Bag of Randomness for Monday, December 19, 2016

  • That’s a pretty creative pop-culture Christmas ornament.
  • WifeGeeding drove to East Texas with the kids a day early, so I borrowed SisterGeeding’s Mini Cooper since the Nissan Leaf can’t’ make it that far. I’ve sat in many cars, but that Mini Cooper had the most comfortable seats I’ve ever sat in. It made for quite a pleasurable two-hour (four, there and back) driving experience. Those Mini Coopers are a lot faster than I thought.
  • When I left Lindale, the car’s dashboard stated the outside temperature was 76°F. Forty-minutes later, it read 30°F. When I got out of the car to fill up with gas, I can’t recall feeling wind that strong or biting cold in my life. I saw this sign posted on the gas station door. I can understand the safety concern regarding the hoodies, but I don’t for the pants.
  • I don’t care if Jerry Jones or his son are rich beyond their dreams or how successful and famous they are, none of that should take away the joy and pride they had in watching their grandson/son win the state championship in high school football as the team’s starting quarterback. And I don’t care how rich and privileged that child is, he can’t control the circumstances of how his father and grandfather are. For him to quarterback his team to a high school state championship in the stadium his family is responsible for is quite unique. There’s no telling how much crap he had to listen to from opposing players about who he’s related to.
  • Attendance for the game was just a tad over 35,000.
  • It was interesting seeing Tony Romo watch Jerry’s grandson play in the state championship game sitting next to Jerry in the owner’s suite. The kid does wear Romo’s number. But I thought it was even cooler for Stephen Jones to just be sitting in the stands with other parents. And I’ll hand it to Jerry, he didn’t walk appear on the field until after the champions had some time to celebrate for themselves, it’s like he understood (for once) his presence would be a distraction.
  • The Wall Street Journal had a feature on Jerry Jones yesterday.
  • During Cowboys home games, the broadcast team will often show a profile of the new practice facility, similar to this one. What’s misleading is that field is just a gathering area for the public and not used by the players, the actual outdoor practice fields are out of the picture, located mid-left of the domed structure.
  • Random house in University Park. The Big Tex head really sells. it
  • Non-spoiler Rogue One: A Star Wars Story thoughts
    • We watched the movie at the Harkins Theater Cine Capri, which was a first for me. The screen was massive and the theater was a tad swanky with the curtains hanging around the screen. Before the start of the movie, the curtains close and cover the screen, a man in a suit comes out with a microphone to welcome the audience, he boasts about the size of the screen and the quality of the surround sound, asks for everyone to either turn off their phone or set it to silent, and then the curtains open again and the previews start.
    • Before the start of the movie, I jokingly asked my friend if he had any hand lotion because my hands were dry. About a minute later, a woman sitting in front of us handed me a bottle of lotion.
    • They decided to do away with some Star Wars tradition you see at the start of the film, which felt odd, but it had my blessing with how it was done.
    • I felt The Force Awakens forced too many things in how they connected old characters or with some comedic moments, I only sensed it one time in this film, but I was okay with it for the most part.
    • I first saw it in Ant-Man with Michael Douglas and then again with Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War. Special effects have made it possible to make the actors appear as their younger selves, and this Star Wars film was able to resurrect dead actors and use them substantially in incredibly real detail.
    • One character for the Empire wore a white uniform which stood. All I could think of was Col. Nathan Jessup from A Few Good Men commenting on whta he thinks of white military uniforms.
    • A lot of movies and television shows will try to push a strong female lead and/or diverse cast, and in doing so, the quality of the product is diminished. This film accomplished it and you don’t even notice it. There’s no replacing a strong storyline and with good acting.
    • The Darth Vadar scenes alone was worth the price of admission.
    • This film’s storyline takes place before A New Hope, or the very first Star Wars film ever released. I really appreciate the technology and designed they used to keep that same feel of the original trilogy. One major complaint of prequels George Lucus did was that the storyline took place before the original films but the design and technology used by the characters looked more advanced.
  • Obama got pranked by the White House staff

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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, December 19, 2016

  1. Ben W. says:

    Highland Park is the team that knocked us out of the playoffs. As I told my daughter, if you have to lose in the playoffs, there's no shame in losing to the eventual champions.

    Rogue One was phenomenal. The first act was a bit slow, but once it picked up the pace…wow. I expected Vader's presence in the movie to be nothing more than a cameo, but boy was I glad to be wrong. There was a palpable rush of excitement that went through the audience when Vader showed up for his final sequence of scenes. This movie felt like Star Wars, but it felt like more. Extremely well done for a first foray outside of the "Skywalker Saga" films.

    Oh, and K-2SO is my favorite droid ever.

  2. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    Stephen Jones said after his son's win, That was the best football thing to ever happen in my life. He clarified that included super bowls as well.

    Stephen has got it figured out.

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