Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Yesterday, Norm and Donovan of The TICKET were broadcasting nearby so I decided to pay them a visit. Norm was the warmest, kindness, most gentle person I’ve encountered in a very long while. Donovan was also very friendly, but he doesn’t carry that old man charm like Norm.
    • Not a lot of folks were watching the broadcast when I arrived, so I was the lone audience member for a while. When Norm was doing a segment with Donovan, he kept eye contact with me, as if we were having a conversation the entire time. An old neighbor stated this happened to him a long time ago.
    • Talking to Norm was surreal, it’s exactly as you’d imagine. He’s like a computer program full of Ticket drops you’ve heard over and over again. You can tell he’s full of joy and just enjoys what he’s doing. He was engaged with anyone who approached and just continued to talk sports with no worry about running late getting back on air.
    • I gave him an idea for the Norm-a-thon – auction off a chance to do a ticker. He loved the idea.
    • I asked him who is the one DFW area athlete who disappointed him or broke his heart the most. His initial response was his classic, “Oh, geez…..” The answer is obvious if you think about it for a second…Roy Tarpley.
    • Watching him do a commercial spot was interesting as he didn’t use any notes. You’d think a lot of the spots were recorded, but no, they are done live.
  • We have a friend who was a minister at a Baptist church but will now become a minister at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. Around these parts, I don’t think working for different denominations is very common. And if I had to guess, it’s easier to go Baptist to Presbyterian than the other way around.
  • I’m not a fan of traveling whatsoever, but I love the scenery in the show and wouldn’t mind doing something like this – For $2,185, you can travel Game of Thrones’ Seven Kingdoms
  • How much do I enjoy mowing my own lawn? So much so, I do it with back pain, but with help with some hydrocodone. That stuff doesn’t make me sleepy, but it does mask the pain. It also gives me a strange clarity of thought and I become very talkative. Maybe that’s just the high I hear people talk about.
  • While eating dinner, DaughterGeeding excused herself from the table, walked about 20-feet away, and then let out a fart that scared the dog. We started to laugh and with a serious face, she tried to explain she was trying to be polite because we said no farting at the table.
  • Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride
    • Last month, researchers here at Southern Methodist University, among the leading experts on the biomechanics of sprinting, said they found something unexpected during video examination of Bolt’s stride: His right leg appears to strike the track with about 13 percent more peak force than his left leg. And with each stride, his left leg remains on the ground about 14 percent longer than his right leg.
  • Atlas Obscura – How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland
    • On August 6, 1970, Disneyland abruptly shut down about five hours early. Around 30,000 visitors were kicked out of the park, and it wasn’t due to a national crisis. The motivating factor was a group of about 300 young “Yippies,” who entered the park with grand plans of capturing Tom Sawyer Island, liberating Minnie Mouse, and cooking Porky Pig.
  • Texas is getting an Africa themed water park.

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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, July 21, 2017

  1. Doug says:

    You didn't get customer service Norm? LOL! I've met Norm several times and I have mixed emotions about Norm. He's a huge animal lover but a horse racing supporter. He's always out for the underdog but Customer Service Norm is pretty obnoxious to the little guy.

    I love Mary though. She's a great person.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Want to keep protest groups from hijacking your theme park? Charge $100/day.

  3. toddwright says:

    My theory is that the new Reformed movement is the reason for Baptist guys going Presby or Anglican in general. You're right – seems like it used to be more rare.

    • Brent says:

      I agree and would add that many are growing either a) weary of contemporary church services or b) intrigued by the more liturgical traditions of the church (or both). Keep in mind, though, that Highland Park is more "conservative" theologically, having famously broken ranks from the PCUSA denomination a couple of years ago (though still not as conservative as PCA). Doctrinally I don't imagine there being much difference from his Baptist roots. It would be much more surprising (to me) if he were going to a PCUSA church because of the doctrinal differences. Plus, my understanding is that our local PCUSA presbytery would probably not accept his education if he graduated from a Baptist seminary. Thus, I disagree with Keith's guess that it would be easier to transfer ordination from Baptist to Presbyterian than Presbyterian to Baptist. My two cents…

      • Geeding says:

        Like you would know! It’s not like you graduated from a Baptist seminary and then later employed by a Presbyterian organization. Oh, wait……. 😉

  4. Suzi says:

    When you're old and biding your time in your recliner, DaughterGeeding is going to post about how you let out a fart so loud it scared the dog. That's payback.

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