28 October 2016

Friday Follies...
End of the week at long last.
And for me, it WAS a brutally long week, and you all know why.
Yes, the "Fortress" is still without a cat.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with gradually clearing skies, light breezes, temps reaching to the low 60s and no rain in our forecast.
So, let's all try and get things going with a cup or glass of Friday Fortitude, as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---Today is National Chocolate Day, National Pharmacy Buyer Day, National Frankenstein Day, and National Breadstick Day
---Saturday is National Cat Day
(well, if that isn't a "finger in the old eye").
---It's also National Oatmeal Day, and National Hermit Day (there's something I can do these days)
---Sunday is National Speak Up For Service Day, National Publicist Day, and National Candy Corn Day (yuck!)
There we are then...plenty of things to keep you busy.
*** Next up, our highness, the royal "king" Henry (mayor forever of Fort Wayne, or so it seems), is getting into a bit of a financial bind (again???).
Here's one story about The Landing (one block of Columbia St near downtown) and how this new "vision" will have an impact on city finances:
So, WHO will pay for all THIS, hmm?
Add it to the entire Riverfront project, which is already predicted to cost more than whatever original number was pulled from someone's ass.
Maybe they should plant a few of THESE?
Plus, the PARKS DEPT. need money for all THEIR projects, as this story mentions:
But all the SE side gets is a nice (stinking small) new "corner park" (at Lafayette and Pettit)...for all the damn good THAT will do.
Meanwhile the ethnics continue to prove their savagery and anti-social behavior with another record-breaking year when it comes to homicide rates. You wait and see if we don't top 2013.
Give Henry a fiddle because that odor I smell in my part of the ghettohood must mean that "Rome" might be burning.
*** Next up, here's proof that taking in refugees might not be the best idea, even if they're from Burma.
Mang Suan (left) and Reginald Bowers
Now with a name like Mang Suan, I somehow get the feeling that he's a nationalized citizen and not from THIS country. I could be wrong, but that part of the SE side is getting it's share of those from Myanmar.
He's a thieving little shit as well...read the story and find out.
Sure, better to come to OUR country, do nothing, but steal from others so YOU can have a nice life.
Sorry, doesn't work that way here...(yet).
But if we continue to get the WRONG people cribbing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, it just might. Yes, I DO want OUR America back...and damn soon, too.
*** Next up, the birds have taken well to eating all of the dry cat food I'm still putting out for our missing feline, Hobo.
And, while I am still hoping for his return, there is this gnawing doubt within me that says that's not going to happen. This is one instance where I want to be SO damn wrong.
It's really hard to have each day pass without him...or Rassie...or Penelope.
Instead of seeing a cat about the house, you get to see a whole lot of nothing...helluva trade-off.
Instead of seeing a cat at the patio door, you get to see birds and a squirrel (or two).
Poor compensation for a little cat with loads of affection that was freely given to me (and Wifey).
I know I am never really alone, but it still sucks being lonely every day.
*** Last back to the garage...I want to share the lyrics of a song from way back when I first got out of high school and the whole big world was staring me in the face.
For some reason, this song stuck with me, and as I got older, I knew why.
I think this says more than I ever could when it comes to my feelings of late:
Dedicated to my furry triumvirate of felines (Penny, Rassie & Hobo)
Miss You Nights -  (from the 1971 album Fate For Breakfast by Art Garfunkel - a cover for the original song by Cliff Richard)
I've had many, times I can tell you
Times when innocence I'd trade for company
And children saw me crying
I thought I'd had my share of that
But these miss you nights...
Midnight diamonds stud my heaven
Southward burning like the jewels that eye your place
And the warm winds that embrace me
Just as surely kissed your face
Yet these miss you nights are the longest.
How I miss you...I'm not likely to tell
I'm a man and cold daylight buys the pride I'd rather sell
All my secrets are a wasted affair
You know them well...
