18 January 2019

Friday Follies...
We get a very brief respite today as far as any precipitation goes...but we are looking at making that deficit up tomorrow.
We'refacing some significant snowfall Saturday, and that means be prepared to hunker down and stay out of the craziness you know will result whenever we get such conditions.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly cloudy skies, temps reaching  to around 37 degrees, and increasing winds later on.
Keep the shovel handy, as well as layers of proper clothing should you feel the need to venture out (it will be getting REAL cold over the weekend - MINUS numbers, in fact...brrrrr).
Now, what say we chase the chill away with a nice large cup, glass or mug of some Friday Fortitude, as we take a look at what else has been going one, hmm?
*** First off of the ice pack is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JANUARY 18 -
---It's National Michigan Day
(bet the caliphate in Detroit is liking that)
---It's National Peking Duck Day
(very tasty)
---It's National Thesaurus Day
(every home should have one)
---It's National Winnie the Pooh Day
(still doing well after all these years, too
*** Next, and since the end of another week has arrived, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
JANUARY 19 -
---Saturday is National Popcorn Day
(put on a movie and make some. It beats watching the snow come down)
JANUARY 20 -
---Sunday is National Buttercrunch Day
(sounds like a keeper)
---It's National Cheese Lovers Day
(this ought to make staying on worth it)
---It's National Disc Jockey Day
(it's rare to find them spinning LPs or even 45s these days)
There you have it...plenty to do instead of facing bad weather on the roads.
Just make sure to always observe responsibly.
*** Next up,  here's the good, bad, and the ugly on this impending snow event:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20190118/snowstorm-to-hit-saturday
At least we should be happy we're not on the EAST coast, where freezing rain will be mixing with the show (thanks to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean). Parts of Maine are expected to get perhaps TWO FEET of snow.
I would not expect a blizzard here in the Midwest, but it will be more than the last event we had this week, so be aware of that.
*** Next, police training CAN be hazardous to your health. Here's the "4-1-1":
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20190118/2-officers-injured-in-training
Two FWPD officers were seriously injured when using a particular restraint method.
It's called the lateral vascular neck restraint, or LVNR, and is basically applying "pressure is put on the carotid artery to cut off blood to the brain in an effort to render a person unconscious".
(( A close relative of Capt. Tom Bandor, 58, one of the injured officers, said Bandor is still in the hospital. “He gets dizzy and nauseated, even if he opens his eyes,” said the relative, who asked not to be identified. “It's like vertigo. He can't get up and do anything.”))
I personally know Tom Bandor (I remember when he was a Sgt and stopped over our house), and I hope he recovers from this injury. My prayers to him and his family.
Goes to show you don't even have to be on the street to have your life placed in harm's way.
*** Next up, time to stop by "Kitten Corner"...
The kids took a day off from all of the "wrestling", and instead chose to store up their overabundance of energy for Lord knows what.
Peek-a-boo!
Wouldn't mind them passing some of that energy over to me some days.
Violet has a new "routine" of sorts...she loves to follow me around in the MORNINGS...she sits in the computer chair WITH me while I check the emails and do the blog.
These slippers are not getting away.
Gallifrey prefers to hang back and wait for breakfast, and then go a bit manic as I prepare it for the two of them (that's his gig). After that...plenty of nap time (and a trip or two to the litter pans. A hard life indeed.
*** Next, let's do our check-in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
It's paw-licking good.
Our furry twosome were doing their usual stuff - He was off on patrol and missed lunch (again), while she stayed in the shelter, coming out for food. At dinnertime, I actually had to "knock" on the shelter to wake her up...lol.
And the food keeps coming...
He did eventually come by later and got his wet food mix. I'm trying this in order to give them more incentive to stay close by our house. It's more enticing than foraging, that's for sure.
*** Last back to the snow pile...remember when it snowed when you were little and all you could do was wanting to go out and play in it?
March 1958
I will say when I was that young, we had to have a REAL snowstorm to shut down our schools, but then again, those were the "neighborhood schools" we don't seem to have that many of today.
