Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 15, 2016


  • The name “Alan Rickman” sounded familiar but until yesterday I couldn’t tell you a single thing about him. Yeah, I know I posted a pic of his Die Hard character the other day, but I didn’t know his name or could identify him in other films. Heck, I’ve never watched any of the Harry Potter films.
  • I just noticed that Jennifer Lopez is on a current running show on Fox and NBC on the same night. Last night, three hours of Jennifer Lopez was on during primetime.  That girl knows how to manage a career. I just happened to have ‘American Idol’ on in the background and an auctioneer from Iowa auditioned. She stated auctioneer school is ten days. I had no idea there was such a thing.
  • There was a lot of local news attention yesterday, and I somewhat expect it to become national, about two neighbors in Plano suing each other. One neighbor homeschools and had a playhouse (HOA approved) built next to the fence which is very close to a neighbor’s house, maybe four feet away. The non-homeschooling-neighbor is annoyed and plays explicit rap music. It seems like many are trying to turn this into an attack on homeschooling, but it appears to be more of a noise level affair mixed in with some HOA back and forth bitterness, which is how CBS11 reported it. However, Fox4’s Heather Hays overly abused the homeschooling angle during the 9:00 PM broadcast, despite the homeschooling advocate she was interviewing stated it wasn’t about homeschooling several times, but she kept pushing it was an attack on homeschooling and it looked so blatantly biased. CBS11 was able to get a very, very brief interview with the loud music playing neighbors but Fox4 claimed they wouldn’t talk. I think it’s simply one neighbor being annoyed children are playing loudly so close to her house with the legal right to do so, and they are immaturely retaliating by playing loud adult content music. To stir the pot even more, the family with kids is white and their neighbors are black. So with all of that, I can see this story getting out of control depending on how it’s reported. I’ve seen many local Christian bloggers stating it’s an attack on homeschooling.
  • I find myself holding back feelings of happiness and I’m not really sure why. If I were to guess, it’s because I feel guilty because I know there are others that are worst off and I don’t deserve that amount of happiness and that I’m analyzing if what is making me happy is sinful or not. That’s not a knock at anyone or anything, it’s just an observation I have about myself and me working on overcoming those issues which shouldn’t be an issue at all.
  • How Picabo Street was named – Her parents decided to let Picabo choose her own name when she was old enough, so for the first two years of her life she was called “baby girl” or “little girl”. At age 3 she was forced to be named in order to get a passport. She was named after the nearby village of Picabo.
  • More on those USA Freedom Kids that was in the Trump video I posted yesterday. According to the article and their website, they travel to each event in a pink stretched Hummer limo. I get a kick out of their About page because they have quotes ranging from Ronald Reagan to Taylor Swift. Ah, kids will be kids.
  • Senator Rand Paul wasn’t part of last night’s debate but he was on ‘The Daily Show’ in a one person debate. Trevor Noah told him he was going to take a shot of Kentucky bourbon whenever Paul didn’t directly answer a question. Only part of the “debate” aired (all of it is online), but Paul provided answers that were well explained and didn’t do any dodging. I doubt I vote for him, but I have a mostly favorable view of him, and there’s a lot I like about his libertarianism.
  • I didn’t catch any of the debate. I heard Cruz had some sort of zinger aimed at Trump about his eligibility. But I was surprised when I saw on Twitter how Carly Fiorina came out swinging hoping to grab some headlines by saying, “Unlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband.”
  • Someone asked Secretary of State John Kerry, “Mr. Secretary, who are you wearing?” as he passed by, and his facial expression is pretty funny.
  • Church and Politics – Recent quotes from Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) regarding the current president and the Christian tradition
    • He’s using the Christian tradition and trying to bring about compassion by bonking Republicans over the head with the Bible
    • Our side, the conservative side, needs to reeducate [sic] its people that we own the entire tradition
  • GIF – This girl takes burpees to the next level. I count five before the loop, and I get dizzy just thinking about doing them, not that I could.
  • Soccer Double Headshot GIF #1
  • Soccer Double Headshot GIF #2
  • Soccer Double Headshot GIF #3
  • I used to work in Westlake so I knew it was a crazy speed trap for such a small town (7,524 tickets in 2015, 6.43 tickets per resident), but here’s some other info I either forgot or didn’t’ know about the town:
    • …a median household income north of $250,000, which is where the Census Bureau stops counting.
    • Children there are automatically admitted to Westlake Academy, the charter school the town established 15 years ago as an alternative to the Southlake or Keller school districts.
    • It has the lowest effective tax rate of any municipality in North Texas, levying a mere $156.34 for every $100,000 of appraised property value, 32 percent lower than in Highland Park.
  • Buzzfeed – This Couple Remarried Each Other 23 Years After Getting Divorced – They were married for 23-years and had three kids, remarried, and both widowed. They just kinda struck things back up at their son’s wedding.
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 15, 2016

  1. RPM says:

    7,524 tickets in 2015, lowest effective tax rate of any municipality in North Texas. Sounds to me like they are funding the city by ticketing outsiders.

  2. RPM says:

    Almost forgot, Alan Rickman was fantastic as Sir Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest. "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!"

    He was also very good in Blow Dry, Quigley Down Under, Something The Lord Made, Dogma and he was the best thing about Bottle Shock. The guy was legit.

    • Ben W. says:

      The line "By Grabthar's hammer…………..what a savings" is one of the best-delivered lines I have ever seen. Between that and his role in Dogma, it's easy to see that Rickman was underutilized for his comedic skills. While I've never seen a single Potter movie, either, my 15-yr-old loves them and was hit hard by his passing. I understand – he was one of those actors that, when you saw him, you knew that he was going to turn in a strong performance, regardless of the material. I wish I could have seen him on stage, where he apparently excelled as well.

  3. Larry says:

    Rickman was also the Sheriff in Robin Hood with Kevin Costner. That role displayed a little comedy as well.

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