PLUS side of the temperature scale...
Well, THAT is a relief.
The past several days have been downright NASTY for man or beast when going outside.
I may even splurge and NOT wear my thermal underwear today...lol.
Temps today are expected to reach a balmy NINETEEN DEGREES...and yes, that IS above zero.
But there won't be much sun later on, as snow showers are also expected this afternoon/evening but no appreciable accumulation.
That's not to say that we treat today any different from the past 2-3 days...no way.
There is STILL the chance of cold weather affecting the body, but knowing some people, they will take this lessening of sub-zero temps as an opportunity to toss caution to the wind, which could result in a most typical result.
We'll be looking into this and a few other things, so let's shake the sleep out of ourselves, pour another cup of java, and get this sled team moving...
*** First up is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week...
"Adventure is just bad planning."
In lieu of recent weather HERE in the Hoosierland, you might find this rather an easy one to figure out.
Not to mention that its has been a "adventure" for MANY outside over the last 72 hours...
*** As I said yesterday, we got the Wifeymobile fixed with dispatch by Yeoman's.
The worst part of it was having to walk down and back TWICE in the cold, but Wifey and I were prepped well enough, although in such weather, I tend to walk a bit FASTER than she.
And I saw fit to carry a firearm W/O a CCW permit to and from the repair shop.
It's only a block, but I figure with with new DPS and FWPD chief, I need an "edge" to any potential problem.
I'm not to first to carry w/o any permit (except for the venerable FOURTH AMENDMENT)...and I certainly will not be the last, but I am probably the ONLY one down here w/o any police record or rap sheet...and THAT is one distinction that is hard to beat for this 61 year old.
I noticed that although Pettit Ave. had been plowed, there was still hard-packed snow on the street, and THAT was slicker than snot on a doorknob.
|Luke and Han help the FWPD direct traffic.|
That made sense, because people had been advised to NOT park along streets ( if possible) to allow plows to do their job.
Wifey's car (aka snowspeeder) is back in our "hangar" and all is well once again.
I will say that the plows did a good job in our area, and managed to get to OUR streets earlier than usual...for a change.
*** I noticed that our part of the ghettohood has been SO wonderfully QUIET of late too...going to miss THAT when the snow starts to melt. You get spoiled REAL quick.
It sounds the way a NEIGHBORHOOD should sound...NORMAL.
Now, with such things as peace and quiet, you DO pay some sort of "price" for that, knowing these "locals" the way I do.
-- For example, many of the OTHER aspects of such weather went UNHEEDED by many of the morons that infest our area...like clearing the snow from around the FIRE HYDRANTS.
|Where's the EFFIN hydrant?|
-- Then, there are the assholes that have to dig themselves out, and proceed to shovel ALL that snow back INTO the street that was PLOWED...!
|DON'T put that snow in the street, dumbass!|
(not at OUR house...they're REQUIRED BY LAW...lol)
-- Then there are people that shovel their car out from in front of THEIR house, only to wind up parking in FRONT of another house.
|Didn't you just shovel yourself OUT down the street?|
You want to deny another person the ability to park in front of THEIR OWN house? Is THAT it?
I can only imagine how this works at apartment complexes.
Some people just do not have the sense they were born with.
But, there's more...
-- What about those who, after shoveling themselves OUT, take to the roads and streets WITHOUT cleaning off ALL the windows on their vehicles?
|Clean off ALL the damn snow, dipshit!|
Got a newsflash for THESE idiots...NONE of the above will do the trick.
YOU have to properly and completely clear the glass...so YOU CAN SEE who else has not cleared off THEIR windows when driving about.
I mean, there is lazy...but down here there is (F$CKING) LAAAA-ZEEEE. It's like they want someone or something ELSE to do the job FOR THEM.
(wonder where they ever got THAT impression?)
-- Naturally, almost NONE of the sidewalks have been shoveled (except for OURS), and not doing so IS a violation of the city ordinance that requires that sidewalks be cleared by 0900 hrs whenever possible.
|We do it because it's expected of us...|
No one ELSE seems to think that way, and the sad part, is that NCE never cites anyone for NOT following the ordinance.
And the city wonders WHY they need money?
The answer is as easy to see as the noses on their primate faces.
Don't enforce the laws and hold no one accountable to obey them...that ALWAYS works.
(unlike the locals who NEVER work)
So, you can easily see that whatever regular neighborhoods do (naturally) every time it snows, does NOT apply to the "government-sponsored" among us one damn bit.
And that's why parts of Fort Wayne ARE the way they are.
*** Lastly today, having such severe weather can be a mixed blessing, believe it or not.
On the one hand, you're not out on the streets for the most part (unless the job dictates it) freezing your nether-regions off.
And my hat's off to those in uniform that have been out in this weather.
They've done a fantastic job during this event.
On the flip side,. too many get "cabin-fever" way too soon, and that precipitates them HAVING to venture outside either on foot or by vehicle.
Fortunately, I have never suffered such malady.
|Happiness in winter is a warm tookus!|
|We need THESE signs on the streets.|
Some folks simply will not listen no matter how many times you advise them or how strongly you urge them.
And perhaps HERE is where education can make some leaps.
It comes down to THIS:
Not everyone wins, but everyone plays.
Not everyone succeeds, but everyone tries.
(you may quote ME on that one)
I think if more people stick to THAT notion, we ALL become better people.
Just a thought.
Stay SAFE out there, America.