Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 21, 1975


  • If you could spare, perhaps, just one minute of your day – Send a fun Halloween note to a Texas Children’s patient. We will deliver the notes, along with the cute Halloween finger puppets above, just in time for Halloween.
  • Right before bedtime, ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ came on the television when the kids were in an adjacent room.  I didn’t think they were familiar with Peanuts music, but the moment they heard it play they ran to the living room and their eyes were glued to the TV for the next half hour.  We had to move bedtime back a little bit, but I sure didn’t mind.
  • Before the start of DaughterGeeding’s taekwondo practice, I was waiting to speak to her instructor about her upcoming belt test this Saturday.  A mother and her son (probably a third-grader) were in front of me, and the mother told her child to tell the instructor why he isn’t wearing his belt today (parents can remove a belt as a form of discipline).  The kid tearfully explained that he used taekwondo to attack his teacher.  I thought the instructor handled it well with his response and working with the parent.
  • I ordered something for BoyGeeding off Etsy that was going to take about three weeks to make and was scheduled to ship on the first of October.  When it didn’t arrive by the sixth, I emailed the seller who apologized, stated due to Halloween she had more business than expected, and would upgrade my shipping to Priority and have it sent out by the end of the week.  She didn’t hold up to that commitment and it wasn’t mailed until the sixteenth, and I didn’t get the item until the nineteenth.  I left an honest review stating the item was of excellent quality and noted the shipping issues.  She contacted me a few hours I left the review and refunded me the $7.00 in shipping she originally charged me and apologized again.
  • I’ve mentioned before that the father of a close friend had a liver transplant, and thankfully his health has improved.  However, his house burned down this week.
  • It won’t happen, but I think South Carolina should hire Mack Brown as their next head coach.  They have a history of hiring head coaches with past national championships, like Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier.  Add in the fact that Mack Brown’s last head coaching gig before Texas was North Carolina, a sports gossip columnist or tabloid could write a believable article.
  • While watching ‘Fargo’ on FX Monday night, I saw a commercial for their new upcoming series or mini-series ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ where you see John Travolta play Robert Shapiro.  I’ve searched online, but I just can’t find the commercial anywhere.  However, on the way back from driving DaughterGeeding to school on Tuesday, I heard a commercial on a hip-hop radio station about the Cochran Firm.  They kept making it a point to reference the late Johnny Cochran, saying, “Yes, that Johnny Cochran”.
  • If I recall correctly, guests get a modest check when they appear on late night talk shows like ‘The Tonight Show’ or ‘The Late show’.  This made me wonder if Larry David, Tina Fey, and Alec Baldwin got any compensation for their appearance on ‘SNL’ last Saturday.  I’m thinking no, that they just did it for the fun of it, but I have nothing to back that up.
  • This man took corn on the cob to the next level.
  • The Dallas Morning News interviewed a man that still operates 19 Blockbuster stores in Texas and Alaska.
  • A lot Texans are upset with this New York Time’s recipe for Texas chili.  The biggest offense seems to be the using of beans. Others don’t like that it has ground beef, while some are confused by the use of a “chili sauce” and others feel it’s simply a stew and not chili.
  • Dartmouth Researchers Authenticate Controversial Photo of JFK’s Assassin
  • Palm PistolThe World’s First Production Handgun for the Disabled
  • MasterCard tries out ‘selfie pay’ for online purchases
  • Mark one for capitalism – 500 Storm Troopers Invade Great Wall Of China, Star Wars Hype Crushes All Global Resistance
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, October 21, 1975

  1. Larry says:

    Every Texan knows that chili does not have beans in it. If it has beans, it is stew or soup, but not chili.

  2. ALEC says:

    1. I can't help but think that all those martial arts studious are scams (you are getting very good, we can make you better and you can earn a yellow belt if you renew). It also keeps parents out of the summer sun, while telling themselves that their kids are exercising.
    2. Kid attacked teacher-martial arts teach discipline (see number 1)
    3. Discipline is thought at home.
    4. I hope a different type of belt was "earned" by the little punk.

    • Geeding says:

      I shared a lot of similar concerns so I made it a point to research each studio we visited. Our church friends started their child in taekwondo about ten years ago and now he's on scholarship at UCLA, won international medals, and looks to make the Olympic team <a href="http:// (” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(” target=”_blank”>( We're really proud of the young man and his folks have talked about how they've seen it improve his confidence among other things. I like that our studio just won't give out a belt, but it has to be earned. I've seen several kids fail their belt test and have to practice and take it again, and have seen them drop a belt color for various reasons. As for discipline, I say it starts at home and can be learned outside of it. As I look back on my life, my parents instill some strong discipline in me, but I also have to thank my football, basketball, powerlifting, swimming, and track coaches, along with teachers and pastors along the way.

  3. Tim says:

    re: …while telling themselves that their kids are exercising.
    I agree. Ever notice the amount of overweight adults in martial arts?

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