Bag of Randomness for Friday, August 7, 2020

I don’t understand why news reporters out in public doing segments speak to the camera wearing a mask instead of a face shield, something in which you can see their facial expressions and lips move.

One of our friends recently felt forced to quit her job working in an elementary school’s office, she was the only one willing to wear a mask. This happened last month and her child has a weakened immune system.

It’s taken about fourteen years but I’ve finally got a “thank-you” from someone I’ve been doing a particular something for. You have no idea how grateful I was to finally get that small bit of acknowledgment. Seriously, a tear almost formed. Maybe it was from

My Childhood Home Was on “House Hunters”, and Watching the Episode Was Deliciously Unsettling

The first time I watched it, I bristled as the Murrays speculated about future add-ons and renovations. It is fine as is! But something changed as I rewatched the episode a second time. The rooms stopped looking less like the rooms I remembered and more like the house it is now. The house that lived in my brain for the past 24 years was cleaving away from the house that existed in “House Hunters”.

I also found my protectiveness had begun to fade. Seeing the rooms in their modern state had helped me turn over rocks and find memories I had long forgotten

Hookers for Jesus wins fresh round of funding from Trump administration

Las Vegas-based nonprofit Hookers for Jesus has won a fresh grant from the U.S. Justice Department, less than a year after union officials filed a whistleblower complaint with the department’s internal watchdog protesting federal funds awarded to the organization.

The group, run by a born-again Christian survivor of sex trafficking, operates a safe house for adult trafficking victims known as Destiny House.

I was recently tasked to assist someone and explained to this person that at one particular stage my work is complete and ownership was then on them. This person asked, “Ownership. You speak of this ownership, what does ownership mean?”

I’m worried about George and Kellyanne Conway’s daughter. Here are some of her tweets yesterday. I did see a video she recorded last month in which her mother made an appearance and was trying to take away her phone and she was being a typical defiant teenager.

Monica Lewinsky wrote a piece for Vanity Fair Why Gallows Humor Might Just Rescue This Year of WTFs

I saw these two guys on the news recently. They are doing this really cool thing culturing themselves by listening to genres of music they normally wouldn’t to and recording their initial thoughts and reactions. I like their reaction when the drum solo starts in Phil Collins hit In The Air Tonight.

Here they are appreciating Dolly Parton’s Jolene. I qued this one for you when the music actually starts.

And Johnny Cash’s Hurt.

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 6, 2020

When I was a kid, I thought people called Whataburger, “Waterburger”. I rationalized it because I thought it was because the burgers were juicy. That memory came to mind when I saw this grilled watermelon burger.

There are a lot of interesting pics coming out of Beiruit but this one caught my attention.

I’ve never seen this photo of the Baker Hotel in my childhood hometown of Mineral Wells. It’s neat seeing all the buses lined up. I’ve never seen it open, so I’m amused just imagining what it would be like having busloads of people walking into it. I see about eight buses, the only time I’ve seen that many buses at one time in MW was during a track meet we hosted. And, I’ve never seen that dealership before, I’ve only known that place as a tire shop.


Reward offered for information on who put ‘Trump 2020’ sticker on a bear

“Bears are NOT Billboards,” reads a social media post from a group that supports black bears in North Carolina.

They are referring to images of a black bear with a “Trump 2020” sticker on a tracking collar. The group, Help Asheville Bears-HAB, says this is the second time a collar has been defaced with “similar stickers.”

A Gainsville, TX nursing home is trying to find some penpals for their residents.

PEN PALS NEEDED. PLEASE SHARE. 52 #CentralTexas seniors at Hillside Medical Lodge are looking for a pen pal. Some of these seniors are unable to see their families in person. If you are interested, here is the contact information:
Hillside Medical Lodge
C/O “name”
300 S. Hwy 36 Bypass
Gatesville, Tx. 76528

I bet Matt gets the most letters, everyone is a sucker for war stories.

When I was in college, we used to play against Sul Russ university a lot. I had no idea who Sul Russ was, but yesterday I found out:

  • His family founded Waco and he later attended Baylor.
  • He was the 19th Governor of Texas
  • A general for the Confederacy
  • Served as president of Texas a&m and instrumental in getting them out of financial ruin.

He also is credited with bringing the Jaybird-Woodpecker War to an end.

The Jaybird–Woodpecker War (1888–89) was a feud between two United States Democratic Party factions fighting for political control of Fort Bend County, Texas, in the southeast part of the state. The Jay Bird Democratic Association was an all-white political organization formed in 1887 by young men to challenge and regain control of the county government from the biracial coalition of former white and black Republicans who had dominated the county Democratic party and county government since 1869.

