25 September 2018

Tuesday Tidbits...
Yes, we are going to need the umbrella again today...it's gonna be a wet one out there.
Tomorrow promises to bring a similar scenario.
(Seems a bit more like April than September, doesn't it?)
Personally, I could use a good dry-out, because we're still getting thos damn mosquitoes around.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us cloudy skies, scattered rain and perhaps a thunderstorm with possible gusty winds,
The high today will climb back to around 76 degrees, so sure, take a light jacket with you to keep you dry. And yes, there's plenty of humidity outside
Now, let's take a minute to get ourselves that morning drink, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First off of the downspout is our "What the hell happens today, Bib?" feature:
SEPTEMBER 25 -
---It's Math Storytelling Day
(I've no idea how to observe this one)
---It's National Comic Book Day
(Now THIS I can observe...with gusto!)
---It's National Lobster Day
(Wifey did this back in June)
---It's National One Hit Wonder Day
(play 'em if 'ya got 'em)
---It's National Research Administrator's Day
(sounds like a wonderfully overpaid job)
---It's National Tune Up Day
(miss the days when we did this ourselves)
---It's National Voter Registration Day
(have yourselves a ball with this one)
*** Next, and since it'a another Tuesday, let's look at ALL the FWPD calls that went out last week that we never heard anything about.
SEP 17 - SEP 23
SHOTS FIRED ((113)) - ARMED ROBBERY((53)) 
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
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18F111493 09/17/2018 10:26am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5800 WAYNE TRACE
18F111600 09/17/2018 04:31pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 700 POPLAR ST
18F111764 09/18/2018 02:22am 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 E WAYNE ST
18F111772 09/18/2018 03:18am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 E WALLACE ST
18F112124 09/18/2018 10:01pm 113 SHOTS FIRED E PETTIT AV & HOLTON AV
18F112198 09/19/2018 03:00am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 SINCLAIR ST
18F112212 09/19/2018 04:37am 113 SHOTS FIRED BROADWAY & TAYLOR ST
18F112531 09/19/2018 07:11pm 113 SHOTS FIRED S ANTHONY BLVD & E FAIRFAX AV
18F112560 09/19/2018 08:18pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 S CALHOUN ST
18F112561 09/19/2018 08:20pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2400 FOX AV
18F112692 09/20/2018 02:31am 113 SHOTS FIRED 7500 DECATUR RD LOT 9
18F112723 09/20/2018 06:38am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1900 OAKLAND ST
18F113102 09/21/2018 01:30am 113 SHOTS FIRED S ANTHONY BLVD & E TILLMAN RD
18F113111 09/21/2018 02:30am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2000 FOX POINT TRL
18F113620 09/22/2018 01:12am 113 SHOTS FIRED SAWMILL WOODS DR & SAWMILL WOODS CIR
18F113631 09/22/2018 01:37am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2000 CORTLAND AV
18F113655 09/22/2018 03:22am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1800 FOX POINT TRL
18F113671 09/22/2018 05:03am 113 SHOTS FIRED 5600 LOIS LN
18F113957 09/22/2018 08:20pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2900 STINSON DR
18F113963 09/22/2018 08:31pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 5100 SMITH ST
18F114078 09/23/2018 01:00am 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 W WILDWOOD AV
18F114081 09/23/2018 01:03am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 FAIRFIELD AV
18F114103 09/23/2018 02:56am 113 SHOTS FIRED 7900 SERENITY DR
18F114111 09/23/2018 03:16am 113 SHOTS FIRED STALLION DR & WINNERS CIR
18F114113 09/23/2018 03:20am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2900 STINSON DR
18F114143 09/23/2018 05:49am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 PENNSYLVANIA ST
18F114387 09/23/2018 09:02pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1900 OAKLAND ST
18F114427 09/23/2018 10:28pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1900 N CLINTON ST
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18F114274 09/23/2018 03:44pm 23,113 6000 S ANTHONY BLVD
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18F111483 09/17/2018 09:38am 53 ARMED ROB 900 W STATE BLVD
18F111803 09/18/2018 07:32am 53 ARMED ROB 900 HAMILTON AV
18F112140 09/18/2018 10:41pm 53 ARMED ROB 1700 N GLENDALE DR
18F112151 09/18/2018 11:01pm 53 ARMED ROB 300 W JEFFERSON BLVD
18F112160 09/18/2018 11:21pm 53 ARMED ROB 7200 KRISTINE DR
18F112477 09/19/2018 05:01pm 53 ARMED ROB 1100 MICHIGAN AV
