TODAY (and probably some of tomorrow) might be right up your alley.
So feel free to dig out that old Carpenters tune, because you COULD have a reason to be "down".
As for me? Well, I've an abundance of such stuff already. This rain just ADDS to the "fun".
We'll tackle those issues presently.
Our Hoosierland weather for today - RAIN (perhaps heavy at times), so the sun has the day off. Our temps will top out someplace in the 60s (here come the cool-down), and slight breezes. Not exactly the BEST way to start a week, is it?
*** First out of the rain gutter is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
OCTOBER 23 -
---It's Ipod Day
---I'ts National Boston Cream Pie Day
---It's National Mole Day
---It's National TV Talk Show Host Day
---It's Swallows depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
*** Next up, this post is going to take me longer than USUAL.
NEWS sections of yesterday's paper to arrive (at all), and as of 0745 hrs, I'm STILL waiting for TODAY'S paper (with yesterday's missing parts).
Guess the J-G had an issue with their OWN version of a "Haney" (it's a Chris Martin reference...ask him...lol).
|Rube-Goldberg, it ain't.|
They've already inconvenienced the News-Sentinel readers, so why not piss of we Journal-Gazette readers as well. Misery DOES love company (in Ft. Wayne), does it not?
*** Next, I managed an "abbreviated" mow of the side lawn yesterday.
The weird thing, is that when I stop, the aching goes the hell away. Fat lot of good that does when I'm TRYING to get something done. We might be looking to a lawn care company in the near future. Hey, at least I can still walk without difficulty (for now)...guess that's something.
*** Next up, we did end last week with (yet) another shooting. Here's what's known so far:
((Officers found the male victim lying on the ground beside his maroon Buick LaCrosse outside the front passenger door. He told them that the shots came from an older silver “cop-style” Impala. Officers noted an “extremely pungent smell of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle,” according to a police report.))
I checked the person's ID - one Christopher Bell (age unknown), but there are too many in the court documents to narrow down the field to the correct person.
*** Next, when I was out trying to mow, I noticed a plank on our fence had come loose from the cross-piece (which seems to have a bit of rot).
THAT old, so I had to figure out what the hell to do...
I got some long bolts and nuts with some washers and turned it into a "Frankenfence" after drilling some holes through the plank and the the crossbeam.
*** Next up, I think it's time we stopped by "Kitten Corner"...
I actually had Violet laying ON me in the living room while I was watching TV. Gallifrey spent some time with me when I was sleeping.
OR were actually getting into that "lap-cat" mode.
Yes, there are times when I do miss having older cats.
*** Next, we should check in with "Midnight and Company"...
ALL weekend near the "Fortress", and that worked out very well for all concerned.
It's nice not to have to wonder where they went.
*** Last back to the rain barrel...I'm hearing a lot of talk about "nationalism": these days.
"Think before you speak"
I almost started to get caught up in this rhetoric, but then I remembered history (always a good teacher for me).
The Nazis were "nationalists". They followed the premise of national socialism, and that their race should be the dominant one, not just in Germany, but the world.
Didn't work out all that well for them, did it?
Some people now tout nationalism AS patriotism, and this is where we have to be careful with all the "isms" flying about. It can be a tad confusing.
Nationalism is defined as:
1) patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts
(Okay...so far, so good)
2) an extreme form of this, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.
(rrrright - this is what we should want to avoid; the "extreme" aspect.)
3) advocacy of political independence for a particular country
(again, our actions, not our words, as a nation and her people, should better define who we are)
And THAT is defined thus:
1) a word, expression, or other feature that is characteristic of American English.
(nothing wrong with that)
2) attachment or allegiance to the traditions, institutions, and ideals of the United States.
(not a DAMN wrong with that either)
OWN country), and not by blowing our own horn along the way. We did it through extolling the virtues of freedom and liberty through example.
All I have to say is get to KNOW you "isms", and be wary of becoming more of a sheep than a sheepdog.
Remember, the wolves are still around us.
Stay SAFE out there, America.