Tough Kid

This kid needs his own show in which he takes Bear Grylls on a

Russian toddler survives three days lost in Siberian wilderness

Coatless three-year-old is thought to have followed puppy into snowy forest populated by wolves and bears. 

He had been playing with dogs under the supervision of his great-grandmother near his home in Khut, a village of around 400 people in the Piy-Khemsky district of the Tuva republic.

Tserin was wearing shoes but no coat when he wandered into the taiga, the snow forest covering much of Russia, and had a small bar of chocolate in his pocket. He may have been following a puppy.

He was eventually found on Wednesday after 72 hours in the wilderness, having slept in a makeshift bed between the roots of a larch tree.

He said Tserin heard his uncle calling for him, and called back.

“Once his uncle hugged him, the little boy asked if his toy car was okay. …

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 23, 2016


  • As I’ve noted on this here blog, sometimes stress, anxiety, and depression will hit me and hit me hard. Sometimes, the two best ways of coping are to water the grass with me just using a water hose or cleaning the garage. Oh, and sometimes a Xanax.
  • I don’t know why I like using the phrase “this here blog” but I do.
  • I’ve never been to the Plano Balloon Festival but have always heard it’s a great experience to be there after sunset when all of the hot air balloon pilots fire up their burners and illuminate their balloons at the same time. I’d like to make it there tomorrow with the family.
  • Best line I heard about Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “Between Two Ferns” – Her husband was between two Bushes. #TripleEntendre
  • The kids asked me what animals sleep standing up. Here’s what I found:
    • Horses, zebras and elephants sleep standing up. Cows can too, but mostly choose to lie down. Some birds also sleep standing up. Flamingos live on caustic salt flats, where there’s nowhere they can sit down.
      • Somewhat of a tangent, but I’m reminded of how the Elephant Man slept and died:
        • The grotesquely large head of the so-called Elephant Man – subject of the 1980 film starring John Hurt – was so heavy he risked dying from suffocation if he slept lying down and so he would go to sleep sitting up with his legs drawn up and his head resting on his knee. So when he was found dead lying on his bed in 1890, aged 27, his doctor, London Hospital surgeon Frederick Treves, believed he may have died after trying to sleep like other people and had suffocated himself.
  • The Dallas Observer names Hutchins BBQ the best barbecue in the area. They also name KXT 91.7 the best music radio station in the area.
  • Soon, confirmation won’t be needed, a Star Wars film will be released every year – Disney confirms Star Wars anthology movie for 2020
  • Buzzfeed – After Breaking Up With Her Fiancé, This Woman Did An Epic Solo Disney Engagement Shoot
    • “When I look back on those photos, I see a princess choosing to have a perfect day amidst an imperfect situation.”
  • CBS News leads network news divisions in Emmy wins
    • CBS News won more Emmys Wednesday evening than its network news rivals, and more than any cable outlet, taking home seven statuettes at the 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. “60 Minutes” earned five awards, while “CBS Sunday Morning” won one Emmy, and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and “CBS This Morning” shared another.
  • Oregon will dress like actual ducks against Colorado
    • The team will wear green jerseys with white pants, and will complement that with orange socks and orange cleats. It is the first time that Oregon, the team with the most uniform options in the sports world, has worn both orange socks and orange cleats.
  • This YouTube video of a guy exploring an abandoned South Texas Blockbuster, published in August, was hitting the rounds yesterday. I think it’s staged, all video, candy, and frozen stuff are left fully stocked and there’s no dust anywhere.
  • This probably belongs to some other blog a lot of y’all like to frequent – Reports of improper teacher-student relationships in Texas hit 8-year high
  • Scientists use ‘virtual unwrapping’ to read ancient biblical scroll reduced to ‘lump of charcoal’
  • Why “Westworld” MattersThe new version comes out on HBO on October 2. The 1973 original is still shaping sci-fi.
    • I have a friend who really liked the 1973 movie Westworld and is looking forward to the HBO series by the same name. This article highly references the old film, and this link is for him.
    • To be honest, even with all the commercials HBO airs about it, I never really understood the premise. This one sentence from the article sums it up nicely:
      • The movie imagined a future in which tourists take fabulous vacations to elaborate theme parks that mimic ancient Rome, medieval times or the Old West—each of them populated by robot characters that act an awful lot like human beings.
    • Daughter has to recite a lot of things as a first grader, here’s “I Know All The Sounds” by Jack Prelutsky. The kiddo has been home sick all week with a fever that keeps popping back up.


