30 June 2011

Believe It, Or Else...
Yes boys and girls, time once again for stories that are there to AMAZE, ASTOUND, and otherwise BEWILDER the hell out of you (hey, it ain't MY fault...I only present the dang things whenever they crop up).
I remember when if you read something like these stories, it was more an "oddity" than anything else, hence the entire "believing" aspect to them.
You don't know whether to shake your head in disgust, break into tears, lamenting the state of affairs, or roll over laughing.
Sometimes, I do all three, though I recommend NEVER do them ALL AT ONCE...LOL.
(that could ellicit a trip to the emergency ward for an acute schizoid embollism)
Anywho, here we go, gang...strap yourselves in and refrain from taking a LONG drink from whatever beverage you're enjoying...it MIGHT wind up on your keyboard (...eewwwww...).
*** Fellow blogger "SLAMDUNK" would find this story interesting.
Here's the link to the source article:
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110630/LOCAL03/306309966
The story concerns a 12-year old "cold" case over the shooting deaths of two teens at a house located at 3501 Smith St back in 1999.
Roderick Vandrell Lewis, 30, a convicted felon who has spent the better part of the last decade in JAIL down in AZ (some things never change) has been formally charged with the deaths of the teens, and made his first appearance in Allen County court this past Wednesday.
This Smith St. house was known as a "party house for "yoots" (gee, sounds like some houses around OUR ghettohood, that never get shut down) , and that neither of the two teens lived at the residence.
Lewis, then 18, became the person of interest when theories surfaced regarding gangs and drugs (on the SE side of Ft. Wayne??? Who knew it was around over TEN years ago? I did, for one)
During the investigation, Lewis was ID'ed as a suspect.
Since 2005, lewis has been a "guest" of Maricopa County (Sheriff Joe's domain) since he was charged with burglary, theft, assault, AND disorderly conduct (damn lucky some resident didn't shoot his ass outright...they DO that out there, 'ya know).
Nice to see a happy ending, though.
And nice to see some animals NEVER change their "stripes"...just the color of their jumpsuits...LOL!
*** Here's an update on that "Van Jones" lookalike that robbed the bank here last week:
(( Published: June 30, 2011 3:00 a.m.
Police nab smiling bandit suspect - Archie Ingersoll The Journal Gazette
A man who allegedly robbed a downtown Fort Wayne bank last week sporting a jacket, a tie and a big smile was arrested Wednesday while shopping for a gun, according to a news release from city police.
An off-duty officer spotted the suspect, Cameron Nelson, 23, at H&H Firearms, 1525 Directors Row, and detained him with the help of on-duty officers, police said.
Nelson was interviewed at police headquarters and then charged with robbery, police said.
On June 22, a surveillance camera recorded a man walking into the Fifth Third Bank, 202 W. Berry St., at 1:04 p.m. Three minutes later, another camera captured him with a wide grin as he stood at a teller’s counter.
Police said the man used a note to demand money before he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and an exploding dye pack. The dye pack apparently worked as intended: Red-stained bills were found on the sidewalk outside the bank. Witnesses told police the man went into a nearby alley after the robbery and stripped down to a white tank top.
At least one customer was in the bank at the time of the robbery. No one was injured, police said.
Nelson, who is homeless, was in custody Wednesday evening with a bail amount of $10,000.
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Wow, a HOMELESS guy stopping into H&H Firearms to shop for a weapon...ROFLMAO...!
What a DUMBASS!
Collered by an OFF-DUTY officer..WTG!
Yeah, he's "homeless"...like I'm a freaking billionaire!
Down here, being "homeless" means a couple things.
1) Your welfare babay-mama tossed your lazy ass the hell out (this week).
2) You don't want to give a REAL address and inplicate your welfare babay-mama so you STILL have a crib to crash at.
3) You live at home, and don't want to involve YOUR mama.
4) You live with your gang (posse), and they'll KILL your ass if you tell the po-po you live with THEM.
Sound about right? Pick one...or all. They do apply in the ghettohood.
*** This could be our homicide # 12 if we're lucky.
(( Last updated: June 30, 2011 4:28 a.m.
Bowser Avenue death under investigation - Journal Gazette
City police are investigating the death of a man found lying on the sidewalk near Bowser and McKee avenues early this morning, according to a Fort Wayne Police Department report.
Officers were called about 1:20 a.m. on a report of a man down on the city's southeast side. They discovered the unresponsive victim with an injury to his torso. He died at the scene, the report said.
