Monday, October 24, 2011

The 2am Run of Mrs. Revere

With apologies to the author, because i know i mangled the meter. After all, look at my feet, they show i'm no poet, they aren't Longfellows.

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the 2am ride of Mrs. Revere.
She knew that something was up,
You see, when the pebbles were thrown at the window, times three.
"Your Son's horse," they said, "Has thrown off a shoe,
He's stuck at the Tavern, though off work at 2.
He just can't walk home, it's too far, and so
He wants you to bring the horse-cart for a tow."
So up from her bed, she put on her clothes,
Including her gloves and warm socks for her toes.
As she went to the barn to hitch up the team
She kept thinking this is just what i mean,
There's always something just this way
To really set me up for my day!
Off to the Tavern she went and she knew
They'd get the horse off to the shop for a shoe;
They made the horse comfy to wait for the morn,
Then back to the house feeling tattered and torn.
She walked in to orphaned sweet kittens just mewing,
As if asking, "Mom, what the heck were you doing!
It's time to come feed us, sleep and hour, and then,
Get up and feed us all over again!
Take care of the laundry and teach Sunday School,
And, make sure you get banana pudding to cool."
So Son will again use Pa's horse for two days,
That means Ma is back to her commuting ways.
It's soon men in white will become her good friend,
If this fun and adventure just doesn't soon end!

This time, it's #1 Son's battery. Has to be, since we, the insurance, and the warranty have put over $8,000 into repairing a car that cost us only $5,000 when we bought it 9 months ago. The battery is about the only thing left that can go out on it.

Yes, he was at work, they were still taking pizza orders when he got off at 2am, two hours later than scheduled. Meanwhile, they managed to jump it, so we at least don't have to pay to get it to the service place, we just left it there.

And i'll bring Sweetie to work today while the car is fixed. Let's hope it's only for today.

Today is:

Deepavali begins -- Hindu

Feast of Good & Plenty (the candies)

Human Rights Day -- Turks and Caicos Islands

Independence Day -- Zambia

Labor Day -- New Zealand

Lilith's Day -- Ancient Mesopotamian Calendar (Lilith, legendary first wife of Adam, mother of the giants; date approximate)

Maladay -- Discordianism

National Bologna Day

Share a Pop Tart With Someone You Love Day -- internet generated, and how much do you want to bet the Kellog company may have had a hand in it?

St. Anthony Claret's Day (Patron of savings, savings banks, and weavers)

St. Crispin's Eve Celebration -- Tenby, Wales

St. Raphael the Archangel's Day (traditional date; Patron of health inspectors, druggists, happy meetings, leaving home, travelers; against blindness)

Suez Victory Day -- Egypt

Take Back Your Time Day -- Canada; U.S.

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day

Birthdays Today:

Kevin Kline, 1947
F. Murray Abraham, 1939
David Nelson, 1936
J. P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, 1930
Y. A. Tittle, 1926
Moss Hart, 1904
Alexandra David-Neel, 1868 (first female foreigner to explore Tibet)
Sarah Joseph Hale, 1788 (author of "Mary had a little lamb")
Antony van Leeuwenhoek, 1632
Domitian, Roman Emperor, 51

Today in History:

Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated, 1260
The Treaty of Westphalia ends the 30 Years War, recognized the independence of Switzerland, and marks the end of the Holy Roman Empire, 1648
Felix Mendelssohn, age 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin, 1818
The match is patented, by A. Phillips, 1836
The first US transcontinental telegram is sent, from San Francisco to Washington, DC, ending the need for the Pony Express after only 2 years, 1861
Levi P. Morton, US ambassador to France, drives the first rivet for the Statue of Liberty, 1881
Dr. Robert Koch discovers the germ that causes tuberculosis, 1882
Anna Taylor becomes the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901
The first NYC subway opens, 1904
Harry Houdini's last performance, 1926
"Black Thursday", the start of the stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%, 1929
Al Capone is sentenced for tax evasion, 1931
The George Washington Bridge, connecting NY to NJ, opens, 1931
US forbids child labor in factories, 1938
The United Nations Charter is signed by the first member nations, 1945
Eisenhower pledges US support to South Vietnam, 1954
Government of Poland legalizes Solidarity trade union, 1980
Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission, 1998
The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, 2003
Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act, 2006
"Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices, 2008


  1. Loved your poem. Unfortunate about the circumstances, but good for you for having a bit of fun with it.

  2. Thanks, Leah. Yes, it's better to laugh than cry.

  3. It would seem that car woes gets your creative juices flowing. Well done. But I hope your car troubles are soon behind you.

  4. I suppose there isn't some patron saint of cars that you have woefully offended somehow? I did enjoy the poem, but it seems to have come at the cost of some gnashing of teeth.

  5. Some, Merry. And i don't know if there's a patron saint of cars, i'll have to look that up.


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