Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 25, 2016

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  • DaughterGeeding was walking on the living room floor, shrieked, and said she had a thorn in her foot. I got some tweezers and removed it, and told her that as flimsy as the thorn was, she shouldn’t be in so much pain. Later in the evening when I was about to go to bed, I noticed a dead bee on the floor. Yup, you guessed it, she got stung by a bee and the thorn was the stinger. Proof: WifeGeeding verified the “thorn” came from the bee.
  • I caught the first episode of NBC’s ‘Better Late Than Never’ with William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw. I saw a few commercials but knew nothing about it other than it had those four guys going to Asia, and since I like the personalities of all those guys, I figured why not. I mean, it has Captain Kirk and the Fonz, that in itself is funny. To my surprise, it’s more like a reality series. All of them don’t play characters, but just themselves and a film crew is following them around. Granted, some of it is scripted, but it was pretty enjoyable.
    • William Shatner looks great for an 85-year-old man. The show stated he was born before the “Star Spangled Banner” became our national anthem.
    • To my surprise, and I’m surprised and I never noticed it before, but Winkler actually changes his voice when he plays the Fonz.
  • WifeGeeding took one of the cast members of the show ‘Fixer Upper’ to a formal when she was at Baylor. I think it was the carpenter. When she drops this tidbit on friends when the show becomes a topic of conversation, they all respond in a way as if she settled for me or could have had things so much better.
  • Baylor coach Jim Grobe briefly addresses dog video incident, then says the dreaded words of Waco: ‘Let’s talk football a little bit’ 
    • Former head coach Art Briles almost said that exact phrase when asked about Sam Ukwuachu’s sexual-assault case. The Boise State transfer was found guilty and sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation.
  • The Zip N Store seems like a good idea as long as you don’t have a hole or tear in your bag.
  • Google is using AI to compress photos, just like on HBO’s Silicon Valley
  • Last week, Barry over at posted this image and it really got me thinking about my driving habits.

    • Personally, if there is no stripe in the middle I will hug the curb. If there is a stripe, I’d follow the rule in the image.
    • The image makes a good point about the advantage of driving to the far curb stating both drivers can see oncoming traffic better. But I had some reservations:
      • If there were a queue of vehicles, depending on how they follow this rule, it could block the opposite driver from turning.
      • It doesn’t really work if you have a trailer attached.
    • After about a week of observing what others do, I finally decided to do some research (Ticket listeners, insert George Digiani drop here).
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9 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 25, 2016

  1. Ben W. says:

    We were pleasantly surprised by Better Late Than Never, too. Shatner does look great for 85, but boy does he seem like a know-it-all blowhard. (And Bradshaw's impression of him was both awful and great.) Henry Winkler may be the nicest man in Hollywood. I also rewound it to hear him go into/out of the Fonzie voice. It was really neat to see and hear – and you could tell it was neat for the people at the table too, because they commented on it.

    Side note: the "fear" discussion they had at that dinner was fascinating. These guys may be "just" entertainers and athletes, but the youngest of them is 67 (Bradshaw and Foreman), and they've seen a lot. Age brings wisdom, and I'm glad the show shared some of that. Scripted or not, it was a worthwhile discussion.

    Is it normal to keep spaghetti in a Ziploc bag??? That's something that goes in Tupperware at my house, because you cook and serve the pasta and the sauce separately. Am I weird, or is that picture weird?

  2. Triple Fake says:

    the multiple variables only make it more confusing. Abandoning the common sense approach of "keep right" (which, according to this, isn't always right), these explanations tell us we have to judge the size of the intersection, and be mindful of whether there is striping and signage. Don't these silly rule makers realize that all the extra split-second decision making diverts me from my cellphone argument and my grande double mocha half-caf foam vanilla latte?
    Seriously, what percentage of drivers could accurately determine, in a real-time situation, whether an intersection is more or less than 30 ft in width?
    The original illustration is still the most sensible. How can a driver in a Camry see oncoming traffic when an F-250 is blocking their view?
    ~end rant~

  3. WGII says:

    The discussion of turning at a median cracks me up. Most people can't figure out a 4 way stop sign let alone something like this!!! Have a great day!

  4. AndreaJN says:

    Now you know that DaughterGeeding isn't allergic to bees!

  5. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Yep, I agree TF, I always go to the far side of the cross over. If I am crossing traffic, I want to SEE the oncoming traffic.

    380 through Bridgeport has it perfect. The crossovers have no stop signs, but yield signs. And yield stripes to show you where you should drive to, pause/stop, and then cross from.

    Dog Video; suspend the player… right? How this isn't a no-brainer is beyond me.

  6. John Mackovic says:

    – Tens of thousands of dollars for a Baylor education and the guy ends up a carpenter? There's nothing wrong with the job, but what a waste of money

    – I probably wasted tens of thousands of dollars getting my MBA because I decided to stick with being an engineer.

    – OK, I am more confused about what to do on left turns. I think I'll just make three right turns from now on.

    • Geeding says:

      Somewhat related and to a different extent, when WifeGeeding used to talk about not going back to work and being a full time stay at home mom, even after the kids are in school, it made me ponder if all the money her parents spent for her to go to that expensive private institution wasn't wasted. It's not apples to apples here, but I think you get my drift. I have to admit some jealously arose because she left college without having to pay one cent I was working so hard to provide what I could for our family while still paying off my student loans.

  7. ALEC says:

    I'll just move to New Jersey (no left turns allowed)

  8. Larry says:

    WOW! Someone on here said something good about Bridgeport. Wonders never cease.

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