Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May, 24, 2018

  • There’s an old adage about the true test of a man is how he responds to adversity. I’ve been thinking about that a lot as I’ve been going through a unique adverse situation and wondering how I’m measuring up. Maybe one day I’ll be brave or stupid enough to share it, but in doing so, a bridge will be burned in the process, which might be best.
  • I think placing “old” in front of “adage” is redundant but it just sounds better, so sometimes redundancy triumphs.
  • BoyGeeding’s kindergarten teacher had to leave school yesterday because of kidney stones and cyst on her kidney which burst.
  • I get easily annoyed by people who don’t walk to the right, it makes me wonder how bad their driving habits must be.
  • I’m finding that I share something in common with a lot of my guy friends in the business world. We all work hard, take pride in what we do, and feel knowledgeable about what we’re doing, but we suffer from such self-confidence that we fear someone is eventually going to call us out and “fix the glitch”.
  • I wish people wouldn’t use the speakerphone option in public.
  • If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.
  • I really didn’t like how Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees handled the Paige Patterson situation. He basically got a promotion and still gets to live on campus despite how badly he counseled abused women and making a perverted remark about a sixteen-year-old. You’d be amazed at how much faith and trust I had in SBC leadership as a teen and college student.
  • No other local news personality gets under my skin more than WFAA’s Cynthia Izaguirre. I was really touched by how Dale Hansen reacted about how his best friend was honored in the video in the previous post and Izaguirre interjects with something to try to make the moment more significant and plays up the camera with appears to be false sincerity.
  • Man mistakenly runs full Fargo marathon instead of half-marathon
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10 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May, 24, 2018

  1. Alec666 says:

    Sometimes bridges need to be burned, sometimes there’s no repair or band aid that will save it. Sometimes that bridge will need to burn and you will hardly ever think about it again, sometimes a bridge will be burned and you will regret the fact…that you didn’t burn it sooner…
    Good luck my friend…

  2. AndreaJN says:

    I think a lot of people feel like a fraud, or undeserving of their place or blessings. It’s even called “impostor syndrome.” I can certainly relate.

  3. Bryan says:

    WFAA’s Cynthia Izaguirre drives me crazy too!

  4. RPM says:

    I’m right there with ya on people that don’t keep right when walking. They’re the same people that hang out in the left lane and screw up traffic. Keep right. It’s a pretty simple concept.

  5. JayF says:

    Dodge a wrench, dodge a ball… it , makes sense I guess if you think about it. I’d rather be hit with a ball if I had to choose though. If I were hit with a wrench first I may never have the chance to dodge the ball, but it wouldn’t matter because, if I couldn’t dodge the wrench I couldn’t dodge the ball.

    Gregory Peck at his finest in the above posted pic.

  6. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Keith, I agree with your reflections on the evolution of SBC. In my formative years, I was all in as a proud Southern Baptist. As the years have passed and the serious failings of leadership have changed the SBC experience completely, I long for the old days of Faith and Love and Compassion and Good Citizenship. I am still Baptist, just not SBC in my tenets of faith and perspective.

    Always enjoy your reflections. Keep posting, friend. Your thoughts are always enjoyed by us all.

  7. Susan says:

    I hear you about your formative years with the SBC. My formative years in the Church of Christ, as a young female, were horrendous. The guilt and abuse and fear they heaped on young girls and women enrages me to this day. . . all in the name of God and religion.

    • Gabe Waggoner says:

      Susan, I can appreciate how you feel. I grew up in the Church of Christ, too, and then went to a Baptist college in Abilene, Texas (instead of the expected ACU).

      The CoC is good at wielding guilt and manipulation. My youth group leader once told us a story about a puppy who was crucified in somebody’s front yard—complete with details about how the puppy cried and bled as the nails went through its paws. We were all horrified and upset—just as the story was designed to make us react—and then the teacher said, “Aha! Now! Look at how you just reacted to that, and look at how you don’t even react at all to the story of the same thing happening to Jesus! Aren’t you ashamed?”

      I wanted to tell him that Christians were desensitized to the brutality of Jesus’ crucifixion because we had been told that story over and over since we were little kids, but I learned long ago that rational thought and reason have no place in fundamentalism.

      Between that and the “we’re the only true Christians” business, sometimes I wonder how much that kind of treatment affected me as I developed as a person—and how I might have turned out differently had that not been part of my formative years.

  8. Mr. Mike Honcho says:

    RE: Walking – my pet peeve is when people are walking on streets and roadways and walk on the RIGHT. That is incorrect. Always walk on the LEFT side of the street or road. Remember; walk INTO traffic.

    The reason is so you can see the cars approaching you. If you walk on the right side you place your back to the cars approaching you. MUCH Safer to do it the proper way.

    • smee says:

      Not sure that’s what he was talking about, but you are correct, sir. You can even be ticketed in Texas for walking on the wrong side of the road.

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