18F113252 09/21/2018 11:39am 53 ARMED ROB 900 W STATE BLVD
18F113997 09/22/2018 09:38pm 53 ARMED ROB 1300 COLERICK ST
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18F111494 09/17/2018 10:15am 56 MOLESTING 7900 DECATUR RD
18F111505 09/17/2018 11:19am 56 MOLESTING 2700 E STATE BLVD
18F112041 09/18/2018 06:23pm 56 MOLESTING 8200 WELSCH DR
18F112263 09/19/2018 08:58am 56 MOLESTING 1200 W PACKARD AV
18F112439 09/19/2018 03:09pm 56 MOLESTING 1600 BARTHOLD ST
18F112803 09/20/2018 10:15am 56 MOLESTING 2700 PRINCETON AV
18F112869 09/20/2018 01:07pm 56 MOLESTING 1700 ILLINOIS ST
18F114302 09/23/2018 05:01pm 56 MOLESTING 3300 ALEXANDER ST
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18F113555 09/21/2018 10:22pm 58 SHOOTING 3900 E STATE BLVD
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18F113902 09/22/2018 06:08pm 59 CUTTING/STAB 2600 LILLIE ST
18F112404 09/19/2018 02:51pm 59 CUTTING/STAB BROOKLYN AV & TAYLOR ST
18F112663 09/20/2018 12:02am 59 CUTTING/STAB 3500 HARRIS RD
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18F111549 09/17/2018 01:52pm 61 RAPE 00 E MAIN ST
18F112279 09/19/2018 09:53am 61 RAPE 2000 WOODHAVEN DR
18F114338 09/23/2018 06:27pm 61 RAPE 2200 LAKE AVE
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18F112646 09/19/2018 11:22pm 75 PURSUIT E STATE BLVD & LAVERNE AV
18F113075 09/20/2018 11:24pm 75 PURSUIT COLISEUM BLVD & GOSHEN RD
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Plus 12 narcotics calls 
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Fireworks calls: SEP 17 - SEP 23
18F112521 09/19/2018 06:45pm 44FW 7700 ABOITE CENTER RD
ONLY ONE??? HALLELUJAH!!!
*** Next up, as could be expected, FWCS is wanting to make WE, THE PEOPLE pay more on (our) property taxes with a proposed THREE PERCENT INCREASE to pay for THEIR budget. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/schools/20180925/fwcs-budget-would-lead-to-tax-increase
Yeah, FWCS is cryin' the blues, and they should with such a bloated budget for 2019 ($305.9 MIL to be exact).
((The proposed budget is up 4 percent from 2018, with nearly 75 percent of spending – about $203.7 million – earmarked for the education fund.))
Gee, it's weird how the percentage of INCREASE is the SAME as that of the CITY budget (also up 4%).
They must really LIKE that number this year...maybe it's time for some math storytelling?
This is another financial "mosquito bite" that we can add to the ever-increasing number of increases to the citizenry.
In fact, we're hearing MORE HIKES that can be found in ANY football game.
Who's next? Step right up...
Come one come all to the Great Midwest Money Handout, funded by the taxpayers of Fort Wayne (and Allen County).
*** Next, let's delve into the human condition a bit with the ever-burning wuestion:
What is a sociopath?
Here's a good article that says much:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/13-horrifying-symptoms-of-a-real-life-sociopath/ar-AAArobb?ocid=spartanntp
Here are the Common Traits of such a person:
Ignoring social norms 
Criminal behavior and problems with the law
Arrogance 
Deceitfulness, such as repeated lying or using aliases
Conning others for personal profit or pleasure
Impulsivity and a failure to plan ahead
Irritability, hostility, agitation
Aggressiveness, such as repeated physical fights
Abusive relationships
Inability to learn from negative consequences
Reckless disregard for safety 
Failure to hold down a job or honor financial obligations
Lack of remorse 
*   *   *   *   *
Wow, that describes precisely damn near everyone living around us these days...a far cry from 20 years ago (when decent people lived around us).
Oh...My...God...Wifey and I live in SOCIOPATHLAND!!!
(BTW, that is NOT a new Disney World attraction)
*** Next up, starting today, BBC America will be having a run up to the new Doctor (female that she is) with various episodes.
According to the schedule, we are supposed to have a good 13 days of this (in honor of the 13th Doctor, no doubt).
They're tossing in some Torchwood eps as well.
Be sure to check the schedule (online) for specific episodes.
And from what I saw, they are even going to be running some of the Chris Eccleston episodes (first series of the reboot from 2005)
Just don't forget to bring along your sonic screwdriver.
*** Next, time to drop on by our "Kitten Corner"...
Gotta get that glitter ball.
The kids had a decent day, with some early chasing of the fuzzy glitter ball. There's no way you can get a still shot when they're moving about so much...maybe a video some day?
