Saturday, August 20, 2011

Singing the My Brake Pads Are Worn and My Checkbook is Empty Blues

The title says it all.

Thursday morning, into the shop went the van. Second vehicle to go in this month.

Took Sweetie to his boss' house to bring in the paper while boss is out of town.

Took Sweetie to work.

Went back home to walk Hazelnut and wash the dishes that always mysteriously grow in the sink overnight, even though i leave it empty.

Got the call. Brake pads, rotors, and something in the ABS system that can't be replaced without replacing the whole big part. Over $1,100.


Sweetie had Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, drop him at the shop after work while i went to get the kids from school.

It's official, we are now too poor to pay attention.

Today is:

Antique Marine Engine Exposition -- Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (annual exposition of pre-WWII marine engines and models; through tomorrow)

Birth of the White Buffalo -- Lakota Native American rituals honoring the birth of the White Buffalo in 1994, signaling the return of the White Buffalo Woman (manifestation of the Star Goddess Wohpe), who gave them the sacred peace pipe

Boil Over Thursday -- Fairy Calendar (sometimes on Thursday, most often not)

Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Animals Day -- International

Father's Day -- Nepal

Feast of Asma -- Baha'i

Independence From USSR Day -- Estonia

Lemonade Day

Minnesota Renaissance Festival -- Shakopee, MN, US (weekends and Labor Day through Oct. 2)

Moon's Birthday -- Aztec Calendar (according to some websites, but i haven't confirmed it; if you want something to celebrate, this is as good as anything else)

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

National Homeless Animals Day

National Radio Day

Revolution of the King and People -- Morocco

Sandcastle and Sculpture Day -- Nantucket, MA, US

St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Day (Patron of bees, beekeepers, candle makers, Gibralter)

St. Stephen's Festival -- Budapest, Hungary

The World's Greatest Carrot Festival -- Bradford, Ontario, Canada

Thoth orders the healing of the Eye of Horus -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Virtual Worlds Day -- internet generated, as well it should be

World Peace Festival -- Berlin, Germany (through the 27th)

Birthdays Today:

Al Roker, 1954
Connie Chung, 1946
Jacqueline Susann, 1921
Edgar Guest, 1881
H.P. Lovecraft, 1880
Benjamin Harrison, 1833
Bernardo O'Higgins, 1776

Today in History:

Hungary is established as a kingdom by Stephen I, 1000
The Dutch bring the first African slaves to the colony of Jamestown, VA, 1619
The Spanish establish the presidio that will be the town of Tuscon, Arizona, 1775
The Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery", exploring the Louisiana Purchase, suffers its only death when sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute appendicitis 1804
Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow, 1882
Rotary Dial telephone is patented, 1896
The Big Blowup, a huge fire in the Northwestern US, burns 3 million acres, 1910
Adolphe Pegoud makes the first parachute jump from an airplane, 1913
Stainless steel is first cast, 1913
WJM,8Mk, Detroit, becomes the first commercial radio station to start daily broadcasting, 1920
UK becomes the first to use radar, 1940
Plutonium's weight determined, 1942
Launch of Voyager 2, 1977
George and Joy Adamson, the Born Free conservationists, are gunned down by poachers, 1989
The Oslo Peace Accords are signed in Norway, 1993
The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec may not secede from Canada without federal government approval, 1998

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