Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • When I first started to attend a Baptist church I was surprised everyone referred to the preacher as Brother John, instead of something more formal, like Pastor John. I’ll be honest, I thought it was similar to how Hulk Hogan referred to everyone as “brother” and thought, oh, so Hulk Hogan must have been Baptist at one point and that’s where he got it.
  • When you see me at the pool or a waterpark, you’d probably think I wore a shirt because I’m trying to hide my belly, but you’d be wrong. I wear a shirt to hide the disgusting looking scar on my back.
  • Every spring the city sends an employee to every house and turn the main water supply to half the pressure in an effort to conserve water, and every spring I tear up my knuckles accessing the main water line in the ground to increase the pressure so my sprinklers will do more than blow a raspberry. This year I thought I’d search Amazon for a water key to save my knuckles. Luckily I found a small twelve-inch version for about ten bucks and thought it was worth the investment. It arrived yesterday but Amazon sent me the thirty-six-inch version instead and now I feel mighty and more powerful than Thor and his hammer. It’s no weenie-man tool, it’s a professional industrial strength apparatus. It’s so massive you’d think someone would have to pass some kind of certification safety course to wield its power. I think I’ll have Luke 12:48 engraved on it, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”
  • A friend of mine is moving his family from Alabama to Lubbock. The U-Haul he was traveling in with his wife and young daughter broke down on the highway. Thankfully the company sent a replacement truck and crew and moved everything in the replacement trunk. I have no idea if that’s included in the price or if he bought some sort of insurance for that.
  • On Monday morning, all of the In-N-Outs closed because the quality of the buns wasn’t up to their satisfaction. It wasn’t a health or safety issue, they just have high bun standards. Yesterday, Whataburger announced via Twitter that some restaurants will not be offering white buns or Texas Toast, due to a quality issue with a supplier. Now Raising Cain’s has Texas toast issues. What is this, breadgate, carbgate?
  • President Trump usually looks like he’s full of energy but he looked pretty tired walking off Air Force One yesterday, which is totally understandable.
  • This was a popular retweet yesterday:
  • If you are a fan of the ‘Fixer Upper’ show you may find these statistics interesting, as sampling is below – Facts & Analysis About HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”
    • The average purchase price of the selected home hovers at around $173,221 for all five seasons.
    • The average budget for renovation and upgrades over the course of five seasons stands at $111,631.
    • Joanna used shiplap in almost 40% of the projects.
    • Chip and Joanna’s renovation projects almost always comes in on budget and add an average of $26,000 of instant equity to the client’s investment.
  • 2 Women Criticize the Way Texas A&M Handled Their Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Student Athletes
  • ‘Star Wars’: George Lucas Would Have Set Third Trilogy in ‘Microbiotic World’ Linked to Midi-Chlorians
    • Elsewhere in the conversation, Lucas admitted, “Everybody hated it in ‘Phantom Menace’ [when] we started talking about midi-chlorians.” In terms of his storytelling, Lucas regarded individuals as “vehicles for the Whills to travel around in…And the conduit is the midi-chlorians. The midi-chlorians are the ones that communicate with the Whills. The Whills, in a general sense, they are the Force.”
  • Texas Monthly – How Franklin Barbecue Came Back After the Fire – After a tragedy in the pit room in 2017, it didn’t take long for Franklin Barbecue to rebound—or for the lines to start forming again.
  • I saw the intro to the new NBC show ‘Reverie’ and thought it was a modern-day version of ‘Quantum Leak’.
  • U2 held a special concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater which I hope one day will be made available to watch. The 13-piece Sun Ra Arkestra horn section helped the band play along to ‘Angel of Harlem’, their tribute song to Billie Holiday. They also dedicated the song “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” to Anthony Bourdain.
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10 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, June 14, 2018

  1. AndreaJN says:

    My husband has a long scar on his stomach. If kids ask, he tells them he was in a pirate fight. 🙂

  2. Ben W. says:

    We ate at Whataburger last night, and I’ll help calm everyone’s fears. It was only the smaller buns (Whataburger Jr.) that were affected – at least at our location. So my Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger was perfectly normal. Which is to say, it was delicious.

    We legitimately almost had another Lucas trilogy that spends THREE FILMS delving into the complexities of intergalactic microbes and how the mystical Force is just nanobeings communicating? Please, Star Wars fans, tell me more about how Disney has ruined the franchise.

  3. Severe Withdrawals says:

    Today is one month since LL’s last post. I’m starting to give up hope.

    • Jimmy Startled says:

      Barry is transitioning. He’ll return after the incision wounds are healed. I think he’s going to be beautiful. And petite.

    • Bizarro Big Tex says:

      Come home, Barry. Some of us still foolishly have hope. We need you to speak the truth, even if some have closed their ears and minds and hearts. Bloggers like you and Geeding are few and far between, unfortunately.

      I close with the following piece of Scripture from Psalm 82:3-4 of the ESV of The Bible:
      Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

      • MAGA Mac says:

        If the reason Barry is not posting has been discussed on here, can someone repeat it? This is my 1st look on this blog.

        • Bryan B says:

          He hasn’t said why he hasn’t blogged, but his wife indicated on Twitter that he’s “ok”. He indicated the last day he blogged that he wouldn’t be approving comments that day because he was going to be out of pocket. It’s probably not too much of a stretch to assume that his absence is related to that. I would be surprised if he’s stepped away out of being tired of it, but I’m also surprised he’s been away without comment. I don’t always agree with what he posts, but he’s always entertaining and LL has been a part of my daily routine for a pretty long time. Wishing him the best with whatever is going on.

      • Harry Hood says:

        Barry has some good thoughts. But to hold him up as a light of truth is a stretch. His logic and critical thought is muddied by feelings. He has lost all objectivity with politics.

  4. Noevadeaux says:

    Read the comments on most of the posts at Liberally Lean. Many are downright scary, hate filled and threatening. I quit reading the comments a while back – most were disgusting. Although I also miss reading his posts, I would not waste my time blogging for such maniacs, and my guess is that Barry fed up. He deserves a break.

  5. Jamal says:

    Barry is doing work in preparation for the upcoming Democratic State Party Convention.

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