Wish he'd let ME play with that damn ball.
Other than that, it was follow me around for a bit, nap a while, eat, and then pick a chair to nap some more.
What a life, huh?
*** Next up, let's check back in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
Well, aside from finding another dead mouse (we don't need feline gifts, thank you) on the back lawn this morning, our furry twosome did pretty good yesterday, even of the weather later on didn't cooperate in the fashion  we all come to enjoy.
Sure, Midnight did his patrol, but he was back for lunch and dinner.
Will you PLEASE get out of the street, buddy?
He even followed me over to the mailbox, and proceeded to sit his butt IN THE STREET (he worries me).
Good, now STAY over here.
Yes, he came back across the street and eventually onto the patio.
Okay, what are YOU doing outside the gate?
Whiskers just hunkered down, took things easier, and had taken to using the shelter again when it rains. I think she's the brains of this crew...lol.
Both would do well to utilize the shelters...that's what they're there for anyway.
*** Last back to the rain barrel...We live in a crazy world and it's full of crazy people.
Yet, there are some who would think such a description is too harsh...tough sh*t. That's REALITY, folks.
And sadly, the crazy-asses out there are resorting to shooting one another...mainly becasue it's easier than any other method
Recently, five people were killed in a Cincy Firt Third Bnak branch when a shooter walked in, past the "gun-free zoine" signs and the unarmed guards at the bank. Employess had been told they could be dismissed if they brought a (legally owned and licensed) gun onto the premises
Guess the OHIO gun laws need some "tweaking"? It WOULD save more lives.
Here in Ft. Wayne, we've plenty of thugs roaming our streets (daily), well under the radar of the FWPD, and they're carrying guns as well, none of them legally obtained. And they're not afraid to use them...like at Link's Wonderland last week.
A fine example of what a SOCIOPATH is. Yes, it IS a crazy world full of crazy people.
But the good news is that they are thinning THEIR ranks out faster than OURS.
(just not fast enough for me)
I wish that reassurance could just make me sleep a bit better at night...how about you?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America

24 September 2018

Monday Musings...
Welcome to the last full week of the month of September, and in case you missed it, FALL finally fell over the weekend. That was most likely the THUD you heard.
Fortunately, there were no injuries involved in that.
Now, we get some days where we don't run the A/C and maybe not even the furnace...that's sure to save us a few bucks (to help pay off the rising costs of the rate hikes coming).
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us cloudy skies, temps rising to about 70 degrees, and a chance of rain stopping by sometime around or after midday (take the umbrella) just in case).
(wonder if they can carry the creamer?)
Now, what say we get things started with a nice cup of coffee or tea, or maybe even a soft drink, as we see what else has been going on, hmm?
*** First off of the starting blocks is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
SEPTEMBER 24 -
---It's National Cherries Jubilee Day
(always wanted to try this...looks good)
---It's National Punctuation Day
(where would we be without THAT, I wonder?)
---It's Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
(This started in Philadelphia back in 1734)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwenkfelder_Church
And now you know a lot more than the average person.
*** Next up...as is becoming the usual in Fort Wayne, it has been a busy weekend...and that was only Friday, which started off with a bang (or two).
---We begin this with (what else?) another double shooting on the city's SE side. Here's the story:
https://wpta21.com/news/breaking-news/2018/09/21/police-investigate-reported-shooting-at-fort-wayne-restaurant/
This took place at Link's Wonderland (restaurant) in the 1700 block of Creighton Avenue near South Anthony Boulevard around 0925 hrs.
The shooter was a black male (any bets that the victims were ALSO black?)
UPDATE: Here's the latest:
https://wpta21.com/news/crime/2018/09/24/police-looking-for-suspect-in-friday-morning-shooting/
Seems 29-year-old Gabriel Hicks is the suspect in the shooting. Hicks is a 5’9″ tall man.
He's been through the system before...that's a given.
He weighs approximately 175 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. He is known to wear colored contact lenses and prescription glasses. He has tattoos on both arms and neck. Police say Hicks should be considered armed and dangerous.
We need to get this perp off our streets ASAP!.
Several witnesses were there at the time of he shootings, and police are talking with them. No arrests have been made and the investigation (along with what passes for living down here) continues.
---A little later, there was ANOTHER robbery at the Wells Fargo bank branch on W. State Blvd. (at Sherman) - it's the same branch  that was hit earlier ;last week
Here's that story:
https://wpta21.com/uncategorized/2018/09/21/robber-strikes-bank-branch-for-second-time-in-one-week/
The robbery took place around 1140 hrs Friday morning.
This time around, the robber was described as a BLACK MALE
Wonder if the video will be AS GOOD as it was for the white guy who robbed this bank last Monday?
