19 December 2014

Friday Follies...
Welcome back to this week's end here in my little part of the blogosphere.
We're through the backstretch, rounding the final turn and passing the 3/8 pole ( it's a horse-racing term) and nearing the finish line, which culminates in the Christmas holiday.
Geez, can it get here any SOONER?
Seems like the more I do, the "behinder" I get...LOL.
But, we will make it through whatever comes along...and in good dispatch.
With that said, let's look to our Hoosierland weather.
Okay, so it's a carbon copy of yesterday for the most part, with the only change being a high of above freezing...barely.
Mostly cloudy skies (wait, is that the SUN? What did we do wrong?), a possible chance of a snow sprinkle, and mild winds...and this will be repeated over the next several days, so you can plan your weekend accordingly.
Now that we have that behind us, let's get that morning cup filled with whatever strikes our fancy and see to this day.
***Editor's Note - FYI: looks like our Fios PHONES are OUT at the "Fortress", so I'm on the cellphone for the time being. The est. repair time will be the 24th...! Cripes, this tech just plain SUCKS. I miss the days when telephones WORKED, and all the damn time! 
*** UPDATE - 1300 hrs - The land-lines have mysteriously come BACK on...thanks to all involved.
*** Update 2 - 1335 hrs. - Spoke too soon. The phones are out AGAIN...WTF is going on here in Ft. Wayne???
*** First out of the cupboard is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
December 19 - 
--- Today is HARD CANDY DAY, and I'm sure you have your favorites.
I always preferred Life-Savers...most ANY flavor will do, too.
But those coconut ones in the tropical fruit rolls are great.
Bet the DENTISTS are loving this day as well...wonder why?
(hint - steer clear of those jaw-breakers)
--- It's also OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY, and this  is one of those cases where the merging of TWO foods makes good sense.
I love oatmeal...and I love muffins (blueberry, especially), so why not pull out the stops and make some oatmeal blueberry muffins?
(I'll be there directly, with my coffee cup...lol)
--- And, it's UNDERDOG DAY.
This is not totally an homage to the cartoon character, but rather damn near every ONE of us, because face it, we've ALL been an "underdiog" at one time or another, and perhaps that's why "we" always seem to CHEER the underdogs of the world on...isn't it? We like to see them win. It's our need to overcome that which seems insurmountable, conquer that which we're told cannot be, and to vanquish whatever foe sets upon us.
Yeah, I can work with that...any day, any time.
Moving on...
*** While we're at it, let's see what happens over the weekend, just so we're not caught with our drawers down around our ankles, hmm?
December 20 - 
Saturday is NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY...(about time...lol)
About as close to a good cup of punch as you're gonna get these days (very good when slightly heated with orange slices)...and that reminds me, I must get a bottle...
--- It's also INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SOLIDARITY DAY...
Ruining the world one city at a time
So I guess we can see more protesting going on for no apparent reason? People don't seem to stick together for issues that REALLY matter as much these days...that's gotta change.
--- And, it's MUDD DAY...now, I don't believe that has anything to do with the conspirator of John Wilkes Booth...just a hunch.
Also, Mud Day (with one "D") is held in JUNE, so I've got NO clue as to what the hell this is all about.
Any ideas out there?
Have a goblet of Sangria, Kirk!
Hey, maybe they mean HARRY MUDD from the original STAR TREK  series?
We might be onto something...
December 21 - 
Sunday has a lot happening, so here goes:
--It's FLASHLIGHT DAY.
So go around your place, and check all of them and see if they need new batteries, 'cause your never know when you might need one that WORKS, right?
I think we've got enough...now.
And remember, you can NEVER have too many of them.
--It's also NATIONAL FRENCH FRIED SHRIMP DAY...why do they have to be "French" fried??? Just deep fry the little buggers and be done with it, hmm?
--It's also NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS' REMEMBRANCE DAY...
Not the best way to live for some...just the only way.
I reckon this is like Memorial Day meaning it's where we recall the homeless that have gone to that big shopping cart filled, trash-strewn, and sleeping bag covered underpass in the sky?
--And, it's CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY...good thing too, because the Sunday newspaper edition is usually a brain-buster.
