If we never get close to 85 degrees again, that would suit me just fine.
Alas, such will not be the case in a few days here in the Heartland. It's going to start getting warmer again. (well, it IS summer, right?)
Looks like we'll be sending June off in fine style.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will have us starting out with partly cloudy skies, turning to mostly sunny with a forecast high of around 80 degrees.
And no rain today (that comes later on overnight).
So, let's get this day started with a cup of glass of something refreshing, something soothing, and something sure to begin today on a proper note, as we see what's going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the patio table is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate".
Alvin Toffler (Oct 4 1928 - Jun 27 2016) and your eyes are not deceiving you...he JUST passed away this week. He was an American writer and futurist.
Here's the article:
Took ME by total surprise, as they JUST posted his passing...talk about a strange kind of "weird".
Here's Alvin's WIKI:
YOUR "homework assignment".
When Future Shock came out, I was still in high school (getting ready to graduate) and it was the talk all over. This became the 4th largest selling book through the 1970s.
He did a follow-up book titled THE THIRD WAVE, which came out in 1980.
And, in 1990, he, with wife Heidi, came out with POWERSHIFT, which focused on the military hardware and proliferation of new technologies.
He didn't do bad for being "just a kid from Brooklyn".
The WIKI is a good read, as is Future Shock, and after all these years, I finally found out that I "suffer" from future shock. But the good news is...I'm not alone.
*** Next up is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
June 30 -
---Today is NATIONAL HANDSHAKE DAY
---It's also NATIONAL BOMB POP DAY
STILL have these around, but they cost MORE)
---And, it's NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY
---Lastly, it's SOCIAL MEDIA DAY
OTHER day ISN'T???)
*** Next up, our "king" (read Mayor Henry) holds court on the Wells St. Bridge, and the royal "family" was in attendance. Here's the story link:
There's only one "hitch"...the NEW cost is damn near DOUBLE what was originally said.
Now WHERE have I heard THIS before???
Parkview Field? Ash Brokerage Skyscraper?
Call this "Costaplenty Square THREE". We're gonna get fleeced AGAIN...you watch.
---And then he later addressed the growing number of homicides of black youth in our city. Here's that link:
PARROTING the same rhetoric FWPD (soon-to-be-ex) Chief Garry Hamilton said a couple weeks ago.
I'd bet they know a FEW of the "playaz" out there, but given the transience of many of these perps, they will NEVER know who ALL of them are, and you can also thank the black community for covering for them.
The blatant distrust of police took care of that generations ago, when all the cops were doing is preserving the peace and doing criminal profiles on people in that community (much as they do elsewhere).
*** Next, and right in line with all the transient perps coming to OUR city, there's THIS story:
Imagine that...a murderer wanted in MISSISSIPPI is caught HERE, in Fort Wayne.
|Last year's mugshot|
It would surprise you the number of people here from other states. I see plates from at least a DOZEN other states just in OUR area (every year), and they're not "just visiting", trust me.
|Brand NEW mugshot.|
I will say this was a good catch by the U.S. Marshal's Service.
*** Next up, time to lighten things up as we take you all on a little sojourn I will call:
Wifey and Bob's Excellent Adventure
Wifeymobile 2.0 at the Shell station at Winchester and Bluffton (nice 4.6 mile run). Well, that went well, and gas prices were at $1.99 a gallon (87 octane)...suh-weet.
After that, Wifey wanted to get some more ALEVE (wonder why, considering all that's been going on earlier this week?), so we stopped at Walgreens at Lower Huntingdon Rd. and got some.
|Looks just like me, too...LOL.|
He's positively, a keeper,
Then, when back at the car, Wifey said: "What's across the street?"
"No, the OTHER way"
"Oh, Azars Big Boy?"
"Did you eat yet?"
"Well, we could get breakfast."
"Sure, what the hell."
|Not bad for a first attempt, and, "...Not a scratch."|
Not to be the kind of folks who WASTES a trip, we got breakfast anyway...damn good, too. Three eggs (scrambled) toast, hash browns and bacon...and a Dr. Pepper.
|We didn't have to go through THIS gate.|
So, away we went, and I must say, I'm getting a bit more "comfortable" with the Impala
I've been wanting to go to the air-park for some time, and they have nice static displays.
It's basically a visual chronicle of the aircraft the 122nd have flown over the decades, and was pretty cool.
You can see for yourself.
|F-80 Shooting Star|
|F-100 Super Sabre|
|F-16 Fighting Falcon|
|A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)|
|NO, I'm NOT swapping the Firebird for THIS.|
There are a few buttons behind the steering wheel that tend to get in my way. I hit one by accident and changed the media mode to some satellite crap and our radio station went off. Had to figure out how to change it back. Ditto for those "daytime running lights". You have to manually disengage them EVERY time you start the car, otherwise, they remain on...that's a bit of a pain (unless you want to join a passing funeral).
I have managed to figure out how to program FAVORITE stations on the FM band, Also, the doors automatically lock when you shift the car from P to D. The fob locks them ALL when you exit and hit the button. Unlocks the same way.
(keyless-entry - more future shock for me...lol).
|A nice but "busy" interior (imho).|
I will say there is a LOT of crap going on inside this car, and that's when it's off and sitting still...LOL.
Hey, at least I can park it, lock it, unlock it, and start it. That's a good beginning.
---I even got a call from my nephew in Virginia, and he told me during our conversation they ONLY pay $15 for a CCP (for 8 years)...WOW!
There's a law there where they cannot charge OVER $50. Indiana needs to follow that one.
Had a nice long talk...always good to hear from him and that he and his family are safe and doing well.
*** Last back to the patio chair...there's no denying it - we live in "interesting" times.
|Where's the passing lane?|
Technology has become both a blessing as well as a curse to mankind, and for many of the reasons the recently-deceased Mr. Toffler addressed.
During the time that humans have walked the Earth, every stage of progress in ANY form of technology has had sufficient time for "us" to adapt to it, and usually find the best manners to utilize it. This can be the use of FIRE, the metal ages, the middle ages, and right through the industrial age into modern times.
Mankind had TIME to learn and adapt to the use of whatever technology came along.
|Welcome to "me", folks.|
There is NO way in creation we (as a species) can keep up with the almost daily advents of technology and the progress it's making. In some ways, it seems to be doing it without human intervention, which would leave our species further in the dust.
|We don't NEED this.|
Like I say, I'm not totally adverse to things that have made our lives better (through technology), but I hesitate when I'm all but forced into lock-stepping with ALL the tech flowing our way. I prefer to examine, determine and then decide WHAT is best for me at this point in time. I think many of us feel something similar.
Those that don't, well, they could be in for a rude awakening some day, like when the tech starts dictating to US, rather than having mankind in total control.
Hopefully, it will NEVER come to that, right?
Stay SAFE out there, America.
((See 'ya NEXT month.))