- Stranger Things on Netflix is high-quality programming for anyone who loves a good thriller, but if you’re Generation X, a Steven Spielberg fan, and/or a Stephen King fan, make haste. Only one season has been made so far, and it’s only eight episodes. Check out of adulthood one bad-weather Saturday and binge it. That’s what we did.
- I was sure this must be a parody when I saw the article title, but it isn’t. As part of the retooling after the move to HBO, Sesame Street has laid off the cast members who play Bob, Luis, and Gordon. They were all there when I was a child, but Bob McGrath is especially sad for me. He’s been on the show since the first episode. A guy like that needs to leave on his own terms.
- We’ve reached another Thursday miscellanea number that is also a cubic-inch figure for an iconic engine! I’ve always thought that MOPAR2U would be a great personalized tag for a Chrysler muscle car.
- When Jenny and I were maybe 9 and 6, Granny and Papaw got us each a set of magic markers that were nice and bright, but that also smelled like their colors. Brown was cinnamon. Black was licorice (like, indistinguishable from black jellybeans). Orange was orange. Red was cherry. A little virtual stroll indicates that scented magic markers are a thing today, but I bet they don’t smell as good as these did.
- I caught up with Kory this afternoon. He and Sarah are doing great, and their daughter’s first-grade orientation is imminent. Time does go by.
- Mid-Ohio on Sunday, and then five IndyCar drivers are going to face five swimsuit models on Celebrity Family Feud! Check out the race on NBC Sports Network after church, and then watch the Feud on ABC Sunday night.
- Nothing like the heat we’ve been experiencing is forecast through the end of next week.
- You know, I tried to be a pajamas guy, but I’m just not. Doubt I ever will be. I have an around-the-house classification of shorts and T-shirts, and that’s what I put on when I get home. I take them both off and go with just underwear for PJs in warm weather, and frequently leave my shirt on for PJs in cool weather. That’s as classy as I’m ever going to be, I’m afraid. That whole $75-100 set of pajamas with the shirt pocket that makes me feel vaguely like I should be smoking a pipe too? Not happening.
- I remain wholly untouched by Pokemon Go. I expect Beth will be the one to eventually sully me with it.
- Dudes and dolls, it’s hot, but there is still a lot of room for it to get worse. Was it 2008 that we had 17 days in a row with a high temperature over 100º? And there was a four-day run in there of 105º+? We’re still six to ten degrees off that.
- Unilever has purchased the Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion in cash. If you’ve been a Dollar Shave Club person but now don’t like the idea of lining the pockets of The Man, may I suggest Harry’s, with which I’ve had good experiences. (Or drop all the way back to a real safety razor, which is actually what I’m using now and getting the best results of my life, only you can’t do Chisel Shave Club because they folded.)
- In response to Paul Tracy’s assertion that IndyCar needs a “bad guy,” Robin Miller offered: “Will Power would get my vote because he’s won so much in the past six years and isn’t afraid to lean on people. He could wear a black helmet and uniform and get out of the car in Victory Lane and say something like: ‘That was like clubbing baby seals’ or just pick a fight or two. But he drives for Roger Penske, so that can’t happen.” I have so enjoyed listening to that quote in my head in Will Power’s Australian accent.
- My ridiculously attractive Rocket City Mom editor and I are going to try what is, as far as I know, Huntsville’s first Persian restaurant next week. Watch for a post.
- I didn’t have a lot of money to play, but I bought two flashlights and a watch for $44 on Amazon Prime Day this year. The order would have been $75 the day before or the day after. I am pleased with everything I bought. I can’t believe how much flashlight you can buy for nearly nothing now.
- Sometimes I wonder about people, track them down, and…they’re dead. Sheesh. I guess I can reasonably expect that to pick up a bit. First, most of your friends get married. Then, most of them have kids. Then, half of them get divorced. Finally, they start dying.
Thursday miscellanea posts have been a part of BoWilliams.com for most of its existence. I’ve had them for three reasons. First, they were good places to put little things I’d thought of or wanted to mention briefly, but that weren’t substantial enough to warrant full posts. Second, they were pretty easy and gave me a […]
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