Thursday, April 7, 2011

Advantage

This past Tuesday, at co-op, my being "height challenged" was brought up again by a few of the younger kids.

Yes, it's true. As a person who quit growing at age 12, i'm the first grown-up most kids pass on the way to fully grown. They love it, and i celebrate with them, laughing all the way.

A day or so later, when working on the pantry reorganization -- which by the way is feeling like it will take forever -- i noticed an advantage to being my height.

It's just this: i don't have to see what's on top of the fridge and the top shelves. How does dust get that thick, anyway?


In honor of National Humor Month:

What do you get when you cross a stream and a brook?
Wet feet!

Boudreaux is out in the bayou fishing and along comes a tourist, also fishing. The tourist notices that Boudreaux is in his pirogue shining a flashlight on the water and holding a net, so he rows over and politely asks, "What are you doing, sir?"
"Mais, I's fishin'," Boudreaux, equally polite, answers.
"What do you mean?" asks the tourist.
"Oh, don' you see? I shine the light on the water, and the fish comes up to see what dat is on de top of de water, and I use the net to scoop him up!"
"Ah, I understand," answers the tourist. Then he says, "Say, I really don't want to have to go back to town to get a flashlight, would you consider selling me yours?"
"Well, that depends on the price," says Boudreaux. "Afta' all, if I do then I can't fish any more today until I go get another one."
After a bit of dickering, they settle on a price of $30 for the flashlight. After the exchange is concluded, the tourist asks, "By the way, how many have you caught?"
Boudreaux says, "Countin' you? Six this week!"


Today is

Caramel Popcorn Day -- Most likely created by a popcorn maker, or an Ecard company.

Fiesta San Antonio begins -- San Antonio, Texas, US

Genocide Memorial Day -- Rwanda

Goddess Karna's Day -- Ancient Slavic Pagan Calendar

International Beaver Day

International Snailpaper Day -- relax today with a hard copy of a regular, old fashioned newspaper

International Whistlers Convention -- Louisburg, North Carolina, US, through the 10th

Metric System Day

Motherhood and Beauty Day -- Armenia

Nafels Pilgrimage -- Canton Glarus, Switzerland

National Coffee Cake Day

National D.A.R.E. Day

No Housework Day/Let Someone Else Clean Day -- yes, you have the internet's permission to skip it!

Women's Day -- Mozambique

World Health Day


Anniversaries Today:

Prague University is chartered by Charles IV, the first university in central Europe, 1348


Birthdays Today:

Russell Crowe, 1964
Jackie Chan, 1954
Janis Ian, 1951
Francis Coppola, 1939
David Frost, 1939
Wayne Rogers, 1933
James Garner, 1928
Ravi Shankar, 1920
Billie Holiday, 1915
Walter Winchell, 1897
W.K. Kellogg, 1860
William Wordsworth, 1770
St. Francis Xavier, 1506


Today in History:

Attila's Huns plunder Metz, in northern France, 451
Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I issues the first draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis, the basis for much civil law even today, 529
A crowd in Florence, Italy, storms the Convent of San Marco, demanding Fra Savonarola be turned over as they rebelled against his Bonfires of the Vanities and interference with trade, 1498
Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Cebu, 1521
Michael Cardozo becomes the first Jewish lawyer in Brazil, 1645
American pioneers found Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent settlement of the new Northwest Territory, 1788
France adopts the meter as the standard measure of length, 1795
The Mississippi Territory is established, 1798
English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches, 1827
Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and the only one of a federal politician, 1868
Nebraska establishes an 8 hour work day, 1891
Texas Oil Company (Texaco) is formed, 1902
An eruption of Mt. Vesuvius devastates Naples, 1906
Dr. K. Winfield Ney performs the first brain tumor operation under a local anesthesia, at Beth Israel Hospital, 1923
Using phone lines, the first long distance television image is sent, of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, from Washington, D.C. to NYC, 1927
Booker T. Washington becomes the first African-American depicted on a postage stamp in the US, 1940
Syria is officially recognized as independent from France, 1946
Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech, 1954
Spain relinquishes its protectorate in Morocco, 1956
IBM announces the System/360, 1964
The publication of RFC1 marks the symbolic birth of the Internet, 1969
Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter, 1978
During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk, 1983
Mars Odyssey is launched, 2001

4 comments:

  1. Snailpaper... That leaves an interesting image for me...

    Ok, that made me thing of a "Bubba" joke.

    The Sheriff walks down to the river, and sees Bubba just heading out in his boat. Sheriff calls out, "What you up to, Bubba?"

    "Fishin'."

    Now, the Sheriff was off duty, and asked if Bubba would mind some company. Bubba said come on, and off they went to the middle of the lake.

    Sheriff notices there are no poles in the boat.
    Then he notices Bubba pulling out 2 sticks of dynamite. He lights them, hands one to the Sheriff, the other he tosses in the lake.

    "Bubba, what in the blue hell you doin'?"

    Calmly, Bubba answers,"I'm fishin'. You want to fish, or talk?"


    Cat

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  2. THINK, Think of a joke. Sheesh... Thing. Crimany...

    Cat

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  3. Ha.. good thinking. I, unfortunately see all the dust and clutter on mine. That doesn't mean I rush to clean it though. ;)

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  4. Hilary, we don't rush to clean, either.

    Cat, Cajuns and Bubbas sound a lot alike.

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