Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  • I get a kick at the practicality of my kids. Last night I couldn’t figure out all the racket coming from upstairs, it simply turned out to be my kids making and playing with their own air hockey table. I have a feeling I know what Santa will be dropping off this year.
  • Here’s a video of a guy who made a bowling ball that will steer left and right depending on how you lean.
  • Something which has been under the radar is the potential of another government shutdown which would happen midnight on Thursday. Should this happen, yours truely would most like be affected. I’m curious to know if it’s going to be used as some sort of bargaining chip.
  • With so many television reboots, I’m surprised The Fall Guy hasn’t made a comeback. I once had a Fall Guy metal lunch box that I treasured, third grade I think.

    ‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine.

  • I made a Julia Sugarbaker reference the other day and not a person in the room had to ask who she was, I guess that gives you an idea of how old the people in the room were.  I’ll be honest, I had no idea Meshack Taylor died (colorectal cancer, 2014), but always thought he had a cool name. It’s nice to see Annie Potts and Jean Smart still at work. Smart is a much better actress than I thought she could be. Delta Burke, from my limited research, has a part in the new Dolly Parton Netflix series.
  • ‘I puked, fouled myself and collapsed – it was great’: Meet the record-breaking ultra marathon runner fuelled by beer and burritos
  • ‘Jeopardy!’s All-Time Top Money Winners To Face Off In Primetime Tourney: Holzhauer, Jennings & Rutter
    • I love how this is going to be on primetime but surprised at the number of games that will and may possibly be played. I’m sure everyone is thinking and hoping Alex Trebek will be healthy enough to host, and a part of me believes one reason this came to be was to give him something to look forward to.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 7 (8-9 PM)
      Wednesday, Jan. 8 (8-9 PM)
      Thursday, Jan. 9 (8-9 PM)
      *Friday, Jan. 10 (8-9 PM)
      *Tuesday, Jan. 14 (8-9 PM)
      * Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8-9 PM)
      * Thursday, Jan. 16 (8-9 PM)
      *If necessary (all times ET)
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November, 18, 2019

  • BoyGeeding has just been introduced to paper football and he loves it. It was fun spending about an hour with him on Saturday teaching him how to fold one and flick it. I have to admit it took me a few tries to remember how to make a decent paper football. Later in the day, I wandered off to accomplish some chores and couldn’t find a certain cardboard box I wanted to store some stuff in. Lo and behold BoyGeeding bogarted it and made his own football stadium. What I love about this is that a good portion of his Saturday afternoon was spent using his imagination, paper, cardboard, markers, and a few straws – he was thoroughly entertained without any screentime or any toy bought at a store.
  • I mentioned WifeGeeding recently visited the Biltmore Estate. I’m certain a decent chunk of that place (along with similar mansions which offer tours) which is closed off are empty and unfurnished rooms. The place has 250 rooms in the house, including 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms. Surely, over the years, furniture was sold and sections of the house were simply closed off.
  • I mentioned the kids are on an Addams Family kick and that led me to research the actor who played Lurch, Ted Cassidy. I was surprised to learn the job he had prior to going on the show was working at WFAA radio in Dallas, that was during the time that it and WBAP would swap frequencies with each other on 570 and 820 every few hours. One one of the radio shows, he played a character named “Creech”.
      • Cassidy was 6’9″.
      • He played, or shall I say his hand, played “Thing” on the tv series.
      • He was the narrator in CBS’s The Incredible Hulk.
      • In 1979, Cassidy underwent surgery for a non-malignant tumor passed away at age 46 due to complications from the surgery.
      • Without makeup, I think he could pass for Tony Robbins’ father.
      • He had a Batman cameo.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, November, 15, 2019

