Bag of Randomness for Monday, March 5, 2018

  • As a fan of barbecue, I really got a kick out of the tweet referenced above which was tweeted yesterday. The internet had a field day with it, especially folks from Texas, Kansas City, Tennesee, and the Carolinas.
  • To carry on a family tradition, WifeGeeding places an orange in our kids’ Christmas stockings, which I thought it was a bit of an odd thing to do. However, while watching an episode of ‘Victoria and Albert’ with her I saw it was something Queen Victoria and Prince Albert used to do with their children. Silly me, it’s something a lot of families do and the tradition may have started for several reasons. Another Christmas stocking family tradition WifeGeeding does is add a dime to each stocking. I like it. As many of my longtime readers know, my father never spent a dime, he saved them. Back when cash was used often, the dimes would add up quickly. I also never spend a dime and save them.
  • Also, while watching ‘Victoria and Robert’, I discovered what the united kingdoms in the United Kingdoms are – the united kingdoms of Ireland and Great Britain. I’m sure many of you are laughing at my ignorance, but it’s one of those things I always heard and wondered about but never looked it up, and it’s not something we studied in any of my history classes. To be honest, I always felt the history of the UK was complex and confusing with their long history and kings and queens sharing names. It seems like Ireland and Great Britain was ruled by one ruler, but in 1800, the parliaments of Ireland and Great Britain decided to unite. Feel free to correct me, I’d rather be educated than ignorant.
  • This picture of an overly crowded room of Asian art students stresses me out. When I look at it, all I can think of is me being that one kid in the middle of all of it who has to be excused to use the restroom and trying to make my way through to the exit.
  • I got a kick out of Jimmy Kimmel’s bit of taking a group of celebrities into a movie theater to hand out food. But one thing surprised me, I didn’t notice any of the audience members pull out their phone to snap any pics, they just appreciate the moment. Maybe because it was a sneak preview they were watching, they couldn’t take phones inside.
  • That Allison Janey is one talented actress. I thought she was making a career mistake by joining a CBS sitcom and limiting herself. But in addition to the sitcom, she was able to make a movie and win an Oscar.
  • My favorite Sam Rockwell movie is Moon. He is basically the only actor in the film. It’s when I first noticed him.
  • Man, it looked awkward when Oscar winners set their trophy on the floor to give a speech. But man, that jet ski bit was great. Jimmy Kimmel did a solid job.
  • The first trailer for Mary Poppins Returns but you only get to see the titled charted for a few brief seconds.
  • Donations of deer semen make up majority of contributions in Texas candidate’s race: report
    • The Dallas News reported Thursday that Ana Lisa Garza, a district court judge running a primary challenge against eight-term Democrat Ryan Guillen, has received $51,000 in in-kind donations to her campaign, listed as individual donations of frozen deer semen straws. The containers are reportedly a common way for deer breeders in the state to donate to political campaigns. Garza’s campaign has valued the straws at $1,000 each.
  • Two bills passed by mistake:
  • Impressive Mulan tribute.

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9 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, March 5, 2018

  1. AndreaJN says:

    We also remarked on how diverse Allison Janney’s work is. Our parents first loved her in the West Wing. Hubby and I loved her in Masters of Sex and we think she’s very funny in Mom.

    We also talked about Sam Rockwell. He was great in The Green Mile and Galaxy Quest and Moon.

  2. Ben W. says:

    Sam Rockwell is a great “that guy,” and I’m glad he got the recognition. “Moon” is a phenomenal film that most people probably never saw. Interesting note: the new movie “Mute” on Netflix is from the same director as “Moon,” and exists in the same film universe. Supposedly it is the second of a trilogy of films set in that universe. I haven’t watched it yet, but it’s in my queue. I just need more time…

  3. John Mackovic says:

    OK, you asked for it:

    It’s the United Kingdom, not Kingdoms – The components (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland) are “countries”

    • Brent says:

      Actually…it is not Ireland, but Northern Ireland that is included in the United Kingdom. Ireland is its own sovereign republic. You are correct that England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are technically “countries” though they are not sovereign nation states. Interestingly, in Olympic competition, athletes compete under the shared flag of the UK, but in other events, like the FIFA World Cup (soccer) each country competes separately.

      Also, in case you are interested, Great Britain, which is sometimes used synonymously with the UK, is technically the island that is composed of England, Scotland and Wales and not the same as the UK.

      • Geeding says:

        Thanks, Brent. I guess that’s one reason why I’m easily confused, many of those “countries” are not sovereign nation states. Add to that, I don’t fully understand what a sovereign nation is (I’ll look it up later) and never really understood why the Queen is on the currency of Canada and Australia. That’s also an interesting tidbit about FIFA. I’m glad I’m not entirely wrong, what I linked to was how the UK became to be, or what was the two original kingdoms which united. If I kept on reading and going down the Wiki wormhole I think I would have eventually pieced it all together. In my line of thinking, what I pointed out is more akin to the original 13 colonies and you pointed out the 50 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

        • Brent says:

          It is easily confusing. I learned a lot from a friend who lives here in Texas but is originally from Northern Ireland. Would you believe that I actually ran into that friend at lunch after I answered the earlier post?!? Hadn’t seen him in probably seven or eight years. Weird, huh?

        • John Mackovic says:

          I’m reminded of my college geography class where I had to learn the difference between nation vs. state vs. country

    • Geeding says:

      Yup, typo on my part. I won’t take ownership of the mistake but will blame it on the pain meds.

  4. Triple Fake says:

    I believe the program to which you are referring is simply “Victoria”, on PBS. I watched that episode and what I found odd was that, at Albert’s insistence, each member of the royal family had their own Christmas tree, plus one was hung from the ceiling.

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