Bag of Randomness

  • The construction of Bacon Man.
  • There’s not another cooler or more energetic 59-year-old than Bruce Springsteen.
  • I finally succumbed to that burger and fries I so wanted after watching the last episode of How I Met Your Mother. It was a burger joint in Dallas called Chips, which I just recently discovered had more than one location.
  • I ate there with a coworker named MIke.  Chips is one of those places where you give them your name and when they call it out, you go pick it up.  Since Mike is a common name, he always gives the name Elvis.
  • There is now a painting of the Bush shoe throwing incident.  eBay
  • Coke is removing the name “Classic” from their cans.  Article
  • As a kid, I always enjoyed the Bud Bowl commercials.
  • I made a Brenda Warner post a while back, and for the past two weeks that one particular post is getting a lot of traffic.
  • I saw Tiki Barber interviewing Larry Fitzgerald, and noticed that Fitzgerald has the biggest and brightest set of teeth I’ve ever seen.  Really.
  • It was nice seeing Bill Belichick on the pregame show describing film in an unfiltered fashion.  He even seemed likable.
  • I had to attend a workshop for Christian college instructors over the weekend.  Because of a traffic accident I decided to cut through the Preston Hollow neighborhood where Dubya is about to live.  No, I didn’t drive by his house, but I was highly impressed with that upscale neighborhood.
  • These workshops are always interesting, as you have some college instructors dressed business professional in sharp looking suits and others dressed in worn out clothes who look like they haven’t washed in a few days.  I dressed towards the more professional end, since I’m the youngest in the room I have to appear that I deserve to be among them.
  • Cell phones were always going off during the seminars, yet I’m sure most of them get really ticked when this happens in the classroom.  Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t . . .
  • There was no way that someone could be able to attend all the seminars, but some of the most interesting ones were Cheating by Christian Students, Teaching ADD/ADHD Adult Students, and Confidentiality Considerations.  For instance, avoid bullet points in your PowerPoint presentations if you have an ADD/ADHD student, and we were told just how much information we could give the FBI or CIA should they contact us regarding a referral.  Oh, and if there is a violation regarding student confidentiality, then the institution can lose the ability to accept student loan payments.
  • I also learned that if a student can prove a high severity of dyslexia, that the state will actually provide someone to read the text book to the student and even attend class with him or her.  That almost reminded me of a Simpsons episode where Homer was trying to gain enough weight to be declared disabled so he could work from home, or was it to get a assisted monkey . . . maybe I’m confusing two episodes.
  • But some topics were pretty darn boring.  For instance, in one seminar a disabled elderly college instructor entered the room riding one of those mobility scooters.  After about five minutes she fell asleep, and not only was she snoring loudly, but she started dreaming and was talking in her sleep.  I was about to get video of this with my cell phone just because I know my wife wouldn’t have believed me, but right when I reached for it someone politely woke her up.
  • The workshop started off with one of my colleagues giving his testimony.  He’s a doulbe Ph.D., one of which from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Oh, and he looks like an older Max Weinberg.
  • His youth was spent in Brooklyn with his Jewish family, and they later moved to Dallas when he was still a kid, and was the only Jew in the entire school.  He said he remembers evangelical Christians asking to hold his hand in a prayer circle and all of them praying for his salvation, something that deaply offended him at the time, so much so, when he signed yearbooks his senior year he did so with this message on all their yearbooks, “Roses are red, violets are blue, if it wasn’t for Jesus Christ you too would be a Jew.”
  • Eventually he attended college and optained a degree in philosophy.  After graduation he was teaching a philosophy course at a junior college.  A female student in class asked him about Jesus being a philospher, and he discredited that notion.  She asked if he would read up on that, which he agreed, and she asked only that he be fair.  During his studies and with his Old Testimate knowledge he learned in his Jewish faith, he started to embrace this Jesus character.  That female student in his class became his disciple for eight years, and later became his wife.
  • He stated his actual salvation experience, or conversion, or the moment he was born-again happened when he visited the grave of Jewish parents in a Jewish cemetery.  I was able to track him down later in the day and asked him if he wouldn’t mind answering a question for me, and if it was too sensitive I would understand if he didn’t want to.  I asked if he thought if his parents were in heaven.  To sum up his answer, he said from what his study of the Bible, scripturally he believes his parents are not in heaven and was something he wrestled with for quite some time.  That lead to a deeper conversation, and of my colleagues in passing jovially yelled at me, “Oh . . . you DTS students.”  That made me laugh, and even though I’m not a seminary student or grad, I took it as a compliment.