  • It’s been a while since I’ve been in a “Reply All” fiasco. It happened yesterday at the federal agency I’m associated with, and the “Reply All” went agency-wide with a plethora of folks asking to be removed from the list, telling everyone to stop replying all, ill-fated attempts at humor, and revealing way too much personal stress.
  • I heard back from Junior Miller and the tone of his email was so apologetic I felt bad that I pointed out his list was a repeat. But I did learn he came really close to adopting a rescue dog but someone else beat him and his new wife to it.
  • The lengths POTUS is going to keep his tax returns private raises questions about what could be in them.
  • I’d like to see a script with Mad Men’s Don Draper and New Coke. I can’t figure out if I’d like to see him advocating for or against it, or, him rescuing the company after the fiasco and slapping the “Classic” and “Original Formula” tag on the cans and bottles.
  • San Antonio family was told to remove their Christmas decorations because it’s too early
  • WifeGeeding is visiting the Biltmore Estate today with her mother and sisters. I understand I may sound hypocritical because of what I wrote about a couple of teachers taking a full week off before Thanksgiving and Christmas break and thus getting two full weeks off. I’ll just say this was her decision and the timing and amount of time off makes the comparison different. But as several of you stated, you ain’t got no problem with a teacher taking any time off during the school year.
  • Google will help you pronounce difficult wordsWhen you look up a pronunciation, Google will provide an answer, and when you say the word into your phone’s microphone, Search will let you know if you said it correctly.
  • Narwhal: Puppy with extra tail on his head rescued
  • Mr. Rogers sure did have neat handwriting (see photo at the top of this post). I found that photo in the following article (it’s a long read) and provided a few snippits I found interesting. I didn’t like the mental image he gave me when he described a trip with him to his parent’s grave and him urinating behind a tree. But, I was amused to discover his email address was an AOL one with the handle “ZZZ143”. I felt like this article reveals Rogers’ spiritual side more than anything else I’ve read.
    • My Friend Mister RogersI first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He’s never been more revered—or more misunderstood.
      • A long time ago, a man of resourceful and relentless kindness saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. He trusted me when I thought I was untrustworthy, and took an interest in me that went beyond my initial interest in him. He was the first person I ever wrote about who became my friend, and our friendship endured until he died. Now a movie has been made from the story I wrote about him, which is to say “inspired by” the story I wrote about him, which is to say that in the movie my name is Lloyd Vogel and I get into a fistfight with my father at my sister’s wedding.
      • And so I have to start by mentioning that I have begun writing a story about Mister Rogers the day after two young men armed with assault rifles killed a total of 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
      • When I first visited the Neighborhood 21 years ago, one of his in-house writers, Hedda Sharapan, told me what had happened when he’d enlisted her to write a manual intended to teach doctors how to talk to children. She worked hard on it, using all her education and experience in the field of child development, but when she handed him her opening, he crossed out what she’d written and replaced it with six words: “You were a child once too.”
      • But as a correspondent he was emotionally forthcoming and intimate, closing often with the assurance that he kept me in his thoughts and his prayers—“And, I guess you know, each morning I pray for you; I really do”—and sometimes with ministerial ardor. “You are loved with a greater love than anyone could ever imagine, Tom. I trust that you’ll never ever forget that.”
      • He worked hard on his friendships; he prepared for his friendships; he took notes on his friendships; he even kept files on his friendships, and not long ago I found out that he’d kept a file on me — and in one of those boxes are the names of my wife, my dogs, and one of my nieces, who was facing trouble and for whom he prayed. There are also printouts of our correspondence and notes he took on our phone conversations, written on yellow legal pads in his eerily calligraphic hand.
      • Yet at the heart of the original creation is that Word (call it Love, call it Grace, call it Peace …) that essence which is lodged somewhere within each of us that longs for ultimate expression. If we choose to allow it to grow we’ll be given help. If we choose otherwise we won’t be forced. If there is such a thing as a “dark corner” of God’s nature then I think it’s God’s refusal to go back on the promise of “the creation’s freedom to love or not.”
      • In all the conversations we had over the years, I can remember only one about politics, when in the last year of his life he worried about the inevitable buildup toward the inevitable war in Iraq. In our correspondence, he limited political discussion to a single email about Bill Clinton’s impeachment, which came as an answer to one of my questions:
        • Last week I woke up thinking how I would like to go on the air and say something like “Whoever is without sin cast the first stone” or “The Lord’s property is always to have mercy” or some other outlandish thing, and then ask for a minute of silence to think about forgiveness for those who want it. In fact if our country could dwell on forgiveness for a while I think that would be the one real positive outcome of the pain which must be pervasive in the White House and beyond. I’ve already written letters to both the Clintons and the Gores saying that often “enormous growth comes out of enormous pain.” I trust that will be so for all of us. The attitude which makes me (sometimes physically) sick is the “holier than thou” one.
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, November 13, 2019

