Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, July 9, 2019

  • No Spoilers: We’re only two episodes into the new season of Stranger Things, and anytime there’s a mall scene my brain goes into reminiscing overload. I can’t process any of the dialogue in those scenes because I’m transported back in time and my eyes are darting all over the screen taking in every bit of Eighties detail. They do such a great job with the little stuff. For instance, pay attention to the lighting. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s just right. Their mall is a perfect combination of my two childhood malls, Ridgemar and Hulen. Ridgemar had a warm feel to it, lots of wood with Parque floors and red/maroon carpeting. Hulen was heavy with the tile and used a lot of lighting and brighter colors.
  • Apparently, WifeGeeding’s sister got into some sort of parking lot kerfuffle at the local Wal-Mart which involved an elderly man who exited the passenger side of a car parked in handicap parking who banged his can on her vehicle.
  • While watching a documentary about the return of the Apollo 11 astronauts, I was quite surprised to learn that they traveled to 43 countries in 45 days. In that timeframe, they also gave speeches in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in one day. I believe planes didn’t travel as quickly and smoothly as they do now, so that’s not an easy feat. 
  • Reassigned but not fired – Florida principal is reassigned after writing that he couldn’t say the Holocaust was ‘a factual, historical event’
    • Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened. And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.
  • I miss “Stupid Pet Tricks”.
  • I watched David Letterman’s interview with Tiffany Haddish, who is a lot more interesting than I thought.
    • It wasn’t until high school in which she learned to read well.
    • Her stepfather tampered with the brakes on her mother’s car which resulted in an accident and left her mother with brain damage. Haddish was nine at the time, the oldest of her five siblings, and went in and out of foster care.
    • Because of her foster care experience, she now supports an organization which provides suitcases for children in foster care. She revealed as a child in foster care she was often shuffled around and sometimes had to carry all their belongings in a trash bag. When she received a suitcase to carry her belongings, she said she felt like a traveler, a person who had direction and a purpose and was no longer trash.
    • She really cut her teeth in comedy. When in high school she got a chance to attend the Laugh Factory’s Comedy Camp which allowed her to be briefly mentored by the likes of Richard Pryor and the Wayan brothers. She did stand up for a while and all sorts of comedy and entertainment bits which shaped her into the comedian she is today.
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