Wednesday, April 18, 2012


#2 Son was yelling from the other room again. Somehow i figured Festus had something to do with it, and i was right.

What's up now, i asked as i went in there.

"Unbelievable! This is impossible!"


"Well, you know how Festus drives that restored Volkswagen Golf from the early 90's?"

Yes, his father restores cars for fun, and just let him use one of his not quite so valuable ones, right?

"Yeah, and remember how he had only had it 3 days and someone crashed into him when he was stopped at a red light?"

How could i forget? His crazy mother grounded him for 3 weeks because someone hit him.

"Yeah, well he got the car back yesterday, it took them two months to restore it again, and guess what? Some lady who was on dope ran a red light and t-boned him! Totaled the car! He says his seat was pushed all the way over into the passenger seat! Can you believe it?"

Poor kid. At least this time, his mother isn't punishing him.

Maybe i should rethink letting the guy borrow my van to take #2 Son to the mall on occasion. Then again, since i wouldn't mind mine being totaled and replaced, as long as it was someone else's fault, i guess he's safer in my car than his own, cause i'm not that lucky.

Today is

Adult Autism Awarenes Day -- sponsored by; i know the poster child!

Army Day -- Iran

Goddess Month of Maia begins

Independence Day -- Zimbabwe

International Whistlers Convention -- Louisburg, North Carolina, US ("The World's Whistling Capital"; through the 22nd)

Invention Day -- Japan

Look-Alike Day -- internet generated, a day to try to look like someone you admire

National Animal Cracker Day

National CPA's Goof Off Day -- US, the day after tax day because they deserve it!

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day -- US; after all, you paid your taxes yesterday

National Stress Awareness Day -- also US, and also always the day after you paid your taxes

Newspaper Columnists' Day -- The National Society of Newspaper Columnists in honor of the anniversary of the death of Ernie Pyle

Pet Owners Independence Day -- the day to let your pet do the work and chores while you lie around and enjoy having only the responsibilies of your pet

Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day -- if some site gave the reason for this, it would defeat the purpose

St. Agapitus Day (Patron against colic)

St. Agia's Day (Patron against lawsuits)

"Third World" Day -- the phrase was first used on this date in 1955

World Amateur Radio Day -- celebrating "ham radio" around the world

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alabama is founded, 1831

Birthdays Today:

America Ferrara, 1984
Melissa Joan Hart, 1976
Maria Bello, 1967
Conan O'Brien, 1963
Eric Roberts, 1956
James Woods, 1947
Hayley Mills, 1946
Leopold Stokowski, 1882
Clarence Darrow, 1857
Lucrezia Borgia, 1480

Today in History:

Boleslaw Chrobry is crowned the first king of Poland, 1025
The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid, 1506
The Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) is founded in Madrid, 1738
The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and William Dawes, upon seeing two lanterns in the church steeple, set out to warn that "The British are coming!" 1775
Fighting ceases in the American Revolutionary War, eight years to the day after it began, 1783
Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico, 1881
The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, 1899
Denmark becomes the first country to formally adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals, 1902
Quetzaltenango, second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1902
The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement, 1906
The RMS Carpathia brings the Titanic survivors to NYC, 1912
"The House that Ruth Built," Yankee Stadium, opens, 1923
Simon and Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book, 1924
The first "washateria" (laundromat) opens, in Ft. Worth, Texas, 1934
The League of Nations is formally dissolved, 1949
29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference., 1955
A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum, 1958
The Republic of Zimbabwe is officially established with the swearing in of Canaan Banana as its first President, 1980
The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, from the Triple-A International League, begin the longest game in professional baseball history, 33 innings, 1981
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision, 2007


  1. Im a misfit.

  2. Ha, yeah that is a choice. The repairs and inconvenience of actually bruising one's arm or worse. I think I'll try to stay away from any accident as much as possible.

  3. Festus has such bad luck with cars that he should consider getting a bus pass. But I bet he won't....

  4. Carla, it's a temptation.

    Slam Dunk, yes, we all should.

    Stephen, the bus system here is so bad it's on the verge of being shut down, so i doubt that's a viable option. Wish it were.

  5. Um. Festus has good insurance, I hope? At least in this state, we have the idiotic NO FAULT insurance, where even if it isn't your fault, your rates go up... Ask me how I know. Snarl. Anyway, hope the guy is okay, and perhaps #2 son should wear a crash helmet when a passenger with him? And some body armor??



  6. Cat, we haven't gone no fault yet, but so many people here are uninsured/underinsured it's not even funny.

    Yes, we'll have to think about a crash helmet, maybe for both of them.

  7. Poor kid! Hope he doesn't start to take his bad luck personally and feel embarrassed or jinxed by other people's recklessness. The fact he got punished for the first one is really pretty awful. Talk about blaming the victim!


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