Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sorry About Binks

Bigger Girl and #2 Son attend a really great school that has one big drawback.

It is run as a one room schoolhouse by a really fabulous lady. She teaches the grade school in the morning hours, and high school in the afternoon. Then she tutors in the evenings, too!

She keeps the kids on task, and worked miracles with #1 Son.

The one big drawback is that she is only one person.

Today her almost 20 year old small poodle, Binks, finally collapsed. He hasn't been well for a while, but he had to be rushed to the vet during the morning classes. She went with him, and left her sister to get the kids to finish their work and dismiss them, and to call the afternoon people to cancel classes.

When there is an emergency, she is only one person. Class has to be canceled, and I understand that. It has only happened twice in the 5 years I have had kids with her.

That is the drawback of being a one person wonder.

Then, there is the fact that her sister called all of the afternoon people except us. Everyone else lives close by, comparatively. We live a 20 mile round trip away. So it would have been nice if she had remembered to call us. That is a side issue, though, in light of how much losing Binks is going to sadden her and her husband.

I am very sorry about Binks. She gave him a wonderful life.

Kitten news -- 12 kittens, with the runs. Fun, fun!

Sweetie news -- his birthday. Thus, no matter what the other holidays or special days listed, it is banana pudding day here.

Today is:

Canning Day

Chulalongokorn Day -- Thailand

Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle -- Republic of Macedonia

Festival of Forgotten Gods -- I guess so we don't offend anybody?

Make a Difference Day

National Boston Cream Pie Day

National Day -- Hungary

National Mole Day, from 6:02AM to 6:02PM, in honor of Avogadro's Number

Swallows leave Capistrano Day (After today, in spite of what you think, the natives will tell you that bird is not a swallow.)

St. James' Day

St. John of Capistrano's Day

TV Talk Show Host Day (The way some of them behave, do they deserve a day? Well, I guess everyone is good for something, even if only for being a bad example!)

Birthdays Today:

Al Leiter, 1965
Randy Pausch, 1960
Nancy Grace, 1959
"Weird" Al Yankovic, 1959
Martin Luther King III, 1957
Dwight Yoakam, 1956
Michael Crichton, 1942
Pele' 1940
Johnny Carson, 1925
Frank Rizzo, 1920
Gummo Marx, 1893

Today in History:

According to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher and based on the Bible, Creation begins, BC4004
Second Battle of Philippi, Brutus defeated by Octavian and Marc Antony, Brutus commits suicide, BC42
A tornado, possibly a T8/EF4, strikes in the heart of London, destroys London Bridge (then a wooden structure), 1091
The Jews of Barbados are forbidden from engaging in retail trade, 1668
A revolt is held in Haarlem after a public ban on smoking, 1690
First Jewish prayer books printed in the US, 1760
The Continental Congress approves a resolution barring blacks from the army, 1775
Failed coup against the Emperor Napoleon, 1812
The first plastic surgery is performed, in England, 1814
72 Senators are summoned by Royal Proclamation to serve as the first members of the Canadian Senate, 1867
The New Orleans Mint reopens as an assay office, 1876
The First National Horseshoe Throwing Championship is held in Kellerton, Iowa, 1915
The first North American transcontinental air service begins between New York City and Los Angeles, California, 1929
Husband and wife Dr. Carl Cori & Dr. Gerty Cori are first spouses to be awarded joint Nobel Prizes, 1947
An underground earthquake traps 174 miners in the No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, the deepest coal mine in North America at the time; only 100 were rescued, 1958
A United Nations sanctioned cease-fire officially ends the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria, 1973
Emperor Akihito becomes the first Emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil, 1992
Apple releases the iPod, 2001


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