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Yesterday's visit to Grandma and Grandpa was as enjoyable as usual, with the added benefit that Little Girl came with me.
We got to talk in the car and while down there. She noted that she knows she's really left childhood behind now. "You know it's over," she said with a sigh, "when you find yourself doing the responsible, adult thing and ordering jumper cables for your car so you will have them in case of emergency."
She also discussed life with roommates, the good and the bad. She has one roommate that often takes her share of the food they all buy.
Boudreaux know what it be like to share food wit' de roommates. Back when he go away to college, he met him people from aroun' de country. One time dey be talkin' 'bout havin' dem some chicken fo' dinner.
The roommate from California said, "Since I'm from the left coast, I'll have the left wing of the chicken!"
The roommate from Boston said, "Since I'm from the right coast, I'll have the right wing!"
The roommate from Vermont said, "Since I'm from the North, I'll have the neck!"
An' den Boudreaux say, "Mais, since I be from de south, I ain't DAT hungry!"
Appomattox Day -- US (marking the end of the US Civil War on this day in 1865)
Astronauts' Day -- web generated by someone who wants all these brave people honored
Baghdad Liberation Day -- Kurdistan, Iraq
Bataan Day/Day of Valor -- Philippines (Araw ng Kagitingan)
Dita e Kushtetutes -- Kosovo (Constitution Day)
Dry Milk Day -- the first patent for powdered milk was issued this day in 1972 to Samuel Percy
Feast of Jalal (Glory) -- Baha'i
Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse -- sponsored by The Innocence Revolution
Kamakura Matsuri -- Kamakura and the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Japan (parades, festival, and celebrating spring; through next Sunday)
Independence Restoration Day -- Georgia (formerly Day of National Unity)
Martyr's Day -- Tunisia
Name Yourself Day -- an internet holiday allowing you to change your name for a day, if you want to.
National Cherish An Antique Day -- hooray for old fashioned quality!
National Chinese Almond Cookie Day
National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day -- US
National Library Week begins -- US (sponsored by the ALA, this year's theme is "Libraries transform.")
Observation of the Nazi Occupation -- Denmark (anniversary of the Nazi invasion)
Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday -- Christian/Orthodox Christian
Semana Santa -- Holy Week in Spain and Spanish speaking areas; special celebrations:
Mexico -- through the country, but especially in Chiapas, with processions, costumes, and even fireworks, music, dance, and syncretic rituals
Seville, Spain -- with hundreds of shuffling penitents in their hoods making the torch lit processions through the town; through Easter)
Public Library Day -- US (anniversary of the opening of the first "publicly funded" library -- i.e. a tax based, free library -- in the US, in 1833 in Petersborough, New Hampshire)
Remembrance for Haakon Sigurdsson -- Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (Haakon the Great, one of the Jarls of Hladhir)
St. Casilda's Day (Patron against sterility)
St. Mary of Cleophas' Day (one of the Marys in the Bible who was present at the Crucifixion)
Verruca Day -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin Celebration again)
Vimy Ridge Day -- Canada
Winston Churchill Day -- commemmorates his becoming an honorary US citizen
World Konkani Day -- Goa (Official language of the Indian state of Goa; on the death anniversary of the pioneer of modern Konkani literature, Vaman Raghunath Varde Valaulikar)
Sophia Loren marries Carlo Ponti, 1966
Wayne Newton marries Kathleen McCrone, 1994
Charles, Prince of Wales, marries Camilla Parker-Bowles, 2005
Elle Fanning, 1998
Kristen Stewart, 1990
Jesse McCartney, 1987
Leighton Meester, 1986
Taylor Kitsch, 1981
Keshia Knight Pulliam, 1979
Rachel Stevens, 1978
Gerard Way, 1977
Austin Peck, 1971
Jacques Villeneueve, 1971
Cynthia Nixon, 1966
Paulina Prizkova, 1965
Dennis Quaid, 1954
Michael Learned, 1939
Avery Schreiber, 1935
Jean-Paul Belmondo, 1933
Paul Krassner, 1932
Tom Lehrer, 1928
Hugh Hefner, 1926
John Presper Eckert, Jr., 1919
Ward Bond, 1903
Paul Robeson, 1898
Efrem Zimbalist, 1889
Frank King, 1883
Eadweard Muybridge, 1830
Charles Baudelaire, 1821
"Ticket to Ride"(Beatles' single), 1965
"Diamond Lil"(Play), 1928
"Shadow of a Gunman"(Play), 1923
The World, the Flesh and the Devil(Film), 1914
Today in History:
The Mongol hordes defeat the Poles and Germans in the Battle of Liegnitz, 1241
Robert Cavalier de la Salle reaches the mouth of the Mississippi River and claims all the land drained by the river and its tributaries for France, 1682
The African Methodist Episcopal church in the US is formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816
The oldest audible sound recording of a human voice is made, 1860
Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the US Civil War, 1865
Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska, 1967
The Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada, 1869
Jumbo the Elephant arrives in the US, 1882
The Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland for NYC, 1912
The first full color film, "World, The Flesh, and The Devil", premiers in London, 1914
Mae West makes her NYC debut in "Diamond Lil," 1928
The first Japanese built aircraft to fly to Europe, the Kamikaze, arrives at Croydon Airport in London, 1937
The Suez Canal is officially opened for shipping, 1957
NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven", 1959
In the first game in the Astrodome, Houston beats the Yankees 2-1 in an exhibition game, and Mickey Mantle hits the first indoor home run, 1967
The first British built Concorde makes its first flight, 1969
Georgia declares its indepedence from Russia, 1991
The funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at Westminster Abbey, 2002
Facebook purchases Instagram, a photo sharing application, for $1 billion, 2012
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