Monday, July 26, 2010

Cleaning Mode

I am in cleaning mode, sorting for a garage sale in the fall.

My apologies to Julia W. Howe, who wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Mine eyes have seen the beauty of a nice decluttered house;
There is not a nasty hiding place, not even for a mouse;
There are no cries of, "I can't find my..." from frustrated spouse;
That will be me someday!

Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
My dream will soon come true!

I can see it as I toss out all those old cracked plastic cups;
I have built another storage shelf, and will not fill it up;
Read the handwriting on the wall, my path don't interrupt;
This trash just will not stay!

Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
My dream will soon come true!

I have sounded out a war cry and I will not call retreat;
I am sorting out this junk and stuff from my own judgment seat;
Be swift to carry trash outside, there will be no defeat;
I will soon have my day!

Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
Toss and toss and toss and toss more!
My dream will soon come true!

Today is

All or Nothing Day

Asalha Puja Day -- Buddhist (commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares and the founding of the Buddhist sangha)

Aunt and Uncle Day

Curacao Day -- Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Day of the National Rebellion -- Cuba

Full Buck Moon/Thunder Moon/Hay Moon (deer bucks begin to grow new antlers, thunderstorms are common, and hay is ripening)

Groovy Chicken Day

Independence Day -- Liberia; Maldives

Kargil Vijay Diwas -- India (Kargil Victory Day)

Lailat al Bara'ah -- Islam (also known as the Night of Repentance, Night of Forgiveness or Night of Absolution, Borak's Night or Shab-i-Barat, and commemorates when the Prophet Muhammad entered Mecca.)

National Coffee Milkshake Day

One Voice Day

St. Anne's Day (traditional name given to the mother of Mary; patron of Canada, grandmothers, housewives, miners and against infertility)

St. Joachim's Day (traditional name given to the father of Mary; patron of the town of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, and of fathers and grandfathers)

Wonderful Drinks Day -- Fairy Calendar

Anniversaries Today

New York becomes the 11th US State, 1788
Signing of the American's With Disabilities Act, 1990

Birthdays Today

Kate Beckinsale, 1973
Sandra Bullock, 1964
Kevin Spacey, 1959
Angela Hewitt, 1958
Dorothy Hamill, 1956
Roger Taylor, 1949
Helen Mirren, 1945
Mick Jagger, 1943
Dobie Gray, 1940
Stanley Kubrick, 1928
Blake Edwards, 1922
Jason Robards, Jr., 1922
Vivian Vance, 1912
Gracie Allen, 1902
Aldous Huxley, 1894
Carl Jung, 1875
George Bernard Shaw, 1856

Today in History

The first recorded women's cricket match took place near Guildford, England, 1745
The birth of what would later become the United States Post Office Department is established by the Second Continental Congress, 1775
The Surrey Iron Railway, often considered the world's first public railway, opens in south London, 1803
In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" makes his last clean getaway, 1878
Premiere of Richard Wagner's Parsifal at Bayreuth, 1882
Publication of the Unua Libro, founding the Esperanto movement, 1887
United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation), 1908*
King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicated the throne, officially unveiled the Canadian National Vimy Memoria, 1936
The Labour Party wins the United Kingdom general election of July 5 by a landslide, removing Winston Churchill from power, 1945
U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act into United States law creating the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council, 1947
U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981 desegregating the military of the United States, 1948
Fidel Castro leads an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks, thus beginning the Cuban Revolution, 1953
Syncom 2, the world's first geosynchronous satellite, is launched from Cape Canaveral on a Delta B booster, 1963
A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert T. Morris, Jr. for releasing the Morris worm, thus becoming the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 1989
Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days, 2005

*Yes, the grand-nephew of Napoleon I started the FBI -- I'm not sure why that seems so odd to me.