  • This Baptist Christian Jew also told me that when his Jewish family learned of his conversion, they held an actual funeral for him.
  • He said as a young Jew, the rabbis use to tell him that if you read past Malachi you would burn.  That made us all laugh.
  • That’s all I got regarding the workshop.
  • I’m tempted to check out an Episcopal church, but I’ve really embraced the Presbyterian church we’ve been visiting.  As a matter of fact, I was just asked if I would be interested in teaching a few of the Sunday school classes.  That’s a nice gesture on their part for someone that has only been there for four weeks, but I have also talked to several of the men in class and have made a connection, and they have often called in my in Sunday school reagarding certain denominational topics.
  • They also invited me to a men’s retreat.  I usually loath retreats as I prefer to stay home with family, but I’m tempted.
  • Speaking of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), it appears they might have the ear of Obama.  Article
  • WifeGeeding and I decided to check out the traditional worship service, as we only have attended the contemporary service.  After so many years of attending nothing but contemporary services, there was something touching about being in a reserve and stoic ceremony.
  • After church WifeGeeding and I decided to eat lunch at Chicken- E.  This one is new to our area, but it’s what you would probably expect, you can order individual meals or family meals.  We noticed a group of senior citizens walk in, take a paper copy of the menu, and then sat in the back where for a full 15-20 minutes we heard them debate what was the best deal, and how to split up the cost.  It was comical, touching, and frustrating all at the same time.
  • I can’t stand the guy, but I read an elightening Rush Limbaurgh op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal the other day, and it really had me thinking.  However, I just read a James Carville counter-point that was just as enlightening.
  • My neighbor haven’t seen me in a while and thought I lost a few pounds.  That felt nice.
  • This article talks about Troy Polamalu’s Greek Orthodox faith.  It appears, and I wasn’t aware, that they genuflect the opposite direction.
  • I’m not sure what I think of the new GI Joe movie, but here’s the trailer.
  • I think the Hyundai commerical with the luxury car makers yelling was pretty effective and spoke to the market they were targeting.
  • Can you guess the most poverish place in the U.S.?  Link
  • A cake order goof that us nerdy folks will snicker at.  Link
  • There was an interesting Letterman show on Friday.  He had the mother of Bill Hicks on the show.  Back in 1993 Letterman had the comedian on his show, but did air his routine because it was a bit edgy for 1993, and Hicks died of pancreatic cancer about four weeks later.  Letterman invited his mother on the show to apologize and to air the clip in its entirety.
  • The new U2 song was played during a halftime commercial for an NFL commercial.
  • I miss Super Bowl player introductions.  Now they just introduce the team, and that started in 2002 with the Pats because they wanted to show they were a team and not a bunch of individuals.
  • Great national anthem, but can anything ever top Whitney’s version?
  • I learned in pre-game that Jerome Bettis and Mike Tomlin grew up as Cowboys fans.
  • OK, I wasn’t happy with the Steelers winning the Super Bowl, but they deserve it, and they are lucky to have such a great owner.
  • One thing I have appreciated about the NFL over the past three or four seasons is the way they have honored the past.  It all starts at the very first pre-season game with the Hall of Fame Game.  The current day plays line up in the middle of the field as the newly inducted Hall of Fame members walk past them as they are introduced.  Then, at the Super Bowl the Lombardi Trophy is presented by a past NFL great.  This year it was presented by Joe Namath.
  • And I’m taking the cute route with today’s random theme show intro.  YouTube
  • Grace
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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. sheila says:

    We have many educated economist, historians and experts who can offer insightful ideas on the current economic crisis.

    Rush Limbaugh is not one of them. He is an opinionated talk radio host with an objective to spread hate and anger his listeners. He is concerned about his ratings. Nothing more.

    We cannot afford to allow Limbaugh to shape our thinking and influence our decision making during this critical time. There is just too much at stake.

  2. Brett says:

    Preston Hollow is a great area. It used to be even better – before he started his museum, Ray Nasher’s home was there, and he bought the lot next to his and put some of his $350 million dollars worth of sculpture out for the public to enjoy.

    Ah, Punky Brewster. But I can’t think about that show without remembering how gorgeous Punky grew up to be. Soleil Moon Frye…

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