Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 27, 2023

  • Along with visiting every presidential museum, I feel one day I must make a pilgrimage to Graceland.
  • I watched the Elvis biopic last night and was blown away with Austin Butler’s performance. He dazzlingly transformed into Elvis. When I first saw him in promotional material, I thought his performance was going to suck. I’m glad I couldn’t be more wrong.
  • Who was bigger, Elvis or The Beatles? I’ll tell you this, at least The Beatles had each other, Elvis basically did it alone.
  • I got confused about a friend who was hospitalized with a hernia because the person telling the story pronounced hernia as her-knee-uh.
  • The Carolina Panthers are hiring Frank Reich as their new head coach. He was the organization’s first QB, and now he becomes their coach.
  • Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.
    • With a median income of $239,833, and a unemployment rate of just 2.2 percent, it’s no surprise to see Southlake flashing cash around. HomeSnacks shows the median home price for Southlake at $697,000, but as of this writing, Realtor.com lists the city’s median home price listing at $1.3 million.
  • Utah news – Permanent Halloween date wins unanimous approval from Senate committee
    • On Wednesday, a Senate committee unanimously approved a resolution that will make it so that Halloween is held on the last Friday in October, and not on its usual date on the last night of the month. Oct. 31 would still mark the “official holiday,” but it would now be celebrated on a permanent date.
  • A Connecticut business owner named her new breakfast spot ‘Woke’ as a pun.But then some conservative residents mistook the name and complained.
  • I’m allergic to alcohol and don’t drink it often, but I love this stuff. And, I never noticed the difference and feel misled – Lawsuit alleges that Fireball Cinnamon mini bottles are “misleading” because they don’t contain whiskey
    • In fact, the drink is a malt beverage flavored to taste like whiskey, much to the dismay of Anna Marquez — the Illinois woman who is suing Sazerac Company, the maker of Fireball, for “misleading” packaging. The class-action lawsuit, which was filed by Marquez earlier this month, alleges that the labeling on the small 99-cent bottles of Fireball Cinnamon look misleadingly similar to the labeling on bottles of its other product, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
  • BuzzFeed CEO Says AI-Powered Content Creation Will Become ‘Part of Our Core Business’ in 2023
    • “CNET, the digital tech outlet… disclosed that starting in November 2022 it had used an… AI engine to generate 77 stories… CNET is now halting the use of the AI tech after finding more than half of those stories contained factual errors or plagiarized sections.”
  • Dallas-Fort Worth leads the country in new hotels with 176 projects in the development pipeline at the end of 2022, according to the latest estimates from industry analyst Lodging Econometrics. New D-FW hotels in the works will add 20,790 rooms.
  • What tracking one Walmart store’s prices for years taught us about the economy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 26, 2023

 

  • I used to love drawing on those things. They had a certain smell, but I love the sound they made when it was time to clear or erase the board. I had a math teacher who bought them for the class to work out problems, and math was never more fun.
  • The girl I’m getting to know better threw a “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan reference at me. I’m surprised any girl my age would know who he was.
  • I’m neither for nor against term limits in Congress, but I like to talk about the strengths and weaknesses.
  • An endomorph friend of mine brought up Larry’s Shoes in a conversation. I haven’t thought of that place in forever. For you local folks, I remember one being next door to the Furr’s Cafeteria in Fort Worth. For the Geeding family, that was big time eating out.
  • I’m really enjoying Bono’s autobiography. The more I read, the more I want to be a better person and improve my relationship with The Almighty.
  • I give up, but I’m sure it’s just peanuts compared to everyone else – Classified records pose conundrum stretching back to Carter
    • But the article didn’t mention when this happened, I have a feeling it was over 30 years ago – Former President Jimmy Carter found classified materials at his home in Plains, Georgia, on at least one occasion and returned them to the National Archives, according to the same person who spoke of regular occurrences of mishandled documents. The person did not provide details on the timing of the discovery.
  • Texas Monthly – The Great Texification Of Dairy QueenHow a stubborn and savvy group of franchisees turned Midwest-based Dairy Queen into a Lone Star institution.
  • While reading this article, I learned the followingSoccer cleats are one of the only products made from kangaroo leather that are routinely sold in Oregon.

