"Hey, mom, guess what happened to me at work this morning!" #2 Son said as he came in.
Surprise me, i said.
"Well, you know how I'm one of the first people there, right? So I get there a few minutes before 4, right, and open the door and I was the first person to step into the back, and I stepped into water!"
Oh, no! i exclaimed.
"No, no, wait, that's not all of it! So, I step into about a quarter inch of water all over the floor, and then I open the walk in cooler, and every box was off the shelves, and a whole bunch of empty boxes were mixed in, and it was all on the floor of the cooler. It looked like a tornado had gone through there! And I'm thinking, 'No, this is not good, not good at all, not want I want to see first things in the morning.'
"So we had to figure out who had messed up the cooler and flooded the place on purpose, and the manager got the video, and it turned out one of the night shift workers did it because he was mad about being the last one there and having to lock up!"
You have a video showing him doing this stuff? i asked incredulously.
"Yeah, can you believe it! The guy is so dumb, he didn't even try to hide what he was doing. He didn't even know there was a camera! It got everything! He is so fired!"
Hint to disgruntled employees -- just quit. Don't do stupid on camera and get fired, i said.
"Yeah, especially if I have to clean up after your sorry self!" #2 Son finished up as he went to take a nap.
Big Whopper Liar's Contest and Kunstfest -- New Harmony, IN, US (a German Festival, with traditional German foods, beer, and entertainment, plus the Big Whopper Liar's Contest, always a good time; through tomorrow)
Birthday of the Sun -- Inca (date approximate; a few days before the Autumn Equinox, all fires, including that at the Temple of the Sun, were extinguished and 3 days later ceremonially relighted using only glass to concentrate the sunlight on cotton; followed by 8 days of feasting)
Covered Bridge Festival -- Washington and Greene County, PA, US (arts, crafts, entertainment, and food at each of the 11 featured covered bridges; through tomorrow)
Egremont Crab Fair -- Egremont, Cumberland, UK (ancient fair given a charter in 1267, includes throwing apples from a cart for children to catch; through tomorrow)
Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 10, Disarmament (sponsored by We, the World)
Fall Migration Festival -- Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ, US (nature photography workshops, guided viewing of the abundant and diverse species here at this time, and more; through tomorrow)
Feast of Orlog -- Scandinavian Deity of Destiny (date approximate)
Feast of the Ingathering -- UK traditional (also called Harvest Home; in Scotland, Kirn; in northern England, Mell-Supper. Celebrations will be held in rural areas for the next few weekends, celebrating the end of the harvest.)
Feast of Zywie -- Poland (goddess of longevity and health; date approximate)
Genesia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor the dead, especially those who died in wars)
German-American Steuben Parade/Von Steuben Day -- New York City, and other smaller parades in US
Heritage Weekend -- Blue Ridge Parkway Cultural Heritage Center, Ashville, NC, US featuring the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Championships today
Idaho Spud Day 2014 -- Idaho, US, wants the 3rd Saturday of September as a day to celebrate their favorite crop
International Coastal Cleanup -- join volunteers around the world in helping remove debris that harms marine life and ruins our oceans
International Eat An Apple Day -- a celebration of the fruit of the season, on the third Saturday of every September
Johnny Appleseed Festival -- Fort Wayne, IN, US (an 1800 style period festival; through tomorrow)
Levi Coffin Days -- Fountain City, IN, US (celebrating Levi Coffin, the "President of the Underground Railroad"; through tomorrow)
National Farm Safety Day -- US (can't find a sponsor, but farming is hard, and dangerous, work, so it's a good idea)
National Seat Check Saturday -- US (check it for what, sagging? i'm old, of course it is! Oh, make sure car seats are secured -- my kids finally outgrew those, phew)
Norskedalen Threshing Bee -- Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, Coon Valley, WI, US (antique engines and pioneer demonstrations, as well as cream separating, butter-making, a thresher's meal, and more)
Oktoberfest -- Germany (through Oct. 5)
Okuma-kabuto Festival -- Nakajima, Japan (Noto Peninsula's top autumn festival)
Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival -- Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA, US (start celebrating the fall with scarecrow making, pumpkin-painting, and more; through tomorrow)
Responsible Dog Ownership Day -- sponsored by the AKC
Rettir -- Iceland (around this time of year; a traditional sheep round up celebrated in Iceland during September, actual round up dates may vary from region to region)
Trail of Courage Living History Festival -- Rochester, IN, US (frontier life in Indiana when it was Native territory; through tomorrow)
Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® -- Bridgeport, AL to Waterloo, AL ( ride along part of the original Trail of Tears to honor the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations)
St. Eustace's Day (Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters, torture victims, trappers; Madrid, Spain; Poli, Italy; against fire and torture)
Waikiki Ho'olaule'a -- Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai'i, US (a huge, fun street party, part of the larger Aloha Festivals celebrations all over the Islands, to showcase the culture and beauty of Hawai'i)
XTERRA Trail Run Nationals -- Ogden/Snowbasin, UT, US (finale of the series of extreme runs held across the country through the year, featuring 21k of extreme, off-road trail runs; through tomorrow)
Kristen Johnston, 1967 Guy LaFleur, 1951 Taro Aso, 1940 Sophia Loren, 1934 Anne Meara, 1929 Donald A. Hall, 1928 Dr. Joyce Brothers, 1928 Red Auerbach, 1917 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, 1890 Maxwell Perkins, 1884 Upton Sinclair, 1878 Rama V, King of Thailand, 1853 (eldest son taught by Anna, of "The King and I" fame) Emperor Takakura of Japan, 1161
"The Cosby Show"(TV), 1984 "Eubie"(Revue), 1978 "The Phil Silvers Show"(TV), 1955 "The Corn is Green"(Play), 1938
Today in History:
Atilla the Hun defeated at Chalons-sur-Marne by General Aetius, 451 Saladin begins the siege of Jerusalem, 1187 Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe, 1519 Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun, 1633 Maryland passes the first "anti-amalgamation" law to stop English women from marrying black men, 1664 The Negro Convention of Free Men agrees to boycott slave-produced goods, 1830 The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created, 1848 The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company, 1857 The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 1891 The Otis Elevator Company unveils the first escalator at the Paris Exposition, 1900 Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania is launched, 1906 The first Cannes Film Festival is held, 1946 James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi, 1962 The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched, 1967 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match, 1973 The Socialist Republic of Vietnam joins the UN, 1977 Walt Disney World hosts its 200 millionth guest, 1985 U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror", 2001 The US Military ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, 2011