Almost made you want to get out the gardening stuff.
(or make you want to drive around other neighborhoods in a 1967 metallic purple Chevy Impala with those big rims...with the top down (that last one DID happen, so I know what kinda goof-mobiles to look for this summer). Aside from that, wasn't bad at all.
Welcome to another week of roller-coaster forecasts here in the Heartland.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will see us with colder temps (only going up to around 40 degrees), and partly to mostly cloudy skies. Nothing in the way of precipitation (yet).
So what say we get that morning drink poured as we take a look at what is going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the cereal box is out "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
February 22 -
---Today is NATIONAL COOK A SWEET POTATO DAY
---It's also NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY
---It's NATIONAL WALKING THE DOG DAY
---And, it's BE HUMBLE DAY
---And, it's INTERNATIONAL WORLD THINKING DAY
ROFL...if the world DID more of that, we'd have a lot fewer problems)
*** Next up, It is also the birthday of our nation's FIRST PRESIDENT - GEORGE WASHINGTON.
I remember the days when we actually celebrated this as well as Lincoln's birthday...none of this "Presidents Day" stuff with mixing them into ONE day. Then again, that was a different time altogether.
*** Next, it looks like we're back to WAITING on the paper...again. Well, we did have a couple months of GOOD SERVICE (for a change).
|Now, I can work with THIS carrier. Good kitty!|
So, I might have to get back on the "nasty-gram-wagon" and start emailing people at the J-G...AGAIN.
And we call this kind of thing...progress?
*** Next up, there was a house fire this morning (the second in 2 days around the same time) and NOT where you'd expect it to occur. Here's the story (so far):
The house was located in the 4800 block of Ridgeway Drive and the FWFD was called around 0515 hrs.
There was another fire yesterday morning
---The 1700 block of Oakland St (near St. Mary's Ave. and Sherman Blvd) and took place around 0420 hrs yesterday..
No one was home at that house either.
A little bit on the odd side, if you ask me.
Can't think it was spontaneous combustion, or that we have so many people that never check things before leaving the house. Just doesn't sound right.
*** Next, Wifey and I took to the streets Saturday to grocery shop, and THIS week at the Bluffton Rd Kroger (formerly Scotts) they DID have PAPER BAGS.
I spoke to one of the shift managers there (Becky - very nice person) and she told me that a wrong order number had been entered and that, as a result, no one knew how low the stock of paper bags was until it was too late.
Someone on 3rd shift found the problem. Maybe what's needed is someone checking the "checkers"?
|Two stations in FTW so far.|
This doesn't mean there's not an INTERNAL skimmer which fits into the slot where you place your card.
Best thing to do - either pay with CASH, or go inside and pay there by card...until this issue with credit card skimmers is taken care of.
And our last stop was at the Walgreens that's slated to close TOMORROW (Southgate Plaza), and it was sad to see.
ALCOHOL-related, which meant I made a killing...LOL.
Got a bottle of bourbon - Wild Turkey 101 (that's "sippin" bourbon, folks...NOT for guzzling, trust me!) for only TEN BUCKS (retail is over $22) plus a bottle of white zinfandel for $2.25!.
Other than that, it was still pretty depressing to walk through yet another place we frequented often (seeing empty shelves and aisles) around our part of the ghettohood.
Makes you wonder who will be next.
*** Next, it didn't take long for the "locals" to fire up their loud car stereos in all that nice weather we had this weekend.
|Another loud summer looms.|
And that begs the question, WHO would be taking his place as the FWPD "capo"?
ONE name I did not want to hear - Derrick Westfield.
Naturally, he's black (and has a mugshot - uh, oh), but I'm sure that's allowable when consideration for a police chief job is in the works.
This whole black police chief (from the SE quadrant command) doesn't mean "jack" when it comes to crime down here.
The blacks (and Hispanics) don't give a damn WHO runs the department, and ANY minority placed in the job isn't going to make things miraculously change for the better. (unless they have a VERY strong hand against crime)
York states that 4 years is about average for a police chief, due to the demands of the position (and yet HE served for FOURTEEN years, so what's THAT say?) Ten years too many?
|Got some "leadership" issues here.|
Short answer - very few, and hardly any in uniform.
If he wanted to get out in the community more, maybe he should have been a preacher?
*** Next, I hear I was co-starring in a video "short" over the weekend that made it's way to FB. It's not the first time I was in a performing "role", OR on video.
"Patches" is the real star here, make no mistake.
Maybe we're NOT ready for the film festivals...or even YouTube, but what the hell.
Thing is which category would this come under?
And where IS Sir David Attenborough when I need him, anyway?
|He's with the LEMURS, where else?|
*** Last back to the kitchen table...I enjoy my time with my squirrel friends...guess you couldn't figure out something THAT obvious...lol.
But, there are times when I grow very concerned about the state of humankind, when I see people randomly shoot others, or terrorists across the globe push whatever misguided agenda they have.
There are days when you really WANT to embrace everyone and everything, but such days are few and far between.
I simply can't blindly give everyone all the benefits of every doubt ever created all the time.
(So much for being like Jesus along those lines).
I am wary of a lot of people these days...ever more than I would be with a snarling dog.
At least with the dog, you KNOW what you're in for (for the most part).
With people, it's a lot more "subtle", as they will smile and stab you in the back in the same breath. I've seen all types over the years, and thank God for the truly GOOD people (and you know who you all are). A cynical path for me? Perhaps.
Over time, humankind has mastered the art of deception, and a great many of us fall for it.
That's not to say that we're destined to be a welcome mat for everyone.
With age comes knowledge...and wisdom...and experience.
KNOW not to approach an angry animal...ditto for a lot of people.
But, what we come to know (hopefully) is what our OWN limits are, and how they impact on others.
If we never come to realize such basic things, we will never be able to master them.
If there is to be any control within our lives, it starts (and ends) with being able to control oneself.
Animals can't reason to do that, but WE can...and should.
Such a thing could change the world...for the better. And that wouldn't be that bad a thing, right?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
SAFE out there, America.