I mean, it had to snow enough to close down public transportation.
Back in the late 1950s, we had one storm that dumped so much snow, it did just that - shut down buses and most all traffic.
Our main avenue was a pedestrian "walkway", and any vehicle out in it had CHAINS on the rear tires.
I remember Dad loading me onto the sled and together we went to the grocery a couple blocks away.
March 1960
It's not that easy holding a large grocery bag and holding on so you don;t fall off the sled, while Dad pulled me along an avenue that you wouldn't even think of walking down or standing in. But, we did what we had to do.
Our street (in the Frankford section of Philly) was one of those old narrow one-way ones, and when everyone was done shoveling, it looked like two slit trenches in WW1 France. The snow was that deep, and we had no where else to put it.
The one thing I have always enjoyed about ANY good snowfall...was the quiet.
We had trenches like THIS
Total...complete...quiet.
As a kid, you don't think about that...or being cold, or having to wear so many layers of clothing, that movement was restricted.
As an adult, you think about pulling muscles while shoveling, heart attacks, slipping, falling, and breaking bones.
Oh, and you think about being young again...heh.
Be careful out there over the next 72 hours.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

17 January 2019

Thoughts For Thursday...
Yes, the cold snap continues (although yesterday tossed us a curve and the temps rose to 37 degrees. That helped melt some of this stuff. Still, you want to practice caution early on, because what melted is refrozen (again).
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us a good chance of a little snow (maybe up to an inch over what we have not had plowed since the last snowfall.
Temps will rise once again slightly above freezing (the 35 degree range) and skies will be mostly cloudy with light winds.
Not a banner day, but we're stuck with it, so make the best of it...right?
Meanwhile, let's get a warm, soothing drink inside us, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First off of the slick streets is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
I do not know this Chris fellow.
"The dark side of social media is that, within seconds, anything can be blown out of proportion and taken out of context. And it's very difficult not to get swept up in it all"
Curiously enough, this was NOT spoken by fellow blogger Chris Martin (sorry, buddy) but by one Nicola Formichetti (born 31 May 1977)  who is an Italian Japanese fashion director and fashion editor.
And here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicola_Formichetti
Now, as a rule, I'm not into fashion designers, but it's not a bad read, considering how much influence such people have in today's world via fashion.
I did not know how much he was associated with Lady Gaga. You learn something new every day.
*** Next, time for the "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JANUARY 17 -
---It's Get to Know Your Customer Day
(yeah, they do this deal every quarter)
---It's National Bootlegger's Day
(now THAT hooch will warm you up inside)
---It's National Hot Buttered Rum Day
(make that LIGHT on the butter, please)
*** Next up...Seems the FWPD are making some  "house calls"  these days.
Here's the story:
https://wpta21.com/news/top-stories/2019/01/16/search-results-in-arrest-of-fort-wayne-man/
Police served a search warrant at a house located at 3302 McKinnie Av. around 2015 hrs. Tuesday. (yeah, that's the ghettohood)
Police say the home is a known criminal street gang home, and that the search came after an investigation based on tips, complaints, traffic stops, surveillance, shots fired at the home, and a recent shooting across the street at a service station.
That's a nice haul.
After making entry, police found THIRTEEN people inside (WTF???) including several children, who were within reach of a loaded semi-auto handgun (one of three found and with extended mags).
Deshannon Shelton, 33, was arrested (as was his development, no doubt). Enjoy your orange jumpsuit and flip-flops, loser.
Police also found 500 grams (about a pound) of pot, dealing paraphernalia and ammo.
On the up side, Shelton won't have to worry about driving in bad weather anytime soon...lol.
*** Next...and then there was THIS:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20190117/plaza-drive-raid-leads-to-4-arrests
Police raided another SE side crib located at 4216 Plaza Drive, a hangout for narcotics dealing and the "C's", a criminal street gang around 1745 hrs yesterday. Police found three handguns, including a stolen one, 25 grams of cocaine; five grams of marijuana; and drug paraphernalia.
