THIS is the way to have yourself a Friday - end of the week and the end of the month (well, that's tomorrow, actually).
And we all know what tomorrow is.
It's not going to be as blustery as yesterday, that's for sure.
(but those winds helped a little to clear some of the leaves away).
Our Hoosierland weather sees us with partly to mostly cloudy skies, highs around the mid-50s, and that's pretty much all she wrote, as they say.
(good day to rake some MORE leaves...)
Now, let's all get our morning drinks poured and parked nearby as we see what''s going on today and over the weekend...
*** First out of the haunted mansion is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
October 30 -
---Today is NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY
GREAT slingshot ammo)
---It's also NATIONAL SPEAK UP FOR SERVICE DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL BREADSTICK DAY
---It's also NATIONAL PHARMACY BUYER DAY
---It's NATIONAL PUBLICIST DAY
LIKE staying as far under the radar as ossible)
---And, it's NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN DAY
*** And since it's the weekend, let's see what takes place over the following 48 hours:
October 31 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY
---It's also NATIONAL KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL MAGIC DAY
---It's NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT FOUNDER DAY
---And, it is HALLOWEEN
Okay, THIS will take a bit, so bear with me...it IS the first of the new month, after all:
Adopt A Senior Pet Month
Aviation History Month
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
Family Stories Month
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
Greens and Plantains Month
Historic Bridge Awareness Month
International Drum (Percussion) Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
MADD’s Tie One On For Safety Holiday Campaign (11/16-12/31)
Military Family Appreciation Month
National Adoption Month
National Alzheimer’s Disease Month
National COPD Month
National Diabetes Month
National Family Caregivers Month
National Fun with Fondue Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
National Gratitude Month*
National Home Care & Hospice Month
National Impotency Month
National Inspirational Role Models Month
National Life Writing Month
National Long-term Care Awareness Month
National Marrow Awareness Month
National Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Awareness & Appreciation Month
National Native American Heritage Month
National Family Literacy Month
National Novel Writing Month
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
National Pepper Month
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
National Pomegranate Month
National PPSI AIDS Awareness Month
National Raisin Bread Month
National Roasting Month
National Scholarship Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
Spinach and Squash Month
Sweet Potato Awareness Month
(See also February)
NoSHAVEmber (US – Beard Month or Movember
(Australia – Moustache Month )
Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month
Sherlock Holmes Weekend: 1-3 (Also March 15-17)
National Fig Week: 1-7
National Patient Accessibility Week: 1-7
World Communication Week: 1-7
Health Information and Technology Week: 3-9
International Fraud Awareness Week: 3-9
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week: 3-9
National Nurse Practioner’s Week: 3-9
National Rad Tech Week: 3-9
Give Wildlife A Brake! Week: 4-8 Link (First Week)
Intimate Apparel Week: 4-8 (Feb. 4-8, May 6-10, Aug. 5-9, Nov. 4-8)
Dear Santa Letter Week: 7-13
Pursuit of Happiness Week: 7-13
Geography Awareness Week: 9-15 (2nd Full Week)
National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week: 10-16
National Global Entrepreneurship Week: 10-16 ((2nd Week M-Sun.)
World Kindness Week: 11-17
National Young Reader’s Week: 11-15 (2nd Full Week)
National Donor Sabath: 14-16 (The Fri.Sat.Sun. 2 Weeks Before Thanksgiving)
American Education Week: 16-22 (Always Week Before Thanksgiving)
National Book Awareness Week: 18-23
National Farm-City Week: 22-28 (Week Always Ends on Thanksgiving Day)
Better Conversation Week: 24-30
Church/State Separation Week: 24-30
National Bible Week: 23-29
(Sunday before Thanksgiving)
National Family Week: 24-30
National Game & Puzzle Week: 24-30
National Deal Week: 27-12/4
(Week begins on the Wed. aka day before Thanksgiving)
Whew...THAT was a crap-load of stuff!
