Bag of Randomness for Monday, April 18, 2022

  • At my daughter’s softball game Friday night, I sat at a table next to the bleachers by myself. Because the coach asks all players to arrive a full hour before the start of the game, I had time to kill and started to read a book. An old woman came by and asked if she could sit next to me as she waited for her family to arrive. I said sure. I thought she’d leave me alone since I looked preoccupied, but she just kept talking to me, and I didn’t mind in the least. Heck, I welcomed it. Over the past year, I know what it feels like to be lonely and wish someone who actually wanted to talk to me was available. She told me about her husband who died two years ago, her granddaughter driving home from aTm who loves to country dance, and how she wants to trade in her convertible mustang for a truck because it’s easier to get out of and prefers to sit high.
  • At our son’s soccer game Saturday morning, the ex handed me a bag of church clothes for BoyGeeding, which I thought was odd. When we finally had a legally binding possession schedule and starting swapping, I thought it was odd she never had them pack church clothes. It seemed she did this on purpose. I wish I had the kind of relationship in which I could ask her if we could come by and pick up some church clothes or ask her to have them pack them the next time, but it’s like walking on eggshells with this woman. She’s very big on them not bringing stuff from the other place over. So, I frustratingly bought several pairs of church clothes. She has seen them wear these clothes at church, and even complimented the kids on how nice they looked on them. So, her acting as if she was doing a nice thing for me seemed out of place. I hate it the kids have to live out of backpacks.
  • The kids and I still don’t know why they aren’t deserving to have both parents in their lives equally. I hate feeling like a glorified weekend dad. At the start of my possession period, I start to feel a weird bit of anxiety, as if I can’t believe my kids are actually with me, and then I start missing them even though they are right there, like they could be snatched from me anytime. Eventually, it dissipates. I sent a text a friend in a divorce support group who has gone through a similar bitter split. I appreciated what he had to say and sharing he also has those feelings. ” I get that feeling also when I pickup my kids. Anxiety and almost not believing that they will be with me. This is normal and due to the trauma we suffered. Time is about the only thing that heels that. Once you get in the rhythm, it goes away. I still have the same feelings now and then on the short weeks. I see the emotion coming, I recognize it and process it.
  • Several times over the weekend, DaughterGeeding asked if she could have some food she found in the pantry. About the third time, I told her this place is her home. She doesn’t have to ask permission to eat anything she finds. She told me she just didn’t want to get in trouble because she and her brother have to ask permission to eat anything at their mother’s.
  • There’s a new Abercrombie & Fitch documentary on Netflix. I’ve never owned a single item of the clothing and have only set foot in one of their stores once. I recall the first time I saw one of those stores and mentioned it to my father, who told me it used to be a popular brand when he was growing up in the 1930s.
  • The bagel store BagelGirl works at is owned by a Jewish couple, which means they observe Pass Over, which means I don’t get to see BagelGirl for ten days. If she doesn’t become SecondWifeGeeding, I hope it’s someone like the version in my mind I made her out to be.
  • First death row inmate to face execution in South Carolina in a decade chooses to die by firing squad – Richard Moore, 57, is scheduled to be put to death on 29 April for the 1999 murder of a store clerk
  • $100M Ad Campaign Aims to Make Jesus the ‘Biggest Brand in Your City’  – “He Gets Us,” an effort to attract skeptics and cultural Christians, launches nationally this month. But Christians still have questions about how the church markets faith.
  • I was a fan of the show. This could be interesting – ‘Mad Men’ Star Kiernan Shipka Wants to Make a Sally Draper Spinoff Set in Los Angeles
  • Forty-eight-year-old retired Seattle Mariner, Ichiro Suzuki, threw out the first pitch in full uniform Friday night. And they clocked the ceremonial first pitch at 84.5 mph. Fastest ceremonial first pitch in baseball history?
  • I was flipping channels yesterday and came across the movie Twister, which I haven’t seen since its initial release. Off-hand, I don’t think I ever knew Philip Seymour Hoffman was in. It took me a while to figure out what else I’ve seen Jeremy Davies or even find his name. Lost and Saving Private Ryan.
  • I saw a reporter tweet the following in regards to this story, “There’s a story about MUNICIPAL BONDS AND ABORTION.”  Texas Lawmaker Warns Citigroup Against Paying for Out-of-State AbortionsA state representative threatened to introduce legislation that would bar local governments from doing business with companies that had such policies.
  • The suspect in a South Carolina mall shooting, which left 9 wounded, has been released on house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle monitor after a judge set a $25,000 surety bond, the Columbia Police Department says. – The suspect will be allowed to travel from his home to work while he is under house arrest.
    • Before opening up that story, ask yourself if you think the person is white or black?
  • We ate at Whataburger yesterday. While I was ordering, DaughterGeeding was holding her phone up to her face. The cashier, who was wearing a “Manager” tag, asked DaughterGeeding to stop recording because it was against restaurant policy and she was just enforcing the rules. Turns out DaughterGeeding wasn’t recording, she was just reading something and turned the face of the phone so that the manager could see it. We simply nodded our heads politely as if we were in agreement and finished our order. DaughterGeeding and I both agreed what just happened was, in her words, “Stupid,” but there was no benefit in debating and the worker looked beatend down enough.
  • Sportsmanship.

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