Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 3, 2016



  • Police shootings. School violence. Racial injustice. Terrorism. Church burnings. An election that won’t seem to end and only seems to get more revolting. Forgive me for being a bit maudlin and kitsch, but watching the string section of the Cleveland Orchestra play the national anthem and hearing the crowd sing as “one” gave me a sense of serenity. The setting was a great, a World Series game seven for two legendary franchises who haven’t won a championship in a literal lifetime, and it started with the singing of our national anthem done in a solemnly simplistic way for our national past time. Too often, events like these like to spruce up the national anthem with fireworks and over-vocalization. It was nice seeing it done “old school’, almost like something you’d see on a Friday before the start of a high school football game with the high school band doing the honor.
  • I would have loved to have seen that game played at Wrigley. But that crowd in Cleveland had a heafty amount of Cubs fans.
  • Extra innings and a rain delay? If this was a movie, it wouldn’t be believable.
  • Theo Epstein for president?  In 2002 he became the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when the Boston Red Sox hired him at the age of 28, and two years later the Red Sox won their first World Series championship in 86 years. He’s hired by the Cubs in 2011 and now they win their first World Series championship in 108 years. In 2005, Epstein and his twin brother started a foundation named The Foundation To Be Named Later.
    • But then again, Terry Francona was the manager for the Red Sox when they won and he almost pulled it off with the Indians this year.
  • Thirty-nine-year-old David Ross of the Cubs hit a home run in his last game, at a World Series game seven.
  • Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Flew 400+ Cubs Employees To World Series
  • Minor league baseball news – Jacksonville Suns changing name to Jumbo Shrimp
  • After ten days of antibiotics, the doctor has given me ten more days of a “stronger” antibiotic.
  • I knew Adele was in town for two concerts but had no idea she got in costume and trick-or-treated in Highland Park
  • You Can Now Use LastPass On Multiple Devices for Free
    • LastPass will no longer charge extra to access your password vault from different types of devices. That means free users can now access their password vaults from their phone and their desktop at no extra cost.
  • The cookie version of the Keurig
    • The ChiP (look at that capitalization) is a convection oven specifically designed for proprietary cookie pods. The oven can apparently sense the cookies’ temperature and knows when to stop baking them. Users just have to scan their pod container through CHiP’s app, and the oven will handle temperature, baking, and timing. The app and CHiP’s speaker will let users know when the cookies are done.
  • YouTube – Boiling Water Until It Freezes – I put water in a vacuum chamber to bring it to its triple point.
  • Woman gives birth in car, hospital charges full delivery fee
  • An odd local death for this 11-year-old
    • Kenneth was found entwined in a jump rope with wooden handles. The rope was wrapped around his neck. It was caught on the playground equipment and his weight on the rope kept it from slipping, officials said. Criminal investigators said the death did not appear criminal or intentional.
  • A friend’s widowed father decided to take a trip to China by himself. To make a long story short, he had a fatal heart attack near Tiananmen Square. Our friend was notified by a 2:00 AM phone call from her father’s mobile phone but from someone whose English wasn’t very strong. It appears it will take around four to six weeks to have his body returned home. A couple of American tourists witnessed what happened, followed him to the hospital, and got in contact with our friend to give her some details. Her father seemed perfectly fine and then basically dropped to the ground unexpectedly. They alerted some nearby uninformed personal/security, who responded diligently, and he was rushed to one of the best hospitals but nothing could be done.
  • Buzzfeed – This Dad’s Photo Of His Daughter’s Last Eyelash After Cancer Treatments Is Incredibly Moving
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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 3, 2016

  1. Sharon says:

    Totally agree with your thoughts on last night's National Anthem. I look forward to your posts each day. Thanks for curating such random, interesting info. And, feel better soon!

  2. Bryan says:

    At more than one Ranger game that I went to this season, the National Anthem was played by the organist with the crowd singing along. It was awesome and the way it should be. The only exception is the acoustic guitar backed Jack Ingram anthem.

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