Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, November 29, 2022

  • I think I enjoy reading biographies because I wish I was living a different life.
  • I took advantage of some Wal-Mart ‘Cyber Monday’ deals. There’s no need for my children’s presents to be delivered anytime soon, so I chose the cheapest option, which was free shipping. To my surprise, all my items were delivered to my doorstep before dinner. Wal-Mart delivered everything in less than seven hours of my order. Color me impressed.
  • Several times this year, I mentioned as I look back at things, I felt my ex was gaslighting me. “Gaslighting” is a word that’s not really a part of my vernacular. But my eyebrow raised when I saw this article yesterday –  ‘Gaslighting’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2022. I wonder if Merriam-Webster is going to put her profile pic next to the definition.
  • I called Aetna again about the neck brace they wouldn’t pay for. They told the provider it wasn’t “medically necessary” despite having neck surgery. The rep I spoke to stated the provider needed to provide documentation of the surgery performed. I told them that since they already paid for the surgery, they must already have all  documentation. She thought that made sense, and after some back and forth, called the provider and conferenced all parties. I love it when they do that, everyone speaking to each other at the same time to get on the same page. In short, the provider sent me the bill in error.
  • It’s not what it used to be, even my kids say that – San Antonio-based Whataburger opens first restaurant in the Atlanta area, with 50 more planned
    • To be honest, it was never great. It was very, very good. Taquitos were fun to get when it got late at night.
  • I found this tweet yesterday while reading my second favorite blog (hey, I’m all about some self love and ain’t gonna put myself #2), and doubted it was true. Being the investigative journalist that I am, I decided to test it out using “Shanghai” and then “Beijing”. Nothing suspicious or seedy came up in my results. Heck, the first result was a literally FU to the late Chairman Mao on Tiananmen Square.
  • That bullet point may get this blog banned in China. Which makes me think of actor Richard Gere who made Red Square, a film which negatively portrayed the Chinese government. At the time, many people predicted it was career suicide since China was becoming a major contributor to the film industry. Depending on how you look at it, that may have come true. He certainly hasn’t been in any notable films as of late.
  • I hope TCU goes undefeated.
  • I’m wrapping up the Jimmy Johnson book. He dedicates one very long chapter to not making family a priority in life, and the regret he lives with. Here I am thinking how much I’ve made family a priority in life, ever since a social studies class in junior high pointed out the average age of a white male and compared that to the age of my father. All I ever tried was to make family the priority, with how I spent my weekends (I rarely went out as a teen), to the college I chose (Abilene is only two hours away in case of an emergency and weekend visits once a month), to the jobs I selected (I wanted to be with my wife and kids more than anything). Yet, I lost all of them early – Dad, Mom, best friend, brother, sister, and the family unit I helped start. I pray I don’t lose a child. It all makes me wonder if I should have pursued money or put a career first, and focused less on family. Maybe I would have lost all those things, but at least I would have family. As of now, I have neither after putting family first. I guess I should have put myself first at times. There’s nothing like living with regret. I am the common denominator.
  • I’m not as bummed as it seems.
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 28, 2022

  • Whenever I see the Progressive “Turning Into Your Parents” commercial with the line monitor, I’m reminded of playing football and the coach yelling at us to back up and stand behind the line of scrimmage or not to pass the 20-yard barrier near the end zones.
  • Justin Tucker, the kicker for the Baltimore Ravens, had an opportunity to break his own and the league’s record for longest field goal yesterday. Aggies will remember him as the Longhorn kicker who beat them on a game-ending field goal, the last game played in that rivalry.
  • I’m tired of hearing the doctor on the Lume commercial talk about her armpits, under-boob, and butt crack. Her words, not mine.
  • I’m reminiscing about the football era of Breathe Right strips.
  • Talk about a moonshot – China Plans to Build Nuclear-Powered Moon Base Within Six Years
  • Okay, Kroger, we’ve had enough of that sappy holiday commercial you’ve been playing since before Halloween.
  • I enjoy reading books on my Kindle. I like how I can instantly look up definitions or Wiki articles. And, I think it’s easier on the eyes. But, sometimes I’m in that mood in which I just want to read a physical book.
  • Here’s an excerpt of Jimmy Johnson’s new book that Peter King highlighted in his previous article. It’s leads to one of those interesting “what might have been” thoughts.
    • Archie Manning called Johnson before the ’98 draft to ask him to try to work a trade so Peyton would land in Miami. One insurmountable problem, as Johnson writes, was offering Miami’s entire draft to Indianapolis to move up. “We picked 19th,” Johnson said. “People say, well, what would you have done with Dan Marino there? Well, you know, Peyton would’ve been behind Dan. But the way it worked out, Dan missed games every year and so Peyton would’ve been thrown into the lineup.”Added Johnson: “On top of that, Bill Belichick came that close to coming down and being my defensive coordinator. We could’ve had Peyton Manning as our quarterback and Bill Belichick as my defensive coordinator. But he had too much loyalty to Bill Parcells [on the Jets’ staff].”
  • I’m reading that Jimmy Johnson book. I thought I’d come off liking the guy more after reading it, but I don’t think that will be the case. When I read a coach’s book, I sometimes ask myself if I would have like their coaching style if I played for them, or if their coaching style would have been effective on me. Johnson’s coaching style wouldn’t have worked for me, though Parcell’s and Tony Dungy’s would have.
  • ‘It was simply a hug’: House candidate charged with rape after losing election to mother
  • Kentucky third-grader dies after choking on bouncy ball at school, report says – The article should have described what a bouncy ball was, or at least their diameter.
  • If he comes to Dallas, he’s gonna fit in well – Odell Beckham Jr. Taken Off Plane After Losing Consciousness
  • This is a highly controversial list from Rolling StoneThe 100 Greatest TV Theme Songs of All Time
  • The Ancient Japanese Technique That Produces Lumber Without Cutting Trees
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Bag of Randomness for Monday, November 21, 2022

