5.15.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Channel 8 covered Jackie Murphree's return to Texas from China yesterday.
  • There was a Euless motorcycle death last night. It had been kind of quiet on that front for a couple of weeks.
  • GM announces dealership closings today. There is no way in the world that James Wood Motors would be on the list. But wouldn't it be a Wise County earthquake if it was?
  • I don't think I've ever said this: There is nothing wrong with Texas Ranger pitching.
  • Richardson has elected a Muslim to its city council. Two words: Sleeper. Cell.
  • Video one: ESPN anchor giggles through marijuana story. Good times.
  • Video two: Minor league pitcher has a very difficult time trying to execute back to back intentional walks. Fail.
  • I looked through four marijuana criminal cases yesterday that have been filed in Wise County. As I thought about how much taxpayer dollars had been dedicated to each case it made me want to scream.
  • I managed to get a guy released from the Wise County Jail yesterday who had been transferred there after being granted parole from TDC. He had been imprisoned since 2005. His dad was giddy. (Oddly, he was being held here on hot check charges -- don't worry, the merchants got paid.)
  • Everyone was talking about Grey's Anatomy yesterday so I watched about 10 minutes of it last night. It seemed very soap operaree (my made up word.) Lots of the characters staring at one another as the show faded to commercial breaks.
  • Good observation from Jarhead this morning: "Isn't it funny how little kids run everywhere they go? Imagine what a goofy place the world would be if grown-ups did that as well."
  • There are now three sports radio station in Dallas. I promise you can get in your car in the last afternoon/early evening and click through all three and you'll hear commercials on each one.
  • A big law firm in Texas has slashed first year associates salaries by $15,000 due to the economy. Three observations: (1) I've never seen that happen before, (2) they still make more than everyone in Wise County, (3) their lives are an absolute beating.
  • I'm now considering a two week vacation year: Florida Keys in the summer and my drive through the South in the fall. (Driving through the South in the summer seems like a whipping.)
  • I'm driving down to Waco tomorrow - something I haven't done in quite a while. Everyone tells me I-35 is becoming incredibly congested. (But I think it's worse if you continued on to Austin or San Antonio.)
  • It's a graduation ceremony. I guess it would be rude to take a couple of magazines. Or would it?

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jarhead's observation proves that he watches Ellen. She has talked about the what-if-grown-ups-ran-everywhere-like-kids bit many times. It was in her stand-up routine before she had her current show.

I'm so impressed that Jarhead either watches Ellen or thinks like Ellen. Hmm.

Anonymous said...

As for Jarheads observation.If grown-ups ran around as well, maybe there would be more skinny people in the world

Anonymous said...

Gotta love those store bought boobies

Anonymous said...

They make more than EVERYONE in Wise county? Come on now Barry. I think you need to post some figures in order to prove that. Maybe it should say, they make more than most in Wise county.

Anonymous said...

BG.. I hope you did'nt miss Fox4 just now with Fiona jumping up and down on a trampoline..man it was great..tight jeans and tight shirt..better than the MAN SHOW.. Double Fake Jimmy Kimmell

Anonymous said...

Hey BG, how come you didn't mention Pelosi's major and on going screwup yesterday involving the CIA and her claim they lied and misled Congress. She's headed for a major political crash and burn hopefully and no one deserves it more. She's a genuine NUT CASE!

Anonymous said...

The minor league pitching story was INSANE!!

mzchief said...

I'm taking my phone to son mzchief's so I can take pictures and I'll probably play games, text and even listen to some music. I may watch a missed episode of The Daily Show.
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Graduations are a beating

Anonymous said...

Why do you think that there is "no way in the word" that James Wood would be on the list of dealerships that were told to close? I don't think ANY dealership is safe.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see adults running everywhere, take a trip to Tokyo someday and hang out in the main subway station. Little people running everywhere! Choas like you've probably never seen here except when Walamrt does their after Thanksgiving stampeding beatdown.

Andria said...

35 IS worse the further south you head - but so worth it once you reach the Eden that is Austin. :-)

Anonymous said...

The United States ranks number one for locking it's people up with 5% of the world's population and 25% of the worlds incarcerated population. We have more people in prison for drug offenses alone than England, Germany, and France have combined for all offenses.

Anonymous said...

Because James Wood's is one of if not THE top selling dealership in Texas. It wouldn't be one of the first to close, but may be on the list by the end. On another note, no, I've taken a novel to graduations before. There's nothing in life more boring than a graduation except maybe watching a sports event.

Anonymous said...

I don't really care if they close all the dealerships...I will never buy a GM or Chrysler product again. They are just government stores now...and I have no interesting their products. I will now purchase Fords until and unless they take government direction and then I will switch to a foreign model...not FIAT.

Anonymous said...

Jarhead and Barry,
sitting in a tree,
k-i-s-s-i-n-g .....weeeeeeeee squeal like a pig boy!

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

SOOOOOOO true about the sports radio in DFW. Afternoon drive is a terrible beating due to commericals.

And on the graduation... surely you can kill time on the cell phone throughout the ceremony?

Internet enabled cell phones has to rank waaaaaay up there on the inventions I personally love list.

Jarhead said...

Look at my little picture for God's sake. I'm holding a rainbow sign and holding a hot dog.

You know I loves me some Ellen[the's the lezbo relationship "dude" BTW]

But I've actually never heard her talk about that before. I was watching my little girl tear-assing around the house this morning and thought it might be funny if I did it at work today. How cool would that be?

Adolf Oliver Bush said...

Richardson has a large Muslim population. There is a Mosque less than a mile from where my in-laws live.

The have a tower in this compound with a flashing blue light. When that light comes on, Muslims are scurrying toward that place like cockroaches...instead of from the light, it is to the light.

