FIRST attempt (I do not need this crap going on now). No no idea what's going on with the old system, so let's just press on.
Our Hoosierland weather will have us with mostly cloudy skies (sorry, no real sunrise, folks...kinda seems par for today), with temps reaching up to around 60 degrees.
And there is a chance of some light rain later this afternoon.
This is the week we (on the south side) are "supposed" to get our second leaf pickup...we shall see.
In the meantime (and before I shoot the computer), let's get a nice SOOTHING drink poured ( I know I'm gonna need some whiskey in MY coffee), as we see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the duffle bag is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
November 17 -
---Today is NATIONAL BAKLAVA DAY
WIKI on it:
It's quite tasty, and is probably the ONLY goods thing to come out of the Ottoman Empire...or anywhere else in the Middle East (except for oil and camels)
---And, it's also NATIONAL TAKE A HIKE DAY
In fact I like hikes SO much, I often tell OTHERS to "go take one"...HA!
*** Since it's TUESDAY, here are all the FWPD calls that the media DOES NOT REPORT, regarding "shots fired" and "armed robberies":
SHOTS FIRED / ARMED ROBBERY CALLS - 11/9 - 11/15
NOV 9 -
15F148311 01:19:56 113 SHOTS FIRED 900 RIDGEWOOD DR
15F148484 13:21:18 113 SHOTS FIRED 4600 SMITH ST & CAPITOL AVE
15F148591 16:42:14 113 SHOTS FIRED 7500 DECATUR RD
15F148730 22:54:38 113 SHOTS FIRED 4100 ABBOTT ST
15F148599 17:07:40 53 ARMED ROB 3400 CHEVIOT DR
NOV 10 -
15F148770 02:37:09 113 SHOTS FIRED 1700 KENTUCKY AVE
15F149130 21:14:32 113 SHOTS FIRED 3600 CLINTON ST N
((NO armed robberies))
NOV 11 -
15F149579 22:44:39 113 SHOTS FIRED 600 BUCHANAN ST & HANNA ST S
15F149582 22:55:06 113 SHOTS FIRED 3300 REED ST
15F149268 09:00:55 53 ARMED ROB 6400 GARDENVIEW DR
15F149545 20:49:09 53 ARMED ROB 1900 GREENTREE CT
NOV 12 -
15F149602 00:53:05 113 SHOTS FIRED 800 WAYNE ST W
15F149980 18:39:39 53 ARMED ROB 4200 CALHOUN ST S & MCKINNIE AVE
NOV 13 -
15F150121 02:26:16 113 SHOTS FIRED 2600 DODGE AVE
15F150480 19:51:29 113 SHOTS FIRED 6400 ROXANNE DR
15F150494 20:07:28 113 SHOTS FIRED 700 WASHINGTON BLVD E & FRANCIS ST
15F150499 20:32:02 113 SHOTS FIRED 1100 GREENLAWN AVE
15F150226 10:37:43 53 ARMED ROB 4500 SPATZ AVE & SHERWOOD TERR E
NOV 14 -
15F150582 00:09:17 113 SHOTS FIRED 700 SCHICK ST & BERRY ST E
15F150634 03:16:53 113 SHOTS FIRED 3100 WELLS ST
15F150992 21:35:48 113 SHOTS FIRED 4000 LILLIE ST
15F151013 22:37:15 113 SHOTS FIRED 5000 ST JOE CENTER RD
15F151032 23:29:47 113 SHOTS FIRED 4900 SMITH ST
15F150658 05:12:48 53 ARMED ROB 4500 BOWSER AVE
15F150824 14:36:21 53 ARMED ROB 3000 COLISEUM BLVD W
15F150871 16:30:50 53 ARMED ROB 600 LEWIS ST E & HANNA ST S
NOV 15 -
15F151053 00:47:47 113 SHOTS FIRED 200 FIFTH ST
15F151395 19:57:22 113 SHOTS FIRED 1000 HIGH ST
15F151280 14:51:01 53 ARMED ROB 2400 STATE BLVD W
15F151404 20:30:55 53 ARMED ROB 700 ROCKHILL ST
((Well, at least no one seemed to get KILLED or seriously injured by gunfire this week))
And let's see who STILL has some throwaway ordinance.
