How the time does fly.
At least we're not covered in fog like yesterday (that was fun early on).
Some people complained about the school delay (maybe they should have looked out their damn windows around 0600 hrs). Plenty foggy then.
I thought it was a good call (for a change).
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly SUNNY skies (as soon as the sun decides to rise, that is), and a high of only around 39 degrees.
Now, how's about we all get that comforting cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa (hold the marshmallows) as we take a gander at what else has been going on, hmm?
*** First off the thumb-drive is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose."
I think we, as humans, require the need to find a BALANCE between the two, or like Franklin would remind us: "everything in moderation". That is the key here.
So, WHO said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back among the pages of Les Fleur du Mal...
*** Next, is our always informative "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MARCH 22 -
---It's National Bavarian Crepes Day
---It's National Goof Off Day
HOW MANY of these governmental observances do we have this year, REALLY?)
*** Next, it seems that the (aborted) power outage that was planned for this past Monday morning (0500 hrs) has been postponed...to this Friday at the same time.
|Talk about your Deja Vu...|
Nice to know that some things just have to be inevitable. At least Wifey is off that day, so no harm done, EXCEPT to reset all the damn digital clocks AGAIN. (talk about ongoing nuisances...like we don't have enough down here, hmm?)
*** Next up, and certainly should be no surprise to anyone who has lived in Fort Wayne for any appreciable time, comes another rate hike.
Here's the story:
NEED a rate hike for our storm water runoff.
Now WHY do you suppose THAT is? Matthew Wirtz, deputy director of City Utilities has an answer:
((“City Utilities in general in the last several years has only invested about 3 (percent) to 4 percent of its projects in the downtown corridor,” Wirtz said. “Most of our investments utility-wide are out in the neighborhoods where infrastructure is.”))
Sure, the city HAS dumped a shitload MORE money into all those downtown and riverfront PROJECTS, have they not?
Maybe if THAT money had been diverted to the utility, we would not be looking at this increase?
But, that would mean a better MANAGEMENT of city money, and our King (or his "court") wants none of that, does he?
|Time to clench up again?|
Our city is starting to put too many pokers in the fire, methinks.
*** Next, Kroger is planning to build another new store in Fort Wayne (but not in the SE).
This will be at Dupont and Tonkel Rds (east of Parkview Regional Medical Center).
BTW, Kroger already has a Dupont Rd. Marketplace store...something we have never seen (nor will see) down here.
|Borrow from Spiderman...how original.|
Must be nice to be such a monopoly in our city.
*** Next up, a rather disturbing story and deservedly so. Here's the link:
ASPCA near us (where we got our kittens two days later on 19 November last year), considering that the woman involved, one Lauren M. Whitmore, 26, of the 2200 block of South Calhoun Street lives on the south side. A logical assumption, perhaps.
And, cats (especially kittens) love to "attack" or stalk damn near anything. It's in their nature. Our cats love to go after Wifey's feet (under a blanket for example). But that's certainly NO reason to abuse the animal.
Anyway, an arrest warrant was issued for Whitmore in connection with the death of her cat, which, after post-mortem examination revealed a plethora of internal injuries.
|Or WOMAN in this case...|
A lot of people down here are abusive to their kids (the manner in which they talk to them, or rather SHOUT at them), so it comes as no surprise to me that any pets would receive like treatment.
|Shitting on the lawns - another violation unpunished..|
|Always pit-bulls involved down here.|
Maybe they should ABSTAIN from procreation, as well.
*** Next, time to see what OUR kids are up to over at "Kitten Corner"...
|"That was a good breakfast, daddy".|
|"Yep, he's nice for a human, sin't he?"|
*** Last back to the DVD player...people are as complex as the lives they choose to lead.
OBVIOUS, doesn't it?
Well, it's also too damn true.
And, as could be expected, it all comes down to the choices made by people as they pass through their lives.
Life is full of choices, and I'm always saying you can't make it through ONE single day without making a crapload of them. Hopefully, by making enough good choices, you get to see another day...that SHOULD be the plan, right?
Some people have problems with doing that sort of thing, and it shows.
Take our part of the city (puh-lease), and how crime has risen and businesses (and good neighbors) fled the scene.
Or, take the closing of stores elsewhere, due to bankruptcies (Gander mountain, J.C., Penney, H.H. Gregg, and Gordmans to name a few), to which was cited OVER-SATURATION as a leading cause of sales falling off at certain locations.
The north and west areas of our city are prime examples of retail and eatery "top-heaviness", and they clearly demonstrate the marvelous execution of bad choice-making on behalf of the city for allowing the over-development OF those areas.
Yet, in the end, we, the people have to deal with all of the choices made, not only by ourselves, but also all the choices made by others, which can have a profound effect upon our lives.
HOW we adapt or react to such things determines how we will make future choices, believe it or not.
So, it would be in our best interest to make the best choices we can, even in a bad situation, right?
Again, there lies the lesson for the day.
Stay SAFE out there, America.