|And, we're STILL SMILING.|
We'll get into WHY the weekend was as good as it was in a minute, but first, we have a forecast to attend to, don't we?
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with a frosty morning that will turn into a rather NICE day with plenty of sunshine, a bit of a breeze, and temps reaching into the MID-SIXTIES (Yowzah!).
Add to that a warm-up for the remainder of the week, too.
(sorry to say that upstate NY got NINE INCHES OF SNOW already - damn global warming!)
A perfect day (here) to be a "leafer" - like when people from Boston "invaded" the city of Quahog in that episode of Family Guy.
I don't think WE have such issues in Fort Wayne, thankfully.
So, let's say we all get our morning drink (with an "I") of choice poured as we take a look at what's been going on since last we met.
*** First out of the woods is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
October 19 -
---Today is NATIONAL SEAFOOD BISQUE DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR VIRTUAL DESKTOP DAY
REAL dust around our "Fortress" with some of that virtual stuff.)
*** A shooter at the ZOMBIECON event in Ft. Myers Florida claims one life, and injures several over the weekend.
Cripes, you can't even go see some UNDEAD cos-players without someone wanting you to JOIN the actual recently-deceased..
WTH is up with this bat-shit crazy world?
MORE NUTS every frigging week.
In ALL the :"cons" I've been to (all sci-fi), we NEVER had ANY problems at ANY of them (must have been those nasty-ass KLINGONS roaming around as convention "security" that made the difference).
Guess this will become something ELSE we can all "miss" from days gone by...being able to attend a convention without being mauled, shot, stabbed, or otherwise injured in any way, shape or form.
*** Next up, we have an accidental shooting in Fort Wayne.
As could be expected, details are few AND sketchy (what we've come to expect over the last couple years from the FWPD), so the story sheds little light on the truth, and creates loads of speculation in the process.
A "juvenile" was shot (don't know where) at a house located at 2828 South Harrison St.
This took place around 1545 hrs yesterday afternoon.
No one knows if either the boy was handling the gun, or if someone had been cleaning the weapon.
How's about you morons practice something we call GUN SAFETY for a change, hmm?
IF you have a firearm around the house, make sure the kids can't get at it, and if they can, keep the bullets someplace else (when kids are about).
And, for God's sake, if you're cleaning a weapon, make the hell sure it's NOT LOADED...!!!
Who the f*ck tries to clean a gun that's got live rounds in it anyway? (short answer - the aforementioned moron)
And ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in cases like this.
Shame you can't arrest people for JUST being dumbasses.
*** Next up, there was a good story in Sunday's paper regarding the black girl who was found dead in a trash bin after she had gone missing a few months prior.
This deals with the tragic death of 19-year old Zhanelle Link, who went missing late in 2014.
No one deserves to die like this, especially a young woman.
What the story provides is more a look into the girl's background, rather than any new leads as to how she came to be found in a trash bin on the city's SE side several months after going missing..
FWPD have disclosed little about her death (so much for the public's help, because an INFORMED public is an AWARE public).
What IS known is that the CAUSE and MANNER of her death was NOT able to be determined.
I find it odd that some type of proper search was not conducted at length, because if police managed to find her body SOONER, it would have shed a lot more light as to HOW she died. When she was found, quite by accident, when a neighbor doing lawn work asked his boy to grab another bin from a vacant house next door to his on Eckard St, the state of decomp was far enough along to make forensic analysis dubious at best.
|street side memorial|
There are entirely TOO MANY places where the police simply do not go any longer, and that means lots of places where shit can happen (or already has).Overgrown foliage, houses broken into, open doors...all that goes unreported.
No officers patrol the alleys unless they're actively looking for a suspect, and that alone does not make the community safer.
What is needed at the top of the command staff is a good swift kick in their "complacency".
Then, maybe situations like Shanelle's might not happen.
*** Speaking of local stuff, it looks like that those in this one house (down the block along our side street) are moving out. About damn time, I say.
|Don't let the door hit you in the ass.|
They have left a recently-damaged blue Trailblazer (with the tags removed) in the driveway, which I will notify Parking Control and NCE about to get the piece of junk towed away.
|The black Malibu is also gone.|
|We DON'T need to see THIS kinda stuff.|
Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. They were trouble from the first day they moved INTO the house.
And the damn loud music was annoying as hell.
*** Next up, and taking a much lighter tone, is how the weekend went, so let me do this in reverse, starting with Sunday.
|"Where you been? I missed you Saturday."|
I made a nice dinner of homemade macaroni and cheese, along with a baked canned ham (seasoned with cloves and allspice).
We like to have that several times a year, with Thanksgiving being one of those times.
Now, we back up to Saturday...
--- I said last week that we would be partaking in the INAUGURAL FIRST ANNUAL MARTIN NATURE WALK over the weekend.
|That kinda looked like us, even though that sign wasn't there.|
We headed up to "Fortress Martin" and arrived a little after midday.
Took a nice "impromptu tour" of the complex.
|Okay, so the sky wasn't THAT blue...|
That wasn't so bad...coulda been worse.
|Scrappy took "point" on the journey.|
And I must say, he did a fantastic job. I told Laurie he could make some scratch with this gig.
Well, since Chris knew "the lay of the land" a LOT better than I ever would (unless I lived where he does), he made up a good map (maps are cool) to show WHERE all we wound up hiking in, over, under , and through the area. I had no idea we had gone that far. Time passes in a whole different manner when you're out in the woods (or in a TARDIS)..
HAVE to go).
|"Waitin' on YOU guys over here."|
While it was a tad on the cool side, the sun did manage to poke out a little bit.
There might be some overlap with our pictures, but good things are worthy repetition.
Chris and I had proper "walking sticks" with us, cameras at the ready, and Wifey and I had binoculars...just in case..
The MANNER in which some had fallen were quite unique.
|Yeah, look...ducks and geese...over THERE.|
|(L to R) Scrappy, Me, Wifey, Chris|
|(L to R) Wifey, Chris, Laurie|
|Scrappy explaining where he goes walking.|
And that one pedestrian bridge over the river near IPFW just looks awesome.
|That's a cool-looking bridge.|
When we got back to Fortress Martin, we had some pizza and sodas...perfect way to end our event. And I got soundly pummeled at video games by Laurie (Champion Extraordinaire).
That's okay...keeps me humble. I need that from time to time.
This is something we plan to make (at least) an ANNUAL affair...perhaps twice a year?
|These people bring me treats - I LIKE them.|
You just cannot buy that good a time. Pizza, yes...time, no.
*** Last back to the wigwam...Just as people are the reason for the complexities in life , they can also make life better, just by being WHO THEY ARE.
Wifey and I saw evidence of the latter this past Saturday.
And the thing is, when you're hiking through the woods, it's doesn't cost a penny to enjoy.
MORE there is to life.
This all may sound a bit sappy, but you really can't knock it until you've tried it.
Therein lies the lesson for today.
Stay SAFE out there, America.