24 March 2017

Friday Follies...
Here we are...end of another weird-ass week.
(don't try to tell me it wasn't)
I will say it's going to feel more like a day in May rather than a day in March.
Looks like today's post is chock full of "stuff", as the recently deceased Chuck Barris would say.
But, I promise we're not going to use a gong (too early for that...need coffee first).
Our Hoosierland weather today will see us with partly cloudy skies, gusty winds and a high today of around 70 degrees. Yep, SEVENTY.
Never fear, I hear that the record (set way back in 1910 - 86 degrees) is safe.
So, without any further ado, let's get that cup of Friday Fortitude poured and parked nearby, as we see what's going on in "all the old familiar places"...
*** First out of the laundry chute is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 24 -
---It's National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
(dark chocolate Raisinettes are to die for, trust me)
That's all folks, but since it IS the weekend, we still have the following 48 hours to attend to, so let's check those out:
MARCH 25 -
---Saturday is National Lobster Newburg Day
(never met a lobster I didn't eat yet)
---It's National Medal of Honor Day
(on this day in 1863, the first 6 were presented to members of the Andrews Raid)
There are THREE versions - Army, Navy, and Air Force (Marine and Coast Guard receive the NAVY version)
---It's Tolkien Reading Day
(..."one ring...to rule them all"...)
MARCH 26 -
---Sunday is Epilepsy Awareness Day – Purple Day
(shame there is no real cure for this yet...just management)
---It's National Nougat Day
(time for a 3 Musketeers bar)
---it's National Spinach Day
(I only like it raw in salads)
There you go. Plenty to do, and remember to observe responsibly.
*** Next, we had our re-scheduled "outage" as per AEP this morning (0500 hrs).
Sure didn't last 15 minutes (a good thing), but It was long enough to reset the digital, non-battery-powered clocks and the microwave. Let's hope this doesn't become commonplace.
*** Next, looks like the Bowser bldg. demolition is back ON again...so much for an 11th hour reprieve. Here's the story (with video history):
http://www.wpta21.com/story/34985181/bowser-buildings-to-be-demolished-after-all
Damn shame, I had the chance to go inside that building (during my ride-along years ago). Very nice, from an architectural standpoint. A lot of hard wood. You could tell it was well-constructed, as were many such structures back in those days, and it did a commendable job (later) as our FWPD HQ.
Seemed a little too good to be true when they said the razing was on hold.
Then again, it IS the SE side, where ignorance IS bliss.
*** Next up, it seems the FWPD  SWAT team was busy serving the citizens of our fair city over the past several days.
And they weren't serving food...JUST WARRANTS...lol. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/Multiple-raids-net-multiple-arrests-18410357
I figure this link is more concise and has ALL the "playas" in place.
1 - ((About 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, the targeted addresses covered the city: residences at 2526 S. Harrison Blvd.; 7151 Stellhorn Road; 4120 Covington Road; and businesses – Eclipse Tanning, 2612 E. State Blvd.; and a storage unit at Self Storage, 411 S. Thomas Road.)) 
This was the FIRST set of raids that netted 4 arrests on multiple charges.
2 - ((Just before 6 a.m. Thursday, detectives raided three hotel rooms at Coliseum Inn at 1020 Coliseum Blvd N. after Fort Wayne police received several complaints and drug tips at this location.)) 
There's some FUGLY perps.
Six people were arrested; two came away with felony charges.
3 - Then there was the raid on Huestis Ave. Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/03/23/5-children-removed-from-south-side-home-in-drug-raid/

(didn't know that the Broadway area had become a ghetto).
Guess we do NOW.
This raid netted 3 arrests, with FIVE children removed from the house.
*** And, if THAT isn't enough, let's toss in one more...JUST for good measure.
Here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2017/03/23/ex-con-sentenced-to-20-years-for-running-drug-house/
"Christian Dior Cardin Shelton? LMFAO!!!
Twenty years for dealing drugs on the (where else?) SE side, and an ex-con...with a name of CHRISTIAN???
Boy, did YOUR parents mis-name YOU...frigging loser!
---It's no wonder that with all the drug HOUSES that were hit, that dealers would take to the streets...like I saw yesterday.
I did get the plate of one of the vehicles. Can't be sure WHO the dealer was, but I would reckon it may be the driver of the 2011 (?) Hyundai Sonata.
The occupant of the 2007 GMC Acadia was the one getting IN to the other vehicle.
And not a single officer patrolling the area...amazing. By the time I would have called this in, they both would be long gone. Only took 2 minutes tops for the "transaction"
*** Next up, my good friend, Chris Martin has his Music Time Machine every Friday, but I was wondering what he does with any "off-time" he happens to have when he's not perfecting the art of boat coverings (and teaching his bosses how to do the job correctly).
We already know that he's helped save NYC at least once.
And he's been known to "fill in" for singer Dent May on occasion.
That's when he's not otherwise busy being a renegade Time Lord (saving the universe and canine-kind).
But, I never dreamed that he was (also) doing an homage to the late Chuck Berry.
(and using Dave Edmund's name at that)
Well, stranger things HAVE happened, right?

