Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • The steroid epidural and physical therapy hasn’t really helped lessen my back pain, but the doc wants to do another steroid epidural. The physical therapy has been more challenging than I thought. The stretches and exercises I do daily take just under an hour to complete.
  • I love the respect the smoking BBQ community has for one another.
  • I met someone whose last name is “Dilda”. I’m sure that’s often misspelled and mispronounced, and here I was thinking “Greeding” was annoying and insulting.
  • I keep forgetting to post this and a reader was kind enough to send the story to me, but a rundown “haunted” house in my hometown of Mineral Wells is for sale for $125,000. And in case you were wondering, that’s not my childhood home, I grew up on the southside.
  • I think our governor is attempting to protect Christian pastors, but this would also affect all Texas religious leaders – Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law legislation shielding pastors’ sermons from government subpoena power.
    • “Texas law now will be your strength and your sword and your shield,” Abbott said, invoking Bible verse as he addressed the 11 a.m. service at Grace Church. “You will be shielded by any effort by any other government official in any other part of the state of Texas from having subpoenas to try to pry into what you’re doing here in your churches.”
  • Cabinet member praises absence of protest in a country where protests are illegal
  • Billy Murray will be playing in the celebrity pro-am at Colonial today and Tony Romo will make his CBS Sports debut at the event on Sunday.
  • CBS11 had a good segment on local road rage yesterday and stated two of three areas are near me, I35 in Lewisville and 121/114 in Grapevine. The number one cause of road rage . . . merging traffic. I guess I’ve never thought about it before, but that makes sense.
  • U2 was on Kimmel last night. It was basically a U2 centered show, almost similar to the Conan show about a decade ago.
    • Longtime fans would appreciate him bringing up The Dalton Brothers. Back in 19878 Los Lobos was supposed to open up for them but couldn’t for some reason. For kicks, the band decided to open up for themselves but in disguise as a country western band and made up songs on the whim.
    • Kimmel opening jokes from what I remember:
      • You remember U2, those jerks that tried to give us a free album a couple of years ago.
      • We need to get Adam and Larry some nicknames because it’s really not fair.
      • I went to see U2 at the Rose Bowl on Sunday night. It was an incredible show, Bono fed the entire stadium with a single loaf of bread.
    • Their first performance was pretty neat with choir members hidden throughout the audience and then chiming in to contribute.
  • BoyGeeding and DogGeedingII playing ball
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10 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  1. Ben W. says:

    I guess the fact that it bothers me that the Governor and Lt. Governor held a ceremonial bill signing at a church is a sign I just don't fit in Texas anymore.

    I've never understood why merging in traffic is so difficult or rage-inducing. Do people just not understand how a zipper works? Traffic merging is the exact same thing. And if someone gets in front of you in traffic, your arrival time changes by, what, 2 or 3 seconds? If someone merging causes you to be late then–news flash–you were going to be late anyway.

    Sorry, I spend a couple of hours a day in traffic, and I get tired of stupidity.

    • Brent says:

      Totally agree about traffic merging! (Although it is obnoxious when someone zooms by people in an effort at trying to force their way back into traffic at the last minute – especially if they are in an exit lane). I believe I read somewhere before that if people would stay out of the right lane as much as possible, and reserve it for those entering and exiting the freeway, traffic congestion could be reduced considerably. I try to follow that as best I can.

  2. JayF says:

    Pretty well put Ben (about the traffic..)
    Bill Murray-meh…
    Back pain sucks, been there still doing that. The trams work ok but the pain remains. Hope yours gets better.
    I knew someone with the last name of Bowlingball once.

  3. WGII says:

    DogGeeding II is much better than DogDuskey I, DogDuskey II or DogDuskey III. They would go get it but would NEVER bring it back. He would still be chasing them! LOL

  4. Bryan says:

    Something about Dog Geeding II being in a hurry to get the ball and then taking his time returning with it makes me laugh.

    U2 was great on Kimmel last night, especially the performance of the new song. He's not the best interviewer and his rapport with them in the first segment was downright painful, but it improved as the show progressed. Bono's comments on Trump were great.

    • Geeding says:

      I'm often amazed at how articulate and measured Bono can be, especially on the fly (no pun intended). He's great at showing that he understands or can view things from multiple perspectives and comes across as likable and not blowhardy, which he can do while performing. Many folks who are quick to judge him don't don't into account his upbringing and Irish history, especially protestants and Catholics. I better stop here before I start to babble. Too late.

      • Bryan says:

        I would post the You Tube clip of his Trump comments last night to my Facebook page because they speak directly to my feelings as a truly disgruntled, compassionate, moderately-leaning conservative, but I know I'll get beaten down with "I don't even know who he is" and "who cares what Hollywood liberals think?" from a bunch of people that won't even listen to the clip.

        • Geeding says:

          I came close to posting it myself, but also worried about the same reactions. Most folks, before evening viewing it, will already have made up their mind on what they think about it and ignore any context. Thanks for your thoughts, Bryan, it helps me to know I'm not the only one who thinks this way. I'd also say, it's something unique for an Irishman to be so in love with a foreign nation. And with his work with the One campaign, I have a feeling he knows how the U.S. government works better than a lot of our citizens.

  5. LL research team says:

    Real people I've worked with….

    Dick Bugg

    Karen Greathead

    George Fuchs

  6. sara says:

    My dog would always run and get the ball, and bring it back, and stand a few feet away from me and keep it. We pretty much had to tackle the dog to get it back. We played more ball in the neighbor's backyard than ours.

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