12.17.2010

Random Friday Morning Thoughts



  • I like the local Fox 4 News, but they went nuts over a kidnapped Denton County woman last night. They spent the first 12 minutes of the newscast covering the case mostly with fluff pieces (interviewing co-workers, etc.) and then later in the show interviewed a couple of spare "security experts." They even had a "continuing coverage" graphic.
  • The lady was found safe hundreds of miles during the night by the way. They believe her abductors were ages 23, 19 and 17.
  • I finally ate at a Which Wich the other day. It started off as a beating as they make you pick out one of eight different sandwich sacks (one for turkey, one for chicken, etc.) and then use checkboxes to order exactly what you want on it. I hated it at first then quickly warmed up to it. It's a heck of a lot better than going through the Subway line and answering ten questions.
  • The ex-trooper who slammed the girl into the wall of the North Dallas tollway was sentenced to six months probation yesterday. I really don't have a problem with probation, but six months (when the maximum was two years) seems a little short. 
  • Denton has two high schools in the state championship playoffs tomorrow. And Denton High School is not one of them. 
  • Noticed in the Update that  Erick Blalock of Bridgeport has died. He was one year older than me and his health took a mysterious downturn about a month ago. Sad and scary. 
  • I go to the grocery store a lot.
  • Anyone eaten at the South Beach Taco Factory on the square in Decatur?
  • With the price of gold having gone through the roof, do high school kids still purchase class rings?
  • I think I kind of like that Julian Assange guy. 
  • The security guard that shot the crazy guy who fired his gun at the Florida school board was all over the place yesterday giving interviews. Hero? They might want to tap the brakes on that.  He watched that lunatic for several minutes and it's by sheer luck that half the school board isn't dead.
  • Weird: A 15 year old girl and her infant son (ugh) were found dead in their home in Irving but the coroner found "no trauma." 
  • Tom Bishop took time to respond to his critics and I posted his comment below as an edit to the original post below. 
  • Tony Romo got engaged last night at the restaurant atop Reunion Tower. Google images of her here.
  • There's another slumber party at our house tonight? Really?



30 comments:

Anonymous said...

South Beach Taco Factory has not opened yet. They opened during Moonlight Madness and gave away food/drinks for free. Still waiting on their certificate of occupancy from the city. It was a mad house in there once the locals found out it was free.

Anonymous said...

South Beach Taco, well I think they have changed the opening again to the 20th. I do know they have good drinks because it was free the other day but they ran out of test food. Who is the manager of that place anyway do you know.

Anonymous said...

Can't we do better than that on the pics?

Anonymous said...

I do not like the women on the right. She has tata problems.

Anonymous said...

Who is the manager are they local?

Anonymous said...

Too many obits on the update the last two days, and too many too young to be listed! Never good, but this time of year is worse.

Anonymous said...

What is up with the daily pic? Who are the two men in the pic? Have we gone to showing sex changes men on here now? I nearly lost my breakfast on this one.

Jarhead said...

How sad is it when a local official has to post on a blog to defend his actions/position.

Talk about Idiocracy.

Jeez. Nut up, buddy.

Anonymous said...

You folks who get all bent about folks dying are a mystery to me. Have you not yet figured out that dying is pretty much guaranteed and that there is no assurance of living till you're 85??? Get over it....death is a normal part of the human condition. Circle of life, that sort of thing. You sound like you're totally shocked when a mortal soul kicks it...I just don't get it.

On a lighter note...slumber parties are a BEATING!!! My daughter used to have many and I detested them, but she had fun. Ear plugs and white noise in the bedroom will help you sleep through the mayhem.

Anonymous said...

Dang, Barry. What is up with your taste in bikini-clad men?

Anonymous said...

Jarhead:

Well said my friend!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me you didn't have your coffee yet this morning when you posted that pic of those "girls". I know you have better taste than that. Hopefully you can redeem yourself with a great afternoon pick me up.

Anonymous said...

Thinking back to 1981 and the Aggie and his sword made me appreciate how fun it was to be young during that era. I try not to sound like an old fart, but 1975 - 1985 was the best time to grow up in this country. It was carefree and fantastic.
Anybody have memories you'd like to share?

Francine Fishpaw said...

Mankini??????

Scott said...

I am so glad that Super Cop Tom Bishop is here to save us all!

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't judge the security guard too harshly. You wouldn't normally expect to draw down on somebody at a school board meeting. Taking a life - even when justified - would be extremely difficult for some people. He said that initially he feared he would be charged with murder for shooting the guy in the back, so you can imagine he had doubts about even pointing a gun at his back. If you want to find fault with him, you could claim that he should have maneuvered toward the front of the room so that he would at least draw fire to himself, diverting the gunman's attention away from the board members.


