Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shifts in Shifts

Way back when we were having other work done, it was noted that #1 Son's vehicle needed more work. Because of the budget, it was decided to delay until around the first of June.

Well, it has come, and after checking with #1 Son and duly confirming he didn't need to go into work early, the part was ordered for the work to be done today.

We all know what this means, of course. A shift in shifts. When i reminded him to leave me the key so i could take it in, he said he couldn't. His schedule changed at the last minute, making it possible the car won't be finished before he goes to work.

That, of course, would require that we make a choice. We could either delay the work, not a good idea when you ordered the part, and don't want to be seen as a flake, and we want this done before vacation. The other choice is to trade vehicles, which is not to my liking at all when i have about 17 -- more or less -- errands to run and some of them involve taking boxes that won't fit in the car. Add the fact that his car is a trash pit, and i just don't want to take it because of that.

So, the crew at my local tire and minor repair place against the clock. We'll see who wins this round.

Today is

Ascension of Christ Jesus -- Christians

Coronation Day -- Bhutan; United Kingdom

Fardagar -- Iceland (Moving Days, through Sunday, the traditional time of year for workers to move to other farms, debts to be settled, and it used to start the fiscal year.)

Festa della Repubblica -- Italy

Festival of Light and Dark Spots -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Utter Confusion -- an internet declared holiday, and this is the one for me!

Hristo Botev Day -- Bulgaria

Isabel Province Day -- Isabel Province, Solomon Islands

National Bubba Day

National Leave the Office Early Day -- when you work hard, it's okay to do this once a year

National Rocky Road Day

Portland Rose Festival -- Portland, OR, US (through the 12th)

Procession of the Golden Chariot -- Mons, Belgium (celebrates the delivery of Mons from the plague in 1349)

Shelburne County Lobster Festival -- Shelburne County, NS, Canada (through the 5th)

St. Blandina's Day (patron of girls)

St. Elmo's Day (a/k/a St. Erasmus; patron of sailors, childbirth; against seasickness, stomachaches)

St. Nicephorus' Day

St. Pothinus' Day

Yell "Fudge" at the Cobras in North America Day -- just because you can!

Anniversaries Today:

U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom, 1886 (only president to wed in the executive mansion)
Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, 1953 (the first major international event to be televised)

Birthdays Today:

Justin Long, 1978
Zachary Quinto, 1977
Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Queen consort of Lesotho, 1976
Wayne Brady, 1972
Joel Tobeck, 1971
Dana Carvey, 1955
Dennis Haysbert, 1954
Cornel West, 1953
Jerry Mathers, 1948
Marvin Hamlisch, 1944
Stacy Keach, 1941
Charlie Watts, 1941
Sally Kellerman, 1937
Johnny Weissmuller, 1904
Hedda Hopper, 1890
Sir Edward Elgar, 1857
Thomas Hardy, 1840
Marquis de Sade, 1740
Martha Dandridge Custiss Washington, 1731

Today in History:

The Vandals enter Rome and begin 2 weeks of plundering, 455
The First Siege of Antioch ends when Crusader forces take the city, 1098
The first Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France, 1615
Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
The Derby horserace is held for the first time in Epsom, England, 1780
P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States, 1835
The Slavic congress in Prague begins, 1848
Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his early radio device, 1896
U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act, making Native American Indians withing US territories and states US citizens, 1924
Lou Gehrig begins his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, 1925
In a referendum, Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic, and exile their king, Umberto II di Savoia, 1946
The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations, 1955
Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft land on another world, 1966
Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country, 1979
The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time, 1999
Europe launches its first probe to voyage to another planet, Mars, 2003

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