An autopsy will be performed to determine what type of injury the victim suffered, the report said.
No arrests have been made and no one is in custody, the report said.
The case remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County
Coroner's Office and Allen County Prosecutor's Office.
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The injury was described as a TRAUMA, so you be the judge as to the TYPE of injury sustained.
A resident happened to be looking out their window (always good to surveill your area on the SE side of Ft. Wayne), and having noticed the man on the sidewalk, called 911.
It's often been said that:
"The police cannot prevent crime...all they can do is investigate it after you're dead."
I would contend that they CAN in fact prevent crime...IF the mandate is there to pursue the problem-oriented policing stance.
Constant patrols in hot-spots, teams designated to target SPECIFIC crimes and crime patterns all serve to prevent a lot of the crimes that can occur in certain neighborhoods.
I will concede that the police can not prevent ALL the crime, ALL the time. That would dictate that we ALL have an officer "in house", and we've neither the money nor the officers to make that a reality.
Besides, officers have their OWN houses to go home to...you want them in YOUR house 24/7/365?
(("Excuse me, officer I really need to take a crap...could you wait OUTSIDE the bathroom?" ))
You see the problems it could create...lol.
*** I posted some time ago that schools in Indiana were thinking about doing AWAY with cursive writing...
Well, friends, worry no longer...it will become REALITY soon enough!
(( Published: June 30, 2011 3:00 a.m.
Indiana schools no longer required to teach cursive - ASSOCIATED PRESS
MERRILLVILLE – The days when Indiana’s elementary school students were required to perfect the looping script of cursive handwriting are ending.
Starting this fall, the state Department of Education will no longer require Indiana’s public schools to teach cursive writing. State officials sent school leaders a memo April 25 telling them that instead of cursive writing, students will be expected to become proficient in keyboard use.
The Times of Munster reports the memo says schools may continue to teach cursive as a local standard, or they may decide to stop teaching cursive altogether.
East Allen County Schools Superintendent Karyle Green said she didn’t find the decision surprising.
"The skill of handwriting is a dying art," she said. "Everything isn’t handwritten anymore."
The district will still teach cursive, albeit in a limited form, according to curriculum director Marilyn Hissong.
From now on, second-graders will be taught cursive. But students will no longer be assessed on the handwriting style in third and fourth grade.
"We think it’s still important for kids to be able to read cursive," Hissong said. "But after that, it begins to become obsolete."
Andree Anderson of the Indiana University Northwest Urban Teacher Education Program says teachers haven’t had the time to teach cursive writing for some time because it’s not a top priority.
And Anderson says students’ handwriting is atrocious.
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Wow, and a long time ago, TYPING was something those GIRLS did in their "home-ec" courses in high school.
Guys didn't take TYPING...that was sissy stuff!
I guess that welfare check can NOW be signed "with your *X*" (if they ever recall how to WRITE a damn *X* in the first place...lol).
Sorry, but the ability to WRITE one's name, or even a letter SAYS a lot about someone.
It says you VALUE who you are...it's PERSONAL.
Everyone's handwriting is different, as is the legibility.
Mom used to tell me, as I got older that "you should be a doctor, because you sure as hell WRITE like one", and I don't think she meant that I wrote in an "expensive rich manner"...lol. She called it "chicken-scratch", but I could write well...WHEN I TOOK MY TIME.
Hell, I would have BEEN a doctor (to please Mom), but I did never DID "have the PATIENCE"...(you may now groan).
I feel we're doing a disservice to ourselves by DENYING the need for cursive writing.
We will loose even more of our social-interaction skills...just like we already have with computers and even more so with smart-phones.
Writing is about US...and each other.
I had my share of pen-pals when in school...we WROTE to each other...with a PEN....on PAPER.
(give anything to find out what ever happened to them)
But, it's more important THESE days to worry about TIME...typing becomes faster than writing if you become proficient enough...(and Wifey doesn't rub the letters off of the keys when fidgeting...LOL)
Time moves at ONE speed...forward!
We ain't gonna change that anytime soon (how ironic)
*** Lastly today....at 5 PM, it will mark the FINAL episode of the Glenn Beck show on FOX.
I know some are dancing in the streets...I'm not, really.
I found his show to be much the way I am about things in life.
Whether you like or dislike him shouldn't be the issue...the guy is RIGHT too damn often to NOT pay attention.
