Bag of Randomness for Thursday, December 21, 2017

  • One day this week we received three Christmas cards from friends. Each of the three misspelled “Geeding” differently. Ode to joy. It means more to me they took the time and effort to send then the misspellings, it’s just a joyful annoyance.
  • Speaking of Christmas cards, we send out a Happy Holidays Christmas newsletter but trick it up a bit by making it a trivia game. We call it the Geeding Guessing Game and the reader has to guess if each item is true or false. Depending on the reader’s score, they are labeled either a friend or should be removed from the mailing list. This is our eleventh year creating it. If you’d like to see this year’s version, here’s a PDF.
  • One of my most high-maintenance readers sent me a strongly worded message saying he missed the old commenting system on the blog because it gave him the option of receiving an email if someone replied to one of his comments. To appease him, I added a new plugin which mimics that feature. It hasn’t been tested so I’m just crossing my fingers it works. Basically, all you have to do is select the check-mark box underneath the comment box. Right now I don’t have it properly aligned with the field label but it will work for now. So far, I’m pretty happy I’ve ditched the old commenting system.
  • I follow 94-year-old Chuck Yeager on Twitter, and from what I’ve read, it’s really him managing it and not a staffer. I’ve replied to two of his tweets and each time he’s replied back. Earlier this week he tweeted he met Orville Wright and I asked if he had a firm handshake.
  • The ‘CBS Evening News’ had a story about people who thief packages left on the front door of homes. Two things in the story stood out. In some places, police are baiting packages with GPS devices and one man invented and is now selling booby-trapped boxes containing blank shotgun shells to scare thieves which I thought was pretty funny. Here’s some YouTube footage of the booby-trapped packages if you are interested.
  • I found this awesome U2 kids t-shirt. I wish I could buy an adult version.
  • I felt uncomfortable typing that last sentence.
  • My favorite ‘X-Files’ episode has to be “Bad Blood” which was written by Written by Vince Gilligan. My second favorite would be “The Post-Modern Prometheus”, that’s the one shot in black and white and Mulder and Scully dance at the end to Cher’s cover of “Dancing in Memphis”.
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, December 21, 2017

  1. Ben W. says:

    It’s about time you fixed it where I can get e-mails re: replies. I was about to quit this blog and demand a refund.

  2. Bryan says:

    I can’t even get my head around your last name being mis-spelled 3 different ways.

    I’ll go ahead and creep you out by letting you know that I aced the Geeding trivia quiz. There was, of course, some lucky guessing involved since I only know you through the blog. I’m expecting to be invited to holidays at your house going forward.

    Half of me wants to think the story about the high maintenance reader is tongue-in-cheek, but the other half knows that it probably isn’t. Lord help me if I ever become a high maintenance reader of someone else’s blog.

    Chuck Yeager’s autobiography was one of the first adult books I read as a kid. My dad got it for Christmas and read it in a couple of days and I just randomly picked it up one day and read the first chapter. I was hooked.

  3. John Mackovic says:

    – I LOL’ed at the “now has vision in her prosthetic eye” comment
    – My favorite X-Files episode was “Jose Chung’s from Outer Space” with Alex Trebek and Jessie Ventura.

  4. Brent says:

    I believe our card was one of the misspellings, yes? My wife addressed the cards and I think she included an “S” at the end of your name: “The Geedings Family” not “The Geeding’s” (by the way, I’ve never understood the rule on including an apostrophe or not when you are addressing the whole family). I forgot to check it again before mailing and I didn’t want to correct her because she worked hard on them. At any rate, we’re sorry!

    I would have aced the quiz but I thought you were trying to trick us with question 3: I didn’t realize that Kelsey was the assistant coach (co-head coach?).

    Merry Christmas to the Greedings Family

  5. Gabe Waggoner says:

    Those were great X-Files episodes, indeed. “Bad Blood” is a fun parody of Texas. My inner Mulder–Scully ‘shipper loves the dance scene in “The Post-Modern Prometheus,” and hearing any rendition of that song reminds me of those two crazy kids. I also loved “Small Potatoes” for that reason, when Scully and faux Mulder are about to kiss. And the near kiss in the 1998 movie! I loved many episodes, but especially those in which Scully suffers. Good times.

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