03 March 2016

Thoughts For Thursday...
Winter will be making a comeback today, according to our forecast.
So, say goodbye (for a while) to the sunshine.
Our Hoosierland weather will see our area covered with about 1-3 inches of the flaky white stuff.
Temps will only get into the low 30s, so any melting might turn things into an icy-slush mix on the roads.
Keep that brush/scraper handy for the car...you're gonna need it.
Now, with taken care of, let's get that nice hot cup of our favorite morning drink  as we see what else has been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the cupboard is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men." 
This was spoken by JOSEPH CONRAD (3 Dec 1857 - 3 Aug 1924), and he was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language.
And here is his WIKI:
Let's say he has a lengthy biography, and it's a decent read, if you can get past all the Slavic names.
He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depicted the trials of the human spirit in the midst of an impassive, inscrutable universe (sounds like a lot of us in some ways...lol)
He is considered an early modernist, and has influenced authors such as T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, and (more recently) Salman Rushdie.
A few of his most famous works are LORD JIM (1900), HEART OF DARKNESS (1899), and THE INHERITORS (co-authored with Ford Madux Ford). There is also a list of his stories and essays.
Your assignment is to read up on a remarkable man who doesn't seem to garner the attention he should considering the powerful writings he was responsible for, (and how we had to study them in high school...lol).
*** Next up, a MILESTONE for this blog.
(sound the trumpets and loose the pigeons)
And I have all of you who took the time TO comment to thank.
Only took nearly TEN years...LOL
(In answering your comments, I might have had a small hand in this, too...heh)
Thanks again for dropping by and saying what you feel.
*** Next, we bring you our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
March 3 -
(sing along...you know the words - or you SHOULD)
(make mine Italian, and plentiful)
(I always mull things over when I have a glass of wine)
(man, is THAT going to be a chore in today's world...)
*** Next up, there was a good Frank Gray story in this morning's paper.
It ties in with the triple shooting last week. Here's the link:
Just one of MANY ways
Execution-style can elude to many things, and is subjective.
It's not always "one to the back of the head" kinda "Wiseguys" thing.
It can also be like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, or a mob hit in a South Philly restaurant (or house), an ambush-style take-down Like the two Maryland cops who were recently murdered in a restaurant JUST BECAUSE they were "in uniform" (google that one)...it all depends on the circumstances and the manner in which the event is presented by the media sources. (remember, they can us take down almost any road they choose).
It does shed light on some things, especially the premeditation of this crime.
*** Next up, the city is slated to "buy" 88 houses and then....
Here's the story link:
Eighty-eight blighted houses that will undergo demolition...imagine that. Only several hundred more to go.
How much you want to bet the majority of them are on the SOUTH side (I'm leaning to the SE)?
Too familiar on the SOUTH side of Fort Wayne.
The most recent additions to the demo-list would be any damaged by fire that are unable to be renovated (enough) to meet the codes for occupation.
Now, this does mean the houses will be RAZED (as in torn down) and that the properties will be "redeveloped". (cheaper homes put in their place?)
The city will determine whether the cost of renovation will exceed the cost of tearing the house down, in which case, the latter will be employed.
Heather Presley-Cowen is at the front of this, so you KNOW it's gonna be done for LOW-INCOME housing (and many of the low-information miscreants that will be inhabiting them).
We'll see what happens and how much "better" our neighborhoods will become, but I wouldn't be holding MY breath on this one. I know the attention this part of the city (never) gets.
*** Next, we have a novel type of loud-ass in our neighborhood, and we came to hear of him (several blocks away) last year.
He ALSO has a motorized "wheelchair".
He rides an adult "trike", and has a BOOMBOX attached to it, and you can hear his ass coming blocks away (thank God there's no bass, but it IS effin loud).
This jerk could drown out a straight-pipe Harley!
I called the police on him once this year, and also last year. He tends to quiet down for a time.
Can't be THAT "disabled", can he?
Sad thing is, he lives one block west, and always has to pass OUR house ( I think on purpose). He drowns out whatever you're listening to INSIDE the house. It's kinda funny to tell the FWPD dispatch that you have an adult riding a trike (I dare not use the word VELOCIPEDE, as that term will befuddle anyone on the other end of that call), and that he's "booming".
You can TRY shouting at him, but you can't hear yourself yelling, so you know it's got to be even LOUDER for him. Can't imagine how he could hear a POLICE CAR, AMBULANCE, or FIRE ENGINE. Hey, maybe they'll do me a favor and run him the f$ck over?
(beats tossing a rock at him to get his attention).
You just KNOW this is in the works.
I can't imagine what could possible come NEXT...can you?
The mere thought bothers me to no end.
Must be a black "cultural" thing...LOL.
*** Next up...how many of you have a flat-screen TV or monitor?
How about a smart phone or tablet?
Now, how many of you have noticed either a change in sleep patterns, headaches, or a decline in visual acuity?
Well, it just might be all that "blue-light" you're being exposed to that is the cause.
But, don't take MY word for this...check our the following:
Or even THIS:
Now, all this technology is SUPPOSED to be good for us, right?
Well, maybe not so much as we were led to believe.
And maybe, it's harming us in ways we're not even aware of.
Naturally, this is all BY DESIGN, as the EPA told us we HAD to change over to this tech.
And we all know those LED TVs last so much longer than the old CRT sets... (oh, wait...they DON'T)
Life-expectancy for the new sets is NOT 20-30 years like our OLD sets. It's more like ten (or less).
So much for saving money...AND apparently, our HEALTH.
I  can't help but think we're all being "herded" (or corralled) into some sort of mindset and behavior.
To what end,  I haven't the foggiest. Maybe we're being set up for an alien takeover? LOL!
All I DO know is that since we got flat-screen monitors for the computers, my vision has gotten noticeably worse, and I even take more breaks from those screens.
It's like when Mom used to chide you about "sitting too close to the television".
Well, none of us went blind, or became irradiated, did we?
This is something that experts from around the world are taking notice off - all that BLUE-LIGHT is having adverse effects on us. As to how to protect ourselves...they're all still working on that one. (blue light filters can help)
*** Last back to the living room...I'm one of those people who believe that ANY technology needs to be thoroughly studied and evaluated BEFORE it reaches the (unwashed) hands of the masses.
The late Robert Oppenheimer knew as much when the first atomic bomb was detonated.
THAT particular technology, although it would yield great power, would also produce great devastation.
And this was long before we had to worry about nuclear WASTE and where to store it properly.
It was also long before 3-mile Island or Chernobyl or Fukushima.
We were told that our tired and true incandescent bulbs were a waste of energy, and were told that those "curly-fries" bulbs would be our salvation for the planet.
Turns out they were MORE hazardous in our homes with the mercury inside them.
So now, we're told that LED bulbs are the way to go...but they cast a higher level of blue light, and that is having adverse effects on us all. Where and when does all the lying stop, and the truth begin?
When are the so-called "experts" going to fess up and tell us the PROBLEMS connected with all this technology, and do it BEFORE we spend lots of bucks buying into it?
We've a society that has become addicted to social media, and every device that allows us to enter that realm produces higher levels of blue light, and then we sit around and wonder WHY people are suddenly going out and shooting one another, or are enraged to levels we never have seen, or are committing suicide in higher numbers (especially for young people - the most prevalent users of all these "smart" devices).
The road we're on doesn't seem that clear of impediments.
In fact, it seems worse than other roads we've traveled over time. Life is short enough, without having that which we create sapping us of such a precious commodity.
Perhaps we need to step back and take a long, hard look at the things we've been forced to become dependent upon,  We should seek the truth to these matters, before it costs us more than our health...or lives. Just something to think about, right?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


