(mind you, the word wonderful IS being used in a subjective manner)
And how about that, we went a whole DAY (yesterday in fact) without any rain events.
How DID we manage that?
Our Hoosierland weather for today fins us with mostly sunny skies, temps climbing to around 70 degrees, and no rain in the immediate forecast. Got a nice breeze out there this morning, too.
So, let's begin the week anew and with a refreshing drink to wet the old whistle, as we see what has been going on elsewhere...
*** First out of the bakery is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JUNE 26 -
---It's National Beautician's Day
---It's National Chocolate Pudding Day
*** Next up, we had some idiots around the city practicing (what else?) their specific kind of idiocy.
C'mon...this is Fort Wayne we're talking about here.
|Make that PLURAL, please.|
|Likewise on the plural thing|
And here is an entry in Sunday's J-G opinion column from our very own monarch, King Henry:
HAD to add that last one into the idiocy compost pile because, if there's one thing I've come to know about the office of the mayor of Fort Wayne since I moved here, it's that EVERY one of them (from Helmke, through Richards and now Henry) tends to focus on one or two LARGE things to (as they say) "make the city a better place", while being stone-ass ignorant of ALL the myriad little things which seemingly multiply on a damn near exponential level, year after year, that are bringing the city down.
Talk about a "checks and balances" quandary, hmm?
Richards focused on a new ballpark, which isn't bad and cost more than expected, while trashing our other ball park that was ONLY 13 years old (and doing damn well in it's own right). He also allowed Southtown Mall to devolve to the point of closure and then sat around for SEVEN years until exercising eminent domain to reclaim the area (from a Michigan developer who did nothing), raze the mall and allow Menards, Walmart and a Public Safety Academy to locate there (to which the PSA could not even turn any sort of profit and became part of IPFW to a large degree).
So, during THREE administrations, that have taken the last TWENTY YEARS, what has the SOUTH SIDE of Fort Wayne gotten out of all this "improvement" stuff?
Short answer: VERY little.
Mr. Mayor...you can take all that "quality-of-life" rhetoric and place it squarely where the sun refuses to shine, kapeesh?
We're not seeing a damn BIT of it down here, are we? Enjoy your carrot, your highness.
*** Next up, we had a young man come by Saturday who wanted to talk home security systems.
SAFE Security (been around since 1992 and accredited by the BBB - yeah, I checked things out). Well, having installed them in the (now defunct) Circuit City stores several lifetimes ago, I was interested.
After the better part of 45 minutes and a LOT of questions from Wifey and myself, we went ahead and had a system installed.
The best part is that all the gear was FREE (yeah, it costs about $50 a month for service for fire and police monitoring, but to remain alive and safe is basically PRICELESS, right?).
It's a totally wireless system, battery backup, WIFI connectivity, and comes with a smoke detector, IR/motion detector and touch-pad console.
And, here's the kicker for me, it ALSO came with one of those RING video doorbells.
Those are very cool. Sends an alert whenever anyone comes within proximity to the front door. It also takes a snapshot of the person there (like me getting the morning paper, in all my tired-ass, resplendent glory...lol).
There is also a live-feed, 2-way comms system built in, so you can talk to whoever is out there in REAL TIME.
You can also stream video from the device should there be an "issue" (like someone knocking on your door that you don't know), and can be used to show police.
You can do it from your phone, or other device in the house (or even when you're someplace else), so you can tell people to go away (from your front door) when you're anyplace else. That device alone costs anywhere from $179 to $249.
DOES ring like a doorbell, too.
I think it's worth a try, considering how our "quality-of-life" is down there THESE days..heh.
We'll be sure to give you any updates as they present themselves.
*** Next, yesterday was Wifey's birthday, and as such, commanded a specific list of "responsibilities" for yours truly.
Yes, I baked her a chocolate cake, as you can see.
|All lit up and no call to 9-1-1.|
She got a Hello Kitty keyring, which has bells on it that jungle (what else would they do?).
"Baby Groot" keyring.
("No, DON'T push that button!").
|"I am Groot?"|
*** Next, let's see what went on at "Kitten Corner"...
|Still loving that scratching post.|
Gallifrey was practicing his screen-climbing abilities (haven't gotten a picture "Spidercat" yet, but stay tuned. I'm sure he'll accommodate soon enough.
Violet was just basically taking it easy. We even found her looking out of the laundry room window.
|"I iz wachin you guys."|
I think the outdoor air brings out the "spazmo" in them both, though.
*** Next up, let's slide on over to our "Tales of Midnight"...
He's got a new thing he likes to do; he lays in the ALLEY and rolls around...!!!
|Will you please get the hell outta the alley?|
|"I'm on the patio...you happy now?"|
*** Last back to the garden gates... birthdays aren't all that bad.
Weird how that works.
I suppose as you get older, birthdays take on a much different meaning.
For me, it means I've got fewer ones in front of me than behind me...and that's okay.
Much of what a birthday is about isn't so much WHAT you get (although, sometimes, that's not a bad way to go, if you were hoping for something), it's about who you spend it with.
Let's face it, a birthday alone isn't all that much to write home about, is it?
And to have a person with you who wants YOU to have a special day and is willing to go the extra mile to do so, is a good thing. To also have it reciprocated is just as well-received.
"ah, it's just another day"., but it IS the day you came into this world, for better or worse, through the good and the bad.
And you'll be able to sleep a lot better at night.
Stay SAFE out there, America.