Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A to Z: M is for Mikey

I know I'm a big, handsome dude!

Hey, everyone, it's me, Mikey!  You might not remember, so you can go here if you want and get more on me.

Yes, it's been a year, and my pet human, #1 Son, still has us here.  It was supposed to be temporary, but he had some trouble when a job didn't work out, so we haven't gotten our own place yet.

No, I'm not in a hurry.  After all, I'm running the place.  Kida thinks she's queen, and I let her think so, but she's harmless.  Link has figured out he can't attack me and get away with it, so that's better.  Dansig and I are still tight buddies, and Enigma still loves me and is my special sister.  Mostly, the rest of the cats don't give me any trouble any more.

I'm a good door guard!

I say most though because SissyCat, that they call Tripod, now she's a pill.  She and I still scrap a lot.  That's one reason I wouldn't mind moving out and being in a house with just me and Enigma and #1 Son again.  Although I would miss Dansig.

And I'd miss the people here.  They pet me a lot .  I even like to get my stomach petted!  Most cats don't, but i do.  Little Girl picks me up and nuzzles me, and they let me and Dansig go outside on the side porch to play.  We don't try to run away, it's too good here.

Well, it's time for me to take a nap.  On my back, the way I like to!

Rub my tummy on the way out, would you?  I like it!

Today is

Celtic Tree Month Saille (willow) begins

Day of the Sun -- North Korea (Kim Il Sung's Birthday Holiday)

Ebertfest/Roger Ebert's Film Festival -- Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL (in the best show biz tradition, the show will go on; through Sunday)

Fast Food Day -- the first franchised McDonald's opened this day in 1955 in Des Plaines, IL, US

Father Damien Day -- Hawaii, US (Patron of lepers)

Festival of Heru; Festival of Bast -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fluff Appreciation Day -- internet generated; i guess as a distraction for Tax Day

Fordicalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (cow sacrifice to the earth mother, Tellus Mater)

Guangzhou (Canton) Spring Trade Fair -- Guangzhou (Canton), China (a month-long spring trade fair held the same dates each year)

Hillsborough Disaster Memorial -- Anfield at Liverpool, England

Income Tax Pay Day -- Philippines; US
     related observances:
     Freak Out Day 
     National Griper's Day (after all, you have to pay your taxes, and the Titanic sank today*)
     Tax Resistors' Day -- good luck!
     That Sucks Day (appropriate, isn't it)

Jackie Robinson Day -- Major League Baseball

National Bookmobile Day -- US, on the Wednesday of National Library Week

National Glazed Ham Day

Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala -- Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, US (an extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture sponsored by Academy of American Poets)

Rubber Eraser Day -- today in 1770, Joseph Priestly described a vegetable gum which had the ability to rub out pencil marks

St. Hunna's Day (Patron of laundresses, laundry workers, washerwomen)

Swallow Day -- England (traditional date of the return of chimney swallows)

Take a Wild Guess Day -- sponsored by Jim Barber as a day to honor guesses, hunches, inspirations, speculations and other forms of “intuitive intelligence;” just not on your taxes, please

Thank Your School Librarian Day -- the Wednesday of National Library Week

Tipsa Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the start of plowing)

Titanic Remembrance Day

World Creativity and Innovation Week -- always begins on DaVinci's birth anniversary
    World Art Day -- because he was an artist as well as inventor

Yom HaShoah -- Judaism (Holocaust Remembrance Day; begins at sunset)

*If you want to add others reasons why today should be considered "That Sucks Day", please go share your horror story of the day at

Anniversary Today:

Gallaudet University is founded, 1817 (first US public school for the deaf)

Birthdays Today:

Emma Watson, 1990
Ilya Kovalchuck, 1983
Seth Rogen, 1982
Patrick Carney, 1980
Anna Torv, 1978
Emma Thompson, 1959
Evelyn Ashford, 1957
Heloise Cruse Evans, 1951
Amy Wright, 1950
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, 1947
Claudia Cardinale, 1939
Roy Clark, 1933
Elizabeth Montgomery, 1933
Leon Schotter, 1922
Harold Washington, 1922
Hilda Simms, 1920
Hans Conried, 1917
Bessie Smith, 1894
Thomas Hart Benton, 1889
Sam Rodia, 1875
John Munroe Longyear, 1850
Henry James, 1843
Joseph E. Seagram, 1841
Charles Willson Peale, 1741(O.S. date)
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"In Living Color"(TV), 1990
"Driving Miss Daisy"(Play), 1987

Today in History:

Pope Innocent III refuses to grant permission to the Jews of Cordova, Spain, to build a synagogue, 1250
Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London, 1755
The first school for the deaf in the US opens in Hartford, Connecticut, 1817
The last day US silver coins are allowed to circulate in Canada, 1870
Harley Proctor begins producing Ivory Soap, 1878
General Electric Company is incorporated, 1892
The Titanic sinks, 1912
Insulin becomes available to diabetics, 1923
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, 1924
Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city, 1957
Tokyo Disney Resort (and the Tokyo Disneyland park) opens in Tokyo Bay (Japan), 1983
Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China, 1989
Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization, 1994
Astronomers at San Francisco State University announce the discovery of the first multiplanet solar system besides our own, three planets around Upsilon Andromedaie, 1999
Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe, 2010
In a Schrodinger's cat experiment, researchers in Japan and Australia successfully teleport wave packets of light; this is the first transfer of quantum information from one point to another, 2011


  1. Thank you for mentioning Hillsborough. To us in Liverpool it is a most important date. Everyone can recall exactly where they were when the4 news started coming through. For those unfortunate enough to be there the memory is etched on their eyeballs for ever. Despite the size of Liverpool I doubt there is a family that wasn't directly affected in one way or another.

  2. oh, i definitely would rub your belly!

  3. I've sure been enjoying all this kitty posts. Yes indeed.

    Have a purrfect day. My best to your peeps. ☺

  4. What a beautiful kitty. Reminds me of our Maine Coon, Shoshin. Super friendly, but hairball season isn't so much fun. Hope you're dealing with it well.

  5. Awww. Mikey reminds me of Bubba, who also likes to get his tummy rubbed and sleeps on his back a lot.

  6. Hello, Mikey, you are sure a pretty little one! I certainly hope you can be with #1 son soon... And yes, tummy rubs are NOT appreciated by either of my fine fur balls...