Monday, September 5, 2011

The Sky Is Falling

Up to 20 inches of rain were predicted.

Wind and rain and flood damage was expected, a great deal of it.

We were told to batten down the hatches, T.S. Lee was going to churn around a while and be a huge rainmaker.

Churches in the affected areas cancelled all services in anticipation of rain, wind, power outages, and people just not being able to get there. Yes, really, we didn't have a church to go to Sunday, for the first time in forever, and i'm willing to attend just about any standard flavor, as my friend B. says.

By the grace of the Almighty, what was supposed to be a horrible Labor Day weekend rather fizzled here.

Yes, it was rainy and gray. Yes, we got some thunder and wind, and some people much further south did have street flooding. Yes, there was power out in places, including the back of our subdivision, where a tree limb took out a transformer. Yes, the storm did move rather slowly and take a while to really push through.

It was not widespread damage, though, and what was expected to be a huge rainfall here turned into much less.

No, i'm not at all disappointed that we were spared what could have been a bad scene.

So while today will be spent using the indoor stovetop smoker instead of the BBQ, we are happy and thankful to do so.

Happy Labour/Labor Day, everyone.

Today is:

Be Late For Something Day (I was early celebrating this one, I got it out of the way yesterday!)

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's Day

Cheese Pizza Day

Genesia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (a day of the dead; date approximate)

Hassaku-sai -- Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (rituals to ask the gods for mild weather, good harvests and safe homes)

Jupiter Stator -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemorates that Jupiter helped Romulus to stop the Sabine invasion under Titus Tatius)

Labour Day/Labor Day -- Canada; Palau; US

National Cheese Pizza Day

Peddler's Village Scarecrow Competition -- Lahaska, PA (through Oct. 30)

Snake River Duck Race -- Nome, AK

St. Laurence Gustiani's Day (first patriarch of Venice)

Sts. Zechariah and Elisabeth's Day -- Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches

Teacher's Day -- India

Wag and Carrot Fancying Day -- Fairy Calendar

Waikiki Roughwater Swim -- Honolulu, HI

Birthdays Today:

Cathy Guisewite, 1950
Raquel Welch, 1940
Carol Lawrence, 1934
Bob Newhart, 1929
Arthur C. Nielsen, 1923
John Cage, 1912
Darryl F. Zanuck, 1902
Jesse James, 1847
Johann Christian Bach, 1735

Today in History:

Peter the Great of Russia imposes a tax on beards, in an attempt to Westernize his people, 1698
The First Continental Congress is assembled in Philadelphia, 1774
The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror, 1793
Napoleon surrenders Malta to Great Britain, 1800
Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas, 1836
The First Opium war begins in China, 1839
James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon, 1862
Sioux Chief Crazy Horse is killed, 1877
The First Labor Day Parade is held in NYC, 1882
The first gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 1885
The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin), 1906
The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger, 1932
The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade, 1961
A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attack and take hostage 11 Israel athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. 2 die in the attack and 9 die the following day, 1972
Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay, 1977
The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel, 1980
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, came into force, 1991
Tuvalu joins the UN, 2000


  1. I'm glad the storm didn't live up to expectations.

  2. Glad to hear that the storm wasn't as bad as anticipated!
    National Cheese Pizza Day?? Woohoo! (Guess what I'm making for supper!)

  3. We're glad around here, too. Only a little water in the house, not even enough to get upset over. Unlike the days when it was 24 hours a day of vacuuming water to keep from losing stuff.

    Bag Lady, i'm glad you got a dinner suggestion out of my meanderings.

  4. I'm so glad. The headlines had awfully ominous titles, such as "New Orleans evacuated..."

    I've spent the past few weeks doing a whole lot of extra watering in the garden. On the plus side, you don't have to.

    Can I ask a question? I'm wondering if I should be using some of my unemployed hours by volunteering at the local shelter. I don't want to face rejection if I explain that I'm not going to be available 24/7 if/when I do get a job.

    Do they take volunteers on a short-term basis? I understand that a shelter needs long-term support -- I could promise a long-term hour or two a week, but currently I don't know if I'll get a job or what my schedule might be.
    I can promise 24/7 right now, and a limited support in the future, would this be enough for a shelter? I don't want them to laugh in my face and tell me to go elsewhere. (I get enough rejection in the job hunt, thankyouverymuch.)


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