24 May 2019

Friday Follies...
Don't let that beautiful sunrise fool you folks...there will be rain coming back into our picture. Yeah, it's too good to last, isn't it?
Seems we're having more of a "rainy season" this year, and that's rather odd.
Perhaps the Earth DID shift on it's axis, and no one's saying anything to avert a worldwide panic.(we may never find out)
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us mostly sunny skies to begin with, temps rising back into the upper 70s and yes, clouds will roll in by this afternoon with the possibility of some rain following along.
Any plans for this evening should include taking that umbrella...just in case.
"Mmm...good java."
Now...let's get the day (and weekend) started with a glass, cup, or mug of Friday Fortitude, as we see what else has (and will be) going on...
*** First out of the coffee pot is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 24 -
National Road Trip Day
National Cooler Day
(yeah, I wish it WAS...cooler that is)
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day
Brother’s Day
(I'm an only child, but I still have "brothers" out there)
National Scavenger Hunt Day
National Escargot Day
(it's a frigging slug with a house on it's back)
National Wyoming Day 
(here's to Momma Fargo's home-state)
National Don’t Fry Day
(I did once...JUST once, and in Florida)
*** Next, and since week's end has arrived, let's see what we can observe over the following 48 hours...
MAY 25 -
National Missing Children’s Day
(almost becoming an epidemic)
National Tap Dance Day
National Brown-Bag It Day
National Wine Day
(isn't this a liberal holiday?)
MAY 26 -
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
(ANY form of cheesecake is welcome)
National Paper Airplane Day
(actually, it's a paper GLIDER)
There we are then...plenty of stuff to keep you otherwise occupied and out of the local jails. Always remember to observe responsibly.
*** Next up...it's our Friday with O'Reilly column:
Bill's right. You can't judge any of our founders by "modern" codes of conduct.
That's idiocy, especially in our morally-deficient world, increasingly devoid of Biblical standards (on which our nation WAS founded).
***  Next...Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, and these days, it's not difficult to see why he might want it back...
Get the poop maps out, it's downtown Frisco.
Here's the lowdown on another once great city:
How much things have changed just from the days of Bullitt and Dirty Harry.
Feeling lucky, Pelosi?
And when the progressives find things messed up, you KNOW this city's gone to the dogs. Sad to see this sort of thing.
This is a very revealing story...and a cautionary tale of how NOT to move a city forward. Fort Wayne, take note.
*** Next up, time to stop by our "Kitten Corner"...
He likes to nod out on the perch in the window.
Another day of quiet with the kids. Aside from feeding, they were pretty much out of it , and by that, I mean napping the day away.
Can't blame 'em. It was a day to do a lot less than usual.
Dining room chairs work well for her.
Both Violet and Gallifrey took things quite easy. Got a bit warm outside, so we cranked on the A/C.
They took to their own spots to catch up on some sleep.
*** Next, let's do our final check in this week with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
"Half a day without rain is better than none."
Our furry twosome once again had to deal with the changing locations of where their food was placed. We started out under the table, then by midday, we were our from under it (again).
Midnight got a bit soaked early on, but dried out by the afternoon.
Whiskers didn't have such a fate, as she got smart and was in a shelter.
"I know, but I HATE being wet."
And of course, we had both morning and evening back step treats...something ALL of us look forward to nowadays.
Yes, they are very spoiled, but I can blame that on these two being such GOOD teachers (for me)...lol.
*** Last back to the homestead...okay, it's Memorial Day weekend, and you know what that means...
It's time for all good men to blow the dust off the grill and have a cookout (with the weather this weekend...good luck), retail sales out the wazoo, and of course, time to watch "The Greatest Spectacle in Motor Racing"...the Indy 500.
Well, except for the "500", I'm taking a pass on all the other "activities".
I don't feel the need to prove my "manhood" by taking to grilling. I pick our cookouts carefully, few and far between as they are.
I let all the "locals" take care of charring meat and being loud while doing it (as they always are).
Naturally, we're also starting "fireworks season"...something that needs to be regulated more than it is. Scares the pets and our furry duo.
Now, if I'm sounding a bit on the curmudgeonly side, that's too bad, because that's how I feel.
Memorial Day should mean more than JUST having fun, which anyone can do so many other weekends of the year (weather permitting).
It's about placing American flags on military graves...not as much fun as a cookout, but a helluva lot more meaningful, and we all should know why that is.
It's about a day of remembrance - those who gave all so that we could be free.
It's a day of reverence...a day to be thankful...a day to acknowledge those who have fallen in the service of our nation, as well as those who serve to preserve this country.
It's so much more than what is portrayed, and we should take time to think on that. It might do us all better .
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone today, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

See 'ya next week.

