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12.15.2007

Hey, Get Away From My Car



Channel 5 News did a segment yesterday on security in mall parking lots. The story showed a couple of cops walking around looking in every car and then placing a "Security Report Card" on the windshield.

Drop the Report Card and step back from my car. Slowly.

Bridgeport, I Hardly Knew You


This screenshot was captured from CNN this morning during its weather segment. Is that Bridgeport in the corner?

12.14.2007

Final Billboard Numbers For Fiscal 2007

ALBUM Daughtry 3.2 million copies (I'm indifferent.) Akon 2.7, (When not molesting girls on state stage.) Fergie 2.4 (Better alone than with the food band.) Hannah Montana 2.5 (We are doomed.) Carrie Underwood 2.3 (Hot girl. She sings?) SINGLES.
1. Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" (I like this one.) 2. Rihanna's "Umbrella" (Now it's like a bullet to the brain) 3. Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape (Never heard it.) 4. Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" (Huge thumbs up.) 5. T-Pain's "Buy U A Drank." (Grammar notwithstanding, not bad.)

Thoughts


Interesting: It is incredibly foggy to be noon time.

Amazing: It's amazing we don't have pile-ups all over 380, 114, and 287.

Annual Christmas Letter

From Gordon Keith. Excerpt:
I am not going to ask for toys this Christmas. I am so over that. In the Bible it says, "when I was a child I spake as a child, and when I became a man, I thought the word spake sounded funny." I ask that you give all my presents to other kids this year, Santa. Preferably blonde ones from middle-class backgrounds.
Full letter here. Funny stuff.

Oh, My


I run in layers. At UCLA, they run in their underwear. Every year. With pictures.

Friday Morning Dance Off: Soulja Boy

Entry #1 Entry #2 Bonus entry: Young white kids in a controlled environment.

12.13.2007

Ok, I Distance From This

I want to say that I normally shy away from watching animals do animalistic things. But the combination of the bell sound effect and the anchor people laughing made me laugh.

Dallas County Sheriff's Office . . .


. . . is dumb as a box of rocks.

From Fox 4 News tonight: "[The DCSO] has a new way to motivate patrol officers: gift cards . . . . Five $50 gift cards will be given out to the officer that makes the most DWI arrests . . . . "

Sheesh. The winner gets $50 based upon arrests, not convictions. So what does he care if his cases eventually get dismissed or thrown out, he has an incentive to make an arrest.

Fast forward to a year later. It's a weak case. A trial is going on. The jury wants to rely upon the officer's judgment when he decided to arrest the defendant after the field sobriety tests. The guy looked OK on tape but the officer had to have seen something to make the arrest, right? Or was it the motivation for $50? Even good officers are going to take a beating.

Funny New DFW Google Street View


Woman drops broom and hides behind trash can to avoid Google van. Link. (Others are finding funny things and compiling there here.)

Oh The Humanity


Just got a report of yet another 18 wheeler on its side at the 287/380 cloverleaf in Decatur.

Edit:

Calling All Scientists

Weird phenomenon this morning. I'm driving down the highway and notice that my exterior antenna is shaking back and forth in a violent manner. I'd never seen that before no matter how windy it was. This goes on for a couple of minutes and then it stopped for a while. Then the shaking returned. The cycle repeated itself throughout the journey. So I started to notice other cars that passed me. Some had the possessed and shaking antennas. Some did not. Ice was building up on my antenna due to the fog, but that's the only unusual thing. Ideas? I'm telling ya, it was weird.

Mystery Gift On My Desk This Morning


12.12.2007

Sports Tidbit


I couldn't stand Bill Parcells when he was here, and I think he's full of crap now on ESPN. But I love this tidbit today from Jason Witten found here:

When word circulated last January that Parcells was officially resigning, the coach called the tight end into his Valley Ranch office. Jason, take it from here.

“I went in there expecting some kind of sad farewell, but his message to me was that I sucked. He gave me about 15 things I needed to improve on and told me if I didn’t do them I’d always be average. I didn’t know if there’d be a hug or anything, but I didn’t see it going down like that.”

Ransom Wednesday Afternoon Thought


Mr. Potter: [to George Bailey] "No securities, no stocks, no bonds. Nothin' but a miserable little $500 equity in a life insurance policy. You're worth more dead than alive."

Man Launched. Hilarity Ensues.

I hate hockey. I even went and saw a Dallas Stars game once, and I still hated it. But if we had more stuff like this (from Friday night), I would reconsider. And kudos to the boys in the truck who understand that this needed to be replayed as many times as possible.

Depressing News


Jessica Alba is pregnant. Christmas has been ruined. Flags in Decatur lowered to half staff.

Very Poor Luck



How would you like to have been parked in the Texas Cabaret parking lot (820 and Blue Mound) when the Google photo taking van came rolling by? Link.

