24 October 2014

Friday Follies...
Hey, guess what?
It's the WEEKEND (sound the trumpets and loose the pigeons)
I confess there are weeks when I don't believe it will get here...or soon enough.
The Hooiserland weather will see us with some partly sunny skies after some morning clouds and perhaps a spot of rain here and there. Temps will be climbing again to he upper 50s to lower 60s, with more warming later into this weekend.
Now, with that behind us, let's all join in and get ourselves a soothing cup of morning fortitude and we take a peek at what has been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the starting gate today is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature.
October 24 - 
-- Today is NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY...
Be honest - MAYO or MUSTARD?
This is not to be (as often is) confused with BALONEY, which seems to come from damn near anyone in our government these days, especially in the D.C. area.
And THEY also have served BILLIONS...lol.
So, feel free to have a sandwich (like many PRISONERS around the nation's JAILS are having today), or fry some up...it's better than you might think.
(you just don't want to know what's in it...or how it's made)
-- It's also UNITED NATIONS DAY...(talk about a waste of a good day).
Anyone REALLY give a damn?
This body of  ambassadors (or whatever they think they are) is fast becoming the NEW League of Nations (of un-extraordinary gentlemen)...and we all KNOW how well that organization worked out (hint: it failed marvelously)...
Meanwhile, back in the Big Apple...
*** Yep, they now have an Ebola patient in NYC...now who'da thunk that?
(good thing it's not coming here in America, according to "da prez".)
And he went on the subway...an bowling.
Here's the story link:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/24/health-care-worker-being-tested-for-possible-ebola-at-new-york-city-hospital/
We're gonna need a damn scorecard to keep track of the number of patients we might see here.
*** Next, another SHOOTING on the Fort Wayne's (where else?) SE side...here we go again.
And here is the story link (what's known so far)
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141024/LOCAL07/310239935/1043/LOCAL07
Investigation NOW...donuts LATER.
So, let's see what we DO know...
- The car involved was an Infiniti, and it was silver.
- The passenger was shot and taken to hospital in serious condition.
- The shooting happened around 1900 hrs near Gay and McKee Sts.
- Police found a few shell casing in the area, so it's safe to assume it was NOT a wheel-gun that was used.
Other than that...nothing else...no motive, no suspects (on foot on in a vehicle), no victim IDs.
Just another night on "third-out" down in the "Badlands", right?
(( Editor's Note - there is an update with 2 people in custody. Here's the link:
http://wane.com/2014/10/24/guns-drawn-roads-block-at-st-marys-avenue/
More as it becomes available and is relevant to the situation. ))
*** Saw this story about a credit card thief and how "she" was using them to buy several THOUSAND dollars worth of stuff she shouldn't be buying...but that's the way these people shake..all about ENTITLEMENTS.
Here's the story link:
http://wane.com/2014/10/23/police-seek-help-catching-credit-card-thief/
Dude looks like a lady?
Now, let me say I've seen my share of drag queens and kings (there's not much that DOESN'T happen in Philly), and while a few of them pull it off DAMN well, most fail wonderfully...to each his own.
But this "woman" is either a MAN, or one FUGLY-ass female.
(Fred Sanford would "shove her face in some dough and make gorilla cookies"...lol)
Then again, I've also seen my share of females down HERE that would turn a fresh gallon of milk SOUR with a glance...!
(some could use a leash, too)
And they have the NERVE to have children (when they're not stealing from everyone else)...that's sad on top of sad
Some "ladies"  (read welfare-queens) have that "caramel-apple-on-a-stick" appearance, if you get my drift.
Maybe that's why I DON'T like caramel apples...?
*** Next, I've been reading about these airbag problems is all those MILLIONS of vehicles, and how, when the airbag deploys, it may send metal fragments out as well, with possible injury or death to the driver or passengers.
Another "bust" for the auto industry.
(...wow...)
Well, that's ONE way to "decrease the surplus population", isn't it?
And here's the story link that tells the tale:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2014/1023/Takata-airbag-recall-tops-12-million-a-list-of-every-affected-US-vehicle-video
Yeah, I would NOT want to be holding ANY Takata Corporation stocks (outfir that supplied the airbag units) at this time...
It's said that this problem has caused FOUR deaths (so far). And it affects domestic as well as foreign car makers.
Sorry, I like MY "frags" to come from a military-issue M67, thank you, and ALWAYS on the GIVING end...NOT the RECEIVING end.