8:54 -
the number of obits (announcements of death) is correct for the number of deaths associated with them. It would be more correct to say "too many deaths", but I kind of agree with 9:21. Most folks don't determine their own time to go, and those numbers always increase around Christmas. Lamenting a large number of deaths in some tragedy is perfectly normal. Lamenting the passing of random people at one particular time is just odd. What would be an acceptable number?

CF said...

I didn't realize there was such a thing as a "crack-head" bikini contest!!! But here's your winners, folks!!!
i.e.-- Those gals are most def from Newark...

Jack Daniels said...

Todays pic is so wrong in so many ways;

1. What is the guy doing in front of the pink bikini (person)?
2. the pink bikini (person)has what looks like pepper on her front tooth
3. The black bikini (person) is just too bad even address.

Give us more Jane as opposed to this.

Anonymous said...

I taught a girl in B-Port named Erica Blalock.
Any connection?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you need a family budget for groceries. Might cut down the trips if budget is spent once a week. Holidays do require more trips if your cooking alot.

Anonymous said...

I agree 9:58. People just say trite things like "too many young people" or "oh how tragic" when really, it's just life. If I spent emotion even noticing or caring when total strangers die, my life would be so full of that crap I wouldn't have time to live my own life! I have never felt any emotion, sad, glad, or otherwise when reading the obits unless it was my immediate family. Just doesn't affect me one way or the other, and I really don't get it when Barry mentions folks dying at middle age like it's unique. Every year I've had since I passed 50 is a bonus to me!

Anonymous said...

Erica's dad

Anonymous said...

I'm with you 11:06 AM. 50 is long enough. I've had many more than that and I feel like I am done. Some people need to stay home and act their age.

Anonymous said...

That lady that was robbed and kidnaped was very lucky. If her attackers had been black or mexican she would most assuredly be dead now. I guarantee. However, it was dumb luck because she never should have opened her car door or window when they bumped into her car.

That Bag of Nothing Guy said...

Which Wich has the best chocolate shakes of any fast food place, just trust me on this one.

Anonymous said...

1:56 I'm currently 57 and thankful for every year. I really don't care about living to an old age. It's not all it's cracked up to be! Not sure why some folks think death is such a bad thing, and never have expected to live much past 70 or so. I figure, as per Gene Simmons...every day above ground is a good day. I think Barry and some other folk just don't realize how old they really are but i feel every day of my 57 and am not ashamed to act or look my age. i find it's a relief not to have to try so hard to stay young and to just relax and enjoy the years left! And if I kick off tomorrow, it's been a great life and everyone's life will move on... not really that complicated.

Anonymous said...

1. It's Barry's blog and he went to school with Erick so if he wants to post a more personal notice of death, he should. Erick was only 49-50 since I'm 50. I went to school with him too and I too feel very sad about the tragic death. His life was a bit tragic as well. This wasn't a post about death but a post about a particular death of a friend and classmate.

2. Ericka Blaylock is Erick's daughter.

3. I watched several interviews with the security officer as well as the school board members and superintendant's interviews yesterday. For something so tragic, everyone involved appeared to be genuinely loving and kind toward one another and extremely supportive. He disliked the term hero and stated that he was NOT a hero. The lady who hit him with her purse was also stated to be a hero when in fact what she did, albeit pretty stupid, was pretty heroic.

The security guard expressed a great deal of compassion toward the estranged widow of the man and the estranged widow also expressed compassion toward the security officer. She knew he was a very kind man and knew how heavy it must be weighing on him.

This security officer was known as "Salvage Santa". Every year he took broken toys and fixed them up for children in need. When Schwinn found out about all he does for the community, they donated 500 bicycles to his cause. The lady who tried to knock the gun out of his hand with her purse has put the purse on ebay to raise money for the Salvage Santa's cause as well.

This poor man was bipolar and had a great deal of pain (according to reports). Until society takes the stigma away from the mentally ill and try to find the cause and help for such illnesses, these types of things will just continue as they always have. It's sad all the way around, but much love and kindness have turned a tragedy into a lesson of love for your fellow man.

4. Which Wich is AWESOME!!! It scared me at first having to find the sack and fill it out, but it was WELL worth it!!! Their home made potato chips are to die for too!!!

Anonymous said...

If were up to me they would still be 23 ,19 and 17 ten years from now.DAGO

Anonymous said...

3:40 I like your comment.

Anonymous said...

Try Moo Yah Burgers on 377 in Watauga.