Memorial Day weekend.
I wouldn't put the umbrella away just yet, however.
Although today will see us drying out a bit from all the rain, we're due for more later this evening into tonight.
Our Hoosierland weather for today will bring us partly to mostly cloudy skies to start off, then a good possibility of some sun by afternoon, followed by more clouds and then...the rains return after that (so we're being told).
At this rate, maybe we should start pairing up the critters and looking for sales on wood and nails at Menards?
Friday Fortitude poured and parked close-at-hand, to better prepare for what this day (and the weekend) has in store...
*** First off of the rain-swollen rivers is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 26 -
---It's National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
---It's National Don't Fry Day
---It's National Heat Awareness Day
*** Next, and since we have arrived at week's end, let's see what the following 48 hours brings us...
MAY 27 -
---Saturday is National Cellophane Tape Day
---It's National Grape Popsicle Day
MAY 28 -
---Sunday is National Brisket Day
---It's National Hamburger Day
ANY day is good for hamburgers)
And there we have it...all the things leading up to our Memorial Day (on Monday).
Be sure to observe responsibly and always have a designated observer.
*** Next, and speaking of observing, you never know when God will show you something you need to see. I do believe that the Almighty DOES reward patience along those lines.
Remember those little (bad-ass) neighbor primates that were tossing rocks and other assorted things around?
Well yesterday, they took to gathering stones, then running inside the fenced yard so they could toss them OVER the fence (and at passing vehicles, no less).
One FWCS bus went by, and although my vision was blocked, I could HEAR the stones hit the side of the bus, which did not stop. I got my camera, thinking "this could be interesting". Didn't have to wait long.
THAT, only this time, the vehicle pulled OVER and a white male got out.
He heard the kids rustling and he actually ran around to the back of the property where he confronted them.
He must have given those hellions some talking to (a couple minutes worth), but I couldn't hear anything. The man went back to his minivan and sat there for an additional 5 minutes. I thought he might have called the police (my phone had been in my hand since the bus got hit). Within 10 minutes, the van left (slowly), and the kids did NOT go back to rock-tossing.
Will this "cure" them of such behavior? I doubt it, but it might make them think twice about doing it again anytime soon.
Hell, I'd be happy if it JUST made them think, as this doesn't seem to be one of their behavioral traitss.
Still, it's times like this you KNOW there is a God.
*** Next up, I hear our own governor was in town touting Indiana's park systems. Here's the story:
|Foster Park, Fort Wayne. Does NOT suck.|
STATE PARKS...and not all the "local" ones.
|"Clifty"? Kinda NIFTY.|
*** Next, we have a name for the proposed makeover of the G.E. campus. Here's that story:
The way things go in this city, I wouldn't even call it "The Electric Company"...lol.
Sesame Street is getting a bit "warmer", but is no doubt copyrighted.
Electric Works sounds like a bloody UTILITY company...wonder if they'll charge us a "rate hike" for that? Just what we (don't) need.
*** Next up, the FWFD was busy recovering dead bodies from a river and pond. Here's the details:
The other was found in a pond at Lakeside Park, not that far away.
That should keep the coroner busy with some overtime.
What cracks me up, is that officials call that logjam a "strainer" (?!?)
Wonder how that will impact any riverfront development?
*** Next, time to drop by our "Kitten Corner"...
|"Iz the ground drying OUT?"|
|"I'm trying to nap here."|
*** Next up, let's visit our "Tales of Midnight"...
He has become a mainstay around the "Fortress", and I caught him sitting out front last evening (before he headed off to wherever he goes overnight) looking as if he were protecting our house. Too dark to get a good picture.
He sat there like he owned the place, in fact.
*** Last back to our rain barrels...I like the (proper) traditions surrounding Memorial Day weekend.
Maybe it was due to the fact that we lived in a free country, and that the powers that sought to wage war had been soundly defeated, making such continuance of freedom possible.
I never view Memorial Day as just another sale at some store, or another cookout, and certainly never a time where you blast some crap music from your car or home stereo at ear-bleeding, house-shaking levels, or blow off several hundred bucks worth of "fireworks".
REAL meaning of this observance.
Tell that to ALL those buried at places such as Arlington, where the Old Guard have been placing small AMERICAN flags on every grave there.
For all THOSE souls is what Memorial Day is for, and should be honored as such.
Take a couple minutes to remember that this weekend. It won't cost you anything but your time, and you'll come away from it a better person for the experience.
Stay SAFE out there, America.