Helluva karaoke night at the pub. Now how about THAT, people. Who'da thunk it?
*** Next, let's get all our catnip in a row with a visit to "Kitten Corner"...
"Bring thy face hither, so I may rubbeth thee"
The kids are getting their "rituals" down pretty good these days.
And by ritual, I mean the required need to do a specific thing during the day (aside from lutter-pan trips and mealtimes).
The mandatory "face rub" has become THE thing with both Wifey and myself.
"Laugh it up, now feed me"
Now, Gallifrey is the big kahuna on this gig, but Violet does the same to me during the day, when she gets on that shelf near the stairs in our living room. It's like she prefers to be "at eye level" with you. He doesn't care where you are. Wifey is playing a game on her phone, and he gets "all in her face"...literally. It's comical as all get out.
Unfortunately, it's hard to get a picture...he moves too much and I'm laughing. And I certainly can't get a picture of me with Violet while she's rubbing on my face...totally not practical.
I suppose it would be MUCH harder with a German Shepherd (at least on that shelf...lol).
*** Last back to the sound studio...the joys of life are so very plentiful, IF you know where to look for them
Many times, they're closer than an arm's length away, and quite often, they're right in front of you, plain as day. Thing is, people are getting accustomed to being distracted with everything the world is tossing at them.
They're not finding time in those joys, but seeking elsewhere to find something that may not even exist.
It's like people gravitate to the ridiculous things, and ignore the important things in life.
How else could you explain the way the world has become of late?
We've heard that hackneyed phrase "stop to smell the roses", right?
Well, no one wants to stop at all...going from one thing to another without a hiccup in between. It's no wonder people miss out on so much while never taking time to pause and catch their breath.
Sure, the world never stops (and I for one, am damn happy about that for that...it's a gravitational thing), but that's not to say WE can't take a break now and then, especially when we feel we NEED to.
Life is complex enough, without us making things worse, heaven knows that.
But to just acknowledge the gift we're given each and every day should be something to celebrate...not something to be collecting dust in some corner of our existence. We don't need fireworks, or bells and whistles to signify this...just the knowledge that we are permitted to partake in life itself.
That should suffice and help us become better people along the way.
We always have the choice to do so, right?
Have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

