Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, June 22, 2022

  • I bought the dogs a new dog bowl, but DogGeedingII is hesitant to drink from it. It’s one of those that has an upside down jug attached to it so you don’t have to fill it up so often. He approaches it slowly, then scratches at it, and then looks at me. I’ve never seen the jug do that gurgle thing bottled water dispenser towers do, so I don’t think that’s what is spooking him.
  • I’ve been watching some  M. Night Shyamalan movies with my kids. We started with The 6th Sense  and then watched Unbreakable. While watching the latter, a lot of memories of things in my life that happened at that time started to hit me. It was a very uncertain time in my life. My dad recently died, I graduated from college, moved to the big city, didn’t get a competitive enough score on a standardized test to become an Air Force officer (my dream job) after taking it two times, a cold relationship between me and my brother started, and I failed my Series 7 examination, which would have enabled me to trade stocks. That Series 7 one really hit me hard because I majored in finance and couldn’t pass the lowest qualifying test of my profession to start my career, when my roommates who didn’t major in finance passed the test on their first try. I felt like I was in the middle of a lake without a paddle, much like I do now. Sometime after watching that movie, things started to look up. Let’s hope it happens a second time.
  • I’m not sure how my dogs do it, but they know when I’m about to step away from my computer before I do. I think when I lock it there’s a certain way I hit the keyboard, and they have identified that as a time I can give them attention.
  • My ex consistently does a lot of small stuff I think violates our divorce decree, but I feel like pointing them out to her, no matter how polite or friendly, will only make things worst, so I just let her get away with it, though I will log the event. I’m sure she does the same thing. What I’m not sure about is if she does those things willfully to annoy me, to avoid any communication or conflict, or if they are simple oversights. It’s probably a combination, but it would be interesting to know the percentages of each. Could I contact my lawyer about it? Sure, but that costs money. In our legal system, justice mostly occurs only if you have the funds to cover it.
  • Two Big Additions to Dallas Skyline PlannedAn 80-story building on North Field Street would become the city’s tallest building, taller than the Bank of America Plaza. The other project would occupy normally vacant surface parking lots south of Dallas City Hall.
    • I’m not a visionary, nor do I know much about real estate, but I’m thinking it’s a bad time to build. More companies are allowing their workers to work from home and construction costs are sky high. Also, it seems companies prefer to be in the suburbs, where traffic isn’t as congested as a downtown area.
  • I was thinking about taking the kids to go tubing down the Frio River at Concan, but I saw on the Texas Reddit thread that 5 of their 8 wells were inoperable and they started rationing water by turning it off intermittently.
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