Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 23, 2022

  • Draconian is not the right word for it, but that’s what came to mind when I decided to get an eye exam at a local chain that offers the service and sells eyeglasses. I’ve taken pride in my great vision all my life, but as WifeGeedingII recently informed me, “Getting old sucks.”
    • Most of the exam was done virtually. I was led to an exam room where a lab tech set up a few things, then she turned the light off and I was looking through some ocular medical equipment in a dark room and conversed with a “doctor” on a TV screen in front of me. The doctor could control the ocular medical equipment remotely. For any of you who have been through such a procedure, it’s a lot of lenses being switched out and you are telling them which one looks better. One, or two? One, or two, or about the same? The whole thing felt so impersonal. I lost connection with the “doctor” three times, so I got to work with three different “doctors” and was feeling frustrated. Each doctor read from a script in a very monotone fashion, were heavily accented, and they all appeared to be working out of a cubical as opposed to an office.
  • Even though I really don’t like having to rent a car for a relatively short road trip, I do enjoy checking out all the new bells and whistles a rental car offers. My last two cars have been Toyotas, and I think it’s neat that the driver display always lists the speed limit of the road you’re driving on.
  • Focusing on mental health, broadcaster Nadel to miss beginning of season
    • I’m sorry Nadel is going through this, but I hope he has a support system to get him through this. I know what’s it like to not have one during that kind of predicament, and it’s hell. I would have linked to the DMN story, but it’s behind a paywall. I understand the paywall concept, but I think this is one of those things they should open up to the public like they do some of their other articles.
  • Today at my kids’ school is a chance for them to ditch their uniforms in favor of dressing up like their favorite literature or historical character. I’d love to see a student push the envelope and cross dress and see what the administration does about it.
  • My favorite blogger, a lawyer out of Wise County, posted this nugget, “When an officer asks you “where you are headed?” feel free to decline to answer. It really has nothing to do with any traffic stop and, regardless, you don’t have to do anything other than hand over your DL and insurance.” My problem is, I don’t know how to gracefully decline answering the question without sounding like I’m being an arse.
  • I wish my ex could be as kind as Tom Brady’s. Mine actually said she hopes I get arrested and put in jail.
    • “Listen, I have always cheered for him, and I would continue forever. If there’s one person I want to be the happiest in the world, it’s him, believe me,” she said. “I want him to achieve and to conquer. I want all his dreams to come true. That’s what I want, really, from the bottom of my heart.”
  • That reminds me of the time I snuck out of my house in the seventh grade and drove around town with some friends who were old enough to drive. It was probably two in the morning and a cop pulled us over even though we weren’t doing anything wrong. When the cop asked my name, I so wanted to say, “I plead the Fifth.” I still wonder if that’s an acceptable answer and what would have happened if that’s all I said.
  • John B, eat your heart out. I’ve always admired how you keep a spreadsheet of books you’ve read and movies you’ve seen. And if you want to see more of her list, here you go.

  • I keep running across tweets which tell you how to use AI for your own benefit. I think I’m going to start sharing some of these that I come across.
  • I wish there was a WordPress keyboard shortcut to increase an indent. I’ve found Shift and Tab will decrease an indent, but can’t find the converse of it.



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