 

 

 

 

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, January 25, 2023

  • Interesting words from Pastor Andy Stanley It rocked Christians on social media, though leading with love and grace shouldn’t rock anyone. One would have to have a hard heart to disagree with him on this, especially as delicately as he stated it. Swap “gay” for “Democrat” and that’s exactly how I felt in the Baptist and evangelical church. Heck, it forced me out of those churches as I felt I was always walking on eggshells. And, it was how I felt every time I interacted with any in-law (except for the gay uncle).
    • A gay person who still wants to attend church after the way they’ve been treated… I’m telling you, they have more faith than I do.
    • “I may not be accepted here, but I’m going to try it anyway. Have you ever done that as a straight person.”
    • Where do you go that you are not sure you are going to be accepted and you go over, and over, and over, and over. Only your in-laws and that’s because you have to.
      • That’s the truth, and thankfully those toxic people are out of my life.
    • ‘What environment do you continue to step in knowing that at any moment you my be ostracized. No place.
    • The gay men and women who grew up in church, the gay men and women who have come to faith in Christ as adults, who want to participate in our church. A gay man or woman who wants to worship their heavenly father, who did not answer the cry of their heart when they were young, God said no. And they still love God.”
    • We have some things to learn from a group of men and women who love Jesus that much and want to worship with us.
  • That Burger King jingle is in everything I watch.
  • Interesting nugget when looking back on the Cowboys season. Zeke, Tony Pollard and Malik Davis all finished the year with no fumbles.
  • I’m willing to bet the house that I no longer own that Jimmy Carter doesn’t have any classified documents in any of his residences.
  • I wish all firearms and bullets were only available through Ticketmaster.
  • Texas State employees call for their piece of the budget surplus after years without raises
  • Microsoft’s Changes to Xbox Console Leave Republicans OutragedMicrosoft has announced changes to its Xbox console settings that is to allow users to save more energy and reduce the carbon impact of their gaming. But this has been read (or misread) by Republican representatives and organizations as the “woke brigade” wanting to “take your Xbox.”
  • Philly Is So Desperate for Lifeguards That It’s Recruiting People Who Can’t Swim
  • How to Delete Your House’s Pictures From Sites Like Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor
  • Here are the numbers for Texas – Income Needed to Be in the Top 1% by State
    Top 1% Floor: $641.4K
    Top 5% Floor: $258.4K

 

 

 

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, January 24, 2023

  • This video has been making the rounds and people are divided. Here’s the whole video if you want more context. For even more context, here’s an article, but here are the highlights:
    – The viral video has divided social media because when you watch the full version, you can see the boy won’t give up in his attempts to get the man to react.
    – While some said the man was justified in his actions and surprised he lasted so long, others said children should never be hit no matter the circumstances.
    – In a backstory, it is claimed the child and a friend had been terrorizing other kids at the park, for several hours.
    – It’s is also claimed the children were throwing rocks at a car and others, trying to scratch them, and were swearing at the man and his wife.
    – “The park manager told the kids to leave and they started swearing … then left for a minute down the path, threw down their bikes, and came back for more.”
    – The mother reportedly arrived and everyone apologised and sorted the incident out until a few hours later when the mother posted a short clip to Facebook of the man pushing her boy only, with his details including name and address.

  • Girl asks police to run DNA test on Christmas cookie for evidence of Santa Claus
    • “This young lady obviously has a keen sense for truth and the investigative process and did a tremendous job packaging her evidence for submission,” Cumberland’s police chief, Matthew J. Benson, said in the release. “We will do our very best to provide answers for her.”
    • The Cumberland Police Department responded to the young girl with “some already uncovered evidence in support of Santa Claus’ presence in her neighborhood” on Christmas Eve, a photo of what appeared to be a deer with antlers. The Cumberland Police Department said it is awaiting test results, and asked residents to stay tuned for more information.
  • Harrison Ford is usually a pretty tough person to interview. But, the folks at CBS Sunday Morning got him to open up and be at ease more than any other interview I’ve seen him in. It probably helps they did it at his ranch.

 

 

 

 

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