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Hillary Clinton appeared on Zach Galifianakis’s “Between Two Ferns”

I know most of you are aren’t Hillary fans, but Galifianakis is darn funny if you enjoy “awkward” humor.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 22, 2016


  • The perfect name for a self-driving vehicle would be “automobile” but that’s already taken.
  • My favorite line in last night’s season premiere of ‘Modern Family’ was when Phil was about to crash the car and fearing death yelled, “Not today!”. WifeGeeding and I’ve been watching the first two seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’ and a repetitive phrase used is, “What do we say to death? Not today.”
  • WifeGeeding’s favorite podcast, NPR’s trivia, puzzle, and game show,”Ask Me Another“, will be recording a show in Dallas next week. I love the host’s first name, Ophira.
  • There’s some sort of local trial going on that the media is all abuzz about but I can’t tell you one thing about it other than a blonde woman is a victim. I’m not trying to throw the race card, that’s really all I know about it. And then there’s another big murder which also includes another blonde woman.
  • I ain’t complaining, but you just don’t see Jessie Jackson in the news like you used to. And to me, that’s surprising considering racial tensions the news broadcasts.
  • I caught a little bit of Kiefer Sutherland’s new show in which he becomes president after all or most of the cabinet dies. It has potential, but he’s wearing makeup which contorts his face a bit and throws me off.
  • Vanity Fair – Barack Obama And Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview
    • As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.
    • There’s a lot of talk about ambition and how it relates to Lincoln’s quote, “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”
      • The two go back and forth on how former presidents gained and lost ambition with a good mix of temperament and optimism. I’m not an optimist, though I strive to be one.
    • There’s so much I’d like to comment about this article, but I know politics is a dicey issue, but I will say I really enjoyed this read and he’s much more aware of certain things regarding perception than I thought he was.
    • One IKE story:
      • I think I told you the story about Eisenhower, that he had not personally dialed a phone call for so long that when he finally was out of the presidency he picked up the phone and he hears this buzz, and he said, “What’s this buzz?” It’s the dial tone, Mr. President.
    • The article mentions this painting. I never noticed the rainbow over Lincoln’s shoulder until the article pointed it out. I guess I just focused on all the faces all these years.
  • Buzzfeed – 14 Disney Rides You Can Only Ride At One Place In The World
  • The bun looks like an airplane propeller – Australian man patents the Hamdog – a hotdog and burger combo
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 21, 2016


