Bag of Randomness


  • I was surprised to find out that To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee is still alive.  I was surprised to find out that was the only book she’s ever written.  I was very surprised to learn that she earns over $9,000 a day ($3.3 million annually) off royalties from her only piece of literary art.  When I was in high school, I was surprised to learn that the actual title of the book was To Kill A Mockingbird and not Tequila Mockingbird like I thought everyone was saying.
  • Most politicians don’t like to apologize or take responsibility, and they usually suffer for it.  But those that do, like Reagan for Iran-Contra and Kennedy with the Bay of Pigs, the public was fairly quick to forgive and move on.  Gov Chris Christie gave himself to the media for two hours apologizing and taking responsibility for what occurred and then offered a face-to-face apology to Mayor Sokolich.  It doesn’t matter if all of this was planned or orchestrated by Christie and his advisers, but it does mean he’ll be quickly forgiven and addressing it in this fashion makes it disappear sooner than later.  I’m sure he’ll survive it, and hope he does, because he’s one of the best things going for the Republicans and this country.
  • When I was in high school one had to choose to play in the band or football, students were unable to do both.  Over time high schoolers got to do both, which bothered me, but I warmed up to it since in high school one shouldn’t have to limit any talents or participation.  Yesterday I learned that a University of Texas student was able to do be on the football team and play in the band , and I don’t feel that’s okay in college as that’s when you have to start prioritizing life choices.  Perhaps that’s one reason the team wasn’t winning football games like they use to.  And yes, I understand he never got much playing time and is a walkon.  Here’s his Reddit Ask Me Anything, it turns out Mack Brown wrote his letter of recommendation to medical school.
  • I like that Johnny Manziel wrote a good-bye letter to Aggieland, and it’s something all major stars of a college program should do when leaving early.  But I can’t help but think it was put together by his new management group to show that he’s matured to help his draft status considering his off the field antics.  I’m not an Aggie fan, but I’d like to see this kid succeed.
  • In other related Johnny news . . . I was researching the reason Johnny Cash decided to play at Folsom State Prison, actually, why he wanted to perform in any prison.  In doing so, I learned his first prison concert was at Huntsville.
  • The movie Her seems quite interesting, but I was quite surprised to learn that all of Scarlett Johansson’s voice work was done after all filming.
  • NHL selling out more arenas than the NBA
  • Chile tried to build their first drawbridge, but they goofed by building it upside down.
  • Hard hitting TIME magazine investigation – 83% of  Teenage Girls Say Teenage Boys Use Way, Way Too Much Body Spray – 72% of mothers agree – Old Spice suggest just a two-second spray should suffice.
  • Condoms that come in packages with motherly advice – Momdoms
  • Disposable crock pot liners are your friend.  Speaking of crock pots, I find they are a great way to cook a baked potato.
  • Until yesterday I didn’t know that in both GMail and that you can select a list of items by clicking the first and then holding down the Shift button and selecting the bottom.
  • I could never visit the Island of Dolls in Mexico, I would have nightmares the rest of my life.
  • I really enjoyed the shouting match on ‘Elementary’ last night between Sherlock and Marcus Bell.
  • The ladies of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ swap their prison jumpsuits for designer duds in romantic ELLE spread
  • It Happens,’ Says Democrat Kentucky Lawmaker Who Accidentally Fired Her Gun in the State Capital
  • Texas Railroad Commission to hire quake specialist
  • If you are a fan of the DQ Bizzard and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, there’s now a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie Blizzard Treat.
  • I knew planes refueled in midair, but wasn’t aware helicopters could do the same, that’s one heck of a pic.
  • Plumbing conundrum:  When we turn on the kitchen sink cold water it comes out dirty, but after it runs a bit it’s clear.  I would think this would mean our water heater is the culprit, but this only happens with the cold water and is only isolated to the kitchen.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Owner and GM says:

    I was watching a PBS " Mystery!" episode a few months ago and an older lawyer/barrister was trying to impress/seduce a younger lawyer by claiming his favorite book growing up was "To Kill a Mockingbird", which she said was her favorite book also. I thought it was interesting that an American novel from the 1960's was so well known and popular in Britain.

    I was not sold on Christie's apology. I found it hard to believe that the assistant to Christie's chief of staff pulled this stunt off without ever informing her boss and that for months Christie, a former prosecutor, and his chief of staff, a former prosecutor, were unable to get to the bottom of it until AFTER all of the emails were made public. I lived in Jersey for five years and commuted to Manhattan every day. The traffic through the tunnels and bridges is unbearable. To add an extra hour for 75,000 New Jersey commuters as political payback to a mayor, who doesn't even use the bridge, is beyond sick. Also, Christie still maintains there may have actually been a legitimate traffic study. Come on, this scandal has been going on for weeks and you still don't know? If you believe that I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.

    Plumbing conundrum: perhaps the dirty water is a mixture of shale oil and natural gas. As long as you are not smoking a cigarette while washing your hands you will probably be OK.

  2. Dude says:

    Do you have a link to Christie actually saying "I'm sorry"? They were making fun of that on The daily Show last night, how he talked and talked but never said "I'm Sorry" just that it was "wrong".

  3. tommy says:

    Odd how a governor can face the music, answer all the questions, say I'm responsible, I apologize, this was wrong and I fired people and yet a president can say I didn't know anything about anything, pretty regularly, not be responsible, never fire anyone and that's enough..

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