We're winding down the hours until the "Big Guy" arrives, and I DON'T mean the entry unit leader of the Emergency Response Team in Fort Wayne...LOL
More about them in a minute, along with other "stuff", but first, how's about a look at the local atmospheric conditions?
Our Hoosierland weather today will seem like yesterday...all over again, but with some more rain.
Temps up into the upper 40s, off and on rain showers, mostly cloudy skies...sure looks a bit LESS than festive, doesn't it?
Hey, Christmas is more in the HEART (than the skies) anyway, so who needs a perfect weather forecast?
Now go get your cup and fill it up with your favorite morning beverage as we set out today on a ship of hope in a sea of confusion.
*** First off of the dock is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
December 23 -
--- Today is (you're all gonna love this one)..NATIONAL PFEFFERNEUSSE DAY.
Yep, if you're of German or Danish descent, or hail from the Netherlands, you might be familiar with this.
If not, here's some help:
Tiny spice cookies...told you this month was laced with all kinds of sweet treats.
Believe it or not, Archway makes a version of these...not bad at all.
--- And it's NATIONAL ROOTS DAY, which doesn't mean it's the one day a year that you need to clear out the root cellar (does anyone even know what those are anymore?) but rather a day to celebrate your personal heritage and lineage, and I'm sure Ancestry.com is loving this.
NOT in the LITERAL sense - that could well get you arrested).
--- It's also "FESTIVUS", another one of those CONTRIVED "holidays" that was created to shut up the atheists among us, due to the SECULAR nature of this celebration...lol.
You got Seinfeld to blame for this one, folks...
It's a parody...that people take SERIOUSLY... (some days we are SO screwed).
*** Next up, MORE crime in the Summit City.
Here's the story:
|They ain't "Betty Davis Eyes".|
|Another (nice) board-up.|
The officer is on paid admin leave (per protocol).
--- The next story has to do with a police standoff at a downtown apartment.
Here's the story link:
For FIVE hours, police tried to get a man who had a shotgun to come out.
ONLY to find the apartment EMPTY.
No suspect was found, and is believed to be armed and at-large.
That sure wasted a lot of time, money, and resources, didn't it?
"oops"? I know I can and what I did when I said it.
--- Our next tale has to do with Fort Wayne's 15th homicide.
Well, you can CHANGE the name of the place (from Eden Green to "The Villages at Hanna"), but you can't change the human flotsam that infests it...can you?
And now a man was shot dead in one of the apartments there (here we go again).
|The SAME sh*t - different day.|
The victim's name has not been released (bet he was black), and he died after being taken to hospital.
Naturally, and as usual, the man DID NOT LIVE in the apartment (do they EVER?), but police believe he was involved in an argument that led to the shooting...
(and doesn't it ALWAYS with these people?)
|Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.|
A new name for an apartment complex does NOT change anything about the people or the area they live in. Andrea Bocelli can see this kind of stuff coming.
When will other people figure that one out?
--- This story goes to show that it's not ALL about black crime, but also Latino crime (which IS on the rise, despite what you might hear).
Now, the media makes this out to be a MAJOR drug bust in Northern Indiana, and it probably IS, but this is nothing new to Fort Wayne. Heroin has been coming here for YEARS, along with other "street pharms"...and from MEXICO...by LATINOS.
(now who'da thunk that?)
But at least FIVE of these players have been taken off the street, and are in the hands of the FEDS (who would probably never deport them if required, but relocate them to a state where they can get a driver's license and amnesty.
Still, a haul of over a MILLION AND A HALF BUCKS worth of "horse" that these perps brought to town isn't chump change.
|The NOT-so-fab five - LOSERS, every stinking one of them.|
According to United States Attorney, David Capp, authorities intercepted a phone conversation where they learned Martinez was negotiating with Gisela Leyva Gamez, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona to arrange for a delivery of heroin to Fort Wayne.
|Always nice to make a GOOD collar like THIS one.|
The location was under surveillance and when agents saw a white pickup truck making the delivery, the moved in and arrested the two men in the truck, Cesar Rosales, 40 of Wilmington, California and Juan Rosales Suarez, 41, of Memphis, Tennessee.
. THAT is some good police work.
Just for the hell of it, I'd have I.C.E. check them all out, along with "relatives" and friends HERE in the Summit City. Bet'cha find some interesting things there.
--- In a related story, we're told that heroin use is on the RISE here.
( *my archive post from 1 October 2010, for example).
Here is the WANE story link:
So this HAS been going on for MORE years than many think...as to WHY it wasn't addressed sooner? You'd have to ask the current AND former FWPD chiefs and try to pry some answers from THEM.
*** Last back to the pier today...Wifey is supposed to fly back home to the Summit City and "The Fortress" sometime later tonight, so, we'll have the lights on (just like Motel 6...lol)
I ain't exactly "the welcome wagon", but I will do my best.
"Did you miss me?"
I'll nave to answer "Sure, why wouldn't I ?"
You only have to worry about me NOT missing you if I'm AIMING at you (and especially at close range).....lol..
But that's just "me".
It'll be nice to have her back, though...it can be rough traveling so far away to attend to a sick loved one.
It's stressful, and much is unknown, and quite often, the fear of that unknown is what bothers us the most.
AND motivating (depending on how you respond), and then decide to GET motivated to do what is required (under duress), we become more than what we used to be.
And getting help from a loved one at such a time can be as good a reason to motivate oneself as any.
Been there, experienced that...more than once, too.
Let such things be our guideposts as we enter the Christmas season...that we are not alone, and that help is always closer than we think. All we have to do is ask...and receive.
Stay SAFE out there, America.