And yes, I WILL miss having that 5 PM spot "reserved".
I have learned MORE about history watching his show, than I learned in ALL my years in school, plus what I read after school (which was quite a lot).
And many of the stories Beck presented were what I had been thinking about for a while, as well.
In some ways, we were "on the same wavelength", and I enjoyed watching someone with whom I shared more than a few views about things.
I do intend to follow Glenn online, as well as on the radio, and will also watch FOX whenever I feel the need to hear the REAL story, and not some tainted news from a preconcieved viewpoint which is 180 degrees from what I've come to know through the facts.
In today's world, we have news 24/7, and it can fast become a form of "informational-overload" if we're not careful.
We have to DISCERN the TRUTH from everything else...the "wheat from the chaff" as it were.
We have to be vigilant in our search FOR that truth, too.
And, we have to have the knowledge and wisdom to know what to do with that truth, and become emboldened to share it.
In that regard, I think Glenn Beck got us off to a damn fine start...and kudos to him for doing so.
It has made a lot of us better people for his talents and dedication, as well as his ability to overcome his personal demons in pursuit of God and country.
That's not a bad legacy.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay safe out there, America.

29 June 2011

Humpday Happenings...
It's a fine day for mowing the lawn (early), so I'll be outside, making our "Fortress of Reason" look more UNLIKE the rest of the houses on the block. The temps are in the upper 50s, and that means I won't be breaking a sweat getting it done.
It amazes me how some will wait until noon time to mow...like they enjoy he heat (they sure hide that well).
And I do so enjoy getting out BEFORE the locals fall off the mattress on their floor...produces a feeling of accomplishment (to me).
So you'll forgive me if this posts a bit later than usual today...I'm outside following the rules of the road when it comes to MAINTAINING one's PROPERTY (sorry Neighborhood Code Enforcement...better stop at all the OTHER houses that don't mow the grass...only smoke it. Go bother them).
The city will get NO money from us in that regard...heh, heh, heh.
((And, BLOGGER will only, for some strange reason allow ONE picture AT A TIME to be uploaded, so this will take a bit to get done.))
Also, today is the FIRST day of the "5 days before and after the 4th of July", which here in Fort Wayne means it's NOW perfectly FINE to set off fireworks (and annoy others nearby).
That's weird, because that's BEEN going on in our part of the ghettohood for the past THREE WEEKS...
And it's not been abated in any way, shape, or form, thanks to the diligence of the FWPD.
Now, I'm NOT going to smack around the boys & girls in blue, because finding such disturbances is ONE problem...actually DOING something about it is quite the other.
Most times, a roll up to those setting off the fireworks and TELLING them the specific dates and times usually serves the purpose of stopping it cold.
But this is much like that "second chance syndrome" this city seems to suffer from (and in a terminal way).
All too often, people are given about 27 second chances, and to me, that's about 26 TOO MANY!
I really DO like fireworks...used to go see them as a kid all the time...when they were done BY PROFESSIONALS.
But these back-street "pyrotechnicians" are the type that can't find their ass with BOTH hands (and that's on a good day).
They're either chronically drunk, high (or both), and that's just those posing as "adults".
Their kids are just as bad, but usually not as high OR drunk...just obnoxious.
Yet, we do have to display "empathy" for such people, as they are all part of the poverty this nation suffers from...
(and I'm the POPE...not too shabby for a shouting Methodist)
Every year Wifey and I wonder WHERE the hell these morons get ALL the damn money to front these daily (and larger nightly) displays of aerial bombardment? The cost of such "ordnance" is definitely in the HUNDREDS of DOLLARS, that's for sure.
I know...I've priced them at stores around the area...they ain't cheap, folks!
When a person sets off an aerial a half block away, and it winds up shaking YOUR house when it detonates...THAT is one helluva explosion.
Now, imagine "if" it were set off a lot CLOSER (like being tossed AT your house).
Don't think I haven't thought about that happening...these f$cking idiots will try anything to get under your skin.
Just last evening, we not only had another moron park ACROSS OUR DRIVEWAY, but one of the "friends" (a felon that lives at the other end of our block named Matt Fuller) was driving his POS late 70's t-top Camaro up and down the street, revving the engine EVERY time he passed OUR house...showing off to his friends.
Of course, such people HAVE been mentioned monthly to our dear quadrant Captain for YEARS...and yet they still remain to bother us (and any other decent person...however few we still are around here).
