Monday, January 17, 2011


One thing i am very glad about is that i never had twins.

Now, nothing against mothers of multiples, heaven help them, they deserve all the kudos, sympathy, and blessings they can get, and no lip from me.

I am, however, married to an identical twin. Twins can be, quite frankly, weird.

This can be true of even the nicest and most normal of twins. When one of them is very high functioning Asperger's. and the other has his moments, it makes things just plain awfully awkward at times.

Thus, Brother-in-Law, The Mouth. Has "borrowed" a stick of deodorant every month since we got married (over 25 years ago) and has yet to pay any of them back. He also "borrows" toilet paper and light bulbs.

He is chronically poor and on the edge of falling off that edge, yet gives things away that he can't afford. Forgive me if i've told the story before, but he once met a man who had no coat. The Scripture says that if you find someone without a coat, and you have an extra, give that person your extra. Well, B-i-L didn't have an extra, so he gave the man Sweetie's only winter coat.

Things have actually gotten better. When we were first married he tried to correct my behavior as a wife because, "Your husband isn't doing it." That got straightened out very quickly, but the stories i could tell and won't. He now only comes over on average once a week, instead of spending 2-6 hours a day, 6-7 days a week here. Seriously.

So, that is why his things are here. He claims, in his two bedroom apartment that he shares with no one, that he has no room to put anything. He also says the stuff will be "safer" here, although he has had items destroyed by both cats and children. The books he never looks at take up a good bit of shelf space, but there is no getting rid of them, and Sweetie just isn't up for the battle of "take them or they are going away." Some battles he has fought and won, this one he just would rather we store the stuff and say nothing.

Thus, as i sort out the house, B-i-L's things will stay, although my desire is to get them to where they are out of sight and taking up as little room as possible.

Twins. Don't marry one, if you can help it. It makes for a strange, often tangled life.

Today is:

Blessing of the Animals -- Hispanic Christian (in association with St. Anthony's Day)

Customer Service Day

Ditch Your New Years Resolutions Day

Felicitas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of good luck)

Hot Heads Chili Day

Kid Inventor's Day

MLK Holiday -- US, observed

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

National Public Employees Appreciation Day

Patras Carnival -- Patras, Greece (opening ceremony, through Clean Monday)

Professional Boxer's Day

St. Anthony's Day (patron of basket weavers, brush makers, butchers, domestic animals, grave diggers, herdsmen, swine; against eczema, ergotism) and patriarch of all monks

St. Devota's Day (patron of Corsica, Monaco)

Zirgu Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (Day of the Horses)

Anniversaries Today:

Octavian marries Livia Drusilla, BC38
George Burns marries Gracie Allen, 1926

Birthdays Today:

Kid Rock, 1971
Michelle Obama, 1964
Jim Carrey, 1962
Susanna Hoffs, 1959
Anthony Glise, 1956
Andy Kaufman, 1949
Muhammad Ali, 1942
Maury Povich, 1939
Shari Lewis, 1934
James Earl Jones, 1931
Vidal Sassoon, 1928
Eartha Kitt, 1927
Betty White, 1922
Al Capone, 1899
Nevil Shute, 1899
Mack Sennett, 1884
David Lloyd George, 1863
Anton Chekhov, 1860
Anne Bronte, 1820
Benjamin Franklin, 1706

Today in History:

Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon, 1377
Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna, 1501
Giovanni da Verrazzano begins his voyage to find a passage to China, 1524
The Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France, 1562
England's Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War, 1648
An avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland, kills 53, 1718
Capt James Cook becomes the first to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S), 1773
The first cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873), 1871
Queen Liliuokalani is deposed, the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic, 1893
Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen, 1912
The first fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented, 1928
Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip, 1929
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, is arrested by secret police in Hungary, 1945
The United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting, 1946
The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs, 1949
The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company's offices in Boston, Massachusetts, 1950
A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident, 1966
Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V, 1991
The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union, 1996
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people, 2002
Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, which resulting in at least 200 deaths, 2010


The Merry said...

I was just reading a blog written by a woman who keeps getting asked if she and her twin brother are identical twins. You gotta worry about people sometimes.

messymimi said...

Merry, i'm not sure whether to laugh or cry on that one.

Fraternal twins are fine. It's the identical ones that get ... odd.

Hilary said...

That does sound odd but I guess identical twins have a connectedness that is just difficult for the rest of us to understand.