Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Not Very Wordless Wednesday: Oh, Crud!

Because i'm a church lady.  "Oh, crud!" is about as bad as it should get.

And that's what i said when i realized i hadn't mailed out something that has a due date -- in three days.

It's in the mail now.  Yes, our box needs help.
We know the box isn't much to look at, but some vandals have hit it a couple of times, mostly with pumpkins.  At least when they knock it off, we can just stick it back on, you can't make it much worse.

Meanwhile, another moment of truth when Sweetie brought in this:

Vintage guitar amp, with vintage plug.
Actually, the "vintage" plug was added, and is the kind you use on a lamp, not an amp.  It's not grounded at all.  And yes, that is tape.

Plug held on with tape, and a plastic fastener.
So there's this amp, and it was a prototype, only a few made, but somewhere along the way it got a "new" plus (the amp is about 50, the plug about 40), and if it doesn't get a better plug put on it, it could easily burn up.

Another "how did it get like this" moment.  To his credit, Sweetie only just traded for this amp recently, so it's not his fault, and he wants to take care of the situation quickly.

These things happen, and when they do, i say, "Oh, crud!" and deal with it.  And get a post out of it, because these crazy things are my life.

Today is:

Assembly Line Workers' Day -- listed on many sites but no particular reason for it to be this day; then again, why not today?

Azhirnikhua -- Abkhazia (Day of World Creation)

Cakes and Ale Day -- emblems of the good life, a day to remember the good things we have, and be grateful

Celebration of the 2nd Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Daikoku Matsuri -- Kanda Myojin Shine, Tokyo, Japan (purification ceremony; through tomorrow)

Day of Defenders of the Native Land (Army Day) -- Uzbekistan

Feast of Divina Pastora -- Barquisimeto, Venezuela (religious procession attended by about 2million people)

Feast of the Ass -- Medieval Christianity (commemorates the Flight Into Egypt)

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition -- Rockford, IL, US (frozen art fun; through Saturday)

International Kite Festival -- Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India

Makar Sandranti -- India/Hindu Calendar (part of the sidereal solstice festivals)

National Dress Up Your Pet Day -- do you really dislike your pet this much?

National Forest Conservation Day -- Thailand

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

National No-Tillage Conference -- Cincinnati, OH, US (conference to encourage ecologically sound farming; through Saturday)

Niino no Yukimatsuri -- Izu shrine, Niino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (snow festival with offerings made to bring a good harvest in the coming year; through tomorrow)

Organize Your Home Day -- another one that i can't figure out who started it, but i will say s/he was nuts to think this could be done in one day

Orthodox New Year -- RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia

Pongal continues -- Tamil New Year, among the Tamil People (multiple day thanksgiving festival at the end of harvest)
     Tamil Thai Pongal Day -- Sri Lanka
     Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti -- Western Nepal

Ratification Day -- US (anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that recognized the independence of the US from England)

Revolution and Youth Day -- Tunisia

Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations -- throughout South and Southeast Asia

St. Felix of Nola's Day (Patron of domestic animals, eyes; Nola, Italy; against eye diseases, false witness, lies, perjury)

St. Sava's Day (Patron of Serbia and all Serbs)

Take a Missionary to Lunch Day -- to honor Albert Schweitzer's birth anniversary

Wings Over Willcox -- Willcox, AZ, US (tours of the playa and wetlands, birding, workshops, and more; through Sunday)

Anniversary Today:

Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Cavallari, 1987
Jason Bateman, 1969
Emily Watson, 1967
Shepard Smith, 1964
Steven Soderbergh, 1963
Lawrence Kasdan, 1949
Carl Weathers, 1948
Nina Totenberg, 1944
Holland Taylor, 1943
Faye Dunaway, 1941
Jack Jones, 1938
Andy Rooney, 1919
William Bendix, 1906
John dos Passos, 1896
Hal Roach, 1892
Hugh Lofting, 1886
Albert Schweitzer, 1875
Thornton W. Burgess, 1874
Richard Felton Outcault, 1863
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806
Benedict Arnold, 1741

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bionic Woman"(TV), 1976
"Sanford and Son"(TV), 1972
"Sinfonia Antartica"(Vaughan Williams' 7th symphony), 1953
"Today Show"(TV), 1952
"Tosca"(Puccini Opera), 1900

Today in History:

The Knights Templar are formally approved by the Roman Catholic Church, 1129
Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery, 1514
Spain annexes Cuba, 1539
The "Fundamental Orders", the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut, 1639
Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly accusing "witches", 1699
Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War, 1783
The US Supreme Court rules that racial separation on trains is unconstitutional, 1878
An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1000, 1907
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line to the production of the Model-T, 1914
The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight, 1950
The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established, 1960
Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city, 1999
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years, 2004
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, 2005


  1. Puhleeze do not burn down your house.

  2. glad he's going to change out that plug! yikes!

    as for the mailbox, ours was hit several times by bricks and by baseball bats. i'd try to straighten it back out, get the door to work, keep it on its wimpy post. finally i had our contractor sink a new post and support and mount a heavy-duty 'impact resistant' model. we'll see how long it makes it...

  3. Everyone has crazy things going on in their lives, but it takes a real talent like you to make it fun and interesting.

  4. That plug is indeed scary! Glad it will be fixed.

    Oh crud isn't bad at all. Nowadays, I tend to say, oh fish paste! Which I got from cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants. :)

  5. We can all write about the crazy things in our life. It's more fun reading about yours though.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. Your mailbox looks better than mine. The kids are are just dying to yell "timber!" :)

  7. I agree with Sandee LOL I had to laugh at "mostly with pumpkins"

    Have a vintagetastic week :-0

  8. Oh my...I am still trying to get caught up with life.
    Re: The Undertaker's Daughter, it used to be common for the undertaker to have the funeral home as part of his residence. I agree. I cannot imagine.

  9. yep definitely looks like someone has been playing "mailbox baseball" with yours. out in the country here, we see some pretty elaborate mailboxes.
    yeah, I wouldn't plug that amp in at all!


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