Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pink Elephants

"Mom, guess what i just did!" #2 Son loves to come up behind me with these words, and i never know what will follow.

What now?

"I blew out the speakers on the stereo system Uncle P sent!"

Already? It's only been two days.

"Yeah, already! I was playing the song "Pink Elephants" and it blew the subwoofers and the woofers."

Well, what are you going to do now?

"I'll start saving up for more. Oh, and i told E [#1 Son] what I did, and he asked if I was playing "Pink Elephants" because that one always blows everyone's speakers."

Hmmm, maybe that means you shouldn't play that song? Or play it at a lower volume?

"Yeah, it has a kicking bass that blows speakers. But once i have new ones, they should be able to handle it."

Glad to hear it. Note: sarcasm is still lost on that boy.

Today is:

Berlin International Film Festival -- through the 20th

Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck -- Malta

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe -- Italy, especially in Trieste

Plimsoll Day (Honoring Samuel Plimsoll, the "Sailor’s Friend," who persuaded Parliament to have a maximum load limit on ships.)

School Day

St. Scholastica's Day (patron of children in convulsions, nuns, and bringing rain)

Umbrella Day

Anniversaries Today:

Queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saxe-Coburg, 1840
Tom Thumb marries Mercy Lavinia Warren, 1863
Poland is symbolically married to the Baltic Sea by Jozef Haller de Hallenburg, celebrating the restitution of Polish access to the water, 1920

Birthdays Today:

Lance Berkman, 1976
Laura Dern, 1967
Glen Beck, 1964
Cliff Burton, 1962
George Stephanopoulos, 1961
Greg Norman, 1955
Mark Spitz, 1950
Roberta Flack, 1939
Robert Wagner, 1930
Leontyne Price, 1927
Lon Chaney, Jr., 1906
Bertolt Brecht, 1898
Jimmy Durante, 1893
Boris Pasternak, 1890
Samuel Plimsoll, 1824
Charles Lamb, 1775

Today in History:

St. Paul is shipwrecked on the island of Malta, 60
Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch, 1098
The St. Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days, 1355
Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all the men in Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1676
Edmund Halley is appointed the second Astronomer Royal of England, 1720
The Treaty of Paris ends the French and Indian War, surrendering Canada
to England, 1763
Simon Bolivar is named dictator by the Congress of Peru, 1824
The first US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane of Virginia, 1863
The YWCA is founded in NYC, 1870
Nearly 11,000,000 acres of land, ceded to the US government by the Sioux Indians, is opened for settlement, 1890
The New York Times begins using the slogan, "All the news that's fit to print," 1897
Japan and Russia declare war after Japan's surprise attack on Russian fleet at Port Arthur disabled 7 Russian warships, 1904
Britain's first modern and largest battleship "HMS Dreadnought" is launched, 1906
Baseball outlaws all pitches that involve tampering with the ball, 1920
New Delhi becomes the capital of India, 1931
The first singing telegram is delivered, by the Postal Telegram Company of NYC, 1933
Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, 1962
Ron Brown is elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee becoming the first African American to lead a major American political party, 1989
The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time, 1996


  1. You are far more patient than I am, Mimi. I know it doesn't matter that he blew out the speakers, but it would bother me a lot. I would have taken the stereo away, but then again I don't know your son and you do, so obviously that wouldn't have been the right response. I don't have any sense of humor, and you have an abundant one!

    Bless your heart for having teenagers, I'm sure they give you ample opportunities for being strong.

    I hope that your hands are doing better. Have you thought about switching to using castile soap as a cleaner when you clean the church and your home? It wouldn't suds up as much or be germ-killing, but it would be gentler to your hands, and not everything really needs to be sterilized. Getting things clean is generally enough. For everything else I spray a bleach solution onto the surface. Buying castile soap in bulk and then diluting it to use is also cheaper than buying all the different cleaners. But whatever you do, I hope your hands are better.

  2. Thank you, Jokamo. As for a sense of humor, well, i've earned every gray hair from my kids!LOL

    The hands -- well, i'm hoping to be able to post something soon.

  3. Pink Elephants? I thought that was Disney..

  4. Hilary, someone did a punk/heavy metal version, with a huge, driving bass. Crazy what kids will ruin these days, isn't it?