Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 13, 2020

I wonder if there’s going to be a population boom nine months from now.

I’ll be honest. As for me and my health, I’m more concerned with my allergies and sinuses than I am with COVID-19. But it would be my luck that I’d catch the virus while working from home.

KFC pauses finger lickin’ ads amid coronavirus panic and 150 complaints

7 Lessons from Singapore’s Churches for When the Coronavirus Reaches YoursAdvice from Christians in the “Antioch of Asia” on how your congregation can survive—and thrive—amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

I watched The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. He did the show without an audience. just like all the other shows. It reminded me of the time David Letterman did a show without an audience because of a massive blizzard. I recall Denzel Washington being his guest, but can’t recall if he was the only guest.

UK News – Student suspended from school for selling ‘squirts’ of hand sanitizer to classmates

Coronavirus Burial Pits In Iran So Vast They’re Visible From Space

At the Behesht-e Masoumeh complex in Qom, about 80 miles south of Tehran, the excavation of a new section of the graveyard began as early as Feb. 21, satellite images show, and then rapidly expanded as the virus spread. By the end of the month, two large trenches — their lengths totaling 100 yards — were visible at the site from space.

Next week is spring break for my wife and kids. Maybe it was a good thing I didn’t buy tickets to fly to Boston and walk the Freedom Trail after all. Boston has a forecast high of 37-degrees on Monday and a 40% chance of rain on Tuesday. It has been interesting tracking roundtrip nonstop fights and seeing them drop from over $400 to around $150. Also, we are having new floors installed next week so it’s not like we can go anyways.

A neighbor asked for help with something on his MacBook the other day. Again, anything Apple-related is foreign to me, it’s like trying to write with my left hand and I don’t know how you people do it. Luckily, it was something rather simple and it was fixed in no time. But then he started to complain about Spectrum, his internet and cable provider, and how he has to take the afternoon off the next day to be home for a service call. His first complaint was that the DVR wouldn’t power on. I asked if I could take a look and I basically detangled the wires and unplugged and replugged everything. It powered on. Now that I got that working, he asked if I could get the remote to work, stating he was so upset at it the other day he threw it across the room and put a dent in the wall. The poor guy is going through a lot, losing his wife to cancer not long ago, running his own business, and being a single parent. As I was handed the remote, his lawn service needed to show him outside. Something he said earlier lead me to believe he was using the wrong remote. His bedroom door was open and I could see a second remote on his dresser. I nabbed it but it didn’t work; however, the light on the remote wasn’t working when I pressed buttons so I switched the batteries out and it worked just fine. My neighbor came back amazed at my technical brilliance. He then asked why the sound doesn’t come through his speaker bar, and well, I helped with that too, basically changing some inputs and programming his remote to work with both his TV and soundbar. I haven’t seen anyone so grateful in a long time and he couldn’t wait to cancel his service call.


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8 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, March 13, 2020

  1. RPM says:

    I just want to congratulate you for that random act of kindness. You’re a good man Mr. Geeding. I used to rely way too much on a friend to painfully walk me through simple computer stuff (if you could ever consider DOS simple).

  2. Craig Moore says:

    Awesome act of kindness- Your time, patience and friendship- shows character. Well done sir.

  3. AndreaJN says:

    That was very nice of you to help your neighbor SO much! I don’t know that I would have been that patient by the 3-4 thing 🙂

  4. Forda Win says:

    Here’s my offer of the day: you come to my house and fix all my stuff, and I’ll assistant coach your kiddo’s baseball team. 🙂

    • Geeding says:

      I could have used your help yesterday as it was batting practice. I have no idea how to bat. One parent was telling me I should teach them to “squish the bug” and I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about until he explained it to me. These poor kids having me as their coach, but at least I’m just the assistant.

      • Forda Win says:

        Haha! That’s awesome… at that age, especially, it’s just about presence. Baseball was/is a sport I actually didn’t/don’t know well, so I was also the assistant to a guy who played in high school and knew the game & lingo. I remember almost having cardiac arrest when I had to bat fielding warm-up before a game one time — you know where you whack it to 3rd, 3rd throws to first, first throws home; whack it to short, short throws to 1st, 1st throws home, etc. I felt like Shaq at the free throw line with that bat.

  5. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    You have a good heart, Brother Geeding. I echo the previous comments regarding your kindness to your neighbor in his time of life challenges.

    On a different topic, I had the revelation last night that a national network or cable channel (ABC, NBC, HBO, TNT, etc) could do a national service by having a special broadcast of the 1995 movie Outbreak and the 2011 movie Contagion, uninterrupted and back-to-back. Yes, panic is a possibility, but many folks still don’t get the potential severity of this public health crisis. Something about the bodies being stacked up like cord wood in the deserted barn by the military to be cremated in Outbreak just gives your perceptual senses a shock and what-if reality check.

    • Geeding says:

      You know what, we actually watched Contagion last night since WifeGeeding said she never watched it. I haven’t seen Outbreak but pretty familiar with it. Contagion was released in 2011 and didn’t seem that dated other than seeing someone use a flip phone to take a picture.

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