Where the hell IS that video anyway???
---And after that, there was a dead body found in the St. Mary's river. Here's that story:
https://www.wane.com/news/local-news/body-found-in-st-marys-river/1464452935
((Around 1:30 p.m., passengers on the Sweet Breeze river boat spotted a body in water just north of the Three Rivers Apartments building, near the intersection of Superior Street and Spy Run Avenue, according to Fort Wayne Fire Department spokesman Adam O'Connor.The body of a man was found in a log jam, inside a tent. ))
(talk about Sightseeing along Fort Wayne's waterways, huh?)
My guess is that might be a homeless person.
Homicide detectives from the FWPD were on scene along with DNR.
*** Next, all our high tech vehicles come with high(er) costs of repair.
Now who'da thunk THAT? Here's the story:
https://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/money/cars/2018/09/18/car-repair-costs/1343625002/
My 1st car looked kinda like THIS - LOW-tech.
I said this years ago,  There was a time when I once drove a car that had NO computer-assisted anything.
It was all HUMAN-assisted, which actually forced people to DRIVE a car, rather then be the passenger holding the steering wheel (while talking on a damn cell phone).
My first car had an automatic transmission and power steering, and that...was... IT!
The 2015 Wifeymobile 2.0 is nothing like that 1968 Buick Special Deluxe. Her Impala is a rolling 3,662 lb. computer.
We've got bluetooth stuff, touch screen infotainment system, anti-lock brakes, auto engine shut off at stoplights, back-up cameras...the list goes on and on. and the steering wheel DOES still steer the car (along with doing a myriad of other functions...if you're not careful).
Simple stuff now costs $$$.
And yes, fixing any of that stuff costs $$$.
Gone are the days when you could adjust your carburetor to the seasons. My '83 Firebird (dinosaur that it is) STILL has one, but that is (you guessed it)...computer-controlled.
These days, with newer cars, the onboard computer adjusts the engine functions hundreds of times per second, and there is NO carburetor any longer; it's ALL fuel injected.
I can see why people don't bother to get stuff fixed these days...cheaper to just get another vehicle, or anything else that craps out. Mechanics have become computer techs rather than wrench-turners.
*** Next up, time to stop by our "Kitten Corner"...
Our kids had a wonderful weekend, with only small bouts of manic chasing. That's to be expected anyway.
Violet and Gallifrey are not as a loss for affection from us...nor we from them.
Sometimes, they even get to share breakfast with us.
Or, they watch us when we're outside.
But, they have been known to pursue the never elusive "long nap", and that's fine by us.
*** Next, let's check in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
Our furry twosome were around for a good part of the weekend, Saturday had Whiskers there when we came back from grocery shopping, so I had me a supervisor as I brought in the bags. And she got some treats for her efforts.
Midnight was prowling about, but was there for lunch (a wee bit late).
But on Sunday, both of them took off after breakfast, and they both missed lunch.
Fortunately, they both returned. Whiskers came back first and got a later than usual lunch, while Midnight was back in time for the wet food dinner that they always get on Sundays.
We did spend some time with them on the back steps (after the sun had set)...got in some laser playtime, and they provided the leg uibs and head bumps.
*** Last back the finish line...a totally unrelated (to this post)  subject that we need to be aware of, because it can happen when we don't expect it....
We usually buy a gallon of milk each week, and Wifey is always keen to get the LATEST expiration date . With what's left over from the previous week, we have 1 1/2 gallons total.
Today, we might have to toss a half of a gallon away, even though the "date" on the jug is listed as...OCTOBER 1.
(?!?)
There's no way it's going to last until then, judging just by the "aroma".
That's quite odd, because we've had milk that didn't start to go sour until a good WEEK AFTER the date, so something's not right here.
There could have been an instance where the trucker hauling the milk didn't have the right temperature in the trailer. That can cause early spoilage.
As long as it's refrigerated, the dates on the jugs SHOULD be fine, and you can more than likely get away with having a week AFTER that date. Yet, once in a while, someone (or something) goes awry. I plan to send an email to Kroger and make them aware of this.
I mean, with ALL the problems (salmonella and e.coli for example) we seem to have with foods and drinks, consumers need to be more aware than in times past.
There was a day when milk was DELIVERED to your door, and it had just come FROM the dairy processing plant. Talk about fresh. It came in GLASS bottles, no less (that were picked up, washed, and reused by the milk company. No waste or trash there.
And it was cheaper to get it delivered than to pay the prices in stores today for questionable items.
Technology making life better?
In this case...not one damn bit.
I miss the milkmen of days gone by, and milk that didn't spoil as quickly.
A shame that some people today never knew what a milkman was...a real shame.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America