Thursday, September 23, 2010

Leaving Town

If all has gone well, I'm heading to San Antonio today.

If all has gone well, the church was cleaned last night, I got an early start this morning, and I am bouncing down the highway singing in the car to anything I can find on the radio that I enjoy.

If all goes well, the children know to refill the water pitcher, thaw out the freezer with the hair dryer twice a day, medicate Silverstream and feed the kittens, do laundry when needed, clean the litter boxes, use the dishwasher properly and not leave a ton of dirty dishes for me when I get home, take the garbage out, and not burn the house down when I am gone.

Knowing the way things usually go, I will get a minimum of 7 phone calls a day when things go wrong or stump them.

Ah, vacation. It hasn't come a moment too soon.

Today is

Checkers Day

Dogs in Politics Day (Okay, I'm tempted but this one is too easy.)

Festival of Papa, wife of Rangi -- Maori (primordial parents)

Full Corn Moon

National Day -- Saudi Arabia

Oenach Carman -- Ancient Celtic Calendar

Proposal Day

Sukkot -- Jewish, through the 29th

St. Adaman's Day

St. Cadoc's Day

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded, 1908

Birthdays Today:

Jason Alexander, 1959
Bruce Springsteen, 1949
Mary Kay Place, 1947
Paul Petersen, 1945
Julio Iglesias, 1943
Tom Lester, 1938
Ray Charles, 1930
John Coltrane, 1926
Mickey Rooney, 1920
Walter Pigeon, 1897
William H. McGuffey, 1800
Kublai Khan, 1215
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus, BC63
Euripides, BC480

Today in History:

Concord of Worms, 1122
The first major battle of the Wars of the Roses, at Blore Heath in Staffordshire, 1459
First commencement exercises of Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., 1642
Liechtenstein declares its independence from the German Empire, 1719
John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats the HMS Serepis, 1779
Lewis and Clark arrive back in St. Louis from their explorations, 1806
The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York, 1845
Neptune is discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams, 1846
Nintendo Koppai, later known as Nintendo Company, Limited, is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi; it produces and markets the playing card game Hanafuda, 1889
The Phantom of the Opera (original title: Le Fantome de l'Opera), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published, 1909
The MS Princess of Tasmania, Australia’s first passenger roll-on/roll-off diesel ferry, makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait, 1959
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law, 1972
Juan PerĂ³n returns to power in Argentina, 1973
Saint Kitts and Nevis joins the United Nations, 1983
Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm; some passengers only receive minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history, 1991
The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released, 2002
Hurricane Jeanne strikes Haiti and leaves at least 1,070 dead, 2004

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