20 November 2017

Monday Musings...
If you're like me, and having a wee bit of trouble waking up this morning, stick you face out the door for about 30 seconds...I'm fairly certain you'll wake up!
Yes, it's slightly on the "brisk" side out there, but it's not raining (for a change).
Welcome to our Thanksgiving week, where we culminate into the official holiday season by this Friday. But. let's not get ahead of ourselves...not yet, anyway...
Our Hoosierland weather finds us with mostly sunny skies, with temps reaching to around the 50-degree mark.
So, bring your face in from outside and make yourself a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the counter-top is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
NOVEMBER 20 -
---It's National Absurdity Day
(these days, every topic fills the bill with this one)
---It's National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
(ALL fudge is fair game in my book)
*** Next up, we always hear about celebrities dying in THREES, and this weekend was no different.
First, we read where actress Ann Wedgeworth passed away at the age of 83.
She was the woman (Lana) chasing Jack Ritter's character around in Three's Company. Here is her WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wedgeworth
Second, we read where Malcom Young, co-founder of the legendary rock group AC/DC died at the age of 64. Here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Young
Third, country singer and songwriter Mel Tillis died at the age of 85. He also appeared in the movies The Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit (and a couple others).
Here is his WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Tillis
We shall miss them all.
*** Next, another death occurred over the weekend, and one that I know a LOT of people are glad to see (and should have took place about 48 years ago).
Charles Manson has FINALLY kicked the damn bucket (thought that piece of shit would NEVER die).
He was 83 (and cost taxpayers too damn much money thanks to liberal policy (invalidation of the death penalty back in 1972) which SHOULD have had him executed, rather than serve life imprisonment. Here is the WIKI:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson
Good riddance to bad rubbish...at least.
*** Next, I had seen a story about a accidental shooting of a female on Sutton Dr (NW) on the news last night, but they buried the story (better the story than the woman). Must have been another firearm "cleaning" that went sideways.
Anyway, yesterday's paper had a good story, and considering the paper arrived missing the front 3 sections and had to be delivered a 2nd time (take a little pride in what you do, people), the wait might have been worth it (no matter how inconvenient this clusterf*ck may have been). Here's the link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20171119/hit-skip-accidents-soar-in-city-county
Yes, this has to do with those traffic accidents i mention every Tuesday.
It seems our fair city is seeing a crapload more incidents of late.
And the rate of those "hit-skips" has risen as well.
Lt Tony Maze (FWPD) has a good take on this:
((“To be honest, there's a lot of variables in this. The common theme seems to be that there's either no insurance on the perpetrating vehicle or the perpetrating driver is impaired,” Maze said. “Or the driver may have an outstanding warrant. “They'd rather roll the dice and get a hit and run.”))
Explanations for the increase include population growth, greater awareness of penalties and fines, more reporting of the crime and surveillance cameras.
Personally, I don't think people know the penalties. After all, we DO have a large refugee/immigrant population, and the language barrier seems like it could be a contributing factor, even if these people somehow manage to get a license.
Many in the minority communities are arrested (behind the wheel) without EVER getting a driver's license.
Doesn't that make you feel SO much better while driving?
The Blond Phantom, aka Allen County prosecutor (for life) Karen Richards weighs in, and believes it has to do with our population growth as well. I'm not as convinced. She goes on to say that "possibly fewer people have insurance".
Now THAT I CAN believe. How else would you explain it?
In OUR city you can!
Also, whenever I read the felony reports, and see time and again that a driver booked into lockup for DUI (and never getting a license OR insurance) is "released on his/her own recognizance", that's sending a clear message that our city isn't taking such crimes AS SERIOUSLY as they really should (for everyone else's safety).
Well, he DOES have a license...and insurance.
And whenever there IS bail it's a paltry $2500 (tops), which means they ONLY have toi post $250.
That's not EVEN a slap on the damn wrist...is it?
*** Next up, let's ease off the pedal and take a little trip to our "Kitten Corner"...
The "new kids" here on 19 Nov 2016
Well, we celebrated ONE YEAR of having these two furballs in our house (their forever home) yesterday, and that was cause for cake...cupcakes, actually.
Mmmm...yommy!
Nice little mini cupcakes...vanilla of course.
Now, if you're wondering if that's good for cats...YES, it is. Loads of videos of cats eating cupcakes.
Just don't make it a "staple" of their diet. Once a year is fine.
Have a cupcake, kids.
Our kids didn't take to the cupcakes in a manner I thought they would. They licked them a bit and then moved on...typical cat behavior...LOL
*** Next, time to check in with "Midnight and Company"...
A nice shredded chicken feast...
Our furry twosome were around most ALL weekend, and didn't really miss a meal. We know Whiskers is cribbing in the shelter Mark II, while
And served on a WARM dish, too.