Reach out and "touch" someone.
Never did like airbags, and don't trust them as far as I can toss an automobile.
A while back, there was an issue with airbag deployment whenever a (police) Crown Vic was hit in the front bumper, so (traffic stop) perps would BACK into the cars, causing the airbag to inflate...then they would drive off, leaving the officer with a bruised face and injured pride.
Works perfect with crash dummies!
They have since solved THAT problem to the joy of law-enforcement.
Fortunately (for me), the old '83 Firebird does NOT have such an airbag device, so it pays to stick with "the good old days" here.
(But, I'm still working on that "Mr Fusion" thingy...lol)
*** Next, got a bit on the "motivated" side yesterday, brought out the leaf-blower and had at it on the front lawn. Leaves never stood a chance.
Front lawn - BEFORE.
I was going to hold off until this weekend, but I figured...what-the-hell...the neighbors keep ME awake enough - time to "return the favor"...lol.
Front lawn - AFTER.
I still plan to do the other side of the house this weekend, with Wifey's assistance.
(she's on the rake)
And this stems from reading about how Fort Wayne is a tad AHEAD of schedule with pickups. They started the central city day before last), so they SHOULD be hitting the SOUTH side before the first week of November.
(that's the plan, anyway)
*** Last back to the hangar today...we can add a new face to the definition of the word HERO.
There is a link to the story:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141024/NEWS04/310249986/0/SEARCH
Kevin Vickers, a 30-year veteran of the RCMP, and a bodyguard to dignitaries was greeted at his job as ceremonial Sergeant-at-Arms in Canada's Parliament yesterday with over a minute of standing ovations and applause.
With pistol still in hand.
The 58-year old, basically retired from "active" service" was the man who took down the shooter who broke into parliament wounding 3 people in the process.
Vickers went back to "work" after subduing the shooter...like it was all "part of the job"...amazing.
What's even more so, if that is in ALL the years he was in Canada's law-enforcement, Vickers NEVER had to fire his service pistol at anyone.
It's like I say...ONE man can make a difference, and in THIS case, he DID.
There are numerous accounts of such people every single day...ordinary folks thrust into extraordinary situations, and doing what NEEDS to be done.
We just don't hear about them all...only a few, or perhaps, one.
I have said that EACH of us can become that which we despise the most if given the proper situation.
I will also say that EACH of us is JUST as capable of doing things that cross into the realm of heroes.
We just never know WHEN or IF that situation will present itself.
Nor should it be...
I'm not saying that we SEEK such things out, but we should be prepared to do what has to be done when the need arises.
Again, another case of the NEEDS trumping the WANTS in the world.
We may not all be a Kevin Vickers, but we CAN affect change, however small we believe it to be at the time, which will have a ripple effect far beyond whatever we encounter.
Therein lies the lesson for today.
Do have yourselves a great weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America

23 October 2014

Thoughts On Today...
Welcome to a somewhat "foggy" morning in the Heartland.
Sure don't see any fog where WE live.
There are more than a couple things to ponder today, so what about the forecast?
Our Hoosierland weather will see some sunny skies in the morning (burning off whatever fog is around), and climbing temps again...this time into the UPPER 50s (maybe as high as 60 degrees).
Clouds roll in later into tonight with a chance for some light showers, ending by morning.
Now, with that having been dispensed with, let's see what ELSE is on my mind today...
*** First off the skillet is the answer to our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life, it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, if arts, and of sciences."
One helluva mind at work here.
This is attributed to Freeman John Dyson (born 15 December 1923), an English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, and is most noted for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy, and nuclear engineering.
And here is his WIKI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeman_Dyson
If you take time to read the rather involved WIKI, you can see he was one BUSY fellow, and despite all his intellect and awards, he never received a NOBEL prize...I find that amazing.
Let's say he's had a hand in SO many things we take for granted in the disciplines of science.
He did have time to marry twice and have six children...so it wasn't ALL work and no play.
He is often described as  a shy and self-effacing person, with a contrarian streak that his friends find refreshing, but his intellectual opponents find exasperating (good for him...lol).
A Dyson Sphere
-- Oh, and he is a CHRISTIAN, too...just thought I'd toss that in there.
And, if his name sounds a bit familiar, think back to the series Star Trek: The Next Generation - in the episode "Relics" where we meet Montgomery Scott (from the original series). 
