20 March 2018

Tuesday Tidbits...
Gonna be a bit cooler today, kids, and that's how we welcome the beginning of Spring here in the Heartland
Well, it could be worse, like those on the east coast staring at another "nor'easter" slated to bring up to a foot of SNOW their way. I say never discount dear old Mother Nature.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly cloudy skies, temps reaching to around 43 degrees, and windy conditions (which negates today's high temperature nicely).
So, without any further ado, let's get that morning drink and see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the bedroom is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 20 - 
---It's National Ag Day
(oh, they mean FARMING...I thought it was a periodic table SILVER thing)
---It's National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
(better than FOREIGN type of HIV/AIDS?)
---It's National Proposal Day
(and my list of proposals gets longer every week)
---It's National Ravioli Day
(looks like Chef Boy gets a workout...heh)
---Spring Begins.
(find someone else to do a back-flip over this)
*** Next, and since it IS a Tuesday, let's look at ALL the FWPD calls we never heard about for last week, because the media was busy looking for things to pin on our president...
((23,113 - vandalism by gunfire))
18F027873 03/12/2018 12:13am 113 SHOTS FIRED SOUTHPARK DR & SENATE AV
18F027875 03/12/2018 12:15am 113 SHOTS FIRED SOUTHWAYNE AVE & W RUDISILL BLVD
18F027897 03/12/2018 03:46am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3300 WEBSTER ST FAIRFIELD
18F028707 03/13/2018 11:31pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 3700 E WASHINGTON BLVD
18F028759 03/14/2018 04:52am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1600 REED RD  
18F029163 03/14/2018 08:46pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 ROCKHILL ST
18F029238 03/15/2018 12:09am 113 SHOTS FIRED COVINGTON RD & MILLBROOK DR
18F029648 03/16/2018 12:00am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2500 E PONTIAC ST
18F030111 03/16/2018 09:13pm 113 SHOTS FIRED BAXTER ST & WEISSER PARK AV
18F030217 03/17/2018 01:32am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3000 W COLISEUM BLVD
18F030245 03/17/2018 03:13am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4400 GAYWOOD DR
18F030568 03/17/2018 10:41pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 2700 BOWSER AV
18F030603 03/18/2018 12:28am 113 SHOTS FIRED 2100 POINT WEST DR
18F030628 03/18/2018 01:25am 113 SHOTS FIRED 4500 PARNELL AV
18F030641 03/18/2018 02:39am 113 SHOTS FIRED 6000 ORCHARD LN
18F030650 03/18/2018 03:24am 113 SHOTS FIRED 3700 TRACE WAY
18F030651 03/18/2018 03:31am 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 HIGH ST
18F030655 03/18/2018 03:46am 113 SHOTS FIRED HALE AVE & JULIETTE AV
18F030869 03/18/2018 05:48pm 113 SHOTS FIRED 4900 FAIRFIELD AV
18F027877 03/12/2018 12:19am 23,113 500 E WOODLAND AV
18F027898 03/12/2018 03:46am 23,113 600 E CREIGHTON AV
18F028123 03/12/2018 02:26pm 23,113 800 ANDERSON AV
18F029948 03/16/2018 02:59pm 23,113 1900 GLADSTONE DR
18F028215 03/12/2018 06:18pm 53 ARMED ROB 500 DAYTON AV
18F029506 03/15/2018 05:03pm 53 ARMED ROB 3200 REED ST
18F030594 03/18/2018 12:03am 53 ARMED ROB ARDMORE AV & COVINGTON RD
18F030973 03/18/2018 10:39pm 53 ARMED ROB 4700 ILLINOIS RD
18F030902 03/18/2018 07:19pm 58 SHOOTING 2200 RANDALLIA DR
18F027872 03/12/2018 12:08am 58 SHOOTING 5500 PLAZA DR
18F029260 03/15/2018 02:41am 58 SHOOTING 1400 BROADWAY
18F029272 03/15/2018 02:41am 58 SHOOTING 1400 BROADWAY
18F028766 03/14/2018 05:38am 59 CUTTING/STAB 700 KINNAIRD AV
18F030520 03/17/2018 08:17pm 59 CUTTING/STAB 4400 S HANNA ST
18F030692 03/18/2018 08:17am 59 CUTTING/STAB 2200 RANDALLIA DR
18F030865 03/18/2018 05:41pm 61 RAPE 2200 LAKE AV
18F030963 03/18/2018 10:08pm 61 RAPE 700 BROADWAY
18F028281 03/12/2018 09:51pm 61 RAPE 7900 W JEFFERSON BLVD
18F028490 03/13/2018 01:26pm 61 RAPE 900 E STATE BLVD
18F030819 03/18/2018 04:06pm 75 PURSUIT SMITH ST & SENATE AV
18F030898 03/18/2018 07:14pm 75 PURSUIT SIXTH ST & CASS ST
Plus 20 narcotics calls
*** Next up, here's the skinny on WHEN the Aunt Millie's bakery (near downtown of course) is slated to shut down:
Yep, another bastion of Fort Wayne history goes down the crapper.
