Monday, October 13, 2014

Channeling the inner Garfield

As Garfield the Cat once noted, there's no good reason to get out of bed today.

Not on Monday the Thirteenth!

Except that i need to help #1 Son get to work after he drops off his car to be fixed, and i have to get the ironing done.

Then there's the fact that, while they did mostly keep up with the dishes and litter boxes while i was gone, there's a lot that didn't get done around here, and i can't put it off as i have to go to work tomorrow.

While my body will be up and doing the work, my heart will be here:

Riding at Dayeanu's place.

At this time, i would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians!  May each of you have a blessed and beautiful celebration with family and friends.

Today is:

Ana-hachimangu Yabusame -- Toyama Park, Tokyo, Japan (demonstration of the ancient art of horseback archery)

Anti-Columbus Day

Assassination of the Hero of the Nation Day/Prince Rwagasore Day -- Burundi (Commemorates the assassination of Prince Louis Rwagasore in 1961.)

Clean the Crumbs Out of the Broiler Oven Day -- keep it working longer, and prevent a potential fire

Columbus Day/Discovery Day/Two Worlds Day/Anti-Columbus Day/Native Americans Day/Pan America Day -- observed, several countries
     American Indian Heritage Day -- AL, US
     Columbus Day (obs.) -- Turks and Caicos Islands; US and Territories
     Dia del Respet a la Diversidad Cultural -- Argentina
     Fraternal Day -- AL, US
     Native Americans' Day -- much of the US formally; almost everywhere informally (a day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression, make peace, and celebrate the empowerment of Native Americans)

Commonwealth Culture Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Dia del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural -- Argentina

Fitness Day / Health-Sports Day -- Japan

Fontinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (garlanding of fountains)

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction -- UN (this year the focus is on taking into account the needs of older persons during times of disaster)

International Skeptics Day -- while there are skeptic organizations around the globe, there's no documentation of this being celebrated internationally; maybe the creator of the day wanted us to be skeptical about it?

John Peel Day -- UK (in honor of his last broadcast)

Lotu-a-Tamaiti -- Samoa; Tokelau (Day after White Sunday)

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day -- find information about this disease here

Modern Mythology Day -- internet generated, go look up a few modern myths on or and have a good laugh

National Kick-Butt Day -- a day to kick yourself in the rump, jump start yourself to doing something you've been wanting to do and making excuses for not doing; begun by Sylvia Henderson

National Police Day -- Thailand (Wan Tamruat)

National Yorkshire Pudding Day

Navy Establishment Day -- US

Norfolk Island Agricultural Show Day -- Norfolk Island, Australia

Runic Half-month Wyn (joy) begins

St. Colman's Day (Patron of horned cattle, horses, and those who are to be hanged; Austria; against death by hanging and plague; a blessing of horses and cattle is still held at Melk on this day)

St. Edward the Confessor's Day (Patron of kings, those in difficult marriages, separated spouses; the English Royal Family)

Thanksgiving -- Canada (Interfaith)

Train Your Brain Day -- spread around the internet by no one knows whom, but today is a good day to commit to doing what you can to keep your brain young

Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico Friendship Day

World Rainforest Week begins -- International

Anniversaries Today:

Founding of Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech), 1885
Cornerstone of the White House laid, 1792
US Navy is authorized by the Continental Congress, 1775

Birthdays Today:

Ashanti, 1980
Sacha Baron Cohen, 1971
Nancy Kerrigan, 1969
Kate Walsh, 1967
Kelly Preston, 1962
Jerry Rice, 1962
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers, 1961
Marie Osmond, 1959
Chris Carter, 1957
Sammy Hagar, 1947
Pamela Tiffin, 1942
Paul Simon, 1941
Melinda Dillon, 1939
Nan Mouskouri, 1934
Jesse Leroy Brown, 1926
Lenny Bruce, 1925
Margaret Thatcher, 1925
Nipsey Russell, 1924
Yves Montand, 1921
Cornel Wilde, 1915
L. L. Bean, 1872
Rudolf Virchow, 1821
Mary Hays "Molly Pitcher" McCauley, 1754

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"(Play), 1962
"Kukla, Fran and Ollie"(TV), 1947

Today in History:

Nero becomes emperor, 54
The Vandals and Alans cross the Pyrenees and appear in Hispania, 409
Rabbi Issac Abarbanel begins his exegesis on the Torah, 1483
Jonathan Swift publishes the last of Drapier's letters, 1724
Charles Messier discovers the Whirlpool Galaxy, 1773
First publication of the "Old Farmer's Almanac", 1792
George Washington lays the cornerstone of the "Executive Mansion" (White House), 1792
Founding of B'nai B'rith, 1843
The first arial photo taken in the US, from a balloon over Boston, 1860
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda & friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations, which begins the revival of it as an active and growing language, 1881
Greenwich, in London, England, is established as Universal Time meridian of longitude, 1884
Edward Emerson Barnard discovers D/1892 T1, the first comet discovered by photographic means, on the night of October 13–14, 1892
Ankara replaces Istanbul as the capital of Turkey, 1923
Premier of "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie", 1947
Fiji joins the United Nations, 1970
The first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle was obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, now at U.C. Davis, who was then working at the C.D.C, 1976
Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois, 1983
End of the Lebanese Civil War, 1990
The 2010 CopiapĆ³ mining accident in CopiapĆ³, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue, 2010
In China, 23 elder members of the Communist Party of China call for ending the country's restrictions on free speech, 2010


  1. Today is Molly Pitcher's birthday! Guess what, I found out that I have an ancestor who was at that was the Battle of Monmouth, I think it was, and he survived and came to Georgia and his descendants have been here ever since! (He was from Virginia.)
    Hey, I have been up since 2:30AM, I have a bad cough and am trying not to wake my husband. I suppose I could to some housework, but I am on the computer instead! HA!

  2. oh see?
    I love mondays.

  3. This Canadian is grateful for you and your blog. I always learn something here and your posts are always entertaining.

  4. You did have a great getaway. I enjoyed going along with you. Now it's reality time. Bugger on that too. Just enjoy the memories.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

  5. that's so funny -- THAT is exactly what we were doing on Thanksgiving Monday - a trail ride through some beautiful Fall forests. I'll have pics hopefully on Wednesday. :)