Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 17, 2016


  • Sometimes WifeGeeding will point something out to me and I’ll reply, without any intention of sarcasm, with, “Good eye.”  Sometimes she’ll reply back, “Yeah, it’s the only one I got.”
  • Yesterday was orientation at DaughterGeeding’s school. It’s the second year of existence of the school, and the second year for the headmaster to be headmastering. Last year at orientation, he gave a speech and never introduced himself – his name nor his title. I playfully joked with him last year about it saying a lot of us parents had no idea who he was or his role with the school, but we assumed he was the principal. He’s not Bono, where you can stand in front of a crowd and everyone knows who you are. This year I was wondering if he would do the same. Almost. He said his name, but never mentioned his role with the school. I’m sure there were a bunch of kindergarten parents wondering who this young man speaking was, and when the headmaster was going to be introduced.
  • I learned at orientation if a student is found with a mobile phone or smart watch, it will be taken and only given back after a small fee is paid.
  • On last night’s ‘Hard Knocks’, rookie quarter Jared Goff  was asked if he was more of a sushi or burger man. He said sushi. I don’t want the quarterback of my team being a sushi man. He also prefers Justin Bieber over Justin Timberlake.
  • Props to head coach Jeff Fisher explaing to his team how to stand and act during the national anthem.
  • I ready comics daily, one of them is Ripleys’s – Believe It or Not!. Yesterday, former Texas Rangers great, Toby Harrah, was included.
  • It’s like ‘Aerial America’ but with drones and a cute host – Droning America: Dallas, TX
  • I’m considering visiting the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, TX sometime this fall. Only problem, it’s a four-hour drive.
  • These girls at Ole Miss have a glammed up dorm room.
  • – Decatur High School Has An “Abstinence Only” Program That You Must Opt Out Of?
  • If I read this article correctly, the Navy plans on using drones to help refuel aircraft that’s already in flight.
  • There was a video of a boy who swallowed a dog toy and squeaked when he moved flying around yesterday, but I think it’s fake.
  • Electric Cars Are Way More Practical Than You Might ThinkA new study finds that electric vehicles could handle most of our driving needs.
  • As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I’ll be looking forward to this – Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Reunite For ‘Holmes & Watson’
  • Buzzfeed – This Runner Stopped In Her Olympics Final To Help Her Injured Competitor Finish
  • TIME – Why the World’s Best Athletes Can’t Stop Eating McDonald’s
  • If you are burnt out on the Olympics and can’t find anything on television to watch, I thought I’d recommend Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’, maybe the best thing I’ve watched all year. I plan on writing a spoiler-free post sometime soon. Netflix has posted the first eight minutes of the first episode on YouTube, which I posted below, along with a couple of trailers (I think the second one has the s-bomb).

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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 17, 2016

  1. Suzi says:

    Re: An “Abstinence Only” Program That You Must Opt Out Of…my favorite comment is,

    "Brought to you by the leaders of The Party of Small Government™.

    ***Disclaimer: "Small" references only government related to regulation on businesses that keep us, the people in charge, from making money at the expense of others' health, safety, and welfare. "Small" does not refer to our interest in what you do in your bedroom, who you do it with, and which deity's name you yell out while you're doing it.*** "

    • Ben W. says:

      Hey, I wrote that – thanks!

      I rarely delve into the comments over there – my blood pressure can't handle it. But I couldn't resist on that one.

  2. Suzi says:

    Three cheers (maybe 30 cheers) for the woman who stopped in the Olympics semi-finals to assist an injured competitor. So often we hear only about how

    AMERICA won xxx medals or
    XXX was doping or
    XXX had a poor effort

    The fact that they only have stills of the event just reinforce the nonchalance of viewers. We video EVERYTHING, and nobody bothered to video that. I don't think I've ever heard of this sort of thing in the Olympics before, and very rarely in the 'real' world.

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