Your BagOfNothing for Wednesday, June 19, 2024

  • BoyGeeding and I took a road trip last week. I’ll try to write more about it throughout the week. I’m sure I’ve written about my love for road trips before. They offer a great bonding opportunity and I find the practice of driving helps to clear the mind. When practical, I prefer it over flying. Of course, it eliminates having to go through airport security and the burden of boarding and deboarding, but I like the sense of control it brings over relying on an airline.
  • Why the heck doesn’t OpenAI have a ChatGPT version of Alexa? It wouldn’t even need to do any smart home stuff or automation. All they need to do is have a home speaker with ChatGPT simply to answer questions or have a conversation.
  • I didn’t realize filming Chipotle employees making your burrito was a thing, but I feel for the employees – People Are Filming Chipotle Workers In A Quest For Bigger Portions, And Staff Have Had It
  • I’m not sure how I feel about this. It would be neat to debate or “think through” with my friends. On one hand, you have to protect national security; on the other, you have regular folks just trying to live their life. If you don’t intervene, you’ll have a similar issue Arizona and California have with the Colorado River and Saudi Arabia.
    • Florida property ban has Chinese citizens fuming
      • After his employer implemented a return-to-office policy last year, Jin Bian decided to cut down his one-hour commute time by purchasing a house closer to the office in Tampa, Florida. Then, he was told the purchase might get him prison time. “That was really shocking to me. It’s just purchasing property,” Bian, who is originally form Nanjing, China, said. “Once I learned that, I didn’t even bother to look anymore.”
  • One of my trivia friends lives in a house once owned by a former Dallas Cowboy who played from 1992-1999. He was an integral part of the defense but never made the Pro Bowl, so he’s not one you’d remember off the top of your head. Occasionally, my friend receives mail addressed to the retired player asking for an autograph. He communicated with the player years ago about what to do with these requests, and he said to ignore them, that these are professional collectors attempting to put together team sets and other things, and they don’t really care about him.
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Your BagOfNothing for Monday, June 17, 2024

  • That’s the new sign I literally stuck on my front door. I’m getting tired of telling these people I don’t own the place or am not interested in their product or service. But I do feel for those folks and admire the hustle. To go door to door in that heat is no easy task. I just wish they could find something better.
  • Post-divorce, every Father’s Day has been way different in all sorts of ways. The only hing I asked of the kids this year was that they watch a movie with me. The movie I chose was Airplane!. I chose a version that I recorded which aired on one of the channels just so we could avoid some of the nudity and other mature elements.
  • Seen at the Chris Stapleton/Tedeschi Trucks Band concert this weekend by a WFAA meteorologist. How do people and families afford to DO anything together anymore?
  • Men who look like rodents are apparently attractive in today’s world. In high school, one of my closest friends was called “Rat” a few times, and he hated it. I should send him this article.
  • There probably won’t be hardly any posts this week; I just wanted to give you a heads-up.
  • One common thing I’ve found in online dating is that a lot of women in my age group do a lot of projecting the things they are struggling with onto you. I told one girl I could tell by her lack of engagement over the past several days, which clearly indicated she was no longer interested in me, so I want to thank her for her time and move on. She blows her top, saying she doesn’t need a co-dependent man who demands she report twice an hour. Sheesh. Hey, that’s not what happened. You stopped reaching out to me, so when I reached out to you, all I basically got was one-word answers. I tried ending things on a high road, but she took the low road, flipping me the bird with both hands.
  • I was reading a Reddit thread about what current-day actor could pull off a good version of an Adam West Batman. I thought that was quite an entertaining question. Some actors mentioned were Will Arnet, John Hamm, Michael Keaton, Rain Wilson, Steve Carrell, and Jack Black. Each would bring something different, and yes, I know some have already played a goofy version in a skit or movie.
  • At a recent event, Trump challenged Biden to a cognitive test. He then boasted about how well he did on one performed by doctor, now Congressman Ronny Jackson, who was in the crowd. But Trump kept referring to him as Johnson, not Jackson, which isn’t a sign of strong cognition, something he was boasting about not even a minute earlier. It seriously sounds like a SNL skit but it really happened. Man, we live in an interesting world.
  • This is not what the aTm Aggies have in mind when they hype up the 12th man talk. Hey, all sports fandoms have their bad seeds. But I was disappointed in all the Aggies I followed on Twitter/X claiming they were students from another school who chose to wear Aggie clothing to try to purposely make the school look bad. This is the second time this month, I do believe, the Aggie coach had to start a press conference by addressing the behavior of fans in the stands. This is another reason why I can’t stand college sports and will take the professional game any day of the week. One team in the Deep South poisoned another school’s beloved old tree. The carcass of the opposing team’s mascot is found in student housing at Oklahoma State. When it comes to college sports, people get too cultish. Fans of professional teams are bat-crap crazy at times, but college folks partake of an entirely different belief system. One of which was a cause of my divorce, all because of the workshop of false idols. And let’s face it, with NIL and the NCAA now allowing colleges and universities to literally pay players to play, the college football you were desperately trying to hold on to changed before your eyes. That beloved version died somewhere in the mid-Eighties.
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Your BagOfNothing for Thursday, June 13, 2024

  • I was shocked to learn that our nation’s first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, died by suicide from fatal injuries sustained after falling out of a sixteenth-floor window at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
  • I never thought I’d be that person who found out he was subscribed to a service and did not know about it for months, maybe even years, and not notice it. But here I am eating some humble pie. One of the kids subscribed to Amazon Music, and I never looked at my account statements or history closely enough. Well, at least I caught it now and not later.
  • Kentucky Ford Dealership That Sold Crashed Super Duty Truck As New Fined $160,000A Ford dealer in Kentucky has been fined after it crashed a 2023 Super Duty truck then tried to sell it off as a new vehicle.
  • Well, so much for the Mavs.
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