If you're looking for sunshine, it's gonna be in rather short supply today.
Yep, another Carpenter's kinda gig...a RAINY day AND a MONDAY, but they should always get us "down", right?
The rest of our Hooiserland weather will find us with mild temps to start off with (mid 50s this morning), BUT...(uh, oh), temps will drop during the day and see us dipping into the 40s by late this afternoon...then, it's colder after that.
Expect some rain which MAY (or may not) turn to snow later today, as well.
In the meantime, let's get ourselves a nice warm cup of our beverage of choice as we take a look at what ELSE has been going on...
*** First out of the storage shed is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
November 24 -
Not a single THING going on of note...that's a rarity.
TV back in 1963.
Got an idea...let's call it National Nothing Is Going On Today Day, and have it done with.
*** We had a shooting on the (where the hell else?) SOUTHEAST SIDE of Fort Wayne over the weekend.
(with the correct location):
This took place at the Waterloo Gardens Apartments in the 6000 (that's THOUSAND) block of Bunt Drive (another hot spot for years) around 2149 hrs Saturday.
The apartments are located near the intersection of Hessen Cassel and E. Paulding Rds.
|"Duck and cover"|
Police said a translator was needed when they arrived on scene (could well be BURMESE), as this area has seen it's share of refugees over the past several years (gotta put 'em someplace).
Reports say that multiple rounds were fired into the apartment, and police say they cannot confirm the girl was 9 years old.
|Waterloo Gardens - nice ghetto.|
No one ever said that section-8 apartments were exactly "bullet-resistant", did they?
There's an idea...kevlar-impregnated SIDING for homes and apartments...
stops the bullets AND provides better evidence for law-enforcement.
(and the makers of kevlar have to create a ton of new jobs to handle the request for product)
Sounds like a plan to me.
*** Wifey and I went up to Glenvrook Square Mall Saturday, she for her nails and me for shopping.
And I came away wonderfully DISAPPOINTED...!!!
This sure is NOT the mall I remember way back in the late 1990s...not by a long shot.
(and it shows)
|The bloom is off the rose, people.|
They had a coffee/tea shoppe...gone. A Kay-Bee-Toys...gone. A DISNEY Store...gone. Spencer's is a shadow of it's former self, so it might as well be gone.
They had several smaller book stores...gone.
|Might as well call it a clothing OUTLET mall.|
Cripes, I even miss Borders.
SUNCOAST VIDEO place...did three damn laps of the mall, thinking they moved it (it's still listed on the damn directory, too)...nope...NOT THERE AT ALL...so much for getting any good DVDs or Doctor Who merchandise.
I used to go there every year to get stuff...never came out empty-handed.
So, there went my REAL reason for going to Glenbrook.
I mean, check the place out (those that live around here)...how MANY clothing stores can you have in ONE place that pretty much sell the same crap? It's either trendy...or expensive...or even trendy AND expensive.
I was really let-down.
I then meandered over to Toys R Us, thinking I could get some things there...got ONE item (didn't much like the price, either, but it was the last one). ONLY game in town, being a monopoly allows for no real bargains for the customers...find...another disappointment, except the staff were all very friendly.
|It's BORING...and not inexpensive.|
I then went back over to Ollie's for whatever they have(which is usually a LOT)...
THERE (book and DVD for a friend), but the place was CROWDED, and checkout was a bit tedious.
Who said Black Friday was THIS week, anyway?
Seemed it had already commenced...traffic was heavier than usual, and parking wasn't as good as in years past.
To me, going up there was basically a WASTE..and I was BEAT....no other way to put it, and that's pretty damn sad.
|Tired as all get out.|
Guess everyone will move to the DOWNTOWN area and we'll see a retail resurgence there?
( well, for me, it'd be s shorter drive)
Looks like out WEST might become a better place to shop...it's ridiculous.
*** And speaking of ridiculous...yesterday was one of "those" days...
Ever go looking for something, only to find it either fell into a black hole or grew legs and walked off somewhere OTHER than the place you last saw it? You all know exactly what I mean...I can tell.
I wanted to get my kit out and see if it was the SAME one (on sale)...and I could NOT for the life of me FIND the damn bugger...
Wifey would tell you...I looked for HOURS, and was getting more PO'ed by the minute, because I knew where it should have been (and was not). I even looked in places it could not possibly be...wasn't there either.
Now, after dinner (homemade macaroni and cheese - one of our staples at the "Fortress"), I decided to go back DOWN to the basement and frustrate myself further...
I spotted a white plastic milk crate with burner covers (I bought last year) in it on the bottom of a shelving unit I put up after the flooding (to prevent further damage), and when I stuck my had down into the crate...guess what?
FOUND the damn gun-cleaning kit...intact and not damaged by those basement floods we had earlier in the year.
It's like I had developed some sort of "radar" to find it...
I feel it's something else, though...
|The secret is in that "crust"...yummmmm|
Absolutely NO other way to explain it...
Problem solved (and I don't have to get another kit)...ten dollars saved there.
Now, if only I could find that food that makes one live forever and wealthy beyond avarice at the same time...lol
*** Last back to the barn...it's often said that the more things change , the more they stay the same.
If things did change and remain the same, I'd probably be in 7th heaven...but I'm not.
The more things change...the LESS I like it, seems to be MY take on it.
|A change for the BETTER.|
Another good change was when storage of food by FREEZING was perfected (by Birdseye).
There are a multitude of inventions that HAVE indeed made our lives BETTER.
And though the centuries, making inventions more efficient and less costly didn't hurt us at all (except for the machine gun...very efficient).
|Not a good way to go.|
Glenbrook Mall has changed over the decades, and (to me)...not for the better...it just more of THE SAME..in abundance...that costs more...and doesn't last as long...this is progress?
I think REAL progress comes when we take "things" out of the equation...let the PEOPLE change for the better...let THEM evolve.
That will lead to better changes in the "things" we chase after, because better MINDS are at work on them.
When we reverse that process, we allow the "inventions" (and technology) to drive the people, rather than the way it should be...the other way around - people driving invention of things and technology.
We've got ourselves an ass-backward situation, and it;s no wonder we get confused easier and more often.
But, hey, it's not about something that important...it's more about who'd doing the halftime show at the Super Bowl...
We need a better sense of priorities, first as individuals, then, as a nation.
Stay SAFE out there, America.