12 February 2016

Friday Follies...
Does it always seem to take longer to reach week's end when it's THIS cold outside?
(seems like it to me)
Yes friends, another "freeze your ass off morning" in the Heartland of America.
If you like yesterday's weather, you WILL like today's - and why would you even LIKE this cold to begin with?
Our Hoosierland forecast will be (this bears repeating) COLD, with temps barely climbing into the 20s (again).Toss in the wind chill, and it feels like SINGLE DIGITS outside, so dress accordingly (for health's sake). Those winds will become gustier this afternoon, and we might see a snow shower.
Doesn't take that long to get frostbitten under THESE conditions.
And do give your vehicles enough time to warm up (all those electronics on board love warmth, too).
Tomorrow will be even COLDER (because we have to tank up the Wifeymobile and I LOVE pumping gas in sub-freezing conditions...lol).
So, let's start the day off with a nice HOT cup of our favorite beverage and lets see what has been going on in all those old, familiar places, shall we?
*** First off of the glacier is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature.
February 12 -
---Today is NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY
(I suppose ANY pudding works for me)
---It's also the BIRTHDAY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
He could have been a Time Lord.
(never hurts to refresh one's knowledge about this great man)
*** And since the week has reached it's end, let's see what will take place over the following 48 hours:
February 13 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL TORTELLINI DAY
(hey, if it's PASTA...I'm there!)
February 14 -
Sunday is NATIONAL ORGAN DONOR DAY
Oh, THAT type of organ...got it.
(Never learned the keyboards...I play guitar, harmonica, and recorder, so nothing to donate)
---It's also NATIONAL FERRIS WHEEL DAY
FEBRUARY??? Maybe in FLORIDA.
(Yeah, right...another day that needs to be moved to SUMMER)
---And, it's NATIONAL CREAM-FILLED CHOCOLATES DAY
(Now THIS is something I can cozy up with REAL easy)
---Lastly, it's VALENTINE'S DAY
(already got that one covered).
Here's a link to the "lover's holiday", if you need a reminder:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day
(never say we're not a fountain of information here)
*** Next, I guess we could title this story  "And, so it begins...".
Here's the link - see for yourselves:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/City-looks-to-buy-buildings-for-new-park-11439670
Yep, the city is planning to spend about $1.3 MIL to purchase three buildings where they want to get this riverfront deal going.
The money will come from the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, which was authorized from the Board of Parks Commissions, and they get the money from the Allen County Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board, and where THEY get the money from is probably YOUR WALLETS, PURSES, and PAYCHECKS.
Sounds like too many cooks in THAT kitchen already.
Now, if all goes well, the city gets the buildings (to raze - and screw any historical significance), and then can begin this "redevelopment".
But, if the offers for the buildings are DECLINED, well, then the city pulls that tried and true EMINENT DOMAIN card from the bottom of it's deck and TAKES the buildings (offering far less in the process).
Don'cha love the way steamrollers work?
The ONLY time I saw this tactic work PROPERLY was when the city took over the VACANT (for 7 years) area of Southtown Mall (Michigan developer sat on the property as a write-off and did nothing to improve it).
Under Indiana state law, eminent domain can be used because the land "will be transformed for PUBLIC USE".
Well, if THAT'S all it takes...then by all means, go right ahead.
Meanwhile, what about the area near IPFW that was recently "relieved" of a very nice (and shady) TREE LINE, as well as the indigenous fauna that used to dwell there relatively unbothered, in an already wooded area?
Hey, it's OK when they fall by themselves.
What the hell happens to THAT (now barren area), hmm?
Can't see the wildlife moving to the riverfront.
You KNOW that won't happen. The city only cares about RE-development.
*** Next, can this be another SE side case of "cooking after midnight"?
Here's the story link:
https://lintvwane.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/gaywood-house-fire.jpg
ALl the damage is on the inside.
The FWFD was called out to the 4500 block of Gaywood Dr.around 0145 hrs this morning for a single-story house fire.
A woman was rescued from the property, and is in critical condition, but a dog died.
