Another Delay In My Return To Regular Blogging

I’m still waiting on the judge to sign the final divorce decree, but there’s been a new development regarding my health. For the past month or so, I’ve been progressively losing my fine motor skills, strength, coordination and there has been a change in the way I walk. After four MRIs and a visit to the neurosurgeon who performed my spinal fusion almost three years ago, it was determined I need to have cervical spondylotic myelopathy surgery. In short, it’s neck surgery to alleviate a spinal fluid leak and fuse some vertebrates and to make room to take the pressure off my spinal cord. Putting surgery off too long can lead to permanent nerve damage and eventual paralysis. There are three areas of concern, but only two need to be surgically addressed.

The severeness of my symptoms ranges throughout the day. There are times in which I can’t throw a ball to BoyGeeding, and then there are times I can do so, but with much difficulty and little strength. When I try to run, my brain tells my legs to move, but they don’t or slow in responding, and I end up falling. Sometimes typing, writing, and using food utensils are very challenging, but at times it’s not too bad, and I think I can tolerate life like this. However, my neurosurgeon has stressed this surgery needs to be a priority in my life. He’s going to have to go through my throat but said he can hide the scare well using a natural crease. I’m told I’ll have a really sore throat for a few days after surgery.

It’s been challenging working with the mother of my children since our separation back in February, even on what I think are the simplist of issues, so I’ve scheduled my surgery during the extended period in which I won’t have the children for Christmas break to avoid any scheduling or possession swapping conflicts. With no family to rely on, I’m going to have to depend on my church and a few select friends to take me to and from the hospital and to help me during the recovery process. It will suck waking up from surgery and not seeing any loved ones or have them visit, but c’est la vie. It’s an excellent opportunity to work on dealing with adversity, as if losing my wife, family, house, and going through a major job change this year wasn’t enough.

The positives:

  • I have the best neurosurgeon in the Dallas and he accepts my insurance. He’s the  Chief of the department of Neurological Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and you’ll see him on the sidelines during Cowboys games in a red cap as he leads the concussion protocol medical team. You’ll see on his website he’s Roger Staubach (and for you evangelicals) and Matt Chandler endorsed.
  • This is his second most common surgery.
  • It’s the same exact procedure Peyton Manning had done except I’m getting an additional vertebra fused. He’s also performed the surgery on a certain Fox Sports personality who used to play for the Cowboys. I can’t identify the scares on their throats, so hopefully you won’t see mine once I’m healed.
  • I should only have one overnight stay in the hospital.
  • When it’s my turn to have possession of the kids, I will have recovered enough to drive and do some light activities with them.
  • Once the judge signs the divorce decree, I’ll blog, but it won’t be consistent, as it will just depend on how well I’m able to type that day. Right now, it’s been a lot of hunting and pecking with my index fingers, which is a little tiring.

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An update on opening this blog back up again

Hello BagOfNothing Faithful,

I thought my return to regular blogging would have happened by now, but due to forces beyond my control, it’s been delayed. I first stepped away from blogging to focus on some personal concerns and my family. Then, the person who I used to be able to refer to as “WifeGeeding” for 17 years unexpectedly abandoned me and filed for divorce, despite us never going to a single counseling session or even meeting with our pastor one time. To my surprise, my blog, this little website, was used against me in court. Despite wanting to return to blogging, my attorney advised against it until the divorce is finalized. I was told last month that the divorce should be finalized by the end of October, but here we are, and I’ve probably revealed too much. Once we and then the judge signs the divorce decree, I’ll resume regular blogging. I’m guessing that will be early to mid-November.

Many of you have reached out to me since I first stepped away, and I’m sorry I didn’t take the time to reply. It’s been tough and didn’t know how to reply appropriately. A lot of you have informed me you make this blog a part of your morning routine, and I’m sorry that’s been disrupted for so long. It’s been tough, much tougher than I imagined. A year ago I weighed about 250-255 lbs, this morning I was 188 lbs. None of that weight loss was planned. I used to listen to U2 music to provide me comfort during tough times, but because I have such an emotional connection with the music and associate them with my soon-to-be exspouse, they are just too gut-wrenching to listen to.

