Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Wednesday Whine

Ol' Bessy, my aging, ailing laptop, also called Old Crankypants, is getting crabbier and crabbier.  Yesterday, i wrote out a post, and she wouldn't save it for anything.  All the time went for nothing as blogger supposedly autosaves, and i found out the hard way, it doesn't where Ol' Bessy is concerned.

After hitting publish, and shutting her down again for not responding, i finally get back in, and the whole thing was gone.  It not only hadn't published, it hadn't even saved during any of that time.

So, i will have to start over, which makes me almost as cranky as my very old computer.  Meanwhile, i decided to have a bit of a whine, but no cheese.  After all, i am a vegan.

This got me wondering if there's anything else i can while about while i'm at it.  After all, might as well get it all over with at once.  There was one lady who, when she was a girl and wanted to whine and complain, would be told by her mother that she had 15 minutes, to have at it.  She would usually find herself laughing by the time her mother's timer went off.  From that i learned, just get it all out, with a time limit, and it all seems better by the end.  Or at least funnier.

But all that thinking hasn't brought up too much else to whine about.  Really, i can't complain, although i could wish Ol' Bessy would get over herself a bit.

That reminds me of the one older man who, when asked how he was doing, would always answer, "Oh, can't complain, can't complain.  The wife won't let me!"   Much to the amusement of all who asked him, he would laugh, too.

It used to be, when i was asked for identification for any reason, i would get it out with a smile and say, Don't worry, it's really me -- no one else would want my life!

Since then, though, i've realized i have a pretty good life.

Ol' Bessy might be the death of me yet, you never know.  Meanwhile, there's not much else to fuss about.

Today is:

Absurdity Day -- an internet generated absurd holiday

Africa Industrialization Day -- UN

Air Your Dirty Laundry Day -- internet generated, and be careful with this one!

Beautiful Day -- Fairy Calendar

Clean the Cat Hair Out of the Vacuum Cleaner Day -- internet generated, and always tops on my chore list

Day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Day of National Sovereignty -- Argentina (commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado)

Dia da Consciencia Negra -- Brazil (Black Consciousness Day)

Geographic Information Systems Day -- information here

Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D

Name Your PC Day -- mine is Ol' Bessy, a/k/a Old Crankypants; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Educational Support Professionals Day -- US

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Praetextatus and Paulina's Day -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries, pagan activists and devotees who tried to save Roman religions; date approximate)

Repentance Day -- Saxony, Germany (Day of Prayer and Repentance [Buss und Bettag])
     Buss und Bettag -- German speaking Lutheran, Reformed, and United Protestants (Day of Repentance and Prayer)

Revolution Day -- Mexico (traditional)

Scottish International Badminton Championship -- Glasgow, Scotland (through Sunday)

St. Edmund the Martyr's Day (Patron of kings, torture victims, wolves; East Anglia, England; against plagues)

Teachers' Day -- Vietnam

Transgender Day of Remembrance -- memorial for those who have been killed because of transphobia

Universal Children's Day -- UN

Zumbi Day -- Brazil (death anniversary of Zumbi dos Palmares, a day of Afro-Brazilian consciousness, as he was a hero and freedom fighter)

Anniversaries Today:

The Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London, 1947
The first municipal airport in the US opens, in Tuscon, AZ, 1919

Birthdays Today:

Bo Derek, 1956
Duane Allman, 1946
Veronica Hamal, 1943
Joe Biden, 1942
Dick Smothers, 1939
Richard Dawson, 1932
Estelle Parsons, 1927
Kaye Ballard, 1926
Robert F. Kennedy, 1925
Robert Byrd, 1917
Alistair Cooke, 1908
Edwin Hubble, 1889
Susanna Wesley, 1669 (mother of John, Charles, and 17 other children)
Peregrine White, 1620 (born on the Mayflower)
Maximinus, Roman Emperor, 270

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Sheik (with Rudolph Valentino), 1921

Today in History:

Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire, 762
Zumbi, the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares of Brazil, is executed, 1695
New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify the US Bill of Rights, 1789
Curacao's government forbids slave work on Sunday, 1795
Howard University is founded in Washington, D.C., 1866
US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports, 1914
The first municipally owned airport in US opens, in Tucson Az, 1919
In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation, 1962
The SETI Institute is founded, 1984
Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released, 1985
The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million, 1989
In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage, 1992
The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched, 1998
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level in eleven years, 2008


  1. Hate when it gets time to replace those computers. They should last for at least a decade, but rarely do. You may have to write your posts in a word processing program and then cut and paste and if they fail to save you will have the original.

  2. I've had this happen to me more than I want to remember. They do get so temperamental when they get old. As long as we don't and it's apparent you refuse to be temperamental. Good for you.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. My philosophy of complaining is as follows: Half of the people you complain to don't care, and the other half are glad!

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