I did actually hear one call come over the radio last evening (during *B* shift) where a person was complaining about LOUD fireworks being set off near their house. And the CP told dispatch they were irate with the police AND the people setting off the fireworks, and that if THEY (the police) didn't do anything...HE was going to "take care of it"...!
God, I LOVE this person...sounds just like me...LOL.
Never did hear any followups on the resolution of that call...would have loved to find out HOW it ended.
It's like I keep saying...what the hell ever happened to CIVILITY...and MORALITY...and ETHICAL BEHAVIOR anyway?
When did they all (along with a few more positive aspects of the human condition) suddenly take an extended vacation to Cabo?
And WHY have we allowed this to occur?
Didn't we all used to be made of better stuff?
Were we not once a people that prided themselves in being a lot more RESPONSIBLE when it came to policing OURSELVES?
Were our children once supervised when at play, and with restrictions placed upon them as to curfew, politeness and manners in general?
I'm sorry, but I can only take so much anarchistic behavior in society, and I think you might feel likewise.
We're fast becoming a nation wrought with chaos in most of all our major cities...and it's spreading further.
Now, I don't wanna be no "Denny Downer" here, but just pick up a damn newspaper or flip onto a news channel, and you can see it.
Kids "taking over" a school board meeting, flash mobs of teens running rampant, looting stores and assaulting others, assorted robberies, shootings, rapes, and pillaging by the carload...and to what end?
Like I said...we used to be made of a lot BETTER stuff as a nation, AND as individuals.
And I think as we approach the birthday of our country this July 4th, that we take a little time and wonder about our future.
(Because sooner or later, we're gonna find ourselves hip-deep at that place)
Our future generation is running WILD IN THE STREETS (to coin the title of the late 60's movie), and we'd best find some way to manage it, or otherwise control it, before we see cities turn into testimonial pyres to stupidity.
It's as though our evolution has made a u-turn (and an illegal one at that) and we're DEVOLVING into a more primitive culture, bent on whatever suits one's fancy. That will never bode well for America. And we should never allow that to occur.
It's all these smaller things that are all building up into one huge problem...and like you all know, I'm going to say it always comes down to THE PEOPLE.
We can accuse technology of aiding and abetting such behavior in our midst, but it does come down to being a RESPONSIBLE PERSON...
Being an individual that can MANAGE THEMSELVES first and foremost.
And when you get a handle on that self-management gig, THEN, you can better achieve management to your children, passing on the values that MEAN something, instead of all the bad traits that have been developed and honed over the years.
I admit that on any given day around here, I really WANT to go out and shoot the crap out of a LOT of these bastards that feel they can thumb their noses at authority, break any damn law they want, bilk the government for free money, buy drugs from money gotten from burglaries and robberies, and the like...
But I practice self-control and believe me, it's NOT easy with these local-yokels.
(they really must have a death-wish)
We are by nature a violent species, and we're mostly known for being the one species that ACTIVELY preys UPON IT'S OWN KIND...by CHOICE.
But...we have that one advantage that is supposed to raise us above all the others on the planet...and that is INTELLIGENCE.
The ability to RATIONALIZE; to understand that there can always be alternatives to ANY given situation or problems.
That SHOULD be the "leg-up" we all need, but as evidenced by the news. such is not always the case.
Can we truly get ourselves back on the right road again?
Yes, but it DOES take a few things to get it in gear.
It takes a WILLINGNESS to want to do it.
It takes STEADFASTNESS to stay the course, no matter what.
It takes PRACTICE, because we might not get it right the FIRST time.
And it takes the knowledge that in doing so, we not only make things better for ourselves, but for a great many others.
That's how America gets things done...one person at a time.
If enough persons decide to follow such prescripts, then changes can be made.
Funny thing, all of the above can be accomplished without religious intervention, and if you notice, I didn't mention GOD in the mix, but considering that such aspects of human behavior and evolution are NOT without their basis in Biblical laws and dictates, I thought you'd all figure that one out soon enough (if you already didn't know it).
Mankind has always operated within the principles set down in SOME religion. EVERY major religion has a lot of the SAME "laws" when it pertains to people. Not stealing, not killing, honoring your parents, etc. All of that (and more) precedes the rest of any true religion and it's teachings.
So there you have it...lots to ponder today, not the least of which is the brevity of fireworks.
You set them off, they go "boom", and that's that...all too brief.
