But, all those calendars I put up yesterday tell me otherwise.
And, we all have to get used to typing or writing 2017, instead of 2016 (like on checks and such)
Our Hoosierland weather for today will have us not freezing our asses off (that's later in the week), as temps climb to the low 40s, with mostly cloudy skies and mild winds.
Rain comes in by evening and hangs around until early tomorrow.
There is also no mail today, as the feds get the day off because New Year's Day came on a Sunday, and our local trash/recycle will be a day late as well, so take note.
Now, let's get a cup of something with caffeine in it to help wake us all the hell up, as we see what's been going on since last year...
*** First off of the runway is (since I heard nothing about anyone wanting me to stop doing it) our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JANUARY 2 -
---Today is National Buffet Day
---It's National Cream Puff Day
PASTRY, and not the wussified sheeple of this country)
---It's National Personal Trainer Day
---It's National Science Fiction Day
---And, it's National Thank God It's Monday Day
THIS one up?)
*** Next up, it wasn't a BAD New Year for us at the "Fortress".
In fact, Wifey and I heard LESS noise than in years past...a portent to better times?
Well, let's not put the cart before the horse on that one.
Let's just say that the amount of gunfire was less, and seemed to be farther away (which beats hearing it right outside one's windows any day).
CNN to ring in 2017, and for me, I don't really care. There's no Guy Lombardo anymore (I am dating myself), and Dick Clark is gone. I also don't get into the whole mini-concerts thing, like damn near every channel had...just drop the ball and get it over with.
We DID have our OWN ball drop (sounds like a serious medical condition) here in Ft. Wayne (downtown, naturally).
About 4000 people showed up.
Why did this city even DO such a thing, anyway?
OTHER cities. Let's not try to be like Chicago and their 762 HOMICIDES for 2016, of which was included over 3500 people shot along the way. They haven't had numbers like that since over 20 years ago. Guess everything that goes around, comes around, sooner or later.
Fort Wayne had a record number of homicides (48) last year, and here are some stories that reflected the concern.
And this story which provides a map and list of the homicides:
WANE, the record homicide rate ONLY made it to #5 on the top 15 stories for 2016. Sports ranked HIGHER on the list (Cubs win and the Hoosier basketball win, which shows how people value "entertainment" over reality. Bread and Circuses, if you will.
*** Next up, how did WE here at the "Fortress" spend OUR weekend?
|Oh, yes...we're STILL standing.|
Wifey and I had shopped for groceries earlier, so we had our Sunday dinner taken care of, as well as New Year's eve.
We got cocktail shrimp, cheese tray, and Asti Spumanti for the toast at midnight.
Not a big deal...just tradition for us.
Starting on the 31st, on the El Rey channel, I got to binge a bit on the old 1980s Knight Rider series (the days when we still had a car company named PONTIAC).
And, you had a choice of continuing binging on Knight Rider, or you could flip over to BBC America and binge on Star Trek: Voyager.
SYFY channel take note)
Wifey and I plan to take "the day off" today and just take it easy. She goes back to school on Thursday.
We do have some plans prior to that, but nothing extravagant.
TCM is launching their 31 Days of Oscar this month, which should be good to watch.
*** Next, let's stop on by "Kitten Corner"...
We found them doing the usual kitten stuff - playing, running through the house like there's no tomorrow, and taking breaks to eat and nap. How they get so much energy into such small bodies amazes the hell outta me.
The kittens were also busy watching the birds and other "friends".
Patches the squirrel made sure to stop by yesterday to wish us a Happy New Year (and get some peanuts). Haven't seen any other cats come around, but I did see "Snowball" walking around the house across the street early on new Year's Eve, so we know he/she is still with us.
Our cats have taken to have a home quite well over the past month and a half, and are so quick to show affection (like my daily face-rub). I think we did well in choosing these two, and at the right time.
*** Last back to the hangar...I found out yesterday while surfing the web that Jerry Doyle passed away last July.
If I had known or heard about it, I would have posted it. What is really weird (to me) about Jerry's death, was that it happened on the SAME DAY (27 July) that I first posted about the cat who would come to be called "Hobo".
Then I started searching for other guest stars from television series, and was surprised to learn who had passed, and why we never heard about it.
We lost more than we know.
|ST: Generations borrowed part of this.|
I think we can all agree that TIME is the one commodity which we never truly appreciate.
We can't buy more of it, can't barter or trade it, but we can waste it.
We can't control it, slow it, halt it. or reverse it (at least not without a TARDIS).
But, we can make the most of it, when we choose to do so.
So, here's to 2017...and the time included therein.
Let's try our best to not let too much of it slip past us.
Stay SAFE out there, America.