Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 21, 2016


  • Years before we had children, we heard this great suggestion for accidental bedwetting of a toddler that we started to use today. Basically, you cover your mattress in two of everything regarding sheets and mattress protector. So you start with a mattress protector and then put on a fitted sheet on like normal. But on top of that, you put on another mattress protector and then another fitted sheet. If a child has an accident in the middle of the night, you just take off the top pair of mattress protector and fitted sheet and throw those in the washer. You’re left with a bed that’s ready for a child to get back into (after cleaning them up, of course) and fall asleep, and pray they don’t it again that night.
  • When I think of bedwetting I’m reminded of two things I saw on television.
    • A Micheal Landon movie that’s a tiny bit of an autobiography, The Loneliest Runner. A 13-year-old boy has a bedwetting problem. His mother solution is to hang her son’s stained bed sheets up in the window for everyone to see. To avoid embarrassment, the boy runs home every day to remove the sheets. Eventually, all that running turned him into a gold medal winning Olympic runner, and in a post-race interview, he credits his mother for his success as a runner.
    • There was an episode during the ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ jump-the-shark years when Mr. Drummond married a television aerobics instructor (seriously, that happened, and she was played by Dixie Carter) who had a young red-headed son named Sam that roomed with Arnold. That’s right, Mr. Drummond had a red-headed step child and his step children could not look further apart. Arnold and his step brother shared a room, but not with Abraham the black goldfish, he was already dead.  Sam slept on the top bunk and Arnold had the bottom bunk. However, Sam had a bedwetting problem and used a sheet that made an alarm sound if it came in contact with any liquid. One night the alarms sounds, Sam apologizes, and Arnold states that it’s OK and while laying in bed and opens up a large yellow umbrella.
  • In case you forgot Landon’s cause of death, it was pancreatic cancer, the same thing that got Patrick Swayze. You know, both men had the same hairstyle in the Eighties, I may be on to something.
  • Please dont flush your goldfish in Minnesota– Giant goldfish are becoming a problem in Minnesota lakes, and wildlife officials are warning fish owners who no longer want to care for their pets not to flush them down the toilet or dispose of them in lakes, ponds or waterways.
  • Just seven months – Star Wars: Episode VIII delayed until December 2017
  • After scolding from FAA, Dallas Cowboys get permission to fly drones at practice
  • The Food Lab: Building a Better Egg McMuffin – They use a clever technique with the lid of a Mason jar that I want to give a try. – By placing the lid and screw ring of a Mason jar upside down in a skillet, I had a perfect English muffin–sized mold in which to cook my egg. Moreover, because the egg never comes into direct contact with the bottom of the pan, it stays tender and white as it cooks.
  • Yesterday, posted a Bloom County comic, which was the first time I heard of such a comic.
  • On last night’s ‘Daily Show’, Trevor Noah referenced the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy. I remember watching that movie with my parents and laughing my tush off. But as an adult looking back at it, I wonder if Don Draper wrote the script.
  • M*A*S*H – I’ve only watched the last episode (with the rest of the country) and the movie.
  • Last night on The TICKET’s weekly show, Intentional Grounding, they had the architect of AT&T Stadium on as a guest. I only caught the end of the interview, but something didn’t smell right. He was asked about the east/west orientation of the stadium because, as the public has noted, the sun shines directly in players’ faces in late afternoon games unlike traditional north/south stadiums. He stated it wasn’t done to avoid glare on the huge midfield screen, but because the alignment would be beneficial for the overall complex as it continues to be built and looks better alongside the Rangers’ stadium. He then said eventually something, I believe a building, would be built to block the sun. The hosts then asked about the acoustics, which we all know is horrid, and he stated it has improved so much it’s one of the best sounding venues in the world, as the American Airlines Center is. I know all us local folks miss Reunion Arena when it comes to concerts.
  • “Hey, small world, what brings you here?” – Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and Texas head coach Charlie Strong pose for a picture outside the house of a recruit.
  • I watched Showtime’s new political show ‘The Circus’ which is created by the authors of the books Game Change and Double Down. If you like a unique perspective of what goes on inside a campaign, it’s worth a watch.
  • I’m very careful about giving out my mobile phone number, especially to any business or organization, but last night some kid from Baylor called asking for money. It happened once last year as well. My only connection to that university is being married to one of their graduates and maybe stepping foot on their campus a total of four times.
  • Buffalo Bills hire NFL’s first female full-time asst. coach. coach – CBS affiliate WIVB reported Smith, one of head coach Rex Ryan’s assistants, has officially been promoted to the coaching staff as the new Special Teams Quality Control Coach.
  • Dallas real estate agent to appear on ‘Survivor’
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9 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 21, 2016

