Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 3, 2015


  • I forgot to mention when we were on top of the Guadalupe Peak summit, WifeGeeding was able to get a strong enough signal on her phone we Facetimed with her parents and our children.  She’s a Verizon Wireless customer if you are wondering, and they are missing out on a tremendous advertising opportunity.
  • Even though my phone was off during our flight to El Paso, my smart-watch displayed the elevation change from take-off to landing, as well as the climb.
  • Right before the drive, WifeGeeding’s best friend handed my some Starbursts and said, “Your wife tends to get ‘hangry’ easily, you’re gonna need these.”
  • Thoughts about several climbers we encountered at Guadalupe Peak:
    • We passed two East Texas men on our climb up who were taking a long rest.  They expressed to us they hike all the time in Arkansas, but this climb was killing them and they were regretting carrying so much on their backs and were planning on camping on the mountain side.  We passed them on the way down before they got to the campsite.
    • A shirtless man wearing jean shorts and a backpack was hiking back down drinking from a beer can in a koozie greeted us and said, “This is the high life.” I thought I was in the middle of a beer commercial.  Some of you may remember those old Miller high life commercials.
    • A man close to his sixties was hiking in black socks and hiking sandles.
  • It’s been a total of five days since I’ve checked my RSS feed for any blog material, and it’s been a bit liberating. Normally, I keep all unread content to zero by the end of the day.  When I opened it up yesterday I had a total of 794 unread items.  I just decided to clear all of them and make it a fresh start.
  • My favorite comment from yesterday was from Crackers, our escaped turtle, “Hey Keith, it\’s me, Crackers. How\’s it going? My journey to the beach is going really well so far. Just wanted to say thanks for the head start you gave me by dropping me off in the neighbors yard across the street. You saved me literally 3 days of walking and it\’s one less street I had to pass over. I hope your kids bought the story about me getting \”lost\”. LOL. Well, according to my GPS I only have 18 years, 245 days, and 12 hours before I make it to Galveston. Should be a fun journey! I\’ll check in from time to time along the way. Tell the Geeding Family I said hello.”
  • I also want to express my thanks and appreciation for those of you that took the time to comment about my birthday and climb, it meant a lot to me.
  • ‘Texas Country Reporter’ is about to enter its 43rd season and Bob Phillips will now have a co-host – his wife, Kelli.
  • A Sam Houston State University student tweeted that Houston Deputy Darren Goforth deserved to die, and she was later arrested for outstanding warrant.  Somewhat related:  It’s my understanding that the Houston Sherrif Department is larger than the city’s police department, which is rare – why is that?  Jurisdiction between the two have always confused me a bit.  It’s my understanding that police deal with city matters and the sheriff department deals with county matters, but since the city is within the county that throws me off a little.
  • In other Houston news – Teen accidentally kills himself while taking gun selfies, police say
  • Wooden shoe boat on a river transporting a tiny Darth Vader
  • Researcher Finds Jesus in Ancient Planetary Alignment – Somewhat related, but I can never see any constellation, they all look like a Rorschach test to me, or one of those 3-D pictures where you stare and something is supposed to stand out, which never did for me.
  • Our latest electric bill was $275.
  • That period of time when the cashier is getting my change and me putting it in my wallet always feels a tad awkward.
  • Charged her as an adult for being a minor – NC Law: Teens who take nude selfie photos face adult sex charges – After a 16-year-old Fayetteville girl made a sexually explicit nude photo of herself for her boyfriend last fall, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office concluded that she committed two felony sex crimes against herself and arrested her in February. The girl was listed on a warrant as both the adult perpetrator and the minor victim of two counts of sexual exploitation of minor  
  • This series of instagrams of a toy Storm Trooper from Star Wars going around Disney Cracks me up, especially when he’s looking at Spaceship Earth.
  • She already won an Oscar for portraying one Hollywood star and she might just do it again – Kate Blanchett To Take on Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin-Scripted Biopic
  • Google Sheets (YouTube link), their version of Excel that works online, has a new feature called Explore that charts and graphs your data for you with one click of a button help you analyze the data better.  Google also has other enhancements to their Google Docs that you read about here, which includes long-form voice transcription.
  • Verizon has a new logo.
  • How People With Disabilities Have Sex – For people with disabilities, sex and sex education remains an accessibility blind spot. Activists and educators are working to change that.
  • BBC – Culture – The mysterious origins of punctuation
  • Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!
  • If you are a fan of our local sports radio station The TICKET, you have to check out Drop Toons TV.  Some guy took TICKET audio (I DON’T WANT AUDIO) and made cartoons to go along with them, and it’s pure greatness.  The best one to watch, because it includes so many of the radio personalities, is the Ragonk 15 for 15.  The cartoon Craig Miller cracks me up the most.



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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 3, 2015

  1. Jason Truitt says:

    My precinct in Harris county is largely outside Houston city limits, and is more populous by itself than nine states. And that’s just Pct. 4. So the sheriffs office is huge.

    Been on vacation myself (sitting in SEATAC) right now, but enjoyed your posts. I’ve hiked Guadalupe a few times since about 1982, and it never gets old. Last time my wife and I got stuck in a hail storm in the last stand of trees before the summit. Tried to wait it out, but had to head back down. I was disappoint. I was also freezing, even though I hiked Big Bend the day before and it was 104, and the next day Seminole Canyon was 103.

  2. RPM says:

    Cate Blanchett as Lucy? Interesting!

  3. Triple Fake says:

    the shoe boat is interesting. I wonder if the connection was intentional. A wooden Dutch shoe is a sabot. Vader is Dutch for father (on paper at least, but pronounced differently)

    The self-inflicted selfie death and the selfie criminal charges are technology's way of helping nature finally catch up with, and serve some well-deserved justice to, the Idiocracy generation

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