And we're never at a loss for something to discuss, at least as long as the wrong people are running this country and ruining our lives, right?
The Hoosierland weather today is supposed to have some rain attached to it...the rain we didn't seem to get last night. It will be mostly cloudy today with a high around 70..a far cry from yesterday's (record) high of 89, beating the old high one degree lower, and that smacks back to 1979 (must have had some climate change going on THEN too).
So, go get that morning beverage of choice filled back up, as I promise to take things a bit on the "lighter" side...after we dispense with some of the bullsh*t that never seems to stop flowing...
*** First out of the hog wallow today is something that even Stevie Wonder could have seen coming.
|Yes, the stupidity NEVER seems to end.|
|That's OUR money!|
(anyone seeing a recurring PATTERN with the city leadership?)
It seems this project (determined to make the DOWNTOWN area SO much better (while other areas like the SE side continue to devolve) and fundamentally "change" the skyline of our city will cost ANOTHER $20 MILLION of CITY funding.
It comes down to the PARKING AREA (that's the city-funded part) and will yield 450 more parking spots. That basically boils down to about $444.84 PER SPOT...kinda "pricey", don'cha think?
And then there is talk of the "basement" TO the garage...for those additional 450 parking spots.
MY garage doesn't have a basement...just a LOFT.
So, if we chose NOT to add the basement, we COULD save that money?
Naturally, our City Council WILL "rubber stamp" this baby...as they always do when in LOCKSTEP-MODE.
|Don't they ALWAYS when it comes to "DOWNTOWN"?|
*** WPTA had a pretty good story last evening about the crackdown by this "new" gang unit in Fort Wayne.
Here's the story link (w/ video):
|Yeah...you been BUSTED, dawg!|
One aspect to the story that I thought was WOEFULLY missing was any mention of anything by either FWPD chief Hamilton OR Dir.of Public Safety, Rusty York...it's like neither of them exists (and that COULD be construed as a good thing in many ways...LOL)
*** Next up and definitely on the LIGHTER side of things, we've had PLENTY of activity at our feeder...makes me wonder what would happen if we had about THREE more.
And the water dish is getting a workout to boot...
|That's NOT a bathtub, guys!|
|Who's watching WHO now?|
|Do I watch YOU eat, Bob?|
|Hey...you lookin' at MY girlfriend, pal?|
|Wrinkles the Squirrel - in all his hairlessness.|
Well, he does still takes peanuts out of my hand, so that's good to know (and yes, I do wash my hands afterwards...don't want to lose any MORE of MY hair...LOL)
I still have to get some more plants in the ground...like my tomatoes and cayenne...perhaps this weekend, after we get whatever rain is predicted.
|Broadview Nursery on Winchester Rd.|
*** Next, I have been slowly "getting the band back together" when it comes to action figures...more specifically THE AVENGERS figures.
|Avengers Assemble - no "assembly " required.|
Lo and behold, eBay to the rescue again...managed to snag me a loose Hulk figure with (get this) "fist-smashing action".
|Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!|
The hard part is finding a HAWKEYE and BLACK WIDOW figure. Hell, even the NICK FURY figures are tough to find for cheap.
Naturally, the figures I have are in a "place of honor", and that means right out front on the entertainment center...(with a NYPD police car behind them...JUST to make it seem "proper").
Now, I'm certainly NOT in the running for the "He who has the most toys when he dies...wins" category, but what the hell...it's an indulgence...a guilty pleasure as it were, and it costs a LOT less than collecting expensive cars like Jay Leno (not to mention, our garage can only fit TWO).
And, seeing these figures brings me back to better days...nothing wrong with that, hmm?
*** Lastly today...many of you out there feel much the same as I do when it comes to times past...
In many aspects, they WERE better times, in spite of the social issues we faced, and the threat of nuclear annihilation.
|Kids being...KIDS, the way it USED to be.|
We were given "rules" to follow...which we did, or we suffered the consequences.
We played with all sorts of toy GUNS, and never got our mitts on a real one to wreak havoc anywhere.
|I still have mine...|
ONCE sued the playground or the city because of OUR shortcomings.
We played with METAL (tin) toys, which, if mishandled COULD hurt us, so we learned HOW to not get hurt.
We played catch with REAL baseballs, and we learned not to use our face to stop the ball, and never sued the makers of the balls or gloves.
We did ALL of this, and so much more...like READING comic books.
So, it says a lot to how WE grew up, and speaks volumes as to how kids are "growing up" these days.
We didn't need smartphones to talk to our friends...we had SMART FEET to took us to THEIR HOUSES.
We didn't need iPods to listen to music all the time...we were too busy playing to be bothered with that.
We didn't have computers...we had BOOKS, that WE had to learn to READ to get information.
And again, through all of this...and much more, we managed to SURVIVE without the "help" of the over-reaching, all-powerful, all knowing, all seeing government intruding into OUR lives and turning our youth into pre-pubescent mediocrity.
We had PARENTS for THAT job (and not for any mediocrity)...parents who gave a damn about HOW we grew up, how we respected others (especially those older than us)...parents putting us back on those bicycles, encouraging us to do better in school, because THEY KNEW we COULD do better, even if we didn't.
Now you tell me...with ALL these contrivances that can (if used properly) AID us through life, rather than run our lives for us, we WERE better off back then when we did more for ourselves, and measured success or failure by what WE did or didn't do, instead of merely sticking out our hands to get something we never earned in the first place, right?
THAT...is something worth pondering.
Do have yourselves a great weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.