Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 23, 2017

  • Ever since I took the kids up on the roof to watch the sunrise a few Saturdays ago, they now want to make it a weekly tradition. If you are wondering why the roof, you can’t see the horizon in my hilly neighborhood unless you are up on high.
  • Coaching flag football has been about what I thought it would be. I enjoy it and it has its ups and downs and it’s allowing me to work on certain weaknesses. WifeGeeding has been a huge help. My only real complaint is the lack of help from parents whose kids require a lot of attention. These are kids who will cross their arms and refuse to do things, cry and just stare at the ground, or just in their own world. I do my best to connect with them, but it’s a real bummer when their child is doing something which requires special attention and you look at the sideline and they are busy looking down on their phone.
  • Our kids were invited to a boy’s birthday party yesterday which was held between 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Cowboys game had a start time of 3:05 PM. It surprises me anyone would schedule a birthday party during a Cowboys game, especially if the family has lived in the area for a long time and not from another culture. In other words, they are white and Texans. However, the party was at Home Depot, so that was cool.
  • Funny, KFC’s Twitter account only follows 11 people – 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb.
  • Who was the last great orator of Congress? I guess it was Ted Kennedy. You can certainly disagree with his politics, but the man could deliver a speech.
  • While dipping my toe in and setting up a family tree, I saw the term “Sealing” in the drop-down selection for “Relationship”.  I never heard of the term, but per Wikipedia:
    • Faithful Latter Day Saints believe civil marriages are dissolved at death, but that a couple who has been sealed in a temple will be married beyond physical death and the resurrection if they remain righteous. This means that in the afterlife they and their family will be together forever.
  • When I was driving around D.C. I heard U2’s new song played on the radio, which was the only time I’ve heard it on the radio.
  • VOTE – @adamgoodellThe mayor from Jaws is still the mayor in Jaws 2. It is so important to vote in your local elections.
  • – High school volleyball player makes an absurd flying save
  • One thing I appreciate about ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ is how they will get the “serious” correspondents to do lighter stories. For instance, Jan Crawford is the chief legal correspondent and you really only see her report from and about the Supreme Court. Yesterday her segment was over Darius Rucker and is time with Hootie and the Blowfish and as a country music artist.
  • Jay Leno on David Letterman: “Even When He Was Mean to Me, It Was Funny”
    • The former ‘Tonight Show’ host pays tribute to his onetime rival, who’ll accept the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Sunday in Washington, D.C.
  • California Restaurant Admits It’s Been Serving Popeyes Chicken for MonthsThe restaurant’s Yelp page is now a hotbed of one-star reviews. But the owner insists she didn’t do anything wrong.
  • Per longtime Dallas Cowboys Radio Network sidelines reporter Kristi Scales
    • Stanford women’s volleyball lineup taller than @dallascowboys defensive line. Cardinal=6’8″, 6’6″,6’6″,6’4″,6’2″,6’2″
  • Yesterday Troy Aikman make a “George Michael Sports Machine” reference. Ah, good times.
  • Two things I like about this GIF, and you’ll have to watch it at least twice to see it.
    1.  While Clinton is speaking, W cracks a joke that makes Obama laugh.
    2. For a moment, it looks like W put his arms around Clinton.
  • When the former presidents get together I never feel like anyone can get them to take a good photo together. Sure, they take a nice photo, but they are never positioned well. In this case, they should have moved Carter’s chair closer to Bush41’s, place their hands in the same manner, and they all should have evenly spaced they legs out. Clinton looks like he has to pee. They are all retired, they have nothing but time, but I’m sure it can be intimidating “ordering” them around.
  • That picture made me think of one of my favorite scenes in Hot Shots! Part Deux, the library dedication scene. I just wish I could have found a better quality version of the clip.

President Tug Benson (Lloyd Bridges) takes down 4 of the 5 living past presidents (Nixon, Bush, Reagan, and Carter), and then Ford just falls down on his own.

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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 23, 2017

  1. Michael Willoughby says:

    People are not mind readers and they do not know what your needs are unless you express them. Although you are a coach who would appreciate help with the kids at practice, there are also coaches that would not want parents to interfere with practice. Parents have no idea to which camp you belong unless you say something.

    Next time you are in one of these situations, speak up. You might be surprised with the results you get.

  2. Mike Honcho says:

    You are spot on about parents and their kids at practice. I have coached many years and I have never seen a "needy" kid that would be a surprise to their parent. Most often the parents know that their child is "needy" but they are looking forward to the "free child-care."

    There are many parents have been great and sat through practice on the sidelines/stands. Sat respectfully and were quiet and let us coach. When their kid throws a fit, I can hear the parent getting on to them and I appreciate it.

    Some of my more memorable cases… 5th grader that laid down on a football field and screamed with eyes shut through pregame and first quarter while mom stood by. 4th grader that gave me the passive-aggressive silent treatment… would not speak or look at me all season, no matter if things were good or bad… his momma jumped me every other practice because I was too hard on him (?). 6th grader that told me "I don't feel like listening to you today" and quit practicing midway through the season. His dad told us the game was too political and then let the kid quit during week, but then told us he wanted to join team again on game day. Too many others to count.

    The rewards of a volunteer football, baseball, basketball, volleyball coach are awesome. There are always those kids that are totally worth it. But there are plenty that make you question your sanity each week.

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