God only knows where Midnight goes (he can fit into the smaller shelter, but I;ve not seen him enter or exit it. Perhaps some cold weather will change his mind?
You cats get cupcakes, too.
And, naturally, we could not leave out these cats when it came to celebrating our cats first anniversary with us, either. They each (also) got a mini cupcake...and they both LOVED them (more than our indoor cats...go figure).
Whiskers and Midnight could barely contain themselves as I tried to get the cupcakes on their plates.
And they enjoyed it, apparently. Called that one right.
Sure beats fast food tossed from a car window (in the street).
*** Last back to the kitchen sink...been a real topsy-turvy weekend (from what I noticed).
Then again, it's damn difficult to find any week these days that's NOT in some sort of upheaval.
And, we're told that as hard as life can be, the more we require a time to "play"...to relax, chill, take it easy...whatever.
Usually, such things typically came AFTER the hard work was done for the day (or week), but now, leisure time seems to take precedence, and that any work should be considered an after-thought.
Well, such things are just back-asswards, and demonstrates how our society has changed over the last few decades...not always for the good,.
The (current) opioid "epidemic" is one result of people seeking an outlet, albeit a stupid an deadly one.
The rise in violent crime is another...gotta blow off all that pent-up anger somehow, don't we?
People skirting the laws we created to protect us, and ignoring the requisite protocols mandated by society when it comes to our privileges are a major problem as well.
We seem to want to seek the extreme, rather than the simple, and that pften leads to creating more problems than life already has in store for us.
I'd much rather deal with the problems (first) so I CAN enjoy the times that follow. It's like your own reward for a job well done (which is much better than anything that's merely "well said".)
Actions will always speak louder than words, and perhaps it's time we made our actions less sensational and more sensible...so we can enjoy what life has to offer on it's own. It's what we used to do.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

17 November 2017

Friday Follies...
Okay, so it appears we might get a break from the rain - drizzle - dampness...for ONE stinking day.
Yep, more rain coming by tomorrow...don'cha just love Indiana?
But, it's the end of the week, and hopefully, we can set most of the strife aside for a bit, right?
Our Hoosierland weather for today will bring us partly sunny skies (for a change), temps reaching to around 49 degrees (not too bad, either), and hopefully, less windy conditions.
So, let's use this time to go get ourselves a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, as we settle back and take a look at what's going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the comfy chair is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
NOVEMBER 17 -
---It's National Baklava Day
(I miss that tiny shop in Philly that made excellent foods like this)
---It's National Homemade Bread Day
(Mom would make everything BUT bread...dunno why)
---It's National Take a Hike Day
(I often will tell any and all neighbors to do this on a regular basis)
*** Next, since we have arrived at week's end, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
NOVEMBER 18 -
---Saturday is Mickey Mouse's Birthday
(amazing how 2 dimensional characters never age)
---It's National Adoption Day
(not a single thing wrong with this at all)
---It's National Princess Day
(wonder how the LGBTQ crowd handles THIS one?)
---It's National Vichyssoise Day
(if just French fish soup, folks)
NOVEMBER 19 -
---Sunday is National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day
(which would be most sodas, so drink up)
---It's National Play Monopoly Day
(I think our mayor and his cabal have this one covered)
And there we are then...plenty to do, and always remember to observe responsibly.
*** Next up, looks like the AMISH will inherit the earth (thank God for that, I suppose)...maybe that will give them plenty of time to get some SCRAPPLE here in Fort Wayne.
Here's the lowdown:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171115152727.htm
Yeah, living longer through better living (and a moral code of ethics)...who'da thunk that, Methuselah?
Well, gene mutation helps, too.
*** Next, somehow, seeing a LIBERAL like Al Franken being raked over the coals always makes me smile. Here's the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/politics/20171117/franken-apologizes-for-groping-woman
Now, first off, I think Leeann Tweeden is HOT...and that goes back to when she was on the old Fitness Beach show. (Hey, I might be married, but I'm not blind or dead...yet LOL.)
But, I would never for the life of me think about actually groping her or shoving my tongue down here throat (without her expressed written consent...in triplicate..after all, she IS married and has children - hubby's ex-military to boot).
Normal people do NOT like you.
I think not, Stuart Smalley. An ethics panel has your name on it.
Sorry, but I never thought Franken was funny...even way back when he was part of a comedy duo with Tom Davis (Franken and Davis, obviously). The Smothers Brothers wer funny - Martin and Lewis were funny...Stiller and Meara were funny...Burns and Allen were Funny...Abbott and Costello were funny...Laurel and Hardy were downright hilarious...
(you get the idea)
Always seems that the DEMS get the proverbial "wrist-slap" while anyone the least bit right-of-center gets taken on a ride down the Spanish Inquisition Blvd...for months!
