Bag of Randomness for Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • Somewhere in Wisconsin is a very relaxed Paul Ryan. I picture him taking up the hobby of butter carving in his off time.
  • I hear the Aurora Borealis isn’t as spectacular in person because the human eye can’t pick up the awesome details a camera can.
  • I’ve never used Yelp to review or form an opinion about anything.
  • It’s a tough time for us allergy and sinus sufferers. I’m sure all of you are taking an antihistamine and allergy spray. Some of you may be so congested you started using nasal decongestant sprays like Afrin. If you are trying to avoid stuff like Afrin, I’ve read favorable things about using xylitol as a nose spray or nasal rinse. I’m using XLEAR and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked, but be warned, it will sting pretty sharply at first. If you are suffering from sinus congestion I think this is the best natural thing to try.
  • This family in Iowa just ran into a massive case of bad luck –
    • Nick Lestina and his family of seven were getting ready to put their house on the market until their basement was flooded with animal blood. Their basement was filled with nearly five inches of animal blood, fat and bones as a result of drainage from a meat locker next door. For the last 10 years, the family has lived next to Dahl’s Meat Locker, but have never had any problems until recently.
  • President Trump’s letter to Turkey’s president was something else, especially how he stuck the landing, “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool! I will call you later.” I can imagine one of his aides or speechwriters, some impressive Ivy League intellect with phenomenal writing credentials, spending a few hours working on a flawless and articulate first draft only to do the sad Charlie Brown walk back to his or her desk four or five times as Trump keeps rejecting them.
  • This guy uses deep fakes as he does celebrity impressions.  Soon, there’s gonna be a deep fake of President Trump which will freak all of us out, it’s inevitable. If not him, then the next president for sure.


  • Back in April, I wrote, “If you are a married contestant on Wheel of Fortune I guess you are obligated to mention your spouse and/or family and describe them in overtly affectionate tones.” The contrived affection annoys the heck out of me, so I was appreciative of this contestant who shook things up a bit. The guy’s name is Blair, the second-best date I ever had was with a Blair, who was female. Well, maybe that one is tied for second, I had a great date with a Kim.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • I’m sure we all have certain words we never feel comfortable spelling, that every time you write or type it out you have to double-check it. “Wednesday” is one of my words.
  • No Content Spoilers – One of my favorite parts of the new Netflix ‘Breaking Bad’ movie El Camino was seeing eighty-eight-year-old Marla Gibbs. It’s not to see her career peak back up as of late.
  • Whiling lying in bed the other day, the ceiling air register almost directly above me caught my attention so I took a closer look. To my surprise, mold has grown on it. The allergy test I took years ago showed I’m highly allergic to it, so I’m curious how bad this may have affected me and for how long. I suppose I could have simply cleaned the air register but decided to replace it, but I’m not sure if I need to replace or do anything to the vent itself (pic1, pic2). A friend who works around this sort of stuff didn’t think it was worth worrying about but I thought I’d throw it out here and get your thoughts.
    • Again, I make buying things complicated. As I searched for a replacement air register, I found there where three material options – stainless steel, aluminum, and plastic. One forum stated stainless steel has the potential to rust, unlike the other materials. So, not only did I dither longer than I wanted over those options, I then had to consider the airflow design options.
    • I decided to check the other nearby ceiling air registers. The one I mentioned above is located a few feet away from the master bath and the only one in our bedroom. To my surprise, the one in the bathroom, where much more moisture exists, didn’t have any mold on it.
    • Conspiracy theory: WifeGeeding is immune to all molds and planted it there in an effort to slowly kill me and collect on insurance.
  • For the first time in my life, I chipped a tooth. The cost of my dental visit and procedure were less than I imagined. Without insurance, it was $85, $35 with insurance. Offhand, I would have expected it to cost over a hundred. The work was pretty minimum, though, no anesthesia was needed and he basically polished the tooth.
  • Google’s Daydream VR experiment is overIts latest phones don’t support the platform and it’s discontinuing Daydream View headsets.
  • Dutch family ‘waiting for end of time’ discovered in basement
    • A family who spent nine years in a basement “waiting for the end of time” have been discovered by police in the Netherlands after one of them turned up at a local pub, reports say.
  • I don’t feel like this is a particularly well-written article, the first half lacks a particular depth, but the stuff aboutU2 unsurprisingly stood out to me.
    • Why Christian music’s biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era
      • There is another, less ethereal reason why CCM artists stay away from politics — loss of income. White evangelicals are Trump’s most steadfast supporters. They are also some of the biggest fans of CCM, and they wield economic clout. Steady work for any musician is precarious, especially in a niche genre like Christian or gospel music. If a Christian musician wants to get a steady paycheck there’s usually only one type of megachurch that has the resources to hire them as a full-time worship leader, Keen says. “It’s going to be fundamentalist, Bible-believing churches,” he says.
      • Some CCM artists cite another example as proof that a Christian band can take on hot-button political issues and thrive: U2. It may surprise casual listeners, but some of the most stirring and thought-provoking Christian contemporary music doesn’t come from the CCM genre. It comes from four men from Dublin, Ireland. U2’s confessional music about Christian faith has long been filled with righteous anger inspired by current events.
      • But Bono isn’t a CCM fan. He has called the music risk-averse and predictable and said he prefers another collection of inspirational music: the psalms in the Bible. He says they’re filled with laughter, tears, rage and doubt.
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 14, 2019