This Should Help Our Reputation

No defense lawyer in a murder case would ever hire a person to befriend a critical prosecution witness months before the trial and then, after the prosecution witness testifies, call the hired person to the witness stand to say (paraphrasing), "That witness for the prosecution, who I know very well, told me a completely different story." Oh, my.

Think This Drives Me Insane?

We do have laws providing for punishment on the books already, don't we? Do we really need a publicity hungry Sheriff to get involved?

Edit: Just learned the County Attorney for that jurisdiction is equally a Political Ho.

Random Commercial Thought


Those Gordon Jeweler's commercials that use the music of the song Bittersweet Symphony remind me of the end of Cruel Intentions.

Off


The Fox 4 hosts always try to guess the age as the picture of a celebrity is flashed on the screen on his or her birthday. Today it was Jennifer Connelly. Then we had this exchange moments ago.

Tim: Now is she Mrs. Ben Affleck or is he Mr. Jennifer Connelly?
Chip: I think the former.
Krystle Gutierrez: Wrong Jennifer (almost inaudible.)
Tim: Oh, is that the wrong Jennifer?
Her: Yeah, that's Jennifer Garner . . . .
Tim: Oh, who is this one?
Her: . . . I don't know her that much, I only know her from Green Card.

Nope. That was Andie MacDowell.

12.11.2007

U. Of Arkansas Has A New Coach

Just thought it was important.

Tithing Talk


Great discussion at the courthouse a second ago. Came across a guy who refuses to take his income tax deduction for his religious contributions because to do so would cause his 10% tithe to have the net effect of being less than 10%.

Discuss amongst yourselves. Or not.

Led Zeppelin . . .


. . . performed last night in London and some bootleg clips have made their way on to youtube.

Not Much Else Going On

Dow Gets Hit By Truck


The Fed cuts rates by a 1/4 point instead of 1/2 point and the DOW drops 250 points in 15 minutes?

Tuesday Afternoon Pick Me Up

287 Wreck

Looks like we got a big rig overturned on 287 south of Decatur at CR 4421. Don't know if it's northbound or southbound, but the road is shut down. (Thanks emailer.) Edit: There's another big wreck at Ram Horn Hill and 287 (which I think is just south of Rhome.)

Holy Cow


Today or yesterday, Google Maps released "street views" for Dallas and Fort Worth. Basically, a high tech van drove down every street in Dallas and Fort Worth and took a 360 degree photo. You can go to any street and see what it looks like - just like you were driving or walking down it.

It takes a little experimenting, but the up and down and side to side arrows of your keyboard come in handy.

Here's a screenshot of the 7-11 at Western Center Boulevard.

Here. To get started, type in something like "Western Center Blvd. Fort Worth, TX". Search for it, then click "street view" and drag the little man anywhere there is a blue line.

Edit: Downtown Forth Worth


Edit: The neighborhood where the North Richland Hills lady was gunned down at her front door is here.

Random Radio Blurb

Just heard this on WBAP when discussing modern day Christmas music: Mark Davis: There has to be some limit on how krunky you can go. Hay Jay: Krunky? Mark Davis: Uh . . . it's a general purpose adjective.

Uh, Santa Has Some 'splaing To Do

Yeah, the times are omitted for the Decatur breakfast but you just know it is 8-10 a.m.

This Girl Says,


"It's raining like a son of a gun in Wise County!"

12.10.2007

So I Was Watching Some Bullriding . . .


. . . tonight. Yep, just another Monday night in my house. Well, I at least came across it on ESPN2 while channel surfing. But I discovered that some cowboys are now wearing helmets and protective vests. The smartest cowboys ever.

Pat?


Ok, I'm trying to be nice. But tonight Fox 4 News did a follow up story to the very odd shooting in a nice North Richland Hills neighborhood. I did a double take when they interviewed this neighbor.

Saturday Night Live used to do a bit on a character called "Pat". And the bit was trying to decide if the character was a man or a woman. I did a double take when this person started talking and the old SNL skit came to mind. Then his name flashed up on the screen.

(And if you didn't hear his voice, this isn't nearly as funny.)

Politics Of Dancing

Just saw a flyer that Sheriff David Walker has announced his candidacy for re-election. He will be giving a Chippendale's-like routine at a reception at the Decatur Civic Center on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. (OK, half of that last sentence is fake.) In other news, Steve Stanford has become interim Chief of Police in Bridgeport because the President thought there were weapons of destruction in Iraq. (And I'm not making that up.)

Batman and Spiderman Go Medieval On Some Guy


I really don't know what's going on here, but somebody messed with two Super Heroes who weren't in the mood to being messed with. But you can't help but laugh with the lady yells, "The police are on their way, Batman!"

Knee Jerk Cowboys Reaction


- As for one single season, Tony Romo's 2007 performance is the best by a quarterback in Cowboy history. Troy or Roger never played like this.
- Jason Witten is the best Cowboy tight end ever.
- I think I'd choose T.O. over Michael Irvin.
- Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett has to be running this thing. Listen to the weekly interview The Ticket has with Wade Phillips and there is no way I can believe he's the mastermind behind this season. (Edit: And was Wade wearing an "Eastern Division Champion" t-shirt at the post game press conference?)
- I get this weird feeling about an upcoming playoff disaster like the Mavericks have perfected.