Thinking of my going
How to cut the thread and leave it all behind
Looking windward for my compass
I'll take each day as it arrives
But these miss you nights are the longest
Lay down all thoughts of your surrender
It's only me who's killing time
Play down all dreams and themes once remembered
It's just the same - this miss you game
These miss you nights are forever...they're forever.

And that they are, I can assure you.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

27 October 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
Still kinda damp outside this morning...remnants of leftover showers from last night.
And, we've a touch of early fog outside, sure to make driving on wet leaves even more "fun", right? We are due for this to go away (unlike most of what passes for my "neighbors") and we'll be left to dry out.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with mostly cloudy skies today, which will clear up (the sun always shines at 30,000 ft, though), temps reaching to around the 52 degree mark, and that's about all she wrote.
So, let's get that morning drink poured as we see what else is going on...
*** First out of the linen closet is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.” 
This was spoken by none other than Cleveland Amory (September 2, 1917 – October 14, 1998) who was an American author, reporter and commentator and animal rights activist.
Here is his WIKI:
He was born into an affluent and notable Boston family, and went to Harvard.
He became the youngest writer for the Saturday Evening Post in 1938 after graduating Harvard.
Having traveled to Spain in 1945, and seeing a bullfight, he was on the road to being a voice for animal rights.
I remember him as the TV critic for the (original, and rather compact)  TV Guide,
He was also senior contributing editor for Parade magazine (when it was actually a real magazine) from 1980 to 1998. It was during tbis time he wrote the non-fiction bestseller The Cat Who Came For Christmas, based on Polar Bear, a white cat he rescued from the streets in Manhattan back in 1977.
Sequels included The Cat and the Curmudgeon (1990), and The Best Cat Ever (1993).
It's a good read for being shorter than usual, and shows the influence he had on his fellow man, as well as the animals that filled his life.
*** Next up, let's see "What the hell happens today, Bob?"
---Today is National American Beer Day.
(find me a domestic that doesn't suck these days, and I'll try it)
---And, it's Navy Day
(kicking ass on the world's oceans since 1775)
*** Next up, we are rapidly closing in on the RECORD in Fort Wayne when it comes to HOMICIDES.
We just got #44 last night. Here's the story:
And, we tossed in another shooting, just for the hell of it.
The fatality happened around 1845 hrs last evening in the 700 block of Eckhart St. Police eventually found a man in Weisser Park, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital basically D.O.A..
The other shooting took place around 2000 hrs in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn, 2920 Goshen Road.
That person was downgraded to critical after being taken to hospital.
And, just to get last night finished in "style",  there's this story:
A lengthy police pursuit took place around 2230 hrs at Trier Rd and Maplecrest and ended 20 minutes later when the suspect’s pickup truck spun out and crashed through a fence at Holy Cross Lutheran School at the corner of Crescent Avenue and Saint Joe River Drive.
A "wanted felon" was taken into custody by the gang unit.
*** Next, it's good to know that of the many "gaps" we have in society (some of which one can fly a Boeing 777 through) these days, we'll have one that will be sticking around for a while.
Here's the story:
Yeah, the PAY gap...gonna be with us for another 170 years (???) - no reason to wonder why, right?
There DOES need to be balance between men AND women of equal education and skills, that's a no-brainer, but look at the proper context of the issue.
Go thank a socialist for any domino-effect that arises elsewhere. Oh, and don't forget how UNAFFORDABLE the ACA (Obummercare) has become and affects pay scales...and will continue to do so.
*** Next up, I had to smile at Frank Gray's column in today's paper:
Both Wifey and I know what having a "mature" set of wheels can feel like (and cost).
While I have kept my "senior" Firebird from 1983, Wifey chose to upgrade from her 1996 Caprice into the 2015 era with her Impala.
Funny, when Frank saw the CHK ENG light, he did what I did...checked the engine, and "it was still there"...lol.
Sometimes problems with cars go away as easily as they come about. Sometimes, a dead battery can reset the onboard computer and shut off that light, too. Same goes when the alternator dries out. Drive long enough, and you not only get a "feel" for what you car DOES, but also what it's NOT supposed to do.
