It was, indeed, one of the days where i needed a laugh.
The two youngest are in summer school not because of failing, but to see about getting them further in some academic goals more easily. It means i am still spending at least an hour a day, and sometimes two hours, driving them out there and picking them up four days a week.
So it is a big deal to me, in time and gas wasted, when we get out there and the school is closed and i didn't know, which is what happened yesterday.
The teacher/principal and her sister secretary/bookkeeper were not to blame though. It was a family emergency. After several years of their elderly father battling cancer and getting progressively weaker and more and more stubborn about the fact that he and his wife can take care of themselves anyway, she fell and broke her hip.
In their family, i think this will bring the crisis to a head and her father will have to give in and realize that they cannot continue to live in their home and do everything for themselves.
It's a shame it had to come down to this, though. So i'm glad today is "Tell an Old Joke" Day, because it gives me an excuse to trot out a few things. Little Johnny was obviously not paying attention to his math lesson, so the teacher suddenly called out, "Johnny, what are 4, 2, 28, and 44?" Thinking quickly, he answered, "NBC, ABC, HBO, and Cartoon Network!" The woman was out shopping for furniture for her daughter's room, and they had selected the pieces they wanted. As the salesman wrote up the order, he needed information for the delivery, so he asked, "First name?" "Elizabeth," the woman replied. "What!" yelled the daughter. "I thought your name was Mommy!" There was a medical convention in N'Awlins, an' Dr. Boudreaux had come in from Carencro to attend. He and a group of surgeons got to talking about which patients were the easiest to operate on. "It's the accountants," noted one. "Everything inside them is numbered!" "Well, I have to disagree," said a second. "I like electricians because it's all color coded." "You should try librarians," noted a third. "Everything inside them is in alphabetical order." "Give me construction workers every time," a fourth noted. "After all, they are very understanding when you have a few parts left over."
"Well, you all be wrong!" Dr. Boudreaux noted. "The easiest patients are the politicians! There's no heart, no brains, no guts, no spine, and the head and the hind end are interchangeable!"
To finish off, a joke from Bigger Girl During all of the hoopla over the Royal Birth, her response to everyone clamoring to see the new heir as soon as possible had her say, "I feel sorry for his parents. You'd think everyone could wait at least until the new baby smell wears off!"
Amelia Earhart Day
Children's Day -- Vanuatu
Chincoteague Pony Round Up -- Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, VA, US (through tomorrow)
Cousins Day -- because cousins are wonderful people to have around! sponsored by Claudia Evart of New York City, who must have had great cousins
Festival of St. Eloi -- French Basque
Jakaba Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of St. James' [Jacob] Festival, whose day is tomorrow; the beginning of hay harvest)
Jilwalla Jinks' Jamboree -- Fairy Calendar
National Drive Through Day -- but only if you won't pass out from the heat when you roll down the window! on the founding date of Jack-in-the-Box, the first drive through burger chain
National Tequila Day -- celebrate North America's first native-born distilled spirit
Oregon Brewers Festival -- Portland, OR, US (81 microbreweries from across the nation showcase their best, including rare, hard-to-find, and exotic beers; through Sunday)
Pioneer Day -- Mormon Christian
Pop a Wheelie Day -- before, not after, the tequila, please; a hospital visit is no fun
Public Opinion Day -- the first public opinion poll was published this date in 1824!
Simon Bolivar Day -- Ecuador; Venezuela
Sts. Boris and Gleb's Day (Patrons of princes; Moscow, Russia)
St. Christina the Astonishing's Day (Patron of all with mental handicaps, disorders, or illnesses, and mental health care workers, psychiatrists and therapists; against insanity and mental disorders)
St. Christina of Bolsena's Day (Patron of archers, mariners, millers)
Sumarauki -- Iceland (their calendar's extra days added to take into account the "drift" of the calendar from the moon phases)
Tell an Old Joke Day
Tenjin Matsuri -- Tenmangu Jinja, Osaka, Japan (one of Japan's 3 major festivals, through tomorrow)
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Today in History
Death in Kyoto, Japan, of Kamo no Chomei (b. 1155), Japanese author, poet (waka) and essayist, critic of Japanese vernacular poetry and major figure of Japanese poetics, 1216 Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer, 1487 Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France, 1534 Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI, 1567 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701 A Spanish treasure fleet of 10 ships under Admiral Ubilla leaves Havana, Cuba for Spain; on the 31st, all ships will be lost and come to be known as the !715 Treasure Fleet, 1715 Slavery is abolished in Chile, 1823 The first opinion poll was carried out in Delaware, USA, 1824 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass, 1832 After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City, 1847 The first tramway opened in England, 1861 Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War, 1866 Captain Matthew Webb, who was the first person to swim the English Channel, drowned while trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls, 1883 O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank, 1901 Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas", 1911 The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes, 1915 The first insulin treatment is carried out, on a six-year-old girl, at St Guy's Hospital, London, 1925 The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect, 1929* The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, 1935 During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"), 1967 The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level, 1980 Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office, 2001 Lance Armstrong wins his 7th consecutive Tour de France, 2005