And here at the "Fortress", aka Bobby G's bachelor pad, we are ready to have a (hopefully) quiet 24 hours.
More talk more about that in a minute,but let's take a look at the conditions outside.
(plus, it's Friday the 13th...OY!)
Our Hooiserland weather is starting off COLD, with an expected high today of only 23 degrees.
We already had some light snow flurries (with another inch or two coming this weekend), dusting the ground and cars.
Partly cloudy skies (looks like a decent sunrise going on), and slight breezes.
Not a bad day...just a so-so one, as days go.
(until someone comes along and screws it up...lol)
Now, with that over with, let's get into the meat and potatoes of today's post...
BTW, make sure and have your favorite hot drink at hand...you're going to need it this AM.
*** First out of the chill-zone is out "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
February 13 -
---Today is BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY, and with it already being Friday the 13th, I'd really run with this one, no matter where you are.
Bet this is the Obama National Holiday, too....heh
---And, it's also GET A DIFFERENT NAME DAY, which if you are going to blame someone else, would be a damn GOOD idea...don'cha think?
Perhaps DUKE OF ELLINGTON...or SIR LOIN OF BEEF...something with "pizazz"...
Hell, just call me Captain America...lol.
And, since we're at the weekend, let's see what's going on then...
February 14 -
---Saturday is ST.VALENTINE'S DAY (and NOT "valentimes", so get it straight...and take care of the romantic business, got it?
---Sunday is CANDLEMAS of the JULIAN calendar. (okay, then)
---And, it's NATIONAL GUM DROP DAY (they stil make those?)
*** Next up, another bank robbery in Fort Wayne yesterday morning.
Here's the story link, such as it is:
(don't get me started on this crap again)
*** I am doing the bachelor gig for the next 24 hours (shades of Jack Bauer...lol), as Wifey is driving down to Vincennes to visit her dad, who has moved up from Texas to be closer to family (plus, he won't be alone since Wifey's mom passed recently).
So, the cat and I get to hang out...two old guys watching birds and feeding squirrels...
I might get adventurous and have a beer...(...zounds!!!).
Grocery will be moved back to Sunday (that should be fun).
*** Next up, it IS Black History Month, and I thought I'd take a look at some of the blacks in history that not many know about...like those who were inventors and scientists.
So here goes:
And these fine people are but a FEW of so many Americans of African descent who have made considerable and noteworthy contributions to our country...and to the world in general.
Now, if you think blacks only dominate "contemporary" music and the jazz days of old...think again.
Here is a link to a timeline of black musicians and singers from the realm of THE CLASSICS:
(we're talking ULTIMATE OLDIES here...)
There is SO much more that SHOULD be taught to the black youth today when it comes to the REAL black history in America (and REAL role models).
Perhaps it's time to bring more of the TRUTH into those classrooms...
*** Last back to the orchestra pit... a LONG time ago, in a galaxy pretty far away, I had the honor to perform in a high school musical...the FIRST our school ever did, called GUYS AND DOLLS.
Well, suffice it to say, all went very well, and we sold out ALL four nights.
That was back in 1969, and we did something other schools had not done...we had a MIXED RACE CAST.
And those fellow students were WONDERFUL to be around to share that stage experience.
Jim Early and Bill Anderson were two of the BEST voices I recall from those days, and yes, they were black.
But, when you hung around with them, you didn't even notice that...they became good FRIENDS.
Seemed that during those tumultuous days of CIVIL RIGHTS...our school was ahead of that curve.
And we, as students never suffered the level of hatred and racism that took place elsewhere around the country.
We also had thicker skin in those days...more tolerance, and less divide between the races.
Can't seem to say as much today, but I will say that a good amount of the schism between the races can be tracked back to the dissolution of the traditional family. None of my black friends came from single-parent families, and sometimes (as was the case with many white families) BOTH parents worked.
That's what the middle class does.
And I can't recall a time when ANY of my black friends were in trouble with the law...they were more frightened of their PARENTS (what they would do to them) than the police, so they never got into any crime...again, can't say as much today.
People say it's wrong to "live in the past", but by God, so many things were BETTER then, not the least of which, were the PEOPLE.
I think that's something we can agree on, right?
Lessons to be learned from our past can only serve to better our future.
Do have yourselves a great weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.