The Jaybird-Woodpecker War ended when the Jaybirds defeated the black-supported Woodpeckers in a battle in Richmond, Texas, the county seat of Fort Bend County, in August 1889. With support from Texas Governor Lawrence Ross and the Houston Light Guards (the first uniformed state militia company formed after the Civil War), a complete reorganization of county government resulted in the removal or resignation of all Woodpecker officials and the selection of Jaybirds or persons acceptable to the Jaybirds to fill those offices.

I had no idea that there was such a thing as a Detroit-style pizza.

What’s the deal with Detroit-style pizza in Dallas right now?

Detroit-style pizza is famous for the cheese baked into the crust and the hot tomato sauce ladled on top. Detroit-style pizzas have a buttery flavor.


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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A lot of folks are questioning why President Trump is doing these interviews as of late. To him, as long as he gets good ratings, he’s all in.

Gold medalist Katie Ledecky demonstrates how to swim the length of a pool without spilling a full glass of chocolate milk. This is part of a new “got milk? campaign and I’m sure it will be a new social media trend.

Not to be outdone, Australian Olympian Susie O’Neill did this.

‘Who’s the Boss’ Sequel in the Works at Sony

Danza and Milano will reprise their roles as father and daughter Tony and Samantha Micelli. The new take on the show, which is in the early stages of development, will follow Samantha’s life as a single mother — who’s now living in the same house where the original was set — and her relationship with her dad, who’s now retired.

Judith Light and Danny Pintauro, who also starred in the original, are not yet attached to the new project but may be brought on board. The fifth member of the core cast, Katherine Helmond, died in 2019.

A person named Matthew Broyles recently wrote a piece for Medium about his hometown of Weatherford and the current events regarding the Confederate soldier statue. It resonated with me.

WifeGeeding took the dogs to the vet yesterday. OtherDogGeedingII isn’t too keen when it comes to car rides and I think it shows.

Yesterday was the 27th anniversary of that time Robin Ventura charged the mound to fight Nolan Ryan. I forgot about this stat I found in this old CNN clip. I bet his adrenaline was pumping after that fight.

I forgot Ryan was 46 at the time. I was in high school when this happened and knew he was exceptionally old for a baseball player, but not that old. I probably would have guessed he played up to 44 years of age. Speaking of which, I’m only 44 for a handful of weeks and now have an even greater respect for what Nolan (yes, we’re on a first-name basis, it all happened after a snow monkey incident) did.

Kevin Kennedy was the manager at the time, he’s about seven years younger than Ryan. I forgot Pudge was catching the game and also forgot their careers briefly overlapped.

Photographer Captures Side-By-Side Portraits Of Famous Historical Figures And Their Direct Descendants

Getting ready for the series required much more than a few phone calls. Not only did Gardner carry out in-depth research tracing the direct descendants and verifying their lineage, but he also created sets with painstaking attention to the smallest of details. In the end, however, all of the hard work paid off. Sourcing the period costumes and props created such authentic backgrounds, they look like something straight out of a history book. Gardner even carefully analyzed the lighting in each original portrait and patiently recreated them as closely as possible, using all kinds of gear and techniques.

Napoleon (Left), 1812 And Hugo De Salis (Right) The Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandson Of Napoleon

I’d like to know what this football field is like, I’m guessing just decently maintained pasture.

Nurse Ratched is back, this time played by Sarah Paulson. This trailer has one quick flash of a scene that may be uncomfortable for some folks. The new series arrives on Netflix on September 18.

You didn’t ask for it, but here’s an Eighties montage.

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly, please.

My employer switched to another healthcare provider. It was all a bit short notice as our insurance cards haven’t been mailed, so I printed out my new insurance info to give to the pharmacist when I went to get a few refills yesterday. To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this, that whole transition from one health insurance provider to another has proved messy in the past. But this time, I was quite surprised. The pharmacist informed me the new insurance company already contacted them and provided her with updated information.

There were a lot more boats checking out the Dragon splashdown than I initially thought.

Jacksboro, of all places, is building something record-breaking and out of this world.

Want to walk on the moon? Head to Jacksboro for a high-tech, out-of-this world journeyThe installation is scheduled to open in the spring of 2021 and will set a Guinness World Record.

Like Neil Armstrong first did 51 years ago, visitors to the old Jacksboro ball fields will soon be able to walk on the lunar surface. At least, an enormous image of it.

The company, called Back to Space, plans to build a 25,000 square-foot map of the moon on the unused land.

The map is called The Lunar Landscape and Gorton says, once complete, it will set the Guinness World Record as the biggest map on earth.

Here’s What It Looks Like Inside A Tire When You Drive

Alabama high school principal in “Can’t Touch This” parody video about COVID-19

A great take on fatherhood and I love the advice he gives towards the end about getting right with yourself. I’d just add that in a lot of cases, you never get 100% right with yourself, but you got to at least be making the effort.

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