stomach aching from laughter the first time I saw that. I think I need to rewatch that movie soon..
- Birthday parties at McDonalds use to be a big thing when I was a kid, I wonder if anyone does that anymore. I had a college professor that would order birthday cakes from McDonalds because she thought they were the best.
- On last night’s ‘Food Network Star’, Giada De Laurentiis looked like she was wearing the Sharon Stone ‘Basic Instinct’ dress.
- 8th grade metal band lands $1.7 million record contract with Sony
- Tracking the Bizarre Edits Congress Makes to Wikipedia
- I thought Germany’s soccer coach looked like an evil Dr Oz.
- Christ The Redeemer Was The Unexpected Star Of The World Cup Final
Be Aware! This video may cause temporary hallucinogenic effects. But please do not be afraid, these effects usually last a few seconds. Read aloud every letter in the screen center. Do not make any mistake. In the end “LOOK AWAY NOW” when it says so in red letters.
- Letterman’s opening joke last night, “Lebron James is going back to Cleveland, and I’m going back to NBC.”
- Letterman’s musical guest, Kiesza, did something unique last night. The performance started on stage, then outside to dance in front of a fire hydrant spraying water, and then back inside.
- I had a dream in which ‘Game of Thrones’ was recreated in the old west where there were seven different ranches instead of kingdoms.
- WifeGeeding looks for to 7/11 each year just to get her free Slurpee at 7-Eleven.
- I took BoyGeeding for a pretty decent bike ride yesterday and came back winded, then DaughterGeeding begged me to take her for a ride. I was one tired Geeding at the end of the day.
- There’s a collection of dimes I keep on a desk, and lately when I sit on the throne DaughterGeeding will slide a dime under the door. That makes me wonder if I was given a dime for each time I did that act, how much money would I have? Some quick math tells me about $14,000.
- Hardin-Simmons University will stream a live satellite broadcast of a Bill Hybels run leadership event. They send out an announcement about it trying make it sound like a big deal for the university, but this line doesn’t make it sound so exclusive, “HSU is one of only 19 locations in Texas for the conference drawing more than 150,000 participants in the US alone.”
- In Alabama - Futuristic church with 12-lane bowling alley, 7 giant domes and an observation tower opens its doors to the public
- Sometimes I’ll end up talking politics to my conservative friends to get a better understanding of their point of view and maybe even change my thoughts on the subject. Recently that happened regarding the topic of lowering taxes to increase government income. Basically we both agreed there are sources and studies that support each claim, and then both agreed that each other’s sources weren’t substantial. I then learned sometimes it’s just best not talk politics with friends, no matter how hard I try to be respectful and understanding.
- I do catch myself biting my tongue a lot when people are talking about subjects I totally disagree with. You know, important things, like the designated hitter and instant replay.
- Gov Perry wants to put National Guard troops on the border as a form of intimidation to shoo away potential illegal immigrants, hoping that word of a military presence will spread and keep others from coming. I’m completely neutral on the idea, but money has to come from somewhere to put those guys there.
- There are many of you I’d really like to meet in person.
- There are many of you that if I met you in person I’d fear I’d be shot or gutted.
- I really should donate to Wikipedia considering how much I use it.
- From The Economist - Rejuvenating downtown Dallas
- Car thief becomes first person to die in a Tesla Model S crash
- I now feel mortal as I’ve watch all the available ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes and now have to wait with the rest of the world for the next season. Gosh dang it, that’s a good show and I totally get why there’s so much buzz about it – great acting, great story lines, and surprises galore.
- I usually like to refer to Gov. Rick Perry as Gov Good Hair (mostly in jest and coifed jealousy), but I think he won the public perception battle yesterday by releasing that letter he wrote to the White House two years ago warning of this problem (then again, you can only guard the border so well with sequestration and other stuff). He’s really making himself look good for an upcoming presidential run.
- When Gov. Perry rode with the president on board Marine One I wonder how much he thought about actually being president, that he should have been in this position two years ago. CBS11 had footage of Perry and Obama boarding Marine One and Perry saluted the marines, which seemed out of place but I guess I’ll take that as a sign of respect. However, when he was getting off Marine One he patte one of the saluting marines on the shoulder which seemed very out of place.
- I guess this was the closest I’ve been to a sitting president since he was about a ten minute drive from my house.
- Here’s a picture of the meeting with Obama laughing and Perry with a frumpy look. Texas Democrats had some fun with the picture trying to make it a meme.
- When the president comes to Dallas I wonder if DPD starts off meetings with “we aren’t going to have another JFK moment in this city.”
- The Republicans have done a good job of making President Obama look uncaring about not wanting to visit the border, but I’m not sure what good a trip to the border will do. There’s been some comparison to him not visiting the border to President G.W. Bush only taking an aerial view of the Katrina damage in New Orleans. I never faulted Bush for that action, he was right that his presence on the ground would interfere with relief efforts, and I think the comparison is a bit apples and oranges.
- I always felt President Obama did a poor job of explaining things, but he did an excellent job explaining things at the press conference after his meeting with Gov Perry and other officials.
- Speaking of border related things, season two of ‘The Bridge’ aired last night and opened with a lot of blood. The biggest surprise when it came to the cast was seeing Brian Buaumgartner, better known as fat bald guy Kevin from ‘The Office’. It wasn’t in the credits, but I swear he played two very different characters.
- I remember when George W. Bush was in his second term with horrible approval numbers and I would ponder who were the people actually giving him favorable ratings. Well, let’s just say I now understand how those folks felt and can totally relate. Despite both men slowly reacting to things and making questionable decisions, I suppose we both just feel comfortable with overall policy and that we trust their overall judgement, even if it’s not popular.
- Mitt Romney flew coach the other day. Even though his wife says that was their last campaign ever, part of me wonders if this was a savvy political move to make him seem toned down and related to the average American for an upcoming run. I actually think he’d beat Hillary, there seems to be a bit of buyer’s remorse from the voting public.
- Some owners of Woot.com sold out to Amazon and miss the good old days of just selling one item a day, so now they’ve opened Meh.com. Per this article the former Woot owner had a bad experience with Jeff Bezos. D Magazine had a blurb about it so I’m guessing it is also a local company.
- The Dallas Morning News is shutting down its paid website. They say it’s a nine month experiment that didn’t work. I visited their website right around 10:00 PM thinking the feature story would be Obama and Perry meeting. Nope, it was a review of the restaurant San Salvaje.
- Belgium fan gets L’Oreal deal after her picture at World Cup goes viral
- A Maine police force is using the Duck of Justice.
- Is Abe Vigoda alive?
- College football’s largest video board completed at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field
- Buzzfeed - 8 Truly Magical Disney Attractions You Can’t Ride In The United States
- Houston, we have a problem - Houston Rockets troll Dallas Mavericks, offer Dirk Notwitzki a max contract
- In Uganda - Police officer shoots ‘aggressive’ tortoise dead
- In Chicago - Teen Shot in Head Was Saved by Her Weave
- At Red Lobster - For every one of their anniversaries, my dad took my mom to Red Lobster, as it was her favorite restaurant. He passed away in March from cancer, and today, on what would be their anniversary, my sister took mom to keep the tradition alive. They found this
- At Amazon - Infant Circumcision Trainer
- I do love Sherlock Holmes stuff - See Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes in ‘Mr. Holmes’
- If you are a Letterman and music fan, then here’s an article for you.
In ‘sexting’ case Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner, lawyers say
A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet.
You get to see it entirely in action starting around the 40-second mark.