    • I was asked to run the scoreboard at BoyGeeding’s game which afforded me a seat directly behind home plate. That’s him playing catcher. I think the shortstop was playing air guitar.
    • A bacon-wrapped whole gator at a LSU tailgate.
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne — “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
      • Apparently, Hawthorne wasn’t allergic to ragweed.
    • CNN had an article about a girl daying after being flung from a ride at a New Jersey festival and linked to the amusement ride company’s website which I decided to check out. I never thought about buying a used amusement ride but now I have an idea about cost and factors which will go into that decision, like the age and rider count.
    • The reflections in a pop star’s eyes told a selfie stalker exactly how to find her
      • In September, a Japanese man was arrested for reportedly stalking a pop star and attacking and groping her at her home, according to Japanese news organization NHK. Allegedly, this man found the woman’s home by studying photos she posted on social media, observing a train station reflected in her eyes, finding that train station using Google Street View, waiting for her at the train station, and following her home.
    • Skunk vs Bear

      little skunk vs big bear

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • I love how insightful and observant fourth-grader DaughterGeeding can be. She was working on a school project while I was watching the news and she asked me what’s the difference between a grand jury and other kinds of juries. Like a good day, I told her to submit her question or search the archives of
  • The girl is too hard on herself and I’m trying to figure out why she is feeling stressed about certain things. For instance, her assignment is to create a medieval estate. This can be done on Friday by drawing on a worksheet provided by the teacher or the student can build a 3D model. She opted for the latter. But, she was in tears on Sunday night because she didn’t finish it over the weekend so she can turn it in four days early.
  • Armchair Political Strategist Time – If I were consulting the GOP, I’d tell them to support the Trump impeachment. Republican candidates in the House and the Senate can run on the message on how courageous they were to put the country first and their integrity and respect for what the framers had in mind. Also, working with President Pence is going to be a whole hell of a lot easier. Their focus would shift from drumming up the far-right base and winning moderate voters for Pence, but you could still woo the base by stating how he would continue to stack the Supreme Court with conservative justices and he’s better and more experienced than anyone the opposition would throw out.
  • Bob Sturm claimed if Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford were walking through an airport, more excitement would be made for Stallone over Ford. I do not support his claim. Sure, Stallone is more approachable and it’s more fun to shout “Sly” or “Yo, Rock!” but the fandom of Star Wars and Indiana Jones is greater.
  • I love Junior Miller’s description of Mumford and Sons – Coldplay with a banjo.
  • This comes from a school district that decided to hold a vote and announce their new head coach on a Friday night to avoid any attention. Kids have to suffer because of immoral adults.  – Mount Vernon, coached by former Baylor head coach Art Briles, facing possible forfeiture after two players ruled ineligible. 
    • Briles was also publicly reprimanded by the committee for using an assistant coach who wasn’t a full-time employee of the district, also a violation of UIL rules.
      • I’m not sure what the rule is on this. Earlier this week I mentioned Troy Aikman was an assistant coach for a local high school football team and I’m sure he’s not a full-time employee.
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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, October 8, 2019

