The Campaign For DA

9.29.2015

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts




  • I'm finally a big believer in GPS for navigation.  I don't even look at the screen any longer -- I just listen to the directions. I might drive into a lake one day, but I'm still a big believer until that happens.
  • A few things I forgot to mention on my hike to Texas' highest point: (1) About a mile into the hike, I came across a herd of deer. It was like time was frozen as we exchanged stares without moving a muscle. No one moved. One had a rack, and I tried to telepathically communicate with it by thinking, "You understand, don't you? I mean you no harm." Then all of them suddenly hauled arse. At least I think they were deer. They almost hopped like rabbits as they took off down the rocky slope. (2) The lady of the older couple I came across about three miles into the hike offered me a mint. A mint? (3) I had more anxiety walking to my car in a hotel parking lot in El Paso than beginning my ascent Into The Wild. (4) My biggest struggle during that isolated hike, or any walk or run for that matter, is to fight the thoughts of "if I could do it all over again." But that is wasted energy. The past cannot be changed. 
  • "More than 100 people watched in horror as MTV star and extreme sports athlete Erik Roner" died during a skydiving accident. I've never heard of the guy, but I was watching a segment on Real Sports with the Senior In The House last week about those who cheat death via base jumping with wing suits. She said they were crazy. As a "responsible adult", I was forced to agree. But I really thought that if you know the risk and realize that you may die with every jump, it's your choice. More power to you. Except this guy had a wife and two kids. The wife? Girl, you accepted the risk when you married him. The kids? You have every right to blame daddy. 
  • What a crash for the oil industry: Gas is below $2.00 a gallon (amazing), oil at $45 a barrel (equally amazing) and rig counts in Texas are at a 12 year low. It's the mid 1980s all over again. 
  • And Texas real estate is next: "Collin County housing [market] is so hot, people are camping out to be 1st to snag lots in a subdivision."
  • And the legal industry has already reached that point: "There's now 1 lawyer for every 157 people in Dallas County." This link with graphs is fantastic. Message: Don't go to law school for the money. Don't go to law school unless you love the field you want to practice in. 
  • I've never understood things like this: "EDC PROJECTS APPROVED – The Decatur City Council yesterday gave its approval to a couple of Economic Development Corp. projects. One is a $10,000 incentive for A Ary HVAC for the hiring of four new employees and reimbursement for concrete work." (From Update.)
  • Sports: (1) Are we entering into era of college football where the rules need to be changed? Look at the the offensive scoring and how defenses simply cannot stop it.  Seriously, you think Baylor, TCU, Tech, Oklahoma or basically any other good Big 12 team  can't get 10 yards with four tries? Does the first down marker need to be moved to 15 yards? I'm serious. (2) I said last week what the Rangers were doing was remarkable, and now the Liberally Lean curse might be striking them. (3) If Tech's quarterback is healthy, the Baylor/Tech final might be 70-71 and I have no idea who wins. (4) TCU play by play man Brian Estridge spent all weekend retweeting posts about how great his call of the final play was. Buddy, let the game come to you. (5) SMU basketball was just hit with a post-season ban by the NCAA.
  • I continue to thank you for all the cards and calls I've received over the last two weeks. When I get an envelope with "DPS" in the return address area, get a gift card (you kidding me??!!) for a place I've never heard because the person thinks I'll enjoy the atmosphere, and receive cards from total strangers who live out of state but know me only because of Liberally Lean, I know I'm blessed. 
  • Weird thing about me about airline takeoffs: Seconds into the air, the G force puts me too sleep. 
  • I have nothing against "online universities" but for some reason I'm bugged about the fact that the new Fort Worth Police Chief has a doctorate in Business Administration from such a school


29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some day in the future there will be no public school system...it will all be on line by computer or medically placed in the brain....if the world last long enough.

Anonymous said...

"'More than 100 people watched in horror as MTV star and extreme sports athlete Erik Roner' died during a skydiving accident. I've never heard of the guy, but I was watching a segment on Real Sports with the Senior In The House last week about those who cheat death via base jumping with wing suits. She said they were crazy. As a 'responsible adult', I was forced to agree. But I really thought that if you know the risk and realize that you may die with every jump, it's your choice. More power to you. Except this guy had a wife and two kids. The wife? Girl, you accepted the risk when you married him. The kids? You have every right to blame daddy."

