Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, I’m firing up the BagOfNothing Super Duper Doppler Radar and I don’t see any ice or snow in our forecast but I do foresee schools remaining closed.

I have a feeling we are all eating more ice cream than we should and sales are through the roof. First of all, it’s comforting, second, we bore easily and we like to snack when we are bored.

It feels weird sharing my home office with Mrs. BagOfNothing. And it feels weird having her around when I’m on conference calls and sharing presentations on my screen. I’ve told her it feels like “Take Your Wife To Work Day”.

The second-grader in the house now makes my lunch every day and brings it to my desk.

Typically, elementary schools wouldn’t set up an email for their students, but we are going through very different times. The teachers at our elementary school will send parents emails and we often have to forward them to our kids, something like a Zoom link. I tell you what, it feels weird sending emails to the second-grader and fourth-grader in the house.

I really wouldn’t mind if the White House put up a live feed of President Trump and Melania binge-watching Tiger King. I’d settle for him live-tweeting while watching an episode.

I’m highly curious about the amount of mail Joe Exotic is now receiving in prison. And if there is going to be a Halloween this year, there’s gonna be a ton of him and Carol out there.

Spotted in Plano at Riverfront and Cole in the design district.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has certainly become a household name, but I think Dr. Deborah Birx may be more noticeable at White House press briefings because of her assortment of scarves. Birx usually wears a scarf at her neck or around her shoulders. I wanted to learn more about her and did a little research. Here are some random facts about her:

  • She turns 64 in three days.
  • She’s a colonel in the U.S. Army. In case you ever wondered how to address a military officer with a terminal degree:
    • All members of the Armed Services are addressed by rank. Those with an advanced academic degree will have that noted in their bio/CV. “Dr.” or “PhD.”, “M.D.”, “MBA”, etc. are never used with a military rank. Armed Services medical personnel’s branch of service abbreviation will reflect their medical corp or service.
  • Birx lives with her parents, husband, and one of her daughter’s family in a multi-generational home. Her family must live in a large house.

If you ever need to cast someone to play her in a movie, I nominate Renée Zellweger.

Having to get a prior authorization for a prescription is a pain in the bum.

Martin Luther King’s final Sunday sermon of his life was yesterday in 1968 at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

The Golden Calf –Exodus 32

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

I never thought about it before, considering Hebrews were Egyptian slaves, I wonder why the Pharoh allowed them to have any amount or form of gold. It seems like something he and all Egyptian masters would hoard for themselves. I’m also curious how much gold the Hebrews were able to take with them on their long trek. Even if it’s just wearable jewelry, I’m guessing it wasn’t a whole lot, which means the golden calf I’ve aways envisioned wouldn’t be large but somewhat small, perhaps only half a foot in height. But then again, perhaps it wasn’t solid gold but gold plated. I suppose if the golden calf was hollow, that would be some interesting symbolism.

Interactive article – Tracking How The President’s Coronavirus Response Has Changed Since JanuaryFrom ‘It’s going to disappear’ to ‘WE WILL WIN THIS WAR’

The ultrarich are paying limo drivers to deliver mail from Manhattan to their Hamptons houses

Without any context, someone can mistakenly think that one of the White House’s goals of community mitigation is to have 1,500,000 – 2,200,000 deaths.

The Cheesy, Sexed-Up “8-Minute Abs” Video Still Holds Up, 25 Years LaterIt made $20 million after its 1995 release for very good reason

Welcome to The Workout From Home Diaries. Throughout our national self-isolation period, we’ll be sharing single-exercise deep dives, offbeat belly-busters and general get-off-the-couch inspiration that doesn’t require a visit to your (likely now-shuttered) local gym.

Alamo Drafthouse Launches Virtual Cinema Programming Series

If you’re a fan of Alamo Drafthouse’s Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday programming lineup, you’ll happy to learn that the company is bringing both to the virtual cinema space. Dubbed “Alamo-at-Home,” the new virtual cinema programming series will feature pre-show content, introductions, and discussions, just like real Alamo Draft House screenings. This will be conducted on their website, Birth.Movies.Death.

Happy April Fools’ Day, y’all.

The Wolters Trumpet (Fort Wolters, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 39, Ed. 1 Friday, April 1, 1966: Above the fold

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8 Responses to Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  1. Nathan Hart says:

    The Israelites plundered the Egyptians after the ten plagues, that’s why they had gold in the wilderness. Exodus 12:36 seems to sugarcoat it (history is written by the victors) but it’s there in plain view:

    “And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”

    • Geeding says:

      Thank you, kind reverend. What is your educated guess on how large the golden calf was? I read accounts of the number of Israelites going from 600,000 on up. I know gold was valued and desired, but I’m unsure how much gold they were willing to carry on such a long trek out of Egypt along with other necessities, and that’s even before knowing they didn’t need any boats or other flotation devices to cross the Red Sea. So, I can picture them snatching small jewelry, but nothing large or heavy. My ignorant guess is about a foot tall and wide and that it was solid.

      • Nathan Hart says:

        I had a friend at Princeton who was doing a PhD on whether some of the ancient Israelites believed that Asherah was YHWH’s mistress and he also briefly studied the size of the golden calf for some reason I can’t recall. I do remember him saying it was likely measurable in inches, not feet.

  2. JayF says:

    I see what you did there…pretty clever. Had to scroll up and look twice at the heading after the first few bullet points. I caught myself getting ready to scroll over the Trump bashing section then thought, “wait a sec, I thought I pulled up BON blog”.” Good one, KG!

    Prior authorization is a pain in the rump, you are correct. Went through it yesterday and it was done teleconference at that.

    Joe is probably the weirdest, but all of those cat people are weirdos man!!

  3. Garry Solmonson says:

    Barry must be chuckling

  4. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Tom Selleck as a young Magnum is still hot, hot, hot! I am happily hetero, but he is a pleasure to look at in my manly manliness of being a man. And let no one think I am dissing those who swing differently. I was raised to believe, and still do today, that it doesn’t matter a whit which team you play on or what position on the field. It only matters that you love the game, play it honorably, and express your love every day to your significant other, whoever that may be. Live, love, & let live. Except those miscreants that believe in the American League Designated Hitter Rule. That’s just not natural!

    PS – good to see my old friend, Garry Solmonson, from long ago and far away is still kicking it in 2020. KZEE forvever!

  5. RPM says:

    I noticed that the Fort Wolters Trumpet was printed by “Index Publishing”. I wonder if that was The Bridgeport Index. Also, I had a great uncle that worked on base during that time. I think he retired in 1970.

    • Geeding says:

      The local paper in Mineral Wells is called “The Index” so I’m guessing since Fort Wolters was just outside of town, “The Trumpet” was tied to it.

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