Bag of Randomness for Monday, August 13, 2018

  • Friday was “Meet The Teacher” night. I planned on wearing something very comfortable and casual, shorts and a t-shirt. However, I read an Atticus Finch article and saw a pic of Gregory Peck with “Scout” looking nice and fatherly, so I decided to dress up a bit.
  • The girl who sits next to BoyGeeding introduced herself and followed it up with, “This year, I’m going to go by my real name instead of my fake name.”
  • An ocularist is a person who makes artificial or glass eyes, an ocular prosthesis, and WifeGeeding has been going to the same ocularist at the same office for the last 35 years. Every year (well, it’s supposed to happen annually) when she makes an appointment to have her glass eye polished, she’s hoping her ocularist hasn’t retired. You tend to create a bond with these sort of folks and the man is as warm and friendly as they come. Thankfully he’s still working, but his office is in a new location. I wonder what it’s like to work in the same room or in the same building for the last 40 or so years.
  • I spent about an hour cleaning out my sock drawer yesterday. It was getting quite full and many were dress socks I simply don’t wear anymore. Even though I haven’t worn any of them for years, I noticed they lost their elasticity due to age, and if there’s one thing which annoys me, it’s a dress sock which won’t stay pulled up.
  • I’m still old-fashioned in which I have to wear dress socks which match my trousers, I can’t bring myself to wear a colorful sock with dress pants. Huh, trousers, that’s such an “old person” word.
  • French park trains crows to pick up litter
    • The birds will be encouraged to spruce up the park through the use of a small box that delivers a nugget of bird food each time the rook deposits a cigarette end or small piece of rubbish.
  • We have a neighbor who grew up in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming. To my surprise, she informed me that the University of Wyoming is the only university (four-year university) in the state, something which I was able to easily verify
  • Another Wyoming tidbit – Isa Lake is the only natural lake in the world that drains into both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  • There’s something about the actor, Hector Elizondo, which I’ve always liked. I think it’s a calm confident demeanor which feels authentic.
  • Sometimes when I compliment a friend but want to make it feel less awkward, I’ll start off by saying, “Now I’m not gonna sit here and blow sunshine up your ass . . . “
  • Colorado Mesa University – A university spelled ‘Board of trustees’ incorrectly in its diplomas for 6 years before it was spotted
  • I used to despise the stuff but, well, marriage will change a person – How Millennials Killed Mayonnaise
  • This WFAA article only references Baylor and Hardin-Simmons, Baptist universities WifeGeeding and I attended – See the Texas colleges where last year’s students graduated with the most debt
    • Baylor University in Waco led the back. Graduates there had the second highest amount of student debt in the state, at an average of $44,859. The school said in a statement to the Dallas Business Journal that 91 percent of its students receive financial assistance.
      • I wonder if that’s a typo, instead of “back” did they mean “pack”?
    • Hardin-Simmons University, a private Baptist school in Abilene, had incorrectly reported an average of $51,346 in student loan debt, which would have been up nearly 30 percent from the year before and made it the ninth highest in the country. A spokesperson for HSU told the Dallas Business Journal in an email Wednesday that the school had incorrectly reported that number and was updating it. HSU graduates last year left with an average of $35,581 in debt, according to their check. That number makes it 217th in the country instead of ninth, and 12th among Texas schools instead of first, according to the data.
  • Does anyone know who this artist is? This portrait was hanging at the Hopdoddy in Addison. I tried Google Lens and it couldn’t identify her.
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