Sure seems like the holidays are coming at us like a runaway freight train, doesn't it?
I have no explanation why it seems that way (to me at least).
Our Hooiserland weather will see us with starting out with below freezing temperatures and mostly cloudy skies today, with temps rising to eventually reach the lower 40s (and that is a seasonal temperature).
Later today we'll be seeing some rain moving in , and perhaps a little snow tossed in, but no real accumulation.
(at least, that's what they're telling us)
So, without any further ado, go grab your nice warm cup of Monday fortitude, and let's see what else is going on...
*** First out of the landfill is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
December 8 -
--- Today is NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY, now I'm taking this to mean a day to make and enjoy some brownies, preferably with walnuts...and a nice cold glass of milk to chase it down.
--- It's also PRETEND TO BE A TIME TRAVELER DAY (one of my personal favorites) - Doctor Who, H.G. Wells, and Doc Brown fans rejoice...!!!
|Only takes 88 MPH to make it happen.|
Not to mention, have you seen the price of PLUTONIUM these days?
|The quintessential time AND space machine.|
BTW, there is (and never was) no such thing a a "hot tub" time machine...we ALL know that.
It's a crock (just wanted to pass that on).
|Much more cooler than a hot tub.|
|Another time, and another place...|
(except for the Middle Ages and the whole disease and health thing)
*** Naturally, we could not have a weekend in the ghettohood WITHOUT some form of DUMBASSERY going on.
--- Like THIS story about a house fire less than a mile from our "Fortress":
UNattended, does it not?
This took place last night around 2045 hrs at the intersection of Colerick and Monroe Sts.
The man who lived there was at a friend's house and it was a neighbor that called the fire department.
The house did NOT have any smoke alarms.
Funny, I thought the FWFD came around neighborhoods GIVING them away not that long ago?
So what happened there, hmm?
--- And then there was THIS story:
NOT by a police officer) took place around 1940 hrs at the (big surprise) Eden Green Apartments.
Witnesses said they heard 3 shots.
When police arrived, they found the male suffering a gunshot wound to the arm, and multiple shell casings in a hallway.
Naturally, there are no suspects.
I heard 2 shots ring out around 1943 hrs last night...a few blocks away (east).
Didn't see ONE FWPD cruiser patrolling the area afterward, either.
*** Next up, and speaking of shootings, there was an interesting column in the OP-ED (perspective) section of the Sunday J-G. Here's the link (with a decent video):
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141207/EDIT10/312069921/1150/EDIT10 the link:
|An officer of the gang unit.|
Well, homicides HAVE dropped incredibly since LAST year, but I would say it's due MORE to the inability of the shooters to KILL who they shoot.
And the number of shooting INCIDENTS have NOT followed the drop in homicides. That's a given.
While those in the article might take last year as an "anomaly", I take it to mean it's a portent of things to come, if the FWPD is not more vigilant in stemming the rise of violent crime, because sooner or later, some of these thugs will get some sort of "practice" and then they WILL kill whoever they shoot at with a lot more regularity.
You have to know ALL the parameters that are in play to fully realize what can and does go on with such people.
And yes, there are those few unknowns that can also take part in the statistical data.
*** Next, we had a "rally" or march, or protest yesterday in Fort Wayne in support of the other protest over police incidents that have caused a nationwide furor of late.
Here's the story link (with a video):
|No Justice - No Peace...seriously???|
(maybe some conservatives were there, I can't say)
And, again, we hear all this about the police being an "occupying force"...heavy-handed treatment in minority neighborhoods....we all know that drill.
To me, it comes down to ONE main explanation:
If you're NOT breaking the law, you got no reason to worry...OR complain. Simple as that.
I will be doing a followup on this in a little more detail as to WHY these protests are flawed, in comparison to those conducted in the days of MLK...so stay tuned for that.
*** Last back to the home improvement store...Wifey picked up our 2014 K-Mart Holiday bear at the Glenbrook Sears (without us even HAVING one damn remaining K-Mart in a 50-mile radius of the city).
|In her "forever home".|
|With the WHOLE gang, now.|
|And, 'ya GOTTA have a nativity, right?|
You ever get that feeling that something just "isn't right" someplace?
In fact, the Lovely Mrs. Bobby G. will be taking to the air sometime soon to help with the situation (long-distance families are a real bugger).
Thing is, I'm nowhere near the "flying person" I used to be, and I always loved airplanes.
I ALSO love having an INTACT HOUSE to come home to much more, however.
It's not anything super-critical nor highly immediate for now, but it does warrant a "change of tactics" for the holidays.
No problem...we never retreat...but we might have to "advance to the rear" and regroup now and then, right?
It's like that saying: If it doesn't CHALLENGE you, it doesn't CHANGE you, and by that I take it to mean make us stronger and better people.
But, we shall soldier on in our best manner.
Yeah, I really hate when I get those "feelings" and can't explain why I get them...like waiting for that OTHER shoe to drop...must be one of those "getting older" (and hopefully wiser) things.
Still, chin up...shoulders back.
With God's help, we will make it through anything that comes our way.
And that's not a bad way to proceed in life, is it?
Stay SAFE out there, America.