*** Next, having no cats around our home makes things seem so damn empty.
We were never at a loss for all the unconditional affection when we had both Rass and Penny.
(and they train you well in no time...heh)
When Penny passed, I still had Rassie to be my companion. He was exemplary in the three years that followed
And, when Rassie left, I had Hobo as a new-found and friendly surrogate.
Now, with none of them around, I have to admit to being more than a bit "lost".
You can't help but to keep looking around for them...and finding nothing.
For example, whenever I would go down to the basement, I would eventually approach the stairs to come back up, I'd see our cats waiting for me on the steps near the top, as if I had been off on some far-flung journey to a distant land.
Sure feel that way.
Some say that a catless house is a house with no soul. I wouldn't go THAT far, but it sure lacks a helluva lot of whatever it was we once had.
Perhaps you can say that without a pet, a home does becomes more like a house instead.
*** Last back to the medicine cabinet...being an animal person in an animal-less house is difficult.
One of the best things about a pet, is that they NEVER spend any time mucking about with smartphones.
They are more social than our fellow man, and prove it to us daily.
Humans place conditions on every aspect of their interactive and social lives it seems, while our pets would have none of that. They provide the companionship we wish we could have with a lot more people, and they ask little in return.
In some ways, they are like children before they reach that "age of accountability" and succumb to all those crazy foibles that manage to take away the innocence they possessed AS children.
Our pets never bother with such things, lucky for them (and us).
Who they are when they're young becomes who they are when they grow up and mature...pretty simple, really.
Maybe that's why our pets leave such an impression on us when they depart from us.
Sure, we feel anguish and sorrow when a person we cared about or loved leaves us, but that's expected of us because of our humanity.
I can't recall a time in my life when our family did NOT have at least one pet, and I believe that it has allowed me to better understand humans...by interacting with our family pets as I lived with them.
I do know it sure had many advantages that I carry with me to this day.
May we all be as fortunate to be as blessed with our pets.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

26 October 2016

Humpday Happenings...
Welcome to what we're being told will be a soggy middle of the week.
Starting to spit rain out there already.
Tonight we get more rain, but for now, not so much.
Our Hoosierland weather for today finds us with mostly cloudy skies, breezy conditions, some showers, and an expected high of around 55 degrees. It can always be worse, right?
So, let's get that morning drink of choice and see what is going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the jewelry box, it's our WHO SAID THAT? quote:
“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.” 
So who do you think said that, hmm?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the Saturday Evening Post...
*** Next up, it's time to see "What the hell's been going on, Bob?"
---Today is the National Day of the Deployed (and we wish them all well).
It's National Mule Day (I can somehow relate to this...must be my stubborn streak)
It's also National Pumpkin Day (no surprise there).
And it's National Mincemeat Day
(not to be confused with the WW2 "Operation Mincemeat", which is a fascinating story)
*** Next up, the Indians blanked the Cubs last night (6-0)...and I watched some of the game..actually more baseball than I've watched in years...not bad.
Corey Kubler, pitcher for the Indians was outstanding on the mound, and broke a World Series record by striking out 8 batters in the first 3 innings.
Oh, and let's mention that he used to play for the FORT WAYNE WIZARDS (pre Tin Caps, when minor league baseball here was a lot more "intimate").
Gonna be  an interesting series, that's for sure.
*** Next, more stupid from our own "locals":
---Okay, so here's one way NOT to park along S. Clinton St.:
Maybe the SUV was shot by a walk-by pedestrian?
Police said that one person was hurt and another one detained (gee, I wonder why?).
The driver of the SUV (lying on it's side) is believed to have been impaired via alcohol.
(Well, most of the natives down here don't really have much ELSE to do all day or night, do they? None of these lazy-ass mooks work, and the few that do usually are somewhat "government-sponsored" anyway.
---And we have a nice drug bust that nets 8 (is enough?) for messing with spice:
Welcome to the street called HIGH.