And they're doing this to consolidate and save money (while losing jobs)...because that always works, right?
*** Next, two school systems are trying to recruit teachers. Here's that story:
Now, tell me WHY the school system is doing this, when they've been forcing teachers to LEAVE, because I'm not quite wrapping my brain around this nonsense.
Oh, they're trying NEW ways to recruit...like LYING and saying it's SO great a place to work?
Well, neither of these school systems are FWCS, so they might get some traction there with hirings.
The story does explain how FWCS recruits...basically they look to colleges and student teachers. In other words, those with YEARS of experience both within and without the system really need not apply.
Yeah, that's sure to burst the bubble of those young teachers after they get a few years of "experience" under their belts.
And that's what causes good teachers with decades of experience to leave...a system that doesn't care as much as it should ABOUT the educators, but rather statistical data and school grading. Helluva way to account for oneself.
*** Next up, Jefferson Pointe as been sold. Here's the story:
Thing is, it's been sold BACK to the original developer. Now that's a bit novel.
Apparently, this is being done to counter the 20% vacancy rate at the outdoor mall.
Now, I always look at this as a "glass half empty" premise, because when malls start being sold, something is wrong someplace. I;ve yet to see an instance where a mall gets sold and does MUCH better for years after the transaction.
It usually means higher rental rates, changing stores, losing stores (and tenants), and eventually closing things down...not unlike the old Southtown Mall. I'd love to be wrong here, and see Jefferson Pointe "buck the trend" (in an age of online shopping), but we'll all have to wait and see what shakes out.
*** Next, time to stop by our "Kitten Corner"...
I iz all rammyed -out.
We had a decent day  with our kids, and neither of them got rammy...mostly. Gallifrey gets into these running from window to window things (when not chasing his "sister" around), and that can get annoying, because he doesn't watch for people walking through the house.
What's the temperature OUTSIDE?
Keeps me on my toes, that's for sure. Violet will chase him, but only sfter she's been chased.
*** Next up,  let's take time to check in with "Midnight and Company"...
Our furry twosome spent the day nearby the house, and were there for every meal.
I think they figure it's better to be safe than sorry in our neighborhood, and who can blame them?
Hell, I feel the same way.
Knowing the flotsam we have living around us, it's a good fit all around form them and us.
*** Last back to the living room...we got some crazy crap going on in the world.
And, it just seems to get crazier every stinking week.
Naturally, those wacky liberals are typically at the top of the totem pole when it comes to crazy.
Then there are the criminal crazies. If it's not child abuse, it's drugs, or homicides, or bombings in cities. We also have our assortment of socially-crazy, like all the illegal immigrants, and protesting students (or adults with childish mentalities)....we all know the type.
You name it.,.we seem to have it, and in greater abundance than any time in our past.
