Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • I worked with a man who lost a leg to cancer. When asked if he ever gets discounts on shoes, he said sometimes he gets lucky when a store has mismatched or irregular pairs. But for the most part, he has to buy a pair of shoes at sale price and will one use one of them.
    • One time he asked if I could come over to his house to help him move a recliner upstairs. To my surprise, he helped me move it and hopped and balanced on his one leg as we carried it up stairs.
  • If you haven’t watched the latest “Bad Lip Reading” and need some comic relief, check out the post below.
  • Mary Tyler Moore died, and while I had nothing against her, I wasn’t really a fan. When I heard about her death, I could only recall one thing I’ve ever seen her in, an episode of the Tea Leoni comedy ‘The Naked Truth’. I then scrolled own her IMDB page and realized I’ve heard a lot of stuff she’s been in, but have never watched any of them, even her more popular stuff like ‘Rhoda’, ‘Mary Tyler Moore’, and Ordinary People.
    • Her death was the lead story on the ‘CBS Evening News’. They end each newscast with a look at a city skyline, they chose Minneapolis last night. I know enough that was the setting of her show.
    • In this clip (towards the end), David Letterman and Michael Keaton talk about how Mary Tyler Moore helped give them a start in their careers. Of all things, they were backup singers and dancers.
  • Our neighbors from Mexico invited our family to their casa for their six-year-old daughter’s birthday party. I’ve been to kids birthday parties with a pinata before, but this was the first I’ve been to in which everyone (sans Geedings) were of Mexican heritage. Usually, when the pinata pops and the candy falls, I’m used to seeing the kids, after a small bit of persuasion, hurry to the candy with just a little bit of fanfare. But since the pinata was part of all the kids’ culture at this party, it wasn’t their first rodeo.  I kid you not, it was like watching the news on Black Friday with adults running over each other as soon as store doors open, except it was children. It was quite the site.
  • One of my virtual reality apps on my phone notified me of an NBA game I could watch live, which I thought was pretty cool. I didn’t have time to watch the game but did access the app to watch highlights of different NBA games and it was better than expected. You watch as if you are a ticket holder from under the goal, and then later it will switch you to court side seats as if you are Jack Nicholson or Spike Lee at a Lakers or Knicks game.
  • I noticed DaughterGeeding was taking longer than usual to finish her homework. It turns out she was finished, but she said she wanted to write a new Star Wars script.
    “But. I am, I am Princess Leia. I have hidden myself among the Earth people. Wanting to battle and tell you Luke, ah, I heard something.”
  • Something every Texan may have known but me:
    • As of November 1, 2016, the State of Texas will no longer automatically replace your plates after 7 years. However, you may still apply at your county tax office for replacement plates if the license plate needs to be replaced for cosmetic or readability reasons.
  • House prices on Zillow always seem inflated.
  • If you are the sensitive type or easily offended, then don’t click on Today’s dose of ‘MURICA!. But I will tell you that it’s just a GIF of two men shooting weapons.
  • Gmail will soon block JavaScript file attachments to reduce malicious attacks
  • Elon Musk: ‘Without tunnels, we will all be in traffic hell forever’
    • I don’t know a lot about tunnels, but I wonder how much flooding would be an issue and if the clay soil in Texas would cause any maintenance issues.
  • The Joshua Trick: How (U2) Fans Are Getting Squeezed by Ticket SellersThe resale market for the band’s latest tour, celebrating 30 years of ‘The Joshua Tree,’ is just one more example of a broken system that hurts passionate fans the most
  • This Irish Wolfhound has the Guinness World Record for “longest tail on a dog.” – 30.2 inches (or 2 feet and 6.2 inches)
  • India just banned all forms of disposable plastic in its capital
  • GIF – One of my all-time favorite Johnny Carson moments, and I remember watching it the day it aired. I loved how he and Letterman would invite non-celebrities on the show.
  • I had a concussion a week before Thanksgiving and had to wear special glasses to look at a computer monitor so it wouldn’t cause any pain. The light was killing me. Just this week I no longer need to wear the glasses, things are basically back to normal.
  • I never thought this would catch on – 3D TV is dead – The last two TV-makers to build 3D functionality into their sets, LG and Sony, will not build any new sets this year that can show 3D movies and TV shows, CNET reports.
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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 26, 2017

  1. RPM says:

    Hahahahaha! Johnny was and always will be The King!

  2. John Mackovic says:

    – I was actually wondering why I didn't get new plates last fall when it hit seven years. I am kinda disappointed because I don't care for the old design and love the simple black & white design of the new plates.
    – That tunnel idea sounds dumb. "Elevated highways are ugly" – so what?
    – I am happy to hear you've fully recovered.
    – I can't wait to hear the rest of the "Princess Leia on Earth" saga!

  3. Suzi says:

    Re: MTM – I'm a few years older than you. She was a real icon. I watched her in The Dick Van Dyke show when I was a wee tot; I think that was her first major show, and it must've been in the early 60s. In the 70s she was immensely popular with the Mary Tyler Moor show and its spinoff, Rhoda. I was a big fan of both. Fun facts: Betty White was a supporting actress on MTM, So was Ed Asner. His role, Lou Grant, later had its own show, but I don't think it was an actual spinoff. The show had other big names, too: Cloris Leachman, Ted Knight, and Gavin MacLeod (whom I grew to hate in Love Boat). And a super-fun fact: Julie Kavner, who played Rhoda's sister, voices Marge's sister on The Simpsons.

    Re: Tunnels – I hope that if tunnels are ever used much for traffic, they'll educate drivers about the risk of idling in there when traffic's at a standstill. It's a great/not great way to die 🙁

    • Triple Fake says:

      super more fun facts: Julie Kavner is the voice of Marge, and her twin sisters. Cloris Leachman's character, Phyllis was also spun off from MTM.

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