Friday, June 1, 2012

Time once again...

..for the Annual 12 People in a Two Bedroom Condo at the Beach for a Week, Family Should Be Close But Not This Close Vacation.

 This will, if i'm counting correctly, be the 19th Annual.  And trust me, if i meant the title the way it sounds, we wouldn't be going back.


We have a blast every year.


Some people talk about how they could never buy a vacation condo or time share because they wouldn't want to go on the same vacation each year.  We tend to relish it, although we do like going other places, too.


This one is just so much fun.


Each year we do some traditional favorite things, and find a new thing or two to try.


#1 Son will be home to mind the store while he's working, so Brother-In-Law, The Mouth, doesn't have to come stay here, that is a good thing.


It's a sad thing that we will miss #1 Son.


As of tomorrow, it's off for adventure!  Or at least, a good, (somewhat) relaxing time.  We will see.


Today is

Arrival of the Swiss at the Port-Noir -- Switzerland

Azores Day -- Azores


Buffalo Days Celebration (with Buffalo Chip Throw) -- Luverne, MN, US (through Sunday; parade, arts in the park, and the throwing contest!)
 

Derby Festival begins -- Surrey, England (this year, in conjunction with the Queen's Jubilee events; today is Surrey Ladies Day, with Derby Day tomorrow)

Dia da Crianca -- Cape Verde (Youth Day)

Dia de la Marina -- Mexico (Day of the Navy)

Early Bird Day -- an internet derived day that reminds us the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
 

English Riviera Dance Festival -- Torquay, Devon, England (through the 8th)

Feast of St. Justin Martyr (a/k/a Justin the Philosopher; Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, philosophers, speakers)

Festival of Non-Linearity -- another one you find on the internet, no meaning or rhyme to it, but if you like to think in non-linear ways, enjoy today!

Flip a Coin Day -- as noted by The Ultimate Holiday Site, which claims Julius Caesar invented it (doubtful, but the Romans did toss coins)

Gawai Dayak -- Sarawak, Malaysia (harvest festival begins today)

Go Barefoot Day -- sponsored by Soles4Souls, which recycles shoes to those who have none

Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival -- Little Chute, WI, US (through Sunday; celebrate with other Cheeseheads)

Harvard Milk Days Festival -- Harvard, IL, US (through Sunday; parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo, and more, all as a salute to hard working dairy farmers)

Heimlich Maneuver Day -- Dr. Heimlich first published his suggestion for aiding choking victims with "subdiaphragmatic pressure" on this day in 1974

Hen-Peeler's Holiday -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Samoa

International Children's Day

Kaiko Kinenbi -- Yokahama, Japan (Yokahama Port Opening Festival, through tomorrow)

Kalends of June -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
     Day Sacred to Tempestas (goddess of storms)
     Festival for Juno Moneta (Juno as goddess of money)
     Festival of Carna (goddess of health and vitality)

Labour Day -- Bahamas

Madaraka Day -- Kenya (self-rule/responsibility day)

Mint Julep Day -- Oxford University, England (drink introduced there by someone who had traveled in the US South this day in 1845, and they liked it so well, they dedicated a day to it!)

Mothers' and Children's Day -- Mongolia

National Hazelnut Cake Day


National Doughnut Day -- originally begun by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI; look for a doughnut shop to give out freebies near you

National Leave the Office Earlier Day -- sponsored by Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, who urges people to maximize productivity so they can leave the office earlier every day

National Tree Planting Day -- Cambodia

Pancasila Day -- Indonesia

Polish-American Night -- Comerica Park, Detroit, MI, US

President's Day -- Palau

Say Something Nice Day -- as declared by the mayor of a town in South Carolina who is tired of all the negative talk all the time

Stand for Children Day -- stand.org founded by a rally this day in 1996, seeking to ensure all children graduate from high school

St. Theobald Roggeri's Day (Patron of church cleaners, cobblers, porters, shoemakers; against fever and sterility)

Telluride Balloon Festival -- Telluride, CO, US (through Sunday; volunteer to help with the festival and get a free balloon ride!)
 

Victory Day -- Tunisia



Anniversaries Today:

Kentucky becomes the 15th US state, 1792
Tennessee becomes the 16th US state, 1796
Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, is founded as the first US land-grant university, 1808


Birthdays Today:

Alanis Morissette, 1974
Heidi Klum, 1973
Ron Wood, 1947
Robert Powell, 1944
Rene Auberjonois, 1940
Morgan Freeman, 1937
Colleen McCullough, 1937
Pat Boone, 1934
Edward Woodward, 1930
Bob Monkhouse, 1928
Andy Griffith, 1926
Marilyn Monroe, 1926
Nelson Riddle, 1921
Brigham Young, 1801


Today in History:

Hugh Capet is elected King of France, 987
Beijing, then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols  under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing, 1215
Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whiskey, 1495
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England, 1533
Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1660
The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1794
U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom, 1812
James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, gives his final order: "Don't give up the ship!" 1813
James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831
American adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, 1855
Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico, 1868
Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric voting machine, 1869
Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed in the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879
The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith's tabulating machine to count census returns, 1890
Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court, 1916
The First Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires, 1929
Charles de Gaulle comes out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months, 1958
New Zealand's first official television broadcast commences at 7.30pm from Auckland, 1960
Kenya gains internal self-rule (Madaraka Day), 1963
The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine, 1974
The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power, 1979
CNN begins broadcasting, 1980
Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, Killing all 228 passengers and crew, 2009
General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009

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