Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 19, 2018

  • Most of you read Bag of Randomness between the hours of 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM. More than likely, you’re reading this while I’m being operated on.
  • I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me for so many of you and my friends to drop me well wishes yesterday. Unexpected, sincere, unprompted acts of kindness and grace tugs at my heartstrings.
  • Last night the anesthesiologist for my surgery called to go over medications and ask some basic info. He couldn’t have been nicer and told me to just call him Gary. I told him the last time I was anesthetized I vomited and he said he’d put a medical patch behind my ear which should help with nausea for three days. He also said not to eat anything past midnight (expected) but I could drink several cups of water and even have a cup of coffee before 5:15 AM (totally unexpected). I check in for surgery at 6:00 AM and surgery is to start at 7:30 AM. That means I’m going to miss my favorite Friday TICKET segments. So, Alex, if you call in for the Emergency Break Of The Week segment, be sure to drop a casual “Bag of Nothing” line in there for me.
  • If there is a government shutdown, as a government contractor, the timing of this surgery would work out great.
  • I wish I could share the details of the communications from the executive management team at my place of employment regarding my surgery and time off. But I will tell you they have been exceptionally caring and encouraging.
  • I worked with DaughterGeeding a bit yesterday on her family immigration project. The teacher is having her students do a project on a family member who has immigrated and DaughterGeeding wants to do her’s on my dearly departed mother. It was neat to see her excitedly embrace her Vietnamese heritage and made me reflect on how I used to be embarrassed about it. I provided her with MomGeeding’s U.S. citizenship documents and all sorts of stuff written on South Vietnamese government stationary as well as defunct currency. She found some of MomGeeding’s old clothes, clothes my mother actually made/sewn herself, and started to sport them around. My mother was so tiny that the clothes somewhat fit her.
  • When it’s time to put the kids to bed, we have this tradition of me picking them up and dropping them on their beds. It’s a bit weird I’m not going to be able to do that for two months.
  • Yesterday, U2 released the video to “Get Out of Your Own Way”.
  • Donald Trump has been the President of the United States for a year now. It’s really interesting to reflect on the past year, or the past four years, and to see how much you may have personally changed as an individual.
  • Balding Prince William has finally shaved his head
  • The Washington Post – What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides
  • Trust in media to report the news accurately, by county: Netherlands: 82%, Canada: 78%, South Korea: 36%, Greece: 22%
  • Montreal man fools police with fake car made of snow
  • NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a habitat on Mars
  • The British accent makes it funnier – Driver Has An Absurdly Frustrating Interaction With His Car’s Voice GPS
  • The Boy Who Stayed Awake For 11 DaysIn December 1963 two boys hit upon an idea for a school science project – stay awake for as long as possible. And it shed new light on what happens inside our tired brains.
  • My Life As a Mom to 8 Kids
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10 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 19, 2018

  1. Andy B says:

    Best wishes for a quick and full recovery, Keith!

  2. KC1 says:

    Thinking of you today. Listen to your Doctors and nurses but mostly listen to your own body. Here’s to a speedy recovery and a life with no pain!

  3. Ben W. says:

    Add me to the chorus of well-wishers – hope your surgery and recovery go even better than expected!

  4. Michael K says:

    Best of luck to you and your surgery team! Hope everything goes well.

  5. Bryan says:

    Best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!

    The article you linked to about doctor suicides was actually a different version of an article written by the same author as a reaction to the doctor from North Richland Hills that killed his children and then took his own life last month. We have a connection to the mother’s family and this piece floated around social media:

  6. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    More well wishes for a successful surgery that address the problem and a fast recovery so you can enjoy your family fully.

    Let us know if you need anything!

  7. SailorMoon says:

    Good luck!! Hope everything went well and that recovery is quick.

  8. RPM says:

    Hope everything went well and it cures your pain!

  9. barry says:

    Ditto to all the above. Be well!

  10. John Mackovic says:

    Best of luck – and be sure to continue the putting-the-kids-to-bed tradition. It’s little things like that they’ll remember when they are grown.

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