GREY days than sunny ones?
We are closing in on winter, though.
It will seem a lot more LIKE it over the weekend, too.
Our Hoosierland weather will have us with mostly cloudy skies, slight gusty winds and a high of only around 41 degrees. We also have some rain and/or snow showers possible throughout the day. Plan accordingly.
So let's start the day with a nice hot cup of Friday Fortitude, as we see what's been transpiring elsewhere...
*** First out of the cutlery drawer is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
December 2 -
---Today is National Fritters Day
CRITTERS, got it?)
---It's National Mutt Day
TWO of them)
---It's National Special Education Day
MY day, all education was special to some extent)
---And, it's Faux Fur Friday
*** And since it's a Friday, let's see what goes on over the following 48 hours:
December 3 -
---Saturday is National Roof Over Your Head Day
---It's National Rhubarb Vodka Day
---And, it's Skywarn Recognition Day
December 4 -
---Sunday is National Sock Day
---It's National Cookie Day
---And, it's National Dice Day
*** Next up, let's get our last dose of STUPID for the week out of the way.
---Here's a PSA if you use Google Chrome.
You may have noticed a full screen popup with a download button.
|Danger, danger, Will Robinson!|
DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT or OPEN IT. It's a malware scam.
Apparently, some underwear only clad loser in some mommy's basement has too much time on his hands.
Here's a link with the warning:
(yeah, it has a tool you can download at the end, but if you already have a good A-V system in place, no worries).
---Question: Can they ever make a watch band that LASTS these days?
I have batteries that I can swap out, so that's taken care of, but yesterday, I was buckling the watchband, and I suffered a catastrophic failure when the band just split in two (at the damn clasp, of all places). And, naturally, it cannot be fixed, so the only alternative is to TRY and find another band, or easier (and probably cheaper still) is to just get another digital watch.
|Don'cha HATE when this happens?|
The old "twist-o-flex" bands lasted forever...where the hell are they now?
|I miss watches like THESE.|
Cripes, people...just make a sport band that lasts more than 2 frigging years. That's all I ask.
Got me a helluva collection of broken band digital watches that still work fine.
*** Next up, I really can't classify this as totally "stupid" per se, because there is a wee bit of truth involved.
|The social factors CAUSE the economic factors.|
(BTW, I've just been hired by president-elect Trump as his Press-Secretary...and I'll also be the next Pope.)
Who sits around and cogitates such NONSENSE like this story, anyway?
Jonathan Ray, head of the city's Urban League (more like an uber-minor league to me) spoke out against the reasons mentioned by FWPD chief Reed and P.I.O. Joyner cited as the rise in violent crime (they said drugs and gangs, and they happen to be CORRECT).
(( "Good paying jobs for people who are hopeless is important to reduce the violence," says Ray.
The 2016 Distressed Communities Index ranks the city of Fort Wayne as FIFTH in the nation for the largest income gap between zip codes.
"The Urban Center of this community is under-developed," says Ray. "And there are few jobs. That needs to change." ))
In this "few jobs" thing alone, Ray is right...the south side DOES need jobs. But what caused WELL OVER ONE HUNDRED PLUS BUSINESSES to leave down here in the first place?
CRIME, and not the lack of jobs or opportunity. And the jobs won't come back UNTIL the crime is highly reduced, mainly in the black community. Whites are not as involved because...well, there aren't that many still down here, and those who are, are older and not caught up in any of this crap.
THAT is the cold, hard TRUTH to all of this. Damn shame those who NEED to see this cannot (or will not).
The story does have one error - a homicide count of 44 was recorded back in 1997, and this city broke that record in 2013 (45). We currently stand at 46 homicides for 2016 (3 were police-action shooting, btw).
*** Next, our cats are getting into a "routine", as if we thought otherwise.
|Definitely a smackdown!|
Yep, they take to that early on (wish I had that kinda get up and go).
Wifey also usually has an "audience" when she's in the bathroom getting ready, too.
All this, and they still manage to be underfoot as well. You learn to tread carefully.
Some things never change, even after all these years when they're revisited.
*** Last back to the spice rack...One thing you can always say about our pets - they are never in a state of DENIAL.
Our pets tend to act on a more instinctual level, whereas we toss our instincts to the four winds, and allow our emotions to "rule the roost", rather than allow that grey matter sitting on top of our shoulders to take hold.
DO have their place in our lives, and we'd be a lot more savage without them.
But, this cuts both ways...many of us ARE more savage when we employ our emotions, and that's why our jails are filled with all types of human flotsam.
You have to learn early on that you need to temper your "gut" (intuition) with your emotions, and not allow one to override the other all the time. You can always trust your gut "feelings", which are based in the instincts we have from birth, but placing emotions on the SAME level as instinct will not typically end all that well.
Like I'm always saying (as have others)...humans are complex creatures, and we live in a complex world, trying to manage our complex lives. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, doesn't it?
That leads to becoming a better person.
Therein lies the lesson for this week.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.