Life however tends to be a tad GREATER (and a lot better) both in length and scope.
And it's to THAT end we need to be focusing our attention...the "big picture" as it were, and not just for the immediate and minuscule.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay safe out there, America.

28 June 2011

Collecting Time and Other Useful Stuff...
Time is LINEAR...it moves FORWARD, and every single one of us moves right along with it, and pretty much at the same pace.
We really don't have much choice to do otherwise, unless we're taking that big "dirt-nap".
So, in essence, that would make ALL of us "time-travelers"...after a fashion.
Now, I don't know about YOU, but if I had my druthers, I'd prefer to be able to flow back and forth throughout time.
Be kinda cool to see myself in younger days and drop off a few "notes" (to myself) to not make certain missteps or pay attention to other things a bit more (like stay in college for one thing...lol). Be real nice to visit my parents and others that have gone on already, too.
And it would be great to visit pivot points in the past in order to LEARN from them.
But, since Doc Brown isn't gonna be pulling his Mr. Fusion-powered DeLorean up into MY driveway any "time" soon (a bit of ironic intent THERE, eh?), I suppose I'm stuck right along with everyone else as we meander into whatever future awaits.
And, since we're all on this journey together to some degree (on the same planet for instance - no getting around THAT fact either), it would be in our interest to make the BEST of this trek.
We can blog about our experiences, keep a diary or journal, or even maintain some sort of "scrapbook".
I believe that every one of us is a COLLECTOR of sorts.
I know I am...and about too many times over to boot.
Some collections become costly, like those people that collect automobiles.
(I can only drive ONE at a time)
And those collections can fast become PRICELESS.
Many of us collect smaller items (that thankfully take up a LOT LESS space, much to the glee of our significant other).
And that's why some people collect coins or stamps.
We tend to focus collecting on aspects of our lives that seemed to matter more to us than other parts, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Always good to be able to "revisit" an era that brought you some happiness.
Now, my collections are many and varied.
I used to collect comics (from as far back as the 1960s), but stopped in the last decade, mainly because of the ever-rising cost of each issue.
Thankfully, that "silver-age" collection is still worth a nice healthy chunk of change, and once in a while, I go out and purchase some "special" issue to add to it, but the days of waiting anxiously at the corner drugstore with my cohorts for the magazine bundle to arrive are long gone.
So are those prices of TWELVE CENTS AN ISSUE...!
(Twenty-five cents for annuals and premiere issues)
It's more about GRAPHIC NOVELS these days...that cost upwards of $5 a shot per issue.
Kinda takes the "fun" out of it, at least for the kid in me.
Wifey and I have also collected Star Trek figures, and have amassed a rather sizable montage of figures from all the series, ranging from the (numbered) 5 inch figures to the 12 inch figures.
I still have my original G.I. Joes (12 inch version) from the '60s, but sadly, I parted with most of the accessories and vehicles...must have paid for quite the college tuition for one of my cousins in upstate PA...and I hope he REMEMBERS it...LOL!
When talking with Chris and Laurie, I told them about our one upstairs bedroom, which looks like a mini toy store with all the stuff in there.
Action figures on the walls, stuffed animals from movies and cartoons, and a few boxes of items that are all part of collections.
The pictures speak for themselves.
I also like to collect things related to GARFIELD the cat.
Every year, I get the calendar...been doing so since the mid 1990s.
And I also have a set of collector plates (numbered) with Jim Davis' signature (nice find from a past life of mine).
I have collected rock albums, soundtracks, movies I enjoy, matchbox/hot wheels cars (small but cool collection there), Star Wars figures (only certain ones), Babylon 5 figures (have the complete set), and anime Gundam figures.
I also have the complete paperback sets of all the ORIGINAL James Bond novels, and the Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as anything pertaining to the TV show from the late '60s I SPY (Bill Cosby /Bob Culp). I have managed to get ALL the paperbacks from that show, and have movie and TV tie-in novels from a lot of flicks & shows I've seen.
Mrs. Bobby G has a huge collection of Beanie Babies in the basement...all contained (mostly) in one of those old candy store glass front display cases (damn thing's about 7 feet long with 2 shelves), and that is filled to the brim.
I would say she also collects SHOES, HANDBAGS and MAKEUP, but as any married man knows, those are not really considered "collectables"...LOL!
We collect things that make us content...that provide a level of "comfort", as it were, in a world that finds us unwilling participants in the chicanery of politics, the loss of morality and civility, and all the other nonsense that intrudes into our lives, totally unwanted.
