Spring has not "sprung" just yet (but very soon).
Our Hoosierland weather for this day will bring us cooler conditions, partly cloudy skies, lighter winds, and a slight hint of precipitation (don't worry, there's no snow), with temps reaching up to about 47 degrees. Should be an okay weekend as well.
So let's all get that morning cup of Friday Fortitude poured and parked nearby as we see what's been going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First off of the gun range is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
March 18 -
---Today is NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY
---It's also NATIONAL BIODIESEL DAY
---It's also NATIONAL LACY OATMEAL COOKIE DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY
---It's NATIONAL SUPREME SACRIFICE DAY
*** Since it's the weekend, let's take a look at all the things going on over the next 72 hours:
March 19 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL CERTIFIED NURSES DAY
---It's also NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL LET'S LAUGH DAY
WAY too easy)
---It's also NATIONAL POULTRY DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL QUILTING DAY
HAND amazes me)
---It's also NATIONAL CORN DOG DAY
March 20 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY
---It's also NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY
---It's also NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY
Chef Boy, this is a no-brainer)
---And, it's the day that SPRING begins.
And there you have it. Enjoy the festivities and behave yourselves.
*** Next up, the local aborigines are back at it again (like you thought they forgot what crime was?)
Now, you figure with ALL the "shots fired" calls that sooner or later someone would actually HIT someone else, and well, there you are.
When police searched the nearby streets, they came across a black Dodge in the 4500 block of Oliver St that had struck a parked car. Inside they found a black male suffering a gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital and is in critical condition.
Police also found at least 23 shell casings at the scene from multiple caliber weapons.
When police were told that a jeep (a Grand Cherokee, most likely) left the area, they soon found an SUV matching the description in the 4700 block of Winter St. Apparently, a second shooting victim (my guess - ANOTHER black male) turned up at a hospital later on and was listed in serious condition.
FWPD believe that the shootings are related.
Police do not know what took place and are attempting to piece together the incident.
(good luck finding anyone in the area that will come forward and tell you some facts).
I'll wager neither of the two victims were "just good boys who never hurt anyone".
Welcome to the SOUTHEAST SIDE of the city, where black lives seem to NOT matter one damn bit.
*** Next up, because yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, we just had to do our own version of eats, since we already had corned beef last Sunday.
So, Wifey and I had grilled corned beef and cheese sandwiches (don't knock it until you tried it).
Naturally, you have to have a Guinness to wash it down, and I had made a plate of those "Irish potato" candies as a dessert. Something I picked up in Philly many years ago.
(Mom never made them, though)
All you need is some cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, flaked coconut, cinnamon, and no qualms about getting messy, because there's no making them without that happening.
Don't have to bake a thing, and I will warn you...they are RICH. That means you're not going to scarf down a dozen of them at one sitting! Try one or two instead.
And with all that 10X sugar, they are a diabetic's nightmare, but hey, whatta way to go, right?
*** Next up, I had the usual squirrel buddies stop by yesterday for some peanuts, and I also had one squirrel that acted different from the "regulars" like Bashful, Zippy and Patches.
|This is Zippy (never comes close)|
|No mistaking that tail - it's Bashful.|
And when I "asked" him if he wanted some peanuts, he came right up to my foot, without shying away.
|Here's the "mystery" squirrel.|
He took the peanut from my fingers, took a couple steps away and ate it, then came back for another...and another.
My first thought was that it COULD be Mr. Wrinkles, but I dare not get my hopes up.
(I'm still comparing photos anyway)
|Mr.Wrinkles from 2015 - helluva similarity.|
Nah, ghosts don't eat peanuts...or DO they?
*** Next, another technology is coming (like it or not) that is supposed to make YOUR life a lot safe...AGAIN.
Yes, folks...leave it to the FEDS to know what's BEST FOR YOU.
(don't they always?)
AUTOMATIC BRAKING on ALL cars by the years 2022...bet you can't wait, huh?
I'll wager many of you can't recall a time when we DID NOT have that "third-eye" brake light mounted higher than the standard brake lights, right?
That was SUPPOSED to alert people behind you that you were STOPPING, and initially, it worked, although I hated it (and my Firebird does not have one - that came along by the late 80s).
I figured people should be PAYING ATTENTION while they're driving (silly me, what was I thinking?).
NOW, that extra brake light is no longer enough, so the car-makers (by order of the feds) have to go another step further because people THESE days are even MORE distracted while driving and are just not paying the hell attention to other vehicles around them.
And, like ANY electronic on-board system, it's only good WHEN IT WORKS.
(and that means more costly repairs should it develop problems)
But let's back up (no pun intended) and wonder what would happen if the system faults and the brakes come on abruptly? Could be more accidents. Look at the inordinate number of RECALLS by car makers recently. That should get people thinking.
They better be VERY sure about this, because a LOT of lives will hang in the balance.
*** Last back to the basement bunker...there's not a lot that surprises me these days, and I suppose it's because that much of what goes on IS, if nothing else, more PREDICTABLE.
|I'm not the ONLY one who sees this.|
It's just what I (or you) come to know to be fact.
And, it's based on history, being attentive and watching the methods and actions of others.
Much of who we become in life is rooted in our ability to watch others, most easily, our parents.
We emulate who they are to some degree, as we also do to those we come to look up to or admire such as teachers, mentors, etc.
If we are brought up in a decent manner and are taught from little on up what the differences between what's GOOD and what's BAD are, we make out okay for the most part.
The same can be said for those brought up incorrectly, as far as a sense of morality and civility is concerned.
It all starts when we are young, and only gets better (or worse) as we grow up.
And, if we're paying attention along the way, we can avoid a LOT of hassles that life can bring.
Life is complex enough, without actively going out and looking for MORE troubles, right?
Therein lies the lesson for today.
DO have yourselves a very good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.