Bag of Randomness for Monday, October 30, 2017

  • Friday was a big family night. It started with all of us playing Monopoly, a first for the kids, and ordering pizza. We then watched E.T.
    • That movie is very different watching it as an adult than as a child.
    • WifeGeeding pointed something out I never caught before, but then again, I’m pretty slow. When E.T. gets left behind, we see’s a red light far out on top of a hill over the city. That red light is in Elliot’s backyard and is why E.T. ends up there.
    • Hugh, after typing this I just noticed something else. E.T. and Elliot share a lot of feelings and thoughts throughout the movie, and even their names are similar since “Elliot” begins with an “E” and ends with a “T”.
    • We aren’t the type to shelter our kids from cursing or what have you from what’s shown on television. Don’t get me wrong, we monitor what they watch and avoid highly inappropriate things, but if something comes up with normal viewing and they question it, we’ll discuss it. Well, there’s a scene in the movie where Elliot gets mad at his older brother and calls him “penis breath.” That led DaughterGeeding to wonder out loud, “Does a penis stink?” and BrotherGeeding to respond, “No SisterGeeding! They don’t stink!”
  • WifeGeeding and I watched the first episode of the second season of  “Stranger Things”. There’s a character named Keith and the show proves the notion that Keith is a terrible first name.
  • We had our first flag football game in cold weather, which I thought for great. Bad weather makes for better memories. It’s a five-on-five league but only four of my players showed up. When things “go wrong” it makes for better memories.
  • Yu Darvish was pretty graceful in his response to Yuli Gurriel slanted eyes gesture. Not to take anything away from Darvish, but it helps that Gurriel was in a vulnerable position hoping to not get suspended for any World Series games. I don’t understand how Gurriel could do that after living and playing in Japan.
  • Other examples of why I think WifeGeeding and I grew up in two different countries: 1.) She’s never heard of the Bloody Mary folklore legend. 2.) She’s didn’t know any film named Mad Max existed.
  • I’m thinking the World Series telecast should be Sunday Night Football in the ratings, right?
  • Private prison company moves annual conference to Trump golf course
  • Former President Obama called to jury duty in Cook County and plans to serve
  • I liked it better when the Redskins wore white at home and forced the Cowboys to wear their bad luck blues. I think there’s a story about how the Washington owner or coach didn’t like it how the Cowboys chose white as their home colors. All other teams wore white for their travel jerseys and dark jerseys for home games. Because of this, the Cowboys almost always wore the same color uniform whether home or away and it was a marketing success. So, to irk the Cowboys, the Redskins would choose to wear white at home and force the Cowboys to wear their dark jerseys and buck the trend just for spite.
  • The Redskins running back Rob Kelly scored a touchdown he gave the ball to lineman Morgan Moses to spike. I love that bit, it shows how a running back appreciates his offensive line and tries to put them in the spotlight and share the glory. I think Walter Payton did that often. Even if he didn’t, don’t tell me I’m wrong, that’s how I want to remember him.
  • A few more thoughts and tidbits from my book about the relationships amongst presidents:
    • A common thread presidents have is they expect loyalty from their friends and those who have served under them. I get that, but I think in some aspects they expect too much and are too sensitive. For instance, if a friend or person who has served the president publically criticise him, they feel betrayed. It’s like those friends or former employees can’t freely express their opinion.
    • When George H.W. Bush’s daughter died of leukemia, she told her father, “I love you more than tongue can tell.” It’s a phrase that is often quoted by the Bush family. The father also worried less about policy than the burden put on his son.
    • George H.W. Bush, like any father, didn’t like hearing all the criticism about his son. At one point, Laura told him to stop watching the news.
    • After 9/11, the father really offered just one piece of advice. He thought his son should reach out to Muslims in the U.S., mindful of how many American leaders mishandled the Japanese internment issue during World War II.
    • Before sending troops to Panama in 1989, the older Bush had trouble sleeping the night before and was literally unable to move its neck or arms due to the tension. Since he was in combat himself, he felt responsible for the lives of the servicement he was sending into combat.
    • John Danforth was both George H.W. and George W. Bush’s second choice to be their VP.
  • BoyGeeding almost scores a touchdown.

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