Here it is, APRIL, and we're having a bumper crop of MARCH WINDS.
Never seem to get what we want when we want it, do we?
Our Hoosierland weather is starting off innocent enough, but temps will drop during the day and we'll wind up in the low 40s by late afternoon. Expect the winds to subside somewhat, and skies to be partly to mostly cloudy.
Well, it IS a Monday, right? Can't expect much along those lines.
Anyway, what say we all gt our morning drink poured, and hopefully not have to deal with much of the crap that we know is always coming as we see what's going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the kite factory is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
April 4 -
---Today is NATIONAL CHICKEN CORDON BLEU DAY
---It's also NATIONAL HUG A NEWS PERSON DAY
|Alyssa Ivanson, they're NOT.|
---And, it's NATIONAL SCHOOL LIBRARIAN DAY
---It's also NATIONAL WALK AROUND THINGS DAY
|Beats trying to walk THROUGH things. Less painful.|
*** Next up, we have to take the Wifeymobile into Yeoman's today.
This is one of those things that doesn't go away when you turn up the radio, and can cause worse things to happen down the road. Ounce of prevention time there.
Wifey wanted to head down to visit her dad this week. Better to do it with FOUR good wheels rather than three.
*** And you just KNOW it's a Monday in Fort Wayne, when the morning paper is late (it usually arrives around 0400 hrs.
I know because I happened to have a bad night sleeping a few times - they say high call volume into the papers to boot).
Wonder WTH is wrong NOW?
Never had this problem 10 years ago.
I can't imagine what has changed (he said sarcastically)..
SO, we have to take "the long way around" this morning. This should be "fun".
*** In the meantime, a few personal observations:
--- What was up with that crazy SNOW over the weekend? We had damn near white-out conditions late Saturday.
|That's some CRAZY-ASS weather out there.|
|Much more protected under the table.|
I knew the snow wouldn't last, but that was between gusts of wind that was blowing the peanuts I tossed all over the place.
POWER GRID around here...WHY, again?
Kinda sucks when you go and buy all those nice electronic devices to make life "better" only to have them turned into fancy PAPERWEIGHTS whenever the power craps out due to some winds (or the occasional drunk driver marrying his vehicle to some utility pole).
--- I sorta made the "mistake" of watching the season 6 finale to The Walking Dead last night.
MUST have pissed a lot of people off (and that would include me) with last night's episode.
Damn near ALL the main characters are now captured and at the mercy of this putz named "Negan" (played by the same actor who was The Comedian in the Watchmen movie).
While I've watched this show from the start and hardly missed an episode, I might start backing away from this. Why can't these people, who have managed to survive as long as they have just catch ONE...DAMN...BREAK, and not have to worry about the assholes (who are still alive) trying to screw with them? It's becoming a bit tedious to watch, and probably (for me), it's because it's hitting a lot closer to home in some aspects.
|Get outta the street.|
|Get the HELL outta the street.|
I probably wouldn't want ANY of them to bite me, either.
|Get the F*CK outta the street!|
Many days, it sure SEEMS that way.
Problem is, I can't just cap these mooks, OR stab them in the head.
Talk about a conundrum.
*** Next up,what happens when you leave a big piece of equipment on a train track (like a BACK-HOE) and forget to remove it when a train comes along?
If you guessed ONE HUGE MESS, than give yourself a gold star. Here's the story link:
|Yeah, THAT left a mark.|
Two people were killed (workers_ and over 30 injured when the train struck that backhoe.
I thought we had AUTOMATED SYSTEMS in place to keep shit like this from happening? Be interesting to see how the NHTSB calls this one and where blame is assigned. Gotta love technology (again)...right?
*** Next, did you know about the flap over defective rifle sights for our SPEC OPS troops?
No? Well, here you go then:
|Another "oops" moment.|
The company has addressed the problem and they (L-3 Communications - EOTech) were sued by the feds last November (and we're just hearing about it NOW?).
The company settled for $25.6 Mil.
NCIS director (the real one, not the TV one) stated "A sight that ALMOST works is not acceptable."
Gee, 'ya think?
Thank God these troops train (also) with IRON sights as well, but still...
*** Last back to the latrine...we have become a society that has come to RELY on technology for damn near everything.
And when you rely on one thing, another thing goes ignored or, worse yet...forgotten.
Doesn't matter if it's a red-dot rifle sight vs. a factory iron sight, or and electronic tablet vs. cursive writing in the classroom. These days, there's just no getting away from technology.
But, there also is not getting way from the fact that we are becoming MUCH too dependent upon that technology, and when it fails (for whatever reason), many people become totally lost or helpless thanks to that dependency.
I look at it like a drug addict...can't get that fix? Here come the DTs
Those people will do damn near anything FOR that next fix, and our jails are full of them, as a result.
But that doesn't answer the question as to WHY this occurs.
When you have to do things "the old-fashioned" way, it requires MORE attention, and MORE time than a simple push of some button, right? I like to do things that way and for a very good reason:
I get out of something for what I put into something - a fair "trade", as it were.
Plus, my reliance of whatever "gadget" others would use is minimal, if not non-existent.
Yes, I manually ROLL my car windows down, and I use a manual can opener, and I have iron sights on my firearms.
And, I'm no lesser an individual for having them.
Don't get me wrong...technology DOES have it's place, but it's to allow us to the opportunity to do OTHER, more productive things that still require our intervention, and not to cozy up and crawl in bed with that technology, forsaking the things we used to be ABLE to do for ourselves (like reading a real ROAD MAP).
Maybe we won;t be happy until the tech runs itself...AND us.
Can't imagine the human race subservient to machines, can you?
How can we seek betterment when our electronic dependency grows (on all these devices) seemingly exponentially?
That is a question we need to answer soon...very soon.
Stay SAFE out there, America.