Momma Fargo said...

10,0001 comments.ahahahha! Congrats! I like the quote and the history on Joseph Conrad. Your surveillance pics crack me the heck up. How can you not be entertained? Snork snork. I think you have USA rickshaws up there. Tee hee!Blue lights? I was affected by blue light specials at KMart. Anyhow, I would just like to work from home where there are no blue lights. I do like blue lighs from the cop cars, though. They are so pretty! I bet after reading this you have concluded that I have gone nuts. It could be true.

ms nk rey said...

You just never know all the facts and who to believe. My power company.. Duke Energy.. sent me free bulbs. I know hard to believe. Long story short I have been using them to replace burnt out incandescent bulbs and now I must change back?

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
Well, SOMEONE had to start the NEXT 10 K, right?
--Joe Conrad was a pretty neat guy. While we read his books, we rarely get to know the person BEHIND the literature,hmm?
--Hey, if' you're gonna surveil the ghettohood, be (damn) GOOD at it, hmm? You cannot make this kind of "stuff" up, can you?
Rickshaws, Boomtrikeys, and idiots, OH MY...ROFL!
--I used to ANNOUNCE those blue light specials when I did a seasonal stint at K-Mart a few lifetimes ago back in Philly...!
--THOSE particular blue lights (from the light-bars) can ALSO harm people (like when they flee from the po-po. OUCHEY!
Wonder why THAT is? LMAO!

