Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
Dude, are you okay?
Yeah, I'm just so thankful to be here.
Uh-huh, I know what you mean.
It was awful, you know.
No, I don't know, but you can tell me, it might help. That's what I'm here for.
It was an old, broken down factory. Concrete floors, no grass. No sky, but what we could see through those awful windows. It was so hot in summer, and cold in winter. The stench was bad because they didn't walk us, we were kept in chain-link fence kennels scattered all over inside the place, and sometimes they didn't wash them down too often.
They fed us as little as they could, so we wouldn't "make as much mess." The food was awful, too. We only ate it because we had no choice.
They kept us only for breeding puppies, and if you got old or sick you just...disappeared. It was so different from here. No beds to sleep on, just concrete. No grass, no treats, no people petting you unless you were a puppy. Those they petted so they would be more friendly and they could sell them. No other animals to snuggle up to, no toys, nothing.
It sounds like a nightmare.
It was a nightmare, for all of us. Until the day some people in vans showed up and ran in, yelling at the people who kept us there, leading them away. That was scary at first, and when they tried to get a leash on me and get me out of the kennel, I kept growling at them. I didn't know what they were going to do to me. Some guy came in my kennel and started talking to me, real gentle and friendly. I'd never heard someone talk like that to me that I could remember. He gave me a treat, and led me out to one of the vans, giving me treats the whole way.
Once they had all of us, they drove us here. It's been so different here. They talk to me, they pet me, it's clean, there's grass and good food, and even though I'm not sure about that vet guy and all of his needles, the rest of them are good. They keep saying something about adoption, but whatever that is, it probably can't be as good as just sitting here in the yard with you.
Adoption is a good thing, dude. Trust me. This is what the people here do, they get you out of an awful place, and find you a good place.
What about you, how did you end up here?
Me? I flew over one day, and saw the pond, and decided to move in. When i realized how good the chow was that they are feeding you guys, I just started hanging out with everybody else. The people laughed and let me, and now my job is listening friend, i just sit with the new guys and let them talk to me. Since I'm a bird, not another dog, most of you don't feel threatened by me.
And speaking of chow, it's close to time, I think. You ready?
Yeah, just one more thing. About adoption, are you sure it's a good thing?
Totally sure. They adopted me here, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Beaujolais Nouveau Release -- France (at midnight, so really most of the celebration is tomorrow, a new wine celebration, normally marked with fireworks and festivities)
Constitution Day -- South Africa (the 1993 Constitution, granting blacks the right to vote, was approved)
Dan sjecanja na zrtve Domovinskog rata i Dan sjecanja na zrtvu Vukovara i Skabrnje -- Croatia (Remembrance Day for Homeland War Victims)
Day of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars -- Ancient Persian Calendar (date approximate)
Deepavali/Diwali(Festival of Lights) -- Hindu; Jain; Sikh (fifth day of the festival)
Bhai Tika -- ritual where sisters honor brothers for the protection they give
Gyan Panchami -- Jain (celebration of knowledge and education)
European Antibiotic Awareness Day -- ECDC (because prudent use of antibiotics can help stop antibiotic resistance)
Feast of the Virgen de Chiquinquirá -- Maracaibo, Venezuela
Hap-Dancing and Tiger-Tuning -- Fairy Calendar
Independence Day -- Morocco(1956); Western Saraha(1975)
Married to a Scorpio Support Day -- remembering those married to Scorpios and suffering because of it, and encouraging them too hide the flow charts and assert themselves today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
National Day -- Oman
National Educational Support Professionals Day -- US
National French Vichyssoise Day
Ned Ludd Memorial Machine-Smashing Day -- internet generated, but enjoy! i know i will
Proclamation of the Republic -- Latvia (1918)
Push-Button Phone Day -- launched this day in 1963
Repentance Day -- Saxony, Germany (Day of Prayer and Repentance [Buss und Bettag])
Buss und Bettag -- German speaking Lutheran, Reformed, and United Protestants (Day of Repentance and Prayer)
St. Odo of Cluny's Day (Patron of needed rain)
Total Disregard for Taste Day -- marking the debut of Howard Stern's radio show on this day in 1985
Vertieres Day -- Haiti (Battle of Vertieres and Army Day)
William Tell Day -- the famed apple-off-his-son's-head-shot was today in 1307
World COPD Day -- International (helping people understand Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; this year's theme is "Living Well With COPD -- Everybody, Everywhere")
Owen Wilson, 1968
Elizabeth Perkins, 1960
Katy Sagal, 1956
Kevin Nealn, 1953
Andrea Marcvicci, 1948
Jameson Parker, 1947
Wilma Mankiller, 1945
Susan Sullivan, 1944
Linda Evans, 1942
Brenda Vaccaro, 1939
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939
Mickey Mouse, 1928
Alan Shepard, Jr., 1923
John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer, 1909
Imogene Coca, 1908
George Gallup, 1901
Eugene Ormandy, 1899
Clarence Shepard Day, 1874
Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer), 1861
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1860
James Edward Sullivan, 1860
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, 1836
Asa Gray, 1810
Louis-Jacques Daguerre, 1787
Sojourner Truth, 1787
Carl Maria von Weber, 1786
Star Trek: Generations(Film), 1994
Malcolm X(Film), 1992
Calvin and Hobbes(Comic strip), 1985 (in this first strip, Calvin catches Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with a tuna sandwich)
"See It Now"(TV), 1951
"Skin of Our Teeth"(Wilder play), 1943
Steamboat Willie (a/k/a Mickey Mouse), 1928
US Uniform Time Zone Plan, 1883 (on this date, the railroads adopted the current uniform time zone plan; it wasn't legally mandated until 1918)
Today in History:
Old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated, 326
The Japanese Emperor Kammy relocates the residence of Nara to Kioto, 794
William Tell shoots the apple off his son's head, 1307
The Holland/Zealand dikes break during a storm, resulting in thousands of deaths, 1421
The first English printed book, "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers", is published, 1477
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico, 1493
Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope, 1497
The worst earthquake in Massachusetts Bay/Boston area, 1755
The first Unitarian Minister in the US is ordained in Boston, 1787
30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset Maine, to organize the Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America, 1805
Mark Twain's story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press, 1865
National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland, 1874
Standard time zones are formed by railroads in the US and Canada, 1883
The first newspaper Sunday color comic strip is printed, in the NY World, 1894
Britain flies its first sea plane, 1911
Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop, over San Diego, 1913
Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1917
Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, 1928
Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula, 1929
New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison, 1940
In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified, 1993
HIP 13044 b, a planet that was formed in another galaxy, is discovered in the Helmi Stream, 2010
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, 2012
NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars, 2013