Two warrants were served last night around 2000 hrs at a house in the 1900 block of Cherokee Road (not to be confused with Lindsey Buckingham's Holiday Road) and a house in the 700 block of High Street (how appropriate - I LOVE irony).
The link has the names and charges...play along and see if YOU know any on the list.
*** Next, in case you were wondering about voter fraud (again) during this year's election freakshow, wonder no longer:
The Dems Strike again.
Yep, apparently DEAD lives matter, at least when it comes to ensuring a democrat win in any election.
Yes, dead lives DO matter.
Now, who'da thunk THAT?
Doesn't matter if you're deceased these days...you can STILL vote (and often, too).
*** Next up, and speaking of the deceased, it's already been a week, since Rassie left our lives.
Sorry, but twenty years is a long time in anyone's book, and time, being the precious commodity we all know it to be, will not easily allow such a passage to ever go unforgotten.
I can see that the holiday season is not something I'm really looking forward to, at least not THIS year.
Too many "empty chairs" about the house these days, or in the case of Christmas, empty stockings.
Since Penelope left in 2013, we've still put her stocking up...call it a nice habit of remembrance. After 17 years, you do such things without thinking.
It's the same way when I wake up each morning...cats make sure they get YOU on a "schedule"...and so it was with our cats. They were fed (religiously) around 0540 hrs every morning.
Why they chose that time, I will never know.
Wifey used to have to get up that early when the schools were on a different schedule, and the cats took to that, I suppose. Well, guess who else had to get in line with that? Yep...me.
Wasn't really a chore, just something i got used to doing.
Not to mention, if I tried to bag another few minutes of sleep, the meows from the furry duo would not allow that.
Now, with Penny and Rassie gone, I startle myself awake, thinking I missed their feeding time...silly, huh?
Well, beats the blare from some clock alarm...
*** Last back to the junk drawer...part of any person's life is getting to know grief.
You just cannot avoid it, no matter how hard you try.
And, as you get older, the frequency of times that you find yourself grieving increases.
That's just the way life is, but that never makes any of those instances easier to bear.
There are FIVE stages of grief, for those of you not familiar with them:
Denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance.
I can honestly say I usually do NOT follow the order that is typically laid out.
I often find myself even skipping a stage now and then, and that's dependent upon the particular circumstance.
Notice that the last stage is "acceptance"...it doesn't mean that grief goes away. It never has.
We just come to know that we will always have it with us as long as we live.
How well we are able to accept the losses in life determines our course as we move forward as best we can under the conditions. Many times, it's a slow, belabored course, and our being able to move in a forward direction is barely perceptible, even to ourselves.
Love and compassion will do that to people, and as I stated...none of us are totally immune.
For, if we never really love, and have not the capacity to express compassion, we will not grieve.
Sure, it's painful, and it damn well hurts, but it's always in direct proportion to the feelings we had for whatever or whoever caused us to grieve in the first place.
And, any person who lacks the morality to know and express these feelings, can indeed become a lost soul. This is also by choice.
May none of us ever become that wrapped up in life, that we forget how to LIVE.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

25 October 2016

Tuesday Tidbits...
Welcome to a rather cold morning outside today.
Fits right in with the way I've been feeling of late.
But, we do soldier on the best we can.
Our Hoosierland weather will have us with partly sunny skies (seems more cloudy than sunny to me), temps reaching up to around 55 degrees and a bit of light frost starting us all off (there go the plants, folks).
Got some rain rolling in by tonight.
Now what say we get our morning drink poured as we see to this day and all that it will bring, hmm?
*** First off the stove is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---Yesterday we had National Food Day (gotta eat, right?), National Bologna Day (had me a bologna sandwich), and United Nations Day (for all the good they don't do these days).
---Today is National Greasy Food Day (that's more like it for me), Sourest Day (I could argue that one easily, and you all know why), and it's Chucky, the Notorious Doll Day (seriously? We need a day like that?)
