A Game of Fetch With A Beluga Whale

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, November 8, 2019

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Apparently the ‘OK Boomer’ meme has been around but I only discovered it yesterday. When I first heard it, I thought it had something to do with the University of Oklahoma, as in, Boomer Sooner. I can understand how people like the fight song, it’s catchy and basically only has two words, so it’s easy to memorize. But I always thought it was odd to take pride in ancestral cheaters. Per Wikipedia:
    • Boomers is the name given to settlers in the Southern United States who attempted to enter the Unassigned Lands in what is now the state of Oklahoma in 1879, prior to President Grover Cleveland opening them to settlement by signing the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889 on March 2, 1889. The Sooners, settlers who entered the Unassigned Lands just prior to the April 22, 1889 official opening, were preceded by Boomers by a decade.
  • Shane McAnally of NBC’s Songland and Mineral Wells was on fellow Texan Kelly Clarkson’s show yesterday. His hometown was never mentioned but a photo of him and his kids on top of the Crazy Water Hotel with the Baker in the background was shown. That photo is on his Instagram and he states he one of the co-owners of the Crazy Water Hotel. As I perused his account, I also spotted a photo he took of his daughter standing in front of Chicken Express, another Mineral Wells institution. I think he worked there for a time. Sadly, as much of a fan of Chicken E as I am, I have to admit I think the quality of their product has slipped a bit.
  • The CGI ghost of James Dean will star in a Vietnam War movieHe’s been posthumously cast in a major supporting role.
  • Free Entrance to Texas State Parks Nov. 10 in Honor of Veterans Day
  • GQ What I Learned When I Lost 50 Pounds Last summer, Rohan Nadkarni decided to get in shape. He expected it to be difficult; he didn’t expect a whole new set of anxieties.
  • I follow the NFL Network’s Jane Slater  (formally of CBS11 and Dallas ESPN radio and Longhorn alumni) on Twitter. I’m very bad at reading into things, but I think she revealed a three-year relationship with ESPN’s Dianna Russini. They both admit to following Admiral Bill McRaven’s advice of making their bed each morning so they can say they accomplished at least one thing that day. That habit is so ingrained in them that they always make their hotel beds each morning. Personally, I think making your bed every morning is a waste of time since no one is really gonna see it and it’s only going to get unmade again later in the day. It’s better to apply that accomplishment philosophy to brushing your teach each morning. Not only is that an accomplished task but unlike making the bed, it’s hygienic and prevents cavities and tartar buildup.
  • He spreads it around – QB Dak Prescott’s passing chart through 8 games in 2018 vs. 2019
  • Harley-Davidson’s electric bicycles get their first public debut
  • The NRCC wants you to make Christmas great again.
    • Rush $25 or more to defend President Trump and House Conservatives and we’ll send you 3 rolls of our official limited-edition Trump Christmas Wrapping Paper that you’ll only find here

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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, November 6, 2019


  • Here’s something I found bothersome and unprofessional. I recently learned that at a somewhat local elementary school, two teachers are taking an entire week off to go on a cruise. Both teachers have well over a decade of teaching experience, so it’s not youthful ignorance. One is taking off the week of Thanksgiving and in essence, will have two straight weeks off. The other is taking the week before Christmas break off, so she’ll actually have three total weeks off. Perhaps some fault should go to their principal for approving their requests for time off.
  • Texas electricity prices up 43 percent this year, reflecting new price adders
    • Power generators hit pay dirt this summer when hot weather in August triggered surcharges approved earlier this year by Texas regulators, sending wholesale electricity prices soaring more than 40 percent, with the higher costs likely to be passed onto households and businesses.
  • Buddy Hackett was an exceptional comedian.
  • Ford’s electric Mustang project car packs a manual transmissionStick-shifting nostalgia meets a monster 900HP EV powerplant.
  • I didn’t watch this video but I alway assuming housing developers simply wanted to fit more houses in lot and the easiest way to do that was to cut down the size of land.
    Why American Yards Are Shrinking – Cheddar Explains

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Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • I’m thinking all playing cards should be made like the ones above, it’s much easier to hold in your hands.
  • Welp,  as I expected, DaughterGeeding didn’t make the middle school basketball team, but I admire her for trying and trying to achieve something despite the odds being stacked against her. She had a good attitude about the whole thing. My only complaint is that only parents of players who made the team received an email, the parents of those who didn’t make the team were never informed. I would have preferred everyone be informed at the same time.
  • While watching the Cowboys game last night, WifeGeeding wondered why Jason Witten was wearing a Darth Vadar patch on his jersey. In the most nonjudgemental way, I informed her it’s the Walter Payton Man of the Year patch which previous winners wear. She’s not the first to make that mistake or comparison.
  • That black cat running on the field was some great entertainment. It would have been neater if this happened back on Monday Night Football during its glory years, there’s no telling what Don Meredith or Howard Cosell wold have said.
  • CVS rejects Purdue student’s Puerto Rican ID, asks for immigration papers to buy cold medicine
    • When he showed his ID – one that met the Real ID criteria – a clerk told him it wasn’t enough. “She said I needed a visa,” Guzman Payano said. “I tried to explain that Puerto Rico was part of the United States. I didn’t need a visa or anything. She just said the same thing three times.” He said he had his passport, so he showed that, with no luck. He said the store employee told him he still needed to see some sort of immigration status before he could buy the cold medicine.
  • What does a solar eclipse look like from the edge of space?
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 4, 2019

