Bag of Randomness


  • An old friend (actually, my very first friend) called me to ask if I knew anything about our 20-year high school reunion.   He made an interesting point that at the 10-year reunion almost no one was married or had kids and he’s sure that has now changed.  All of that made me wonder about how much we’ve changed from previous generations as I’m sure most were married and had kids before their 10-year reunion.
  • There are lots of rumors of U2 playing the Apple event today but the Irish Times says it will only be an appearance and while the new album won’t be available for download, it can be streamed on the new device.
  • What will we discover first, the wreckage of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane or the reason why Ron Washington resigned?
  • CBS11’s lead story last night was on a sexual assault on the SMU campus.  A female student stated a man with a knife grabbed her from behind as she was jogging near campus around 11:15 PM.  WifeGeeding made a very valid point – don’t go jogging alone so late at night.
  • I’m surprised no one has mentioned the possibility of Jerry Jones signing Ray Rice when or if he becomes reinstated.  I’m thinking if Michael Vick can make a comeback, there’s a path Rice can take that involves all sorts of community service and whatnot.
  • A lot of folks can’t stand Chris Berman, but he was doing play-by-play last night and wasn’t bad or irritating.  But then again, I only listened for about ten minutes.
  • The only thing that I really wanted as a kid that I never got was a trampoline.  Thanks to Craig’s List I found a great one for just $80, new ones run around $250-$300.  WifeGeeding and I found it’s a great way to get the energy out of the kids when we are running on fumes.  I do get a kick out of DogGeedingII jumping on it on his own to bounce with the kids.
  • I caught the Bear Grylls special with Deion Sanders that aired last night.  Deion was hamming it up a bit too much and you could tell certain “spontaneous” things were planted.  Other than that and seeing how Deion was overly promote Under Armor, it was okay.  Several times Deion prayed in tongues, seriously.
  • There’s a new Auto Trader commercial with the original Bo and Luke Duke in the General Lee.   John Schneider has held up much better than Tom Wopat.
  • I hope my criticism of June Jones didn’t cause him to resign yesterday.  I’m sure he takes the comments of a chubby-half-Asian blogger seriously.
  • The one thing that has bugged me about the Frisco murder case is that the media will frequently mention that the Indian mother nodded yes when asked if she killed her son.  What I’ve never heard mentioned is that certain Indian subcultures, nodding the head means no and left/right is yes, exactly opposite of what Americans are use to.  I experienced this firsthand when I worked at Southwest and had to share a cube with an Indian who would do this all the time.  At first it was frustrating, because I would be explaining something to him and he would shake his head left/right in agreement but I thought he was saying no.  It wasn’t until another Indian coworker informed me that he was actually agreeing with me and that his culture’s head shaking is opposite from ours.  Here’s a clip in which the Indian Consulate in NY brings it up during an interview with ‘The Daily Show’ and here’s a BBC News article about it.
  • Bill Murray Likes Female Ghostbusters Idea, Has Casting Suggestions – Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Linda Cardellini, and Emma Stone
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA – If you like firearms, cowgirls, pickups, and the outdoors, here’s some sexy wallpaper for your computer.
  • The shotgun formation was created in 1961 by a San Francisco 49ers, not to help the quarterback to throw, but to run.  That coach later worked for Tom Landry who modified it for the passing game.  I found all of that in this interesting Rick Gosselin article.
  • Inside Capitol Hill’s black market: Snacks
  • I guess they just aren’t selling – Amazon Drops The Price Of The Fire Phone To 99 Cents
  • CBS Sports – Classic U.S. moment: European journalist to DeMarcus Cousins: “Do you know where Slovenia is?” Cousins: “No, do you know where Alabama is?”
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. RPM says:

    Don't pick on Tom Wopat too hard. He's 10 years older than Schneider. And those are Hollywood years.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Assaults on and near campus were a big news story back when I was in law school at SMU 4-5 years ago. I can't imagine why any young person would go running alone in that area after dark. I know the campus newspaper and security placed lots of warnings when I was there, and I'm sure they're still doing it. I think that because the area seems so "nice," students are lullled into a false sense of security.

    Like Bill Murray, I would go see an all-female version of Ghostbusters – especially with that cast. Good job, Bill!

    Today's dose of 'MURICA – lose the gun & you've got a great picture there…

  3. SpanishWarDonkey says:

    I would say 80-90% of the kids I went to high school with (’06 GHS Graduate), are already married and of those I’d reckon at least 60% have children. Some have 2. Drives me insane. Some have been married and divorced and already remarried. I’m only now getting married next year, a few weeks before my 28th birthday, after being together for 5 years. I think a lot of kids got married trying to prove they were ‘grown up’, whatever that means. Then when they didn’t feel validated at the adult table, they decided to have kids. Forget the fact they’re burried in student loan debt and/or don’t have a career, much less a job that pays a damn. I’ll never understand dating somebody for 6-8 months then getting married. Maybe that’s just me though. Rant over.

  4. The Czar says:

    I've had the same problem with the Frisco murder case. According to police press reports they were basing their case in large part on questioning a person who is not native to this country and then accepting the nod of her head as a confession. I would think a defense attorney could demolish this as being a true confession.

    Female Ghostbusters: Melissa McCarthy is truly talented but she has not translated her humor all that well to movies. In all of her recent comedies, being foul-mouthed has been a major element of her humor. She'd have to lose that for a family film like Ghostbusters…at least in my opinion

  5. jimmy rustles says:

    Shame on Wifegeeding for her response to the rape story. That attitude places some of the blame on the victim. The victim bears no responsibility for being raped. How about we teach men not to rape women instead of criticizing the victim for her choices?

    This is America, a woman should be able to jog whenever she feels like it.

    • Ben W. says:

      Not sure if this is sarcasm or not – the Internet makes it hard to identify sometimes. If it's sarcasm, I say: well played. If it's not sarcasm, I would reply:

      I understand your point, and even had the same thought for a moment. But this seems to be a bit removed from "blaming the victim." It seems more like a mother/woman expressing common sense. While I agree with your tenet that a woman should be able to jog whenever she feels like it, in reality that isn't always the case. Just because one CAN do something doesn't mean one SHOULD. For example, I can wear a KKK outfit into Compton, but that doesn't mean I should (or would) do that. Like I mentioned in my earlier comment, there have been several issues in that area in the past few years, and I know that SMU campus security and the administration have been working to warn the students to be careful. So while the victim bears ZERO responsibility for what happened to her, and I hope she gets help to deal with the issues that she'll bear from this, this should also serve as a reminder that bad people ruin things for the rest of us and sometimes we should change our behaviors to avoid those possibilities.

      And looking at this from another angle – is it only considered "victim blaming" because it's a crime of a sexual nature? What if this were a situation where the woman was mugged and had her phone and some money stolen? Would we still view WifeGeeding's comment as "victim blaming"? What if the victim were a man?

      I get your point, but what WifeGeeding said was a far cry from saying "did you see what she was wearing? She was asking for it!" or some other form of victim blaming or slut shaming.

  6. RPM says:

    Coincidentally, today is Tom Wopat's birthday. 63. h/t-WTDS

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