Sunday, June 5, 2011

What (Re)Possessed Him?

"Hey, mom, guess what I did last night!" #2 Son looked bleary eyed but cheerful as usual.

Do i really want to know?

"No, you really don't, but you've got to hear this. I didn't get to bed 'til 3am because I went with Jake to Mississippi to repossess a car!"


"Yeah, Jake repos cars for a living, and he had to go to Mississippi last night. We drove to this small town, and the lady met us at the gas station and gave us the keys, and the other guy drove it back, and it was awesome!"

Son, don't you know people have been shot trying to repossess cars?

"No, mom, it was cool. Jake said she was going to meet us with the keys, and that if she didn't we would go steal the car, but she met us, so it was okay. And Jake makes a good living doing that, maybe I should repo cars when I'm in college so I don't have to get a regular job."

Anybody want a slightly used 15 year boy? Most likely, i'd let you call it a repo and throw in a 3 year supply of his favorite chicken noodle soup.

Today is

Agata Matsuri -- Uji, Agata Shrine, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

Apple II Day

Arbor Day -- New Zealand

Constitution Day -- Denmark; Faroe Islands

Dame Lois Browne-Evans Day -- Bermuda

Day of the Rice God -- Chiyoda, Japan (rice planting festival and ceremony)

Father's Day -- Denmark

Festival of Popular Delusions Day -- day before D-Day, to remind us to watch out for popular delusional leaders; this was the last day the Nazi's could hold on to the delusion of world domination

Gioco Del Ponte -- Pisa, Italy (Battle of the Bridge, a medieval parade and contest for the bridge)

Indian Arrival Day -- Suriname

Liberation Day -- Seychelles

National Cancer Survivors Day

National Gingerbread Day

President's Day -- Equatorial Guinea

St. Boniface's Day

St. Gobnatt's Day

St, James Salomonelli's Day (patron against cancer)

Wedding of the Sea -- Venice, Italy

World Environment Day -- International

Birthdays Today:

Mark Wahlberg, 1971
Brian McKnight, 1969
Kenny G, 1956
Jill Biden, 1951
Suze Orman, 1951
Ken Follett, 1949
Spalding Gray, 1941
Bill Moyers, 1934
Tony Richardson, 1928
Panco Villa, 1878
Thomas Chippendale, 1718
Pu Songling, 1640

Today in History:

Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
Kraków, Poland receives city rights, 1257
The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched, 1817
Houston, Texas is incorporated by the Republic of Texas, 1837
Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy, 1849
Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper, 1851
Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage, 1915
Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements, 1956
The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in, 1959
U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, 1968
The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale, 1977
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five people in Los Angeles, California have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS, 1981
Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion, 1984
A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region, 2003

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