Arrested was Kevieun Lewis, 30, when he attempted to avoid police by jumping out of a window. That's called felony resisting.
Three men, ages 33, 25 and 24, were all charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.
---Here's an update to the story:
https://www.wane.com/news/local-news/guns-and-drugs-found-during-raid-at-known-gang-house-4-arrested/1707778364
V. Lewis     St. Clair       White     K.Lewis
Yes folks...losers ALL.
*** Next up...Here's a potential good step in the right direction:
https://wpta21.com/news/top-stories/2019/01/16/proposed-bill-would-place-in-god-we-trust-poster-in-classrooms-libraries/
IN GOD WE TRUST...in classrooms and libraries...about damn time.
And when did they take such things OUT of classrooms?
I figure if it's good enough to be placed on all our CURRENCY, than by God, it's good enough to be in our SCHOOLS and libraries.
This is part of Auburn senator Dennis Kruse's "Education Matters" bill and includes charter schools.
(can't wait to see what happens next - good luck with this.)
*** Next, time to stop by "Kitten Corner"...
"Looks like I iz the winner."
I can say that the WFWF is alive and well (that's the World Feline Wrestling federation). The kids were doing their own smackdown on each other, and that's funny as hell to watch.
"I iz all smackdowned out!"
Forget getting any photos...all you get is blurred fur.
Maybe a video in the future? We'll have to wait and see on that.
*** Next up, time for our daily check-in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
"I think I haz to go on another patrol."
Our furry duo were somewhat close by the house yesterday. And, although they did make each meal (and treats) Midnight went MIA a couple times. Whiskers (God bless her heart) came from the shelter whenever I went out to check on them.
"Why does he roam out in the cold?"
The good news is that we got a fairly good melting yesterday, which cleared the patio up plenty.
The bad news is that we're due for more snow, so we'll have to clear he patio all over again.
*** Last back to the igloo...I'm one of those people who likes to wake up in a  GOOD mood.
(seriously, I really TRY)
But, as things would have it, that rarely works out these days.
If it's not the classical music station being off-air (a common occurrence anymore), it's getting a late (or missed) newspaper delivery. Or, it's the idiot across the street, who warms her PT Cruiser up for over 20 minutes with the HEADLIGHTS ON and shining into our house. You CAN warm a vehicle up with NO lights or the running lights on...honestly...you can.
I suppose that TWO-car garage you have isn't meant for VEHICLES?
And of course, the boom car morons are coming out again (takes them a day to adjust to weather conditions), so we have THAT noise driving past.
It does not take long to erode whatever calm you had when you awoke, and piss you the hell off.
Try as I might, it's always something (or someone).
Now, l'm a pretty easy-going person...or I used to be before the neighborhood chose to DEVOLVE around us.
That will change a person, believe me. Makes you long for the person you used to be.
Still, we take each day as it comes, with the hope that things WILL get somewhat better.
When everything fails, you always have HOPE, right?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

16 January 2019

Humpday Happenings...
And, this crazy-ass Midwest weather continues, kids.
Listening to traffic reports, you'd think that few people out there remember HOW to drive ni bad weather.
Just make sure to do everything in YOUR power to not join in those statistics.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us some early freezing drizzle and light flurries (great), that has delayed or closed some schools around (and south) of our area, temps rising to around 34 degrees (not much melting there) and yes, cloudy skies. Simply craptastic!
Just make sure all your vehicle windows are clear so your vision isn't impaired.
Now, let's get ourselves a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa (to better face the day) as we see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the meat locker is our WHO SAID THAT? quote for the week:
"The dark side of social media is that, within seconds, anything can be blown out of proportion and taken out of context. And it's very difficult not to get swept up in it all"
Sounds like this person has got the whole deal nailed down when it comes to the "new" manner in which too many people communicate (if you can call it that).
So, who said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at The Pineal Eye Boutique...
