Are we closing in on another weekend already?
This week sure seemed to fly by fast enough. Seems I just finished last Thursday's post.
It has to be a timey-wimey thing, because I've no idea where it's all going.
And yes, we're back into the swelter-zone (just for today), thanks to some marvelous southwest winds driving the heat up into the Midwest (like we really wanted that).
Our Hoosierland weather will bring us a hot one, with temps reaching up to 90 degrees. Skies will be mostly cloudy as the day progresses, with a good chance of a "spotty" shower throughout the day.
Oh, and don't forget that damn humidity making it feel even more craptastic.
|"Fancy a scalpel mine OR acid with that?"|
*** First out of the dehumidifier is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.".
William Penn (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) who was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker, and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony and the future Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
And, as could be expected, here is his WIKI:
|I can see for miles and miles...|
((He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Native Americans. Under his direction, the city of Philadelphia was planned and developed.))
See? There 'ya go.
((As one of the earlier supporters of colonial unification, Penn wrote and urged for a union of all the English colonies in what was to become the United States of America. The democratic principles that he set forth in the Pennsylvania Frame of Government served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution.
As a pacifist Quaker, Penn considered the problems of war and peace deeply.
A man of extreme religious convictions, Penn wrote numerous works in which he exhorted believers to adhere to the spirit of Primitive Christianity. He was imprisoned several times in the Tower of London due to his faith, and his book No Cross, No Crown (1669), which he wrote while in prison, has become a Christian classic.))
The WIKI is a very good read, and lends a lot of insight to one of the earliest proponents of freedom for "the colonies" and serves as a reminder that such things were the seeds of liberty, planted all those years before the Revolutionary War took place in what would become the United States Of America.
If you want a decent backstory to those events, this is a good place to start.
IS the likeness of Billy Penn who has adorned the QUAKER OATS packages for all these years.
Just tossed that trivia in for kicks.
*** Next up, it's time again for our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
JUNE 22 -
---It's National Chocolate Eclair Day
LOVE these buggers! Haven't found any in Fort Wayne yet, but I keep hoping.)
---It's National HVAC Tech Day
---It's National Onion Rings Day
GREAT ones, trust me)
*** Next, one of the many project juggernauts that have been running slipshod over the general public in fort Wayne gets a million bucks. Here's the story link:
IS that monstrosity? It's supposed to be a "pavilion"?
You coulda fooled the hell outta me. Takes GARISH to a whole new level.
Naturally, the Park Foundation is behind this, AND gets to put it's OWN name of this piece of crap.
This is becoming the "thing to do" - get one's NAME attached to something downtown or in this riverfront gig.
It's not REALLY about the citizens...it's about BRANDING and name recognition.
But, as our reigning monarch would remind us "Fort Wayne is a point of destination". Please, don't make me puke.
AMERICAN from birth, it's becoming many other things, few (if any) of which pertain to Midwest charm...or traditional values.
*** Next up, the fallout from the house of cards, otherwise known as the ACA (or Obamacare) claims more healthcare providers. Here's that story:
What this whole ACA fiasco was based upon was being able to "sign up" all these millions upon millions of people FIRST, and bullshitting them all into thinking it would SAVE them a load of money by doing so.
Problem with that, is people began to do some homework here, and found out something that doomed this pyramid scheme.
We call that THE TRUTH.
And, truth be told, we were being hornswoggled, bamboozled, flim-flammed, sold a bill of goods, and otherwise lied to.
A lot of people got what they didn't want...skyrocketing premiums, outlandish deductibles, and no REAL solution to a growing healthcare problem. Where this will end has got to be better than the current state of affairs, that's for sure.
*** Next, and speaking of truth, there was some dubious news floating about regarding children and guns. Could even be considered "fake news" (imho).
|Don't put your eye out...|
(For starters, I wouldn't call anyone over the age of 13 a "child").
|Now THESE were REAL toy guns!|
|Like father, like son. How kids "play" in da hood.|
*** Next...Yesterday, Wifey and I celebrated our 20th anniversary by having lunch up at Red Lobster.
The drive up wasn't bad, except for one numbnut who pulled out into OUR lane from the opposite side of Lafayette, and, had I been going a tad faster, we would have gotten t-boned, but, since we were entering a construction area not too far from Rudisill, I WAS taking my time, and avoided a potential problem.
Yes, it does help to have GOD as your co-pilot (sorry, Hon...heh).
We made it there with little trouble (even at Coldwater and Coliseum...amazing), and were seated in Bruce's station. Yes, he still works there, and has done so for (get this)...THIRTY-THREE YEARS! That is simply amazing.
Anyway, Wifey and I ordered up, and had a really good midday feast, and one which allowed us to bring some food back home. That is also good.
I opted for the entrée combo - grilled garlic shrimp and sea scallops (with rice pilaf, coleslaw and fries).
The drive back became a little more "tedious", and construction near downtown (where else?) slowed things to a crawl (had flashbacks of Philly traffic) for several lights.
I noticed over in the park that some guys were banging out some kind of beat on RECYCLE BINS (???).
"Make Music Day" in Freiman Park. Sounded more like make NOISE day to me.(but I hear they did have some actual and good MUSICIANS there)
|That's NOT a secret society thing...it's XX as in 20 (years)|
I'm a simple man, and she never forgets to tell me that (an awful lot).
*** Next up, let's check out "Kitten Corner"...
|"I haz job of holding scratching post."|
And everything was where we had left it. That was pleasing.
|"I iz all tired out from napping."|
(I got tired just watching them)
*** Next up, lets see to our "Tales of Midnight"...
MORE grub). Got a feeling that with the heat, he likes the concrete patio (the shady parts anyway). Plus, he gets the water changed when it gets warm (we can handle that).
I like when he looks as though he's guarding the "Fortress".
All he needs is some sort of watchtower or parapet.
*** Last back to the sauna...a change of pace is a good thing every now and then.
I mean, who wants to go through life with a case of moral or ethical "indigestion" anyway?
I certainly don't.
Like I say, there's something to be said about that "comfort of the familiar", but even too much of that can become a place where we get more complacent than anything else.
In today's world, such a state can not always be good for one's health (or life).
That's why mixing things up, just a wee bit, is a good practice to get into.
Hell, even I enjoy doing that, if for no other reason, than to keep the "barbarians" off guard and guessing.
It's not making our lives more complex by doing simple things like this. If anything, it's making life better.
It challenges us, causes us pay attention, and allows us a better freedom of thought (and action), so long as we continue to temper it with reason and wisdom. That's the fun part.
And there are times when life is meant to be just that...fun.
Stay SAFE out there, America.