As you would imagine, it’s been tough on both BoyGeeding and DaughterGeeding. Keep them in your prayers, as well as their mother and father. In the span of about eight months, I’ve lost my wife, family, and home. And, since my employer has moved me to another area after ten years in the same place, in some ways, I also feel I lost my job as well. Some of you may have seen this coming and some of you may think I deserve everything that happened to me. You may be right. All I can do is learn from the past, make amends, and work on becoming a better version of myself and a better father to my two wonderful children. Easier said than done. I fought like hell to keep my family and our covenant together. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, that’s not going to happen.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and loyalty. I hope I can make it up to you.



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Yet Another Random Bag of Randomness


Pilot Reveals Walk-Through Server Room Underneath Airbus 350 Cockpit

If you assumed that, like a small single-propeller plane, the electronics and computers that power an Airbus 350 are all hidden behind the cockpit’s instrument panel and walls of the aircraft, you’re underestimating just how much computing power is needed to operate a modern airliner. Inside the cockpit is a trapdoor on the floor that leads to the plane’s avionics compartment beneath, which can really only be described as a full-on server room with floor-to-ceiling racks of computers and other electronics and enough room for someone to actually stand down there.

F-bomb warning.

JFK rips into an Air Force general after it becomes public the military spent money on expensive furniture in case Jacqueline Kennedy went into labor.

A recording of a phone call between President Kennedy and General Godfrey McHugh, the Air Force aide to the President. Ever sensitive to public opinion, President Kennedy was horrified to open the paper one day and see a photograph of a navy aide standing next to an expensive new naval project — a hospital bedroom that had been built at a base on Cape Cod, to be ready in case Jacqueline Kennedy went into labor with their son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy. Such an expenditure seems modest today, but Kennedy was irate at the cost and, even worse, the publicity involved. This recording is a part of “Listening In, The Secret White House Recordings of President Kennedy,” available in stores now.

New under-the-radar Texas law gives beer, wine purchases an earlier start on Sundays

In May, the Texas legislature approved House Bill 1518, which allows for sales of beer and wine to start at 10 a.m. on the Lord’s Day. Under current law, beer and wine cannot be purchased until noon in stores. That all changes on September 1.

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Yet Another Random Bag of Randomness

People mention reoccurring dreams all the time, but you don’t hear people say they have reoccurring day dreams. Well, I’m one of those folks, and one reoccurring day dream I have is what it would be like to be a kid or teen again but with my current consciousness and knowledge and experience. I imagine how much less stressed I’d be about the unknown future and the confidence I’d have interacting with people and doing things. I’d also be able to take any feedback or criticism in stride and not let every negative thing make me question everything. I hope I wouldn’t make the same stupid choices with more knowledge and experience and I hope I’d be able to not really care what others think of me. My relationship with my parents and sibling would certainly be a lot better. Biff Tannen wise, I’d buy up a lot of domain names. For sure I’d take better care of my back.

Yes, it’s a week or so old, but I find this astonishing. I rarely complain about the Texas heat because I’ve learned to accept it’s just part of my life I have no control over. But hitting 100 degrees before a quarter after 8:00 AM is crazy.

Twitter mic drop.

Australian news – School asked boys to use rating system on girls, female students taught to keep virginity

The science of soap. We sample the fluids coming out of a car wash sprayer and look at how it sticks or doesn’t stick to your car. Is it there to clean or is it there to protect? Today on B2B, we’re going to run a couple experiments to find out the truth for you.

In case you ever wondered why you had to turn your old CRT television to channel 3 to play video games or use the VCR, here’s an insightful answer I found on Reddit.

Channels on old CRTVs that had TV tuners are basically different frequencies that you tune your TV to, like how you turn your radio to a specific frequency to pick up a channel you wanted to listen to.

Back in that day we had no way of transmitting the image and sound from the game console or VCR directly to the TV like we do today with S-video, component, HDMI, Display port, etc. So the simple solution was to turn the image and sound into radio waves frequencies and transmit it to the TV like a TV station. To comply with Federal regulations this TV signal from the console would have to be very weak so that it wouldn’t interfere with any other signal. This means that the console could only transmit the signal a few millimeters to centimeters. To get around this limitation they used coaxial cable to carry the signal but you still had to tune the TV into the frequency the console/VCR was transmitting at.

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