Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 7, 2016

08 13 2015 12 32 PM Office Lens

  • That’s a picture of my friend Jimi during our high school years. I’ve known him since kindergarten. We roomed together in college, and then worked for the same company out of college, and our cubes were literally across from each other at work and yet we still cohabitated together. Heck, we even roomed together another time before I got married. Today he starts a new chapter in his life and is moving to Chicago. I’m remarkably happy for him, and a tiny bit jealous I never took the opportunity to live out of state and experience something different. And in an effort to be transparent, I’m actually a bit sad. We’ve always been near each other since kindergarten, college, and in our adult lives. During football practice, he was a defensive end and I was a tight end, so we always competed against each other. We’ve played more Madden games than there are hairs on a rabbit. No other friend knew and appreciated my parents like he has, and no one knows me better than him. We’ve had our ups and downs, and more fights than you can count, but all of that built up substance which can’t be replicated or exchanged and made something beautifully unique. As he leaves Texas today, I’m going to feel like a part of me and a major part of my life will forever be gone. He has plans to return in three years, but we know how life can throw any plans in a thousand unpredictable locations.
  • Other notable things about Jimi
    • No one loves The Breakfast Club more than him, and he loved that movie before it was cool. He can literally quote it from beginning to end.
    • No person has accomplished more with less effort than Jimi, he’s got a photographic memory and able to comprehend things as if he’s John Nash.
    • He spent the night at my house the night Baby Jessica was rescued from the well. He also was the banker in a game of Monopoly with me and my mother and he ran that think like it was Enron.
    • His mom is hot. Her name is Cindy, and I always say it like Sin-dy when I talk about her to him.
    • When I speak at his funeral, because we all know he’s gonna die in a freakish but comedic way before all of us, I’m going to say that anyone that knows Jimi knows he likes to make people laugh, and if there is ever a lull in a conversation, all you have to do is bring him up and you have stories galore.
    • He loves to do impersonations and he’s horrible at them, but nobody will tell him, but you can tell he knows he’s bad.
    • His mom once beat him with a bicycle chain for doing something bad to his sister.
    • His super power is the ability to name a spare but hot actress in any movie.
    • He won’t touch a wooden spoon because he can’t stand how it feels.
    • He’s most responsible for getting me involved in the church.
  • A few more items about buying my 2014 Nissan Leaf
    • Big complaint – small cupholders, I feel like Homer Simpson.
    • My concern about battery life lessened when I found Nissan’s warranty against a capacity loss of nine bars (approximately 70% of the battery pack’s original capacity of twelve bars) for a period of 60 months or 60,000 miles. Even at nine bars, you’re still looking at a 46-mile range.
      • Because of this, I’ve discovered a lot of folks are looking for used pre-owned Leafs that barely fit the criteria. VINs are easy to obtain, they are available on every used pre-owned vehicle website I’ve looked at, and those websites also display how many capacity bars display on the dash. They then call Nissan to confirm the battery is still within warranty, buy the car, then arrange the battery swap. What really works in their favor, especially if the Leaf is a 2011 or 2012 model, is they get an updated battery with better capacity and range.
      • My latest search on for a 2012 Leaf shows them in the $8,000 range with miles ranging from 30,300 to 34,600. I believe all those are at 10 bars, and that’s with first generation battery.
    • I chose a 2014 model because it has the most up to date battery in terms of technology, range, and capacity, other than the newest model. It looks like a full charge will realistically get you 80-75 miles, not the advertised 100.
    • Nissan offers free towing if you ever run out of juice. There are warning galore as you start to get low, and it will provide directions to the nearest charging station.
  • For you local folks that are aware of how our local media operates and a fan of The TICKET – Mike Doocy is filling in for BaD Radio and told Norm during the mix and mingle that when Norm dies, his death will be the lead story on Fox4….unless there’s bad weather.
  • Interesting real estate data from D Magazine, unless you live in Lewisville and didn’t make the list. Maybe one day I can afford to move my family to a legit ZIP code.
    • The chart shows North Texas home sales from January through April 2016, and compares them to figures from the same time period last year. Also, we compared the prices to those from the same period in 2013.
  • The kids of Jesus Camp, 10 years later
    • The controversial 2006 documentary about an evangelical church camp outraged secular audiences, but its subjects have mixed memories
  • Jim Douglass of WFAA is retiring. I always thought he and SNL alum Kevin Nealon looked alike.
  • Buzzfeed – People Are Melting After Watching This Dog With Headphones Watch A Dog Video
  • Buzzfeed – Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare” Is Coming Back For One Week 
    • In honor of the show’s 30th anniversary, Nickelodeon’s The Splat is having Marc Summers host a special live edition of the game show on Friday, July 22, during San Diego Comic-Con.
  • A NASCAR Team Is Building The First Internal Combustion Engine To Go Into Outer Space
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, July 7, 2016

  1. Bryan says:

    I'm enjoying reading about your EV adventure. I considered a Prius when I bought a car last year, but I just couldn't justify the expense when it was a year older and had 20k more miles than the Camry I ended up buying. Bizarrely enough, you are the second blogger that I read on a daily basis that is a Leaf owner (and I only know both of you through your blogs). He started as a Prius owner, leased a Leaf as his family's second vehicle, and then replaced the Prius with a Tesla Model S. He also works from home.

    Jim Douglas is one of the best reporters in this area. I'll always remember him from his days with KXAS.

  2. Ben W. says:

    I comment about "real" mileage yesterday, you answer my question today. It's like you read the comments and care about your readers!

    Thanks, Geeding.

  3. Just A Girl says:

    Jimi is undeniably one of the kindest, funniest, servant-hearted people I've ever met. I think of him often and always pray he is doing well in life.

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