Bag of Randomness for Friday, August, 19, 2016


  • One week ago, I wrote that my blood pressure was 163/91 with a resting heart rate of 88 BPM. As an experiment, I thought I’d commit to drinking at least an additional 48 ounces of water a day and track my results with no other modification to diet or exercise. I probably drink about 30 ounces of water a day, but wondered if adding 48 more ounces (coming close to a total of 80 ounces daily) would have any effect. Last night after putting the kids to bed, my blood pressure was 134/74 with a resting heart rate of 91 BPM. I think I’m gonna add water to my diet.
    • I’d like to figure out the percentage decrease, but not sure how. I don’t think you can treat those numbers like fractions.
  • In case you are wondering, I mostly drink a mixture of green and black tea throughout the day and maybe 8 ounces of either a Coke or a Sprite.
  • I don’t have a whole lot of Twitter followers, but I’m sure more than half of them are spam accounts.
  • You may know Eve Plumb best as Jan Brady, of ‘The Brady Bunch’. When she was eleven, and with the help of her parents, purchased a beachside house in Malibu for $55,300. She recently sold that house for $3.9 million.
  • GIF – After that hit in far left field, I was pretty surprised the first baseman was able to field it and tag him out, all on his own.
  • Buzzfeed – 11 Heartwarming Family Celebration At The Rio Olympics
  • I’m not trying to fan flames or advocate, just thought this was interesting for folks on both sides of the gun debate – A priest planned to destroy a gun as a gesture of peace. In return, he got threats
    • A girls’ all-star softball team was raising money to attend a major competition by holding a raffle for an AR-15.
    • Not comfortable the gun was a prize to support children, he offered for the girls’ trip himself, but since the raffle already started that wasn’t an option, so he used $3,000 from the church’s discretionary fund and bought 150 of the 500 raffle tickets. – Donors replenished the $3,000 he’d used from the church coffers and then some.
    • He won.
      • “I’m not sure that’s exactly how God works, fixing raffles,” he said with a laugh. “I like to believe I took a faithful stance. But I think that God would have been on my side even if I didn’t win, because we helped send a girls softball team on their trip.”
    • As the owner of the gun, he wanted to publically destroy it as a symbolic gesture – melt it down, turn it into a piece of art, perhaps a garden tool.
    • It was suggested this was a violation of Oregon’s new gun law by failing to have a background check conducted on a parishioner.
      • The Oregon State Police, acting on a tip from a local gun club official, opened an investigation into the allegation that he’d violated the background check law. A spokesperson there said the case is under review. Such a misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine that could reach more than $6,000.
    • Blogger Note: In retrospect, I should have made this a separate or individual post. Also, I’m sure that article raised the blood pressure of some of you out there.
  • Buzzfeed – 25 Overwhelmingly Emotional Pictures Of Proud Olympic Parents
  • ‘Catfish’ recap: Knoxville man thought he dated Katy Perry for six years online
  • Time-waster – Search for photos by painting a picture
  • Cut Delkus some slack – What It Really Means When There’s A 50 Percent Chance Of Rain
    • The factor that’s missing in the comprehension of Probability of Precipitation (PoP)? Area. To quote the National Weather Service (NWS), what PoP is actually describing is the chance of rain at any point over an area.
  • A last will and testament of someone before being deployed.
  • In a World Gone Blerg, We Need 30 Rock More Than Ever
  • Who Is the Best Movie Cop of the Past 30 Years? From RoboCop to Marge Gunderson, we have the definitive answer
  • 1992 Olympic pop-culture flashback – Dan & Dave, a great marketing campaign which didn’t quite work out for the athletes. Dan didn’t qualify for the Olympics and Dave ended up with the bronze. But Dave did win the gold in 1996.

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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, August, 19, 2016

  1. Triple Fake says:

    Thanks for the Dan & Dave post. I thought about that ad campaign this morning (but couldn't recall their names) during Gordon's Observation Deck. They wondered why the Decathlon champion doesn't get as much attention for being the world's greatest athlete as back in the day of Bruce Jenner, when he was the most famous athlete in the world, and now (s)he's one of the most famous women in the world!

  2. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    good job on the blood pressure. If you treated the systolic and dyatolic as separate, that was a 17.7%/18.6% reduction. I would call it 18% and proudly brag!

    The Jan Brady story reminds me of a story told by the former Phil Harris, past captain of the FV Cornelia Marie on the show Deadliest Catch. He was talking about how he got into crab fishing. Back in the 70s he was a high school kid fishing on different boats all summer and during school. He was missing lots of class and his guidance counselor was giving him lots of grief; you need to go to school, get a real job, etc. He dropped out his junior year. Got his first gig on a crab boat and fished all the crab seasons that year. After a year when he was back in town, he saw that the guidance counselor was selling her home. He put $50,000 in a paper sack and knocked on her door and made a "cash bid" on her door step. She shut the door on him but he still got a kick out of it after all those years had passed.

  3. John Mackovic says:

    – I thought the Dan/Dave thing was pretty symbolic of the athletic shoe market at the time. Rebook's headliners were busts, while the Nike-sponsored members of the Dream Team were by far the biggest deal at the '92 Olympics.

    – So the preacher spends $3000 of the church's money to make a political statement? Why didn't he just spend his own money?

    – I can't argue with John McClane being named the #1 movie cop.

  4. Bryan says:

    Random thought: About a year ago you and your wife climbed Guadulupe Peak. Your post was heartwarming and thought provoking. And I also cried. I used to live in MW and Im a devoted reader. And I'm a cop. And it's nice to read about the good in people b/c I see the worst in our society. Your blog is exceptional, inspiring and it's just makes me smile.

    At any rate, I'm going to take that journey out west myself with a woman I love so dearly. I hope I get to dance with her….Keep writing brother. Because I'll keep reading.

  5. joe says:

    research mean arterial pressure,,,, this is between the systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom) number,, the formula is what you need to look at… good job

  6. Triple Fake says:

    the ending of the Dan/Dave TV spot reminded me of the SNL skit w/Chris Rock: "Get a Nike turkey and pu-u-ump it…pu-u-ump it!"

  7. Brent says:

    Actually, Dan came back to win the gold medal in 1996. Dave retired after winning the bronze in 1992. This is a timely post since the paper just had an article today wondering why the decathlon champion doesn't get more attention like he used to. USA's own Ashton Eaton just became the third man in history to repeat as Olympic decathlon champion and hardly anyone knows who he is.

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