You ain't nuts, Kiddo (not anymore than ME, anyway)...HA!

Thanks for rolling up today and commenting.
Always a pleasure.

Stay safe down there, dear.

ms nk rey said...

ooops forgot to congratulate you on your milestone Way to go Bobby G!

Bob G. said...

Well, if all these experts are coming forward and telling us things we never knew ABOUT the bulbs (and blue-light in general), there's got to be some amount of TRUTH to it.
We only use the LED bulbs OUTSIDE the house, but that's just us.
I stocked up on the incandescent ones - call me Black Market Bob...LOL.

Maybe in the future, they can filter OUT the harmful part of the spectrum, or at least minimize it further.
Until then, we might be stuck with bad sleep patterns, eye problems, or headaches (there's always ALEVE - I might buy stock in them...lol)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Stay safe, warm, and dry down there, dear.

Bob G. said...

MY thanks go out to fine people like YOU instead.
I do so appreciate your thoughts & words whenever you stop by.

John DuMond said...

"I dare not use the word VELOCIPEDE..."

Now there's a word I haven't heard in years. Sounds to me like what your neighbor has is more of a veloci-boom.... boom-ipede? Hmm, I'll have to work on that some. There's gotta be a portmanteau that rolls off the tongue.

Congrats on reaching 10K comments! :)

Bob G. said...

John D.:
Yes, you and I are from that "kinder, gentler" era of better education...and that's a good thing.
Velociboom...ROFL...I love that.
We now have an "official" name for this loud-ass.

"Portmanteau"...BRAVO, sir!
Nicely said...had to look that one up.

I could not get to that milestone without you few, yet faithful.
Thank YOU for all your comments.
(and those yet to come)

DO stay safe & sound out there.

CWMartin said...

I knew I knew the name... Heart Of Darkness was heavily referenced in King Leopold's Ghost, which was a great read if you like your history to really piss you off...

Congrats! For your next trick, comb the archives and subtract your comments from the posts!
(Knowing you, though, I bet it's just as simple and accurate to divide by two...)

I had to look up mulled wine a while back, so at least it didn't stump me...

Why couldn't I Want You To Be Happy Day been TOMORROW? I have a boss I want to try it out on...

For your velocipidiot... I think a suitably handled water hose would make an excellent solution!

Blue light study... there's the cause to donate my body to science for...

But seriously, I do have the "eye strain" issues from excessive computer monkeying around, but much lessened with the set of "non-glare" lenses Longe set me up with.

Closing homily great as usual. The Law of Unintended Consequences is a mutha, and it's just getting warmed up.

Bob G. said...

--History doesn't piss me off AS MUCH as the here and now these days...LOL
--Well, I also DIDN'T count the SPAM comments that never saw the light of publishing.
--It's just plain WARM wine (that's pretty much room temp for me).
--Fridays never seem to have as much GOOD stuff as they should (except being FRIDAY) Why is that?
--VELOCIPIDIOT...I think you created another wonderful name for that moron...You been talking to John D.?
And I've already been pondering the HOSE...bwahahaha. Great minds think alike.
--Those filtering lenses (or screens) will help somewhat, but the long-term effects are still being studied.
People do need to be informed, and now YOU know. Spread the word.
--Let's just hope & pray that what gets "warmed up" doesn't boil over OR catch fire...then we got some REAL problems.

Thanks much for swinging by today and commenting.

You stay safe, warm, and dry up there, brother.

catererin said...

For the first time since Marshall's left, I was on the Southeast part of town today with a friend, went to a store called Rainbow at Southgate, went to Southtown as well, saw the Target building, I thought something went in it! sure looked empty to me. saw the cornucopia as well, it looks so neat, considering I haven't seen it in years!

Bob G. said...

By all means...when down here, shop with a friend.
Rainbow has been there longer than most stores (except Kroger). Used to have a Big Lots there.
Southtown doesn't have much, unless you like Menards, Walmart or Wendys...lol.
There was supposed to be some "data" business at the old Target...did';t see any signs on the building. And the old K-Mart is still empty.
The Scotts CORNUCOPIA could use some paint, too. Getting a bit faded. I thought someone took it down and stored it away.
So much for real progress down here, hmm?

Thanks for stopping by to comment today.

Stay safe out there.