FRIGID week here in he Heartland of America.
Got some temps outside this morning around -7 degrees.
As to the rest of our Hoosierland weather - well, don't expect much of a warm-up, as our high will ONLY be about 10-12 degrees, but it IS on the PLUS side.
Got some off and on snow showers with some forecasters saying another 1-2 inches possible...I am seeing near WHITE-OUT conditions outside, so travel will be dicey at best early on.
Be sure to take the appropriate precautions - the life you save might just be YOUR OWN, right?
So, since we're all going to be freezing our britches off, should we dare venture outside for any length, let's remain as "indoorsey" as possible and settle back with a hot cup of hump-day fortitude, as we take a look at what else is going on in our local part of the tundra...
*** First off of the skating rink is our first WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week for 2015:
"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
And on a day like THIS, I'm sure many of you would LOVE to do something about it, right?
So, WHO said this anyway? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the National Institute of Arts and Letters...
*** It's also time for our daily "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
January 7 -
-- Today is NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY,
Now, with this cold weather, many heads are being mistaken for "bobbling", when in fact, they're SHIVERING.
--And, it's also NATIONAL TEMPURA DAY.
Nice day to stay INSIDE and make some shrimp tempura...yum!
*** Watched Marvel's Agent Carter last night...EXCELLENT SHOW..
Love the flashbacks to the 1st Captain America movie, too. Nice continuity.
|Hayley Atwell - nicely done.|
The series, albeit a limited one, a LOT of promise..with a strong female lead in a post WW2 sexist era who can really kick-ass when needed.
*** FWCS is going to change up the school bus routs and starting times for students.
Here's the story link:
The school system is doing this to close a $2.5 MIL budget gap.
I take this as a possible WIN for us at the "Fortress", as OUR intersection is NOT a good place to have a BUS STOP for kids.
I mentioned this before, and perhaps THIS will be one of the stops eliminated...because it SHOULD be.
|Tricky enough to turn in the snow...|
|Too much bus traffic for a RESIDENTIAL street!|
Some routes themselves will be eliminated altogether, and that's fine with me.
About time kids learned what it is to dress properly for the weather and WALK to school for a change.
FWCS is implementing "no transportation zones", and the article spells out what this means.
Middle schools will start first in this new "staggered" arrangement, with elementary starting later and high schoolers starting around 0900 hrs. Naturally, the school DAYS will be "longer".
Hell, in my day, high school started at 8:15 AM and went all the way (depending on your roster and after school activities) until 5PM.
Now, we just reinvent the wheel again...for the umpteenth time.
*** Also from FWCS - this just in...MOST EDUCATORS RATED DO JOBS WELL...!
Who'da thunk THAT one?
Here's the story link:
Yep...EIGHTY-SIX (that's 86) PERCENT of teachers are considered EFFECTIVE or HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE.
Wifey is DEFINITELY among that (highly-effective) crowd.
I told her this morning, she should get a t-shirt made up that says:
"I'm an 86'er"
|Looks damn good, too.|
*** Last back to the ice palace...with winter weather comes a change in habitual behavior...at least there SHOULD be. And this should carry over to ALL facets of our lives.
One thing real Americans have always been good at was ADAPTABILITY...and yet being able to still stand and deliver.
Can't say a lot of nations have followed in such footsteps, and certainly not in such a short time.
But there can be a trap behind this...we can ALWAYS adapt to any given situation...AS LONG AS we never compromise our values and principles along the way.
That is what one would call strength with resolve...and flexibility with purpose.
When you stop to consider WHY our "greatest generation" was called that...think about the circumstances that forged that generation, and then ask yourself..."could I do likewise if required?"
JUST like that one, and in some ways, many of such a generation are all around us.
All THEY need is the proper motivation to get the ball rolling.
Strength...resolve...flexibility....purpose...ALL basic building blocks of any society.
Makes for some good cornerstones of a firm foundation...that we can build UPON.
Stay SAFE out there, America.