Why we can't just decide to put the lunacy away in the old toy box and attempt to get the hell along eludes me.
(Welcome to BIZARRO WORLD...)
It has to be a lot of bad choices being made out there. No other excuse (or reason) for that.
Naturally, with a decline in morality (and bad choice making), did any of us think things would pan out otherwise?
A serious rethinking of the manner in which we all conduct ourselves is in order.
Unless and until we all choose to pursue a saner and productive course, I can't see any end to the idiocy.
I suppose that will make a lot of folks uneasy. I just wish it would make the right people uneasy, instead of the rest of us.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

19 March 2018

Monday Musings...
Well, yesterday wa a bit of a "keeper", wasn't it?
Always good to see some NICE weather for a change.
Sometimes, though, I think it tends to bring out even more of the idiots, like it emboldens them to be more stupid than they usually are. That's not being cynical...just the way human nature reveals itself.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us partly sunny skies, temps climbing back up to around 49 degrees, and no chance of rain yet (but it's always coming).
At least we're seeing the crocuses popping up...that's a good portent to Spring..
Hopefully, the rest of the yard and garden will follow suit
So, let's get a nice refreshing drink to start the day, as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the flower bed is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 19 -
---It's National Certified Nurses Day
(sure beats those UN-certified ones, doesn't it?)
---It's National chocolate Caramel Day
(pass the ROLOS please)
---It's National Let's Laugh Day
(you gotta be kidding, right? ROFL! - oops, they got me)
---It's National Poultry Day
(everyone to Chik-Fil-A)
*** Next up, a search by police finds some "stuff". Here's the story:
The story posted back on the 16th, but doesn't mention what day it took place at the house in the 3700 block of Euclid Ave. This is across the street from Bethlehem Lutheran Church and John S Irwin Elementary School.
Police found a wanted fugitive, one Carlos Ellis, Jr, along with a .41 magnum revolver, heroin, marijuana, and narcotics trafficking paraphernalia.
Ellis                 Brown               Bloom
The narcotics were found all around the house and within the reach of a  4-year-old child that was present and lived there. The child was removed to CPS, and two others were arrested in connection with this investigation. They are  Detrick Brown and Jaime Bloom.
*** Next, we have homicide #10 for the year (so far). Here's the story:
Five-year-old Benjamyn Otto McKinney Frederick was found in the 1200 block of Gay St before being transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The manner of death is homicide. Benjamyn is the 10th homicide victim in Allen County for 2018.
*** Next up, more child abuse in the Summit City. Here's that story:
Dakota Moran, 21, faces felony battery charges after his 5 month old daughter was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He's a cocky little P.O.S. to boot in the way he spoke to authorities in his affidavit.
This took place in the 2300 block of South Calhoun St, just before noon this past Wednesday.
 He also told police that being home with the baby is “hard” and he is not use to being a dad. Welcome to REALITY 101, you idiot. Maybe you should have kept it in your pants!
This is the result of a permissive society that allows such immature young adults to procreate.
*** Next up, could THIS be the future of Uber or even self-driving cars? Here's the story:
Now to me, this would qualify for some sort of Darwin award, becasue it certainly is a "special" kind of stupid, yes?
Thankfully, this took place in Evansville, and NOT in Ft. Wayne (yet)...
Derrick Faria, 19,  was arrested less than an hour after Thursday's robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch in Evansville,  took a CAB to and from a bank robbery and that he paid the driver with some of his stolen cash.
One might conclude that being out of school sure didn't net this creep the "education" he was supposed to get...did it?
*** Next, FWPD officers are trying to be more "responsive". Here's the lowdown:
I have mixed feelings on this, because as is usually the case, family members try to get into the perimeter established at crime scenes, to the detriment of investigating officers. Every scene looks (and sounds) the same, too. All the wailing that goes on makes things worse, as do hostile behavior by friends and such. Hey, the police didn't kill your (insert name and relationship) over a drug deal or domestic dispute, so back off and let the professionals do THEIR job.
