Saturday, July 3, 2010

A Break

Two breaks today.

Probably no rain. We've had overcast skies all this past week, with most of the rain concentrated onto two days, the other days got just a sprinkling. It all added up to about 4 inches of wet, and no sunshine. I crave some sun and blue, and may get that today.

Second break -- jambalaya dinner fundraiser at the pool tonight. I don't have to cook dinner, just walk over there and buy it. We are still trying to pay off the pool resurfacing and building the new bathrooms and porch after last year's fire. (Only insurance we have is liability -- not enough members or money to carry full insurance on buildings.)

For now, #2 Son wants to BBQ tomorrow, so it is off to the store for charcoal.

Today is

Air Conditioning Appreciation Days begin

Compliment Your Mirror Day

Disobedience Day

Dog Days of Summer begin

Emancipation Day -- Virgin Islands

Independence Day -- Algeria, Belarus

International Day of Cooperatives

National Chocolate Wafer Day

Quiz Day

Stay Out of the Sun Day

St. Thomas the Apostle's Day (patron of architects, builders, carpenters, construction workers, East Indies, India, masons, Pakistan, surveyors; against blindness, doubt)

Anniversaries Today

Idaho becomes the 43rd US State, 1890

Birthdays Today

Tom Cruise, 1962
Montel Williams, 1956
Alan Autry, 1952
Dave Barry, 1947
Tom Stoppard, 1937
Pete Fountain, 1930
Ken Russell, 1927
Franz Kafka, 1883
George M. Cohan, 1878

Today in History

Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792, 987
Qu├ębec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain, 1608
Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret, 1767
Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded and the first edition is published, 1767
George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1775
The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens, 1819
The last pair of Great Auks is killed, 1844
Slaves are freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans, 1848
Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average, 1884
Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile, 1886
The New York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand, 1886
World speed record for a steam railway locomotive is set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 126 miles per hour (203 km/h), 1938
The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurs when the Soviet N1 rocket explodes and subsequently destroys its launchpad, 1969
First mention in the New York Times of a disease that would later be called AIDS, 1981
Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland, 1996
Asteroid 2004 XP14 flies within 432,308 kilometres (268,624 mi) of Earth, 2006

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