Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 18, 2016


  • I’ve been a bit under the weather as of late and went to the doctor on Friday. The practice I’ve been going to for over a decade has been sold so I’m getting accustomed to a new doctor. I brought BoyGeeding along and the doctor stated that I started late in life to have kids. BoyGeeding is my youngest, he’s four, and I’m forty.  Compared to my father, I’m started pretty early, he had me when he was fifty-two.
  • After the doctor’s visit, we visited a bakery that was next door. On the way to the restroom, I saw Bob Sturm having coffee with some friends. I doubt he remembers my name though I’m sure he remembers my face from the time I hung out in studio with him and the time he accepted my invitation to speak at my Sunday school class. Being sure he gets noticed and bothered in public more than he’d like, I decided to let him be and avoided eye-contact. However, as we came out of the restroom he made sure to say hello to me and my son. Nice guy, that Bob Sturm, despite sometimes being a sports-bully.
  • Busy weekend:
    • DaughterGeeding has no been in taking taekwondo for a year now, and on Friday night, she earned her blue belt. If you are keeping track, she’s gone from white, yellow, orange, green, and now, blue.
    • I’m not the kind of parent to video and take pictures of everything my children does, but I wish I was rolling film at BoyGeeding’s tee-ball game. A batter hit the ball much harder than expected and it was zooming right towards BoyGeeding. I thought there was no chance in Hades he’d get the ball, but he looked like a hockey goalie sacrificing his body to stop a puck going into net. He dove to his right and used his body to stop the ball, scoop it up, and threw it.
    • We took the kids to their first opera at the high tone Winspear Opera House. Granted, it was just “The Billy Goats Gruff” but it was still our first opera. Well, at least the first for me and the kids. WifeGeeding is all cultured and stuff so I’m sure she’s been to an opera before. I’m now cultured for the year.
    • Since we were only a mile away from my favorite BBQ place, Pecan Lodge, we decided to have an early dinner. Even though it was only a little after three in the afternoon, the line was still out the door which accounted for about a 45-minute wait to place an order. The young couple behind me were from the Long Island area, and to my astonishment, spending their honeymoon in Dallas. I always thought DFW was a great place to live, but not much for a vacation spot, especially a honeymoon. However, after spending a few days in DFW, they drove to Austin and then came back to Dallas. For the most part, they said Texans didn’t really stick to the stereotype and both were blown away at the friendliness, and they loved seeing all the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes along the highways. It wasn’t until they started to walk around downtown that they thought about checking out Dealey Plaza and wasn’t aware it became a tourist attraction. As for Pecan Lodge, it was underwhelming for me this time.
  • It took me a while to accept that I’m a very sensitive person and that being one can make life harder, but at the same time, it allows me to be more attune to the needs of other people.
  • I caught a little bit of Ken Burns’ new documentary on Jackie Robinson and had no idea the Dodgers traded him to the New York Giants, though the trade was never completed. Robinson had already planned to stop playing and take a job as an executive at Chock full o’Nuts.
  • An East Texas waitress got a thousand dollar tip to help with college.
  • Beef prices on the decline
  • GIF – This slide into second base was on the front page of Reddit yesterday. I have no idea how old it is and was the first time I saw it, but thought it was most impressive.
  • I had no intent on watching HBO’s Confirmation, the film about Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation and Anita Hill’s testimony, but when I turned the television on, it just happened to be on and all the archived footage pulled me in. A few thoughts:
    • Greg Kinnear’s performance of then Sen. Joe Biden is excellent. It’s not quite on par with Jamie Foxx’s performance of Ray Charles, but it’s pretty darn close.
    • The film isn’t favorable towards Biden, so if he was running for president, it would be interesting to see how much it would have affected his campaign.
    • There were a couple of casting surprises for me. I’ve got a bit of a crush on Zoe Lister-Jones, from CBS’s ‘Life in Pieces’ and then “Martha” from FX’s ‘The American’s’ did a great job playing Thomas’ wife. And there was also another cast member from ‘The American’s’ in the film.
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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 18, 2016

  1. RPM says:

    I was also surprised to see "Martha" in the cast and was impressed with her performance. I don't know if they were intentionally hard on Biden or if it was historically accurate, but you are correct in thinking it would hurt his chances. They did portray him as someone more interested in the shock factor than getting at the truth. Either way, Kinnear's performance was very good.

    I've never been to Pecan Lodge, but it's on my short list of places to try along with John Mueller Meat Company in Austin.

  2. Towski says:

    43 with a 4 year old. Scoreboard.

  3. John Mackovic says:

    – I'm just as baffled as you about choosing DFW for a honeymoon.

    – Hi, this is John Mackovic and I never listen to Bob and Dan on the Ticket.

  4. sara says:

    My hubs is 45 and our first is due in June. I'm 32.
    Was the MD young? You could have said he was to old/young to be a doctor.

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