Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 24, 2017

  • Somewhere in Ohio, John Boehner is puffing on a cigarette gleefully enjoying his time away from Washington.
  • If my non-alternative facts are correct, over the past few years, the House has voted more than 60 times to repeal or alter the ACA.  Republicans finally have control of the House, Senate, and the presidency and finally had the chance to follow through but delayed the vote. And now President Trump is saying if they don’t vote yes today, he will move on and blame them for failing to repeal Obamacare, which I think is a political savvy move.
  • WifeGeeding and I had a “date night” last night and went to Fair Park to watch NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’ record a show. We used a new baby sitter this time, and, well, she locked herself out of the house.

    • I knew what all these folks looked like, but I was surprised to see the host wear a suit. When I listen to show he seems too relaxed to have a suit and tie on
    • It was interesting being part of an NPR crowd, most of them are what you’d expect but there were some surprises. I should have counted all the hiking sandals and gloved-shoes as they were everywhere.
    • They usually record the show on Thursday night and air it on Saturday, which is a 55-minute version. From what we experienced, the show was just under three hours long, so they will have a lot of editing. Because of this, they will sometimes read two sets of jokes depending on how the news will turn out the next day.
    • At the end of the show, they re-record some lines, mainly questions and introductions, if there were audio problems or they were too tongue-tied.
    • The humor can be a bit raunchy at times, and I bet that’s the stuff that’s easily edited out.
    • The contestants on the phone may speak for no more than a minute-and-a-half the entire time to answer three questions, but the host and panel chat so much they don’t get back to the caller for another question for another 15-20 minutes.
    • Their special guest was no other than 83-year-old Charlie Pride, and it was his lovable ability to ramble and not actually answer a question which made our show the longest one ever recorded, or so we were told.
      • I think the host and panelists asked him five or six different times how he was able to transition from a baseball career to one in country music, but Pride just really wanted to talk about baseball.
      • When asked about how did he first get involved with country music, he stated he was listening to the radio and his father’s favorite show, Mr. District Attorney, would play and he’d repeat the opening words, “Mr. District Attorney! Champion of the people! Defender of truth! Guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!”
      • He said that was the first time he’d been on the Fair Park stage, but he’s been in the audience. But he did state he played on the Bass Hall and Meyerson stages.
  • ‘Hookers’ turned gay man straight with ‘anointed cake,’ Dallas evangelist says
  • Mark Cuban’s hoverboard will hit Kickstarter in April
  • There should be more of these things at sporting events for the kiddos:
  • Bill Maher is very polarizing, but when he cancels a show he tries to make up for it. But I have a feeling the BBQ will come from a place like Dickies:
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 24, 2017

  1. Jason says:

    That "anointed cake" story sounds like a variation of a story Tony Campolo has been telling for decades. Campolo's story involves a birthday party for prostitutes at a bar in Hawaii. (Here's a YouTube link:

  2. Ben W. says:

    That kids' autograph section is genius, and should be mandatory. I've heard so many athletes talk about how they love to sign for kids, and are beaten down by signing things for grownups that they know are just going to be sold on eBay. This solves that problem, and gives these kids a chance to interact with their heroes.

  3. RPM says:

    Back in my radio days I did a contest promo with Charlie Pride. One of his lines was "It's all part of the Sesquicentennial celebration". We did 10 takes before I told him thanks, we got it. We never got it. I just didn't have the heart to make him try to say Sesquicentennial it again. FWIW, he was a really nice guy in person.

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