3.04.2010

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts

  • My continuous pet peeve: Ads disguised as news stories. I think I saw two this morning on Fox 4. There was a "story" about Starbucks having a new 32 ounce drink and one about Pappasitos opening up at DFW airport.
  • There was a brawl last night at the Tech/Baylor women's basketball game. I'm looking for the video but it sounds like a Baylor gal started it. Certainly it was justified. Has to be. Edit: Video. That girl is gonna get suspended.
  • Testimony in Decatur court yesterday: There are 2,100 people on probation in Wise County. (With each of them paying $60 a month in probation fees, that's a lot of cash.)
  • There's a business which allows you to text any question to them and they'll give you an answer for a $1? Who would be dumb enough to do that?
  • Someone in the comments referred to the four restaurants that burned on Greenville Avenue as "beer joints." Uh, get out of Wise County much?
  • Heard the craziest story yesterday at the courthouse of a functionally mentally retarded guy grabbing a midget Jehovah Witness solicitor off his doorstep and holding him two days in the closet because he thought he was an actual troll. I'm trying to get the details but that's insanely funny. Edit: Mzchief schools me in the comments.
  • Sarah Palin wants the media to respect her family's privacy so much that now she's trying to get a reality show. Her 15 minutes are about up.
  • The controversy over the kids being allowed to say a few commands as an air traffic controller (as his dad watched over him and told them what to say) is no controversy at all. But the Today Show has led with that story for two days in a row.
  • That $53 million verdict against Perry Homes has received no news coverage whatsoever. I don't understand that.
  • The contestants on Wheel Of Fortune always guess the puzzle before me. And with all the technology in the world, is there any job less necessary that Vanna White's?
  • I want to see Palo Duro Canyon. But I don't want to drive there.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

BG...send me a dollar and I'll tell you..!

Anonymous said...

I've been to Palo Duro before. Pretty cool but wouldn't recommend the drive either.

Anonymous said...

The Palo Duro Canyon is well worth the drive. Go. Now.

Bigwillie02 said...

www.palodurocanyon.com

Now you don't have to drive.

Your Welcome.

mzchief said...

The troll in a closet story is an URBAN MYTH.

Anonymous said...

That's a nice "pair of duos" there.
Hint: Don't go to Palo Duro Canyon in the summer.

Anonymous said...

All I have to say about the air controller story is, give me a break! Seriously people?!

Anonymous said...

My sister was at the Tech/Baylor game last night!

Danny Boy said...

Thanks for getting corporate security called on me for looking at child porn. Appreciate it!!

Anonymous said...

Her 15 minutes are about up.

I DON'T THINK SO.

mzchief said...

To Barry...
Would you be just as comfortable with a CSI having their child handle evidence so long as the CSI was watching and telling them what to do, it would work out just as well for surgeons too, right? How about this...let your lawyer buddies bring their child to court and question a witness. I am certain it would be fine so long as the child was reading the question their parent wrote for them.

Not only was allowing the child play air traffic controller a distraction it was UNPROFESSIONAL. I would certainly hope, people charged with the responsibility of keeping safe the lives of millions of people, in the air and on the ground, would ALWAYS act in a professional manner.

Anonymous said...

Go to ESPN and there is video of Griners cheap shot on Jordan Barncastle. That girl needs to be suspended the rest of the year!!

Anonymous said...

"get out of Wise County much?". I know that block of Greenville Ave. like the back of my hand. I sat many mornings in John's Cafe where the bank now stands across the street. I would stop there after dropping my dry cleaning off in the building that Terrill converted to a restaurant in clear violation of City of Dallas parking requirements. The parking requirements have been ignored up and down lower Greenville. The drunks from the beer joints, parking in the surrounding residential neighborhoods, return to their cars after drinking too much and stop to piss in people's yards. Avi, at barkingdogs.com, use to take pictures of men and women doing this and publish them on his website. Hopefully the burned out space will be converted back to a use that will serve the neighborhood rather than drinking establishments for kids from SMU.

Anonymous said...

barry you really should go to palo..well maybe not, i can't decide

future-ex ms g

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, stop acting like you are so smart. You repeated the same conversation that was on the Today show this morning, word for word!

Anonymous said...

Sarah should simply open a beer joint and then the rest of the world could sleep at night!

Anonymous said...

Didn't Palen quit as Alaska's Governor? She sure served her people well, her daughter gets knocked up and then she bolts! Great leadership!

Anonymous said...

Mzchief,you're an Urban TARD no matter what.

Anonymous said...

8:41...you're comparing apples to dirt. The child was only directing planes on the ground. There were never any lives in danger. Over reaction to things like this is what is making the quality of life an epic fail. The father was only trying to let his kids in to a little bit of his life. If you are a surgeon, CSI, or any of those other things you mentioned, there are lives at stake, and no, a child should not be allowed to be involved in those things. Letting the kid talk through the mic to pilots who understood and had fun with the idea, is not wrong, or unprofessional.

Anonymous said...

It's not real often that I agree with Mzchief, but this time I do. Would you have wanted that ER Docs kid to have tried to put your shoulder back in place with the Doc standing there telling him how to do it?

Anonymous said...

"get out of Wise County much?", dallasobserver.com has an article this morning on Greenville Avenue with a picture of my friend Avi.

Anonymous said...

i grew up in the palo duro canyon. it is well worth the drive. a few stanley marsh sites to see in the area. but not much else to do....

Anonymous said...

there shouldn't have been kids in any conntrol tower at all, ever. that is an extremely stressful job, and to have little children running around while people are trying to do their jobs is bad enough, but then to put them ON the radio....??? inexcusable. I don't think they should be fired, but there should be some price to pay!

