Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 28, 2022

  • Yup, I play Wordle every day, usually around lunch time.
  • Yesterday, for the first time in over a year, I walked into my house from running an errand and yelled, “I’m home,” and someone responded. DaughterGeeding has been staying with me as she completes her COVID isolation. It’s the little things you miss when you’re divorced, like someone greeting you when you come home.
  • It turns out that image I posted yesterday of a haunted Baker Hotel is now an album cover.
  • I have a date tonight. That feels weird to type and to admit. It will be my fourth or fifth since we separated, each with a different woman. Tonight will be the first time I meet this woman in person after chatting for over a month. One issue when I date is that I often think of my ex-wife, which is wrong, because my date deserves my full attention. One thing I’ve learned getting back into the dating pool is to set my expectations to be low. Dating in your forties is nothing like it was in your twenties, especially when both of you have children. At a minimum, just look forward to meeting someone new and learning a little something about them.
  • There are two types of women on dating apps. One prefers to message a lot to get to know one another before meeting in person, and the other would rather meet in person sooner than later and do away with all the messaging.
  • I had a date two weeks ago. Even though she was a doppelgänger for my ex’s sister, she was really nice, but we just didn’t click. And, the date ended rather early. I tried to be a gentleman and walk her to her vehicle, but she declined the offer. C’est la vie.
  • Seems like a lot – SpaceX planning to launch up to 52 missions in 2022
  • – Here’s a more detailed view of how much Americans make per year.
  • Remember Octomom? Her kids are now 13.
  • An Air Stewardess Fell 33,000 Feet And Lived To Tell The Tale 50 Years Ago TodayThe story of Vesna Vulovic’s survival after a DC-9 airliner exploded in mid-air is a miraculous one.
  • Former Nazi speaks in new BBC documentary
    • Hans Werk grew up in Nazi Germany. His primary school teacher was active in the local Nazi Party. At school, he was taught Nazi doctrine. At ten years old, he joined the Hitler Youth, and later the SS.His story features in a new documentary, filmed over 10 years, about the last living generation of Germans in Hitler’s Third Reich.
  • Iceland preserves last Big Mac meal as a historical artifactThe last Icelandic locations of the chain closed in 2009.
  • Google Has a New Plan to Kill Cookies. People Are Still MadGoogle has scrapped FLoC, its controversial cookie replacement. Now it’s back with Topics—but rivals and privacy experts are still nervous.
  • The Texas Tribune has a feature which will let you see how your voting district was gerrymandered has changed. Here’s mine.
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 28, 2022

  1. RPM says:

    I in remember reading a story in Jr. High of a B-17 gunner that was blown out with no parachute when his plane exploded. He said a short prayer before he passed out asking God to let him live. Fell 22,ooo ft, crashed through the roof of a train station and lived.

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Interesting salary data in the Flowing Data link. Median income $50,000? I believe it. Still a lot of people at minimum wage or low paying positions. Big disparity between the haves and have nots in 2022 America. New Ford pickup around $50,000? Nice two bedroom house in the fringe suburbs at $375,000 plus? Cost of healthcare? Cost of basic utilities? I don’t know how some folks do it with the money they bring home. Tough in our household when a big expense rolls in. See a time in the future that the rich may not tout their wealth quite as publicly to prevent the poor from doing a Robin Hood thing. Bad times coming, I think.

    • Bizarro Big Tex says:

      2nd thought: in relation to the income data, don’t get me started on the Prosperity Theology preachers (Bennie Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, etc ,etc). Just donate heavily to their ministry and the Lord God Almighty will provide multiples of wealth back to you. Nope, Nope, Nope! God is not an ATM cash kiosk. The Holy Father provides balm for our soul, not our wallets. Okay, stopping now that I’m heated up.

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