Saturday, December 11, 2010

Louisiana Jones?

When Sweetie went to college, he majored in archaeology. He helped dig up an early French fort, among other things. He has mapped Indian mounds in the swamps, and helped bring back coprolite (fossilized dinosaur poop) to museums. He curates part time, as part of his current job.

The kids take after him, in that they love to dig in other people's garbage. That is really most of what archaeology is, digging through people's garbage. As Sweetie says, Indiana Jones only lives in the movies, it isn't nearly that glam and it doesn't pay much.

#2 Son came in with a piece of pottery he found at the creek, and had the girls go try to help him find the rest. It looks like the spout for a water pitcher, and has what appear to be stylized Indian figures on it. They are obviously not Native, but it looks very old, and we know this area has been "settled" for some time. It could be several decades old, at least.

So #2 Son is wanting his dad to send a picture of it to his old mentor, his head professor. That will be done next week. Meanwhile, he is not letting the disappointment of not finding more right away deter him. Louisiana Jones is on it, and will be digging in the creek, cold feet notwithstanding, over the next few days.

He needs to remember the pay is lousy, but at this point, it really doesn't matter.

Today is:

Day of Bruma -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Fete de l'Escalade -- Geneva, Switzerland (Scaling Day)

International Mountain Day -- UN

National Noodle Ring Day

Nose-Scrambling and Hair-Hiking Events -- Fairy Calendar

One of the four Agonalia, this day in honor of Sol Indiges; also the Septimontium festival -- Roman Empire

Pampanga Day -- Pampanga Province, the Philippines

Remembrance Day of Llywelyn II -- Wales

Republic Day -- Burkina Faso

St. Damasus' Day

St. Daniel's Day

St. Gentian's Day

Tango Day, the birthday of Julio de Caro and Carlos Gardel -- Buenos Aires


Anniversaries Today:

Indiana becomes the 19th US State, 1816

Birthdays Today:

Rider Strong, 1979
Jermaine Jackson, 1954
Teri Garr, 1949
Brenda Lee, 1944
John Kerry, 1943
Donna Mills, 1942
Rita Moreno, 1931
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1918
Carlo Ponti, 1913
Fiorello LaGuardia, 1882

Today in History:

Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office, 359
Llywelyn the Last (born c. 1228) the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cimeri, 1282
The Aurora Borealis is seen from New England by English settlers for the first time, 1719
The first newspaper on Curacao is published, the Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser, 1812
Nitrous oxide is used in dental work for the first time in Hartford, Connecticut, 1844
Boston's Bijou Theatre becomes the first American theater lit exclusively by electricity, premiering Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe" as its first performance, 1882
The New Zealand Parliament Buildings are almost completely destroyed by fire, 1907
Color moving pictures are demonstrated in Madison Square Garden, 1909
The Boll Weevil Monument is dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama, 1919
The British Parliament enacts the Statute of Westminster 1931, establishing legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa, 1931
Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the last time, 1934
Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada, 1962
Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon, 1972
The Kyoto Protocol opens for signature, 1997
The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization, 2001


  1. Oh what fun! I hope you'll be posting some pics.. maybe?

  2. Hilary, if i could figure out how to do that, would i still be the most boring blog in the world? Hmm, i'll have to think about that.