Anonymous said...

9:37...Were you raised by wolves in the canyon? I didn't know you could live in the Palo Duro Canyon.

Anonymous said...

Cynthia Ann moved from the Mexia/Grosbeck area to the Palo Duro Canyon back in the 1800s.

janneba said...

Palo Duro canyon is awesome but lots and lots of snakes.

Anonymous said...

2,100 people on probation in Wise County? Wouldn't that be just about equal in number to the entire adult population of Decatur? Or Bridgeport? Wow. We need to stop prosecuting criminals and creating so many of these probation victims. I think if we did we would encourage lawful people, who right now FEAR getting in trouble with the law, to start taking down those who are criminally minded.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Tech gal should also suffer consequences. You can't grab an opponent and swing them around like she did. Baylor gal was reacting to that. Ref should have called foul on the Tech girl and all would be well. When fights break out on the court, it is because refs have lost (or never had) control of the ballgame.

Anonymous said...

Who would be dumb enough to do that? My 15 yr old son, that's who. But you don't know it till the bill comes in

mzchief said...

To anonymous 9:13...
I have NEVER seen a single episode of the Today Show. If you are correct and the Today Show had, this morning, "word for word" the comment I made at 8:41, it can only mean one of four things, some production assistance has esp, my friend's house is bugged by Today Show and they heard the conversation I had, yesterday, explaining to my friend's 12 year old why it was inappropriate for a child to be in the JFK control tower issuing commands to pilots, my comment is such common sense that even a talking head can get it right OOOORRRRR you are an IDIOT and the comment on Today Show was NOT "word for word" the same as my comment at 8:41.

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To anonymous 9:14...

No! Typically, lives are NOT at stake when a CSI collects evidence or a lawyer questions a witness.

Yep! You are an IDIOT. You and your ilk are a major reason the US has major problems.

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What is this, send a Retard Home Weekend at the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and you two are playing on the computer at your keeper's home? You two need to go play with the troll in your closet and stay away from the Interweb.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:02, those places were not "beer joints". Check the back of your hand.

Anonymous said...

Better judgement would have served the air traffic controller, but aren't the same people screaming today the very ones that push "Taking the Daughter to Work" followed by Taking the Son to Work.
Serviously there are more important things to talk about.

Anonymous said...

9:02, beer joints are what my generation called those places. You try to sound aloof by calling them "Clubs" or "Bar and Grills" as in the case of the burned out Greenville Avenue Bar and Grill (across the street from where John's Cafe once stood). People in Highland Park belong to clubs. You, my friend, do not nor will they let you in the door.

Anonymous said...

You make it sound like each of those 2,100 probationers in Wise County diligently pay their fees each month. You would probably be surprised at the number of people who conveniently forget that there is a financial obligation included with probation. Barry, you do tell your clients that they have to pay probation fees, court costs, fines, and restitution?

wordkyle said...

Palo Duro Canyon is good. Nearby Caprock Canyons State Park is almost as good, not nearly as developed.

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Beer joint. Ice house. Those are phrases that need to be preserved for our children.

Anonymous said...

Yes lives were on the line. I don't care if the plane was on the ground or in the air, stuff happens. God forbid something had happen while that kid was playing on the radio, in daddys' lap or not.

Anonymous said...

And we thought 9-11 killed the "Take your child to work day".

Anonymous said...

I think Fox 4 News in the mornings has become a three hour ad for American Idol.

Anonymous said...

Mz, get a life and stop trying to boost your self-esteem by posting all your smug, irritating, condescending, whiney, blathering, bloviating, pseudo-intellectual, unhinged musings. Geez Louise, put a sock in it already.

Anonymous said...

B.G. HAS BEEN SOBER 4 OUT OF THE LAST 7 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE NEED A DRINK TO CELEBRATE.
GOOD LOOKING GALS TODAY!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

11:09, get a life, just get a life.

Anonymous said...

Palo Duro is great! Yes, hot in summer, but best time to go. See the outdoor play TEXAS. Ride the Sad Monkey Railroad. Book a reservation for Breakfast on the Canyon Rim. Eat at the Stockyards Cafe in Amarillo. Poke around in the Plains Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M. DO NOT eat at the Big Texan (touristy & lousy service).

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

11:09 - You need to take MzChief's advice and go play with the troll in your closet.

Anonymous said...

I seem to recall some airplanes colliding on the ground and people dying as a result....turn left!!! just kidding daddy.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

Barry,

I would definitely reccomend a trip to Palo Duro Canyon.

While up there, you can also visit the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. I highly reccomend this museum.

You can visit part of historic route 66 in Amarillo, even the Cadillac Ranch just west of town.

It is a great weekend trip. The only downside is the drive. However, we enjoy it. 287 follow the old Fort Worth - Denver Railroad. Back in the days of steam engines you needed stops every so often along the way to put more water in the engine. As a result you had lots of interesting towns pop up along the way... every 15 miles or so IIRC. The towns today are very interesting places to pull in a visit for a few minutes... at least to me. Memphis, Estelline, Clarendon, Quannah, Electra, Claude...

Anonymous said...

The Pink Bikini chick looks like she's touching the other bikini chicks Hootybug.

That makes me briefly happy.

Anonymous said...

Poor Perry Homes. $58 mil for building a crappy house? As far as I know that house was fine until I moved in underneath it.

Double fake Gary the Graboid.

Anonymous said...

Don't we get an "edit" on the Palin story since the true story is the show is a documentary on Alaska and not a reality show?

Anonymous said...

Fly into Amarillo, or get a friend to fly their small plane into Canyon. It's a awesome place to visit!