And welcome BACK into the Tundra that is passing for the Midwest this morning.
A very far cry from the past two days, that's for sure.
When I got up earlier (0515 hrs), we had just transitioned over from rain to snow...a very "heavy" snow, which means the possibility of downed branches and outages exists, especially with sustained winds of around 20 MPH.
All area schools (here) have closed, and traffic is minimal (yay - no boomcars). What's left on the police scanner tells a tale of slide-offs and accidents, so we know local ACSD, FWPD and the ISP will have their hands full.
I wouldn't be expecting to see the sun much, if at all today.
We've even had reports of "thundersnow" and lighting.
The high today..well, we already passed it, and not the temps will be dropping UNDER the freezing mark, with a low tonight of around ZERO DEGREES.
Betcha wish it was yesterday all over again, hmm?
So feel free to pour a nice large hot cup of whatever you fancy...it's gonna be a rough ride early today.
*** First off the toboggan trail today is out WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"Either you run the day, or the day runs you."
That ought to set the tone for such a day as this, considering all the problems that can occur.
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the self-help center...
*** The FWIA has managed to beg more of that legacy money from City Council (last night), all for the chance to get flights to the east coast.
|And the beg-a-thon continues....|
Here's the story link:
So, if I get this straight, the city will blow around $600K for air service, but ONLY if it's "unprofitable"?
There is this "minimum revenue guarantee" BS that bothers me.
|So THAT'S where our money goes?|
Sure sounds like another democratic Ponzi-scheme to me.
Naturally, City Council passed (read rubber-stamped) this crap with only ONE voice of reason voting it down - that of Russ Jehl, councilman for the 2nd district, who stated that "I'm uncomfortable with subsidizing a co-equal taxing body that has more cash on hand than we do", pointing out that the airport authority has a healthy cash balance of about $9.5 MIL de the $26 MIL annual budget and a robust capital spending plan.
But everyone ELSE on city council doesn't have such concerns or convictions, although "smiling" Tom Smith (1st district) did grudgingly vote to the affirmative (he caved), but not before stating " Legacy money is viewed by the citizens as a COMMUNITY treasure, and it's use has to be very, VERY well explained."
He continued by saying "...but this has been a long-standing need, so I will swallow hard and vote for the 50-50 split with CEDIT (for the funding of this "chance" if empty seats are on those airliners...if they choose to fly to the east coast).
"WTF???" moment to me.
You watch, that legacy fund money will wind up being pissed up against so many nice, new "walls" that this city doesn't really need.
*** The FWCS also has money issues, and here's the story link:
|And a constant source of "need"|
Such things as special education student assessments, district transportation routes, and parents' ability to choose where students attend school are ALL on the plate this time around.
FWCS superintendent) outlined major issues at the first of five meetings to be held at various high schools around the city (last night was at Southside).
The items discussed were the state voucher program and A-F accountability, as well as budget cuts and property tax caps affecting the district's budgets.
The FWCS is another one of those THIRTY "entities" that can ask to have taxes levied against the citizens...just like the FWIA...or Citilink.
Thing is, the property tax CAPS are there to prevent everyone from sticking their fingers in OUR tax-paying pies every single year all at once.
It is there to slow down the (artificial) rate at which properties are being assessed, rather than the ACTUAL rate dictated by the market and the values contained therein.
And let's face it, the more you can CHARGE for a property (assessed value and not market value) the HIGHER the tax money received...right?
It's a rather nice little game the city and county have going for them, but thanks to the TAX CAP, it only eats away at you in smaller increments.
*** Last back to the igloo today...the snow that's been coming down has given us all something out of a Thomas Kincade painting.
|The back yard's there SOMEPLACE!|
It IS proving to be a royal pain-in-the-ass to most any person on the roads today.
The new snow is covering the rain that came earlier this morning, and also what was left of the ice and snow from the last event under all THAT.
And anyone who's driven for a living (like myself) will tell you....that ain't all that good, no matter HOW many wheel drives your vehicle has.
|THIS will get you around the city (even on the SE side)!|
This is akin to the snowfalls that hit our troops in WW2 during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, and even fully-TRACKED vehicles had a rough go of that weather, sliding all about.
|This SURE isn't SHOAFF PARK!|
It's like picking up snow-covered slush...which, for the most part is exactly what this crap is.
Naturally, no on else will be doing such nonsensical things like clearing the sidewalks down here, and that will once again prove to be a bane to motorists AND pedestrians as early as tomorrow when things return to some level of normalcy.
|It still looks pretty, though.|
I guess our quote would seem in-step with the weather today...and the best we can hope to do IS run this day.
For if we do not, it WILL most certainly run every one of us.
And that we can take to the bank...(as soon as we shovel out the driveway...lol)
Stay SAFE out there, America.