--It's also FOREFATHERS' DAY...don;t know if they mean MY forefathers or the NATION'S?
I'm gonna run with those who landed upon and founded this nation...
Hey, it wasn't a "bachelor" voyage, people!
I like those guys and no one seems to read about them as much.
--It's HUMBUG DAY...good chance to watch some version of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol...any version will do on this day.
--It's also PHINEAS FOGG WIN A WAGER DAY...so place your bets, and wager wisely, friends.
And, it's also the WINTER SOLSTICE, sio the wiccans will be out in numbers, and Stonehenge will be "party-central"...lol
--It's also WORLD PEACE DAY...ROFLMAO...yeah right...good luck with THAT one..., especially in places like Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Ukraine, and damn near most of Africa's interior and western coast.
 There you have it...72 hours of frivolity...all yours for the taking.
*** Next up,  a brief about two new officers for the FWPD.
Here's the link:
http://wane.com/2014/12/18/police-force-welcomes-new-k-9s/
Yep, got us two new pooches out there sniffing out contraband,.,,good for them.
He's a Goooooood Boyyyyyy!
Can never have enough of these fantastic dogs...love to take a retired one in, if I could find one.
(scare the bejeezus out of the "locals", too...yeah, that's me...lol)
*** Next, I've been watching all this fallout from the Sony hack (by N.Korea) and the pulling of the Seth Rogan film "The Interview" (not a fan of him, BTW).
Granted it's NEVER gonna be a classic, but WTF???
And I have to  wonder WHEN did we become a nation of wusses?
From "The Dictator".
This is certainly NOT the first time we poked "fun" at some dictator.
From "I'll Never Heil Again."
(Anyone recall Chaplin...or the Three StoogesThe Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, or even the Police Squad - Naked Gun movies?
From "Hotshots"
C' mon now...gimme a break here.
There is not ONE dictator or evil monarch that we HAVEN'T taken some comedic license with....and we NEVER had repercussions.
"Don't let me ever catch you in Quahog"
Even Family Guy's done it, as has South Park.
But now, we allow this 31-year old chubby little shit to take away OUR freedom of speech?
I don't think so.
This immature craphead needs to grow the f$ck up and learn the world doesn't revolve around HIM (although his stature would lead us to believe that he might, in fact, have his own gravitational field...Micheal Moore take note...LOL)
"I'm a little despot, short and fat..." My panty in bunch, too.
Makes me wish George Carlin were still alive...HE would tell him off in no certain terms.
(and we'd be rolling in the aisles, laughing)
That little NorKo f$ck is bat-sh*t crazy, people....
This dictator is of this "new breed" with thin skinn, no knowledge of life, and a penchant for death (to his own people for starters), so why don't we provide him some "assistance" along those lines.
Send in a covert strike team  to NorKoland, and off his fat little ass, and then find a way to blame it on the Chi-Coms, Russia or (better yet)...IRAN.
Tell 'em, George.
What we need is a George S. Patton right now...someone who can get the job done, so the rest of the world cam get on with it's business.
But that's not gonna happen with what we have passing for a president is in the oval office. Talk about your "wuss".
*** Last back to the wash basin...life is complex...the world is complex...and yes, people are very complex.
Been that way since the model came out.
Thing is, in our attempt to make such things LESS complex, we often make them more so, and that's the last thing we need.
There are some things we can easily comprehend, and things that we will NEVER be able to understand if we lived several lifetimes.
Again, that's the nature of life and all it encompasses.
So why do we always try (in vain) to figure out things that we cannot and overlook those we CAN?
Do we enjoy the challenge that much?
No, but I think it's because humankind often thinks itself the pinnacle of creation and can solve any mystery. Sorry, not meant to be.
Look to the story of the Tower of Babel to figure that one out.
The harder we try, the "behinder" we get, so maybe our "talents" could be put to better use internally.
Don't try to change the world...try changing yourself first.
This isn't to say that ONE person cannot change the world...they can, but only because they would have a better sense of self and others first.
And hopefully such change would be for the better, for we all know that when it comes to man, it's always easier to destroy rather than build, right?
As we near the Christmas season, let us be mindful of the things we can change, and within ourselves first, then to help others do likewise.
That's how we, as a people make true progress.
It all begins with US...and truth be told,  doesn't it always?
