Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 1, 2017

  • I don’t know why I never understood the concept of why time flies by for an adult and not a kid until yesterday.  If you are five-years-old, a year is a fifth of your life, so it’s a huge part of your life and seems long. As you get older, the year becomes a smaller and smaller part of the time you have experienced so it seems to go by quicker.
  • Not only do I grind my teeth at night (I wear one of those night guards) but I grind and clench my teeth all day, especially when I’m deep in thought.
  • What a crazy ten days it’s been for Anthony Scaramucci: He got a job, had a baby, ended his marriage, and lost a job. But I guess he holds no hard feelings for his former boss, he dined at one of his hotels after losing his job.
  • Scaramucci’s official start date was to be August 15.
  • On last night’s Colbert, Matthew McConaughey said his first three words on film were, as you would guess, “Alright, alright, alright” from Dazed and Confused. I wonder the last time McConaughey felt literally stressed, he always seems at ease, high or not.
  • “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” – Mark Twain
  • Today presidential history factoid – Andrew Johnson was buried with his body wrapped in an American flag and a copy of the Constitution placed under his head.
  • The 52-story downtown Dallas skyscraper formerly known as the First National Bank tower is getting a heck of a renovation.
    • Over the next year, the stone on the outside of the 52-year-old landmark will be taken down, shipped out of state and restored with a high-tech manufacturing process. Each of the inch or more thick marble slabs that cover the 1.5 million-square-foot high-rise will be sliced into two or more identical slabs, glued to a metal honeycomb backing and then replaced on the outside of the building.
    • Most of the stone panels from the outside of the Elm Street tower will be trucked to Florida to HyCOMB’s plant near Miami. A few curved panels will be shipped to China for a specialized reconstruction.
  • The Decline of the American Laundromat The retreat of a longtime urban staple marks yet another way cities have changed after an influx of higher-earning residents.
  • Distractions – Martin Scorsese doesn’t allow watches on set. Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs or water bottles
    • “They’re distractions – the noise of [the bottles], they’re like toys almost, playing around with toys. [The lack of chairs, meanwhile] keeps you on your toes, literally.”
    • It’s as though Scorsese wants his set to exist outside of time and outside of the world, a vacuum but for creativity, which is allowed to bounce uninhibited. 
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, August 1, 2017

  1. Suzi says:

    I used to have to do the family laundry at the laundromat. Invariably one or more cheerleaders would pass through (they also had a dry cleaning business) to pick up/drop off uniforms. Usually as I was folding underwear. Good times.

  2. tammi1122 says:

    Very Nice information thanks for sharing this type of blog with us.

  3. Ben W. says:

    I have to thank you, because I haven't thought about laundromats in years, but your mention of them today put a smile on my face. Growing up, I spent a great deal of time during the summer with my grandmother, who didn't have a washer/dryer. The closest laundromat was right next door to a comic book store. Every time we had to go wash clothes, she'd give me a couple of dollars to go next door and buy some new comics. This morning, for an instant, I was transported back to that time: sitting in the beat-up plastic chairs, smelling detergent, listening to the white noise of the machines, soaking up the cool air-conditioning on a hot summer day, hanging out with my favorite person in the whole world, and reading through a new comic. She's gone, but the memory is not. Thanks, Geeding.

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