  • That’s a picture of WifeGeeding’s grandmother at her birthday party yesterday, she turned 100. She’s not the one on the left, she’s the one in the middle. The gal on the left is WifeGeeding, the one on the right is one of her older sisters.
    • As I’ve stated earlier, she’s got dementia. WifeGeeding said she spent a lot of time just spitting on the floor, and no one really knew why. But she enjoyed the cake, eating more than she’s had in a very long time. She was known for being a very neat and tidy person and keeping a clean house. Part of that is still with her, as she wanted to help clean and put away things during the party.
    • She is one of eight children. Three of her siblings are still alive, she’s the oldest of the surviving children.
    • On the way home, WifeGeeding visited her grandmother’s birthplace. She was born inside her family’s house, and the house and land had since been sold and is now a cemetery. The family’s plot is where the house once stood. When she dies, she will be buried basically in the spot she was born. I’ll call that the East Texas Circle of Life.
    • Our kids have only referred to her as “Old Grandmother”.
    • I wonder how often a birthday for a 100-year-old is canceled because the honoree didn’t live long enough to make it to the party.
  • The upstairs AC is just blowing hot air, time to call another repairman. Please don’t let it be the coils.
  • How a Texas man was killed by quicksand on the San Antonio River last year – Out of 580 deaths in Texas rivers and lakes in the last 5 years, this case is the only one involving quicksand.
  • How AT&T plans to deliver cheap, high-speed internet over power lines
    • Called Project AirGig, the experimental system places low-cost plastic antennas along existing power grids to deliver low-cost, multi-gigabyte internet.
    • “You don’t have to lay any fiber, you don’t have to touch anything, other than get some of these devices up on the wires,” said AT&T chief Strategy Officer John Donovan.
  • KWTX is a mid/small market television station serving the areas around Waco and Killeen, Texas. Yesterday, one of their evening anchors made a Facebook post, but it was quickly deleted after people were questioning how a mid/small market television station could afford a private/luxury jet, and poking fun at her sporting her shades trying to ham it up. Rumors (so who knows if there’s an ounce of validity) say her reporting is being funded by wealthy Baylor alums to expose faults in the sexual assault investigations and Briles’ firing. For what it’s worth, she’s a co-host of the Baylor Gameday show. But then again, she was the one in that awkward Ken Starr interview.
  • 3% of American adults own half of guns in the US
    • But the new survey estimates that 133m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each.
    • While there are an estimated 55 million American gun owners, most own an average of just three firearms, and nearly half own just one or two, according to the survey results. Then there are America’s gun super-owners – an estimated 7.7 million Americans who own between eight and 140 guns.
    • This kind of concentrated ownership isn’t unique to guns, firearms researchers noted. Marketing experts suggest that the most devoted 20% consumers will typically account for 80% of a product’s sales.
    • Overall, the survey found, gun owners tended to be white, male, conservative, and live in rural areas. Thirty per cent of conservatives said they were gun owners, compared with 19% of moderates and only 14% of liberals. The strongest predictor of gun ownership was military service. 44% of veterans said they owned a firearm.
    • Clear racial disparities in overall gun ownership remained, with 25% of white and multi-racial Americans saying they personally owned a gun, compared with 16% of Hispanics and 14% of African Americans.
    • But there was essentially no disparity in gun ownership based on income level for Americans who make between $25,000 and more than $100,000 a year. Americans who made less than $25,000 a year were less likely to own guns.
  • Japan’s Newest Technology Innovation: Priest Delivery
  • North Korea Has Accidentally Leaked its Propaganda Websites
  • The Battle of Marignano: The Reason for (Almost) 500 Years of Swiss Neutrality
  • Why A 70-Year-Old Retiree Went Back To WorkAs An Intern
    Remember that movie where De Niro plays an intern? Paul Critchlow decided to try it

    • This makes me think of people like Michael Jordan or when Roger Clemons (at age 50) did minor league stints and baseball fans complaining these gimmicks are taking the spots of deserving players trying to earn a roster spot.
  • We Gave Four Good Pollsters the Same Raw Data. They Had Four Different Results.
  • The Bombings of America That We Forgot – In the 1970s and 1980s, small-scale attacks were nearly commonplace in America. So why doesn’t that period freeze in our collective memory?
    • It may be hard to recall now, but there was a time when most Americans were decidedly more blasé about bombing attacks. This was during the 1970s, when protest bombings in America were commonplace, especially in hard-hit cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Nearly a dozen radical underground groups, dimly remembered outfits such as the Weather Underground, the New World Liberation Front and the Symbionese Liberation Army, set off hundreds of bombs during that tumultuous decade—so many, in fact, that many people all but accepted them as a part of daily life.
  • A lot of folks think Anthony Bourdain is cool, he did a Reddit Ask Me Anything yesterday.
  • The Complete List of Lewd-Sounding Town Names in America
    • Don’t read any further if you are easily offended…
      • TEXAS: Bangs, Bleakwood, Camp Wood, Cumby, Cumings, Comstock, Dickens, Ding Dong, Friendswood, Glaze City, Greatwood, Jean-Loving, Kinkler, Latex, Leakey, Lovelady, Rockwood, Snook, Spearman, Tool
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Rick Perry Quickstep to the “Green Acres” Theme

Damn, he has nice hair.

