Saturday, November 9, 2013

Who's a Sissy?

"Hi, mom!"  #2 Son came in and greeted me with the tone of voice that always leads me to ask the same thing.

Okay, Son, what is it, and how much is it going to cost me?  Of course, i grin when i ask this.

"Oh, it's nothing like that.  It's just that, well, you know SissyCat?"

Our SissyCat, that belongs to #1 Son, or the original SissyCat for whom she was named?

"The original.  The one who started a fight with a German shepherd and so now only has 3 legs and isn't as mean as she used to be.  Well, anyway, Sammi had to move out of her apartment, and until she can find a new one that takes cats she's living with her Grandmother, and her Grandmother won't let her have SissyCat over there, and could I keep her in my room for a few weeks?"

That depends upon the state of your room, and whether your Father approves.

Please note that i had no worries at all that Sweetie wouldn't approve.  He has no trouble with us cat sitting, and even enjoyed the times we cared for this SissyCat back when she had 4 legs and could be a mean pest.  This was mostly said because i still haven't found the magic combination of words and motivations that can get a 17-year-old boy to keep a room anything but barely fit for human habitation.

"Yeah, I'll get it cleaned up, and until I do, can she stay upstairs in Little Girl's room?  It will only take me a day to move her down to my room."

Only a day to clean your room?  It must not be as bad as i thought this time.

"Very funny.  So, can we please help Sammi and keep SissyCat for a while?"

Sure, i'll speak to your Father about it.  Just make sure you don't drop the cat in Little Girl's room and leave her there, she has a cat of her own and i don't believe Link will like it if her room is off limits to him for very long.

"Oh, don't worry, I'll get it done.  Thanks, mom, you're the best!"

No, i just happen to like that cat, even if she does need an attitude adjustment.  Or did, before the dog adjusted it for her.

Today is:

Allama Iqbal Day -- Pakistan

Chaos Never Dies Day -- internet generated, and just look in my closets if you want proof that we need this one

Couch Beachcombing Day -- internet generated; also called sofa diving, you will be amazed what you will find!

Dia de los Natitas -- La Paz, Bolivia (Day of the Skulls, when skulls are decorated and then offered cigarettes, coca leaves, and other items)

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena -- Madrid, Spain (Feast of the Virgin of the Almudena, Patroness of the City)

Flag Day -- Azerbaijan

Go to an Art Museum Today Day -- it's a good idea, whoever started this one

Herring King Festival -- Etaples, France (Hareng Roi, a festival worth seeing at least once in your life; through tomorrow)

Independence Day -- Cambodia (1953)

Lord Mayor's Day / Lord Mayor's Show -- London, England (traditional date and observed date in 2013; a traditional Show since 1215, when King John granted the people of London the right to elect their own mayor)

National Nibble Day -- as promoted by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

National Scrapple Day

Neon Sign Day -- Georges Claude received a patent for the neon sign on this day in 1911

Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), Daughter of Frenzy, Banshee -- Scots Pagan (date approximate)

Paul is Dead Day -- Beatle's Conspiracy Theorists, who claim Paul died this day in 1966 and was replaced by Billy Campbell

Pushkar Camel Fair -- Pushkar, India (for the camels, racing, fancy dress, changing owners, taking tourists on rides, and the chance to liven up this usually quiet town, and for the people, singing, dancing, exotic food, and watching the camels, as well as religious rituals at the time of the full moon; through the 17th)

Sadie Hawkins Day -- US (on the Saturday nearest Nov. 9, and based on the Li'l Abner comic, a day for women to ask out the man of their choice; also widely observed on Feb. 29 because of a law passed by Parliament of Scotland in 1288)

Schicksalstag -- Germany (Destiny Day or Fateful Day) anniversary of
     the execution of Robert Blum in 1848
     dethroning of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918
     The Beer Hall Putsch in 1923
     Kristallnacht (Crystal Night, marks the beginning of the Holocaust), 1938
     the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

St.Theodore the General's Day (Patron of soldiers; Brindisi, Italy; invoked for the recovery of lost objects)

Tag der Erfinder -- Austria; Germany; Switzerland (Inventor's Day; birth anniversary of Hedy Lamarr, who was an inventor as well as an actress)

Wish-Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Sprites)

World Freedom Day -- US

Birthdays Today:

Chris Hericho, 1970
Lou Ferrigno, 1951
Tom Fogerty, 1941
Mary Travers, 1936
Carl Sagan, 1934
Dorothy Dandridge, 1923
Spiro Agnew, 1918
Hedy Lamarr, 1913
James William Fullbright, 1905
Ed Wynn, 1886
Benjamin Banneker, 1731 (first freeborn child of free African American parents)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Wizard of Id, 1964
Omnibus, 1952

Today in History:

Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery, 694
The Family de' Medici were expelled from Florence, 1494
Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1620
Hungarian parliament promises Protestants freedom of religion, 1681
The Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue in Jerusalem is set afire by Arabs, 1720
Napoleon becomes dictator of France, 1799
The first US pharmacy college begins classes in Philadelphia, 1821
The NY Symphony Orchestra holds its first public performance, 1858
The first documented Canadian football game is held, at the University of Toronto, 1861
Ulyses Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him, 1862
The Great Boston Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US president to visit other countries during his tenure, visiting Puerto Rico and Panama, 1906
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, destroys 19 ships and kills more than 250 people, 1913
Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect, 1921
Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965
First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published, 1967
Garry Kasparov 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion, 1985
The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered, 1994
The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 2005
The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause, 2007


  1. See your whole family are suckers for cats. That's a good thing. I just love your family.

    Have a terrific day. ☺☺☺

  2. No cat willing to start a fight with a German Shepherd deserves to be called Sissycat.