Most of the fire was in the kitchen, family room and dining room (in a house that size, they're pretty much the SAME room). That's a bungalow, probably UNDER 800 sq. ft. total area.
Not fun to be called out on a freezing night, working a 3 inch line that's under pressure, icing up the whole area.
Then again, who tends to cook after midnight, or uses a stove as "auxiliary heating"? I'm just saying...lots of people down here do exactly that (often on the taxpayer's dime because of the Section 8 /HUD/welfare roll)
There are those that need to BE TAUGHT the responsibility of living in a HOUSE (before it burns the hell down further blighting a neighborhood).
*** Next up,  I did like Kevin Leininger's take on our King's "state of the realm" address Wednesday. As always, Leininger provides much of what I've said and believed for years when it comes to the liberal agenda. Here's the link:
http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/Henry-s-latest---state-of-the-city---speech--big-ideas-still-short-on-details
Isn't that like ANY democrat?
Tell us the BIG picture and don't ever include the (myriad) DETAILS that will allow those ideas to come to fruition (like how the funding will be procured).
Dangle the keys in front of the baby...always seems to work to keep them amused.
*** Next, yes, this Sunday is Valentine's Day, and the Lovely Mrs. Bobby G. was not forgotten.
In fact, she came home to find 2 dozen roses in a vase on the counter where she puts her purse.
I said to her: "Oh, if that thing's in the way, I can move it for 'ya."
Suffice it to say, she liked the posies.
And I enjoyed getting them for her.
What can I say? I'm one of those anachronistic romantic shlubs (still a few of us around...lol)
*** Last back to the igloo...it doesn't really take much to make people happy.
Thank God some things don't change with either evolution OR time itself.
But lately, we've become a society that seems to thrive more on ANGER, rather than on happiness. The current election cycle bears that out in spades.
Last time I checked, the things in life that can produce happiness (or even contentment) haven't left the planet.
They're all STILL here.
I believe that in today's world, our focus on what used to be important, has been replaced by what is sensational, and that's a bad habit to get into, because it denies us of what we used to know all the things which were better for us.
Face it, happiness IS better than sadness...ANY damn day, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Still, there IS a proper place for our anger, and when utilized in a correct manner, serves us well, as it can be a very strong motivational factor.
But, when we allow anger to rule US, rather than the other way around, we set ourselves up for all the societal charlatans that come our way with promises of Utopian stability and perfection.
THAT will never happen, and the sooner we all come to know it...the better.
We need to seek out that which keeps our anger under OUR control instead of the control of others.
And, just as we control our anger, we also control the amount of contentment or happiness we can find in our lives.
All we have to do is make the right choice at the right time...and for the right reason.
And that is a habit we can ALL come away better for learning it, right?
DO have yourselves a very good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

11 February 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
If you woke up this morning, stuck your head out the door and wondered if this was feeling more like a POLAR event than anything else, welcome to "global warming".
Yes, it IS cold out there...and we're past the DAMN cold level, heading into the F$CKING cold area, And this weekend only intends to get COLDER still.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will be...well, VERY COLD, and the high today is going to be around the 22 degree mark. Expect off and on snow showers, with little to no accumulation, unless you live a lot farther north of Ft. Wayne.
As can be expected, we've got mostly cloudy skies, so reflective melting will be spotty at best.
Now, with that dispensed with, let's get something nice and HOT poured as we see what else has been going on...
*** First off of the ice floe is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
This was spoken by one of the great Americans (who happened to be black) - George Washington Carver (c. 1860 - 5 January 1943) The exact month and day of his birth are not known. All that is known is that he was born into slavery in Missouri either in 1861 or January 1864) And here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Carver
His reputation comes from his research into alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes.
He was also a leader in promoting environmentalism (long before the EPA came along and screwed all that up).
His early years are alone worth the read, as it was about as far from a normal upbringing as one can imagine.
He obtained a diploma from Minneapolis High School in Kansas.
After securing a $300 loan after applying to (and being rejected because of his race) from Highland College in Kansas, he homesteaded a small tract of land in Eden Township (Kansas) maintaining a small conservatory for plants, and earning money by doing odd jobs.
