Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Funny How Things Work Out Sometimes

When the electrician friend was here last week, I asked him about how much the whole house surge protector would be. He quoted me a quick price, but without checking for the exact cost of the protector itself. It sounded very reasonable to me.

I then mentioned it to my dad, and he offered to pay for it as my birthday present this year. I know that really he just wants to make sure his grandkids don't end up in a burning house,but it is still a nice thing. Only problem was he wanted to get a price quote from our electrician and from a guy who does nothing but install those surge protectors for a living.

The last thing I want is for someone who knows nothing about generators messing with the crazy wiring in this place. So I told my dad to get me the name of the other person, and I would get quotes and let him know. I was going to pay the difference if my friend was more expensive, and just not tell my dad.

Well, my dad called. He didn't get me the number, instead he got the quotes himself. The guy who does it for a living wanted over $1,000, and there is a wait, as he has a good bit of business.

My friend said $400 and he will have it in this week.

Funny how things work out just right sometimes, isn't it?

Today is

Chess Day

Fortune Cookie Day

Friend's Day -- Argentina

Independence Day -- Colombia

Moon Day

National Lollipop Day

St. Elijah's Day (patron against drought, earthquakes)

Saint Margaret of Antioch's Day (patron of childbirth)

St. Uncumber's Day (patron against men's lust)

Thgir-yaw-Dnuor Day -- Fairy Calendar

Tisha B'Av -- Jewish (fast commemorating the destruction of the first and Second Temples)

Ugly Truck Contest Day (must be a guy thing)

Birthdays Today

Gisele Bundchen, 1980
Chris Cornell, 1964
Billy Mays, 1958
Carlos Santana, 1947
Kim Carnes, 1946
Diana Rigg, 1938
Natalie Wood, 1938
Chuck Daly, 1933
Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919
Alberto Santos-Dumont, 1873
Gregor Mendel, 1822
Francesco Petrarch, 1304
Alexander the Great, BCE 356

Today in History

Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount; the Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots during the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain, 1712
French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan, 1738
British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada, 1871
Sioux Chief Sitting Bull leads the last of his fugitive people in surrender to United States troops at Fort Buford, North Dakota, 1881
Ford Motor Company ships its first car, 1903
Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives, 1921
In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism, while in Nuremburg, Germany, 200 Jewish merchants are arrested and paraded through the streets, 1933
The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admits Spain, 1959
Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government, 1960
The Special Olympics is founded, 1968
Apollo 11 successfully lands on the Moon 3:39 a.m. GMT 21st July, 1969
India expels three reporters from The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Newsweek because they refused to sign a pledge to abide by government censorship, 1975
The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars, 1976
Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career, 1976
In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade, 2000

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