Bag of Randomness


  • I’d say about 80% of the time I’ve known WifeGeeding, she’s been to bed before 10 PM, and I don’t think I’ve seen her stay up past 1:00 AM.  Since she’s become a mother and works out around 5 AM, she’s now usually in bed closer to 9:30 PM.  So it was more than surprising that she stayed out with a group of neighborhood girls to about a quarter to 3:00 AM over the weekend.  It didn’t bother me at all, she was the designated driver and deservedly needed a break from motherhood and family life.
  • I bought some “healthy” soft drinks to try and thought they tasted gross.  For the last three months, I’ve been meaning to take the leftovers to church and add them to the food donation bin, but it kept slipping my mind and they just sat on the pantry floor.  I finally remembered this Sunday and as I placed them in the car, DaughterGeeding was expressing her displeasure at me getting rid of them.  I couldn’t figure out why since she never tried the product, and then she said she uses them to step up on to get candy from the upper shelves in the pantry.
  • My hometown of Mineral Wells has been harshly impacted by a severe drought for several years now.  Someone anonymously donated $25,000 for a water well to be dug next to the city pool to keep it in operation for the summer.  I don’t know much about water wells, but this was surprising . . . it will supply more than 1,000 gallons of water every hour when the pool opens in June.
  • Jerry Seinfeld was on Letterman’s Friday show and that had to be one of the best late night talk show moments of all time.
  • If there’s one thing I learned from that Bruce Jenner special, it’s that he’s left-handed.  For some reason, that makes his Olympics accomplishments in the decathlon more interesting to me.
  • I hear the Irish are hard on each other, and The Irish Times is being hard on U2 – Why are there so many tickets still on sale for U2′s upcoming tour?
  • There’s a high school student in China who has carried his disabled best friend to class for three years‏, and they are at the top of their class.
  • I stated that Brian Williams’ days at NBC was over, and I think it’s now a certainty.  On Friday, there were reports that NBC News found that he embellished stories at least 11 times.  Over the weekend, there have a been a few more leaks of his demise and struggle with is bosses.  It’s just a matter of time now, and I’m surprised it’s been this long.
  • For the last three or so years, the tilt function hasn’t worked on one of the blinds in our living room, and it’s just been one of those things we’ve put up with because taking it to get fixed is pricey.  But this weekend I decided to check out YouTube for the proper way to re-string the tilt mechanism and in about an hour it was as good as new.  I did this when WifeGeeding was gone hoping to surprise her, but when I showed her it was finally fixed the next morning, she just kinda listlessly responded with an “Oh…”. #bummer
  • Local College Football Salary NewsThe Dallas Morning News compiled a database of compensation information for athletic directors and entire football staffs, from head coaches to graduate assistants, for schools in the Big 12, SEC and the North Texas area. – This is pretty cool because they include the salaries for some of the obscure jobs like film specialist, director of big screens/game entertainment, laundry coordinator, and television show host.  But you aren’t going to find any info on private institutions like Baylor or TCU because they are not subject to Freedom of Information requests and didn’t disclose any financial data.
  • Best Buy sent me a $5 coupon since I haven’t shopped there in a while and I decided that would be a good excuse to buy Interstellar on Blu-ray.  This is a big thing for me as I tend to think buying movies is a waste of money since you can stream almost everything, but I wanted to see the three hours of behind the scenes features.  Well, it turns out they were not only sold out of them in that store, but only a handful of Best Buys in the area had them in stock.
  • YouTube – DFW Ghostbusters
  • While eating at Chick-fil-A on Friday night, DaughterGeeding walked out of the play area a bit teary-eyed telling us a girl said she wasn’t a Christian.  We asked what was said to make her think and say such a thing, and the girl (perhaps four or five) asked DaughterGeeding if she was “saved”, and when she responded that she didn’t know what “saved” was, that’s when she said she wasn’t a Christian.  Back in my Baptist days, I recall a bit of “wiggle-room” for young children called the “age of innocence” or “age of accountability“.  Perhaps due to that girl, that is now lost on DaughterGeeding.  But that incident did remind me of the old Eskimo and missionary story – I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’
  • Somewhat related, BoyGeeding told WifeGeeding that Jesus doesn’t love her.  When she inquired as to why, he answered saying his Sunday school class sings “Jesus Loves The Little Children” and the song doesn’t mention “adults” even once.
  • ’60 Minutes’ had a double segment on the U.S. Air Force’s Space Command which I thought was very cool, and I always find it entertaining and neat how high-ranking military and government officials answer questions that they can’t answer because it would reveal classified information.  A lot of things stood out, but I’ll give you one.  They monitor 23,000 manmade objects in space, 1,300 of them are satellites, so the rest is just space junk as small as old gloves.  About a decade ago, China test-fired a weapon into space and it hit one of their old weather satellites, which created 3,000 pieces of space junk.
  • I think the Wendy’s commercial girl is more attractive than the AT&T commercial girl.
  • Over the weekend, new Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy’s Bently got stranded in high water. But don’t feel too sorry for the alleged domestic abuser – He left in a white Ferrari, leaving the Bentley to be towed away. It took the tow truck driver several hours to get the Bentley out of the water and onto the truck.
  • I never thought about using tater tots to catch a burglar – A Placerville man was arrested in Petaluma Thursday afternoon after he broke into a house, had himself a snack of tater tots and set down on a sofa to take a nap, only to be discovered by the startled resident, police said. – Article
  • Last night’s ‘Mad Men’ was directed by former cast member Jared Harris, whose character killed himself.  It’s kinda a cool that he got to reunite with the cast despite being left hanging.
  • The YouTube video of the Mount Everest base camp being hit by an avalanche which resulted from the earthquake was something else.  S got real right around the 25-second mark.  Here’s a link to a climber who’s updating his blog about this experience with pictures.  In the video, you’ll see a lot of climbers running to their tents, but per the blog, that was a bad idea. – People in tents were wrapped up in them, lifted by the force of the blast and then slammed down onto rocks, glacial moraine and ice on the glacier. –  Also, most injuries occurred from the hurricane type winds created by the avalanche than from snow impact.
  • Last night’s ‘Silicon Valley’ had a venture capitalist billionaire that makes bad decisions but got all his money by putting the radio on the Internet.  Per one character, “The guy is a joke.  He’s a boorish, pompous, womanizing douchebag, who got lucky 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since then.”  Is Barry Green now a writer for this series and taking metaphoric jabs at Mark Cuban?
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness

  1. Jason says:

    Sounds like you may end up with the same theme song I had for my first wife:

    Yes, it's four o'clock
    In the morning, baby
    I'm sitting here waiting on you
    Yes, it's four o'clock
    In the morning, baby
    I'm sitting here waiting on you
    Yeah, you say you're going out dancing
    But the dance hall closes at two

  2. Nathan says:

    That incident with DaughterGeeding really infuriates me. I am confused about how such rigid delineation of who's in and who's out is helpful to teach children. In fact, when I read the Gospels, I encounter a Jesus who did just the opposite. He consistently pursued the outsiders, inviting them to become insiders by his unconditional love. What DaughterGeeding encountered on that playground was not Christlike at all, yet it was done in the name of Christ. The child's parents and their church are obviously the ones to blame here. So disappointing.

  3. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    LOL, good luck discussing the whole ageofaccountability/whathappenstopeoplewhodiethatneverheardofJesus thing with people at Church.

  4. warren says:

    Re: U2 and the story about ticket sales. The reason the Irish media are tough on U2 can be found in the last line of the article. In a time of economic struggle in that country, what the U2 corporation did after reaping the benefits of the Irish tax system for so long was a slap in the face to the Irish people.

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