Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 31, 2017

  • Houston is going to have a massive mosquito problem.
  • After Hurricane Katrina, many evacuees were relocated to Houston and ended up as residents, where they just had to endure Hurricane Harvey. They must feel snake bit having to go through two of the most damaging hurricanes in U.S. history. It would be really crazy if someone was old enough to survive the 1900 Galveston hurricane, Katrina, and Harvey.
  • During Katrina, he welcomed flood victims into his city. Now the former mayor of Houston has become one
    • I totally forgot they welcomed over 200,000 evacuees. I knew the number was high, but not that high.
  • Some of those Galveston hurricane stories are haunting, but one in particular that stays with me is the one in which they decided to dump the dead out to sea only for them to wind up on shore.
    • The dead bodies were so numerous that burying all of them was impossible. The dead were initially weighted down on barges and dumped at sea, but when the gulf currents washed many of the bodies back onto the beach, a new solution was needed. Funeral pyres were set up on the beaches, or wherever dead bodies were found, and burned day and night for several weeks after the storm. The authorities passed out free whiskey to sustain the distraught men conscripted for the gruesome work of collecting and burning the dead. More people were killed in this single storm than the total of those killed in all the tropical cyclones that have struck the United States since.
  • I’m not trying to cast any judgment, but I’m curious how different things would be if President Trump owned a downtown Houston building or golf course.
  • Two-time Emmy winner Alf Clausen has been fired from “The Simpsons” after 27 years
  • In Japan, Undertakers Compete to See Who Is the Best Corpse-Dresser
  • And some people mocked this plotline in the second (or was it third) season of ‘Homeland’
  • Of course, they would choose the most boring male first name ever
  • Thank you, U2, for releasing your new song during my lunch break on my birthday. Here are the lyrics for those of you interested.
  • Yesterday, DaughterGeeding, with a little help from her brother, made me a birthday video for a present.

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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 31, 2017

  1. RPM says:

    The story of the two women that invented a male partner reminds me of the old TV show Remington Steele.

    Got a little dusty in here watching that video. Darned allergies. Happy Birthday Geeding!

  2. JayF says:

    – Happy Birthday! Hope the back is doing OK.
    – That Galveston story is crazy!
    – If Trump owned a golf course or building there I don't think it would be too different. Well, he may have stayed in the building while he was there. Who knows if he would've opened it up to evacuees? What would you do if you owned a building there?

    • Geeding says:

      Thank you! Regarding your question, I'm thinking of it in a solely political capital "choose your own adventure" sense. If I'm Trump and owned a hotel or golf course that was unharmed, I'd whore them out as much as possible and make sure the media caught all my goodwill. If the properties were harmed, I'd make sure they wouldn't get any priority or help, that the attention was on everything else but my properties. If I were a citizen with a business, I'd hope I'd be like Mattress Mack with his gigantic furniture store. In 2005, he housed 200 of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees in his store, and he's doing it again with all the locals.

  3. Melissa says:

    that was the sweetest birthday video ever!!!! you are a good dad and obviously loved! parenting well done! Happy Birthday!

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