Looks like the forecasters are wrong, because I'm seeing a sunrise trying to break through whatever overcast we have out there.
The rest of our Hoosierland weather will have us with temps reaching near the 50-degree mark , and we've a chance of a rain shower...maybe.
Now, with that completed, let's get ourselves that morning drink parked nearby as we see what else is going on elsewhere, okay?
*** First out of the medicine cabinet is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble."
I think this quote does manage to capture the essence of this time of year, don't you?
So, WHO said it? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the USO...
*** Next up, is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
December 9 -
---Today is NATIONAL PASTRY DAY
---And, it's WEARY WILLIE DAY
THIS link for the lowdown on who Weary Willie was:
Yes, it has to do with the late, great Emmett Kelly.
---It's also INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY
EVERY level - take note!)
Oh, and in case yoiu were wondering, today IS the birthday of actor KIRK DOUGLAS who celebrates 99 years. He is Spartacus.
And he also made a damn good Vincent Van Gogh in the movie "Lust For Life".(1956).
Happy birthday Mr Douglas.
*** Next, I think we've found a winner in our DUMBASS OF THE WEEK AWARD.
|A DECENT set of wheels, for example.|
|NOT a decent set of wheels|
Also, as a "bonus" both people were wanted on active warrants elsewhere.
Both will be spending the Christmas season as guests of the Allen County jail (although both DeKalb and Wells counties have dibs). Happy Holidays...MORONS.
Some officers strike gold when they're not even looking for it. For that LEO, Christmas came EARLY...LOL.
*** Next up, Our "king" (Henry) has a plan to revamp the SOUTH side of Fort Wayne...and it ONLY took his highness SEVEN long years (on top of the decades from the previous administrations) to make that happen. here's the story link:
(T.I.F. stands for TAX INCREMENT FINANCING)
And since we're never at a loss when it comes to providing YOU, the reader, the information you NEED to know and the truth behind it, here is a link to the WIKI that "splains" this:
|Great "theory".on paper.|
Much of this is based on THEORY, and that means a lot of people downtown cross their fingers.
I tend to shy away from this because it seems like city leaders just toss a coat of paint on building with all those broken windows...WITHOUT fixing ANY of those windows in the HOPE that someone else comes along later, buys that building and has money to fix the windows themselves.
Cities LOVE to revamp an area without regard to the ROOT cause of the problems that brought down that part of a city in the first place...or the sheer ignorance they display as they tout THEIR "solution" when they never even get close to addressing the real problem.
Sometimes, in order to change the blighted parts of a city, you HAVE to change the faces (and the hearts) of those inhabiting it.
|Hope we don't hear a FLUSH.|
Cripes, at this rate, the ENTIRE south side will be a bloody TIF district...!
*** Next up, got most all the bric-a-brac up around the "Fortress", and it does look a lot more festive for the holidays.
|Every Christmas beanie you can imagine.|
|Wifey's Santa Collection|
I don't carry those down the basement stairs...I drag it down slowly.
|Christmas Angels (and NONE of them weeping)|
Then maybe I can kick back and take it slow for a bit...
*** I was thinking that with ALL the Christmas movies on ALL those channels, this must really be pissing off the heathen among us...GOOD, they deserve it.
I mean, you can practically go non-stop and surf from movie to movie for the month leading up to Christmas.
Now, I'm only interested in a few movies (and shows)...and I like it that way.
|Gotta have Danny and Bing.|
|You tell 'em.|
GARFIELD'S CHRISTMAS (never shown on TV in INDIANA - the state where creator Jim Davis lives and works).
It's on DVD for us.
PREP AND LANDING - BOTH episodes (Naughty vs Nice). That's become my new holiday favorite show.
THE POLAR EXPRESS...great message and fantastic animation.
Then finally, there are the DOCTOR WHO Christmas specials..something that was started with the series one "reboot" of the franchise around 2005. Nice touch, too.
|Last Christmas special.|
There are a few more movies I may watch if time allows, but the ones mentioned are THE ones for me to view every single Christmas season.
*** Last back to the toothbrush holder...as the holidays grow closer, it's important to remember WHY we celebrate in the manner we do.
To me, Christmas has always served as a reminder of how to practice a personal renewal....a new beginning as it were.
And considering that the NEW YEAR was right around the corner from Christmas, it seemed only fitting to look at it that way.
Whatever the previous year had to offer and whatever problems beset us, we could start over in some manner, strive to become better people, be more productive individuals, and grow in God's grace.
Certainly we often fall short of such lofty expectation, but that should NEVER deter us from the ATTEMPT to do that which I have just mentioned.
JUST as fulfilling to be able to GIVE...to be charitable in whatever way shape or form we can, and not to seek a specific monetary level, but at any level that we can.
God does not judge us on HOW much we can give, but rather by the HEART in which we give it. And I think that's as good a way to proceed as any, hmm?
Stay SAFE out there, America.