Picard comes upon a Dyson Sphere, which is built AROUND an existing star, with the inhabitants living on the inside part of the sphere.
That's one hell of a premise for a far-flung future.
It was Freeman Dyson that postulated the theory that such a construct was feasible.
This is someone I'd like to spend some time talking to about a lot of things.
Moving on...
*** Next is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
October 23 - 
Let's whack a few...because we can.
-- Today is NATIONAL MOLE DAY, and my guess is they're talking about the CRITTER, and not those nasty-looking (but sometimes sexy) marks on the human body, placed there by nature, rather than the local tattoo parlor.
Heeerre's Johnny!
-- It's also TV Talk Show Host Day, and with the current crop we have out there, I have NO bloody idea WHY they'd even have such a day. Think about who hosts such shows these days.
No more Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Merv Griffin, or even Jay Leno or Tom Snyder.
So who's left?
A bunch of wannabe posers, trying to :"out-sensationalize" each other.
At least the people I mentioned were REAL hosts.
They all knew HOW to interview people...and make all feel welcome into their world.
Sure miss THOSE days, too.
*** Next up, more on Fort Wayne's 14th homicide, and here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141023/LOCAL07/310239995
I held off yesterday with updates, because I wanted to make sure all media sources were on the same page. We had conflicting information.
The perp is Quinn Joseph Albers, age 20 of Fort Wayne, and no motive for the murder has been released.
He DOES have a history of mental illness (he's bat-sh*t crazy...let's speak plainly) and this guy SHOULD have been institutionalized some time ago.
The victim was 30-year old Katherine Gick, of New Haven.
Albers listed his address as the Carriage House (across from the cemetery), but that place does NOT house it's clients.
Albers was stopped by police, who found items pertaining to the crime in a black bag he was carrying.
The victim's body had suffered stab wounds, blunt-force trauma and burns (he shouldn't be on our streets, but locked away getting the help he obviously needs).
Albers had been previously charged with 2 counts of misdemeanor battery in 2013, which were eventually dismissed.
His address was listed (then) as the Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie, which is a 75-acre compound that "provides a safe place for troubled youth and their families" (according to the website)
Guess HIS troubles ran a bit DEEPER...
*** Next, terrorism comes to Ottawa, Canada...because THEY sided with the latest coalition against ISIS.
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141023/NEWS04/310239996/0/SEARCH
Another national that "converted" to Islam wage a one-man jihad against the Canadian capital, killing one guard at the national war memorial in Ottawa, and then proceeded into the house of parliament, expending about 30 rounds before a guard took the shooter out.
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was the victim of the shooter, who was standing guard at the memorial.
And the shooter was a convicted felon, one Micheal Zihaf,-Bibeau, age 32.
The man credited with taking out the shooter was a ceremonial sergeant-at-arms in Parliament.
Security at OUR Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in D.C. has been tightened as a result.
*** THIS is one of those stories that puts a smile on my face:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141023/LOCAL06/310239994
Yep, in Indiana, after 1 January 2015, MOPEDS will HAVE to be REGISTERED...
That will be a godsend down on the SE side of town.
Maybe that one moped that was carrying TWO people and running with NO lights last evening might not be around much longer.
(if the FWPD decides to PATROL down here for a change)
Yes, that's what we deal with, and the police can't seem to catch them...hell, they could barely see them if they DID find them. But you CAN hear them.
Makes a case for those who lost their license due to too many DUIs, and got a moped to be able ride around (many of them still impaired by drugs or alcohol).
Hey, how about we ALSO make moped owners HAVE to get INSURANCE, too?
*** Last back to the garage...there are other stories that I could add on, but you see that we have plenty of lunatics all around us.
If it's not some radical Islamist shooting up a government building in Canada, it's home-grown thieves, robbers, and burglars in Fort Wayne.
And God forbid if ALL the media sources have the courage to say the perps were ISLAMIC...or BLACK.
(never a problem if he or she is white, though...right?)
There are some people in this world, that, no matter what you do, you can NEVER appease them.
Take the Ferguson fiasco...when in doubt, burn the town down...THAT is the mantra of the low-information people (mostly all black, BTW). And the evidence (and autopsy of the shooting victim) points to the police officer being in the RIGHT.
Or take the lazy-asses that only want MORE free stuff.
The government gives them something to "shut them up", and they want MORE...a vicious cycle is established and then maintained, wasting BILLIONS of tax dollars that could go to better pursuits.
