Pepperoni Pizza Cake




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Dog doesn’t realize the door is already open

I bet sometime in the past this dog ran pretty hard into a glass door and doesn’t want to repeat the event.

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Bag of Randomness


  • DaughterGeeding was asked by her mother to draw a picture of our house.  Of course it wasn’t great looking, but she put a lot of detail into the drawing, such as including the blinds on the windows.  Instead of us interpreting her drawings, we ask her to tell us about it and she’ll point every little detail, but the kicker this time was she turned the sheet of paper over and on the back side was a drawing of the back of the house.  We thought that was pretty darn impressive.
  • SMU’s woes continue, this time they were shutout by rival TCU 56-0.  In the four games they’ve played, they have only scored a total of 12 points (one touchdown for the year) while they opponents have scored 202.  There are 128 Division 1 football programs in college football, and SMU ranks last in rushing yards, points for, and points against.  Since Deion Sanders’ kid plays for them, I’m surprised we haven’t heard some public griping.
  • Would it have killed Jerry to open the roof last night?  But then again, Dez would probably cramp up again.  And it’s kinda weird that both head coaches last night own homes in the area.
  • I think the hardest position in the Chipotle line is the first one where you have to deal with greeting the customer, warm the tortilla, and serve the rice and beans.
  • The background of the new Weekend Update set a map of the globe, but the land looked like water and the water looked like land.
  • ’60 Minutes’ let Lara Logan out of the dog house, I’m actually surprised she’s back even in the smallest capacity.  Obama was interviewed on the show, and I normally think he’s not good at these things as he tends to over think his answers as he’s speaking and then just rambles, but he seemed well prepared yesterday.  He gave an answer about U.S. leadership (pretty authoritatively) that I think even his enemies would be proud of (I’m just speaking about the rhetoric), but I’m probably wrong.
  • Last night John Oliver stated that Obama has used drone strikes much more than his predecessor, but to be fair, I don’t think drone technology and availability was just getting to the point in which it was dependable.
  • According to this article, the Secret Service took days to realize that a gunman had fired at and hit the White House several times back in 2011 while the First Daughters were home.
  • I found it interesting that the ‘Family Guy’ – ‘The Simpsons’ mashup was really a Family Guy episode.  The show started off with . . . I’m not going to spoil it for anyone, I’m sure most of my readers recorded it and watched the Cowboys last night.  All I’ll say is that it exceeded my expectations and I won’t be deleting it anytime soon.  Now I want to see a special about the making of the episode and how the creative talent worked together.
  • GIF – An apple peeling and cutting machine
  • Here’s an interesting article about the Starbuck located inside the CIA.  The baristas not only have to go through an extensive background check but can’t write names on the cups.
  • Think Progress had the best Cooney marriage headline: Internationally Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Marries Actor Who Played A Handyman On ‘Facts of Life’
  • Why Screws Tighten Clockwise
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • 20-year high school reunion thoughts:
    • Renewed. Refreshed. Restored.  Rekindled.  There was so much of me that didn’t have any intent on going because I felt I already kept in contact with people that I value and it would be too emotional for me to go back as things are just “different” since my parents died.  Hot damn, this trip HOME was worth it and it filled me with joy that I could take my wife and kids.  I think I haven’t been to Mineral Wells in a decade.  I haven’t had a night that made me feel so good in so long.
    • It’s only when you age and gain some perspective that you can really understand and appreciate the phrase, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  That rung so true on this metaphoric walk down the Nile.  There was so much that changed with that town, yet there was so much that just stayed the same that keeps it unique.
    • I forget how much I miss the scenery of the rolling hills and rocky areas west of Fort Worth, and to my surprise Weatherford now has a lot of traffic.  Never would I have thought it would be so congested in certain parts.
    • I wanted to visit my grandparents grave which is between Weatherford and Mineral Wells, but surprisingly it now has a gate and visiting hours.  There’s also a house near that cemetery that was kind of built into a hill, so the roof is actually a lawn, and it’s nice to see it’s still around.  I always heard it was tornado safe and all the soil made great insulation.
    • There’s no way I can adequately describe or list all the emotions and memories that came flooding down right as I drove into town.
    • One of the first places I visited was my father’s old place of employment, the Palo Pinto Community Service Corporation.  It was based in the old Nazareth hospital that the Catholic church leased to the organization for one dollar a year.  Sadly the place is defunct and boarded up.  I have good memories of Mom driving me there to surprise Dad with a special snack she made.  It also had one of those old timey elevators when you actually had to close the gate.