*** Next, time for all the police calls that we DIDN'T hear about last week, because the media was otherwise occupied with the freakshow know as our Election Cycle:
SHOTS FIRED ((113)) / ARMED ROBBERY((53)) CALLS - 10/17 - 10/23
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
OCT 17 -
16F143313 10/17/2016 08:53pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1400 FAYETTE DR
16F143348 10/17/2016 10:16pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2200 HOLTON AVE
OCT 18 -
16F143418 10/18/2016 02:00am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 DODGE AVE
16F143850 10/18/2016 10:15pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2200 BOWSER AVE
16F143414 10/18/2016 01:37am 53 ARMED ROB 5800 COLDWATER RD
16F143651 10/18/2016 03:22pm 53 ARMED ROB 1100 ONEIDA ST
OCT 19 -
((NO SHOTS FIRED)) (that's freaking amazing)
16F144060 10/19/2016 12:16pm 53 ARMED ROB 2900 GOSHEN RD & COLISEUM BLVD W
OCT 20 -
16F144384 10/20/2016 02:20am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 ST MARYS AVE
16F144388 10/20/2016 02:41am 113 SHOTS FIRED 500 BEECHWOOD DR
16F144389 10/20/2016 02:46am 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 PETTIT AVE E & CALUMET AVE
16F144547 10/20/2016 01:43pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1300 SHERMAN BLVD & THIRD ST
16F144695 10/20/2016 05:39pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 COUNTRY FOREST DR  
16F144820 10/20/2016 10:22pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1400 SHERMAN BLVD
OCT 21 -
16F144879 10/21/2016 01:01am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 DODGE AVE
16F145256 10/21/2016 10:10pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1600 WASHINGTON BLVD E
16F145286 10/21/2016 11:29pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 DEWALD ST E
16F144918 10/21/2016 06:30am 23,113 500 JEFFERSON BLVD W
16F145261 10/21/2016 10:21pm 53 ARMED ROB 1900 COLISEUM BLVD N
OCT 22 -
16F145599 10/22/2016 06:24pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 FRUEHAUF DR & EVANS ST
16F145631 10/22/2016 07:44pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 5100 TYRONE RD KYLE RD
16F145668 10/22/2016 09:12pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 LAKE AVE & ANTHONY BLVD N
16F145669 10/22/2016 09:16pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 6100 BUNT DR & CHEVIOT DR
16F145671 10/22/2016 09:20pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 PAULDING RD E
16F145677 10/22/2016 09:25pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1900 CHARTWELL DR & GUILD DR
16F145716 10/22/2016 10:51pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 6900 PENMOKEN DR
16F145718 10/22/2016 10:57pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1500 COLUMBIA AVE
16F145532 10/22/2016 03:32pm 58 SHOOTING 6900 ANTHONY BLVD S
OCT 23 -
16F145763 10/23/2016 12:42am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2900 RAYMOND ST
16F145782 10/23/2016 01:46am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4200 ANTHONY BLVD S & MCKINNIE AVE
16F145818 10/23/2016 03:55am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3800 LILLIE ST & RUDISILL BLVD E
16F145845 10/23/2016 07:34am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 GILMORE DR
16F145844 10/23/2016 07:35am 113 SHOTS FIRED 10900 SMOKEY RIDGE PL  
16F146035 10/23/2016 05:50pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3100 PAULDING RD E & HESSEN CASSEL
16F146075 10/23/2016 07:43pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 CALIFORNIA RD E
16F145839 10/23/2016 06:44am 58 SHOOTING 3500 NEW HAVEN AVE
And, we had ONE asshole who still is playing with fireworks.
FIREWORKS CALLS 10/17 - 10/23
OCT 22 -
16F145662 10/22/2016 08:54pm 44FW 1000 OAK BAY RUN
*** Next, some news briefs, because I just don't feel like belaboring the stupid-ass behavior of a lot of people in the world (don't worry, all of you are still safe from any shit-list of mine...lol)
---Drug overdoses in Allen County are UP about 93%.
(well, you play...you pay, right? Maybe the docs have to stop over-prescribing pain killers?)
