Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • I loved this moment from Obama’s first inauguration. Sasha was six or seven, and just as cute as can be, and gives her father a simple thumbs up with an adorable grin. While many may have been touched at the swearing of the nation’s first black president, I was simply touched seeing a young daughter knowing a man simply as nothing but a dad and giving him her approval. It was just a sweet, innocent, non-scripted moment.
  • Sometimes, the best way to make a bad day better is to do some things you’ve been dreading because at a minimum you’ll be happier those tasks are completed or you’ve made some progress.
  • For you armchair plumbers out there, I’m seeking your counsel. Our half bath is downstairs immediately across from our laundry room. Every now and then, and I think it happens sometime after we run the washing machine, we smell something as if it’s coming from the sewer. I’ve used my sniffer to try to isolate the smell, but I can’t tell where it is coming from. I don’t think it’s coming from the toilet I installed not too long ago because I”m thinking the water in the bowl and tank prevent any gasses from coming up. I doubt it’s the sink in the half bath mainly for the same reason and how a p-trap is designed. The washing machine hasn’t shown any sign of leakage and it’s been cleaned and deodorized, and I don’t think the area in the wall where the washing machine waste water is dispensed is the culprit. I’m stumped, any thoughts?
  • An Azle restaurant didn’t quite think through an MLK promotion. When I lived in Mineral Wells, there was a certain perception we had of Azle when it came to race relations. But then again, I was a kid, and things could have been blown out of proportion and I could have succumbed to rumors.
    • She quickly learned from a friend that Monday’s special of chicken and waffles with a side of watermelon wasn’t such a good idea. “I wasn’t thinking about the historical (context),” she said. “I was thinking, we have margaritas and tacos on Cinco de Mayo, so, let’s have some fun with Martin Luther King Day.”
  • KVIL is no more. I remember when they used to broadcast Cowboys games, and thought it was weird for a music station to do such a thing.
  • Pixar Pretty Much Confirms That All Of Its Films Exist In The Same Universe
  • I only knew of white noise, had no idea there was also pink, blue, gray, and brown.
  • The fastest speeding tickets issued in Texas in 2016
    • The top two were done on motorcycles – Data show the fastest ticket issued was clocked at 209 mph; the second fastest was 167 mph. Both drivers were cited on U.S. 190 in Coryell County. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 1, 2016, troopers issued 9,821 tickets with alleged speeds of 100 mph or faster. That’s up from the 6,883 tickets with alleged speeds of 100 mph or faster in 2015.
  • Presidential Inauguration Bingo Game Printable
  • I don’t care how “gross” they are, I love them, and I’ve never smoked weed.
    • The Wall Street Journal – How Badly Were We Craving Jack in the Box Tacos? Badly – After a popular article proclaimed them ‘vile and amazing,’ Journal staffers in New York cooked up a plan to import them using West Coast colleagues, ice packs, a real-life scientist, UPS and a toaster
  • Someone didn’t think through optics, a big screen shouldn’t be in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Via Matt Viser of the Boston Globe
  • I’m surprised Trump didn’t smile for his inauguration photo (PDF from
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9 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 19, 2017

  1. Ex-Neighbor Payne says:

    Regarding the sewer smell, have you checked your underpants?

  2. Bryan says:

    This may sound crazy, but I know I live in a city that gets its water from the Trinity basin and we recently received notice from the city that we can expect some odor and taste issues with our water. This followed a month or so of our washing machine smelling terrible after use – not quite a sewer smell, but close. I used a home remedy cleaning process of 3 hot water wash cycles, one with vinegar, one with bleach, and another of plain water. I've also started leaving the lid open to let it dry out properly. It was a lot better, but it's starting to get a little ripe again. I know you said you're washer is clean, but it may not help if the water is foul. Just a thought. I can email you the cleaning remedy if you want it.

  3. DF of LL says:

    RE: Smiling

    I AM smiling!

    Double Fake King Trump

  4. Alan says:

    Did the smell only begin AFTER you installed the new toilet?……maybe it's a leaking floor seal ?

    • Geeding says:

      I installed the toilet, I want to say, over four months ago, but have only noticed the smell in the last week or so. I’m thinking if a leaking floor seal was the culprit, I should see water?

  5. Alan says:

    Thiis might help…

    Maybe sewer line air is being "pushed" out an air leaking wax ring when washer pump is removing water from wash tub. You might try just temporarily putting a duct tape 'seal' around the toilet base to test the theory.

    • Geeding says:

      This is great, thanks, Alan. I'll give the duct tape 'seal' a try. If that works, I might just caulk around the bowl.

  6. blurdo says:

    Your plumbing problem could have something to do with the venting. If the vent can't let in enough air when the washer pumps the large volume of water down the drain, it will pull the air from somewhere else. It could empty the trap in the sink – allowing sewer gasses in. The next time you use the sink, it would re-fill the trap and stop the odor.

    It could also empty the trap in the toilet, but that would also empty the bowl and you would be able to see it.

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