  • Okay, the ugly Christmas sweater thing was cool before the specific manufacturing of intentionally ugly Christmas sweaters.
  • Shame on me for making a Christmas related post before Thanksgiving.
  • Made me laugh, “Texas the land of gun care and health control.”
  • Somehow, someway, DaughterGeeding got Taylor Swift tickets.
  • Key Evangelical Figures Turn On Trump: ‘He Used Us’
    • This is a HuffPost article. I usually try to keep from linking to something so biased. But this will only be a big deal to me if Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress turn on him, and I doubt that will ever happen as they lack a spine.
  • On The TICKET, TCU alumnus Corby, stated out of all the Christian schools (in term of the likes like Liberty), TCU is the least Christian amongst them. I blogged that opinion once and got roasted by the husband of a TCU alumnus.
  • Corby also perpetuates the rumor that Ann Richards got Baylor in the Big XII. A lot of people get that fact wrong. It was Bob Bullock, the longtime and powerful Lt. Governor at the time.
  • TCU was once called Waco home.
  • Depression is a peculiar thing.
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Bag of Randomness for Friday, November 18, 2022

  • That’s a close-up of an ant’s anus.
  • Yesterday I praised Aetna. I forgot I’ve been having trouble getting them to pay for the neck brace I was provided after spinal surgery. The medical device company states Aetna claims it wasn’t “medically necessary”.
  • I heard original MTV VJ Martha Quinn on a radio commercial yesterday. I haven’t thought about her in years. She was always very likable and seemed to be eternally youthful. She’s 63 in case you were wondering.
  • I couldn’t help but think of that LiberallyLean.com guy when I heard a segment on NPR on the evolution of storage warehouses. Partially because of him, I invested in a select mutual fund which deals with the subject.
  • Thanks to my Twitter follower (and I’m guessing loyal BoN reader) who suggested Buon Giorno Coffee as a meeting place for me and my friend. It also appeared as a suggestion in MeetWays.com, which was the first time I partook of the service. That website is pretty nifty and fills a niche need. Basically, if you and a friend want to find a place to meet at in between of two locations, all you have to do is plug in each other’s ZIP code and the type of place you’d like to meet, and you’re provided with a list of places on a map. In case you are wondering, they aren’t paying me for endorsing their product. I’m just looking for stuff to find and take up space in today’s post.
    • Whether you are meeting a far away friend, organizing a Craigslist transaction, or connecting with a client for lunch, MeetWays helps you find the halfway point. No more extra driving, lost time, or wasted gas. Simply enter the addresses and a point of interest. We’ll give you a list of ideal meeting points, driving directions, and local reviews so you can choose the perfect place.
  • I’m willing to bet good money Jesus never wore a cross.
  • Disney Files Patent For Roller Coaster That Jumps Off The Track And Flies Through The Air
  • I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic about cars as of late. The pop-up headlights were cool, but are no more due to regulations. Also, the more moving parts you have, the higher the chance of something breaking. Speaking of moving parts, the powered antennae that raised and lowered felt like something out of NASA for a kid like me.
  • I never understood wood paneling on automobiles. It felt like the opposite of technological advancement. I also never understood why car seats would have tucked buttons. They were a failure waiting to happen and a magnet for crumbs, dirt, and all sorts of debris. I did get a kick out of the bench front seat, which was move like a couch. It was always a family effort having to move that thing forward for my vertically-challenged mother.
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