---FWCS budget is UP 1.5% to 289 MIL and change...
(but will students come out SMARTER as a result of all this babysitting and hand-holding, or will we start allowing educators to actually TEACH kids again, like when I was in school?)
---About 60% of young people side with "Hellary" while only 19% side with Trump.
(Goes to show we've at least ONE generation of SHEEPLE ready to be taken care of. We will be so royally screwed)
---Meth labs found by law-enforcement in Allen County are DOWN.
(and yet spice and heroin use are UP, not to mention the crystal meth coming from SOUTH of the border is still getting here)
---About 30% of cancer deaths are due to smoking.
(nice to see things spread around evenly. Guess greasy foods, alcohol, soft drinks, and global warming are some of the other culprits? )
---Speaking of global warming, here is a link to a (keep your tongue in your cheek) list of things "caused" by this:
(and the list is NOT yet complete, thanks to the progressives - your hard-earned tax dollars at work?)
---Uh oh...looks like those nasty Obamacare PREMIUMS are due for another JUMP UP. Here's the proof:
(hell, blind folks saw this one coming...but many Americans did not...like I said: SHEEPLE)
*** Next up, I got a nice call from my nephew, Erik (Alexandria, VA FD Captain) yesterday.
It was good to hear from him, and we talked for over a half hour.
He and I talked about a lot of things from dying felines to missing ones, and even work ethics and superheroes.
(yes, we CAN get all that addressed in UNDER an hour...we're that good...lol)
*** The CUBS and the INDIANS in the World Series...might be worth watching.
And who'da thunk that way back at the start of the season? Glad I kept my Indians ball cap.
*** Next, it's kinda weird to NOT have our daily cat-fest here,
Hobo's place to eat during the rain....vacant now.
Missing my feline friends (Rassie and Hobo) only adds to the emptiness I felt three years ago when Penelope left us.
I told Wifey that I wish I had a dime for every time I went to the patio door looking for Hobo since he went missing...it would pay off her car in a month,,,heh.
I still put some dry food out, but the birds or squirrels must be eating it. We've got a screwed up food cycle here.
Hobo knew where to go to eat..
The birds eat cat food, squirrels eat bird food, and we've no cats now to eat anything.
I did contact Animal Care and Control yesterday, and they called back saying that Hobo was not brought in (as a stray), so he's still out there...somewhere (hopefully alive, too).
We'll keep the light on for you, buddy.
With the weather getting colder, my wish is that he'd make his way back here, so we could keep him safe and warm...and well-fed.
*** Last back to the breakfast nook...why does it take so long to develop wisdom?
If I knew that, I'd be a wiser man, that's for sure. I can only surmise the reasoning here.
Let's just say that maybe, as we age, many of us SEEK knowledge that schools simply don't teach us.
I'd like to believe it's a melding of that which we formally learned combined with all the life experiences and honest social interaction we have with all the people we come across IN our lives.
That would explain why many folks lack the wisdom they should be trying to acquire, and also, why they make a LOT of bad choices in their lives.
I'd bet that our prisons are chock full of men and women who made nothing BUT bad choices,, right?
Now, I'm not of the "life is against me" persuasion. I managed to grow beyond that since my youth, thank God.
Yet, I will say that life is not always on one's side. That's the way life is.
If it were meant to be EASY, none of us would have a care in the world, would we?
And not much would get done along the way.
It's through the deluge of obstacles and challenges that we find solutions...maybe not to ALL the problems we encounter, but we do manage well enough .
And, it's because of what and who we come across in our lives that produces the wisdom to avoid more failures than we take in, work through our difficulties, and even succeed once in a while to our benefit.
We take whatever we learn and properly apply it to a given situation...that is the beginning of wisdom.
Whether others can see that or not is not important. What IS important, is that WE know what we do, how we do it, and what results can be expected from OUR choices, as well as any consequences.
Think how nice it would be if we could learn this a lot earlier..save us all a lot of crap, wouldn't it?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.