23 Months . . .


. . . is the sentence for Michael Vick that was handed down moments ago. Prosecutors had requested 12 to 18 months.

I'm still amazed this became a federal case prosecuted by the U.S. Attorneys office.

Weird


What a crazy, horrible story. A 67 year old woman in North Richland Hills answers her door last night and is shot dead. And then the guy flees. That's a picture of the home above which doesn't look to be situated in the middle of a crime ridden neighborhood.

Monday Morning Pick Me Up


The Ticket harped this hypothetical on Friday and Saturday: What if you hit it off with this girl and she was everything you wanted her to be. And she was normal in every way with the exception of a couple of attributes that she has been gifted with. Could you date her? Could you take her out with your friends? Bring her home to momma?

(Apparently her name is Denise Milani.)

I Don't Even Know What A Boone And Crockett Point Is


The Dallas Morning News had a story yesterday of some French name sounding guy killing a defenseless deer over in Jack County.

12.09.2007

Easy Rider

In my quest to view movies that I should have seen but never have, I finally got around to renting "Easy Rider."

Verdict: Extremely Overrated. Watching people ride motorcycles and smoke pot is not entertainment. And you can't throw in some tragic ending in the last two minutes to save an otherwise boring movie.

Craziest Find: Tony Basil (yep, the Tony "Yeah, Mickey you're so fine" Basil shows up in the last fifteen minutes as a hooker.)

Noteworthy: Seeing a very young Jack Nicholson

Noteworthy #2: Seeing a young Dennis Hopper who looks old even when he is young.

Best Search and Seizure observation: Two guys riding motorcycles can get arrested in the Deep South and the cops never find the pot and LSD they have in their possession.

Crazy Bridgeport Connection

Last week there was a crazy story about a kangaroo running loose in Lewisville. Come to find out, it had escaped from veterinarian Kyle Jones. The same vet that used to work in Bridgeport.

(Hat tip to MzChief for pointing that out to me.)

I'm Off


And that would be the half marathon. Little bit of rain in the forecast. I just want to finish without stopping. Wearing bib #10149 for coroner ID purposes.

Edit: Success. Finished in 2 hours, six minutes, and twenty seconds. Observations in a little bit after I recover.

Edit:
- Shout out to faithful reader Rob Daniels of Decatur who actually spotted me in the crowd and said hello. He finished the half marathon in a very impressive 1:51:48.
- Sheesh, the results show that I was in the 66th percentile for my very old division. I don't believe that. I'm in denial. Hard.
- At the beginning, I decided to slow down just a tad to enjoy the race so I wouldn't struggle to much at the finish. Good idea. Last year I finished at 2:02 but almost died.
- My nemises Barron Green, I see, ran the full marathon this year and finished in just over 4 hours. Barron scoreboarded me.
- Holy crap. I looked up runners from Decatur and saw that high school senior David Cude ran the half in 1:12:32. That's a pace of 6:35 a mile for 13 miles!
- It rained like a son of a gun on my drive there, but only sprinkled briefly during the raise.
- It was in the 40s but I'll take it over 70 every time in a run like that.
- Cost $5 to park
- Victory Plaza at American Airlines Center, where the race began, is amazing.
- The announcer urged the marathoners to "huddle up" to stay warm. He then announced, "The only people that are still going to be cold are the Kenyans because they don't have any body fat!" Easy there, hoss.
- With the trees changing colors, it was fantastic. Heck, I'll go one step further: Of all the things I've done in my life, today may rank in the Top 10 moments.
- The first part of the race runs you through Uptown (passed all the high rise condos and the new Ritz Carlton), then you wind through Turtle Creek through million dollar homes. It is absolutely incredible.
- I saw Steve Eagar of Fox 4 after the race. He looked like he just got out of make up.
- There are a lot of women that run. A bunch of woman. I saw so many guys on the sidelines with kids holding signs that read, "Go Mommy!" Edit: The official results show that 56% of those that finished the half marathon were female.
- And sooooo many people turn out to cheer the runners on. Amazing.
- Grabbing a cup of water and drinking it while running is hard. Very hard.
- For me, everything changes at mile marker 10. Up to that point, I feel fairly normal. After that, I wonder if my body will give out.
- They open up the floor of the American Airlines Center after the race. Various vendors give away free samples - mostly apples and yogurt - but two or three high tone restaurants showed up with pasta samples. And, oddly, they give away free beer.
- I saw one guy curled up in the fetal position in the AAC and I was worried about him. But someone from the race came by to make sure he was OK.
- The race benefits the Scottish Rite Hospital which promotes itself as being "free". How on gawd's green earth is that possible?
- I couldn't have done what I did today when I was 25. But I bought a treadmill 12 years ago and have never stopped. It may have been one of my best decisions ever.