  • The third annual Flat Earth Conference will start tomorrow in Frisco at the Embassy Suites. So, if you are looking to start an interesting conversation, that’s the place to be.
  • The New York City Ballet has a shoe budget of about $780,000.
  • From the Ann Richards play, I learned there’s a tradition in which the outgoing governor dedicates a Bible verse to their successor. The tradition started in 1925 and you can view the complete list here, but here are few of the more recent ones:
    • Bill Clements for Ann Richards 1-15-91
      • Ecclesiastes 3:17 –  I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
    • Ann Richards to George Bush 1/17/95”
      • Amos 5:15(a) – Hate the evil, and love the good,
        and establish judgment in the gate:
        it may be that the Lord God of hosts
        will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
    • GW Bush for Rick Perry 12-21-00
      • Isaiah 40:28-31 – Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
        that the everlasting God, the Lord,
        the Creator of the ends of the earth,
        fainteth not, neither is weary?
        there is no searching of his understanding.
        29 He giveth power to the faint;
        and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
        30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
        and the young men shall utterly fall:
        31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
        they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
        they shall run, and not be weary;
        and they shall walk, and not faint.
    • Rick Perry for Greg Abbott 1-19-15
      • Matthew 20:25-28 – But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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Road Rage Round House Kick

It happens around the 42-second mark, the video should be qued up for you.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • Today the world welcomes Disney+ and there’s gonna be a whole lotta of binge-watching going on.
  • At work, I routinely have to dial into a conference line with the code 54008828. I memorized the code by imagining Randy White and Robert Parish playing two-on-two basketball against Michael Irvin and Darren Woodson. I admit that scenario makes absolutely no sense, but it’s how I remember it.
  • A student in WifeGeeding’s class spontaneously raised his hand and asked, “Can you call my mom and tell her I forgot to brush my teeth last night?”
  • I bought some easy to assemble storage shelves for the garage and recruited BoyGeeding to help assemble them. Without his help, I could have been finished in more than half the time, but it was worth spending every second with him and seeing the sense of pride swell up as we inched closer to completion. Sometimes, faster is not always better.
  • Social media made if very apparent most people don’t understand the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. But I suppose the most important thing is just honoring those who served whether alive or deceased.
  • Roaming the floors of Hallmark’s first-ever ChristmasCon.
  • A general contractor recommended by USAA came by yesterday to provide a quote for the water damage on our floors and a “water mitigation” company is coming out today. “Water mitigation” as not a part of my vernacular until yesterday. The gentlemen with the general contractor company have been in the business for over three decades and we got into a fun conversation about how much technology has changed certain aspects of his job. When he first started, insurance companies would have him take Polaroids and mail them in, now he can simply use an app on his smartphone. He carries an old fashioned tape measurer but mostly uses a digital contraption no larger than a cigarette lighter which shoots out a red laser and instantly tells him the distance. Then there’s the application software that has streamlined the process and drones and apps which automatically takes measurements and measures pitch and elevation.
  • The Financial Times is a daily newspaper owned by Japanese company Nikkei, Inc., headquartered in London and I once had to subscribe to it because of a college course. The professor pointed out it’s printed on pink paper as a form of tradition, but at first, it was because unbleached paper was cheaper to print on. The newspaper recently published a correction that gave me a good chuckle. You can easily see how a Japanese owned paper based in London may confuse why Utah’s largest paper has a dedicated reporter covering a certain genre of music mostly associated with black people in one of America’s whitest cities.
  • Again, I want it on record, when I die and some type of service is held, call it either a funeral or memorial service, I do not want it called “A Celebration of Life” service. This world has enough sugar coating as it is.
  • Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” is rambling through my head.
  • Stephen Colbert said he was once told if he ever needed to get a song unstuck his head to start singing something short and unrepeatable, like “Byyyyyy Mennen.”
  • Stephanie Grisham took over the White House press secretary role in July and has yet to hold a single briefing with reporters. Considering this administration is undergoing an impeachment hearing, that’s amazing. However, Grisham has appeared on Fox News or the Fox Business Network at least 13 times.
  • Trebek got choked up.