23 March 2017

Thoughts For Thursday...
So far, this week has seemed to blow on past. Wonder what's up with that?
Maybe it's because we're heading into a decent warm-up over the next week.
In any event, we'll have to work through the up and down temperatures in the Midwest.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us sunny skies to start, clouds coming in by midday with a chance of showers later on after that, and a high of around 50 degrees, even though it's below freezing outside this morning.
So, let's chase away the cold with a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, as we look to this day and all that's been going on, hmm?
*** First out of the toaster is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose." 
This was spoken by Charles Baudelaire (April 9, 1821 – August 31, 1867) well-known French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe.
And yes, he has a WIKI. Here it is:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Baudelaire
((His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century.))
Charles had a relatively short life, yet is considered one of the major innovators in French literature.
And apparently, he began a lifestyle during his course of studies (most likely in his late teens) that helped shorten his life.
((Baudelaire was erratic in his studies, at times diligent, at other times prone to "idleness". Later, he attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, studying law, a popular course for those not yet decided on any particular career. He began to frequent prostitutes and may have contracted gonorrhea and syphilis during this period. At 21, he received a sizable inheritance but squandered much of it within a few years.))
Needless to say, his family tried to put what was left of his money into a trust.
Charles took part in the Revolutions of 1848, but two years later, was in poor health and largely in debt.
And, by 1859, his illnesses, his long term use of laudanum (tincture of opium), and his life of stress and poverty aged him markedly. He suffered a massive stroke in 1866 and paralysis followed. He spent the rest of his life in a semi-paralyzed state, in "maisons de santé" in Brussels and in Paris, where he died a year later.
If you're into poetry, his manner of writing is something you may find interesting, but I higly advise against his particular lifestyle.
*** Next up, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 23 -
---It's National Chia Day
(I always thought that was around Christmas...lol)
---It's National Chip and Dip Day
(okay, now that will work)
---It's National Near Miss Day
(It's an asteroid thing)
---it's National Melba Toast Day
(not to be confused with Melba Moore)
---It's National Puppy Day
(sorry, already have two cats, but puppies are cute, too)
*** Next up, our "king" (da mayor) holds court and sings the blues. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Federal-cuts-will-be-felt-here--officials-say-18390240
So, president Trump's budget will impact on agencies and services HERE in the Summit City, huh?
THIS is precisely what takes place when a city stops depending on ITSELF and instead, depends upon "outside sources" for funding!. And this should come as no surprise to anyone.
((Under Trump’s proposal, budgets for 15 federal agencies would be slashed, including by 31 percent for the Environmental Protection Agency, 29 percent for the State Department and 21 percent for the Agriculture and Labor departments, and funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be eliminated.
Funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would also be reduced by $6 billion, or 18 percent of its current funding levels.
Locally, the city of Fort Wayne would lose about $1.8 million in annual federal Community Development Block Grant funds, as well as $775,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding, Henry said. Additionally, Fort Wayne Community Schools would lose $1.4 million put toward teacher recruitment, retention and training.
Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funding is administered by HUD.))
Well, boo-frigging-hoo, snowflake. You want some government CHEESE to go with your WHINE???
Guess the entitlement gravy-train isn't going to stop here AS MUCH, and personally, I like it.
This could better EMPOWER people rather than make them all "wards of the state", as it were.
((“These programs support residents in our community of low- to moderate-income by helping them with housing needs, necessary infrastructure, social service needs and public facilities,” Henry said.))
You mean the people who have chosen to NOT WORK and yet have cable or satellite services, big screen televisions, smartphones, Internet access, newer vehicles and all the other amenities that are not associated with "poor" people?
You mean those who are on every government program created JUST so they don't have to lift a damn finger to do anything for themselves except to spend other people's money?
You mean the people who have too many kids that get free breakfast and lunch at our schools because what passes for a parent can't bother to make them a bowl of cereal or pack them a lunch with that EBT money?
You mean THOSE people?
Ben Franklin once said that if you want people to climb out of poverty, then make them UNCOMFORTABLE in it.
Might even get them WORKING again...what a novel concept.
It's called personal ACCOUNTABILITY, folks!
And perhaps, Fort Wayne might follow suit and get off of the federal teat it's been sucking on for too long.
Lord know such things are causing widespread problems in cities ALL over this country...and for way too long.
That needs to be corrected.
*** Next up, while England might have really strict GUN laws for it's residents, they might want to see about those KNIFE and VEHICLE laws.
Here's the lowdown:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/world/4-killed--40-hurt-in-Parliament-attack-18394530
Four people killed and 40 injured, because some lunatic with a vehicle and a knife decided that he'd make some kind of "statement". Well, he won't be doing much else any longer...he's dead. Shot and killed by London police right outside Parliament.
((Islamic extremism was suspected in the attack, Rowley said, adding that authorities believe they know the assailant’s identity but would not reveal it while the investigation was ongoing.
The threat level for international terrorism in the U.K. was already listed at severe, meaning an attack was “highly likely.” Speaking outside 10 Downing St. after chairing a meeting of government’s emergency committee, COBRA, May said that level would not change.))
Maybe letting all those so-called "refugees" into your country IS making an impact,  but not in a good way.
Remember, just a wee bit of isolationism can go a very long way.
*** Next, Let's leave the mayhem and stupidity behind us, as we swing by "Kitten Corner"...
"Daddy's jacket is SO comfy."
Our furry felines had two good days in a row (good for me, that is...lol).
Either they have found a routine we can all enjoy...OR, they have me trained to the point where what they do doesn't seem to bother me at all. For some reason, I'm thinking the latter.
They have a new "play-toy" though - the rubber bumpers on the door stops in the bathroom.
"I can't haz rubber bumper?"
For some odd reason, they like to pull them off, but the spring attached to the bumper makes this "boing" noise when they muck with it, so that gives them away. So far, no lost rubber bumpers (but I have spares...JUST in case.)
*** Last back to the coffee pot...it's nice to "get used" to certain things in life.
We find comfort in the familiar...a sense of contentment with things "as they are", but there comes those times when change is inevitable, even if it's unwelcome at that time.
We no longer live in the June and Ward Cleaver world, sad to say. Things can't seem to be resolved with discussion or even personal interaction. Technology has seen to that in no small measure. It has "removed the face" of much of humanity.
It's made it wonderfully impersonal, in fact.
So, what takes place is a marvelous amount of complacency when it comes to the human condition.
That sense of entitlement and indulgence supplants the "spirit" of mankind, and negates the reason for relying on ourselves and our own creativity and ingenuity to solve everyday situations.
We find new "solutions" in the embrace of government programs, to which many, who sought to avoid such nastiness in life, as being tasked with productivity and self-reliance, have taken to this like a duck to water.
That does little to advance humankind, says little about the evolutionary process, and only serves to line the pockets of those in power who want control over the many.
Even personal freedom and liberty...
Now, if our president wants to make big government smaller, and cut back on frivolous spending, I say "What the hell took so long?"
There's nothing wrong with carrying one's own weight in life. Mankind has been doing that since the model came out.
And when someone could not meet the challenge (through no fault of their own), there was something called CHARITY to take up the slack. That too, worked very well...and still does.
This nation was founded by and built upon those who made the effort to not just challenge themselves, but others, so that they also could make this country was it has become over time.
Thing is, what we are now is a far cry from what we used to be, but with the proper guidance, and less intervention from government control, regulations and such, we can rise up and all become more than we are now.
We can work together, achieve more, and prosper as we all should be doing.
It's just a thought, but a damn good one.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.