Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce OtherDogGeedingII. He’s actually tearing our family apart as we can’t come up with a real name for him. Every time we come up with one we think we can do better. If you are wondering how DogGeedingII is taking all of this, he’s scared to death of the little thing, he won’t go near it.
I watched The King’s Speech on Labor Day. To my surprise, as soon as I put it on, DaughterGeeding sat with me and watched the whole thing. I thought playing such a movie would have her exit quite quickly to do something more fun, but she had a lot of questions about history and royal protocol and it was the best part of my long weekend.
Yes, Bono lost his voice during the start of the European leg of their current tour and it freaked me out. Thankfully, he came back in full force last night. Oddly, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters also lost his voice causing the cancelation of some shows and released this funny statement, “That’s the last time I make out with Bono.” Also, during Pearl Jam’s concert in Fenway, Eddie Vedder said some nice words wishing Bono well.
Perhaps a picture you didn’t get to see of the McCain funeral at the U.S. Naval Academy.
One of the most heart-warming things I read in a long, long while. The story of how Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Deland McCullough found out the man who recruited him to play college football and later became his mentor in life was actually his biological father. Neither had any idea until McCullough started the quest to find his biological mother.
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center’s airtight “metabolic chamber” is furnished only with an exercise bike, a toilet, and a bed. For 23 hours in June, I was sealed in the chamber, while nurses monitored me constantly through a plexiglass window and video camera in the ceiling. Like a prisoner in solitary confinement, I ate meals delivered through a small, air-locked opening in the wall. Since researchers were measuring every calorie I used, any leftover scrap had to be sent back through the wall and recorded. A heart monitor and three accelerometers on my wrist, waist, and ankle tracked my every heartbeat and movement.