Don'cha love when that happens?
I think we ended June rather well.
We're starting this month off a bit on the damp side.
Our Hoosierland weather will see our skies clearing this morning from this light rain, and temps will top out around the 77-degree range. Hopefully, the sun will make an appearance to usher us into the weekend.
So, let's all get that cup or glass of Friday Fortitude poured as we see what is going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the front page is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
It is indeed JULY and here are some of the monthly and weekly observances:
National Anti-Boredom Month
National Baked Bean Month
National Blueberry Month
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
National Culinary Arts Month
National Grilling Month
National Horseradish Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
National Independent Retailer Month
National Picnic Month
Unlucky Month for Weddings
National Unassisted Homebirth Week – July 1 – 7
Be Nice to Jersey Week – July 3- 9
Nude Recreation Week – July 4-10
Creative Maladjustment Week - July7-14
National Farriers Week – July 10 – 16
Everybody Deserves A Massage Week – July 10 – 16
Captive Nations Week – 3rd week in July
National Zoo Keeper Week – 3rd week in July
And now, onto the DAILY events
July 1 -
---Today is NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY
|Where's my damn STUFF???|
---It's also NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY
---It's NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY
*** And since it is week's end, lets take a look at all the other things we can acknowledge over the other 48 hours...
July 2 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL ANISETTE DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL HOP-A-PARK DAY
July 3 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL FRIED CLAM DAY
---It's also NATIONAL EAT YOUR BEANS DAY
---And, it's NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY
And there you have it...plenty of things to keep you busy and out of trouble.
*** Next up, as mentioned I have a bone to pick with the USPS and it's "workers".
|We screw up, so YOU|
don't have to.
The package SAT in the Chicago sorting facility for THREE days, and then was released to the KANSAS CITY, KS facility. Now, it only took TWO days to get there, where it sat for ANOTHER two days. After THAT, it was released and wound up in SPRINGFIELD, MO. It sat there for only ONE day, but after it's release, the package is in "limbo"?. No word for THREE DAYS as to it's actual location. No closer to Indiana.
Sorry, but the USPS is another federal clusterf*ck that loses TENS of MILLIONS of OUR dollars every year, and we're still okay with this? Well, I do have until 6 July before I have to file ANOTHER claim for non-receipts of something from China (that will make three this year).
Not enjoying that customer service, people. Why do you think THAT is?
*** Next up, there was a very good "op-ed" in today's J-G, and here's the link to it:
Hell, any pet owner knows the effects of loud fireworks, right?
And to allow everyday people to purchase those mortar rounds that can easily reach a hundred or more feet, as they explode with a report equal to a grenade going off just makes no sense to me, and I used to love the PUBLIC displays as a kid (still do...they're wonderful).
But the end of the op-ed makes the best case here, sadly as said : "When it comes to regulations, fireworks retailers clearly hold more influence with lawmakers than the veterans whose service allows us the opportunity to celebrate."
Yeah, that alone speaks volumes.
It doesn't take much to be considerate, especially to those who fight for the freedom we all enjoy.
*** Next, Kevin Leininger has a very good column about Roderick Parker and the shooting death of his 18-year old nephew this week.
Here's the link to the article:
There is a lot of wisdom in the words of Roderick...words that still carry meaning, and power.
He speaks to doing something more than having another community gabfest or another "stop the madness" march.
And he's been fighting the GOOD fight for those years since he turned HIS life around.
But, it's like I said the other day...getting people to LISTEN to the "good news" you have to tell them can often fall on (selectively) deaf ears. THAT is the real tragedy in all of this.
*** Next, I found this story interesting when I saw it last evening:
IS nice to be made aware that we have between 15 to 20 active gangs in our city.
But, it bothers me that the FWPD gang unit is ONLY concentrating on EIGHT of those.
Guess the rest don't count?
Funny, I recall our gang unit consisting of ONLY TWO officers a few years back...no wonder crime has risen.
Local gangs have one thing that makes tracking it's members easy...they're LOCAL.
It's those gangs that come INTO our city from everywhere else - the LARGER and better organized gangs that have a national membership and go to other cities to recruit and establish a "chapter".
I would focus my resources on THOSE first, and see if in fact, they are actively recruiting the youth here. You might also uncover some older gang members in that process who are taking these kids under their wing.
The local gangs SHOULD be easier to monitor and surveil, but those outside gangs will be more of a challenge. And, to be honest, the majority of the organized gangs are either Latino or black.
Try a tactic that might net you more of the perps responsible for these homicides.
You just might be surprised at the outcome.
*** Next up, we had a bit of a minor accident along our street yesterday.
No injuries to people...just vehicles and pride, no doubt. Hope that's not a boyfriend's Caddy...heh.
*** Next, another chapter in (what is seeming becoming a saga) Bob's journey into the 21st century world of automotive technology.
|This is the "Cliff's Notes" |
In my day, being able to "personalize" your vehicle meant something as easy as PIN-STRIPING, or a new set of moon hubcaps, or even a CB radio.
It would amaze the crap out of you to find out ALL the stuff you can do to make your vehicle more "user-friendly"...(yeah, sounding MORE like a damn computer every day, right?).
I don't ever recall my Dad personalizing HIS cars. He thought OWNING it was personal enough, I suppose.
Mind you, all this fol-de-rol pertains to INSIDE the car, and not anything external.
But that would explain why certain people HAVE to get those damnable huge RIMS and ear-bleeding stereos...(must be the lack of other man-traits driving that...lol).
No wonder I can't sleep as well...too much information overload.
*** Last back to the comics page...if there is a way to fix something that's NOT broke, you can rest assured that someone will embrace it.
|Now if THIS isn't the truth...|
Almost every facet of our lives is replete with such "tokens of appreciation".
And, there is no real way around most of it, so you learn to adapt as best you can.
This is what we've created and pretty much what we're stuck with.
Yet, I have to ask WHY we allowed this to happen in the first place?
I suppose if I could answer that question, I'd be in a much higher level of authority, or at least, be a lot richer. (why not both? LOL)
Being able to adapt to a gradual change is achievable, and serves to benefit us.
When we're forced to adapt to change for change sake, and in almost the blink of an eye, THAT can be troublesome (at best, and devastating at worst.
Some battles in life we CAN choose, while others we're seemingly drafted into.
I guess our best recourse under those conditions is to fight the best we can, and never settle for anything less than victory on our part.
That's the way it was done a long time ago by individual patriots within our fledgling nation..and by God, it worked.
Have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.