Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  • I’m having one of those weeks where I feel like I’m a day ahead. Not that I have a lot of accomplished, just that I think today is Thursday and not Wednesday.
  • I think yesterday was the first time I really threw the football with my son. Yes, we’ve tossed the ball around, but this time he was actually catching them and I could catch the majority of balls thrown towards me. I know for sure yesterday was the first time I saw him throw a spiral, which was fun to teach him, btw.
  • President Trump gives himself some wiggle room in that Trump sort of way:
    • I may be wrong, I may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.’ I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that, but I’ll find some kind of an excuse.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sure has a lot of work ahead of him after this summit, as if he didn’t have enough work already. For instance, South Korea was caught off guard when President Trump told Kim Jong-un ‘war games’ with South Korea would cease. Somewhere in Texas, Rex Tillerson is enjoying retirement.
  • Mercedes Schlapp is the White House Director of Strategic Communications. She tweeted this two years ago.
  • This shouldn’t happen when conservatives control the White House, Senate, and the House of Representatives, at least on what they campaign on.
    • The U.S. government had a $147 billion budget deficit in May, an increase of 66 percent from the same month last year as the ledger took a hit from declining revenue and higher spending, according to Treasury Department data released on Tuesday.
  • I’m months behind on this news but Rudy Giuliani is getting a divorced. I remember when he was the presumptive front-runner of the Republican party and discussing having his wife sit in on cabinet meetings, which caused a stir.
  • The kids will be playing basketball this summer and yesterday I received an introductory email from one of their coaches. In his email, he proclaims his love for basketball and provides his basketball resume, of sorts. His two sons are named Michael and Jordan. I’m guessing he’s a fan.
  • I know someone who vacuums her mattress. She has a mattress pad or cover or whatever they are called, but still prefers to vacuum it once a month to remove dead skin cells, allergens, and the like.
  • I bet a lot of people neglect to clean or dust the top of their refrigerators. I bet a lot of people neglect to clean or dust the floor beneath their refrigerators. I bet a lot of people neglect to clean their refrigerators.
  • Until yesterday I didn’t know there was a version of Monopoly for cheaters. Isn’t that just real life? It’s only cheating if you get caught.
  • Dan Paul on The TICKET spoke of his upcoming spinal fusion surgery. His surgeon is going through the stomach, but my surgeon went through my back and stretched or pulled my back muscles to the side.  My surgeon explained going through the front would allow for faster back recovery since the back muscles wouldn’t be touched, but didn’t like the risk of going through the digestive organs. Paul also spoke about how he could totally relate and can see the spiral of painkiller addiction and suicide becoming reality. He spoke the truth. I could totally relate.
  • I’m one of those who enjoys reading about the news business. When it comes to the evening news, I prefer the ‘CBS Evening News” and have committed to them since Charlie Gibson left ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’. I really liked how Scott Pelley would deliver the news, a very no thrills approach, and thought I would have turned to another channel once he was removed from the chair. I don’t think the broadcast is as good as it was, so I’m a bit surprised their ratings have increased by double digits since his departure.
    • And while Glor has eked out some ground – viewership during his tenure on “CBS Evening News” is up 1% compared to the year prior to his launch, and up 10% from Pelley’s final month in mid-2017 – the CBS program remains well behind its direct competitors, ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “NBC Nightly News.”
  • Pennsylvania news – Old Taco Bell becoming Arby’s after NEW Taco Bell replaced OLD Arby’s
  • Cool move by the Washington Capitals – Capitals congratulate Golden Knights on season with classy ad in Vegas newspaper
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7 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  1. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    1. Good idea on the mattress vacuuming. We stretch it out to every two months because of the hassle, but think it is effective in removing detritus and mites.
    2. People, clean your refrigerators! Have seen friends leave things in their fridges that should be handled by EPA hazmat.
    3. Not a war hawk (Sorry, Mr. Bolton), but doing the spur-of-the-moment cancellation of war games with the Good Korea spooks me. A certain Moscow resident is probably looking on with pleasure and planning how he can convince the President that military maneuvers with NATO are also “provocative”. Any schoolkid athlete knows you play only as well as you practice. Doubly so for military. Current American leaders, keep your powder dry and your weapons cocked.

  2. Purplee33 says:

    Have you seen the HBO drama “ The Newsroom” it’s an old series that you can stream I enjoy watching the news and reading about behind the scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed the show.

    • Geeding says:

      I enjoyed ‘The Newsroom’ even though I thought it didn’t reach its potential. Aaron Sorkin uses great dialog and Jeff Daniels showed his acting range. I especially enjoyed the pilot with Daniels panel discussion answer with the student.

  3. Bryan B says:

    I can’t decide if the wiggle room quote from the President sounds more like Michael Scott or Little Carmine from The Sopranos.

    I can totally relate to the depression that chronic back pain can put you in. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I started hearing from a lot of friends that didn’t even know I was hurt until my wife put a bug in their ear.

    I’ll never understand why Scott Pelley didn’t fare better on the evening news. He was and still is one of my favorite 60 Minutes correspondents.

  4. RPM says:

    I always like Scott Pelley. Met him once when he was at WFAA. Very friendly and down to Earth guy.

  5. Milo says:

    Re: cleaning refrigerator tops. At barely 5’ tall, I don’t do this often. A very tall friend wrote his name on top of my fridge. When I found it, I put a dust cloth with a note on it there. “Joe, please clean to save me having to climb a ladder.”
    He did!

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