Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • I don’t think the medium speed on my ceiling fan is medium enough, it’s just a tad too slow. If I put it on high, it’s too high. I like flowing air, but too much gives me a headache if that makes any sense.
  • I was channel surfing last night and came across an eerie and macabre documentary about the efforts of the grandson of Charles Manson to recover his remains so he could give him a proper funeral. I only caught bits and pieces of it.  You did indeed see his body in a simple coffin.
    • I saw some guy, a supporter, lean over into the coffin and give him a kiss on the forehead.
    • Several items were placed inside his casket and laid upon his chest, like an iron cross, an eagle feather, and rings. He was also wearing white gloves. The ring survived the cremation and the grandson kept it and wore it.
    • An American flag was laid on top of the casket with the Stars and Bars placed on top of Old Glory.
    • Around ten people were in attendance, and their interviews were as wheeled off as you’d expect.
    • The pastor who officiated the service stated that when Manson was born, he was imprinted with the image of God which was destroyed by his actions and since that image was still there, that’s why he did the funeral.
    • I think the grandson was someone who just longed for a grandfather figure and trying to reconcile being a direct descendant of a notorious figure and the funeral was a coping mechanism, but then again, all funerals are coping mechanisms.’ He stated that his grandfather had a life sentence, not a soul sentence, and wanted to provide him with a little family dignity. I’m sure a lot of folks will argue the point that Manson’s soul was also sentenced. I think Manson’s son, the grandson’s father, killed himself at sixteen.
    • The casket was wheeled by the attendees to the crematorium. All of them helped push it in and then you saw the grandson push the button to start the cremation, which took about three hours.
    • Funeral’ is slipping from our vernacular, you’ll often hear them referred to as “a celebration of life’. I’m not sure if you could refer to this service as a ‘celebration of life’.
    • The family new burying him in an unmarked grave would have been chaos and knew it would eventually become disgraced and spectacle, so they spread the ashes at a secret place along the banks of a river. However, friends and family spread his ashes on their faces.
  • Apparently, the Vice-President, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel flew together to Indiana for the funeral of a retired senator. I’m not saying there is something wrong with them all flying together, just that it’s interesting.
  • I bet one day Jeff Probst of ‘Survivor’ fame will be the host of ‘Jeopardy!’. Probst used to host the rock and roll version of the show and at some point he’s got to transition.
  • Buc-ee’s bathrooms outshine other roadside restrooms nationwide, according to GasBuddy
  • McDonald’s in Austria will double as mini U.S. embassies for tourists in need of help
  • Emojis, damn them – Hershey’s First Chocolate Bar Redesign in 125 
  • I’m proud of my Navy and think it’s great they had a little fun at taxpayer’s expense (You don’t own that plane, the taxpayers do!). It’s not like they buzzed the tower or take Penny Benjamin out on a date. I would have just preferred they do this over Pyongyang.
    • Cockpit transcript of the Navy pilots who drew a giant penis in the sky over Washington made public
      • “You should totally try to draw a penis,” the EWO advised. “I could definitely draw one, that would be easy,” the pilot boasted. “I could basically draw a figure eight and turn around and come back. I’m gonna go down, grab some speed and hopefully get out of the contrail layer so they’re not connected to each other.”
      • “Dude, that would be so funny,” the pilot said. “Airliner’s coming back on their way into Seattle, just this big (expletive)ing, giant penis. We could almost draw a vein in the middle of it too.”
      • “Balls are going to be a little lopsided,” the pilot advised. “Balls are complete,” he reported moments later. “I just gotta navigate a little bit over here for the shaft.” “Which way is the shaft going?” the EWO asked. “The shaft will go to the left,” the pilot answered. “It’s gonna be a wide shaft,” the EWO noted.
    • I can’t help but think of these Austin Powers scenes which still crack me up.

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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, May 16, 2019

  1. Bryan B. says:

    I’m out on any urinal arrangement that increases the chance of inadvertent eye contact with other users.

    Jeff Probst would definitely be a solid host for Jeopardy. Dan Patrick hosted Sports Jeopardy and wouldn’t be bad. I could also see the Bachelor/Bachelorette host or Ryan Seacrest being very good in that role. The key is to find someone capable that won’t try to duplicate the Trebek magic to the point that it looks like an impression.

  2. Melissa Crawshaw says:

    I went to school with Charles Manson’s only legitimate son; and yes he did kill himself but he was much older than 16….he did it along a road out west somewhere. I remember we were quite young when all the crimes happened; I remember the magazines being at our school trying to get pictures and stuff…it had to be a hard life growing up with that stigma. His legal name was Charles Manson, Jr but he didn’t go by that name ever.

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