Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, January 6, 2016


  • This comment was posted yesterday and I wanted to share it in case it got overlooked. It’s raw and helped me gain some perspective and I want to thank the person for taking the time to write it. It was a response to Gordon Keith’s loss of his parents and my thoughts of being “orphaned” or without any living parents.
    • I’ve been nobody’s son for several years now, and both my parents are still alive. You spend a lot of time missing them, and I suppose that’s admirable in some ways, but you should spend more time being grateful for having had great parents. I realize those two emotions may be inseparable, and it’s not meant as a criticism. But for those of us who have had drunk assholes as parents, then spend a significant number of years trying to be the good son, then finally decide to cut the dead weight from our lives, it’s liberating. I’m not sure I will know when my parents die. I know for certain I won’t grieve for them.
  • I too had to part ways with a close family member, one that I idolized as a kid and teen. And as much as I miss the relationship, I’m thankful I no longer feel like I’m walking on eggshells or trying to make it work. Sometimes you do have to cut the dead weight, and it is liberating.
  • For those of you that have gotten a lot out of Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer’, I think you’d enjoy the series ‘Rectify’ which is also streaming on Netflix. At least, give the pilot a try. In short, the main character, Daniel Holden, was imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old friend, Hanna. After 19 years on death row, new DNA evidence vacates his original trial, and he returns to his small Georgia hometown. The DA that tried him is now a senator trying to reopen the case with other small town politics coming into play, and you get to see Daniel try to adjust to a world which passed him by, by 19-years.
  • Natalie Cole died on the last day of 2015 at the age of 65. I bet many folks would be surprised to her that her legendary father, Nat King Cole, died at the age of 45.
  • I never knew that former President George H.W. Bush resigned from the NRA back in 1995.
  • If you want to win a Ted Cruz engraved shotgun, enter for a chance to win at his website –
  • Nigerian email scammer faces 30 years in Texas jail
  • Josh Hamilton must be devasted – Sherlock’s on Central Expressway closes as lease expires
  • An interactive chart of causes of death in the U.S.
  • Buzzfeed – This Mayor Had Been In Office Less Than A Day When She Was Gunned DownGisela Mota, 33, was in charge of Temixco, Mexico, for only hours before she was killed.
  • According to this Dallas Morning News interview, a $510 million data center by Digital Lewisville LLC is going to be built in Lewisville.
  • Shepherds pie is back at Costco, you have no idea how happy that makes me.
  • WifeGeeding should know better than let me shop at Costco alone. I was asked to just pick up toilet paper, green tea, and protein shakes, and I left with much more than that.
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  1. RPM says:

    I tried to get into Rectify because it's run by Ray McKinnon who played Reverend Smith on Deadwood. I thought he did a masterful job with that character and was intrigued by the story of Rectify, but the pacing of the show is way too slow for me. It seems like everything is a slow extraction process. Not a bad show, just not a style I'm comfortable with.

    Double check that date on Natalie Cole.

    • Geeding says:

      Doh! I wrote a check the other day and was proud I didn't write 2015 and here I am goofing up the year on a death. LOL. Thx!

  2. John Mackovic says:

    – I have to admit, I had to google "Shepard's Pie" because I had no idea what it was.

    – Y'all make me appreciate how blessed I am to have a great family.

    – To be fair, the 90s did see peak jack-booted-thug-government-agent behavior. (see Ruby Ridge, Waco, Elian Gonzales)

    – Sounds like a typical trip to Costco for me, I can never get out of there without spending $100.

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