BOTH of you...LOL), a Happy Victoria Day!
We've got some fun stuff to chat about this fine morning, and the skies outside lend themselves to such spirited conversations and observations.
Our Hoosierland weather will be FAIR (what? no rain? Nah, that's later tomorrow) today with highs in the 70 degree range...looks like Spring might be finally here for the long haul.
That should give things time to dry the hell out.
Yes indeed...sunshine, nice temps...what more can one ask for?
(how about some boom cars to louse up all the serenity?)
Yeah, we're going to suffer THAT as well, but let's cross that bridge when we GET to it, hmm?
In the meantime, go fill that cup up with your morning beverage of choice and we take a little stroll around and see what's been going on.
*** First out of the basement today, I'm happy to report that we are STILL dry (for the time being) as we await the arrival of the utilities guy from the city and then the Roto-Rooter people to come tear up the lawn, so they can install a sewer access after they water jet that root-ball in OUR line into oblivion (and into the CITY sewer system). I can hardly wait.
Broadview Nursery this Saturday after grocery, and got (even) MORE plants to well...plant.
We are adding another Bee Balm and got ourselves another Butterfly Bush to replace the one this past winter killed off by the heavy snow that snapped a main stem/branch/trunk in two (ouch).
And that meant cutting the old, dead crap off, and then...tearing up the OLD roots (oh, joy).
Wifey should have taken some pictures of me yanking that bugger out BY HAND...but alas, she didn't.
She asked if that was helping my anger-management regarding the "neighbors"..getting out all the frustration...
Have to say, parts of that root were thicker than my damn WRIST, but I got them out, and we're ready to install the "rookie" (bush) in it's place.
|Dem's some BIG-ass roots!|
At least Wrinkles the Squirrel still finds time to drop by and see how things are going (and nab some peanuts).
AGAIN and call him "Itchy"?
This little guy's name seems to change more often than Indiana weather...LOL.
*** And speaking of basements, sewers, and other assorted plumbing things, I noticed a wet spot on the floor yesterday not far from the drain (that loves to back up)...
I look up and this one piece of pipe has a droplet dangling from it.
I take a bucket and place it under the pipe and I feel it...yep, it's WET andthe least time I checked, INDOOR pipes should ONLY be wet on the INSIDE, that is, if my plumbing knowledge serves me correctly.
Now, it ONLY drips when you use the bathroom SINK or BATHTUB...it's a connected drain line from them to the main stack.
|I gotcha, sucker...!|
If it were up to me, I'd rip it ALL out and put ONE type of pipe with better drainage and fewer twists and turns all over the place.
|Just south of dead-center...THAT is the culprit.|
Say one thing...it's getting pretty busy around here of late, but that's OK...those coming by are INTELLIGENT and I can hold a conversation with any of them...a far cry from most all the "locals"...yep, always looking for the "silver lining",right?
((EDITOR'S UPDATE -1040 HRS - Korte just left and we got us some NEW PIPES!
|Now dem's some GOOD pipes!|
Not too bad. John (the tech) did another great job. No more dripping...yay!))
Now, if we can catch our breath around here for a spell...
*** Next up, another "Stevie Wonder could have seen this one coming" moment...
Well, here's a story from the business section of today's J-G that says just that...and a LOT more:
I know we've spoke at length about this over the years this blog's been around, and I also know many of YOU out there feel the same way I do when it comes to those young people looking for work, and then sabotaging themselves in the process.
"when you dress like a slob, that's how people will see you", and that is SO true when going to an interview, even if it's at a job agency and NOT the company you wish to be employed at.
That is mentioned in this story, as well as the other fact that people entering the workforce don't want to "start at the bottom"
(CWM spoke to this in his blog late last week that the SWISS were going to vote to RAISE the minimum wage there to $25 an hour (!!!)...and how it was SOUNDLY defeated...good for them, because MAJORITY RULES).
Gotta love that.
THEY can follow suit...yeah, right.
It takes more than a casual attitude, sloppy appearance and a nonchalant mindset to accomplish such things...and it's HARDER to do than in generations past...there is nothing "easy" about any of this...
Looking for work IS work...plain and simple...been there, done that, and the harder you apply yourself to THAT task, the better your chances of getting something you can pay the bills with...and hell, might even enjoy.
But, it's up to YOU, the one seeking employment.
No one comes along, taps you on the shoulder, and hires your butt, starting you off in a middle management position "just because"...it's YOUR diligence and persistence that pays off (usually every Friday when that check is handed to you).
To think THESE young people will be running things in a decade or so...cripes, we could be SO screwed...!
*** Last back to the hangar today, again, that nasty human nature rears it ugly head.
And, as expected, we can blame our "culture" for much of it, or to put it more properly, the SUB-cultures that make up our culture have done so.
TODAY is not what we grew up in...it's the product of decades of permissiveness, stroking self-esteems when backsides should have been spanked, and a secular-humanistic approach to ourselves and our children, when we SHOULD have been embracing good, solid, values and principles, rooted deeper in morality, rather than the lack of it.
What we've allowed to be created can be changed, but again, truth be told, it will take WORK, and not just by the older generations, but by younger people who are brought up not with a sense of entitlement, but a sense of EMPOWERMENT.
Creating more self-reliance and self-sufficiency will drive out the whole victicratic mentality, now permeating too many in this nation, and fostered by an over-reaching government.
When people learn to do FOR themselves and not TO themselves, and find out what it means to appreciate what they WORK for, then we're on the right track to greatness for this country.
Stay SAFE out there,America.