Also, maybe if you people would come FORWARD once in a while, some of this could even be avoided.
*** Next up, City Councilman Glynn Hines is calling it quits. Here's the story:
I watched The Fort Report this Saturday where he mentioned his health was the main issue. Apparently, he's on the kidney transplant list and currently goes to dialysis 3 times a week. I don't wish this on ANYONE, and I even agree with Hines on some issues facing our part of town, so it looks like I'll be adding him to my prayer list.
My real concern is WHO will take his place, and will they even care about folks like us, because I don't feel that WE have had proper (read equal) representation since before Tim Pape was the council-capo of our district (when we used to be in the 5th rather than the 6th).
That won't make things better down here.
*** Next up, time to stop by "Kitten Corner"...
The kids were a mixed bag of activity over the weekend. They had lots of good moments (where they behaved themselves), as well as a couple bad moments (where they tore through the house like a runaway freight train down a mountain).
Still, the good outweighs the bad, and things settle down quickly enough, which means I can get some candid pictures.
They haven't quite adjusted to DST yet, so, it "seems" like they want food a hour EARLY.
This is another reason WHY  the whole DST shift is a bad idea...household pets and feeding schedules!
*** Next, let's check back in with "Midnight and Company"...
If I got ANY closer to the house, I'd be INSIDE.
Our furry twosome were a wee bit on the wandering side, as they came running from outside the patio a couple times. I will say neither one missed a single meal.
Gee, I wonder why that is?
Overall, they did stay close by the house for most of the weekend, and with warm weather coming, the chance of morons being out and about doesn't make me feel any better about how the cats will fare.
Hey, I'm sticking real close, too.
I sure don't want them becoming the target of anything or anyone. They don't bother a soul (except me when I go out to feed them...lol), and they're great to have around whenever we go outside.
*** Last back to the budding posies...let's try something different and watch the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer.
This is the first part of a "saga" that is supposed to conclude by next year. Looks pretty darn good, too. Enjoy.

I do find a couple things a bit bothersome, and that's the fact that in the MCU, nothing EVER stays the same for long...in some ways, it's like reality, which can be a real bitch at times.
Why we can't keep what we like (or prefer) is one of life's mysteries, I guess.
I'd prefer a quieter street, but no, can't have that.
I'd prefer better neighbors...can't have that either.
I'd like to (at least) have the neighborhood we had back in the late 90s, which wasn't near as craptastic as it has been allowed to become today.
In life, there are a million things you CAN have, and a million things you CANNOT (I think James T. Kirk once said that), and it's very true. Again, it's about needs versus wants, isn't it?
And we all have to make a choice as to WHAT to put first in each of our lives.
Now there's a message for everyone.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

16 March 2018

Friday Follies...
Welcome to the weekend at last...or as we could also call it - "St Patrick's Day Eve"...lol.
Hard to believe we're already at this point of the year, and yet...here we are.
If you like your mornings a bit on the frosty side, then today will fit the bill.
Our Hoosierland weather for today finds us with mostly sunny skies to start with, turning more cloudy as the day passes, with a high expected to be around 41 degrees. Got some "wintry-mix" stuff moving in overnight into tomorrow morning (oh, joy).
"It's called Guinness, Thor...pretty good, huh?"
So, why not start the day with a nice big mug or glass of Friday Fortitude, as we see what's going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the shamrock patch is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 16 -
---It's National Artichoke Hearts Day
(sorry, but I NEVER eat anything with the word "choke" in it...for safety reasons)
---It's National Everything You Do Is Right Day
(that makes up for yesterday, I suppose)
---It's National Freedom of Information Day
(wish that included all the REDACTED crap)
---It's National Panda Day
(where's my eucalyptus and bamboo?)
