Saturday, January 15, 2011


We came home from work to see two young boys, probably 8-10 years old, on bicycles and hanging out where the scorch marks are in the park/playground. It immediately aroused my suspicion, especially as most kids that age are in school at that time of day. Yes, they could be homeschooled, like mine were and like Little Girl still is. Most homeschool parents don't let the kids out alone during school hours to ride bikes, though. Too many older residents of this neighborhood make a stink about it.

The boys got nervous when they saw us pull into our driveway right across from them, and as "the criminal always returns to the scene" is what #2 Son has been saying, he stood around watching them.

So they rode off, but kept coming back. They would leave when they realized they were being watched, but came back at least 3 times. At one point both #1 and #2 Son were in the car, driving next to them as they rode off. Both said the kids looked horribly nervous and were acting suspicious.

If Mike-Next-Door had been around, we could have asked if they were the same two he saw the day the fire was set. He was at work, of course.

Meanwhile, both of my boys claim they could identify the kids again. If that was the two who set the fire, they need to learn their lesson and just stay away and out of trouble.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Nigeria

Army Day -- India

Carmentalia -- Roman Empire (2nd day)

Ebisu Daikoku Tsunahiki -- Suruga, Fukui Prefecture (Two teams, representing the gods Ebisu and Daikoku, have a tug-of-war; a win for Ebisu brings good fishing, for Daikoku, good harvests.)

John Chilembwe Day -- Malawi

Korean Alphabet Day -- North Korea

Moliere Day -- France

National Hat Day

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Pilgrimage of Cristo Negro de Esquipulas -- Esquipulas, Guatemala

Procrastinator's New Year

St. Paul the Hermit's Day (the first of the Egyptian hermits)

Tree Planting Day -- Egypt

Anniversaries Today:

Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England, 1559

Birthdays Today:

Charo, 1951
Margaret O'Brien, 1937
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929
John Cardinal O'Connor, 1920
Lloyd Bridges, 1913
Gene Krupa, 1909
Edward Teller, 1908
Aristotle Onassis, 1906
Pierre S. du Pont, 1870

Today in History:

Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah's reign, in a siege lasting until July 23, BC588
Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World, 1493
Third sitting of the Council of Trent opens, 1562
The British Museum opens in Montague House in London, 1759
John Etherington of London steps out sporting the first top hat, 1797
The first US built locomotive to pull a passenger train begins its first run, with Mr. and Mrs. Pierson on board for the first US railroad honeymoon trip, 1831
The donkey is first used as a symbol for the Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly, 1870
The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, 1889
James Naismith publishes the rules of Basketball, 1892
Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres in St Petersburg, 1895
Dr. Lee DeForest patents a 3-element vacuum tube (one of the inventions that later made radio possible), 1907
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women, 1908
The Boston Molasses Disaster, 2 million gallons of molasses spill, 21 killed, over 150 injured, 1919
The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio, 1936
The world's largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia, 1943
The US Supreme Court rules that "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech and can be a cause for arrest, 1951
The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles; the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10, 1967
The USSR launches Soyuz 5, 1969
The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm, 1991
Wikipedia goes online, 2001
An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system, 2005
ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon, 2005


  1. Wee carpet rodents are coming back again, and again? I agree, that does sound suspicious. Too bad you don't know where they live, to go talk to the parents... Oh, well.

    In honor of the Ren Faire I work at: GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

    And I guess my husband and I would be on opposite sides of the tug of war, Husband would be pulling for Ebisu, I would most definitely be tugging for Daikoku!


  2. Cat, they seem to have stayed away today, but i hope, if it was them, they learned their lesson.

    Yes, G-d Save the Queen -- with her family, she needs all the help she can get.

    No way i could tug of war with my Sweetie, he outweighs me by over 100 pounds, but it does bring up a funny mental picture.


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