Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • A friendly neighbor called me close to 10:00 PM to tell me a stranger has been pacing in front of GeedingManor for more than two hours. But more important to me, he told he his wife’s cancer returned and I could tell he needed to talk. She’s out of state on business and called him with the news.
  • I wonder what kind of security measures or screening goes on across the pond, at least compared to what we do in the U.S.
  • The morning show on The TICKET had former President George W. Bush as a guest yesterday. I know the man is laid back and many have commented about how down to Earth he is, but I was surprised at how loquacious he was in the sense the hosts didn’t really need to ask any questions, he just went from one story and one thought to another without really being prompted. It was funny hearing him mention Bono and the Dalai Lama in the same sentence, hearing him playfully goof up Bono’s name, and referring to the other simply as “Dalai”. Bush stated he wouldn’t be at the concert and one of the hosts playfully invited him stating he had an extra ticket, and he replied he’d just call up Bono if he wanted to go.
  • Bush also eloquently stated (seriously) how presidential candidates, including himself, will state positions during a campaign and then due to current events will have to change course. As an armchair political pundit, things would have gone a lot more smoothly if his administration communicated the same thing. But hey, hindsight is 20/20. And one more thing, he said that presidential candidates don’t get the gravity or understand the perspective of things until they actually become president and will often find themselves going back on campaign rhetoric. That’s a pretty common assertion, but as the son of a president, I would have thought he’d have a better expectation than others. But then again, most folks, no matter how well coached or counseled, don’t “get it” until they actually experience things themselves. It’s like the great philosopher Michael Gerard Tyson once said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
  • Final thought on the Notre Dame graduates walking out on Vice President Pence – I liken it to people who get bad restaurant waitstaff service and leaving a penny as a tip. They want to show they aren’t too cheap to tip but also want to send a message they were upset. I’m not defending or justifying either action, I just think they are related or similar.
  • Per Peter King’s MMQB, it sounds like the NFL is going to lighten up on touchdown celebrations. The league should have never penalized any celebrating to begin with.
  • The first step in getting a customized football helmet, which will set you back $1,750.
  • Texas Monthly ranks Cattleack as Dallas’ best barbecue joint; Pecan Lodge slips
    • I like that I was able to “discover” Cattleack before “everyone else”. The owner is a real salt of the earth kind of guy and it’s neat following them on Twitter since he posts about this cooking experiments. His wife, who runs the register, is as tenderhearted as they come, and she’ll give you a free beer as you wait in line. But I’d like to know their backstory. The location is horrible and they used to only be open on Thursdays, so I’m curious to know what they do for income being open for only two days a week. Now they will sometimes open on Saturdays and thankfully expanded their space.
  • The first photo has me totally stoked for the season – ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Exclusive New Photos
  • A history of the Old Spice bottle
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