Yes, we can collect spoons from states we visited, Hummel figures from around the world, or even photographs of our adventures through our lives, and it's all designed to make us smile whenever we take a look at them in passing.
We can collect bottle caps, matchbooks, thimbles, or even old farm tools.
We collect signs, doorknobs, pins, buttons, or broaches.
Doesn't matter what we do collect...what does matter is that we seek to retain part of our life, usually from our past, as a reminder that we, as individuals DO have VALUE...and every bit as much as the items we collect.
To that end, I would have to say that ALL of this is what makes us so very unique.
It's this aspect of the human condition that not only helps to set us aside from every other species, but sets us all aside from one another IN that uniqueness. We can all be separate but still equal in that regard.
Our blogs are the logical progression of our collecting spirit.
If you search around the blogosphere, you can find a LOT of things to suit anything you desire. And you can also find that others share the want of collecting.
Some folks blogs about life...others about moments in history (I like finding those...you can learn a lot). Some people blog about recipes or old movies, while others blog about everyday activities (they enjoy sharing life with others).
Still more people share funny stories or jokes, while others chronicle life on the job as well as at home.
It's refreshing to see that people want to share with others.
And, as a result, we find ourselves "collecting" once again...acquiring new friends and acquaintances.
We can't help it really...it's in our nature. We are social beings.
We swap tales, items of interest, and even times of woe.
And if we had the chance to do it all over again, we'd come right back to it all here.
I suppose if there is ONE thing we all like to collect "together"...it's memories.
We cherish the opportunity to make that possible at every chance we get.
Funny thing about them however...we can't just set them all on some shelf to collect dust and then take them down whenever the mood suits us.
We can keep them all close to our hearts, and perhaps in that way, always have them accessible.
Any collection is worth keeping as long as it means something TO YOU.
And the manner in which you keep your collection is every bit as important.
Like I said at the top, it can be a diary, a journal, or a blog.
What matters to you is that you DO collect a part of your life, even if you're not that aware of it.
That's not too bad a thing for any "time-traveler", is it?
It does make a pretty good legacy, also.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay safe out there, America.

27 June 2011

Monday Musings...
Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends...
(and yes, those are song lyrics you're looking at...congrats for noticing.)
Another week of fighting the good fight, taking on the powers of evil, looking for bargains so we can stretch our dollars, and waiting to see what this government administration has in store for us "in our best interest"...
And it's barely MONDAY...imagine that.
*** We begin with a "post-game" show (of sorts) regarding this past weekend.
-- First off, I had to mention that Peter Falk passed away at the age of 83 last Thursday.
here's the WIKI on Mr. Falk:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Falk

















I do believe that there are no major cast members of the movie THE GREAT RACE left alive now.
That movie is a favorite of mine...damn shame they never did make a sequel (Paris to New York - the "return trip").
I loved Falk's portrayal of the bumbling sidekick (Max) to Jack Lemmon's "Professor Fate".
Marvelous casting. Those two were MADE for each other.
-- Next, an artist from comic book history (and a large part of my childhood) GENE COLAN also died.
Here's the WIKI on Gene:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Colan
If you ever picked up a copy of some Marvel comic title from the 1960s, you probably held some of Gene's work in your hands.
He penciled such notable characters as Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batman, but he made his mark on MY life when he succeeded Don Heck in doing the IRON MAN series found in the old TALES OF SUSPENSE title, carrying over into the IRON MAN series with issue #1.
His talent and particular pencilling style will be sorely missed and probably never repeated again.
-- Now, if you noticed, this past Saturday was Mrs. Bobby G.'s birthday, and we went to Red Lobster for lunch.
It was there we met fellow blogger Chris (Tilting at Windmills) and his wife Laurie.
I must say, we did indeed have a good time chatting about a myriad of topics...oh, and the food was pretty good, too.
Now, I have to back up JUST a bit and state that our "new neighbors" across the street had their SECOND week of "yard sales", and that meant people were pulling up alongside OUR property (and driveway), so as we left to head up north, I said to her:
"You wait...we'll have someone across the driveway, and we better NOT when we get home."
There was this Hispanic guy (Victor - lives at the house of a felon down the corner of our block) who was posting SIGNS for the yard sale, and "thought" he'd put one on one of our trees on our property (he thought WRONG).
