"Hey, everybody, come see this! It's the biggest snake I ever caught!" #2 Son was so excited that i couldn't refuse him, and we all ran out to see him coming from the side of the house with his "snake bucket." (Sweetie wasn't home -- good thing. He's terrified of snakes.)
"Look at this!" he said with obvious glee. "Boy, is he mad!"
Peering in, we all saw why.
"Is that a water moccasin?" #1 Son asked.
"Yeah, and it's a big one!" #2 Son said.
"Is that the one I almost stepped on yesterday when we were walking down in the creek?" Little Girl asked.
"Yep, it's the same one. It's a good thing we all have steel toe boots when we go down there. Here, let me put the bricks back on top of the cover."
"You are going to let him go back at the creek, right?" Bigger Girl asked.
"Of course!" he answered. "I'm going to carry him back down there soon, he's mad. But not right this minute, I need to rest up from catching him and carrying him here. Oh, and mom, can you wash my jacket? That's what I tied him up in so I could carry him home.
Lovely, i thought, but all i said was, make sure the jacket gets into the laundry room.
He may be close to 18 and have his first real job, and be almost done with high school, but some things just never change.
All of this reminds me of a joke.
Boudreaux had him a pet snake that he used to take with him drinkin' on Friday nights. They would go in and have a few beers, maybe a mixed drink or two, or a couple of shots.
One night, when it be gettin' close to 2am the bartender yell, "Las' call!" Boudreaux ordered him one more shot for himself, and one more for his snake. The bartender set them up, and Boudreaux knocked his back. The snake also drank his, but then fell over dead!
Boudreaux den gots up, put on his coat, threw some money on the bar to pay for the night's tab, and headed for the door.
"Hey!" the bartender yelled. "Mais, you can't leave dat lyin' dere!"
Boudreaux look back at him like he crazy, and say, "Dat ain't no lion! Dat's a snake!" and walk out!
Feast of Apollo -- Ancient Roman Calendar
International Flirting Week -- always the Sun-Sat that encompases Valentine's Day; if you are married, flirt with your mate, it's fun!
Man Day -- always the Sunday before Valentine's Day, sponsored by C. Daniel Rhodes
Narvik Sun Pageant (Vinterfestuka) -- Norway (annual festival held since ancient times to honor the sun goddess)
National Bagels and Lox Day
National DAV (Develop Alternative Vices) Day -- internet generated, in hopes that bad habits will be altered to positive coping mechanisms
Ocean County Bluegrass Festival -- Albert Music Hall, Waretown, NJ, US (a family-oriented bluegrass festival, at the best venue for bluegrass and old time country music anywhere)
Pizza Pie Day
Random Acts of Kindness Week -- always Valentine's Week
Read in the Bathtub Day -- another one that no one will claim to have invented, and please don't try it with a digital book
Remembrance for Eyvind Kinnrifi -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (martyr)
St. Apollonia's Day (Patron of dentists; Achterbos, Belgium; Ariccia, Italy; Cuccaro Monferrato, Italy; against toothaches, tooth disease)
St. Maroun's Day -- Lebanon (Syriac Maronite Church of Antioch, an Eastern Catholic Church)
Tales of Kelp-Koli begin -- Fairy Calendar (through the 16th)
Toothache Day -- and someone thought this needed a day because...? Okay, I guess because there is a patron saint for it. Or against it. However that works.
Weather Day -- US (Weather Service Founding)
World Marriage Day -- sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter
David Gallagher, 1985
Ziyi Zhang, 1979
Mena Suvari, 1979
Travis Tritt, 1963
Charles Shaughnessy, 1955
Judith Light, 1949
Mia Farrow, 1945
Alice Walker, 1944
Joe Pesci, 1943
Carole King, 1942
Janet Suzman, 1939
Roger Mudd, 1928
Brendan Behan, 1923
Kathryn Grayson, 1922
Bill Veeck, 1914
Gypsy Rose Lee, 1914
Ernest Tubb, 1914
Carmen Miranda, 1909
David Dean Rusk, 1909
Ronald Colman, 1891
Amy Lowell, 1874
William Henry Harrison, 1773
"Falstaff"(Verdi Opera), 1893
"Venice Preserv'd"(Otway Play), 1682
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The Synod of Breslau orders Jews of Silesia to wear special caps, 1267
The first recorded race meet in England in Roodee Fields, Chester, 1540
The British ex-premier Walpole becomes the Earl of Oxford, 1742
After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States, 1825
– The U.S. Weather Bureau is established, 1870
The first Japanese immigrants arrive in Hawaii, 1885
The Davis Cup competition is established, 1900
The first forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio, 1909
Snow falls on Mauna Loa, Hawaii, 1922
Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty, 1922
Year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources, 1942
Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1960
Jamaica becomes an independent nation within the Commonwealth of Nations, 1962
The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers, 1964
First test flight of the Boeing 747, 1969
Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1971
Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African American and first Briton, respectively, to perform spacewalks, 1995
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