  1. Alan says:

    Uncoated metal rings are a pain to clean and the egg sticks to it, just get the silicone rings at Bed Bath & Beyond or online. The steam trick works well, just like Mcdonalds. Also use a non-stick pan with butter.

  2. RPM says:

    M*A*S*H was fantastic, especially the early episodes. It began to wear thin in the last season or two, but still had some gold left in it. 21.2 runs 2 episodes every night starting at 6pm. They are midway through Season 9. You can pick it up at any time but it's best watched from the beginning with the original cast.

    I second using the silicone rings. Easy to use, easy to clean.

  3. AndreaJN says:

    I haven't tried it, but I read a trick about using puppy training pads under a kids sheet in case of accidents.

    MASH was a fantastic TV show. I found the movie sad and depressing, but the show was very funny, and at times, very touching.

  4. John Mackovic says:

    (I guess you were listening to BAD radio episode 4077 yesterday)

    I agree with RPM about MASH, the first few seasons were some of the best in TV history. It starts going downhill when Trapper and Blake leave. After Radar leaves and Klinger stops wearing dresses, it's nearly unwatchable.

    Don't you use Google Voice w/Project Fi? You can easily block incoming calls from numbers you don't want by going to and selecting "Block caller"

  5. Ben W. says:

    Pancreatic cancer is what just claimed Alan Rickman. It's a bad one – its symptoms tend to present so late that it's already metastasized.

    Bloom County was fantastic. It had a deft combination of silliness and political wit that appealed to the nerdy teenager that I was. It often dealt with current political events, so re-reading it now doesn't have quite the same impact, but there are still plenty of timeless strips that make me chuckle.

    I'll echo everyone else's thoughts on MASH – great at the beginning, tailed off a lot at the end.

    Those "world-class" acoustics at AT&T were so great that hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people bailed just a few minutes into the premiere of movie 13 Hours that was held there last week. You know the audio is bad when Texans walk out of a free screening of a war movie.

    • Jason says:

      Hard to tell if they left because of the audio, or because they weren't true-believing Hillary haters and didn't expect the three hour pandering pre-movie show.

      I like Potter better than Blake, Hunnicutt better than Trapper, and Charles better than Ferret Face, so I actually think the series got better with time. I liked Radar, but I hear he was a real ass in real life. Never liked Klinger in any incarnation. All series pander in the script from time to time, and MASH was no different. You can catch re-runs on a daily basis on MeTV. Same with Hogan's Heroes, my all-time favorite as a kid. At least before Colonel Hogan got killed because of all of his porn issues.

      • RPM says:

        I've heard the same thing about Gary Burghoff. Apparently he wasn't easy to work with nor was he fan friendly. I guess being typecast will do that to you.

  6. John Mackovic says:

    By the way, Berkeley Breathed, the creator of Bloom County, is a Longhorn.

    The comic strip actually started in the student newspaper, The Daily Texan.

  7. Johnny says:

    You must go back and watch MASH from the beginning. Just about the best thing that's ever been on TV. If you're judging just by the last episode and the movie, you're missing the best parts.

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