    • I told myself I wasn’t emotionally ready to drive by my childhood home, but I summoned up the courage.  Not everyone can call one house “home” for almost thirty-years.  Mom and Dad worked so hard keeping the lawn in tip-top shape as well as the exterior, but when I saw my old home there was a gutter barely hanging on, trees and bushes extremely unkempt, and numerous other things in disrepair.  As unsettling as it was to see that, it brought a certain kind of closure I’ve been seeking.
    • I drove by my very first friend’s house.  We use to poke fun at his father for never taking the Christmas lights down, which all were blue.  Sure enough, they were all still there.
    • From 1935 to 2007 our high school called Miller Stadium home.  It wasn’t anything special, but it had an old school charm to it.  Now the games are played in a high school version of AT&T Stadium.  Our class was going to rent a suite for the game, but it costs a whopping $5oo a game, and they are actually pretty swanky.  Sure, proceeds go to a scholarship, but geez Louise.  Never in my life would I have thought Mineral Wells could have something so nice and modern.
    • When I was in high school everyone got to the game before kickoff, but Id say almost a third of the crowd was outside the gates at kickoff.
    • I forgot how much a small town basically shuts down for a football game.  On the way home WifeGeeding and I talked about how the feel of a small town football game is drastically different from a large school.
    • During my senior year I really wanted to be voted “most likely” or “best” something and I thought I didn’t have a chance at anything, as it was just a write in ballot.  I asked a lot of my friends put me down for Worst Driver, but to my surprise I actually won Most Friendliest and Worst Driver.  To help a friend out, I declined the Most Friendliest title.
    • It was nice upon entering the gate that some people actually recognized and called out to me.  It feels really good to have your name called out in excitement.  I thought I’d enjoy just seeing friends, but I may have enjoyed visiting with their parents more.  One parent told me she has a picture of herself and my mother in a framed photo near her dinner table.
    • My older brother is named Ben and as the younger brother, a lot of teachers and others use to accidentally call me by his name and others referred to me as Little Ben.  While I liked it at the time, I just felt like I was in his shadow and not unique.  Thankfully he was never brought up, people actually remembered me for being me.
    • The best thing about the experience was how relaxed everyone was, no egos or grudges, and all social cliques were nonexistent.  But I did make a point to seek out certain people and just tell them I wanted to apologize because I felt like I didn’t treat them with enough respect in high school, but none of them felt I slighted them at all.  I also made a point to talk to those I had high regard for and tell them that I appreciated how they treated everyone the same, how genuine they were, and for being sincere.
    • Some folks never age.
    • The furthest someone traveled was a freshly retired Marine (just finished serving 20 years) from Florida who looked like someone out of central casting.  Gosh, he was massively built.
    • One guy finished his PhD in Music Education and is now . . . a cop.
    • Another guy is a K9 officer who just happen to put his partner down before coming to the game.  Ouch.
    • Two classmates got a head start on family as their daughter was in the homecoming court.
    • One friend lost a mother and brother to MD, and his father recently had a liver transplant who is making a remarkable recovery.
    • It was a bit surprising that one friend is the father of nine children to several different women in different states.
    • One girl I don’t think I said a word to in high school tapped me on the shoulder and introduced herself to me.  It took me a second to remember her, but she and her mother was amazed at how much I remembered hanging out at her house when I was in elementary school.
    • It was fun talking to the first girl I ever danced with and the first girl I ever took on a date, we had some fun reliving some memories.
    • There was a decent amount of people that didn’t graduate with us but still attended this class reunion as they had more memories with us than the school they actually graduated from.
    • A lot of folks told me to find them on Facebook, but were quite surprised when I told them I don’t have a Facebook account.
    • One friend told me that I taught one of her employees in the college finance class I use to teach.
    • The school song and fight song must have changed, it doesn’t sound anything like I remember.
    • I really cherished showing off my wife and kids.
    • On the drive home, I forgot just how dark country roads can be.  City life makes you soft after a while.
    • The thing is, I really wanted to stay longer and catch up, but I’m afraid if I did, it would have taken away from how great the night was.  It’s one part of not having too much of a good thing, one part of leaving them wanting something more, and one part not overstaying your welcome.
    • The kids won’t stop talking about the football game or playing football with each other in the house.  BoyGeeding prefers to tackle as oppose to run with the ball.
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Ohio State strength coach bodyslams a fan who rushed the field