There are the MAKERS...and the TAKERS...simple as that.
Most everyone is part of the makers - those who bust their hump eeking out a living for themselves and their families.
The small minority of society are the takers - those who feel it some sort of perverse :"right" to relieve others of what they work for in life.
And many times, the takers get another damn free-pass, when they SHOULD be made accountable for thier actions.
They get slaps on the wrist when they get caught...or people feel sorry for them.
There is no excuse to NOT be a somewhat productive member of (any) society these days.
But some will always choose an EASIER way out of their responsibility...and everyone gets stuck with THAT bill.
Change a person's mind and spirit, and you can change their life.
Problem is, this government is changing minds for the LESSER rather than the GREATER when it comes to achievement, responsibilities, and self-reliance.
And THAT needs to change FIRST.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

22 October 2014

Humpday Happenings...
It's the middle of the week, and that means we're halfway home (to the weekend).
And you'll be seeing a bit more sunshine today, as opposed to the last several days which took on a dreary pall.
The Hooiserland weather will have us with clearing skies, and temps rising into the mid-50s, with a slight breeze.
(hope that breeze blows the right way, so the lawn will be a bit more "self-cleaning" as far as all the leaves go).
Now, let's join one another in getting a warm and soothing cup of our favorite morning beverage and take a look into what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the water closet today is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life, it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts, and of sciences."
I figured since I was railing on tech of late, this would tend to place it in a more proper perspective.
So, WHO said this? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back in the physics lab...
*** It's time for our salute to "what the hell happens today, Bob?"
October 22 - 
Today is (hope you're all sitting down)...NATIONAL NUT DAY...!
Now, we can take this in one of SEVERAL ways, can we not?
"Yo, Bob...where's the NUTS?"
Nothing is mentioned as to if it pertains SOLELY to foods such as peanuts, walnuts, acorns, pecans, pistachios, or almonds.
(even though it's "assumed" to be the foods...we HAVE to question everything these days, hmm?)
Yeah, now SHE is NUTS.
It could ALSO mean all the LIBTARDS out there...or  it could mean all the crazy-ass criminals out there, the people who walk down streets talking to themselves, or even mean a part of the MALE anatomy.
TYPOS? Yeaaaaahhhhh, baby!
Lots to choose from, right?
I'll leave it to you to decide which one fits the day best.
I think some of our woodland critters who stop by would have already made up THEIR minds.
Moving on...
*** And, it's time for our week's review of ALL of the SHOTS FIRED calls that NEVER make the news.
SHOTS FIRED CALLS - 10/14 - 10/20
October 14
14F135363 19:47:21 113 SHOTS FIRED 2500 BROADWAY
14F135391 21:04:10 113 SHOTS FIRED 1200 HUESTIS AVE
14F135432 23:30:46 113 SHOTS FIRED 7300 DECATUR RD
October 15
14F135460 00:48:11 113 SHOTS FIRED 2300 SOUTHWAYNE AVE
14F135463 00:50:18 113 SHOTS FIRED 500 CREIGHTON AVE W & FAIRFIELD AV
14F135461 00:50:21 113 SHOTS FIRED 2200 FOX AVE
14F135833 21:41:58 113 SHOTS FIRED 3600 AVONDALE DR
14F135464 00:50:41 58 SHOOTING 500 PIERCE AVE
14F135465 00:53:05 58 SHOOTING 500 PIERCE AVE
October 16
14F136195 19:00:13 113 SHOTS FIRED 1400 THIRD ST
14F136262 21:53:43 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 PRANGE DR
October 17
14F136298 00:30:48 113 SHOTS FIRED 5100 STONEHEDGE BLVD & ABBEY DR
14F136420 10:50:12 113 SHOTS FIRED 4400 GAYWOOD DR
October 18
14F136792 04:53:05 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 WINTER ST & PONTIAC ST E
14F136848 10:09:23 113 SHOTS FIRED 300 WHITE FIELD DR & VALLEY VISTA
14F136907 13:54:06 113 SHOTS FIRED 4400 WARSAW ST & CONGRESS AVE
14F136915 14:00:35 113 SHOTS FIRED 4400 WARSAW ST & CONGRESS AVE
14F137084 21:25:48 113 SHOTS FIRED 100 CONCORD LN E
October 19
14F137218 05:06:08 113 SHOTS FIRED 4400 CALHOUN ST S
14F137524 23:44:49 113 SHOTS FIRED 4200 LAFAYETTE ST S & MCKINNIE AVE
14F137525 23:45:39 113 SHOTS FIRED 4600 GAYWOOD DR & CAPITOL AVE
14F137527 23:47:29 113 SHOTS FIRED 4400 ANTHONY WAYNE DR SW
October 20
(none)
Once again, the majority of them occur in and around OUR part of the city...but we are getting a nice downtown to distract us from such things, right?
