Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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  • I cried twice yesterday.
    • WifeGeeding and the kids are in East Texas visiting family and I was all alone. I received a phone call from my domain registrar and web hosting company inquiring about the quality of their service and the primary purpose of and and if I’d like to extend my current contract. As I was explaining the purpose of the latter website, which is to provide information for a scholarship created by the mother of my friend that was to be my best man at my wedding, I choked up. Suddenly it hit me, it was the thirteenth anniversary of his death, a crazy kayak accident. He died exactly one week before our wedding. I can’t think of one event without the other. I apologized to the representative on the phone for making it suddenly awkward. Suddenly it as a whirlwind trip down memory lane of where I was thirteen years ago. I was in Mineral Wells with my family, and WifeGeeding was in East Texas with her family, where she is now. The coincidence of her being in East Texas on this date resurrected all those feelings and emotions of that day. While I was thankful I was with my mother at the time, and no one can comfort like a mother can, I just wanted to be wrapped up in my fiance’s arm but felt separated, and here I felt separated again.
    • Before bedtime, WifeGeeding sent me the above picture which my best man’s mother posted on FaceBook to honor her son. He looks so adorable, so innocent, so full of joy. It made me think of all the life that he had in front of him. It made me think of all the times I went bowling with him, and he was damn good, and the time we won the intramural tea bowling championship in college. It made me think of the few times I took my children bowling, and it made me think of my daughter who is named after him.
      • After I calmed down, I turned on the nightly news and saw a story about a two-year-old at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort being drug into the Seven Seas Lagoon. This was where WifeGeeding and I spent our honeymoon. I remember the day in which we went parasailing and jet skiing in the Seven Seas Lagoon. Right before the start of those activities I was warned about the possibilities of alligators and kept thinking about the loss of my friend a week prior and me making the headlines about being attacked by a gator on my honeymoon. The gator warning affected me so much I didn’t enjoy our time jet skiing or parasailing. Of all the tweets last night, this one stood out.

  • Yesterday, LiberallyLean mentioned a lawyer friend from another town dropped by and gave him some home grown tomatoes. Man, that brought back some memories. When I was a little-bitty-Geeding in Mineral Wells, my mother grew several things in the backyard – tomatoes, chili peppers, jalapeños, bitter melons (which I always thought was under-developed corn), okra, cucumbers, eggplant, and moqua, which has a fuzzy outside layer and was about a foot long in most cases. The tomatoes grow like crazy, and it was my job to deliver sackfuls of them to our friends and neighbors.
  • I knew someone that was very crude and perverted but said he likes Sinbad the comedian because his comedy is clean and without cursing.
  • From Texas Monthly – Waxahachie ISD, with about 8,200 students, approved the $500,000 purchase of a digital scoreboard
  • Baylor University Interim President told to remain silent
    • Baylor’s Interim President David Garland admitted he had been instructed not to speak with the media before having KCEN HD News thrown off campus on Tuesday.
    • I can see Art Briles coming back to Baylor after a year out of football and the spotlight. He’d have to stay off the grid for a long while, admit he’s made mistakes, repented, felt guilt, went to counseling, talked to victims, and now wants to do right and have some sort of platform based on the prevention of sexual violence. I’m not saying I’d want that to happen, but if crafted just right, our society is a forgiving one and likes a redemption story.
  • YES! – Curb Your Enthusiasm returning for 9th season
    • Asked why he decided to come back, David said, “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”
  • Husband’s arm amputated, officer bitten after Alabama woman’s rampage
  • Google Fiber may expand to Dallas
    • The super speedy Internet service is eyeing Dallas, which would be its third city in the Lone Star state. It has already staked out Austin and San Antonio. Google Fiber must work out the logistics with city leaders before reaching a final decision on whether Dallas would become the 23rd U.S. city to have or to be scheduled to get Google Fiber.
  • Facebook Offers Tools for Those Who Fear a Friend May Be Suicidal
    • On Tuesday, in the biggest step by a major technology company to incorporate suicide prevention tools into its platform, the social network introduced mechanisms and processes to make it easier for people to help friends who post messages about suicide or self-harm. With the new features, people can flag friends’ posts that they deem suicidal; the posts will be reviewed by a team at the social network that will then provide language to communicate with the person who is at risk, as well as information on suicide prevention.
  • Netflix’s iPad app now supports Picture in Picture multitasking
  • Chick-fil-A Opens on Sunday to Feed Blood Donors in Orlando
  • F-bomb warning because of a Billy Ripken baseball card reference – Fun with Blasphemy: The Exciting World of Biblical Typos
  • Buzzfeed – People Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Talk About The Memories They Never Want To Forget
  • While watching Colbert last night, I was surprised at his chalkboard skit, that he went that far with Tump. But it reminded me of the SNL skit of Tim Meadows playing OJ using the telestrator and “accidentally” writing “I Did It”.


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5 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 15, 2016

  1. Peggy says:

    I love you, you know that don't you?

  2. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Great Post today… get that extra hug from Mrs. Geeding and family.

    No joke… I am a big fan of Evernote, the cloud based note taking, pictures, etc. app. One of my notebooks on the app is simply titled "Never Forgets." And it is full of things that I don't want to be forgotten. At least not to myself in this lifetime.

  3. John Mackovic says:

    OK, now I am starting to tear up.

  4. Bryan says:

    Great post. It's awesome that you're not afraid to discuss emotions like that.

    Larry David's answer for why Curb is returning is the most Larry David answer possible.

    I was dragged kicking and screaming to a Sinbad concert at Bass Hall in Fort Worth during the holidays about 10 or 12 years ago. The tickets were insanely expensive and I was convinced he wasn't funny. I'll be damned if it wasn't one of the funniest standup routines I've ever seen. It wasn't squeaky clean but it was pretty close.

  5. towski says:

    The alligator story killed me too, as did the imagery from the gorilla story earlier. I think it's because, having a four year old, I'm so empathetic to what those parents must be dealing with.

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