FIREWORKS CALLS - 11/9 - 11/15
NOV 11 -
15F149520 18:58:27 44FW 7000 POINTE INVERNESS WAY
((Cripes, there just HAS to be ONE effin idiot around))
Oh, and has anyone noticed that the FWPD "discussion forum" is STILL not working after several months?
Now, either they have the SLOWEST freaking I.T. guy on the planet, OR they don't want to bother answering questions that people need answers to...the silence from them is DEAFENING these days, isn't it?
*** Next up, today's paper has a good story about OUR governor (Mike Pence - Indiana) saying he is suspending Syrian refugees coming to HIS (our) state.
And, in case you were wondering exactly WHERE these refugees were going, here's THIS story:
In the story link, scroll down and click ON that map to enlarge it (further) and see WHERE they're going...at YOUR expense.
Moreover, you might want to know that "originally", there was only supposed to be 20K refugees coming here.
|Refugee map of Syrians in America|
We already have a great number of Middle East "settlers" in Michigan (Detroit, Dearborn and Flint)...check it out for yourselves.
The MAIN concern with shutting our doors to these refugees is the administration's INABILITY to properly vet all of them.
And there is one reason for this, although the administration will not admit to it:
Syria does not keep the records WE do on it's people, therefore, you can't find anything on them.
There are a lot on intelligence personnel that feel this is a major FLAW in being able to vet these refugees. And they're right...it IS.
Just because someone doesn't have a "paper trail" does not make them pure as the driven snow...
How did Reagan put it? TRUST...BUT VERIFY.
*** Next, the patio has been looking a LOT less colorful the farther we get into the fall season...and that kinda sucks, but we still have our plethora of avian friends stopping by (mostly sparrows and wrens, with a chickadee, nuthatch, or blue jay tossed in.
|Looks like the "buffet" is OPEN.|
Sunday, I went out to feed Mr. Wrinkles, and he came right up on my knee to get his peanuts. I couldn't take a picture as:
a) The camera was beside me
b) He was sort of REAL close
c) Wifey wasn't at the door with her cam-phone
|Still, THE most-photographed squirrel in Fort Wayne.|
I'd bet he would come inside the house...not the best choice with one cat still around, right?
We have a "newbie" too. I call him "Zippy", because every time I go out to give him some peanuts, he zips the hell off like we're going to chase him. Gotta kinda sneak up on him/her.
|Taken JUST before he zipped away.|
*** Last back to the footlocker...I can't recall a time in my 63 years on this planet where our attention has been divided in SO many places seemingly all the damn time.
NOT be able to focus on any one thing at any given moment.
You've heard me refer to this often as a Stretch-Armstrong thing.
It's nice to have more than ONE thing to focus on in life...God, family, the home and garden, the cars, the pets (or children)...the simple things; that which is easiest to keep track of, right?
Then, we have influences that are ALL external in nature...the neighbors, local crime, local politics, and the like.
Farther out, we have state issues, and lastly national issues, which often include the GLOBAL issues of the day.
Think of this as a series of concentric circles with each of US at the center.
What seems to be happening to all of us these days, is the breaking down of those circles which leads to one screwed up mess of things occurring all at once.
All those ancillary aspects to each of the aforementioned things we concentrate on in life are also tossed into the mix.
It's like making a cake but throwing anything and everything into a mixing bowl, stirring it together and tossing it in the oven...in the HOPE that it will come out as desired.
Well, we know that's just slightly south of a crap-sandwich, isn't it?
We need to follow a RECIPE in order to make things the RIGHT way.
We NEED the right recipe, and it's not everything at once.
And we all are tasked to find out what that recipe is for each of us, because life is not (nor ever has been) something where "one size fits all", at least not in a specific sense. Generally-speaking, we can all be accommodated, but all of us have to find what matters most, prioritize accordingly, remain focused, and always attempt to work towards becoming better than we were the day before. Besides, who like a ruined recipe, right?
Stay SAFE out there, America.