Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 30, 2018

  • This past weekend my buddies from high school and college spent time together to select a recipient of a scholarship named in his honor. Our social activity was axe throwing. It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do after back surgery, but it was fun. I was fine for about the first eight throws, but the hardest part was bending over to pick up any axes which didn’t stick to the board.
  • Here’s something a bit wheels-off about the axe throwing facility, it’s BYOB. A bunch of frat boys and older folks brought in a few cases of cheap beer. Furthermore, people are throwing axes directly behind us. We had a fear those folks would accidentally lose the grip of their axe as they were winding back. Safety was definitely stressed by the staff, but I’m not exactly trusting of alcohol and sharp deadly objects being launched in the air.
  • Two of my friends are pastors, one has been a pastor outside the city limits of Mineral Wells for fifteen or so years and could write a book about some of the uncommon requests he gets. For instance, an older woman once called and said, “Would you come over and shoot my dog? My husband is out of town and it got hit by a car and I just can’t do it myself.”
  • To avoid any spoilers I took the family to see Avengers: Infinity War and we loved it. No spoilers from me, I promise. It was a long movie, two-hours, and forty-minutes. But unlike the last Star Wars movie, I didn’t think they forced any new characters on us and every scene served a purpose to the plot, unlike the casino scenes.
  • I usually avoid the theaters and crowds in general, but every now then I’ll find a film I really want to see because I’m a sucker for how the audience will react and when they will spontaneously applaud. What a compliment to the makers of the film. Not one person was connected to the creation of the film yet the audience still feels the need to applaud, and it happened about three times.
  • I was offered an opportunity to go to this year’s Army/Navy game but had to turn it down because I’ve sacrificed a good amount of paid time off from work because of my surgery. Bum deal, it would have been cool.
  • I think it’s very heroic looking, and I like that it’s done in black and white – Carrie Fisher “Slave Leia” unused promotional photo. 1982
  • One week ago today, President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planted an oak tree on the White House lawn. The tree is now gone. The gifted tree originated from the site of the Battle of Belleau Wood in Belleau, France, in which U.S., French, and other allied troops fought the Germans during WWI. Some speculate the tree will be back in October when it has a better chance of surviving.
  • I had no idea North Korea has their own time zone, they decided to be a half-hour ahead of South Korea and Japan, but have recently said they plan on going back to the same time zone as the rest of the area. I know the bigger and more hopeful news is that North Korea is going to let U.N. and U.S. nuclear inspectors in, but that timezone thing stuck out.
  • The Atlantic – North Korea’s Secret ChristiansSouth Koreans are proselytizing in the adamantly atheist country using thousands of illicit radios smuggled over the border.

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4 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 30, 2018

  1. Ben W. says:

    My daughter and I saw Infinity War, and we really enjoyed it, too. There certainly was strong audience response at several moments during the film and I’m used to applause afterwards (especially for Marvel movies). But I can honestly say that I have never been in a movie theater where, as the final scene faded to black and the end title appeared, there was stunned, dead silence and not a single person even moved. That was the biggest testament, I think, to the emotional impact of the last 5 minutes of the film, and that audience reaction is something that I think I’ll carry with me for a long time. I told my daughter that this film could very well be her generation’s Empire Strikes Back.

  2. AndreaJN says:

    WOW – home run shot is garbage!

  3. Wicket says:

    The casino scene in The Last Jedi served an important purpose. Not so much to the plot, but to the message. The over-arching message of the movie is spoken by Yoda. “The greatest teacher, failure is.” Our heroes’ trip to the casino planet turned into a failure, just like Luke failed Ben in his training, Rey failed to turn Ben back to the light, and in the end, the Resistance failed so badly that they were reduced to a few survivors on a single ship. But even after all those failings, they kept up hope that they will still one day defeat the First Order.

  4. ulligunde says:

    Geeding, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

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