Monday, November 7, 2011


Yesterday, Grandpa and Grandma came up to visit.

Grandpa, also called Dr. Born Organized Clean by this messy, impertinent child, brought our yearly ouchies, also knows as flu shots.

Thus my left arm will be sore for several days, but at least i should escape the worst of the winter cruddy maladies.

If you need one, now is the time. Though it doesn't guarantee total protection, it's still the best thing we have.

Today is:

Commemoration Day -- Tunisia

Day of Accord and Reconciliation -- Russia (formerly Great October Socialist Revolution Day, with the date determined by the Gregorian Calendar)

Feast of Stolen Fire -- find it listed on several sites, but none have any background; maybe celebrate that Prometheus stole fire for us?

International Tongue Twister Day -- internet generated

Job Action Day -- a day to put your career in the forefront and make an action plan

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Day -- Northern Catalonia

National Notary Public Day -- US

National Revolution and Solidarity Day -- Bangladesh

October Revolution Day -- Belarus; Kyrgyzstan; former Soviet Union (still unofficially observed in Russia)

Recreation Day -- Tasmania

Stay Away from Anyone named Honest John Day -- internet generated; no comment

St. Florentius' Day

St. Willibrord's Day (Patron of Holland; against epilepsy, convulsions)

Wish Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Fairies)

Birthdays Today:

Keith Lockhart, 1959
Joni Mitchell, 1943
Joan Sutherland, 1926
Al Hirt, 1922
Billy Graham, 1918
Albert Camus, 1913
Dean Jagger, 1903
Leon Trotsky, 1879
Madame Curie, 1867
Captain James Cook, 1728

Today in History:

The oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, the Ensisheim Meteorite, strikes around noon in a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France, 1492
Pierre Gassendi observes the transit of Mercury as predicted by Kepler, 1631
Anne Htchinson is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic, 1637
The first edition of the "London Gazette", the oldest surviving journal, is published, 1665
Lewis and Clark first sight the Pacific Ocean, 1805
The first Thomas Nast cartoon depicting the Republican Party Elephant is published, 1874
Edward Bouchet becomes the first black to receive a PhD from a US college (Yale), 1876
Women in the U.S. state of Colorado are granted the right to vote, 1893
The first air freight shipment is undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse (from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio), 1910
Mao Tse Tung proclaims the "Chinese People's Republic", 1931
Fiorello H. La Guardia is elected the 99th mayor of New York City, 1933
Carl B. Stokes is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major American city, 1967
Douglas Wilder wins the governor's seat in Virginia, becoming the first elected African American governor in the United States, 1989
Mary Robinson becomes the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland, 1990
NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor, 1996


  1. Ah, yes, the flu shots. Had mine a few weeks ago, nagged Husband until he got one through work. (He'd pass otherwise.) I just wish I could convince the person giving the shot not to tell me, OH, I AM GIVING YOU THE SHOT, HERE IT GOES!!! I try and tell them to just do it, and I won't flinch. They tell me, I am gar-en-TEED to flinch, and get a lovely bruise as a result. Turds... >:(

    But, if I don't get sick, or at least not AS sick, I guess it's worth it...


  2. I'm going to get my first flu shot sometime after I get my first bout of flu. Have no idea why I never catch it (knock wood).

    I do sometimes get stomach flu (or perhaps food poisoning, one is never sure), but from what I understand the respiratory type vaccines are no help on that anyway.

    Hope the arm feels better soon!


  3. Cat, it is worth it if it spares you the flu.

    Crabby, i had flu as a teen once. Never again. Hope you never go through it, and thanks for the good vibes on the arm, it's a bit better now.



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