Time to call them ALL out, especially the liberal perverts...for a damn change.
*** Next up, and speaking of liberals, our "king" (mayor Henry) has a setback of sorts. Here's the lowdown:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20171117/city-razes-downtown-arena-plan
That downtown arena proposal that was being floated appears to have gone down like the Andrea Doria...for the time being. And King Gyros is saved...score one for us!
At least our monarch didn't use BOTH of his boring catch-phrases.
He only mentioned "point-of-destination" once...guess there's no quality-of-life attached to this white elephant.
Well, when you have SO many pokers in the damn fire (nineteen projects at last count), something HAS to give.(and something has to just go away).
"We are not amused"
Welcome to Reality 101, your highness...like the song goes:
"you can't always get what you want".
*** Next, it seems to be THAT time of year once again (no, not the holiday season)...
I'm talking about the season where people (usually DUI) start crashing vehicles into houses.
Here's the story:
http://wane.com/2017/11/17/suspected-drunk-driver-slams-into-parked-car-house-on-spring-street/
This took place around 0345 hrs at the intersection of Runnion and Spring Sts.
(yes, that car used to be a Ford Taurus)
The drunk driver had to be speeding, as he traveled 50 feet sideways after smacking into a parked car, taking down a street sign and went up a small hill into the house in the picture.
Helluva way to wake up, I must say.
Luckily, house damage is minimal because the car struck the concrete foundation (slab) of the porch.
Any bets that the driver is "released on his/her own recognizance?
*** Next up, some people travel to Paris for the sights. This story talks about other "parasites":
http://wane.com/2017/11/16/assortment-of-pot-and-pot-products-found-at-north-side-home/
This latest drug raid took place at a house located at 3705 Shadow Creek Drive (not a bad-looking area) Monday afternoon, and after serving a search warrant, police found 6 pounds of what was described as high grade marijuana, 18.2 pounds edible marijuana gummies, e-cigarette vials containing hash oil, pot infused honey, marijuana wax, marijuana candies and chocolates, assorted paraphernalia and several guns.
Sure doesn't seem like any sort of "casual usage" going on here.
A person showed up at the house and was also arrested (somehow, seeing police at a house would tend to make me think twice about making a score at that residence).
Yes friends, more of that special kind of stupid going on, and not always on the SOUTH side of Ft. Wayne.
*** And here's a link to a couple other noteworthy crimes in our fair city:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/police-fire/20171117/suspect-held-after-man-knocked-out
Looks like  Derrick Denzel Fields, 25, of the 1600 block of East Creighton Avenue, wanted to bring back that "knockout" game where people get punched in the head for no reason.
He was arrested by an off-duty officer working security at the Break and Run on Goshen Avenue.
---The other story is about another drug deal that nets two arrests.
Clarissa Elder, 40, and Jeremy Elder Jr., 20, were arrested after police got a search warrant for a house located at 2608 Dodge Ave.
Police cut Jeremy loose (nice head tatts, moron), but kept Clarissa in lieu of (only) $2,500 bail.
That must be the going rate for low level drug dealers in this city.
*** Next, time to take a stop at "Kitten Corner"...
Our cats are getting into a winter-mode, and that means they get to sleep with us at night. That's not a bad deal all around, as far as I'm concerned.
I missed not having Penny or Rassie (or both) climbing up and snuggling during the colder months. Violet and Gallifrey are learning the ropes quite well for being as young as they are.
*** Next up, time to do our check in with "Midnight and Company"...
The furry duo were at the patio door once again, and Whiskers likes to stretch on the screen.
Once in a while, Midnight will do that, but he prefers to sit quietly at the base of the steps and stare at you...lol.
He's bit more on the stoic side, while she's the effervescent one.
Getting them used to STAYING near the house is what we're striving for, and so far...so good.
Sure beats having them dodge traffic in bad (and colder) weather around the area.
*** Last back to the family room sofa...you all (should) know I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.
Didn't always used to be that way, but with age comes wisdom, and we get wisdom through knowledge, and knowledge through foolishness, so there you go then.
Taking care of what we have and following the basic laws of mankind (as well as federal, state and local laws)are the tenets of good citizenship (to me). Many of us take such things for granted, or ignore them outright.
And some people exist just to find ways around the laws. These are people who want to make their lives even MORE complex than they already are (and why, I have no idea).
Now, I don't mind having to struggle when it's warranted, because the end result is a better me and a better situation, but to actively seek more struggles on top of the ones you're not even addressing is just asking (more like pleading) for trouble to come your way (which it will).
I'd much prefer to deal with things as they come, cross bridges when I get to them, and be wise enough to choose MY own battles to fight. And, having some guidance and advice from above never hurts either, does it?
Therein lies an important lesson.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.