31 August 2012

Friday Follies...

Welcome to the end of the week...AND the end of the month.
Won't be long before we sing the blues regarding RAKING LEAVES...will it?
Today's temps will again reach into the 90s here in the Heartland, with clouds moving in sometime between later today and tomorrow.
Then we'll begin to feel what's left of tropical depression Issac...plan for a rainy Sunday in Ft. Wayne.
(at least that's what they're telling us)
In any event, let's sit back and get ready to enjoy the Labor Day weekend.
(or, as we used to call it - Summer's last gasp...lol)
*** Now what all of you think I was NOT going to watch the last night of the GOP RNC when they were going to have CLINT EASTWOOD as a speaker, hmm?
Hey, Clint might be in his 80s, but he's still got it...maybe not AS MUCH as before, but I was liking it.
The tag line from him had to be:
"When someone isn't getting the job done, you've gotta let him go."
And we ALL know to whom he was referring.
Not as good as the line from MAGNUM FORCE:
"...A man's gotta know his limitations."
That would have worked just as well for me.
And when Clint was talking to the "empty chair" (Obama), well, that seemed all too appropriate.
Marco Rubio did a wonderful job as well, touting the advancements in education that the state of Florida has enjoyed, having come back from the abyss as far as student performance and graduation rates go.
It wasn't about dumping more MONEY into their systems for programs that never work, it was about working SMARTER and BETTER within the systems for improvement across the scholastic board.
Then, it was Mitt Romney's turn...and if (as Glenn Beck put it yesterday) "Paul Ryan managed to not only hit one out of the park, but out of the parking lot NEXT to the ballpark", then Mitt pulled a "Natural", and the ball is STILL going skyward.
We learned more about Romney's beginnings, and how he has raised his family. (and his one son addressed the crowd earlier in fluent Spanish...a masterstroke)
Like I stated earlier this week...I'm not a big speech person, but I was listening intently as Romney gave his speech.
He had some very good quotes from the speech. Here's a link to them:
If Ryan's speech (to me) was GALVANIZING...Romney's was HEARTFELT.
And Romney seems to KNOW what GOD he serves, too.
Be nice to have a "preacher" in the White House. Might add an air of MORALITY to the old place again.
*** The 2012 Fort Wayne Air Show begins today (through Sunday).
Here's the link to the updates:
And yes, it looks like tomorrow (after grocery shopping) will be my "day of choice" to attend.
There's even going to be RECRUITERS there (damn...too old for THAT).
Hopefully, I can get to schmooze with some of the zoomies and see how they like driving these ships around, and ask some technical questions.
I'm taking two cameras (and extra batteries) and binoculars...and some folding money for souvenirs and whatever else I can find.
Oh, yeah, a real guy's day out...even if it's "flying solo" (Wifey's not into fast planes, noise and the smell of aviation or JP fuel).
It should be a decent day to get wheels up, providing the cover isn't TOO low.
I really hope to get LOTS of photos (with 2 cams AND a SIM card...are you fragging KIDDING me???)
And I PROMISE the lovely Mrs. Bobby G. that I will NOT try and get recruited or sign up for anything.
The kid in me will no doubt have a blast there tomorrow, and my Dad's spirit will be there I'm sure.
*** A rash of car break-ins have the FWPD cautioning citizens...
Here's the link:
Yeah, they need OUR help...again.
(so, where's my "deputy" shield and permit to carry?)
The FWPD had a video of how NOT to be broken into YEARS ago...guess not many folks watched that on cable access (Behind the Badge telecast).
And the perps get away with such crimes REAL easy...few prints and fewer clues.
I say it comes down to THIS:
"Don't make yourself out to BE a victim, and you WON'T become one."
Don't allow the inside of your vehicle to be a poster child for the "snatch and grab" for lunch bunch, kapeesh?
And LOCK the vehicle when you leave it unattended (and don't leave it running in that manner).
This is a big FUBAR with lots of people.
A word to he wise SHOULD be sufficient...providing such people HAVE that modicum of WISDOM to begin with, right?
*** Lastly today, we're at the time of year when we acknowledge those who LABOR (and not the unions that take their monies).
Being able to work, and working itself is, and always has been part of the American dream...the American spirit, and the American experience.
We work so that our children can have better than we did, or we work to have a better life for ourselves...through OUR OWN toil.
And we work because it's the RIGHT thing to do as an American.
Hard work not only helped found this nation...it caused it's growth over time, and provided an example to the rest of the world of how it's SUPPOSED to be done, when it comes to freedom to choose HOW we work, WHERE we work, and WHAT KIND of work we will pursue.
It's only fitting that we take time to embrace the working man or woman...the individuals that TOGETHER make this country excel above all others.
Damn shame it's only ONE day.
Have yourselves a great weekend.
And I'll see 'ya next month.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


CWMartin said...

The quote on your link that caught my eye was, "“Every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: ‘you are better off today than you were four years ago.’ Except Jimmy Carter, and except this president." A nice example of giving credit where credit's due, even if one of those presidents was on the other side of the fence.

Of course, all those presidents failed on one critical point- I still got four years older every time!

Bob G. said...

You got off lucky.

I feel EIGHT YEARS OLDER after THIS President...LOL!

(and that's beside the arthritis)

And like I said in the post, at least ROMNEY KNOWS exactly WHO his GOD happens to be.
(that makes us "related" now?)

I think we'll find the ETHICS and INTEGRITY of Romney (and Ryan) will be something this government has been missing for a while.

Thanks for stopping by today and commenting.

Stay safe up there this weekend.
(maybe see 'ya at the airshow?)

John D. said...

Haven't been to an air show in years. They used to have one at the Schenectady County Airport every year, but they haven't been doing it lately. I think the last one I went to was mid-90s. I'm hoping they start it up again in the near future. If not, I guess I'll have to find one within driving distance and make the trek.

Enjoy the air show, Bob. And have yourself a great Labor Day weekend.

Bob G. said...

John D.:
I think the ONLY reason we have our first air show here, after a thirteen year hiatus, is becasue of the 122nd ANG boys and girls out there at the FWIA.
(whatever works, eh?)

Dad and I used to ALWAYS drive from Philly to the shows.
This one is just a lot closer to our house now...
(about 4 clicks outbound of the main runway threshold)

I'll do my best to bring back a good report and pictures out the wazoo...

Have to remember I'm NOT that teenager hanging with Dad, though...a bit older now, and a tad slower.

(it takes a few minutes MORE for the impossible these days...LOL)

Hey, thanks so much for rolling on up today and commenting.

Have yourselves a great weekend and stay safe out there this Labor Day.

ms nk rey said...

I hope you and Mrs G have a great weekend. Enjoy the air show I am there in spirit.

Bob G. said...

I will try my darndest to enjoy the day for you, too.

Wifey is holding down the "fortress" in my absence.

Hell, we might even do a cookout Monday (if the rain lets up by then)...if not, then it's PLAN B - I use that white thing w/ the burners called a STOVE...LOL!

You have YOURSELF a good weekend and don't get wet!
(you know how easily sugar melts)


Stay safe down there.