Do have yourselves a great weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

((And with the land-line crapped out, no crank calls for me!))

18 December 2014

Just One Week To Go...
...And then, it'll be Christmas Day.
A week after that, we'll be into the NEW YEAR...can you believe it?
That's just crazy.
Anyway, like I mentioned yesterday (but not at length), the Hoosierland weather will be a bit on the repetitious side for the next several days. Not a lot to bother with, actually.
Temps today will only rise to the lower 30s, mostly cloudy (what, again?) with a chance of a snow shower (no accumulation), and that's all she wrote.
Might as well xerox this forecast and stick it up through the early weekend...the weather-people can take a couple days off..
In the meantime, go get a cup of your favorite morning beverage, park it here for a spell and let's see how (more) screwed up the world has become in just one day, shall we?
*** First out of the rucksack is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
This is attributed to Washington Irving (3 April 1783 - 28 November 1859), and those if you who studied American literature should be familiar with that name.
He was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian and diplomat of the early 19th century.
And...here is his WIKI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Irving
Curiously enough, the familiarity most of us have with him is mainly due to TWO short stories:
-- RIP VAN WINKLE (1819)
-- THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW (1820)
These were included in a compilation of his stories and essays in a tome entitled "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon" (hence the clue yesterday). Obviously, that was Irving's pen name. Another fact as that he had a brother EBENEZER (who was not a "scrooge".).
His life is one of those that includes many ups and downs, not the least of which was a untimely death of his 17-year old fiancee (Matilda Hoffman) in 1809.
The WIKI is a really good read, and again shows that people of an earlier time, were "multi-faceted" and pursued multiple "careers" through their lives.
And if you think that Washington Irving and BATMAN have no relevance one with the other, think again.
It was IRVING who first referred (in 1807) to New York City as GOTHAM - an Anglo-Saxon term that means "goat's town"...so there.
And, it was Irving who also coined the term "The Almighty Dollar" (1837).
Writing under various pseudonyms, he often wrote lampoons of New York culture and politics in a similar manner to (of all things)...MAD MAGAZINE.
Talk about ahead of your time, hmm?
Irving was one of the FIRST to publish a poem entitled 'The Defense Of Fort McHenry", which would go on to become the words for our nation's ANTHEM - THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER. The author pf the poem being one Francis Scott Key.
Like I said, his life and times are quite noteworthy, and give a unique insight to our history.
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
December 18 - 
There are quite a few things going on, so pay attention...
--- Today is NATIONAL ROAST SUCKLING PIG DAY (that's a straight-forward one)
--- It's also FREE SHIPPING DAY...funny, been seeing LOTS of "free shipping" all over the place at various stores and even online (some restrictions do apply...read the fine print...lol)
--- And, it's NATIONAL RE-GIFTING DAY...hmm...thought that was the day AFTER Christmas...ROFL!
--- It's also ANSWER THE TELEPHONE LIKE BUDDY THE ELF DAY...((rolls eyes))...okay, then.
Sure...not gonna have ANYONE in white coats showing up at MY door after that.
And last but not least...it's INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY...
(how many green card holders illegally live in YOUR neighborhood, boys and girls?)
I guess there are about 20 MILLION who are celebrating today (the REAL number is much higher)...with tens of thousands more to come across a porous border.
Makes me long for the days when Ellis Island was THE point-of-entry, and Mexicans stayed in Mexico, unless they came her LEGALLY.. I miss that.
Moving on...
*** Got a couple news briefs...
---  Obummer breaks more laws and cozeys up to Cuba. Here's the story link:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/17/371398638/cuba-frees-american-contractor-alan-gross
Il Duce applauds himself (again)
So, all of a sudden, we "need" a NEW APPROACH towards Cuba, a communist country that has all but enslaved it's people and mired them in economic woes for decades...WHY?
We need cigars THAT damn bad?
Anyone recall a little dust up from the early 1960s called the CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS??
Took place a mere NINETY MILES off OUR shores...talk about brinkmanship.
Our future 51st state???
I suppose Cuba needs car parts for all those "vintage" 1950s taxicabs?
I blogged about a series that was on Nat Geo a while back concerning the REAL Cuba ("Cuba's New Now"), and it wasn't a pretty picture.
