I have to admit we started this past weekend here in Fort Wayne off with a BANG (and included several more over the past 2 days). We'll discuss that as well as our weekend (so far) in a bit.
Our Hoosierland weather will have us back in summer mode with temps reaching back into the mid to upper 80s, rising humidity, and mostly sunny skies. And I was really liking that cool down we had, too.
In the meantime, let's get ourselves a nice beverage poured and parked close by (I'm dosing mine with Kentucky Whiskey, purely for "medicinal purposes", mind you) and let's see what's going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the grill is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
SEPTEMBER 5 -
---Today is LABOR DAY
---It's also NATIONAL CHEESE PIZZA DAY
HAD to put it on Labor Day? Why?)
*** Next, like I said, this weekend started out with a BANG in Fort Wayne, and here are the stories that concern all the minority mayhem.
1) This crap all started on Friday. Here's the story link:
Eden Green (SE, where the hell else?) was the setting and near the same building as the previous shooting.
Jamal R. Anderson, 24 is our city's 27th HOMICIDE (this year), but police HAVE made an arrest in the shooting.
This took place in the 1400 block of Greene St around 2045 hrs Friday night.
Mylinque (another effed up name) Shaboz Wallace, 20 was the shooter.
In the black community, it ONLY matters when police do the shootings, otherwise with all the black-on-black crime that takes lives in droves, black lives don't seem to matter THAT MUCH, do they?
But wait, we're just getting started...
2) Our Next shooting happened yesterday (no adherence to the Sabbath in ANY way with these beasts). Naturally, as could be expected, it was on the SE side. Here's the story link:
TWO people were shot (one in serious, one in good condition).
No information relating to what led up to the shooting and no suspects have been arrested.
(good luck getting anywhere in THAT neighborhood)
Hang on, we're not done quite yet...
3) Another shooting occurred later, on the (all together kids)...SOUTHEAST SIDE!!!
Here's THAT story:
KNOW what caused this one...possible drug deal gone south(east). Sure beats those impromptu arguments that escalate into gunplay, doesn't it?
This took place at a Phillips 66 service station located at Wayne Trace near Drexel around 1845 hrs.
FWPD taped off that area. It's unclear if the shooting took place inside or outside the store at the station.
At least one person was reported in serious condition.
A second shooting in less than 5 hours on the SE side...helluva tally being racked up, hmm?
*** Next, it wasn't a "bad" Saturday for us, grocery-wise. Spent more than usual, but that was for Sunday cookout.
We should get a couple more for accenting the side garden.
*** And, then we come to SUNDAY.
We planned to have a cookout, and since it wasn't that bad outside with the weather, set up the patio table umbrella and eat out there...BUT, our newbie "neighbors" had other plans.
|Party like you don't HAVE to work (as usual).|
And, just to make sure my calm was disturbed, the classical music station (WBNI) was OFF-AIR all damn morning (since midnight, actually). I mean it IS Classical Music Month.
Now, apparently, we have a male and female next door (older, but perhaps not as old as me), and they had the kids/grandkids (et al) running all about, kicking balls and such. It was where you couldn't hear yourself think outside.
That's not exactly how I envisioned our Sunday at the "Fortress".
|Too many people at such a small house.|
The "loud" continued until the sun went down and finally the tribe meandered back to thier vehicles (seven total) and left. I certainly hope this will not be a regular "event", but knowing such people as I do, I can only surmise that "visiting the grandparents" (and bothering the white people next door) will be high on whatever list these aborigines have.
With a house (next door) that is easily ONE HALF the square footage of ours (maybe less than 700 sq. ft.) it amazes me how these people will attempt to have over WAY many more than the property size should allow. We see it all the damn time around here. They must think they still live in some huge (government-sponsored) complex where everything belongs to everyone all the time...like Eden Green...I mean The Villages At Hanna.
*** Next up, and shifting gears AWAY from all the B.S...A few noteworthy items.
---This coming Sunday from 12-4PM out at Eagle Marsh is the annual MONARCH FESTIVAL.
This will mark the THIRD year we will be there. I really like it. A good way to "get away" from our part of the ghettohood for a spell. Nice to be out there just to walk around, see the exhibits, chat up some really cool people, and take some great pictures of anything that strikes your fancy.
***((Editor's Update and APOLOGY - sorry folks. The Star Trek "marathon" begins THIS THURDAY EVENING...and they're going to show ALL 78 TOS eps.om subsequent nights))
Well, that seems more LOGICAL... sure beats a one-day affair.
(and pays to double-check viewing schedules...heh)
---Also, premiering on FX this week is CAPTAIN AMERICA - THE WINTER SOLDIER.
CAPTAIN AMERICA - CIVIL WAR on DVD, which will hit stores on Tuesday the 13th of this month.
I know what I will buying on that day...heh.
---And, if that isn't enough, let's shoot for October 29-30 in Fort Wayne for FANTASTICON at the Grand Wayne Center.
Wifey and I haven't hit a con in way too long, so we're going to try to make it on Sunday.
I believe parking is free downtown during the weekend, too, but don't quote me.
One day passes are only $5, and the two-day pass is $12.50. Not a bad price if you like comics, anime, and such.
Oh, and yes, there WILL be a DEALERS ROOM, along with artists and others from Marvel, DC, and the like.
Did not see any celebs, though.
I DO know that artist Mike Grell will be there. I used to enjoy his artwork on Green Arrow and Green Lantern back in the 80s. Might dig out an old issue to have him sign...
*** Next up, we bring you another installment of "The Hobo Chronicles"...
|Have to keep watch along the ramparts.|
Yesterday found Hobo doing some exploring in the THIRD DIMENSION.
UP into a tree...from which the view was nice.
But, he wasn't quite finished with his adventure...he also wound back UP on our garage roof!
He meowed when he was up there, but eventually found his way down on the tree near the garage.
IS hard work.
*** Last back to the hangar...today IS Labor Day.
WIKI for a quick "refresher course":
And here, from our OWN Department of Labor is THIS:
AND are probably the ONLY ones in the area that DO display an AMERICAN FLAG...that's a sad commentary on society, but that's another post for another day.
This day actually has to do with the labor movement, as well as the social and economic achievements of the American worker.
The WIKI goes into greater detail about the history.
Labor Day was signed into law by Grover Cleveland back in 1894, in answer to the Pullman Strike of the same year, in which the deaths of workers at the hands of the army and marshal's service took place.
Labor Day almost marks the "official" end of summer.
And, of course, we couldn't forget ALL those Labor Day sales (and lawn party cookouts).
REAL day of rest for the working person.
And I also believe that every person who is too lazy to draw a proper paycheck should be MADE to work today...JUST to see where that government check is coming from...be a nice life lesson.
Labor Day used to mean more in the way of pride in this country, and it's a shame to not see that much (if at all).
OUR workers throughout our nation's history, we would never be the country we have become.
Ask those who lived through WW2 (while you still can)...they could tell you.
Stay SAFE out there, America.