16 February 2018

Friday Follies...
Yes friends, another weekend stares us in the face, and with it, a very nice change in the weather.
Kinda makes you wonder what we all did to deserve it.
The only thing that would make things better, would be if evil took a vacation for a couple days.
We can always hope, right?
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us cloudy skies to start with, turning to partly cloudy by the afternoon., The high today will be around 35 degrees (which is actually cooler than it is this morning).
The rain is leaving, too, and that means we get a chance to dry out.
So, let's get that glass, cup, or mug of Friday Fortitude poured and parked close by, as we see what's happening elsewhere...
*** First out of the pond is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---It's National Almond Day
(yeah, I could go for a big box of Jordan Almonds right about now)
---It's National Caregivers Day
(a very worthwhile occupation)
---It's National Do a Grouch a Favor Day
(okay gang...I'm WAITING...heh)
---It's National Tartar Sauce Day
(the only way I like this is on McD's filet-o-fish sandwiches)
*** Next, and since week's end has arrived, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
---Saturday is National Cabbage Day
(I suppose sauerkraut would work as well here)
---It's National Random Act of Kindness Day
(another thing that should happen EVERY day)
---Sunday is National Battery Day
(a good day to check the ones around your home)
---It's National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day
(now THAT sure looks good)
---It's National Drink Wine Day
(I'll bet Momma Fargo will like THIS one)
There you go. Not AS many things going on, but still enough to keep you out of jail and behaving yourselves.
And do remember to observe responsibly.
*** Next up...now this isn't "etched-in-stone" yet, but there is the (good) possibility that SOMETHING may be coming to OUR part (SE) of Fort Wayne. Here's the story link:
Yep...the best we can do to get life back into the southeast side of the Summit City is a stinking SOLAR FARM! (well, maybe not in the "traditional sense")
But, if you follow this blog (and who wouldn't?) you'd know that this Posterior...I mean POSTERITY Heights "campus" (housing) would feature solar panels (along with electric cars).
See my archive post from 20 March 2017 where I first mentioned this
((The $42 million Posterity Heights is the largest project undertaken in southeast Fort Wayne in years. When ground was broken on its $13 million phase 1 last September, the Posterity Scholar House, it was announced that the 44-unit apartment complex would help single-parent residents pursue higher education and make electric vehicles available. It was also announced that the project would help reduce residents’ costs by reducing electric expenses through the use of solar energy, although no details were provided at the time.))
Uh...it's not the "largest" project...it's been the ONLY PROJECT happening down here, believe me.
We can't even get street lighting functioning, but the city can sure-as-hell "provide" state of the art housing to those who feel entitled to it. I'm sure it won't be totally "free"...because taxpayers will be sponsoring it (we always do).
I can't wait to see how the scrappers will act when all that new-fangled tech goes up ( they're probably already salivating).
*** Next, a story that concerns violence in schools. Here's the link:
THESE folks aren't shooting up schools.
So, this is what Fort Wayne thinks about such violence. I agree with the man in the barber shop who speaks about a good solution. As for the person who wants no more "assault rifles"...(sighs), the rifles you (civilians) can purchase are NOT ASSAULT rifles.
They are "assault-STYLE" (or sporting) rifles. They look like their combat-proven counterparts, and happen to shoot the same caliber ammo, but only in semi-auto mode...got it?
Some people out there REALLY need to pay attention and take the time to LEARN stuff...like the obvious.
*** Next up, an interesting story from someone who explains these mass shootings. Here's the link:
((“In today’s world and in today’s environment every threat needs to be taken seriously,”))
I agree.
((“The common theme is here, and you can hear in the Florida broadcast, we never thought this could happen here,” says Dominic Lombardo, a criminal justice expert.  “Number two these killers somehow telegraph their actions 90 percent of the time.”))
Again, I also agree. Guess the social media world is about to get a whole lot more Orwellain.
*** Next up, time to stop by "Kitten Corner"...
Our kids have been less ornery of late, and I like that. They're not getting into that which they're not supposed to, and instead are spending time playing with the torn up grocery bag, a few toys and bird-watching (when not eating, crapping or napping...lol).
Violet has a relatively "new" thing she likes to do...follow me around the house. Don't know why she does, but she must like doing it.
If I stand still, I get a leg rub.
Gallifrey just prefers to jump into my lap when I'm sitting in the living room. Thing is, he NEVER stands (or sits) still and rarely lays down to be petted. He's an antsy lap-cat...lol!
And of course, both of them still chase the laer pointer. Who knew it would be the breakout cat toy?
*** Next up, it's time to check in with "Midnight and Company"...
I guard the ENTIRE house.
The furry duo were (as expected) at the patio door yesterday for breakfast, and spent most all day nearby, which keeps me from becoming angst-ridden.
I'm ready for the rain.
When the rain came, we retreated to feeding under the patio table.
I don't know how that would work IF that table were not there.
It makes a good place to get their eats when the weather isn't accommodating.
*** Last back to the corner store...why do we make bad choices?
Is it something instinctual with us to try and push the boundaries of decency and morality?
I would have to think that it's a strange combination of nature and nurture.
With proper guidance growing up, we can easily be taught how to make GOOD choices, but, when left to our own devices, will pursue the "trail and error" method of finding out right from wrong.
Like when Mom tells you NOT to touch the stove (it may be still hot), we believe her for the most part, because she's there to take care of us when we're young, and she does it for our own good.
But, when not told to stay away, or when our curiosity gets the better of us, we "get burned".
That method of denoting right from wrong follows us into adulthood, and yes, even then, we might goof up and do something we're not supposed to do.
It's when those goof ups become commonplace that trouble soon follows. When no boundaries are set for us, or are otherwise removed from the logical thinking equation, we REALLY screw up, and often with dire (or even deadly) consequences.
Without a moral compass to keep us pointed in the right direction, we are lost...simple as that.
And without a sense of purpose BASED on that morality, we are likewise lost.
It's not hard to figure out a lot of things in life when we have morality as a pillar of our personal foundation.
And, it's also not hard to figure out what occurs when morality no longer matters to people.
It's another CHOICE...one of so very many we make daily, but in this case, it sets the standard for any other choices that will come our way. Let's never lose sight of that.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


CWMartin said...

"The only thing that would make things better, would be if evil took a vacation for a couple days." It could take a permanent one IMHO.

Friday fortitude? I gots some Golden Monkey right here...

Do a grouch a favor- I just read where FWPD has that covered, lol...

Y'know... the three streetlights in front of OUR place are out again...

All right, have fun, gotta drink this stuff and go to bed so I can WORK tomorrow (again...)

Bob G. said...

---Well, that was also my REAL thought as well, but I figure I didn't want to shoot for the moon for starters...
---You have to let me know WHERE you get that stuff. I still want to try one.
---Well, there was this "incident" earlier today...more on that in detail Monday.
---OMG, they must want white people to be in the dark (like much of City Hall)...lol.
---Sorry to hear about another Saturday shift...but it does pay for the Golden Monkeys.

Have yourselves a good weekend.
(maybe Scrappy can get in a nice walk in, too)

Stay safe up there, brother.