Thursday, October 13, 2011

You know it's a tough tree to pull up...

...when the strap tied to the truck breaks.

It wasn't a small truck, either. It was #1 Son's friend, who does handyman work and mows lawns, who was using his truck and tow strap to try to pull up the tree that was growing up through our Sega palm.

Squirrelly squirrels bury acorns, forget where, and we get trees growing in the craziest places. Including up through other plants.

We've cut this one down every year, and it keeps growing back, so this year when #1 Son's friend offered to pull it out by the roots, we agreed.

It broke his strap. Granted, and older strap, not his best, but still.

He had to resort to the chain saw.

So, i guess we haven't seen the last of this tree, it will probably try to regrow next year.

By then, he'll be using the better strap, or a new one.

Bring it on, tree. We will be ready.

Today is:

Assassination of the Hero of the Nation Day -- Burundi

Biketoberfest -- Daytona Beach, FL, US (through the 16th; last chance to ride before winter, and enjoy concerts and shows, too)

Fontinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (garlanding of fountains)

International Skeptics Day

John Peel Day -- UK (in honor of his last broadcast)

Midosuji Parade -- Osaka, Japan

Modern Mythology Day -- internet generated, go look up a few modern myths on or snopes and have a good laugh

National Face Your Fears Day -- a good idea in any nation

National Police Day -- Thailand

National Yorkshire Pudding Day

Navy Establishment Day -- US

Runic Half-month Wyn (joy) begins

St. Colman's Day (Patron of Austria, horned cattle, horses, and those who are to be hanged; a blessing of horses and cattle is still held at Melk on this day)

St. Edward the Confessor's Day

Sukkot -- Jewish (began yesterday at sundown)

Toronto Ski, Snowboard, and Travel Show -- Toronto, ON, Canada (through the 16th)

Anniversaries Today:

Founding of Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech), 1885

Birthdays Today:

Nancy Kerrigan, 1969
Kelly Preston, 1962
Jerry Rice, 1962
Marie Osmond, 1959
Chris Carter, 1957
Sammy Hagar, 1947
Paul Simon, 1941
Nan Mouskouri, 1934
Lenny Bruce, 1925
Margaret Thatcher, 1925
Nipsey Russell, 1924
Yves Montand, 1921
Cornel Wilde, 1915
L. L. Bean, 1872

Today in History:

Nero becomes emperor, 54
The Vandals and Alans cross the Pyrenees and appear in Hispania, 409
Rabbi Issac Abarbanel begins his exegesis on the Torah, 1483
Jonathan Swift publishes the last of Drapier's letters, 1724
Charles Messier discovers the Whirlpool Galaxy, 1773
First publication of the "Old Farmer's Almanac", 1792
George Washington lays the cornerstone of the "Executive Mansion" (White House), 1792
Founding of B'nai B'rith, 1843
The first arial photo taken in the US, from a balloon over Boston, 1860
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda & friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations, which begins the revival of it as an active and growing language, 1881
Greenwich, in London, England, is established as Universal Time meridian of longitude, 1884
Edward Emerson Barnard discovers D/1892 T1, the first comet discovered by photographic means, on the night of October 13–14, 1892
Ankara replaces Istanbul as the capital of Turkey, 1923
Premier of "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie", 1947
Fiji joins the United Nations, 1970
The first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle was obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, now at U.C. Davis, who was then working at the C.D.C, 1976
Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois, 1983
End of the Lebanese Civil War, 1990
The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue, 2010

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