Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest

It was a strange day, and it kept getting stranger.

First thing, i went to a local mom and pop grocery store where i like to get some things that the big box store either doesn't have or doesn't have what i like. The people who work there are friends, and they have complimentary coffee.

As i passed Miss Grace's line, i overheard her conversation with another regular customer, an elderly gentleman who had written a check.

"Mr. Mack, the machine wants you to scan your driver's license."

"It wants what?"

"Your driver's license, Mr. Mack."

Mr. Mack proceeded to open his wallet and search through it.

"Oh, well, i'm not sure i have one of those."

"Mr. Mack, you have to have a driver's license. That's not it, that's your old work ID card."

"Well, i've been driving over 40 years, and i don't think i have one of those. Here, is this it?"

"No, that's your medical insurance card."

At that point i just kept going past, shaking my head in amazement. Speaking to Ms. Eve later, she said Mr. Mack is going to be moving in with his son soon, and the son might not know he is still driving.

The day got a bit stranger later.

At co-op, where the kids loved the calzones as predicted, the teacher of the younger classes, Kay, put a plastic cutting board on the back of the stove to get it out of the way during her class. She proceeded to turn on what she thought was a front burner.

Smell of burning plastic, and a bit of panic as we realize what she has done. The cutting board was ruined, of course, and it took a lot of warming up the burner a bit, removing it from the stove and scraping away plastic, over and over, to get it all off.

It was odd for her to make such a mistake.

Then, weird occurrence number three. There was a storm moving through the area, the kind that they warn you could have hail, tornadoes, and lots of lightning. That in itself isn't strange. Nor is it strange that such a storm would cause an accident on the interstate that has us crawling as i tried to bring the kids home.

The strange and weird thing was how the accident played out. One mini van, the front driver's side totally ruined, was on the right side of the road, totally by itself. The male driver was standing and looking at it with a bit of a bemused expression on his face.

Almost a quarter of a mile later, on the other side of a culvert, the other mini van, it's passenger rear crushed and all the windows in the back missing, was on the right side of the road but facing in the direction of oncoming traffic. The mom, with a toddler on her hip, was standing and staring at it, probably wondering why this had to happen.

Oddest accident i've ever seen, and i have no idea how they managed it, or who was at fault.

One strange day.

We still haven't figured out

Today is:

Doctors Day -- US

Fairies of the First Wand Reunion Dinner -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Janus and Concordia -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Festival of Reality Fabrication -- internet holiday to celebrate your imagination

Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side Of The Fence Day -- remember how good you have it

I am in Control Day (Famous last words!)

Land Day commemoration -- Palestinian remembrance

Limited Liability Day -- because no one can be responsible for everything

National Badminton Day

National Hot Dog Day

Pencil Day

Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day -- Trinidad and Tobago

Take a Walk in the Park Day

Birthdays Today:

Scott Moffatt, 1983
Norah Jones, 1979
Matt Doran, 1976
Mark Consuelos, 1971
Celine Dion, 1968
Ian Ziering, 1964
M.C. Hammer, 1962
Paul Reiser, 1957
Robbie Cotrane, 1950
Eric Clapton, 1945
Astrud Gilberto, 1940
Warren Beatty, 1937
John Astin, 1930
Rolf Harris, 1930
Peter Marshall, 1930
Frankie Laine, 1913
Anna Sewell, 1820
Vincent Van Gogh, 1853

Today in History:

The first recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, BC240
Ketsugan, Zen teacher, performs exorcisms to free aizoji temple, 1422
Henry VIII divorces Catherine of Aragon, 1533
British and coalition forces march into Paris after the defeat of Napoleon, 1814
Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia, US, performs the first operation with anesthesia (ether), 1842
A pencil with attached eraser is patented by Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia, 1858
Alaska is purchased from Russia by US Secretary of State William Seward, for $7,200,000 (about 2 cents per acre), 1867
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, 1932
Einstein announces his revised unified field theory, 1953
The Yonge Street Line, the first subway in Canada, opens in Toronto, 1954
President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr., 1981


  1. What a day!

    Bad storms here yesterday evening, too. Lots of lightning as I was leaving work. Most of the bad stuff this morning was west (your way!) and south of us (NOLA). We got some lightning/rain, but none of the hail, high winds, or flooding rain. Glad you're safe.

  2. Thanks, PonyGirl. The storms continued through the night, and today is cold!

  3. Sounds like that it could have been a tragic accident. Hopefully nobody was hurt.

  4. Hilary, there were no emergency medical people called, and it looked like the damage was to vehicles not people. It was just strange that one was so far from the other!