Bag of Randomness for Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Anytime I hear about an animal escaping a zoo, I cheer for the animal and I don’t even know what that means.
  • If you are a Breaking Bad fan and live in the area, you have a chance to meet Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. The actors will be signing bottles of their tequila in Dallas from at Total Wine & More.
  • The world’s most powerful passport for 2023 revealedJapanese citizens enjoy visa-free or visa-on-demand access to a record 193 destinations around the world, just ahead of Singapore and South Korea whose citizens can freely visit 192.
  • In Bono’s new book, he wrote the following about his wife:
    • Ali told me that she loved all of me, that even the troubled parts of my soul were her delight. That she loved me when I was four and eight and twelve, that she loved me before she met me aged thirteen… She didn’t need me to be anyone else. She loved me.
    • That’s exactly how I felt about my ex. I loved her even before I met her, revealing letters I wrote to God when I was in high school and college praying and thanking God for her. It hurt not being loved or appreciated the same way I did her.
    • When you feel like your wife is a gift from God and she was made specifically for you, moving on is tougher than the steak she used to cook. It also makes it hard to put together a prayer. That’s when I ask for the Holy Spirit to please interpret my thoughts and feelings into a prayer because I just can’t find the right use of words.
    • A few time I mentioned to my wife that I felt she was more in love with the idea of a husband than she was for the person I am. She asked that I stop saying stuff like that because it messes with her head and makes her think. I was just seeing if her love for me was sincere.
    • One thing I want that she still won’t grant is an opportunity to set the record straight. Neither of us should struggle through a parenting relationship because of unsubstantiated stuff one person believes.
  • Something else Bono wrote in his book, “I can’t change the world, but I can change the world in me.”
  • I’m both a U2 and David Letterman fan, so this feels like it was tailor made for me – Bono and the Edge Give David Letterman Tour of Dublin, Intimate Concert in Disney+ Special
  • In college, when couples talked about what kind of relationship they are in, we called that a DTR. As in, Defining The Relationship. I had a DTR with a lovely woman yesterday. We’ve been messaging each other since September and have met in person a few times. We’re not an item. There’s nothing romantic between us, though there is a lot of flirting. Basically, we agreed we like each other and dating to better know one another with intent. Slow goes it, and that’s okay. I have a lot of check boxes I want checked. She checks quite a few of them, and I think more so than my ex. One thing I like about her, she calls me out on my overthinking and tells me I need to get outside my own head.
  • Good question from The Texas Standard – What are the political differences between Texas and Florida?
  • Should have been done years ago – Why one organization is calling for a renaming of the Texas Railroad CommissionCommission Shift says the state’s oil and gas regulator needs a name that more closely reflects the agency’s functions.
  • Texas Monthly 
  • Alex, I hope you are doing well. I think about you and your family from time to time.
  • Man on US Marshals 15 Most Wanted list, who appeared on ‘90 Day Fiancé,’ arrested in Florida
  • Trust No One, I Want To Believe – UFO reports by US troops skyrocket to over 500
  • I smell a political run for president – Paul Ryan says he ‘had too much power’ as House speaker
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