Bag of Randomness for Saint Patrick’s Day 2017

  • I’m one of those few who still enjoys mowing his own lawn. For me, it feels good to get outside since I’m in front of a computer screen all I just feel like it’s a right of passage of owning a home. Yesterday evening was the first mow of the season.
  • Most of you know I’m very fond of my battery powered mower. It was always a hassle filling up a gas can and then trying to make it home without it spilling in the car. I’d usually place it inside a trash bag because I know if one drop of gasoline got in the interior the car would smell forever. Perhaps I’d feel different if I owned a truck. I also love how quiet my battery powered mower is and it never lacked in the power department; well, except now. The battery is near death and the manufacturer, Ryobi, no longer makes a replacement battery. That’s a major limitation, you are at the mercy of the manufacturer to supply batteries and hope they keep them in supply. So I bought a new battery powered mower which is 20 volts more powerful and I can’t believe how light it is, about twenty pounds lighter than a gas-powered mower. It was so light, five-year-old BoyGeeding was able to mow a couple rows/lines all by himself, under heavy supervision with me by his side, of course. I think I was able to cut my mowing time by about a third because of how light the mower was.
  • I see a version of this article about what will happen after the Queen’s death every now and then, but I found this part pretty interesting, it’s euthanasia.
    • “The King’s life is moving peacefully towards its close,” was the final notice issued by George V’s doctor, Lord Dawson, at 9.30pm on the night of 20 January 1936. Not long afterwards, Dawson injected the king with 750mg of morphine and a gram of cocaine – enough to kill him twice over – in order to ease the monarch’s suffering, and to have him expire in time for the printing presses of the Times, which rolled at midnight.
  • Recently Sylvester Stallone opened up about his diet during the filming of Rocky III. It was the amount of coffee he ingested which stood out.
    • During the period I only ate very small portions of oatmeal cookies made with brown rice and up to 25 cups of coffee a day with honey and a couple of scoops of tuna fish. Sounds incredible right? At the time my body fat got down to 2.9 which is a really dangerous level. I may have looked pretty good on the outside but inside it was very dangerous thing to do.
  • Buzzfeed – Great Scott! This Auto Parts Store Has A Perfect “Back To The Future” Easter Egg On Its Website
  • Buzzfeed – An Airport Security Dog Has Been Shot Dead After Breaking Loose And Running Onto The Runway – It happened in New Zealand.
  • ‘Keep going!’ Trump sends birthday letter to oldest living Pearl Harbor vet – The oldest living U.S. veteran of the Pearl Harbor attack, a 105-year-old Poway man, received a birthday letter Thursday from President Donald Trump.
  • SNL will now air live in all US time zones
    • To be honest, I thought they already did. The last four episodes of the season will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy, and The Rock. There’s no word on musical guests, but I have a feeling U2 will close the season out to jump start their tour.
  • Matthew Perry beat up Justin Trudeau in grade school: ‘I’m not bragging’
    Friends actor said he and a classmate beat up future Canadian prime minister because he was ‘excelling in a sport that we weren’t, so it was pure jealousy’
  • Do Bay Leaves Even Do Anything? – Bay leaves are the dryer sheets of the kitchen. 
  • Mark your calendars – Monday, March 20 is Cone Day and Dairy Queen will be giving away free small vanilla cones.
  • This is a picture of one of Saturn’s moons, Pan.
  • The Atlantic – America’s Empty-Church Problem – The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.
  • St. Patrick’s day factoids:

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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Saint Patrick’s Day 2017

  1. David Bryant says:

    Regarding the battery dying, in the past I have found that the local battery stores rebuild batteries (Batteries Plus, Interstate Batteries, etc.). There have been a couple of times it was far cheaper to rebuild than buy new…but others where the rebuild price was close to new. Just wanted to make you aware of the option.

  2. Brent says:

    That was a very interesting article from The Atlantic. I think the author misuses the term "evangelical" though. As I understood him, it seemed like he was lumping all white conservatives into the evangelical basket, going so far as to identify how a growing number of "evangelicals" don't actually attend church. How can someone be evangelical if he or she is not active in church? Isn't that inherent in the name evangelical? If that's the case, I don't think it is accurate to equate secular conservatives with evangelicals. Of course, I am sure that many people who do regularly attend church (particularly those of a liberal or progressive bent) don't consider themselves to be evangelical, either, so I know it's not accurate to state that evangelicals are simply people who regularly attend church. It just seems to me to be somewhat oxmoronic to describe a group of people as evangelical if they do not believe active church participation is important. Maybe I'm just splitting hairs. Sorry.

    • Geeding says:

      I'm guessing the author is using "evangelical" as a way to describes Christians who are not Catholic, and I know a lot of Christians who claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior but aren't active in the church which ranges from difficulty in find finding a church home, politics of all nature, work schedule, or those who simply don't make it a priority. You know, those "luke warm" Christians. 😉

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