  • My coworker who lost his son earlier this year unexpectedly lost his mother last week.
  • I haven’t seen my coworkers in over a year, I think. But we have a new CFO who is visiting and we are all having dinner tonight. I’m not complaining that I have to be with my coworkers, but I’m just not good at being social or engaging in small talk. Perhaps the best thing for me to do is look at this as an opportunity to work on a weakness.
  • As great as capitalism is, sometimes it has its drawbacks. I wasn’t too happy how the NBA catered to it over the fight for freedom and democracy playing damage control with China. They are almost as accommodating to communism as President Trump. Heck, even Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rouke expressed their disappointment with the NBA, even they agreed on something.
  • Judge Tammy Kemp of the Amber Guyer trial was recently interviewed and offered some insight into why she hugged Guyer, why she gave her her personal Bible, and why she felt she didn’t cross any boundaries.
    •  I was not proselytizing. Ms. Guyger asked me for a hug. I’m sad to say she had to ask me twice. I never asked Ms. Guyger to pray and I didn’t pray with her”, she said.
  • ‘God, Guns and America’: South Carolina car dealership offers AR-15 voucher, Bible with every sale
  • The Atlantic – Top Military Officers Unload on TrumpThe commander in chief is impulsive, disdains expertise, and gets his intelligence briefings from Fox News. What does this mean for those on the front lines?
    • To get a sense of what serving Trump has been like, I interviewed officers up and down the ranks, as well as several present and former civilian Pentagon employees. Among the officers I spoke with were four of the highest ranks—three or four stars—all recently retired.
    • Military officers are sworn to serve whomever voters send to the White House. Cognizant of the special authority they hold, high-level officers epitomize respect for the chain of command, and are extremely reticent about criticizing their civilian overseers. That those I spoke with made an exception in Trump’s case is telling, and much of what they told me is deeply disturbing.
  • As I watched A Very Brady Renovation on HGTV, it occurred to me Maureen McCormick has never gone through an ugly phase in life.
  • Peter King’s column was a fun read yesterday as it had a touch of nostalgia, mainly because of how his former employer, Sports Illustrated, cut half their workforce yesterday. First, there was a recap of one of my favorite Joe Montana games and cover story.  His team down 21-10 in the fourth quarter but Montana threw four touchdown passes in 13 minutes to seal the victory. The Niners had a terrible first half, Montana got sacked four times in the last seven plays of the first quarter, eight times in all. Reggie White was unstoppable. I love that cover photo, how his helmet is placed in front of the logo and perfectly centered in his firing position. Second, Rick Reilly, the man who always had the last article in the magazine called “Life of Reilly” wrote a point after. That man is living the life, spending half the year in Italy and the other half in Southern California.
  • One heck of a workout
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 7, 2019

  • The woman in red is giving this bridesmaid some serious side-eye. Look at that form, it’s textbook, you can’t teach that stuff, that’s just some natural talent.
  • I stopped at a red light on the way to church yesterday. The woman in the car next to me didn’t see the light turn green because she was looking into a compact mirror and plucking chin and neck hair with a pair of tweezers.
  • The Cowboys bested Brett Farve but his replacement has certainly owned the Cowboys.
  • I had no idea Troy Aikman was an assistant coach for the Episcopal School of Dallas, that’s pretty cool. If I understand correctly, his stepson (who also happens to be Jerry Jone’s great-nephew) plays receiver and a talented musician with his own website. The team appears to be doing well with Aikman coaching the quarterbacks. Last week, his team won 61-6 and their starting QB threw six touchdowns. Aikman gave the QB a shoutout during the Cowboys game and briefly talked about his potential as a college quarterback, which I’m sure got a lot of attention from scouts.
  • NFL referees wear jersey numbers but NCAA referees do not. In case you are wondering why and how they are assigned:
    • The jersey numbers for NFL officials are purely for identification purposes, and though there are 117 officials, the jersey numbers go up to 135. There’s no rhyme or reason to the numbering system, unlike how players are limited to a certain range of jersey numbers depending on which position they play. Typically, when an official is assigned a jersey number, he or she keeps it year after year, although occasionally there’s some number swapping. 
  • I had no idea dolphins used to commonly roam the Potamic River during colonial times. Thanks to the efforts to clean it up, they are returning.
  • The Ohio State Marching band impressively told the story of the space race.
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Malaysian Soldier Charms King Cobra


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Bag of Randomness for Friday, October 4, 2019

  • I had to perform some maintenance on this little blog which is one reason why I haven’t posted in a few days. It was migrated to a new server, I updated the PHP, and installed a security certificate so you should no longer see an unlocked icon in your browser’s URL. Just a small amount of content was lost, mainly a few days of comments. I’m not very good at this stuff, but I like the learning opportunity and to challenge myself.
  • I’m guessing wait times at TxDOT offices are a lot shorter now.
  • In the span of less than a week, President Trump has shown a lot of affection towards communist China. He congratulated them on their 70th anniversary of communist rule and then publically asks them to find dirt on a political rival. I often hear conservatives call liberals a bunch of Commies but the leader of their party is openly embracing them.
  • Orioles players send handwritten thank you notes to fans after disappointing 108-loss season
  • Audio Shows Hospital Kept Vegetative Patient on Life Support to Boost Survival Rates
  • The 2020 Corvette reminds me of an old Lamborghini poster I had hanging in my room circa 1985. I’m not sure what to think of the interior, it’s very much like a cockpit and a little bit like KITT.

  • Utah aquarium starts construction of U2’s 360° tour stage “The Claw” for its new plaza.
  • I didn’t know AdvoCare was a local company – $150M penalty levied as FTC charges Plano company in pyramid scheme
  • China had a big military parade earlier this week. All their missiles had names on them written in English, so it’s obvious their intended audience is the West. Jalopnik has a good breakdown of their new weapons and vehicles which were displayed. The goofiest looking was a small two-person helicopter which reminded me of a toy GI Joe helicopter. Even as a child I didn’t think it was a feasible vehicle and would cause decapitation. But their stealth aircraft looks intimidating as well as their hypersonic missiles. Regarding those missiles, Jalopnik states, “if all of these weapons really are operational, China beat America again.”

  • One awesome dad.
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