10 February 2016

Humpday Happening...
It's another day pretty much like yesterday here in the Heartland.
Only, it's COLDER and a bit windier.
Welcome to Wednesday, which seems a lot like yesterday, as far as the weather goes.
Methinks we may find ourselves in a bit of a rut for the next several days.
Our Hoosierland weather will see us with mostly cloudy skies (sun's out right now), brisk winds and snow showers during the day (again) with temps only reaching to around 22 degrees. Sorry, that's as good as it gets today.
Whatever salt they toss on the roads will start becoming inefficient, so take care when driving about.
This cold will be with us for at least through this weekend, so no getting around that.
And those winds will make it feel a LOT worse..
So, what say we all get ourselves a nice hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and take a gander at what's been going on elsewhere?
*** First out of the freezer is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
This is every bit as evident TODAY as it was when it was first spoken, whether said by someone at the top of American political power, or the co-worker next to you, right?
So, who said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at Fort Scott, Kansas...
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
February 10 -
(I REALLY dunno how well that's gonna work with SNOW showers, but...)
(Our warranty at the "Fortress" expired a very long time ago...heh)
(okay, that looks AND sounds kinda tasty)
---It's also ASH WEDNESDAY
(let the observance of LENT commence)
Here's the skinny on it:
So there you go then...
*** Next up, our "King", mayor Henry delivers his State of the City Address at noon today at the Grand Wayne Center. ((yawn)) Can we stand the wait?
And shouldn't that called the State of the REALM Address?
If you heard ANY of the previous addresses, then you're not missing anything by missing THIS one.
I'll make a bet that it'll be MORE of the "same old" - all the accomplishments that HIS administration has made, and none of the progress that SHOULD have been made to the entire south side of the city.
And naturally, he'll be pushing his agenda for the downtown-riverfront-new arena like a heroin dealer selling smack on the SE side of town.
Typical democrat.
Don't DARE speak the TRUTH.
We'll also probably hear how crime is DOWN, which is not as true a statement as we're led to believe.
Police reports don't lie (unlike many politicians).
Be nice to hear more lies...after all, down here, we've heard them for YEARS.
*** And speaking of democrats, you just HAD to know that 6th District councilhack (for life) Glynn Hines would HAVE to pout his two cents in on the Public Safety Director gig going on with council.
Sometimes, old dogs need to retire.
Here's the latest:
There is a dust-up on whether the move to eliminate the position is legal, while council states it's a cost-cutting measure which would save the city $160+K.
Hey, I'm just trying to get THREE pensions here.
The dems are saying the court costs would exceed the cost of the position, and while I might agree, I feel this position (or it's creation, reinstatement, or elimination) should not rest in the hands of ONE person (our monarch), but rather the city council...that seems a lot more fair all around.
*** Next up, all this streaming media stuff might have some unintended consequences.
Here's the proof:
They say the Golden Age of Online Television may be in peril.
Who knew?
Seems there is a case of "cutting one's nose off to spite one's face" going on.
And you have to admit, in this business it's ALL about the money-trail.
What they won't take the time to realize, is that the customers PROVIDE the revenue such companies need to exist.
Sure, streaming is taking a bite out of satellite and cable (albeit a small bite), but Time Warner is leading this charge against too MUCH streaming. Hulu may follow suit here.
Bottom line - the media companies want to protect their established partners and deals, whether viewers like it or not. Yeah, they sure are looking out for their subscribers.
You knew this had to happen sooner or later, and I suppose it's better to get this out in the open while the technology is in it's "infancy" as it were.
It's sorta like THIS mess.
I'm sorry, but I'm too wary to buy into this right now...for the time being.
Too many variables that counter whatever conveniences they offer.
Hell, even they don't know what's going to happen down the road.
Better to stick with what works for now...let the whole streaming gig sort itself out.
It might all collapse under it's own weight...who can say? Let time deal with it.
Face it, EVERY mode of digital viewing has it's own issues.
The only time it didn't was when we had FREE (and analog) airwaves.
Remember THOSE days?
*** Next,  This story caught my eye, because the lovely Mrs.Bobby G.already knew about it.
Not a candy-GRAM, but a candy-SCAM. Here's the link:
Seems a few people have been scamming others into buying chocolates to "purchase North Side high school uniforms with the new logo" (shoulda kept the REDSKINS).
And these people was seen at a nail place in the mall.
Funny thing, Wifey got a packages of chocolates ("turtles") from a person when she was at the mall last week.
And, she goes to a nail salon there...helluva coincidence, don'cha think?
Ashdon Farms makes the candy used for LEGITIMATE fund-raising (like for high schools bands and such) and here's their mission statement:
Dark chocolate penguins
Also, the company helps the GIRL SCOUTS,  so I don't know where these OTHER people are getting their candy from
Well, the chocolates (from the mall) were pretty good. The ones Wifey got from her school were also good.
Now, I would NORMALLY call it a scam, except for the fact that Wifey GOT something for her money while at the mall (which hopefully wasn't an exorbitant amount)
If anything, I would say it was garnering funds under FALSE PRETENSES.
The people selling these chocolates from whatever company do not represent ANY school in the FWCS area, and should be reported for FRAUD.
*** Last back to the garage...it does indeed take ALL kinds of people to make up this crazy-ass world.
And, while we still know that the road to hell is paved with good intention, some people don't even have that going for them. Their intentions are not that good at all, are they?
Now, I don't blame anyone for getting "snookered" from time to time.
It happens to ALL of us sooner or later.
Hopefully, it doesn't result in us "going to the cleaners" and getting our lives and finances "steam-pressed".
I just wish this world enjoyed a lot more civility and ethical behavior than we're seeing.
Maybe it would serve to eliminate a LOT of the anger we see today.
Sure wouldn't hurt, would it?
And while we SHOULD see a much better level of morality and ethics from the LEADERS of our country, we have to believe that all of this has to begin with US...the "common people".
It's time like this where such common folks act appropriately under uncommon conditions.
May we all be up to the test, and produce the success we hope for.
I think we can take that to the bank.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