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Investor resigns after daughter,10, hands him list of milestones he’s missed

A British-educated investor who quit his job as chief of the world’s biggest bond business has revealed he resigned after his 10-year old-daughter gave him a note citing 22 milestones in her life he had missed.

Mohamed El-Erian left Pimco in January this year amid rumours of a fractious relationship with Bill Gross, the company’s founder.

But now Mr El-Erian, who attended both Cambridge and Oxford, has admitted that personal reasons played a part in the decision after he realised he didn’t spend enough time with his daughter.

Among the events the investor had missed were his 10-year-old daughter’s first day at school, her first football match of the season and a parent-teacher meeting.

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Bag of Randomness


  • I wonder why the automatic seat belt is no longer in cars, I always thought they were kinda neat.
  • The State Fair of Texas had a good bit going on yesterday with doctors from Childrens’ Medical performing a checkup on Big Tex with Texas sized medical instruments.  Related: The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to the 2014 State Fair of Texas
  • The point was made about a thousand times last night, but it sure is interesting that there won’t be another Yankee to wear a single digit jersey number.
  • Any idea what’s up with that necklace Jeter was wearing last night?  It was great being able to watch his last at bat live, a game winning one at that, but that crowd didn’t seem all that electrified or the audio was bad.
  • A tweet about last night’s game that caught my attention: @darrenrovell
    Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph made about $390K this season. That ball could be worth more than that. Did he hold on to it?
  • Jeter played his last game at Yankee Stadium yesterday, and 80 years ago to the day, so did Babe Ruth.  That link also shows several pictures of Ruth and Lou Gehrig hanging out away from baseball, I had no idea they were that close.  I also found this picture of Ruth with Ted Williams in his Navy uniform a bit interesting.
  • The NFL tries to force Thursday night football on us (and incorrigible Phil Simms) and for the third week in a row it’s a blowout.  Speaking of Thursday night football, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State played last night and both were competing for the ugliest jersey award.
  • I had no idea that Bill Bates’ first game was the Howard Cosell – Alvin Garrett snafu.  Small little fact, Garrett is from my hometown of Mineral Wells.
  • I mentioned earlier that my high school class was going to have their 20-year reunion this weekend and that I didn’t have plans on attending, but I’ve since changed my mind.  Ever since my parents died and my childhood home was sold, I couldn’t find the strength to go back, until now.
  • The one song from the new U2 album that has really stuck with me is “Song for Someone”, which a lot of people think makes for a great first dance wedding song.
  • A woman was walking her dogs when she ran into U2 doing a photo shoot for Rolling Stone and Bono asked her if the dogs could be part of the shoot.
  • I get a kick out of when a new song or album comes out and I search YouTube for the video, seeing the amount of covers available in such a short time.
  • Politico has given the Wendy Davis campaign the moniker of Fastest Flameout.
  • Fox News presenters mock female pilot who took part in campaign against Isis – “The problem is after she bombed it she couldn’t park it.” | “Would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?”
  • The guy has a good bit of posting stories of female teachers accused of sexually assaulting male students, but everytime I see one, I get the feeling I’m about to a picture of someone I went to school with.
  • Matthew Dowd wrote a column about war, politics, and the Bible.
  • There’s gotta be a better way to say “Why the Jew Is Important to You,” First Baptist
  • Chronological Order of Disney Animation Movies in Which They Took Place
  • Here’s the South Park version of Jerry Jones, which may be based off this picture.  I watched the episode late night, which was crude and vile, but hilarious.
  • Man saves drowning bear
  • Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6
  • Polaroid is going to try to take on GoPro.
  • Letterman is sporting a new pair of thick rimmed reddish glasses and I’ve noticed the director is experimenting with different camera angles.  An unshaven Seinfeld did stand up last night and it was the worst I’ve seen him, but he was hilarious in his sit down with Dave.  He acknowledge he just turned 60 and when Dave asked about his bucket list (that saying is like nails on a chalkboard to me) Jerry just said he turned the B to an F.  Both men highly complimented Kevin Hart which surprised me.
  • If you are an SNL fan, here’s a good article on how much the writers lean on Kenan Thompson.
  • In this article about the final days of LBJ, it mentions that he couldn’t attend Truman’s funeral because: …on the day before, New Year’s day, he yelled too much at the University of Texas football game, and as a result, had to summon doctors because “I had heart pains all night.” Reproaching himself, Nixon says, “I called you at the wrong time!”
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Derek Jeter’s young nephew tips his cap to his uncle

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PrayFit: 33-Day Body Toning System

