Sunday, September 15, 2013


"Is there any way someone there could come pick me up?  My doctor finally called in another prescription, and I was going to go pick it up, and I stopped at the dog park with PepperJack, and we were leaving to get the prescription and go home, and my tire is flat, so I walked to O'Reilly Auto Parts and left them my phone, which is why you don't have this number, someone else is letting me borrow theirs, but since I left them my phone they let me carry an air compressor back over here, but it didn't fill the tire up enough, so I'm going to walk back up there and give them the compressor and could someone pick me up from there and help me get my prescription and get back home?  I can come back for my car tomorrow."

How Miss Lizzy manages to speak without breathing like that flummoxes me sometimes.  Anyway, Bigger Girl and i got in Cicero (#2 Son had Jalopy), and we headed out to to rescue her.

We actually arrived just as she sent me a text saying she was there, and she climbed in the back with the dog.

"Thank you so much!" she said.  "My prescription is at the 24 Hour Walgreens.  Do you know where that one is?"

Yes, i said, and headed over as Bigger Girl asked her what was up with the car.

"Well, ever since the accident, I think the wheels are out of alignment, and so the front tire was losing air.  But it wasn't losing much, and so I waited until late afternoon, when the pavement is cooler because the sun is going down, to come out here.  It got me to the dog park, and looked fine, but when I tried to fill it with the air compressor, I could hear the air leaking out almost as fast as the compressor was pumping it in.  Besides, you see how torn up this road is with the construction, I realized that if it went all the way flat on this road, I'd be in big trouble.  So I'd rather deal with it tomorrow, during daylight."

That makes sense, i noted.  We pulled in to the 24 Hour Walgreens and i decided that, rather than have PepperJack howl at us if he was left in the car with me and Bigger Girl, we would just use the drive-up window.

Driving her back to her apartment, Bigger Girl asked her, "Do you still want me to come over tomorrow and help you with some cleaning?"

"Yes, please," she said.  "And because of the tire, I can't grocery shop like I was going to, so we might have to do that first, so I can make you the dinner I promised."

We dropped her off, and Bigger Girl did help her the next evening.

Two days later, Miss Lizzie called again.  This time, it was for a ride to the ER.  After two months of arguing with doctors and multiple trips to the ER and more arguing with doctors, they did a CAT scan and figured out what is wrong.  She's been telling them all along, but they wouldn't believe her.

So Bigger Girl took her to the ER, came home for a few hours of sleep (why do these things always happen in the middle of the night?), and went back to pick her up and take her home.  This time, she went home with the correct prescriptions so she can get over the infection she's been telling them she has.  

"Mom, I think she's an example of what happens when survivalists intermarry with white trash!" Bigger Girl told me after that episode.  "Remind me to never adopt a person again."

Duly noted and logged.

Today is:

Arts/Quincy Riverfest -- Quincy, IL, US (celebrating art, the Mighty Mississippi River, and riverfront parks)

Battle of Britain Day -- UK

Biosphere Day -- Noosaville, Australia

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 5, Health (sponsored by We, the World)

Engineer's Day -- India

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) related observances
     Grito de Dolores -- Mexico (Cry of Dolores,a/k/a Father Hidalgo's Cry for Freedom Day, the evening before Independence Day)
     Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows Day -- Slovakia

Felt Hat Day (Traditional day upon which men started to wear their winter felt hats, similar to women beginning to wear white shoes on Memorial Day)

Independence Day -- Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua (all in 1821)

International Day of Democracy -- UN

Make a Hat Day -- just for fun (and if you are a guy, make a felt hat)

National Back to Church Sunday -- US (encouraging every church goer to invite just one person to come along, as studies show many people say they would go, if they were invited)

National Creme de Menthe Day

National Hispanic Heritage Month -- US, through Oct. 15

National Linguine Day

National Neighborhood Day -- US

National Women's Friendship Day 2013 -- always on the third Sunday of Septemberto encourage women to celebrate their bonds with friends as per Kappa Delta Sorority which started it; motto of the day is "Men come and go, but girlfriends are forever...and they're really handy at mocking the men who go."

Really Bad Ideas Exhibition -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins celebration)

Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day -- Slovenia

Silpa Bhirasri Day -- Thailand

St. Catherine of Genoa's Day (Patron of brides, childless people, people in difficult marriages, people ridiculed for their piety, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, widows; against adultery and temptation)

Wife Appreciation Day -- unofficially celebrated the 3rd Sunday in September

Birthdays Today:

Prince Harry, 1984
Dan Marino, 1961
Tommy Lee Jones, 1946
Oliver Stone, 1946
Merlin Olsen, 1940
Jackie Cooper, 1922
Fay Wray, 1907
Roy Acuff, 1903
Agatha Christie, 1890
Robert Benchley, 1889
William H. Taft, 1857
James Fenimore Cooper, 1789
François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613
Marco Polo, 1254

Today in History:

The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy, 1616
The French army under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow, 1812
The first Negro National Convention begins in Philadelphia, 1830
The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, 1831*
HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands, 1835
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell becomes the first woman in the US to be ordained a minister (Congregationalist), 1853
Timothy Alder patents the typesetting machine, 1857
RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube, 1947
United Nations gives Eritrea to Ethiopia, 1952
The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
*The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C., 1981
Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations, 1981
Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, 2008


  1. Fascinating and as always your kids hit the nail on the head...even though I do not really know this situation.

  2. Bwhahahahahahahahahah. Survivalists intermarry with white trash. That made me laugh out loud.

    Have a fabulous Sunday. :)

  3. Survivalists marrying white trash seems like the theme of several reality TV shows I don't watch.

  4. All days are Wife Appreciation Day!

    I can agree that it is Felt Hat day. The season has definitely changed today - I can feel it in the air (and on my bald patch).