(and about damn time, too)
Welcome to the final Friday and weekend for the first month of this still rather "new" year.
Next week, we get to begin anew with February and all the fun that comes with it.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with mostly cloudy skies once again, and highs today around the freezing mark, We might well see some snow showers today with minor accumulation, so you might want to keep that brush for the car handy. Such conditions could make travel a but on the slick side, especially on the side streets and overpasses, so take the appropriate caution.
Now, with that behind us, let's get our cup of Friday Fortitude poured as we look to this day and see that's going on.
*** First off of the salt truck is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
January 29 -
---Today is NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY
---It's also NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY
*** Since it's the end of the week, let's see what trouble we can get into over the next 72 hours:
January 30 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY
BK egg and sausage one...or several...lol)
January 31 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL BACKWARD DAY
---It's also NATIONAL INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART DAY
And there you have it...a few things to keep yourself occupied.
*** Next up...no, I did not watch the GOP debate last night. I think I've started LENT early and given up politics for the time being. I really don't give a flying you-know-what about all the "Trump" garbage and whatever fallout comes with it.
I will say that while he says things a LOT of people want to hear, he's still a bit of a bully.
Let's just say the more YOU "do your own homework", the better off and the more knowledgeable you will be.
---What I DID watch was the second half of the CW pilot of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and I have to say, it did not disappoint.
THIS new show takes a different path along the whole "time travel" genre of science fiction and fantasy.
To PURPOSELY go to a SPECIFIC time and place just to meet yourself without causing a paradox, is a good take on the H.G. Wells original story.
Arthur Darvill proves that he can be a ":doctor": in his own right and is every bit as capable an actor, as was demonstrated in BBC's Doctor Who and Broadchurch.
Toss in loads of action sequences as well as some really good writing, and this show should be here for a while.
*** Next up, ANOTHER robbery at Southgate Plaza.
Getting to be a "popular" place (for crime) of late. Here's the story:
Maybe some of them bother to read this blog?
It IS kinda hard to hide bank robberies, because it becomes a FEDERAL affair.
BTW, those "shoulder straps" are called EPAULETS.
It amazes me that people don't even need a damn GUN to get away with cash around here...or prescrip-meds...or whatever else these crims desire. ALL that's required is a damn NOTE (like the ones that used to excuse you from gym class)
Let's try that one...
"Dear store clerk or cashier:
Please allow my son to take cash from you, because he is worthless and cannot hold a job. If he wants something else like malt liquor or cigars, let him take them as well. He's really a good boy who is going through a rough time. Thank you. Sincerely, His Mom (I think)."
Then, when that fails, stick your hand in a pocket and grab that non-existent "finger gun"...that works too.
I guess one might say that guns are a last resort for some robbers.
REAL guns are more so, for you KNOW that replica guns ARE used..
What's needed are more clerks with real pistols who pull THEIRS FIRST to "dissuade" these robbers when they want some of OUR "free shit", for we all know that such theft steals from EVERYONE...right?
*** Next, It's THAT time of year once again in Fort Wayne.
Time to play "Count the Homeless"
All that's missing are free t-shirts (which in cold weather, would actually be a godsend to many homeless).
Last year we had 553 homeless and that's too many. Hell, ONE is too many (imho), for in today's world, with all that we have at our disposal, we can't get the homeless off our streets (or out from under bridges) in Fort Wayne.
Think about this, though...we have MORE homeless on our streets than we have CITY POLICE OFFICERS.
|NO homeless people wanted HERE.|
(recruit the homeless as LEOs? Not my FIRST choice.)
While our fair city looks to spruce up the DOWNTOWN...and the RIVERFRONT...these homeless become a "blight" on the city.
I suppose it could be worse, like in NYC, where that proposal to decriminalize public urination is being "floated" (no pun intended).
Or what about what they did in San Francisco...that new concrete PUBLIC URINAL right smack dab in Dolores Park?
Here's THAT story:
|A PUBLIC urinal...how "novel" (and filthy)|
When the hell did THAT become an issue?
They SAY this is to: "combat the scourge of public urination".
Okay, this qualifies as a "WTF???" moment.
|Where's the PUBLIC litter pan?|
What the hell kind of freaking LOGIC are you morons operating on, anyway?
This is Bizarro World, folks...no doubt about that.
*** Next up, Belinda Lewis, department head of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is retiring.
DID something to make things better.
Here's the story link:
Amy Jo Sites will take over as department head. Amy Jo is good people too, so Belinda is leaving Animal Care and Control in good hands.
I say, if you have the opportunity to retire early...go for it.
Life is too short to work yourself into an early grave.
*** Last back to the garage...It certainly takes ALL kinds of people to make up the world.
BAD people, because they are newsworthy.
But, we also hear about them (I think) as a way to remind us of what NOT to become.
Same can be said for the GOOD people.
We hear or read stories about them and hopefully try to emulate them at some level, because of who they are...think role models here.
Lord knows we have an abundance of the BAD ones in every venue you can name.
So, our job becomes one of discernment...separating the "wheat from the chaff", as it were.
We need to get future generations acquainted with the GOOD role models, and decry the bad ones. And, it's never too early to start the process.
I would prefer that we had the days back from my youth, when good role models far outnumbered the bad ones, but such dreams are hard to recapture.
BECOME one of those good people...grow closer to that which we value.
And never settle for who we were the day before, but always find ways to become better than we were yesterday.
Sounds like a plan to me.
Do have yourselves a great weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.
See 'ya next month.