A rare day. I just agreed with everything you said there, B.G.

SpanishWarDonkey said...

College just needs to switch to an NFL clock and the scores will calm down a bit.

Baylor Too said...

That Northcentral University offers a PhD in "Marriage and Family Sciences." My first thought is that there is nothing scientific about marriage or family. (Second thought: is that just a rebranding of home-ec?)

Anonymous said...

I'm bugged about the fact that the new Fort Worth Police Chief has a doctorate in Business Administration...

Are you a racist? Bill Cosby has a doctorate. Shaquille O'Neal also has a doctorate. Are you bugged about that too?

Anonymous said...

Well hi diddly ho!

BG has taken a dig at Mexicans and or Mexican dominated towns two days in a row. A true bleeding heart would would not do that. I am encouraged by your growth Barry. Death to the PC police.

DF Robert Jeffress

Anonymous said...

Smart move with Decatur EDC building a new hotel adjacent to the convention center when all the hotels we have already in trouble with the oil patch slowdown. This from your smaller government conservatives.

Anonymous said...

Baylor Too is unsurprisingly oblivious to the existence of social sciences. Not all science is empirical or applied.

Anonymous said...

How about the EDC sponsoring the police appreciation banquet at the Civic Center. Tax dollars at work.

Anonymous said...

Smaller government conservatives are no different than big government conservatives and liberals. They can spend your money better than you. Decatur School Board is a perfect example of this.

Anonymous said...

@9:18

Uh, yeah, when you use an elipsis to omit the actual point of the sentence...

Anonymous said...

On line degrees are all the rage in the federal government...that and degrees from "The War College" and such, it's just a way to promote (justify)hiring of an idiot, a minority or a female.

Anonymous said...

Clicking around on "Northcentral University" I notice that it keeps loading data from "dropboxusercontent" -- now that inspires some confidence!

Anonymous said...

FYI: man who attempted to kill by police officer-illegal alien

Anonymous said...

9:18... You're kidding, right? Doing a bit? Trolling?

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your posts again this morning! You are a better man BG! I am lovin'it! And people do indeed care about you. It's humbling, yes?

On another note... The oilfield is taking a beating right now. Yes we have seen it before, but it is so hard to know we have to go through another boom gone bust. Jobs lost, business shutting down, towns shrinking. Our whole area (North Texas) relies heavily on the oil business. Dark times yet again!

Anonymous said...

Barry was a child, now he is becoming a man.

Anonymous said...

RTG looks foreign to me.

Anonymous said...

That GPS is going to make you stupid. Never having to figure out how to visualize routes and directions will lead to being incapable of doing so.

Anonymous said...

Barry is awakening from the make believe world of the left.

Anonymous said...

Remember when Hillary presented the Russians a button that said "overcharged"?

Anonymous said...

Note to all you broads out there ... that RTG should be wearing heels.

No one wants to see naked toes and feet. It's not hot.

Anonymous said...

"Social sciences" are not real sciences. Neither are idiotic things like "gender studies." Which is a hard and surprising lesson for new graduates who find that they can't support themselves with their new "science" degrees.

Anonymous said...

12:14 -

Speak for yourself.

DF Quentin Tarantino

Anonymous said...

Whitetail deer run. Mule Deer bound and bounce like rabbits.
You saw the inquisitive (and tasty) mule deer.

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me as if the owners of A Ary A/C have a good friend in charge of the EDC. Sounds very fishy.

I thought that EDC funds were to be used to bring businesses into town and get them to stay, not give some small a/c company $ 10K to hire 4 employees and pay for their parking lot?

Anonymous said...

They are called mule deer.

And North Texas doesn't rely heavily on oilfield. Only people from Wise County that refuse to leave rely heavily on the oilfield. Dallas / Fort Worth seem to be doing just fine about right not amid the depressed commodity prices (with the small exception of a few oilfield workers).

Anonymous said...

No inside scoop on the building collapse in Bridgeport????

Anonymous said...

You can't possibly be seriousl. Just how many G's do you think an airliner pulls?