*** Here's another storm-related story about WHY it sometimes seems to take forever to get things going again...and it's a decent read:
You need to tread cautiously, and any outside influence is often enough to bring everything crashing down.
And then, you pick up ALL the pieces...for a long time.
AGE of the power grid is such where most of the entire system is ALREADY slapped together with band-aids...and bailing wire, and spit...and rubber bands!
Hasn't been much in he order of UPGRADES to it for a long time, and we see the evidence of such neglect (and about 40,000 here in Fort Wayne are still feeling it).
There is a proposal floating about the county council here for BURYING some of the power lines to prevent another situation like we just had...great idea.
The ENTIRE downtowns of most cities have NO POWER LINES above ground, and with good reason - got enough gridlock there as it is...don't want another reason to have even MORE, right? And that works.
So, maybe it's time to do likewise in areas that have trees in abundance...in case they are taken down by storms, and subsequently take down the power lines...or when a drunk driven marries his vehicle to a utility pole. It has promise, and would serve to bring a LOT of the problems we not face under better control.
*** Tomorrow is Independence Day and along those lines, columnist FRANK GRAY has a very good tale to tell.
Here's the link to his article:
(( Caution: there is some HISTORY involved and you might learn something. ))
I found out there is a lot more Revolutionary War history here than I first thought, and it's rather intriguing.
I mean we ALL know about (Mad) Anthony Wayne, but there is so much more. And maybe we should take some time to check it out.
*** Lastly today, tomorrow IS the 4th of July...pretty important date in this nation's history, if you ask me.
And with this drought and burn-ban, it makes sense to perhaps forego the USUAL fol-de-rol when it comes to celebratory behavior.
Let's face it, too many people don't REALLY celebrate the 4th in the manner to which the holiday is meant to be celebrated...they just USE it as an excuse to do STUPID SH*T...a LOT!
(and it shows)
I've done the cookout gig, downed my share of brews and had some great times, but we always knew WHY we were celebrating, and NEVER taking it to the point where we bothered others, or caused unnecessary harm to anyone else or ourselves...maybe that was just the way WE were brought up.
We were told from early on, that Independence Day as a pretty BIG deal for America...and we ran with that.
Most times, we went to parades and public fireworks displays, because they were better than ANYTHING we could dream up (or afford).
Today, we see laypeople with NO idea what's behind the proper use and display of street corner pyrotechnics getting drunk of high and then proceeding to show everyone else how "cool" they can be with the hundreds of bucks of fireworks they just bought...
Where they even GET all the money to BUY all those items is beyond me, because NONE of them works a lick!
(it must come with the nice new car with the loudass stereo and 24 inch rims the government gets for them on OUR dimes)
You can enjoy the holiday while being perfectly responsible...
SAFE out there, America.