Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 29, 2016


  • When we got married, my friends gave me and WifeGeeding the same present, a toaster, six of the same kind. It really was a great idea. Wedding guests were trying to figure out what was in all of the same sized boxes all wrapped identical, we got a good laugh and memory out of it, we got something we actually registered for, and returned the other five toasters which were as good as getting cash. Well, the toaster we saved died on us this week, it almost made it 13 years.
  • Yesterday was Donuts with Dad at BoyGeeding’s preschool. Major props to the single mom that showed up wearing a men’s suit complete with a tie and fake moustache.
  • There are many songs I like but can’t understand the lyrics and sometimes the meaning. One of those songs came on the radio yesterday and thanks to my smartphone I was able to identify the song and the lyrics – “Kryie” by Mr. Mister. It’s a fun song, but I could never understand what or how to actually say”Kryie eleison” and chalked it up as some love song. Per the song’s Wiki page:
    • Kýrie, eléison means “Lord, have mercy” in Greek, and is a part of many liturgical rites in Eastern and Western Christianity. Kýrie, eléison; Christé, eléison; Kýrie, eléison is a prayer that asks “Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy”. According to author, the entire song is, essentially, a prayer.
  • The New York Times has a feature on Franklin’s Barbeque in Austin, along with a video segment. One set of tourists woke up at 2:00 AM to drive there and get in line at 6:20 AM.
  • News from the capital of Wales – The Guardian – An investigation has been launched after a pornographic film was accidentally shown during the funeral of a father and his baby son.
  • James Robinson – Should Religious Leaders ‘Get Political’? Yes, But … – I have often said that religious leaders should champion principles rather than parties and personalities. When pastors rush to jump on board this or that politician’s campaign, it risks making the church appear to be an arm of a party or politician. But the solution isn’t to disengage from politics. 
  • Benjamin L. Corey – 10 Tips To Raising Christian Kids After Fundamentalism – I feel like the title of the post sounds a bit hard (I’m a pretty passive guy, anyways), but the material in the article is more thought out and I really like #9 and #8, though many of you will vehemently disagree. I think the author needs to distinguish there are varying levels of fundamentalism, because sometimes there’s not a difference in these parental approaches, and at times he appears overly critical. But with many things in life, it isn’t about agreeing or disagreeing, but promoting thought.
  • Trump tweeted something when he should have checked Snopes first.
  • PunditFact‏ – How often do presidential candidates skip debates? More than you think – In 1980, Ronald Reagan passed on the last debate before the Iowa caucus, thinking he had the state in the bag. However, he lost the caucus to George H.W. Bush, who had a strong performance.
  • The NY Times – Donald Trump’s Twitter Insults: The Complete List (So Far)
  • I want what’s best for the country. I don’t think Trump is best for the country. But, I so want to see a Trump presidency. It would be a true test of balance of powers, me thinks.
  • Hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger – Eric Dickerson and Ricky Williams will rep Texas on upcoming ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
  • A website dedicated to businesses that are now housed in old Pizza Hut buildings.
  • CNN has an interactive tool to help you find your preferred presidential candidate.
  • The admiral in charge of Navy intelligence has not been allowed to see military secrets for years
  • GIF – Cow escape
  • House of Cards Renewed for Season 5, Creator Beau Willimon Leaving
  • It looks like they reunited at the University of North Texas – NFL legend, Coke kid reunite nearly 40 years after iconic Super Bowl ad – Pittsburgh Steelers legend “mean” Joe Greene and an all-grown-up Tommy Okon are reunited at a football stadium in Texas, reports CBS Pittsburgh.
  • This stuff is sold locally, in case you were wondering – GQ – What It’s Like to Eat Nothing but This Magical, Healthy Ice Cream for 10 Days – Halo Top is low in calories, low in carbs, and loaded with protein. But is it too good to be true? Our brave guinea pig puts the ice cream of the future to the test  
    • And here are his results – After 50 straight pints of ice cream, I clock in at 143.5 lbs (down 9.9 lbs) and 12% body fat (down 3%). I’ve lost some water weight, but no discernible muscle mass. I’ve added half an inch of muscle to my chest and slimmed my waist 1.5” to 29.5”. My biceps are the same size as they began.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 29, 2016

  1. Jason Truitt says:

    As a divorced dad and cynical lawyer, I’m suspicious of the single mom. I wonder if the dad even knew of the event, or if her motives were to make him look bad. Sometimes moms and dads both can’t make every little helicopter parent thing at the school, and that kind of thing makes me think the mom is either shielding the kid from reality, or taking a swipe at the dad. Again–cynical.

    You’re going to wait about four hours in line at Franklin’s no matter when you get there. They were probably not first in line, and still had to wait until the doors opened and then wait their turn. Get here at about an hour later and it’s the same, you just wait farther in line, but you didn’t get there as early. I love that place and the wait is worth it about once a year. Take a chair and a book, and buy the beer they bring by. It’s a great way to start a Saturday in Austin.

  2. John Mackovic says:

    I bet you wish you had saved one of those extra toasters. 😉

  3. DF of LL says:

    The football stadium in the Joe Greene pic is the Univ. of North Texas stadium in Denton, which is appropriate since Greene is a UNT grad.

  4. Dude says:

    Joe Greene was a grad from North Texas State, to be precise.

    And as far as the single mom story… I would agree that it's bad when mom or dad demonizes their ex, it's a shame when divorced parents can't be parents first above all things. Especially since kids are hard wired to love their parents no matter how shitty that are to them or each other. But it seems to me that this Mom was being fun and silly in a way that helped ease the "hurt" of being different than all the other kids. Or she could have just been a widow. Or a conniving shrew, I suppose. Or perhaps she's transitioning her gender. Wow, all this random speculation is FUN!

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