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Bag of Randomness


  • I’ve given up carrying my wallet and instead use a CardNinja sleeve attached to my phone.  It’s been about three weeks since I started using it and it’s great, but with so many news stories about cards being hacked I almost want to use cash entirely.
  • Man, those ‘Modern Family’ kids sure are growing (especially the boy), and the adopted Vietnamese girl has only marginally improved on her acting.
  • Last night’s ‘Survivor’ had a local 20-year-old woman named Baylor.  That’s an odd name for a girl, and from my very limited research, I couldn’t figure out how she got her name.  Her mother attended Alabama and Texas A&M Commerce.  Baylor is  currently a college student in Nashville.  John Rocker was also on the show, and he’s much bigger than I’d thought.  WifeGeeding is convinced contestants are told what color clothing to bring because she spots a pattern every season.
  • I had no idea that Blue Bell Ice Cream could be shipped.
  • If you are going to vulgar, I guess you might as well go full throttle, and include a vagina sprinkler  – Texas Tech Fraternity Hangs ‘No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal’ Sign
  • The NY Times has a pretty cool tool that helps you to visualize language usage in news coverage throughout its history.  For example, here’s prohibition.
  • Here’s an article about the outside fence of the White House which was only put up 49-years ago.  The “openness” of the White House started to changed in the 1890’s when a group of strangers found First Daughter Ruth and started to coddle, kiss, and pass her around which freaked out the First Lady.
  • While reading an article about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I came across an interesting plan by Gov Rick Perry to amend the Constitution regarding Justices and terms, and I think it’s great.  Here’s the gist – 18-year terms staggered every 2 years, so that each of the nine Justices would be replaced in order of seniority every other year.
  • ‘The X-Files’ filmed in Vancouver the majority of time, and a kid once threw a message in a bottle which happened to be found by the crew who replied.  Man, I loved that show, and I still have a crush on Dana Scully, not Gillian Anderson, but Scully.
  • Buzzfeed – Christians, Let’s Be Better Tippers
  • Bill Cosby was on Colbert last night, and I’ve seen him interviewed by a few others over the last year, and the legendary comic just doesn’t quite seem all there.
  • I always had an idea of how the Big Bird suit works, but this GIF helps me understand how the hand movement works.
  • Texans Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses After Texas Eased Restrictions On Selling Food Made At Home
  • The Guy Who Turned Down $500 Million For His Startup Just Landed A $1 Billion Valuation
  • An article about what it would mean for our economy, politics, and healthcare systems when people start living close to 100 years of age.
  • I’ve noticed Letterman has been running from the opposite direction from across the stage before being introduced.  His musical guest was Paloma Faith who looked just like the vampire in that AT&T commercial.
  • This Bill Simmons and ESPN battle is going to be fun to watch, I feel like something is brewing.
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Bag of Randomness


  • A large spider has been taunting me the last two nights.  She’ll spin a large web that goes from our tree to our trampoline, but when I check on it in the morning, it’s gone.  Here’s a picture from the first night (high-res)and here’s the picture from the second night (high-res).  In that first high-res pic you can see her eyes glowing, which kinda creeps me out.  I sprayed some bug spray on her last night and she pretty much flipped me the bird and crawled to the tree.  Now I have a feeling the next time I mow the lawn she’s gonna pounce on me with extreme vengeance.
  • My allergies for the past week have been worst than the spring.
  • Letterman very rarely has his first guest stick around for the second guest, but last night Denzel Washington decided to hang around for his friend Lenny Kravitz.  Kravitz mentioned that his uncle was recently posthumously given the Medal of Honor.  He just played it so cool last night, not only did he sit and chat with Dave and Denzel before he played, but during the commercial break he was singing with Paul and the band.  Denzel actually introduced Kravitz before his number, it was almost like SNL.
  • Of all the smart phones I’ve owned, I enjoyed the Palm Pre the most and still miss it.
  • Another thought about ‘The Roosevelts’ – It certainly was something when FDR broke with President Washington’s tradition of only running/serving two terms, but I also thought it was interesting that he highly considered being the first president to resign from office – something he wanted to do after he saw the war effort come to an end.
  • Clark Hunt has a better suite than Jerry as he has a three-floor, six-bedroom suite at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • TechCrunch – How Much Better Is Each New iPhone’s Camera? Here’s An Excellent Comparison
  • TechCrunch – Watch Apple’s First Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon iPhone 6 Ads
  • The U.S. once considered using 23 nuclear bombs to blast out a highway
  • The Site That Teaches You to Code Well Enough to Get a Job
  • FingerReader – a ring that lets blind people read non-Braille books
  • Disney Characters and their Halloween Costumes
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It takes a lot of work to make an airplane WiFi enabled

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The makeup artist who has seen it all

Riccie Johnson, CBS makeup artist for 62 years, has powdered all the greats — The Beatles, Sinatra, and U.S. presidents. And she’s still at it.

  • Sinatra warned her not to mess up his toupee.
  • McCartney actually remembered her from ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’.
  • I’m surprised Clinton didn’t want much makeup.
  • She actually got an apology from Ann Richards, but I’m not sure if it was genuine, it was has to tell if she was ticked or being kind.

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