*** Next up, an update about the female DB found in Catholic Cemetery along Lake Ave..
Here's the story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141022/LOCAL07/310229994
One Quinn Joseph Albers, 20, of Fort Wayne has been arrested AND charged with murder of the woman whose body was found in the cemetery Monday.
The cause of death, as well as the woman's ID has not been released.
Albers is being held without bond.
*** And here's a case where police did a "no-no".
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141022/LOCAL06/310229992
Talk about an "OOPS" moment...
It's real simple...there was an ILLEGAL search, and I stress the "illegal" aspect, because the evidence that would back up such a search was not enough to warrant the search.
This stemmed from dog fighting in a yard at a house back in 2012. Police arrived, saw the dogs, separated them with the help of Animal Control. Should be over and done, right?
Well, one dog ran in the house, and rather than just close the door behind the animal (and get a warrant to search the premises), the officer went into the house...and found a pot growing operation.
The person living there was arrested on those charges, but the search that netted the pot was NOT part of the dog-fighting gig...got it?
Had a search WARRANT been forthcoming, there could have been some sort of mention (suspicion) in it for drugs, illegal firearms, and other goodies...but that has to be STATED UP FRONT.
Granted, the officer might have thought the dog was injured and needed aid, or that a person COULD have been dead inside, or injured and could not call for help (an emergency situation where a warrant is not required), but in times like this, you simply CANNOT take anything for granted, no matter how noble your intent.
What you WANT to do, and what you NEED to do can often be VERY far apart.
I feel for the police, but I grudgingly have to side with the Indiana supreme court judge who tossed the pot "evidence".
(maybe NEXT time)
*** Last back to the station house...have you been trying to get the priority game under control?
I've been mentioning this off and on for a while, and I feel it's important to pursue such things in times like these.
We all got em...but are they in the correct order?
Now, I won't make up a checklist for you...each of us has to consider one based on THEIR experiences, lifestyle, situations, and the like.
You are the best person to understand YOU (And yours)...that goes without saying, right?
Plus, you spend MORE time with you than anyone else, so who better to know what needs to be done, and in the most appropriate order to do it?
I know, there are those who can't be bothered, and they are the ones that the rest of us wind up carrying through life (thanks to the government misuse of our tax dollars).
Uh, oh...that can't be good.
I believe as Ben Franklin did...make people UNCOMFORTABLE in their :"poverty" (or whatever situation they chose to chase after) and they will flee from it.
But, when slothfulness becomes more "attractive" than the pursuit of a better life or being a better person, what can you do?
Well, you can keep living by EXAMPLE...and therefore TEACH by example.
And even if only ONE person takes notice and decides to do something positive as a result of how they see you conduct your life...it's a victory.
But the best aspect to this...you get to sleep with a much clearer conscience every night.
(which explains insomnia in way too many people these days)
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

21 October 2014

Tuesday Tidbits...
Welcome back to my little part of the blogosphere, and all that comes along with it.
Looks to be a typical autumn day today here in the Heartland
Our Hoosierland weather is as follows - We're looking at mostly cloudy skies with temps only reaching into the lower 50s.
Might be a good day to gather some leaves...or not, depending on your level of motivation (and priorities).
With that said, let's grab ourselves a morning cup of fortitude and settle back to see what's been going on elsewhere.
*** First out of the fridge is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
October 21 - 
Today is COUNT YOUR BUTTONS DAY, and I don't know if they're talking about ALL those random buttons we find about the house, or JUST the ones on the clothing we have on.
(each pair of my camo pants have TWELVE, and I have spares)
It's also NATIONAL PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE DAY.
That looks SINFULLY good, too.
(now THAT sounds rather intriguing, because I like BOTH...a LOT!)
Meanwhile, back at the bakery...
*** How about this "serial-killer" out in NW Indiana...and it's a black guy to boot (typical perps such as this tend to be white)
Here's the latest in this grizzly investigation:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141021/LOCAL06/310219980/0/SEARCH
Darren Vann - arrested.