23 May 2019

Thoughts For Thursday...
We didn't get as MUCH rain as promised, but we did make up for it overnight and into this morning, didn't we?
Actually, the latter part of yesterday wasn't half bad...we had a fair amount of sunshine.
Our Hoosierland weather for today sees us with the rain stopping this morning, and the skies turning from cloudy to mostly sunny.  Temps will top out around the low 80s mark (time to turn on the A/C), and naturally, lots of humidity hanging around.
Now, let's begin the day with nice refreshing drink, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First off of the rain gutters is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow." 
This was spoken by Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century.  And here is his WIKI:
It's a long read, but covers a LOT more than just The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
Not bad for someone who first coined the term "Gotham" for New York City.
*** Next,...time for the "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 23 -
National Lucky Penny Day
(it's luckier to find the other 99 and have a DOLLAR)
National Taffy Day
(the soft kinds are the best)
*** Next up...let's take time to look at "Our Daily Shooting"  in Ft. Wayne:
This took place around 0100 hrs at a house located at 4311 Standish Drive (yep, that's on the SE side aka the Ghettohood).
Someone shot through the back of the house, striking one male in the face.
Neither witnesses or the victim would provide police with any information (how typical). so no suspect information is available,
Give you 3 guesses on the "ethnicity" of those involved (and the first 2 don't count).
*** Next...Here's an update to yesterday's officer-involved shooting:
Why is it that blacks ALWAYS flee from police? That's not being a REAL man...is it? If anything, that's being a coward.
And the house that was rammed by the car looks to be a new construct (that needs major repairs now).Affordable housing at it's "best"?
*** Next up... I found a little more of an "explanation" to our upcoming electricity rate hike (try to keep count of all these various increases as they pass on by). Here's the link:
We might not see the TOTAL increase, as the IRC always settles for less, but we WILL get gouged more in the near future, trust me.
*** Next...it's time to drop on by our "Kitten Corner"...
Our kids did a lot of napping (most all afternoon, in fact), so it was hard to get any "action shots" of them.
Wow, I got us a "two-fer".
Naturally, no matter how hard they're sleeping, when it's time to eat, wild horses couldn't stop them...heh.
And, it never hurts to have them rubbing against you (just not while you're trying to walk through the house.
*** Next up, let's check back in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
"It's nice here when the rain stops, isn't it?"
Our furry duo had an interesting day, considering we started out with drizzling backstep treats, and breakfast under the patio table. By late afternoon, it was clear, so they got to eat out in the open once again, and last call for treats was nice as the sun went down.
"It sure is. These people look out for us."
Midnight did get a bit wet early on, but Whiskers was dry (in the shelter).
All he's got to do is climb into one to stay dry...he's a bit stubborn, like me...LOL.
*** Last back to the rain barrel...I want to conclude my "soapbox narrative" on heroes and superheroes.
To me, heroes have always been those ordinary people who wind up doing extraordinary things in life.
My parents were good examples, as far as the reality aspect of life was concerned.
I also had those on television, who I looked up to and who provided good role models for youngsters.
Then, there were those comic superheroes who were extraordinary to begin with, but managed to take on evil every month, and always came out on top.
Mom and Dad were the ones who raised a son, managed to make each dollar stretch weekly, and provided a loving home to grow up in, and that to me, is very heroic. Despite whatever came down the pike, my folks somehow kept things going, and you never seem to appreciate that until you have grown up, and stop to realize ALL they did for you.
My teachers in school were also people I would consider role models (heroes), for so many of them taught us so much, and with a patience that would easily warrant a sainthood.
Then again, it WAS a much simpler time - a time when lots more people knew their place in life, were not nearly as adversarial as we see today, didn't always have to get "the last word" and were a lot more respectful one to another.
Our TV and comic heroes exuded much the same, so we were being hit from all sides with a better quality of people.
I can't really say this was some sort of propaganda, because much of what ALL these people (real or fictional) had to teach us had Biblical roots. The same lessons to be learned in the Bible were found in life itself, brought to us by ethical and civil individuals.
It wasn't a perfect world, but who would really WANT that? It's an unreachable goal.
In many ways, those days were better than today (at least the role models were).
Hollywood might want to look into this.
I will still continue to follow those characters that helped shape who I am, keep close to me all my parents, educators, and mentors have taught me, and watch superhero movies, as long as they still provide the positive message to their audience that I remember..
As long as there is good to combat and defeat evil...I'll be there.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.