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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 22, 2019

  • The first thing which comes to my mind about Veterans Day is as an elementary school student and being bussed to Miller Stadium and sitting in the freezing cold for a Veterans Day program. We always sat on the visitor’s side on the wooden bleachers which I was scared to walk up, there was something about the spacing of the boards which gave me a sense of vertigo and the paint always felt slippery. I think they could have fit us all on the home side on the cement bleachers if they really wanted.
  • WifeGeeding and I attended the one-woman play ANN written and originally starring Holland Taylor. The play is about former Texas Governor Ann Richards and this version was starred Libby Villari who definitely captured the late governor’s spirit and nailed her characteristics for the most part. Neither Bush was mentioned but Barbara Jordan was several times. I know I’m partial but offhand I’d say that Richards and Jordan are the two greatest female orators in our nation’s history. Many of you may not know Barbara Jodan, but she was exceptionally eloquent and measured as a speaker.
  • The set had one little detail I appreciated, the state capitol’s pink/red granite.
  • They play was held at the Kalita Humphreys Theater which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. WifeGeeding mentioned that one of her friends recently moved into a Frank Lloyd Wright house and I told her she must be mistaken him for another architect, but sure enough, she was correct.
  • The theater actually had a working payphone! I was shocked to see it, and a bit surprised how much it cost to make one single call, fifty cents.
  • I overheard WifeGeeding talking to her mother about the play. She stated that Ann Richard’s brother was her wedding photography, but WifeGeeding boldly told her that couldn’t be true because in the play, Richards stated she was an only child. There was a little back and forth between the two, but I was able to find out it was Richards’ uncle Jimmie Willis of Waco she was referring to.
  • One thing I like to look for in a one-person play is how the actor is able to sneak in a drink during the performance. If you think about it, speaking for an hour and a half to two hours under stage lights can make a person pretty thirsty. I was spotted three moments. I never saw the Bryan Cranston one-man play about LBJ, but I’m curious how he snuck in a drink.
  • Ann Richards’ eldest grandchild is now the communications director for Kamala Harris.
  • I found an interview of Holland Taylor in full costume alongside Richards’ eldest daughter Cecile Richards (former president of Planned Parenthood). Richards was asked if it was weird watching the play and I thought she had a nice warm answer, she said it was like Taylor gave her two extra hours with her mother.
  • Nikki Haley was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning and I took issue with one particular thing she said.
    • “The Ukrainians never did the investigation. And the president released the funds. I mean, when you look at those, there’s just nothing impeachable there. And more than that, I think the biggest thing that bothers me is the American people should decide this. Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making that decision?
      • I have no problem with her thoughts on whether the president should be impeached or not, but it’s that last sentence that bothers me, “Why do we have a bunch of people in Congress making that decision?” Geeze, Hailey, that’s an easy one, because the American people you referenced elect Representatives every two years to represent them in Congress. In essence, the American people are deciding because of the representatives they elected. You know, I think the American people should decide who is elected president, but that doesn’t happen, there’s something called the Electoral College, and Electors mostly are nominated by a state’s political party.
  • It’s hard for me to root for the Cowboys when they wear their dark uniforms at home.
  • Runner in ‘Jesus Saves’ bib collapses, is saved by group with man named Jesus
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