Carver started to study the piano and art at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to head up the Agriculture Dept at the Tuskegee Institute.
Let's just say this is a true "rags to riches" story, and President Teddy Roosevelt came to admire his work very much when Carver became notable in the research fields of botany.
His fame brought with it the chance to promote Tuskegee Institute, peanuts and (more importantly) racial harmony. Three American Presidents met with him - Teddy Roosevelt, Coolidge, and FDR.
Curiously, Carver never married.
What Carver did believe is that faith in God AND science was possible, integrating them both into his life. And his latest honor came (long after he died) in 2007, with a garden named for him (Missouri Botanical Gardens).
Like I said...it is a good read. Sure could use a lot more like him TODAY.
Moving on...
*** Next, is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
February 11 -
---Today is NATIONAL DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK DAY
( I prefer to cuss in direct proportion to the AMOUNT spilled)
---It's also NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY
(the food and not the Peanuts girl)
---It's NATIONAL INVENTOR'S DAY
(Plenty to choose from too)
---And, it's NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY
(hard to do where we live)
---It's also NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY
Don't know of any, but I've done my share over time)
---And, it's NATIONAL WHITE SHIRT DAY
(coal miners need not apply here)
(whew)...that was a lot of stuff going on.
*** Next up,  Our "King" held court downtown yesterday and enlightened us with his latest "address".
Here's the story link:
http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local/Henry-s--State-of-the-City--address-short-on-new-goals----including-downtown-arena
And this is actually a better description of some of what was said:
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/editorials/Balancing-act-11423286
The latter column mentions the only GOOD point I could find in the king's address.
Starting off, he mentioned Yeomans Auto Service along Pettit Ave, and how Donny (3rd generation now)  served the community (one of a handful that simply refused to leave).
The business is actually growing (from 7 to 11 employees). Hey, it's much better than watching our Scotts close...and Walgreens close, and those other 150+ businesses that have left the area.
Of course Henry moved on from there to ALL the other schemes we've heard of before (many times over), not the least of which as pushing for  this "better benefits" thing, which sounds good initially.
I mean to have women getting a PAID maternity leave is VERY FAIR, but then to mention higher WAGES in the same sentence? Let's face it...what he MEANS is a higher MINIMUM wage (like every democrat loves to enact).
"Costaplenty THREE"?
And he mentioned that BIG TUNNEL job, meant to stop any sewer overflows.
He said crime was down (that's debatable).
There was the downtown-riverfront-arena BS once again.
He mentioned (almost in passing) that this developer was "hired" to take a look into the SE side retail (more properly, the LACK of it). and the Quimby Village redevelopment.
Like I say...nothing we haven't heard before (ad nauseum).
I'd much rather hear LESS talk and MORE (positive) action when it comes to our NEIGHBORHOODS.
Let your ACTIONS regarding our declining areas and blighted neighborhoods speak MUCH louder than the words you toss around at every presser or gathering.
Eight years (and counting), and our area isn't getting ANY better. We (down here) have heard the exact same WORDS for decades, and not any real action to back any of it up.
You want a real legacy, Mr Mayor?
Be the mayor who brings BACK the entire SOUTH side (east and west) from the precipice of social and economic entropy.
Now that WOULD be an accomplishment.
*** Next up, if anyone thinks that jobs are COMING to the Fort Wayne area (Mr Mayor)...maybe they should look at THIS and ponder the realities involved:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/UTEC-cutting-700-Huntington-jobs-11425139
Yep...700 jobs LEAVING for "south of the border"...nice, huh?
Well, they are keeping 100 jobs...wonder why?
Do they have to pay back any tax ABATEMENT money?
And just because the company is located in Huntington, doesn't mean that people LIVING in Fort Wayne aren't affected. We're all in this stuff together...regionally-speaking.
Just thought his highness at Fort Wayne's City Hall should know this...
*** Next up, technology "strikes" again...here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/business/Agency-redefines--driver--11422844
The NHTSA is "redefining" the term DRIVER for the near future.