*** Next, and since the end of the week IS here, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
MARCH 17 -
---Saturday is St. Patrick's Day
(or, in some circles, just ANOTHER day to get falling down drunk)
---It's National Corndog Day
(sorry, never liked these at all - I'm a traditionalist when it comes to hot dogs.
---It's National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
(gee, I wonder why THAT is? I best ask an Irishman)
---It's National Quilting Day
(gotta have something to do after that green beer, corned beef and cabbage, right?)
MARCH 18 -
---Sunday is National Awkward Moments Day
(it's called a HANGOVER from St. Paddy's Day)
---It's National Biodiesel Day
(when is national VIN diesel day?)
---It's National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
(never met an oatmeal cookie I didn't like)
---It's National Sloppy Joe Day
(would you believe Wifey does NOT like these?)
---It's National Supreme Sacrifice Day
(I thought we called that MEMORIAL day?)
And there you have it...plenty to do (besides tying one on), so have at it, and do rememeber to observe responsibly.
*** Next up, Bill O'Reilly had a very good column this week, and here it is:
This is an excellent commentary on the further degradation of our society's values, and who would have thought such things can take place at a funeral?
My father used to remind me to dress appropriately for whatever venue you find yourself, because people will judge you by the way you dress (as well as what you say)...and he was right on that one, too.
*** Next, News-Sentinel columnist Kevin Leininger has another good article. Here's the link:
Now, I thought I left this sort of stuff back in Philly, but apparently, as cities grow (and get larger minority populations), this sort of thing just HAS to follow.
I don't like rats, and you'll not see me trying to feed them or befriend them, and with good reason - they are major disease carriers. I feel the same way with possum and raccoon.
Other people feel much the same about squirrels, but I've never come across any that were NOT friendly (like Patches or Mr. Wrinkles). If a squirrel doesn't act in a good way, I avoid it...simple as that. Same with people.
Not THIS kind of rat
They used to joke back east that you never had to worry about stray dogs in the inner city, because the rats eat them all. I have seen city rats LARGER than out community cat, Midnight,....no shit!
Read back into history, and you'll get the gist of this quite well.
*** Next up, another "21 Country" spot from Eric Olson that I found remarkable, and when you watch the video (which pertain to our city of Fort Wayne), you'll know why soon enough. Here's the link:
This is NOT that easy to do.
Being a photographer myself (of trains in the past), I can appreciate the "eye" that Dan Baker has when it comes to not only capturing pictures of our city, but melding the present with the past in a way that should make us all realize what we HAD in this city, and what we are loosing every year.
He's working on a book, and one which I would be most interested in buying.
*** Next, time to stop on by "Kitten Corner"...
So peaceful...so cute.
Our kids were getting back into "normal" mode, and that means less crazy, more sedate. And I can work with sedate.
It just becomes bothersome when you have to "herd" two cats, because they're acting like THIRTY cats...lol.
"I COULD use a belly-rub".
Having them crawl up into your lap always, or just act cute hits that "soft spot" in your heart...I think they PLANNED it that way.
(it's called sucking up...and by God, it works...!)
*** Next up, let's check back in with "Midnight and Company"...
"Why yes, this is OUR patio, too."
Our furry twosome were outside nice and early, waiting for breakfast. Both of them didn't miss a meal, and whenever I go onto the patio, there they both are. We always have a good time at last call, when they both not only get the hand-held treats, but some "laser play".
I iz all lasered-out, now."
They have to run off that food anyway, right?
Somehow, it wouldn't be a morning without seeing them on the patio...
*** Last back to the pot o' gold...tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day.
And it's a day when I change my name (for 24 hours) to Bobby McG...LOL.
Now, if you need a refresher course on what the day is REALLY all about, here's the WIKI:
St.Patrick led quite an interesting life, and this explains HIS history, as well as our traditions, observances, and customs around the world.
What I always like to do here, is leave you with a traditional St. Patrick's Day prayer (and I'm not even Irish, unless you count that transfusion I had as a child during an operation...lol.
May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones,
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.