Talk about a trek BACK in time...
There are even Cubans (there) who think that better relations between us is NOT the best way to proceed.
You can Google this all up for yourselves and decide.
---  Another armed robbery at Eddie's Gas Station on N. Clinton St in Fort Wayne.
Here's the link:
http://wane.com/2014/12/18/armed-men-hit-n-clinton-gas-station/
Again, it was two BLACK males, and the descriptions of the armed robbers were similar to the ones that hit Sports and Spirits a couple days ago...some things never change,m do they?
The robbers got away with money and ciggies.
I'd bet the farm they were NEWPORTS....LOL.
--- The city and police are "building trust" with ROUNDTABLE discussions.
Here's the link:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/Police-build-on-trust-with-roundtables-4053992
THESE guys...they ain't.
Guess it wasn't bad enough that the former FWPD chief, Rusty York had the department walking on eggshells for years, and parts of the city got WORSE under his watch...now, the city wants to rekindle the Arthurian Legends...how noble of our own "King" (Henry).
It was interesting to note that it was said that crime went down about 13%  since last year.
Depends who you talk to.
So, if I do the "math", and run back these numbers years ago when we were told (then) that crime dropped 13% (good number - used frequently)...all those years with a 13% DROP in crime have to be cumulative in nature and therefore MUST result in NEGATIVE NUMBERS for all crime everyplace here...???
Sorry, not buying that one damn bit. I "live the adventure" every day down here in Fort Wayne's "crotch", and see people break laws every single hour...and go unnoticed and (more importantly) unpunished...for MONTHS if not YEARS.
The focus on police work down here is nothing close to addressing all the "broken windows", but rather a reactionary answer to crime after it develops.
Not the best way to provide that QUALITY-OF-LIFE the mayor always is touting...is it?
*** Last back to the barracks today...Had a nice chat with the Missus last night.
She's doing okay and finding her way around down there in that small town in Texas.
And she resolved the car seat issue...lol. Beats running alongside it.
Now, it wasn't 10 minutes after I got off the phone with her, that I got another call...and when I picked up, I heard a song from Guys and Dolls playing on the other end.
First musical  - Guys and Dolls - 1969
I knew IMMEDIATELY who it was...my longtime and dear friend from high school...Mark!
(now living in the Fiist State).
Wow...talk about a blast from our past.
I think we crammed about 3 decades into 40 minutes...and here I thought only TIME LORDS could do that...LOL.
It was a wonderful way to end the evening...
Everyone should have more times like those...maybe we'd have fewer people at each other's throats, hmm? Be a nice change.
All this was after I made myself a nice pot of Italian sauce, complete with meatballs.
Yep, had me a VERY good meatball sandwich for dinner...and have enough for THREE more.
Them's good eats, people!
Got all the ornaments on the tree, and have to set about sending out some cards and wrapping some stuff to put in the post this weekend for my  "brother" Mark.
You know...you don't really need a LOT of friends...just a couple REALLY GOOD ones.
And once in a while, maybe even once in a lifetime, if you're fortunate enough to be blessed this way, an EXCEPTIONAL one comes along...definitely a keeper, folks..
Still, I'm adjusting to this ad hoc "bachelor life" and I think I've got it squared away.
Like I said the other day...we should always thank God that our PRESENT state is not our PERMANENT state.
Now THAT is something to be truly thankful for..in more ways than one.
And that's all I got to say on that.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

17 December 2014

Humpday Happenings...
Holy Hollyhocks....is it the middle of the week ALREADY???
(geez)
Yep, that it is, and in just ONE (short) week, it will be Christmas Eve...
(whoa)
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with another mostly CLOUDY day, and temps will only barely reach the freezing mark.
This morning sees us with a chance of some freezing drizzle,. or maybe a small snow flurry...the Indiana weather hasn't decided yet.
So, while we're all waiting to see what the weather WILL be, let's all grab ourselves a nice hot cup of mid-week bliss and see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the linen closet is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
At this time of year, it behooves us to remember such important things in life, does it not?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back in "the sketch book"...
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
December 17 - 
--- Today is NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY, and I'll be the first to say that I love this stuff.