ROFL - that's a CAR?
his has to do with the advent of those "self-driving" cars we're hearing about.
Apparently a "computer" can be termed a "driver"...who'da thunk it?
Thankfully, it will be some time before such cars are on the highways in large enough numbers to matter, but still...
*** Last back to the wigwam...when was the last time you enjoyed being lied to?
Maybe it had to do with how someone else viewed you...or when someone told you an obvious untruth at work.
Perhaps it's was something you said, or did...or something someone ELSE did...or said.
Whatever the case, if you're observant enough and have been paying attention in life, you catch on pretty quick as to what goes on. sometimes, it might take a bit longer.
But the fact of the matter is that being lied to doesn't usually end well, and being a liar certainly doesn't hold one in any level of esteem to others (or oneself).
And yet, every day we're lied to, mostly by those in some sort of authority, as if revealing the TRUTH to things will somehow damage us all beyond mental recovery.
That's not the case. Many times, we're lied to so the person doing the lying makes themselves look or feel better.
They lie to themselves before they ever lie to anyone else.
(not a great way to go through life...just the only way for some)
The TRUTH is what sets people free, so the opposite must be true about lies, right?
Can't be that hard to figure out, and you don;t even have to delve into the Scriptures to find that.
Oh, how I wish that more people in power would resist the temptation OF that power and yield to honestly.
I mean, I'd rather know what I'm up against, than to be lulled into any false sense of security...or the feigned shroud of liberty and freedom. Sounds like the truth is the only practical way to go, doesn't it?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

10 February 2016

Humpday Happening...
It's another day pretty much like yesterday here in the Heartland.
Only, it's COLDER and a bit windier.
Welcome to Wednesday, which seems a lot like yesterday, as far as the weather goes.
Methinks we may find ourselves in a bit of a rut for the next several days.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with mostly cloudy skies (sun's out right now), brisk winds and snow showers during the day (again) with temps only reaching to around 22 degrees. Sorry, that's as good as it gets today.
Whatever salt they toss on the roads will start becoming inefficient, so take care when driving about.
This cold will be with us for at least through this weekend, so no getting around that.
And those winds will make it feel a LOT worse..
So, what say we all get ourselves a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and take a gander at what's been going on elsewhere?
*** First out of the freezer is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
This is every bit as evident TODAY as it was when it was first spoken, whether said by someone at the top of American political power, or the co-worker next to you, right?
So, who said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at Fort Scott, Kansas...
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
February 10 -
---Today is NATIONAL UMBRELLA DAY
(I REALLY dunno how well that's gonna work with SNOW showers, but...)
---It's also NATIONAL HOME WARRANTY DAY
(Our warranty at the "Fortress" expired a very long time ago...heh)
---And, it's NATIONAL CREAM CHEESE BROWNIE DAY
(okay, that looks AND sounds kinda tasty)
---It's also ASH WEDNESDAY
(let the observance of LENT commence)
Here's the skinny on it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday
So there you go then...
*** Next up, our "King", mayor Henry delivers his State of the City Address at noon today at the Grand Wayne Center. ((yawn)) Can we stand the wait?
And shouldn't that called the State of the REALM Address?
If you heard ANY of the previous addresses, then you're not missing anything by missing THIS one.
I'll make a bet that it'll be MORE of the "same old" - all the accomplishments that HIS administration has made, and none of the progress that SHOULD have been made to the entire south side of the city.
And naturally, he'll be pushing his agenda for the downtown-riverfront-new arena like a heroin dealer selling smack on the SE side of town.
Typical democrat.
Don't DARE speak the TRUTH.
We'll also probably hear how crime is DOWN, which is not as true a statement as we're led to believe.
Police reports don't lie (unlike many politicians).
Be nice to hear more lies...after all, down here, we've heard them for YEARS.
*** And speaking of democrats, you just HAD to know that 6th District councilhack (for life) Glynn Hines would HAVE to pout his two cents in on the Public Safety Director gig going on with council.
Sometimes, old dogs need to retire.