I was out the door and said:
"You don't want to put that there on our tree...a utility pole works just as well." He took the hint, but I had a gut feeling it was just the beginning.
Well, on the way home, (we went over Wells St, as the bridge on S. Clinton was being repaired and slows traffic), as we turned into Glenbrook Mall to cross behind and get to Wells, some black male idiot in a dark brown Alero comes screaming out of the parking lot, not looking any which-way EXCEPT at the MIDDLE FINGER I promptly gave him for driving like a maniac and cutting across our bow, barely missing us!!!
I mean he was the ONLY car around us (that winding road is meant to allow people to access parking on the back side of the mall, and is usually empty...that's why we took it), and picked THAT moment to try to get into an accident (and picking the WRONG person to pull that kind of sh*t on).
It was like someone suddenly opened the sluice gate and let all the morons out.
And it was like that most of the several mile drive home...people braking for no reason, not signalling turns, darting across intersections, not knowing WHAT LANE (we used to call them "Dream-Weavers") they're SUPPOSED to be in...that kinda crap.
Well, we FINALLY (and by the grace of God, no doubt) back to OUR street, and sure enough...adding insult to (near) injury, there's a damn full size VAN blocking our driveway.
So, I do what any person (like me) would do...roll up and LAY ON THE HORN (well it is MY driveway, and has a PRIVATE PROPERTY - KEEP OUT sign posted). The older white guy pulls it up out of the way, and after I get our car safe in the garage, I say (loud enough to be heard):
"This better not become a goddamn parking lot, because I DO know how to dial the FWPD."
Didn't really see much "business" after that outburst.
A little later on, the "usual" house down the block had yet ANOTHER visit from the FWPD, and this time ANIMAL CONTROL came by.
No one got the "cuff 'n stuff" (as usual) and NO animals were removed (which surprised me, as I had come to believe that EVERYONE in that house WAS an "animal"...meaning a bit less than human for my liking)...amazing.
I'd figure if the police are coming to MY house at least once a month, something might be wrong somewhere...'ya think?
And it's never JUST one FWPD vehicle...they must really LIKE "company"...that's gotta be it.
When we got settled, I set about making Wifey's cake...chocolate fudge cake with chocolate icing (still practicing my "writing skills" with the decorating gig, but I got the "rosettes" down pretty well...lol).
Since we were full from lunch, we just had the cake and the birthday song a bit later...and yes, it was good enough to eat.
Bobby G. doesn't cook OR bake crap...that's a given in MY kitchen...!
Sunday, was a lot "tamer" by comparison...no driveway blockages.
Victor, however was taken to riding a battery-powered scooter about the street (as he was "running" the yard sale...AGAIN).
And, as a result (he does like to drink), he dumped the scooter (and himself) in the middle of the street. I was really laughing too hard to get a picture of THAT, but it was destined to happen sooner or later.
Needless to say, the scooter got a much-needed rest.
Yes, it does appear that we always have our shares of neighborhood morons...that's just the way Section 8 (and the gimme parade) works down here...
Don't ever place anyone with financial troubles that is a GOOD person (wanting to work OUT of poverty) around us (who are not poverty-stricken in any way) when you can dump some lazy-ass baby factories and their boyfriends of the month (and their posse) all around instead...
And people wonder WHY the SE side gets a bad rep?
C'mon, now...it's been PLANNED this way by the city.
It's by...DESIGN.
(we must be following the "Detroit Model"...ROFL)
Anyway, yesterday, I made garlic pepper cubed steaks with baked potato for dinner (with salad) and b'day cake for dessert.
We would have had those cheesy rolls/biscuits we were SUPPOSED to have brought home from Red Lobster, but someone who had a birthday this weekend forgot...wonder who that was?
Suffice it to say, we managed to stave off the bad with the good we were fortunate to attain this past weekend.
And now, we get to look forward to July 4th, and all the fireworks (that we've been hearing for weeks, and the FWPD can't seem to get a handle on).
Yes...it's a brand new week...and we hit the ground running (or in my case, lightly jogging at a comfortable pace until the lower limbs get a bit nimbler...takes about a half hour to iron out the kinks...LOL)
Got some places to go this week, things to get, lists to make...and leftover chocolate cake that we'd really hate to see go stale.
(we'll be working on that last one...definitely)
Remember, there's no bad thing in life that a good piece of cake can't help cure.
Have yourselves a great week.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay safe out there, America.