Monday, June 13, 2011


"Hey, mom, have you met the security guard named Brick?" #2 Son sounded like he would be thrilled to make an introduction if i hadn't. In fact, yes, i had, but he had given me his real name.

"He's so cool!" #2 Son went on. "He is a rapper, and you should hear him! He comes up with some great stuff, and he's a tattoo artist! He wants to open his own shop."

Great. So the teens around there were being "security guarded" by a big kid who is just like them. No wonder they were all out playing poker under the umbrella lights until 3am.

Thursday was mostly quiet. Bigger Girl and Teresa went on a dolphin cruise and Sweetie took them to his favorite restaurant after. #2 Son grilled the steaks for dinner, one of the few times he was seen by us that day.

There was fishing, and ghost crab hunting, and lots more sand time and pool time. For most of the afternoon i walked around the huge outdoor pool, watching Bryn and Dre so their dad could sit and read.

A very satisfactory day.

Today is

Feast of Epona -- Ancient Celtic Calendar (Rhiannon in Wales, Macha in Ireland, guardian goddess of horses, stables, horse owners, agriculture, and transportation)

First-in-Line and Queue-Jumping Tournament -- Fairy Calendar

Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

National Juggling Day

National Lobster Day

Quinquatrus Minusculae -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Minerva)

Sewing Machine Day -- many sites give this date, some Sept. 10 instead; if you love your sewing machine, celebrate twice!

St. Anthony of Padua's Day, the "Hammer of Heretics" (patron of young lovers, the poor, Portugal, spinsters; against infertility, lost objects)

Anniversaries Today:

Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, 1525

Birthdays Today:

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 1986
Raz-B, 1985
Rivers Cuomo, 1970
Jamie Walters, 1969
Ally Sheedy, 1962
Tim Allen, 1953
Richard Thomas, 1951
Malcolm McDowell, 1943
Siegfried Fischbacher, 1939
Christo, 1935
Paul Lynde, 1926
Ralph Edwards, 1913
Red Grange, 1903
Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893
Basil Rathbone, 1892
William Butler Yeats, 1865

Today in History:

Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots, 1249
Ibn Battuta, who was to become the foremost world traveler of his day, seeing most of the known world in his time, begins his first hadj, 1325
England and Portugal sign an alliance treaty that is still in force, the oldest alliance in the world, 1373
Rhode Island becomes the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves, 1774
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is founded, 1798
Meriwether Lewis and four companions sight the Great Falls of the Missouri River, 1803
A fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia, 1886
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich at 11:30 PM, 1886
Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital, 1898
The University of the Philippines College of Engineering is established, the largest degree granting unit in the Philippines, 1910
Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, is discovered, 1955
The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them, 1966
Thurgood Marshall is nominated to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
Fahd becomes King of Saudi Arabia upon the death of his brother, Khalid, 1982
Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system, 1983
A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages. 1994
Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981, 2000

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