I hope you're all liking the rain we've been getting, sporadic as it's been.
Also, if you're planning any outdoor activities over this weekend, you might want to be mindful of more rain over the next several days. it's supposed to happen in the afternoon for both Saturday and Sunday.
Never hurts to have that umbrella along for the ride, right?
What say we get that refreshing glass or cup of Friday fortitude poured and parked close by, because we're going to see what's been going on elsewhere...
*** First off of the driveway is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JUNE 16 -
---it's National Fudge Day
---It's National Flip Flop Day
NOT just a reference to political rhetoric)
*** And since we are again at week's end, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours:
JUNE 17 -
---Saturday is National Apple Strudel Day
---It's National Cherry tart Day
---It's National East Your Vegetables Day
---It's National Stewart's Root Beer Day
JUNE 18 -
---Sunday is National Turkey Lover's Day
---It's National Splurge Day
JUST the ladies out ther...right?)
---It's National Go Fishing Day
---It's Father's Day
OUR part of Fort Wayne...wonder why?)
|Can YOU say "oops"?|
Remember to always observe responsibly.
*** Next, that "big-dig" project dealing with sewer flow into the rivers has commenced.
|Our "shovel-ready" monarch and his court du jour|
Ahh, it's only $188 MIL (to begin with), right? No big deal.
---And, we now have 26 new "rooks" on the streets of our city. Here's that story:
|Get those shields and hit those streets, rooks.|
The latest academy class has graduated and the FWPD has a mess of "probies" to train in the fine art of "the streets" - the stuff they can never teach you at any academy.
Good luck, kids...you're gonna need it.
*** Next up, I want to spend some time relating some of what went down in Alexandria with the shootings.
Alexandria, VA FD Captain) was on scene with engine 204 (and crew) RIGHT after the shooter had been taken down, and he rang me up yesterday and told me what he saw and heard. It was a really good conversation and thank God he and his crew (along with many others) came through unscathed.
---Now, when he got the call at the station, all that was immediately know was that shots were fired, and given that Alexandria is an OLDER city, some of the park areas have become places that the dubious frequent. The ball field was given as the "20", and when his crew rolled up there was not as much mayhem as one might think.
His engine crew came to the aid of one person who had suffered a wound on the hip.
CAN'T see the damage, it usually is worse.
--- Let me stop for a moment here to "splain" some ballistic stuff.
There are 3 basic types of rifle rounds typically used.
ABC news), the rifle used was an SKS style assault rifle with a 10 rd box mag that can be fed manually or with "stripper clips". It's a 7.62 mm (soviet) round.
The ammo is what makes the difference when determining what the target is.
|(from L to R) FMJ - hollow point - controlled expansion|
You have "controlled expansion" rounds for hunting (mushroom effect). creates a large cavity when the bullet energy is expended (can bring down large animals easily).
You have "hollow points" - rounds that fragment when they hit soft tissue. NOT used in combat (thanks to treaties and the armistice) but used in law-enforcement (and can be had for home defense). No over-penetration, so no collateral damage from ricochet. Rarely get exit wounds with these.
Simple stuff, huh?
Anyway, back to the scene...
---Here's where the story takes a curious turn, and we have something called jurisdiction to thank for this.
|So, who is in charge of what and for how long?|
All the while, the fire department engine companies and EMTs are caught in the middle.
My nephew told me that a couple guys from law-enforcement almost got into a "tussle".
My personal take is that whoever arrives first AND manages to eliminate the threat has jurisdiction and control of any an all crime scenes (and items and people contained within). But hey, that's just my opinion.
What usually occurs is that the FEDS come in and take the hell over. which is pretty much what did happen
Needless to say there were some "problems" with that...
|Will SOMEONE make a decision?|
My nephew's engine had to leave behind an oxygen system and a couple other things (that can be replaced from stores back at the engine house), but still, who becomes responsible for the gear that's been taped off. Who signs for it's return to whatever engine company it belongs to?
Anyway, that was about it for what went on at the ball field in Alexandria. Funny thing, my nephew had been transferred to engine 204 (from 205) and it WAS his engine that was in the picture (above). He saw Fox News was filming much of it. Always good to get the real story from someone who was there.
That's my nephew...the Alexandria Fire Department captain. He's still a good "kid".
(compared to me, most everyone I know IS a kid...lol)
*** Next up, time to stop by our "Kitten Corner"...
Wifey finally sent me some pics she took of the cats, so here they are.
|I iz not chased right now.|
|Or fall asleep on your lap...|
*** Next, let's see what's shaking in our "Tales of Midnight"...
|Right on time.|
And, he hung around most of the day (went and hid somewhere when we had a couple thunderstorms rolling through.
|He even had time for the "boardwalk".|
I suppose he stayed nearby, because at 0600 hrs today, he was near the steps waiting. He is wonderfully predictable.
*** Last back to the garage...My nephew told me that rolling to the ball filed was an "interesting" day. I can believe that.
"out of the ordinary".
And many times, that's where heroes are created.
Heroes come from times of adversity, times of peril, and times when hope is rarely seen.
Look back through history, and find who THOSE heroes were.
Then look at various events in recent history and find out who was a hero...and more importantly, what MADE them into one.
The events of 9/11 are a perfect example.
And Wednesday's event was no different. Those who placed themselves in harm's way to take out an immediate and impending threat are to be honored for their sacrifices. Those who took to treating and aiding the victims, making every second one that could maintain life, are also to be honored, because without their timely help, lives would be lost.
Will something like this occur again? We can't say, but it is likely, considering the state of treatment for mental health issues and the people they affect.
There are lots of people out there with psychoses, but (fortunately) a few who are psychotic.
We have to separate the "wheat from the chaff" where this is concerned. and get help for those needing it.
But, we also have to be careful to not cause the loss of liberty and freedom to lawful citizens along the way.
Now THAT is one helluva balancing act, but if we are to remain the country we created all those years ago, we must continue to strive for what's right...and just.
There's something to think about for a couple days.
Have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.