22 May 2019

Humpday Happenings...
Hope you kept that umbrella handy, because it looks like you're gonna need it once again. Yes, it's another one of THOSE days.
Our Hoosierland weather for today brings us scattered rain, but temps will be climbing into the upper 70s (that's sure to bring a butt-load of humidity along for the ride). If we see any sunshine, it'll be by accident...heh.
So, let's get our day started with a refreshing beverage, as we see what else has been going on...
*** First out of the checkbook is our "WHO SAID THAT?" quote for the week:
"The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow." 
I feel this comes into play regarding not only HOW we view superheroes, but what our society is replacing our everyday heroes with. It's become a bastard form of who can be the most outrageous, or get the most views on YouTube.
So, who said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back in 18th century Manhattan...
*** Next, time to look at the "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 22 -
National Craft Distillery Day
(they could have called it "bootleg" day...lol)
National Maritime Day
(lots of shipping going on)
National Solitaire Day
National Buy a Musical Instrument Day
National Vanilla Pudding Day
(sometimes, the basic tastes are the best)
Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 
*** Next up...Looks likes our City Council has found their "rubber stamp" again...
You know, it's stunts like THIS that give me serious trust issues with those who are running this dog and pony show called Fort Wayne.
Improvements? If we already have the best water around, HOW the hell can you improve anything? Yeah, those water mains need replacing, I know.
Of course this WAS initially approved last year
Check my archive posts from  21 September 2018 (natural gas), 27 June 2018 (water), and 12 January 2012 (water).
Naturally, this comes on the heels of the I&M rate hike (electricity) proposal for this year..
And, we ARE still reeling from that 2018 natural gas rate increase.
Time to dollar us all to death? Sure looks that way.
At least councilman Russ Jehl voted against it (Barranda and Arp were absent, but had also dissented in last year's vote).
*** Next...It would appear that the Dems are at this again.
Don'cha just LOVE when myths are wonderfully DEBUNKED?
 I know it brings a smile to my face every time..
*** Next up...Are people in Indiana THIS stupid? Apparently so:
I gotta agree with Lt. Tony Maze...he knows his stuff.
*** Next, an early morning pursuit on the (where else?) SE side:
FWPD officers were responding to shots fired in the area of Reed and Baxter Sts.
One person wound up dead. No officers were injured. One shot had been fired during all this, which left a  car crashed into a vacant house (that's convenient).
I'd say that ended well enough. One less perp around to cause mayhem down here.
*** Next up...time to drop by our "Kitten Corner"...
Snoozing on the computer room futon.
Our children had a peaceful day, considering how crazy the weather's been of late.
Not much for them to do, but chase one another, then nap, then eat and nap after that.
They tend to repeat this pattern as necessary throughout the day and into the evening.
Snoozing in daddy's chair.
Somehow, they do manage to spend some time with Wifey and myself, getting their share of neck rubs and such.
Wish I could train them to rub MY neck...lol.
*** Next...let's do our check-in with "Midnight and Whiskers"...
"It's almost always dry under here."
Our furry duo were there early for the usual backstep treats, and then a breakfast, followed by Midnight wandering the neighborhood. Whiskers likes to stay nearby in a shelter (the rain saw to that). Midnight tried his best to stay dry (wherever he was).
Slipping in a meal before the rain
They were both here for lunch (neither was that hungry) and they made the dinner call. They ended the day with evening treats on our back steps. And we get to do it all over today, but under the patio table once again.
*** Last back to the comic store...I found this wonderful article from a couple years back:
It's very insightful, and shows how the left tried to manipulate readers of comics. Used to be comics had a simple message - GOOD beats EVIL.
I will say that whatever ethical standards that have been set down for various characters over the decades have taken it on the chin recently. It would seem that it is being corrected to "some" degree.
However, it doesn't address the issue when it comes to the actors portraying these comic icons on the big screen.
Remember when Clayton Moore was stripped of his "mask"  all those years ago? (he was THE Lone Ranger in movies and TV, but don't tell the kids)
Moore was once a serial bad guy, but after becoming the Lone Ranger, took it to heart, and ALWAYS showed up in public as the personification OF that character, to the delight of LOTS of children for many, many years.
Sure, he became typecast, but it was a mantle he was proud to wear, and there was never any negativity from him (he did win his lawsuit and eventually got his mask back). And he made some serious money for the time.
Today, it seems the complete opposite - we have actors who portray virtuous characters on screen, and then, as soon as the costume and makeup comes off, blast anything and everything coming from anyone who is not of a liberal persuasion. Screw being a (real) role model.
Sure, they have the right to say what they say, but...do they really HAVE to?
Do we need a constant assault from those who many young people look up to?
Maybe they're all just "acting" in an unethical manner...it's getting harder to tell, these days...isn't it?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.