Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Kind of Towns

It seems that there is more than one town out there that sounds right up my alley.

Elizabeth Leighton lives in the small village in Perthshire, Scotland, called Dull.  She was visiting Oregon when she saw the road sign for the city of Boring, Oregon, and got an idea.  Pair them up as sister cities.

Both are considering it seriously, and i hope they do.   Think what a tale even mostly dull, boring people like me could tell if we were to visit both!  We would fit right in on two continents.

In other news, the kittens are on a second medication, since they weren't getting much better.  All are still eating, so i take that as a good sign.  It's when they start to refuse that you really need to worry.

We have worked out the names of all 22, which litter each belongs to, approximate birth date, and which rescue group each is assigned to.  It's all on the list where i check off who's been medicated for the day.  Such fun, i'm on a roll.  You know you belong in one of those towns when your main concern is kitten poop, and you have to keep lists like that.

Today is

Baby Day -- birth anniversary of Dr. Spock

Brothers and Sisters Day -- an internet generated holiday, not to be confused with National Siblings Day on April 10 each year

Day of Osiris going forth from his mountain -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Desert Folk Festival -- Homs and Palmyra Syria (through the 5th; keeping the culture of the desert peoples alive for the next generations)

Door-Banging and Window-Tapping Conference -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

Flag Day -- Poland

Holiday of the Region of Madrid -- Madrid, Spain

King James's Day -- marking the publication in 1611 of the King James Version of the Bible

National Education Day -- Indonesia

National Play Your Ukulele Day -- just because it's fun!

National Truffles Day

Roberts Rules of Order Day

Rowdy Friends Day -- go look up the ones you haven't seen in a while

St. Athanasius' Day

St. Zoe's Day

Teacher's Day -- Bhutan; Iran

Twelfth Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i

Birthdays Today:

David Beckham, 1975
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 1972
Lesley Gore, 1946
Bianca Jagger, 1945
Engelbert Humperdinck, 1936
Roscoe Lee Browne, 1925
Theodore Bikel, 1924
Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1903
Baron Von Richthofen, 1892
Hedda Hopper, 1885
Henry M. Robert, 1837 (author of those Rules of Order we celebrate today)

Today in History:

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft, 1536
John Knox returns from exile to Scotland  to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation, 1559
Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle, 1568
The King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker, 1611
King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America, 1670
William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris, 1780
Charles Fremantle founds the Swan River Colony in Australia, 1829
Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao, 1866
Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time, 1885
Cree and Assiniboine  warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion, 1885
The Congo Free State is established by King LĂ©opold II of Belgium, 1885
Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1887
General Motors  acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware, 1918
Pearl S. Buck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Good Earth, 1938
The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1, makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg, 1952
Tennessee Williams is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1955
The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City, 1969
The 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, opens, 1986
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy, 1998
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military, 2000
Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless, 2008


  1. I've been to Boring Oregon on several occasions and the city is accurately named.

  2. Then i guess i should visit!