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WifeGeeding’s Grandmother Turns 100 Today


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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, September 20, 2016


  • WifeGeeding’s grandmother did it, she turned 100 today, but she didn’t get selected for the Today show’s Smucker’s segment. To be honest, she probably doesn’t have any idea it’s her birthday or her age, but she’s still feisty enough she “escaped” the facility not long ago sometime around midnight.
  • A plumber I am not. Installing a toilet should have only taken an hour, but took me about three or four times that amount. Perhaps I was too overly cautious, fearing cracking the porcelain. Someone gave me a great wax ring suggestion, and it helped a lot, so I had that going for me. And now the kids won’t stop going to the bathroom and are fighting who gets to use it first.
  • One of my favorite Bible riddles – How many of each animal did Moses take on the ark? … Moses wasn’t on the ark, it was Noah
    • I threw that in yesterday Bag of Randomness and only one person commented on it. I was waiting for someone to tell me how bad my biblical knowledge was and not get the joke.
    • I think the WWII version of that riddle is that line from Animal House (language warning)
      • What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”
  • I’ve eaten an unsettling amount of SweetTARTS over the past three days. Imagine an unsettling amount, and then multiply that by four, and that’s the amount I’ve consumed. But here’s the thing, I only like the pink and purple ones. So I open a package, remove the ones I like, and toss out the ones I don’t like (minus a few I’ll give the kids).
  • Baylor is having a hard time moving on from the Art Briles era and the sexual assault scandal. Briles was in the stands and even got applause at the Rice game. Then, former Baylor defensive lineman Shawn Oakman, who was indicted on a sexual assault charge from his time in school, was inside the locker room after the game. Somebody should have been smart enough to know he shouldn’t be invited in the locker room. So much for a change of culture and a step in the right direction.
  • A BMW that actually transforms into a Transformer and can drive via remote control.
  • Twitter relaxes its character limitMedia attachments including images, GIFs, videos, and polls will no longer count against the 140-character limit. Neither will quote tweets, though if include a link to another tweet in your own that will count as normal.
  • Google’s Waze will now help you find the best parking spot
  • This was on the Reddit Front Page yesterday, and I quite enjoyed it despite it being a couple months old – Mark Hamill talks about his role in Force Awakens and the flaws of the movie.
  • How the world’s largest tropical theme park ended up inside a former Nazi airplane hangar
  • Do Bears Poop While They’re Hibernating?
    • And all the while, inside their bodies intestinal secretions and cells start to slough off and form a plug, which grows to about 7 to 15 inches long and 1 to 2-and-a-half inches in diameter.
    • While hibernating, bears don’t eat or drink (and therefore, don’t pee or poop), and their heart beats drop from 90 to 8 beats per minute. Their breathing decreases from six to 10 breaths per minute to one breath every 45 seconds.
  • Two more Alabama schools were on lockdown today after a social media posts and phoned-in threat warned “clowns” might show up at two Birmingham area schools.
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Angela Lansbury Sings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Lincoln Center

Yes, she’s still alive (90 years old) , and she’s still awesome.


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Triathlete Gives Up Chance To Win To Help His Collapsing Brother Across Finish Line

A dazed Jonny Brownlee was helped over the line by his brother Alistair, who shunned the chance to win the race to come to the aid of his younger sibling in a dramatic end to the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, September 19, 2016


