Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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  • Around 23 years ago my church youth group visited Burger’s Lake, and despite never going back, I fell in love with the place.  It’s a beautiful slice of summer Americana which takes you back and time and reminds you of all those goofy camp movies.  The place is unique in that it’s filled with natural spring water that’s been chlorinated.  Along with sandy beaches, there’s a trapeze, small and gigantic slides, and diving boards that range from ordinary to twenty feet in the air. I always told myself that if I were ever blessed with a family of my own, I’d return.  That happened yesterday, and it was the best day of summer by far.  I felt like I was on a real vacation, and at one moment, I just had this sense of feeling refreshed.
  • Back in 2008, Burger’s Lake had a big scare with the parasite cryptosporidium and closed for a while.  I have to admit that was a concern, but the next year they installed a new ozone-based water-filtering system and there haven’t been any issues.
  • I was also impressed with the lifeguards, all of which seemed really on top of their game, extremely watchful and professional.  They don’t put up with much either, but at the same time, were extremely friendly.
  • As a teen, I had a lot of confidence running off a diving board, even bouncing at the end several times to jump skyward.  Now that I’m older, I take smaller steps and just bounce once because I fear I’m going to slip and fall off looking quite the fool.
  • The trapeze that swings over the water is the most popular thing, but sometimes it’s hard to grab the bar as it swings back.  There’s a hook to help snatch it, and right as I was about to use it, a six-foot-six-inch high school kid grabbed it for me and said, “Don’t worry sir, I’ll help you.”  That was one nice and respectful young man, but at the same time, man, did I feel small and weak.
  • WifeGeeding swinging from the trapeze – She sounds like a cat just got run over but she nails the landing.
  • Speak of the teens, a lot of them had their GoPros.
  • One last Burger’s Lake mention, here’s an article that talks about the history of the place.  It would be a hoot to be there when they drain the lake and to see everything visitors have lost over the summer.  You don’t really understand how cold 69 degree spring water is until you actually feel it entering the lake.
  • It’s kinda hard to figure out which blonde woman our country is in love with the most this summer –  Ronda Rousey, Amy Schumer, or Taylor Swift.
  • An interesting read that was first published back in January – Even Robert E. Lee Wanted the Confederate Flag Gone
  • A Florida man attempted to chew off his fingerprints while in a patrol car to avoid being identified by the police.
  • Man Throws Chain Saws At Deputy During East Texas Chase
  • Weezer, Fitz and the Tantrums to headline downtown Dallas’ new Reunion fest during Texas/OU weekend
  • Today’s does of ‘MURICA!
  • Absolutely no gore GIF of the day – Unexpected accident at crocodile show
  • Sneaky Pete trailer: our first look at Bryan Cranston’s new show – Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as an ex-con who steals his prison cellmate’s identity and starts working in the bail bonds industry.
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  1. Richard says:

    My parents took me to Buger's lake all the time when I was a kid.

  2. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Hmmm, Give me Taylor Swift. Ronda Rousey would just intimidate the heck out of me… and I would have instant tired-head being in the same room with Amy Schumer.

  3. CowtownDoug says:

    A Fort Worth gem! Did you have the nerve to jump off the high dive?

    • Geeding says:

      I jumped off the highest one I could find, which appeared to be 20 feet. I think there use to be one higher, maybe a 30 footer, that’s been removed?

  4. David Bryant says:

    Looked at the lake on Google Maps and realized the satellite image was taken when the lake was drained. See it here:

  5. ALEC says:

    Look at the Mrs. sporting the bikini. Quite fetching, congrats. I went to burger's lake and it was great. My 11 and 12 year olds love the place. I think the price is a little steep, but maybe it just keeps away trouble makers.

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