Anonymous said...

I usually keep my comments light, short, & tongue-in-cheek, but 9:37am - PULLLEEEEEEZE GET A GRIP!

Research & you'll discover that EVERY overseas brand has received some nation state assistance through the years. Korea-Hyundai: check, Japan-Mitsubishi: check, VW-Germany:check, etc etc. Whether through trade protectionism, marketing assistance, or direct cash assistance, all have suckled at the teat of foreign public funds.

And I bet you didn't even think of our government's involvement in our homegrown defense industry. The old Convair plant in Fort Worth was owned by our government and leased at extremely favorable discounted terms for a lot of years by Convair-GD-Lockheed et al. Are you saying you don't want F-16 or F-22 fighters protecting our homeland because some pre-purchase federal funds may have been used to develop & build them?

If you do not like American automobiles - fine. But don't drink the Ron Paul Kool-Aid. I am a smaller government person by philosophy, but I also live in the real world.

There - that should stir things up today. Sorry Barry.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Now I remember!!! It was Nipples I needed to get for the babies bottle.

Anonymous said...

I'll never buy American again. Honda and Toyota make far better products and resale values are much higher. I see NO reason to buy American when there is no comparison in quality.

Anonymous said...

Barry, thanks for posting about Jackie's return. Certainly we all hope the treatments make her better.

Hearing about this young woman's struggle for life puts into perspective the horrific realities some folks have.

Anonymous said...

im with you 9:37
i own 2 fords,1 gmc and 2 nissans
im not buying any more vehicles produced with UAW labor. buying American means supporting the DNC.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

For 11:12 am...

http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1020478_ford-trumps-honda-in-initial-quality

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

and also for 11:12am... if let's not forget about GM.

http://www.themotorreport.com.au/24140/2009-jd-power-quality-rankings-shake-the-establishment/

Anonymous said...

I travel a lot and I see cars broke down or abandonded with the 24 hr stickers and guess what..they are almost ALWAYS one of the big 3, usually GM. My personal experience has also been terrible with those 3, but great with Toyota's. I am sold on them for life..!

Anonymous said...

8:35 am Get a life!!!

You can keep your size A's, the majority of us are happy with this fine example of the Youth of America.

Please take your size A's back to Canada.

Greggo Axed Again

Anonymous said...

There is no question UAW overreached but they are far from the demon some Repubs want them to be.

And you guys are walking away from your home loans because the gov loaned your bank money to ride the wave.

I have owned 5 OLDS 98's and three Mark's, and now two Chevy Tahoes and sum total for repairs about 1400 dollars in 45 years. Americans build great cars and I will continue to buy them.

And I am smart enough to know state governments subsidized most of the Honda, Toyota factories in America...........but you guys aren't walking away from those.

Not sure inserting your politics into personal financial decisions is all that smart........

Anonymous said...

amen, 11:32. You can't beat Toyota. I consider the "big 3" crap vehicles after driving my highlander.

Anonymous said...

I was driving across my ranch just the other day in my new Tacoma pickup and I saw my neighbor on the adjoining ranch, we were talking about my new truck and our ranches when he said.."I used to drive all day and couldn't get all the way across my property" and I told him that I used to drive a chevy too..

Anonymous said...

Going to Key West huh? I'll warn ya, theres lots of queer bars in Key West. Unless that why your going.

Anonymous said...

12:02: my decision to buy Toyota has nothing to do with politics. I just buy them because I think the big 3 manufacture inferior products.

Greta said...

Thank you for posting about Jackie's return. There is no way in the world that the family can every thank the citizens of Wise County for their generosity, prayers, and concern during the past almost two years. The support has helped more than you will ever know.

Thanks again and have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

10:05 is right. Thank God for lazy UNION (IAM) members who built F-16 fighters in Ft. Worth so you have the freedom to buy cars from countries who tortured our troops.

Anonymous said...

Did you ever wonder what a person that has just put five screws in a door panel for twenty years is capable of in the real world? It is kind of like jogging in a closet.So sad. DAGO

Anonymous said...

Did you ever wonder what a lawyer who who has spent 20 years babbling nonsense to other lawyers in a courtroom for twenty years is capable of in the real world. It is kind of like authoring a blog like this. And maybe even something about a closet.

Anonymous said...

The MC death: Nobody cares, but the rules are simple:

1) Don't drink and ride

2) Wear a helmet and observe rule #1

3) Don't ride someone elses bike if you didn't understand rules 1 & 2

Anonymous said...

I wonder how America's big three can even produce one car a week reading opinions here and listening to hate AM radio. If these union autoworkers do nothing but draw big wages and stay in the break room, there should not be enough new vehicles out there to support even one dealership. Ed Wallace said in his article in the auto section of the Sunday Star Telegram a good while back that even if the union workers worked for free, the automakers would still be in trouble due to mismanagement. Ed said that the cost of a new vehicle was about 10% labor. Wingers are just union haters cause Rush tells them so. And the other 700 hate radio channels on AM broadcast daily in the United States tells them so. And Republicans just talking amongst themselves tells each other it is so. Archie Bunker types Standing around, pissed and blowing snot bubbles cause they are so unhappy about how unions have ruined our country. Well, if Rush says it, it must be so.

Anonymous said...

1223 no sir the reason is because they build junk compared to any foreign automakers..the japs have made the finest autos in the world for many years and i expect they will continue to do so in the future..and those overpaid idiots will continue to turn out junk.

Anonymous said...

1202PM you are an idiot and undoubtedly a liar, anyone who believes your story is as full of shit as you are. and it has nothing to do with politics, only quality. i bet you get paid by uaw..liar