  • BoyGeeding’s first soccer game was on Saturday and I decided to test out my new camera. The picture above may not be great, but it’s not bad for one that’s not edited, cropped, or filtered. What’s funny is that’s the closest he ever got to the ball the entire game. He’s not much for contact, and most of the time stayed away from the action as evident in this picture. The ball is on the far right, BoyGeeding is #16 and is the furthest thing to the left.
  • Soccer was something he wanted to try and nothing we forced on him, but after the game, he said he wished he was back playing tee-ball. In this picture, I imagine him thinking, “I wish I was in a shaded dugout.”
  • When WifeGeeding and I first got married we were looking for a church home and visited First Baptist Church Coppell, which is now GracePoint Church and a much larger facility. Here’s what their old sanctuary looked like, at least I’m pretty sure that’s it.
    Instead of tearing it down, someone was creative enough to turn it into a kids play area using the Biblical ark theme. It already somewhat resembled what one would think the inside of an ark would look like, it just needed a little “imagineering”. The place can be rented for events, and I attended a birthday party there on Saturday.
    I’m not a creationist or fundamentalist (that’s another conversation for another time, but shouldn’t surprise any of you), but I was impressed with the idea of how they transformed the old facility embracing the old structure.

    • In the second picture, the very back is for toddlers and has an underwater theme to it with a bunch of sea creatures. Personally, I thought they should have thrown in some drowned humans just to keep it real. In the story, God did wipe out all humans with the great flood and only saved Moses and his family.
    • Also, in the second picture, in the window, there’s a dove with an olive branch in its mouth, which I thought was a nice touch.
      • I love how the U2 song “Beautiful Day” references the ark story with these lines about peace and God’s rainbow promise:
        • And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
          After the flood all the colors came out
  • Toilets were cheaper than I thought, we got one for $98 at The Home Depot. Now, I just have to install it.
  • College Football Thoughts:
    • Louisville has one very impressive quarterback in Lamar Jackson, this run was a thing of beauty. I wonder if Chuck Strong has second thoughts leaving that program, but having Bobby Petrino as their coach doesn’t show the program really have high moral values.
    • That catch by The Ohio State University Noah Brown was extremely impressive. It reminded me of this catch back in 2009.
    • I was surprised at the number of Buckeye fans at Oklahoma.
    • One of the analysts impressed me during the Texas/Cal game when he basically predicted a blocked punt, even naming the player who would do it.
    • I love how North Dakota State has built up their program over the years.
    • Oregon played at Nebraska and played it classy by laying flowers at the 27-yard line to honor a Nebraska player that died this summer. The player wore the number 27.
    • Baylor
      • I’m not a fan of college football being played on any other day than Saturday, especially on Friday nights, which should solely be reserved for high school football. So far, Baylor has played three games this year, two of them were on a Friday night.
      • Art Briles is like a turd that won’t flush. I understand his son and son-in-law are still on the Baylor coaching staff, but it’s odd for him to show up and sit in the stands considering he was fired by the university. It’s perplexing Baylor fans would give him a standing ovation, which shows delusion, as Briles was the loan football staff member blamed by the university.
      • The Rice band mocks Baylor for sexual assault scandal during halftime performance
        • I get the Rice band has a tradition of doing this, and they weren’t making fun of sexual assault but made fun of the people who enabled sexual assaults, but that was a poor way to represent your university.
      • This guy really must like RG3, but I wonder how he feels now  while the QB is divorcing his wife but dating another woman and already has her name tattooed on his arm. But then again, I too have put people on pedestals only to see them crash to the ground.
      • I rant on Baylor’s easy schedule, but I have no issue with them playing SMU and Rice. At least those have both regional and historical significance with the old SWC.
  • I’m a fan of late night television, so I enjoyed this TIME article about late night talk shows and the election: The New Politics of Late Night – In a wild election with a ripe orange target, comics are ditching balance and taking sides
  • This is a great phone accessory for a Trekkie – A Bluetooth ComBadge
    • Once connected, one touch answers/ends calls, plays/pauses audio, or accesses Siri, Google Now, or Cortana. And, of course, a touch plays that classic communicator sound effect.
  • Buzzfeed – This Mom Pumped Breast Milk While Running A Half-Marathon
  • At 7-foot-1 and 400 pounds, high school football player Brave Williams is larger than lifeSenior at Lake Shore High School in Angola, N.Y., is bigger than any player in the NFL.
  • FiveThirtyEight‏ – The TV Stars Who Were Only Great In One Role
  • Surplus military Humvees for sale in San Antonio, across the U.S. for as low as $4k
  • It just weird having the Emmys go against Sunday Night Football.
    • I was a big fan of the A-Team and Jeb Bush cameos in the opening last night.
    • Kimmel was a better than expected host, I thought he was great.
    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanking her father, who died on Friday, was quite touching.
    • I have no idea what “rocks my chain” means but it cracked me up hearing it referenced so much last night.
    • How the miniseries became the coolest category in television
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, September 16, 2016


