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Yesterday was my once-every-two-weeks visit to Grandma and Grandpa's house. Grandpa and Uncle P were on a weekend long retreat at the archdiocesan retreat house, so Miss Eva (now that she and Uncle P are married, should i call her Aunt Eva?) and Grandma and i went out together and had a very good time. We went to flea markets, stopped for lunch, had a great time at the grocery, and indulged our taste for "remodel the house" TV. Sometimes it's so nice when it's just the girls.
Boudreaux t'ink it be nice when it jes' be de boys, too. Although, he don' believe dat theory dat de men be from Mars an' de women be from Venus. He be tellin' Thibodeaux, "Dere ain't no way de men be from Mars!"
An' Thibodeaux ax, "Why not?"
An' Boudreaux say, "I done seen dem pictures from dat dere Mars rover, an' de men cain't be from Mars. Mais! Mars don't got no ESPN, no beer, an' no half-dressed women! No self-respectin' man goin' be from dere!"
Abu Simbel Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (along with Feb. 22, the day when the sunlight fell perfectly on the statues of Ramses, Ra, and Amun at the temple complex)
Caps Lock Day -- celebrating life in screaming CAPITALS (i'd include a link to the promo site, but it's rather annoying)
Clean Up the Earth Day -- begun because having only one Earth Day a year doesn't give enough emphasis to the amount of work that needs to be done
Color Day -- a day to consider how color affects your life, health, and world
Eat a Pretzel Day -- unclaimed sponsorship; does anyone else suspect that pretzel makers know how to spread stuff around the internet, too?
International Stuttering Awareness Day -- information here
Jidai Matsuri -- Kyoto, Japan (Festival of the Eras or Festival of the Ages)
Mother-in-Law Day -- a day to honor good Mothers-in-Law for their contributions to their families and for enduring all the bad jokes; if you have a lousy one, go listen to Ernie K-Doe's song
National Knee Day -- take care of your knees, and they will take care of you!
National Nut Day -- UK & US (also now celebrated around the world) (launched by Liberation Foods CIC, a fair trade nut company, urging us to celebrate fairly traded nuts and swap out a nut based burger for a meat based meal, at least for today, or grab a handful of nutritious almonds or walnuts or your own favorite mix; if you don't like nuts, you can just choose to go be one, instead)
Pastoral Care Week begins -- honoring all clergy who provide spiritual help and care, they need recognition and care themselves; this year's theme is "Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion"
Respiratory Care Week begins -- recognizing the respiratory care profession and promoting awareness of lung health issues
Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar
Smart is Cool Day -- and i don't know who started this one, but i'd say someone tired of being made fun of for being a bookworm
St. Mary Salome's Day (Patron of Veroli, Italy)
Toastmasters International founded, 1924
The first Metropolitan Opera House in NYC opens, performing Faust, 1883
Carlos Mencia, 1967
Valeria Golino, 1966
Brian Boitano, 1963
Jeff Goldblum, 1952
Deepak Chopra, 1946
Catherine Deveuve, 1943
Jan De Bont, 1943
Annette Funicello, 1942
Tony Roberts, 1939
Derek Jacobi, 1938
Christopher Lloyd, 1938
Timothy Leary, 1920
Joan Fontaine, 1917
Robert Capa, 1913
Curly Howard, 1903
George Beadle, 1903
N. C. Wyeth, 1882
Sarah Bernhardt, 1844
Franz Liszt, 1811
"Me and Bessie"(Musical), 1975
"Take Me Along"(Musical), 1959
"The Far Off Hills"(Play), 1928
Today in History:
The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire, 362
Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto), 794
Battle of the Southern Fujian Sea, Ming Dynasty wins a victory against the Dutch East India Company, 1633
Princeton University is chartered, 1746
Andre-Jacques Trim becomes the first sky diver, parachuting over Paris from a balloon, 1797
Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas, 1836
First telegraph line linking US east and west coasts of the US is completed, 1861
First concert performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1881
World's first automobile dealer opens in London, 1897
President Hoover gives the "American system of rugged individualism" speech, 1928
The FBI ambushes Pretty Boy Floyd, 1934
First commercial flight from the mainland to Hawai'i, 1936
Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns down the honor, 1964
A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects the design which becomes the new official Flag of Canada, 1964
The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus, 1975Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it
is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs, although the dye is still used in Canada, 1976
Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms, 2005
A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama, 2006
India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, 2008
North Korea gives the US permission to search for the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War, 2011