This is kinda cool...end of the week,. AND the start of the month. Who woulda seen THAT one coming, hmm?
So, change those calendars!
In any event, March is here...not exactly "in like a lion", unless that lion's been taking a snooze. And certainly not "in like a lamb" either...we're sorta in-between here...and if you can name THAT animal, go to the head of the class!
Weather today is much like yesterday - temps getting slightly above freezing, maybe a flurry or three, and the same old gray overcast.
So, let's get this show on the road, because it's packed tighter than a Fiat 500 full of clowns at Barnum and Bailey's center ring.
(as for the "clowns"...hold THAT thought)
*** First up today, the classical music realm lost TWO notable persons this week.
-- The first is conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch, and here's his WIKI:
He was often acclaimed as an interpreter of composer Richard Strauss.
He also did a great job conducting the 4 Brahms symphonies.
And here is the UK Telegraph article on his passing at the age of 89 years:
He had conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra after conductor Ricardo Muti left in 1993, and Sawallisch was welcomed with open arms and banners across the streets of downtown.
He retired in 2003 due to poor health, but retained the title of conductor laureate in Philly.
-- The other person was the piano prodigy Van Cliburn, and here is his WIKI:
I suppose one could consider him one of the first "olive branches" during the Cold War, when, at the age of 23, he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, held in MOSCOW.
Kinda like Jesse Owens winning gold at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.
Cliburn began playing when he was only THREE.
And he was the FIRST classical recording artist to sell ONE MILLION COPIES of his Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1, so you could consider him the "Elvis" of classical music in that regard.
He passed away at the age of 78 and here's a really GOOD NYT article about his passing and achievements:
Certainly, a talent of the highest degree.
*** A MAJOR development in that December 2012 investigation of Michael Fabini.
And here's the story link:
|Michael Fabini House|
McChesney pleaded guilty to possession of more than a 1000 KILOS of pot (guess so) with intent to distribute ('ya think?), and was sentenced to 27 years in jail back in 2011.
Another address listed was 5603 Kohart Place, which was used as a drug manufacturing and distribution site.
The property is owned by Lillian Enterprises in Warsaw, IN.
So, if you want a house for cheap, I hear the FEDS are looking for a forfeiture of Fabini's nicely amended abode.
If convicted (should be easy enough with ALL those charges), Fabini faces more than 20 years behind bars.
*** Two men busted for shooting and charged with murder.
Here's the story link:
|Marshall (left) - Lopez (right)|
And I would wager that the nickname "switch" might refer to his weapon-of-choice...switchblade?
(Which when going against a Mossberg 500 is a REALLY stupid thing to do)
Well, that solves another homicide, and gets some thugs off the streets.
*** Another "two-fer" shooting at the Eden Green (thug) Apartments.
Here's the link:
FWPD moved from that building which was a spit and a slide FROM those apartments.
One person was in fair condition and the other was listed as critical.
No motive, no suspect and a shooter still at-large...sounds like an AVERAGE day on the city's...(...all together, gang...)...SOUTHEAST SIDE.
*** Okay, so you're a Dad shopping for a baby stroller, got some money to burn, AND have a penchant for James Bond...
What to do?
A vintage DB5 is kinda "pricey", too.
Aston Martin is here to save the day, and here's the proof:
And this pram ONLY sets you back a mere 2000 pounds (somewhere near $3400 bucks).
Now, it doesn't have machine guns, revolving plates, bullet-proof shields, or even an ejector seat.
rompers" to go with that and a baby bottle shaped like a magnum of BOLLINGER.
Your baby will enjoy his/her formula "shaken, not stirred".
What WILL they think of next, huh?
*** Lastly today, today is the meteorological beginning of SPRING...coulda fooled me.
Yet, I DID see several robins outside, which is not a surprise, because they are here ALL damn year anyway, and do not act as a portent to springtime...that's just legend.
And we also begin Match Madness...((...yawn...))
I could give a rat's ass about b'ball.
But I DO care about what passes for my neighborhood, unlike so many others living around us who don't.
We have houses that just HAVE to be drug houses, because of all the traffic coming and going to all hours, and even after you report them to the FWPD, nothing seems to get done, after a YEAR (typical investigations take 6 months on average).
I mean when a house worth less than $30K has vehicles that cost MORE than $40K, and from several states, like NY or GA, that kinda sends up a red flag (to ME, anyway).
No one can be THAT "popular", unless they have SOMETHING so many others "want"...and we all know what that is...
(yeah, rib recipes and bootleg DVDs)
|Love your ghetto!|
And it would be nice to see the city give a sh*t, instead of improving DOWNTOWN (which rolls up the sidewalks after dark...or damn near).
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.