Cover me some waffles or pancakes or (better yet)..french toast (which is really from antiquity - Latin to be specific - 4th century and NOT from France...thank God) with it...a fantastic breakfast or even for dinner, as I've been known to do once in a while.
And...you can also put it on ICE CREAM...that's right.
Goes great with vanilla, buttered almond or even pistachio flavors.
Maple syrup...and Salma...that could work
Also, you can take a page from yesterday's "chocolate-covered" day and cover other things such as small fruit with maple syrup like grapes or cherries...(and possibly Salma Hayek...lol)
--- It's also WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY, and you know the old saying:
There 'ya go then...
"Two wrongs don't make a right, but two WRIGHTS can make an airplane."
Here's the WIKI on this "dynamic duo":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers
It was on this day in 1903 when two men who ran a bicycle shop put American powered flight in the history books...and the rest of us never looked back.
Kittyhawk memorial
Here is one case where in just 65 years from that first flight, WE were landing on the MOON...pretty amazing.
Moving on...
*** Next, we have a story that tried to toss an electric wet blanket on the whole SPIRIT of Christmas. Here's the link to the story, which was buried on the 5th page of the metro section (right before the classifieds)::
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/ACLU-says-Nativity-scene-violates-Constitution-4042108
Yep, the war on Christmas continues...with the usual assholes leading the "charge", namely the ACLU.
Now THAT is a nice Nativity scene.
In Brookville, Indiana there sits a nativity scene on the LAWN (and not inside) of the courthouse.
And, it's been this way for over HALF a century.
Not a gripe during ALL that time, either
But the ACLU (now) seeks to "change" this...in other words ruin Christmas for lots of people.
And founded by communists, too!
A suit lodged by the ACLU states the scene violates the FIRST AMENDMENT.
I say it REINFORCES IT, there is no merging of religion upon government here.
It's basically on TAXPAYER-FUNDED ( read PUBLIC) property...the LAWN.
The ACLU said: "Any reasonable person viewing this display would conclude that it's principle effect is to advance religion."
I'm reasonable and I don't see that one damn bit.
How's about it rather promotes a sense of GIVING of ourselves and to one another, you dumbasses?
What about a sense of THANKSGIVING...or BROTHERHOOD...or even something as simple as LOVE?
These must be too foreign a concept for that bunch.
Times like this I wish I were the mayor of that town...I'd tell these buttwipes to go build a damn bridge and get over it.
Guess the real meaning of Christmas is foreign to such nit-picking, nay-saying heathen?
Why don't all you libtard socialist morons stop this chronic and insidious campaign to malign and impinge upon the spirit of Christmas, and try EMBRACING it instead?
You might find out it's MUCH better than attempting to take all the good this holiday brings to so many people from those (same people) who already KNOW what the season is all about...just a thought, people. Cripes, almighty!
*** Last back to the mistletoe branch today...The Lovely Mrs. Bobby G. made it safely to her destination which is...(clap, clap, clap, clap...deep in the heart of Texas).
It took the better part of 10+ hours and two changeovers, but everything turned out well enough.
She gave me a call after Prep and Landing last night (she watched it too...an hour earlier) and she told me she was tired.
I can relate...I was dragging my butt as well, and I never left town..it's just been a bit on the stressful side.
She called me this morning about having trouble with the seat adjustments on her parents (apparently much never) Impala...
There should be a MANUAL in the glove-box that "splains" such things, but she was flustered and was calling the dealer (bless her heart).
Thing is, she rented one last year, so it shouldn't be THAT much of an issue.
Hey, if that's the ONLY thing she has trouble with...that's a blessing.
Oh, the trials one faces when one is out of state (and out of their comfort zone).
Been there, done that enough times, too.
All we need is a Rod Serling intro...
I will say it's sure odd to NOT have Wifey around and about.
During the say isn't so bad...it's like she's at school (work), and at night, well that's when it gets a wee bit "lonely".
There is a difference between feeling lonely and being alone, however.
But without such times as these, one cannot truly appreciate the other times when a loved one IS nearby, hmm?
To every YIN there is always a YANG.
(be nice if the cat talked though...lol)
The time will pass quickly enough...it always does, doesn't it?
Sometimes, a bit TOO rapidly.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.