Thursday, November 11, 2010

What to Write?

What should I write about? I asked in chat last night, and got lots of interesting stuff.

Write about Martha Stewart, said one friend, and how her show has lost viewers since it moved to another channel. That brought up how perfect she is, how her idea of simple is so complicated, and how she was so gracious when she was in the slammer. Apparently she didn't act uppity and showed them how to make their lives better. She also showed grace under fire, taking the situation in hand and going early so she could be out for spring.

Write about duct tape, or vinegar, and their many uses was another suggestion. Well, I think the internet is rife with ideas about those, and if you need them, you can probably find them for yourself.

Write about the cat that thinks its kittens need to be shelved, said one friend. A cat she adopted ran off before she could get fixed, and now this 6 pound cat has 7 kittens. She is a mixed bag of a mother, only caring for them when the people she loves dote on them. She also thinks she now needs to put them on the bookshelf. They keep falling off, so that idea will have to be shelved.

Write about #2 Son. Well, he is trying to save up now for a fire ring and snake proof boots, but that is just in addition to all the other stuff he wants.

Write about your own kittens. Four of them, Dan, Sasha, Stormfur, and Crowfeather, are set for being fixed tomorrow, and will be up for adoption this weekend. The rest are scheduled for later this month or next month.

All of those are interesting, but one item in today's history stuff reminded me of yet another thing I could discuss.

The QE 2 is no longer plying the waves, but Sweetie and I crossed the Atlantic on it on our honeymoon. It was the first time they had used the northern crossing since the Titanic went down on that route. It was also the roughest summer crossing anyone could remember on the ship, and some of them had served for over 20 years. We went over where the Titanic hit the iceberg, at about the same it hit, in the worst storm at sea anyone had seen in years. Talk about a story. We were the only ones eating, and had a blast.

So. I guess I found stuff to write about.

Today is:

Armistice Day -- Belgium; France; New Zealand

Beggar's Day -- Netherlands

Bonza Bottler Day

Einherjar -- Norse "Feast of the Fallen"

Fasching/Karneval -- Germany; Netherlands (begins 11/11 at 11:11)

Independence Day -- Poland (independence of 1918)

Lacplesis -- Latvia (Remembrance Day)

Lunantishees Day -- Ireland (Fairies who guard the blackthorn trees, cutting a branch today means bad luck.)

National Day, Monaco

National Sundae Day

Old November Eve -- In the old calendar, this was actually All Hallow's Eve

Original Poppy Day

Pepero Day -- South Korea

Pirate's Week Festival -- Cayman Islands (through the 12th)

Pocky and Pretz Day -- Japan

Remembrance Day -- UK and the Commonwealth of Nations

Republic Day -- Maldives

Singles Day -- China

St. Martin's Day a/k/a St. Martin of Tours's Day (Western), Martinmas (Old England), Martinigian - in Switzerland- patron of beggars, drunkards, equestrians, harvests, horses, innkeepers, new wine, tailors; highly celebrated through Sweden, Switzerland, and the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten

St. Menas of Egypt's Day

Variante Festival, Angola (music festival)

Veterans' Day a/k/a Armistice Day -- US

Vox Populi (People’s Voice) Day

Wish-Spoiling Sports Day (Imps, Gremlins, and grumpy Goblins) -- Fairy Calendar

Anniversaries Today:

Washington becomes the 42nd US State, 1889

Birthdays Today:

Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974
Peta Wilson, 1970
Calista Flockhart, 1964
Demi Moore, 1962
Marc Summers, 1951
Bibi Andersson, 1935
Jonathan Winters, 1925
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1922
Alger Hiss, 1904
Pat O'Brien, 1899
George Patton, 1885
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, 1821
Abigail Smith Adams,1744

Today in History:

The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul, 308
41 pilgrims land in Massachusetts, sign Mayflower Compact, 1620
Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law, 1647
Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x), 1675
The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia, as the first college society in the US, 1750
Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China, 1790
British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign, 1813
Mary Edward Walker, the 1st Army female surgeon, is awarded the Medal of Honor, 1865
The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people's wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations, 1869
The 11/11/11 cold wave: Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolled through, 1911
The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery, 1921
Prime Minister Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaims the first recognized Greek Republic, 1924
U.S. Route 66 is established, 1926
Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator, 1930
The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia is opened, 1934
Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait, 1962
NASA launches Gemini 12, 1966
Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations, 1981
The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests, 1992
New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington, 2004
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveils the New Zealand War Memorial in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army, 2006
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai, 2008

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