Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Good Thing

It turned out to be a good thing that we changed the generator battery when we did. The generator was put to very good use Monday evening after the line of thunderstorms moved through.

No, not everything in the house runs on the generator. It can only handle just so much. Still, i was grateful to be able to finish preparing dinner and have lights and fans. While we did have to take turns with using either the stove or the microwave, we also didn't have to be concerned about losing frozen or refrigerated foods, a big plus.

Storms are no fun, and electricity being out is even more no fun. Having a backup generator that was recently serviced and is in proper working order is a good thing at times like that. A very good thing indeed.

In honor of National Humor Month:

What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino?

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were going fishing. Boudreaux wanted to check the boat trailer lights. So he told Thibodeaux to go in the back and check the lights. Thibodeaux said press the brakes, both lights came on and he said, "It works". Boudreaux put on the right signal and Thibodeaux said, "It works, it don't, it works, it don't, it works, it don't"

Today is

Arbor Day -- South Korea

Bell Bottoms Day -- remember those?

Fringe Fairies Welcome Party -- Fairy Calendar

Fortuna Publica, Festival of Good Luck -- Ancient Roman Calendar (we could all use this one! some call this Lady Luck Day)

Go for Broke Day -- take a risk, and make it count! Step out and do something extraordinary

Katori Jingu Otaue-sai -- Sawara, Chiba Prefecture, Japan (rice planting festival)

National Deep Dish Pizza Day

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

Quingming Festival -- China; Taiwan (a/k/a Festival of Clear Brightness, Festival for Tending Graves, Grave Sweeping Day, Chinese Memorial Day, Tomb Sweeping Day, Spring Remembrance, and All Souls Day (not to be confused with the Roman Catholic holiday of the same name))

Birthdays Today:

Agnetha Faltskog, 1950
Colin Powell, 1937
Frank Gorshin, 1934
Roger Corman, 1926
Gale Storm, 1921
Gregory Peck, 1916
Bette Davis, 1908
Spencer Tracy, 1900
Booker T. Washington, 1856
Joseph Lister, 1827
Elihu Yale, 1649

Today in History:

St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop, 456
Two hundred Dutch noblemen petition to have the Spanish Inquisition suspended in the Netherlands, 1566
The Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyushu, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa, 1609
The Native American Indian princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, marries Englishman John Rolfe, 1614
Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island, 1722
The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil, 1804
Helen Keller learns her first word, "water," from Anne Sullivan, 1887
The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire, 1897
Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B, 1900
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires, 1923
In an act of civil disobedience, Mohandas Gandhi breaks British law after marching to the sea and making salt, 1930
In the Dominion of Newfoundland, 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government, 1932
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage, 1951
Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the UK because of failing health, 1955
Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time, 1958
In Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshu, the largest suspension bridge in the world, opens, 1998

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