Now, onto the DAILY gig.
---Sunday is NATIONAL AUTHOR'S DAY
---It's also NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY DAY
---It's NATIONAL COOK FOR YOUR PETS DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL VINEGAR DAY
---It's also NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY
ONLY way I like 'em, such as can be found at Red Lobster!)
---And, it's NATIONAL BRUSH DAY
---Also DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS
, make a reminder)
There you have it...ALL the things going on over the weekend, and there's enough there to suit anyone's taste or preferences.
*** Next up...Now, you KNOW this just wouldn't be Fort Wayne without starting the weekend off with a BANG...or several, right?
|Make that PLURAL.|
---This first shooting takes place in a parking lot. Here's the story link:
|Another day, another shooting - dumbasses!|
The suspect shot the man in the ankle and was reported in serious condition in hospital.
Three shell casings were found but police did not say if the victim was hit more than once.
No other information is available so you can't help the police, even when they ASK for our help.
---The second shooting involves another "good Samaritan" (rolls eyes) who took a victim to St. Joe hospital. Here's this story:
|They got donuts here, right, Sarge?|
Police were told the shooting MAY have taken place at a gas station.
Police eventually located 8 shell casings at the Marathon Station at McKinnie and Lafayette Sts, but it's unclear if that is where the victim was shot.
This victim is also in serious condition.
Okay, can we be ANY more ambiguous??
Now, if I want to facetious here, I COULD say that BOTH shootings are related, simply because both victims are in the SAME hospital condition - serious, and that means it had to be the same shooter who caused the SAME condition to both males.
You see how ludicrous this non-release of information is and how nicely it dissuades the public and police at the same time?
Makes me wonder WHY the public is kept in the dark and fed bullshit...we're NOT (all) mushrooms for God's sake.
The MORE information you can get OUT to the public, and the FASTER you do it is what helps solves cases...at least a lot faster than blind or dumb LUCK, which is a lot of what I'm reading about in this city of late.
Don't give the public anything of substance to go on and then expect miracles with citizens coming forward...not gonna happen, especially with the people you've got infesting the SE side (we call them "the locals").
Note to the FWPD - Help US to help YOU, because it looks like you could USE it.
*** Next up, With ALL the horror flicks with the squirting blood and gore we've been assaulted with for what seems like weeks, leading up to All Hallows Eve, you're probably looking for something a bit different, right?
Well, I've got just the thing..."WHOLLOWEEN"...!
|I give it TWO time lord thumbs UP.|
Here's a taste of the action:
Sure beats all that Michael Meyers/Freddie Kruger/Pumpkinhead stuff any day.
*** Last back to the graveyard...ever notice how people actually ENJOY a good "scare"?
Now, this is ALL done for the sake of fantasy, rather than reality, and we all KNOW as much.
So, WHY are we not scared when we see reality and all the social problems that exist around us?
Have we become desensitized from all the fantasy we take in, to the stark reality and therefore shut it out or summarily dismiss it?
That is a dangerous path to tread, and what awaits us at the road's end will not bode well for any of us.
Being scared is GOOD...and NORMAL for most everyone, when properly used and controlled.
The REALITY of life causes us to face our own fears, as well as the fear that comes from what lies beyond our own front doors.
And most all the time, we put fear in it's proper place, otherwise, none of us would ever venture outside, right?
But, we always have to be mindful of keeping what scares us from entering INSIDE our homes and lives.
It's one helluva "balancing act", facing fear and yet keeping it at arm's length.
It's also a challenge to go anywhere with confidence, knowing that there are those who would prey on any of us at the drop of a hat.
Being aware and practicing common sense is your greatest ally in such times.
And knowing that YOU control your fear - that it does not (or should not) control YOU is the key.
Therein lies the lesson for the week.
Catch all of you next month...and DON'T forget to turn those clocks back by 2 AM Sunday...get that extra hour of sleep...you'll need it.
DO have yourselves a great weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.