DOES smack a bit of feeling autumn-like out there, it's a LOT better than waking up to sweltering heat and oppressive humidity, isn't it?
The Hoosierland weather to this day will find us with mild temps, which will each into the mid-70s...yeah, we're warming up a wee bit, but it'll still be a great day to air out the humble abode, so toss those windows open.
Always wonder why they "say" that - TOSS the window open, or THROW the window open...crazy stuff.
Anyway, fair and partly cloudy skies will follow us about today, and we even have a chance of rain later on.
So, let's get that morning cup of whatever poured so we can celebrate another day of living (sounds like some good song lyrics there, hmm?).
*** First out of the recycle bin today...the local trash-tossing morons were busy yesterday evening...I went out close to midnight and "retrieved" a Mountain Dew bottle, a Bud Light can (20 oz, naturally - the ghetto swill of choice), and a nice chunk of CONCRETE which had been moved from a pile we have at the end of our driveway to keep other idiots from cutting the corner and wearing away our property line.
|We're not THIS bad, but some are working on it.|
|We do...in our own way.|
We can have a street sweeper run through our street on a Monday, and by Wednesday, you'd never know they came through in the last 6 months.
Now, I have my OWN way of dealing with lawn trash - I "recycle" it onto a lawn across our alley, and the only reason I do THAT, is because those people are (ghetto) trash to begin with, so a few more pieces won't bother them.
Sometimes, I will toss a beer bottle into the intersection and watch it shatter. The "locals" will drive through enough to "take the shards away", as it were...lol. And if some boomcar gets a flat out of it...oh, well...them's the breaks (when you mess with me).
I'd prefer to not even do these things, but if there were no trash to speak of, the problem would be rendered elementary, would it not?
Thing is, I can pick up one MORE piece of trash than they can throw, so I will always get "the last word" there.
*** Bill O'Reilly had a good topic last evening - had to do with the legalization of pot (which I am also against).
There are plenty of "items" available to the POOR (mostly illegal) that it boggles the mind when you see people chase after this garbage, rather than feed and clothe themselves.
Never did understand this mystique over illegal drugs, and I admit to having tried pot a few times (LONG time ago) in another lifetime. sure I got buzzed, but it wasn't worth my time OR money to foster that lifestyle and pursue being a stoner.
And even though I've got some nice large veins, I have this aversion to hypodermics, so that's a lost cause, and I simply detest snorting anything up my nose...pollen is plenty, thank you, and I didn't even do THAT on purpose.
Not to mention, you ever try DRIVING and SNEEZING at the same time...without closing your eyes? Damn hard thing to do, isn't it?
|Such a WASTE...|
I can vouch for that...the SE side of Ft. Wayne has the highest number of liquor stores, convenience stores (which also sell beer), gas stations and dollar stores, but this (as something else I've said before) does NOT a retail hub make. If anything, it keeps those with existing financial problems, societal problems and mental problems "well-fed", and that's why we see the crime rates we do in such areas.
|Sure seems a bit "biased", don'cha think?|
To this day, you rarely see that many billboards, but when you do, how many are reflecting POSITIVE values, rather than some "thing" to be chased after?
You never win ANY "war" by legalizing an aspect (or the reasoning) OF that war...it's THAT simple, people.
*** And now, for something quite a bit "different", and something I've a somewhat personal tie to.
We have a visitor in Ft. Wayne, and it's from an era of that greatest generation...aka WW2.
B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber has flown into the FWIA, and will be there through this weekend.
But, she's not just ANY B-17...this one was restored and was featured in the 1990 movie MEMPHIS BELLE (a very good flick, btw, based on a factual account of the crew from that aircraft).
Here's the Frank Gray column (with video) from today's J-G:
(nice photos there, too)
Now, WAAAYYY back in the year 1991, out at our local airport in NE Philly, we had a "fly-in" with more than a few warbirds there, including a Lockheed Hudson, Grumman TBF Avenger (navy torpedo plane), A B-25 Mitchell, a B-24 Liberator, AND, a B-17, named "Memphis Belle", fresh from the movie.
|Hard to take "pictures of pictures" - 1991 Philly|
Sure glad I'm only 5'7" tall, as being much taller would prove a bit claustrophobic...and give me a sore noggin from whacking it on something hanging from overhead.
Yes, the planes are that confining INSIDE. On the OUTSIDE, they are impressive enough.
|A LOT younger "me" at the radio ops position.|
The movie chronicles the LAST mission of the "Belle"...the 25th mission, which, upon completion, a bomber crew would have finished their tour of duty. and be sent stateside.
|Good movie AND soundtrack.|
The exploits of the 8th Air Force over Europe is a part of our history that needs to be read about...and remembered.
Here's the website of the organization behind this aircraft:
Tours of the B-17 are free, although you can DONATE whatever you want for the upkeep of this aircraft.
Rides can be had for $450 (they can take up to TEN people with the aircrew), and THAT money also goes to the preservation of this fine example of aviation history and technology.
|Still flying...after all these years.|
These engines demand a more frequent maintenance schedule due to the age of them, and they often run into thousands of dollars per unit.
Again, they don't make these anymore...talk about your "classics", hmm?
I might consider taking a run out there...just to see her again, and walk through where I once walked before.
Kinda like seeing an "old friend" in some ways...heh.
Chances like these don't come along all that often as the years fly by.
*** Last back to the hangar today...those societal contrasts I spoke about yesterday are never more apparent than in the items I highlight today.
One the one hand, you have a survivor from an era where everyone dripped with patriotism, and the brave young men that manned aircraft like the Memphis Belle and took to enemy-filled skies over Germany knew what the score was, and knew that they might not return from a mission...a mission that was to remove fascism and the axis threat from the world.
Back home, women and minorities worked side by side to BUILD the war machines that would aid in our victory.
Everyone pitched in, and although rationing was mandatory, we took it in stride, so that our TROOPS would have enough to get the job done.
Could we even think of having to do something similar today? I think it would be a stretch to think so, as we are not the people we USED to be.
That doesn't mean we cannot BECOME those people again...it takes time and commitment, and a willingness to do what is right.
Maybe those trash-tossers and drug-users would be wise to LEARN a thing or two about our HISTORY and who we used to be.
Anyone CAN be taught...even those I just mentioned.
After all, what was done throughout our history (by those brave men and women) made it possible for the litterbugs and druggies to be idiots...the least THEY could do is educate themselves as to why they're that way...how they can become decent individuals again.
And that might lead to a change for the better in our society...they'll never know unless they try, right?
Stay SAFE out there, America.