  • We ain’t got no slab leak, so that’s a good thing.
  • I was in Costco on Sunday and it seemed like one in three people were wearing the red and black buffalo check pattern. Dude, I get it’s trending or in style, but why does everyone want to dress the same?
  • Long-time Survivor fans will sympathize – ‘Survivor’ Contestant Rudy Boesch Dies at 91 After Long Battle with Alzheimer’s DiseaseBefore achieving reality stardom, Rudy Boesch served in the U.S. Navy for 45 years
  • BoyGeeding wrapped up his first season of coach-pitch baseball on Saturday. He had a really great game, so much so, he was presented with the game ball. I can’t help but compare him to myself. Like me, he pays close attention to coaching and any instruction and very disciplined during gameplay. Unlike me, he doesn’t get nervous and simply has fun. Unlike me, he’s actually pretty good. He gets to bat anywhere from five to seven times a game and hits it every time. He’s only been thrown out three times all season. But I noticed he has a choppy swing, that he focuses on hitting the ball and not following through. His throw is also a little choppy and not very fluid, but he’s got solid fielding skills and is the only kid in the league I’ve seen catch the ball while playing catcher. He also has a bad habit of not running at full speed and slowing down before reaching a base. I have a feeling his favorite part of the game is running to home base and scoring a run.
  • I’ve introduced BoyGeeding and DaughterGeeding to the original Addams Family television series and they are hooked.
  • We made our annual voyage to the pumpkin patch and this was the first year they really embraced the merry-go-round. It was really cool seeing them do all the fun stuff I remember doing as a kid, all the fun stuff like laying down in the middle, trying to cross from one side to another while it’s spinning, jumping off, and working with the other kids to get it spin as fast as possible. You know, I was really impressed with the kids, despite none of them knowing each other and being of different ages, they all worked together and were very caring towards one another. As much as love this classic playground mechanism, it’s easy to see why they aren’t around much anymore. There were many close calls of kids falling off and almost getting their foot, hand, or head caught underneath. It’s amazing how me and my friends never really got injured in our youth.
  • I saw my first Christmas commercial of the season last night. Well, it’s the first I’ve noticed.
  • Discovery Channel Pits ‘Man vs. Bear’ in New Competition Series
    • Each week three grizzlies — Bart, Honey Bump and Tank — will take on three new human competitors (male and female) at their Utah sanctuary to test the limits of strength, speed and stamina. All of the challenges — from a game of “tug of war” to using brute force to roll giant logs — will be based on the bears’ natural instincts as well as predatory skills and actions.

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Bad of Randomness for Wednesday, October 30, 2019

  • Sorry for the absence, I’ve been busy with work, life, and hourly laziness and procrastination.
  • I noticed one of our laminate floorboards was slightly warped so I carefully removed it to inspect what’s underneath. There was a bit of a musty smell. I’d actually like to say it was a moldy smell but fear I’m allowing my brain to overreact. The concrete slab foundation had some black spots which led me to think it could possibly be mold, so I removed another board, then another, and another, and the next thing you know I’ve removed a lot more than I intended. We did have a small flooding problem not too long ago which could have caused this situation, but then again, it could be a slab leak. I’ve filed a claim and our insurance is sending someone out to test for a slab leak, which is part of our coverage. No matter the case, we’re getting new floors and considering polished or stained concrete all throughout the first floor. If y’all have any local recommendations for such services, let me know. #Developing
  • Vertically-challenged DaughterGeeding is a fourth-grader and has decided to try out for the fourth-thru-six-grade girl’s basketball team. I admire her for trying but certainly don’t expect her to make the team. Oddly, tryouts are on Halloween about an hour after school lets out. However, I hear the forecast during trick-or-treating hours on Halloween calls for rain and a wind chill in the thirties. #GoodCuddlingWeather
  • I found a cute mother and daughter dress set and decided to dress up my wife and daughter for church. They got a nice round of compliments. I think the set for both dressed was under twenty bucks on Amazon. #WhoWoreItBetter?
  • Herschel Walker is promoting Donald Trump Jr’s new book.
  • Per the Cotton Bowl’s Wikipedia page, Journey recorded two videos in the 1980s in the Cotton Bowl.
  • SNL doesn’t have any reoccurring character skits anymore and I’m not sure why. Keenan should bring back “What’s Up With That?”
  • An overlooked “Stranger Than Fiction” event of Watergate –  Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell, had his security detail kidnap, beat, and sedate his wife Martha (an outspoken socialite) to keep her from speaking to reporters.
    • What can be more “Stranger Than Fiction” than that? The kidnapper is now the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, he was nominated by President Trump in 2017.
      • He has no diplomatic experience and had never spent a day in Prague before taking up his post there on December 7. Radio Prague, the official state news outlet, called him “a rich Republican businessman…who worked for the FBI early in his career.”
  • Paralympian skier Josh Sundquist has a good sense of humor about having one leg and always does a great job dressing up for Halloween.
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HBIC – Mama knows how to control her litter

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