Here's the latest:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Council-members-push-to-eliminate-public-safety-post-11407326
There is a dust-up on whether the move to eliminate the position is legal, while council states it's a cost-cutting measure which would save the city $160+K.
Hey, I'm just trying to get THREE pensions here.
The dems are saying the court costs would exceed the cost of the position, and while I might agree, I feel this position (or it's creation, reinstatement, or elimination) should not rest in the hands of ONE person (our monarch), but rather the city council...that seems a lot more fair all around.
*** Next up, all this streaming media stuff might have some unintended consequences.
Here's the proof:
http://www.journalgazette.net/entertainment/tv/TV-companies-might-dial-back-streaming-11383578
They say the Golden Age of Online Television may be in peril.
Who knew?
Seems there is a case of "cutting one's nose off to spite one's face" going on.
And you have to admit, in this business it's ALL about the money-trail.
What they won't take the time to realize, is that the customers PROVIDE the revenue such companies need to exist.
Sure, streaming is taking a bite out of satellite and cable (albeit a small bite), but Time Warner is leading this charge against too MUCH streaming. Hulu may follow suit here.
Bottom line - the media companies want to protect their established partners and deals, whether viewers like it or not. Yeah, they sure are looking out for their subscribers.
You knew this had to happen sooner or later, and I suppose it's better to get this out in the open while the technology is in it's "infancy" as it were.
It's sorta like THIS mess.
I'm sorry, but I'm too wary to buy into this right now...for the time being.
Too many variables that counter whatever conveniences they offer.
Hell, even they don't know what's going to happen down the road.
Better to stick with what works for now...let the whole streaming gig sort itself out.
It might all collapse under it's own weight...who can say? Let time deal with it.
Face it, EVERY mode of digital viewing has it's own issues.
The only time it didn't was when we had FREE (and analog) airwaves.
Remember THOSE days?
*** Next,  This story caught my eye, because the lovely Mrs.Bobby G.already knew about it.
"Oops"
Not a candy-GRAM, but a candy-SCAM. Here's the link:
http://wane.com/2016/02/09/fwcs-candy-sale-a-scam-not-a-north-side-uniform-benefit/
Seems a few people have been scamming others into buying chocolates to "purchase North Side high school uniforms with the new logo" (shoulda kept the REDSKINS).
And these people was seen at a nail place in the mall.
Funny thing, Wifey got a packages of chocolates ("turtles") from a person when she was at the mall last week.
And, she goes to a nail salon there...helluva coincidence, don'cha think?
Ashdon Farms makes the candy used for LEGITIMATE fund-raising (like for high schools bands and such) and here's their mission statement:
http://www.ashdonfarms.com/About.html
Dark chocolate penguins
Also, the company helps the GIRL SCOUTS,  so I don't know where these OTHER people are getting their candy from
Well, the chocolates (from the mall) were pretty good. The ones Wifey got from her school were also good.
Now, I would NORMALLY call it a scam, except for the fact that Wifey GOT something for her money while at the mall (which hopefully wasn't an exorbitant amount)
If anything, I would say it was garnering funds under FALSE PRETENSES.
The people selling these chocolates from whatever company do not represent ANY school in the FWCS area, and should be reported for FRAUD.
*** Last back to the garage...it does indeed take ALL kinds of people to make up this crazy-ass world.
And, while we still know that the road to hell is paved with good intention, some people don't even have that going for them. Their intentions are not that good at all, are they?
Now, I don't blame anyone for getting "snookered" from time to time.
It happens to ALL of us sooner or later.
Hopefully, it doesn't result in us "going to the cleaners" and getting our lives and finances "steam-pressed".
I just wish this world enjoyed a lot more civility and ethical behavior than we're seeing.
Maybe it would serve to eliminate a LOT of the anger we see today.
Sure wouldn't hurt, would it?
And while we SHOULD see a much better level of morality and ethics from the LEADERS of our country, we have to believe that all of this has to begin with US...the "common people".
It's time like this where such common folks act appropriately under uncommon conditions.
May we all be up to the test, and produce the success we hope for.
I think we can take that to the bank.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.