Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 15, 2016

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  • Another week, another tragedy. Actually, it’s more than just weekly.
  • I was watching the ‘CBS Evening News’ when the French tragedy in Nice was developing. I have to hand it to Scott Pelly for stating several times that “the information is not as reliable as we’d like‏.” Too often, it seems the news, especially CNN, likes to roll with whatever they get and throw it out there.
  • I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t like wearing sandals when I got out in public. I tend to make sure I wear good shoes that give me the ability to quickly move around if something crazy should happen.
  • This may be a first for product placement, but DC Comics threw in a Snickers in the middle of a Batman and Superman fight against Doomsday.
  • It wasn’t until earlier this week that I knew what to call that thing when people stick out their tongue and blow to make a sound of flatulence causing saliva to spray. I was informed it’s called a “raspberry”. It never occurred to me it had a name. I also thought a “raspberry” was when you press your lips on a kids belly and blow, tickling them and making the sound of flatulence.
  • The more I look at this picture of the Bushs and Obamas, the more I smile and laugh.
  • Well, I was totally wrong about Trump picking Newt for his VP. Overall, I think he made a real solid choice in Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. I’m not saying I endorse the ticket, but with Pence’s experience in Congress, as a governor, a  calm demeanor, and a Tea Party like candidate before it blew up, it’s good politics. It was also good politics, and simply the right thing to do, for Trump to cancel the announcement with the tragedy in Nice.
  • I’m curious to know if Pence is required to wear the red “Make America Great Again” hat or if that was a potential sticking point.
  • A new Pew Research Center survey conducted June 7-July 5 finds that about six-in-ten Americans (59%) feel exhausted by the amount of election coverage, while 39% say they like getting a lot of coverage about the election.
  • How the Windy City became the doughnut capital of the country
  • The folks at Comedy Central must be depressed – The Daily Show Fails to Net Emmy Nomination For First Time in 15 Years‏
  • Homeless teen bikes 6 hours to get to college, sleeps in tent
    • Officers found the teen sleeping in a tent over the weekend outside a local college. Instead of giving him a ticket for trespassing, the officers listened to his story – and that’s where this amazing story begins.
  • When It Comes To Sports, Photographers Train Almost As Hard As The Athletes
  • On the local news, I saw that one of the slain officers will be buried in Detroit. The news stated Southwest Airlines was going to add an extra flight from Dallas Love Field to Detroit, and any police officer that wanted to attend could fly for free. They also allowed cops in other cities to fly to Dallas for free to attend any local funeral. Gosh, I love that company.
  • After the Orlando shooting, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines both offered free flights to Orlando for families of victims.
  • Bereavement fares have disappeared on most U.S. airlines
    • Among the largest U.S. airlines, only Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines still offer so-called bereavement fares. Those tickets, however, come with a big caveat.”They are a very small discount off the walk-up fare” — a costly unrestricted ticket, said George Hobica, founder of the site. “Even if you can find one, they are not any cheaper.”
    • A spokesman said Virgin America offers 40 percent off, but the policy is not listed on the website of the smaller carrier, which flies to only 21 U.S. airports.
    • American Airlines and United Airlines ended bereavement fares in 2014. Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air don’t offer them.
  • I miss those old cartoony looking maps you’d see of cities and amusement parks, here’s one of Dallas from 1985.
    • The map shows two Cityplace towers so I’m guessing it’s a map of what was projected to be.
    • Before Hurricane Harbor, there was Wet ‘n Wild, before that there was White Water.
    • The map was from the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, which I hear was quite a thing back in the day, something about a trapeze performer while you ate.


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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 15, 2016

  1. Nathan says:

    Do not be deceived by the “calm demeanor” of Trump’s choice for VP. It was obviously a cynical and calculated move to try to normalize Donald Trump, a depraved dictator wannabe.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Not to be too nitpicky, but Trump hasn't made his pick official. I heard this morning that, while he delayed the announcement because of the events in Nice, he hasn't yet made his "final, final decision." Of course, he could just be messing with Chris Christie at this point.

  3. DF of LL says:

    RE: Old San Francisco Steakhouse

    I ate there many times. It was not a trapeze, it was a swing over the bar.

    One of the ladies dressed in a period costume would step up on the bar and sit in the swing. She would then swing back and for, getting higher and higher until she could kick a bell mounted on the ceiling. That's when the crowd would cheer and applaud.

    I want to say they had a performance every hour or so.

  4. Guy says:

    Regarding the "breaking news coverage"… during the police shootings last week, maybe a hour into it when there were multiple reports of multiple shooters at high angles, etc. the NPR show On the Media posted this on twitter:

    I thought at the time, "well they got #4 wrong", but ultimately they were correct. My wife and I used to joke about KXAS' tagline "First on Five". Not "Most Accurate on Five, just First on Five".

  5. kevin says:

    Hey Keith. The belly blow thing is a, Zerbert.

  6. Joe says:

    Future home of the Dallas Cowboys..

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