John DuMond said...

You know, I think much of this problem with cable companies could be solved if the local monopolies were replaced by a little thing we used to call the free market. If Time Warner (or Comcast, or whatever) had to compete for our business, instead of being the only game in town, the prices might go down and service might improve. But I guess we won't get to find out, as there's apparently no interest on the part of "our" politicians in ending this anti-competitive practice. I guess there's too much lobbyist money flowing into their campaigns. What's new, right? :)

CWMartin said...

Hi! Trying to pay attention here- listening to the new/old Santana to determine it's spot on the M10. You could easily see this one fitting in on Abraxas.

Umbrella Day- Hah! Coldplay needed the Super Bowl halftime show to be today, lol!

Cream cheese brownies? SIGN ME UP!

No need for the AW skinny. I've worn the mark many a time...

Next contestant- new Alvvays...

I think we bit on those boys too... but the candy was legit. I don't remember them mentioning North Side, so it might not be the same ones.

Bob G. said...

John D.:
Your solution to this problem WOULD be both the EASIEST and the most cost-effective for the consumer (and it wouldn't hurt any company in the long-run).
Wish those running the show felt likewise.

If these mega-monopolies HAD to compete for OUR viewership (and $$$), we WOULD see lower prices (for us), PLUS the companies competing would make out in VOLUME of people paying into this monthly.

I like to call it an "ala carte" way to go.
Just pay for what WE want...not what the companies FORCE us to get.
And that's much of the focal point of the STREAMING gig...for the most part.

Lobbyists HAVE to be causing the indifference by the politicians...no doubt about that.

Hey, thanks for stopping by to comment.
You made a great call on this.

Stay safe out there.

Bob G. said...

--I always liked the FIRST TWO Santana albums...can't get into the new stuff, but if you believe this release could work on Abraxas...good enough for me.
-- I will defer to your judgment on that one...lol.
-- I know, the pictures got me drooling!
-- Best part of Lent (for me) - Filet o'Fish at McD's for CHEAP.
(BTW, Wendy's makes an even CRUNCHIER coated filet sandwich...very good).
And I'm not EVEN Catholic (just dated a few way back when...HA!
-- The candy WAS good (if not enough per package - SIX stinking "turtles"). That was the real crime...LOL.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting today.
(much appreciated).

Stay safe & warm up there, brother.