ALL be Irish.
Tis a day to be wearin' the green.
And hopefully, it will be the start of a decent weekend to boot.
Our Hoosierland weather today starts off with some potential crappy conditions.
A mixture of snow/sleet/freezing rain is supposed to hit us early on, but dissipate by midday.
After that, we can expect cloudy skies, rain showers, and temps reaching to around 40 degrees.
So be sure to practice a bit more caution, just in case.
It could get slick out there this morning.
Friday Fortitude poured and parked close by, as we see what is going on elsewhere (got some Irish Cream in my coffee to jump-start the day)...
*** First out of the shamrock patch is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 17 -
---Today IS St. Patrick's Day
---It's National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
WHY that is? LOL)
*** And since we have arrived at week's end, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
MARCH 18 -
---Saturday is National Awkward Moments Day
---It's National Biodiesel Day
---It's National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
---It's National Sloppy Joe Day
---It's National Supreme Sacrifice Day
---It's National Quilting Day
---It's National Corndog Day
MARCH 19 -
---Sunday is National Certified Nurses Day
---It's National Chocolate Caramel Day
---It's National Let's Laugh Day
---It's National Poultry Day
And there you have it...lots of things to take note of. DO observe responsibly.
*** Next up, a bit more proof of how screwed up things can get, especially in OUR part of Fort Wayne.
Indiana Michigan Power having a planned "outage" this Monday morning around 0500 hrs. The message said it would last 15 minutes and that is had to do with planned maintenance.
Why the hell can't they do this when it's LIGHT outside, and the chance of burglary is lessened?
Not to mention having to reset the damn clocks AGAIN, right on the heels of last weekend's DST change.
And then, there's making sure Wifey gets up ON TIME for school/work. They can't do this shit on Saturday or Sunday?
OUR area and not any other part of the city (that I know of).
How f*cked up is THAT?
*** Next, an update on the Bowser buildings slated for demolition. Here's the link:
The city has put demolition on HOLD?
(good interior pictures in the story)
So, is not lost (yet). The area was slated to be "greened" up and then turned over to the local YMCA branch for use. Oh good, another place to dump those used syringes.
From the J-G article:
((“This property will allow the Renaissance Pointe YMCA to expand outdoor activities and can be used for our summer day camp recreation as well as other YMCA programs,” said Marty Pastura, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.))
Marty must still be smarting from the $1 million dollar request that was TURNED DOWN for the new YMCA branch location up along St. Joe Center Rd. west of Maplecrest . Here's that link:
That's exactly what happens when you come to depend on "grants".
((Speaking during public comment at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, area resident Linda Brooks said the renovated building could be used to provide essential services to the Renaissance Pointe neighborhood.
|Major FAIL here.|
And trust me, you NEED a FWPD substation in our part of the city...JUST like we USED to have over at Southgate Plaza (20 years ago). Rusty made sure that closed down, and crime rose as a result. Another reason to "thank the city".
((“The city and McMillen Foundation talked with several developers who toured the main building and found it too costly to renovate,” said Greg Leatherman, director of the city’s Community Development Division.))
|Welcome to the SOUTHEAST side of Fort Wayne!|
*** Next , There are times when you cannot (nor should not) argue with logic...or reason...or truth.
SHE thought the top five problems were with FWCS.
Her answers were the following:
5) Societal priorities over educational priorities
4) Public Safety/health
3) Testing (as in too much from the state)
2) Extra duties not directly related to subject matter
1) Money/funding (not necessarily salaries)
It's sure nothing to write home about.
All across the nation, the picture is bleak, but we're not hearing about that much, are we?
So, I ventured further and found out some sobering facts.
Almost HALF of all teachers leave the profession in the FIRST FIVE YEARS.
(that would mean we've got too few "veterans" and too many "neophytes", right?
I checked out the main reasons for this exodus, and it was pretty revealing...
---Low Salary (yet, this is not the MAIN reason)
---Student Behavior (what have I said about a DISCIPLINE problem in schools today?)
---Lack of Support (from their own school system and admins...that's downright pathetic)
---Too Much Testing (again, we see this takes away from actual TEACHING)
I plan to explore this further in future posts, so stay tuned...
*** Next up, a little side-trip to "Kitten Corner"...
I guess it's better than going nuts EARLY on, and why they have to chase each other when they have a mountain of toys to play with escapes me.
And, at least the evenings are more conducive to good behavior. That's a bonus blessing.
*** Last back to the Leprechaun club...even though Im not Irish, I do enjoy St. Patrick's Day.
Guinness never hurts one bit either.
I don't think it's proper to toss sobriety to the wind today, either.
I'm not a tea-totaller. That is as untrue as the day is long. I just admire St. Patrick and what he managed to do in his life.
ALL missionaries (spreading the good news of the Gospel). I look at this as "to each his own" We all have our gifts (from God), and some have the gift of being a missionary. It's a true calling for such Christians, and they do it well.
I'm more of the "live by example" kinda guy, and that works well enough.
So, in the best spirit of Saint Patrick, let me leave you with a wonderful Irish prayer:
Do have a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.