  • Is it better to buy a new toilet at Home Depot or Lowe’s, or at a surplus store like Seconds and Surplus? But then again, it’s just a toilet, there’s really no need make this too complicated.
  • I rarely drink alcohol, but my favorite drink is the Haymaker at Haystack Burger and Barley, it’s basically a citrusy whiskey slushie. To my surprise, they provided the Dallas Observer with the recipe which is rather simple, though it may be hard to duplicate their signature blended iced tea.
  • In other Dallas Observer news, the included the Baker Hotel from my hometown of Mineral Wells in this list – 10 (More) Crazy Things To See Along Texas Highways, Explained [Thanks, J.C.!]
    • It states that in 1922, residents raised the initial $150,000 to build it. That’s the first I heard of that. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about $2.14 million.
  • In other Mineral Wells news, there’s going to be a Medal of Honor memorial ceremony on Saturday. I remember that monument when I was in high school, it was located at the high school but furthest from all other buildings and badly maintained. Glad to hear it got a deserved makeover.
  • Random He-Man toyline tidbit –  profits fell from a peak of $400 million in United States sales alone in 1986 to a mere $7 million in 1987. 
  • If I read this Star-Telegram article correctly, likely Texas voters view Sen. Ted Cruz more unfavorably than Trump, and Hillary is only two points higher.
  • Armchair Political Pundit: Trump was on Dr. Oz and Fallon this week, even getting his hair messed with. That’s a lot of good exposure, more entertainment than political, which makes him more relatable or personable. Maybe the shake-up his campaign had in leadership recently is doing some good for the campaign. That’s taking advantage of Hillary being sidelined for most of the week. He was mostly reserved regarding her health when she was off the campaign trail recovering, which I think will help humanize him. Oh, and last night he stated he believes Obama was actually born in the U.S.
  • Benjamin L. Corey – How Christian Fundamentalism Is Making A Concerning Comeback In America
    • American culture is currently experiencing what some, and now I, am calling New Wave Fundamentalism. The original fundamentalists stem from the early 20th Century, and was rooted largely in fear– fear over this new concept of evolution, fear that culture was growing too liberal, fear that the nation was drifting from God, and fear that it would all come crashing down if they didn’t take culture back.
    • Blogger Note: I neither condone or condemn his blog post, just thought some of y’all would find it interesting or something that may increase your blood pressure.
  • High school girl gets nominated to be on the homecoming court, she shows up wearing a T-Rex costume and is the homecoming queen winner. She’s the homecoming queen America wants, needs, and deserves.
  • The largest (Dallas Morning News) and second largest (Houston Chronicle) newspapers in Texas endorse the Libertarian candidate for Railroad Commissioner.
  • I bet this guy has been doing this for years just trying to get caught, and let me guess, he was listening to Huey Lewis – Man arrested for speeding in DeLorean at 88mph
  • The Economist – Why Companies Make Their Products Worse – And why that’s a good thing for their customers.
  • Scattershooting the other day wondering what ever happened to Billy Blanks 
    • The Fitness Gospel of Billy Blanks – Tae Bo was the ’90s workout of choice for soccer moms and celebrities alike. Twenty years later, its founder is hoping to win over a generation that has never heard of him
  • Whataburger Fights DC Comics Over Wonder Woman Logo
  • Study: San Antonio is the No. 1 ‘Cougar Town’ in the U.S.
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