Seems this man's been busy...and as far back as perhaps the last TWENTY years.
Amazing what comes from a confession.
Considering all the abandoned housing in and around Gary, Indiana, it's no surprise he had plenty of places to stash the bodies of the women he is accused of murdering.
Also makes me wonder who checks similar houses in and around Fort Wayne?
It's not as though we don't have that many...we've got HUNDREDS of vacant and/or abandoned houses...some have been on the list to be razed for YEARS.
Bet you'd be surprised what you'd find in them.
I'll also bet the city never checks these houses, or, in some cases, doesn't know who the owner is either.
*** And speaking of DBs, there was a woman found dead (by police) at a local Catholic cemetery.
Here's this story link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141021/LOCAL07/310219931
Catholic Cemetery, located at 3500 Lake Ave (near Coliseum). was the place police were called to around 1520 hrs yesterday. Could this be #14?
A man, who was seen walking from the area was detained and questioned by police.
One source (WANE) states he was "apprehended", while others (Journal-Gazette) do not.
So, we're left guessing again.
Maybe it was some older person walking to visit the grave-site of a spouse...we don't know, because no one says anything.
At least FWPD chief Hamilton was seen smiling around the cemetery...wonder who managed to coax him out from under...I mean from BEHIND his desk?
Moving on...
*** Well, I took a stroll over to the Frontier store in Southgate Plaza yesterday morning, and (obviously) got a replacement WiFi router...took all of about 30 seconds.
Wow, this one has TWO antenna...and it's RED.
I actually waited for the customer in front of me to do her business LONGER than it took for my "transaction".
What I find a bit "odd", is that the woman there asked me to place the bag (with the old unit) in a basket next to the counter and then asked what it was. Didn't even look at the unit, didn't ask any information about our account, service history, address, or my name. I mean, it was SPEEDY customer service, but NO questions asked at ALL?
That's damn strange...
NO verification if the unit was even OURS to begin with?
It could have been something I stole from someone's house, for all they cared.
Like I said...it was a bit odd.
After getting home without incident (or homicide on my part), I hooked the new unit up and presto...back online once again.
But I STILL had to enter a gateway PW for the damn WiFi thing (for our laptop, which is a wireless unit).
THAT took close to an hour to set up...damn PW would not take (maybe it's the lack of lettering on the keyboards of the main computers?), but the laptop came in handy to access and then verify the PW...problem solved.
So, all is right with the world (for the moment), and Bob is happy once again (also...for the moment)...LOL.
*** Last back to the salt mine today...like many people (most notably my late Dad and Roseanne Roseannadanna) are keen to say "If it's not one (damn) thing...it's another", and never were truer words spoken, especially in times such as these.
In an age of 24/7 news coverage, we are CONSTANTLY bombarded with things (many often sensationalistic out the wazoo) from ALL over the glove, and it's hard to focus on one specific thing. Sure, we tend to gravitate to what's local, because THAT affects us directly, but we have to also remember that things on the other side of the planet ALSO have some sort of impact on :"we, the people" here in the USofA.
I could stand "corrected", but not that much.
Like all other facets of our lives, we have to get our priorities in order...determine what is MOST important to US, and work on things that are the most pressing...like a leaky roof, or a vehicle that has a problem, or a sick child.
You get the idea.
Certain things will always trump all the other things...if you're operating on common sense and reason
We seek solutions for that which has the MOST important effect on our lives.
That doesn't mean we forget the rest...we just shuffle them around our "short list" a bit...take care of them later.
I look at our house (aka "The Fortress") as GROUND ZERO...THAT is the most important thing, because without it, not much else can take place in our lives. Everything else radiates outward from there in importance.
The area AROUND the house comes next, and then this part of town, and then the city itself.
THEN, I concern myself with issues on a state, national and eventually global scale.
Never settle for THAT.
Some people can't even do that...they go from hour to hour, no direction, no cogitation on the future,. other than the extremely immediate (what happens next syndrome).
You HAVE to have some type of order in your life...to NOT have much (or any) is to invite chaos in to play, and it loves to do that.
Perhaps that's much of what's lacking with people and our society today...an ABSENCE of order...or priorities, and the lack of a sense of accomplishment from following through such things to their conclusion.
Funny, we used to do that without batting an eye...makes me wonder why we ever got away from it.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.