*** Next, time for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JANUARY 16 -
---It's National FIg Newton Day
(a good day to stay inside and have some)
---It's National Nothing Day
(sounds like a real plan for me)
---It's National Religious freedom Day
(God forbid they place Christianity ABOVE Islam...just sayin')
---It's National Without a Scalpel Day
(so how does surgery work this way?)
*** Next up... WTF is up with Gillette and this "toxic masculinity" anyway?
Somehow, I'm bot convinced.
Here's the lowdown:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimelsesser/2019/01/14/will-gillettes-ad-campaign-on-sexual-harassment-and-toxic-masculinity-bring-change/#2bc3492438ce
And I NEVER wanted to date THOSE women.
Okay, let me say straight away that I was never one of those "toxic" men, but I ALWAYS acknowledged the great job that our Creator did with many women. That's the YOWZAH! Factor.
I was the guy some women ONLY wanted to be friends with...sorry girls, that was more your loss than mine.
Try getting a REAL life, snowflake!
I'm getting tired of all these broad brushes (no pun or insult intended) that SOME in our society wish to paint ALL males with today.
We're NOT ALL like this, so try going after ONLY those who have that overabundance of testosterone and deal with THEM, kapeesh?
And for the record, I use generic razors and Barbasol.
*** Next,  as if the "digital realm" wasn't large ENOUGH, we now have this:
www.journalgazette.net/business/20190113/kroger-on-cutting-edge-with-digital-shelves
Wow...price changing "on the fly"...is this gonna make my grocery total LOWER? I doubt that.
And Microsoft is involved...
(I can hear the laughter already)
You want to make MY shopping experience BETTER?
Try stocking some food I LIKE...such as Scrapple, Lebanon Bologna, and some REAL rolls (that I can use for cheesesteaks).
And clean up the damn aisles (try doing that overnight). It's nasty navigating around all those unshelved boxes of various items whenever we go to your store.
*** Next up, time to drop by our own "Kitten Corner"...
I iz being cute for daddy.
Our kids didn't do bad yesterday, but then again, they were INSIDE and not exposed to the cold.
I iz just tryin' to not nod off.
I did fill the bird feeder and I've hardly seen ANY birds at it. But we do have several blue jays that will make a lot of noise and come grab any cat food left out for our other kids.
*** Next, time once again for our check-in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
Sorry to worry you. I'm okay (and hungry).
Our furry twosome also did well, although Midnight chose to miss breakfast AND lunch...he's gonna give me a heart attack.
But he did come by in the afternoon and stayed around until Wifey got home.
Whiskers was content to just hang out close by and get all three meals (plus treats).
Honest, I waz lookin' for him ALL morning.
She did disappear for a brief time after dinner, but got the back step treats when Wifey arrived.
Going to be a chore making sure they have a clear spot on the patio to eat and get water.
Just wish he'd take to a shelter...save a lot of being cold for himself.
*** Last back to the slip and slide...according to the weather reports, it looks like this weekend will be "interesting".
Hopefully, not THIS interesting...
By that, I mean we're looking at a "significant" snowfall (several inches) on top of the snow we're still waiting (where we live) to be plowed aside. We're slated to get an inch or two tomorrow, as a preamble to the weekend event. Nothing but "fun", right?
They're already talking flash floods in CA. And you all know that weather always moves TO THE EAST.
Things COULD look a lot like THIS...
The amount of snow we'll get is still "up in the air" (no pun intended), but you can be assured that traveling around Saturday into Sunday will be an exercise in patience and possibly futility, if things get too dicey out there.
We could also wind up with little to nothing.
I know we're looking at doing the grocery shopping on Friday instead...just to play things safe.
(we have a window of a couple hours that will work out well)
When it comes to safety and common sense, I always side with as much caution as I can find.
I've driven in severe weather and I know the power of nature quite well.
So, if you're planning things for the weekend, it might be better to entertain indoor activities, unless the forecast changes and tells us otherwise.
No sense in taking risks when you don't really have to...right?
There's something to think about.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.