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.


CWMartin said...

Oh, yes, this morning was great... storm kicked in in earnest right as my butt hit the car seat... watched a road construction wooden barricade complete with sandbag slide across the road in front of me at the light, and fall apart as soon as it got past... was happy to see no traffic in the construction zone, because my lane was now the "surfing lane".

Yeah, pennies aren't luck at all anymore...

Back to shooting through houses, eh? Thought that one died off for a while...

AEP: Nice story. My opinion holds.

Closing: A nice finale to the series. But I have seen enough mischaracterization in the pulp comics lately to despair that the ability to differentiate will last much longer.

Bob G. said...

---You get all the fun stuff up there...you're making me a bit envious.
We have no surfing lanes down here,but there are those who don't drive fast - they FLY LOW!
---They are when you use them for slingshot ammo...heh.
---Nah, the locals are so stupid they keep doing the same stuff (and expecting a different result). I think Einstein called that "insanity".
---As does MINE< my friend. They had DECADES to fix stuff, and did nothing.
---I do agree with you on the comics front. But there are those die-hard fans who STILL remember how the characters SHOULD be, and voice their opinions by causing comic sales to drop. For example, the whole "Cap-Hydra agent" deal was a MAJOR flop.
Purists like us still have a voice.

Thanks much for dropping by and commenting.

You stay safe up there, brother.