Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Swimming Up A Storm

Little Girl's swim team, at the pool across the street, had their end of the year party and award ceremony.

She isn't always the fastest swimmer on the team, but she is strong and consistent and has a blast, and that's what is most important.

There was swimming, and hot dogs, and everyone talked and laughed and the kids squirmed through the awards part -- which was really only just over 15 minutes, they went quickly -- and then more swimming.

She got her medal, and when she walked home, a little while after we did, she brought a pair of glasses with her and handed them to me, telling me Sweetie had left his there.  He hadn't, and few minutes later we got a call from the coordinator.  The youngster to whom they belonged had come back for them, so she ran them over.

When we got back to the house, it was family party time with #1 Son, with birthday cake and ice cream.  Yes, two parties on the same day, and he had a few friends over to play video games.  Neither party earth shaking, but both quite fun in their own ways.

Swim team is over for the season, but swimming season is not.  They spend half of their lives in the water, and i don't expect that to change until Labor Day.


Today is

Alpenfest -- Gaylord, MI, US (a Swiss inspired festival for the whole family that includes "The World's Largest Coffee Break"; through the 21st)

Central Maine Egg Festival -- Pittsfield, Maine (through the 21st)

Constitution Day -- South Korea

Feast of St. Kenelm -- saint mentioned in "The Nun's Priest's Tale" of The Canterbury Takes

Feast of the Clockless NowEver -- can't find any confirmation on what this one is, but it sounds like fun if i don't have to bother with a clock or schedule

Festival for Victoria and Virtus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of victory and god of bravery in warfare)

Gion Matsuri -- Yakasa Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (one of the largest and best Gion festivals)

King Letsie III's Birthday -- Lesotho

National Peach Ice Cream Day

Petal-Hopping for Hopeless Cases -- Fairy Calendar

Snake River Stampede -- Nampa, ID (the 91st year of one of the top 15 professional rodeo events in the nation; through the 21st)

St. Alexius Day (Patron of Alexians, beggars, belt makers, nurses, pilgrims, travellers)

Wear Crazy Socks to Work Day -- at your own risk

World Day for International Justice

Wrong Way Corrigan Day -- anniversary of the flight of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who was supposedly heading for California from New York and ended up in Ireland instead

Yellow Pig Day -- mathmatics festivals at various universities, celebrating the number 17 and the yellow pig with 17 eyelashes, created by mathematicians Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly

Birthdays Today

Tash Hamilton, 1982
Mark Burnett, 1960
J. Michael Straczynski, 1954
David Hasselhoff, 1952
Phoebe Snow, 1952
Camilla Parker Bowles, 1947
Diahann Carroll, 1935
Donald Sutherland, 1934
Phyllis Diller, 1917
Art Linkletter, 1912
James Cagney, 1899
Erle Stanley Gardner, 1889
John Jacob Astor, 1763
Isaac Watts, 1674

Today in History

Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians, the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world, 180
Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming Dynasty of China, 1402
Catherine II (the Great) becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III of Russia, 1762
Londoner Thomas Saint patented the first sewing machine, 1790
The first issue of Punch magazine was published, England, 1841
The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston as the first dental school in the U.S, 1867
On the orders of the Bolshevik Party carried out by Cheka, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers are murdered at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia, 1918
The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55; 5 lives are lost, 1918
An Armed Forces rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain begins the Spanish Civil War, 1936
After being denied permission to make a transatlantic crossing, Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the "wrong way" to Ireland and becomes known as "Wrong Way" Corrigan, 1928
Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California, 1955
An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations, 1975
The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team, 1976
The F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business, 1997
A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 3,183, leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless, 1998
A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, 1998
South Korea develops a long range cruise missile, 2010


  1. Happy little water bugs - how sweet!

  2. Your household sounds like a carnival of activity. How fun! Mrs. C. and I could use some excitement around here.

  3. I have cake issues. My immediate thoughts were: what kind? how big was the cake? what kind of frosting?

    (sigh)) no need to answer these questions.

  4. Two parties in one day is as good as it gets, no matter how big the parties or what reason.

  5. Ah, yes, summer, I think I was part fish for most of my growing up years... And two parties, as a July birthday person, that works for me!


  6. Thanks, Gig!

    Stephen, you are welcome to come visit -- i'll feed you gumbo.

    Josie, there was a store bought chocolate cake with chocolate frosting at the swim party, and i baked a home made white cake with home made chocolate frosting for the birthday.

    Sully, you are right!

    Cat, i was part fish then, too, and Happy Birthday, whenever this month it is!


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