Sunday, November 14, 2010


It is homecoming weekend at the local university. For part of this family, it means a weekend on the campus, enjoying what should be a fun time with no responsibilities.

Think again, friend. Sweetie doesn't like to take his van to work on home game Saturdays, because he can't get back off the campus to get home, and then back for the game. Way too much traffic for that. He also won't stay on campus with us, as he sees enough of the place during the week for his liking. #1 Son is working, and has grown to big to enjoy the parade, the decorations at the Greek houses, the 4-H animals, watching the band, etc.

So in the midst of the festivities, I get elected to go home and feed cats, who are all weaned now, scoop boxes, bring Sweetie to work, and do a load of laundry at the hotel, because my kids are messy.

Still, a fun time is had by all, with someone else cooking the meals, the kids eating junk food and watching pay per view movies to their hearts content, lots of bead and candy catching at the parade, and, we hope, a win for the home team.

So, Go Team Go! Or, at the very least, don't humiliate us. ;)

Today is:

Children's Day -- India

Day of the Colombian Woman -- Colombia

Equorum Probatio -- Ancient Roman Empire (official cavalry parade of the equites)

Kalamazoo Russian Festival begins -- Kalamazoo, MI

Loosen up, Lighten Up Day

National Guacamole Day

Operating Room Nurse Day

St. Dubricus' Day (the saint who crowned King Arthur)

World Diabetes Day

Anniversaries Today:

Princess Anne of the UK marries Captain Mark Phillips, 1973

Birthdays Today:

Condoleezza Rice, 1954
Yanni, 1954
Prince Charles, 1948
King Hussein of Jordan, 1935
McLean Stevenson, 1929
Brian Keith, 1921
Veronica Lake, 1919
Barbara Hutton, 1912
Rosemary DeCamp, 1910
Joseph McCarthy, 1909
Dick Powell, 1904
Aaron Copland, 1900
Jawaharlal, Nehru, 1889
Claude Monet, 1840
Robert Fulton, 1765

Today in History:

Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca empire, 1533
Samuel Pepys reports on the first blood transfusion (between dogs), 1666
Loius Timothee is hired in Philadelphia to be the first professional librarian in the US, 1732
Captain George Vancouver is the first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay, 1792
John Mason debuts the first horse-drawn streetcar in NYC, with a route between Prince and 14th on 4th Ave., 1832
Herman Melville publishes "Moby Dick", 1851
The St. Andrews Golf Club, in Yonkers, NY, opens with 6 holes, 1888
New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days; She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours, 1889
Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light, 1908
The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship takes place in Norfolk, Virginia, 1910
The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom, 1922
The first regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express, 1952
NASA launches Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon, 1969
After German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland sign a treaty confirming the Oder-Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland, 1990
The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison, 2007

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