Sunday, February 15, 2015

Aloha, Friends!

So, to pick up the story, we connected with Uncle P and he got a hotel just past Pensacola.  By the time we got there, it was almost midnight.

We were up at 4am, and back on the road by 6, but not Uncle P.  He's a smart man, and stayed in bed!  So much, then, for us caravanning.

Sweetie wanted to drive, he really did.  He doesn't do well on long distance driving.  After about an hour, i took over for him, and he was asleep before he knew it.

We hardly stopped, and ended up at the Polynesian Village Resort at 1:30pm.  It was like arriving in paradise!

These people do everything big, and they do it right.  Our room was ready, checking in was a breeze, and some very helpful gentlemen emptied our vehicles and get every bag, of which we have tons, into our room.

Of course, you have to tip everyone, but hey, it's worth it!

#2 Son and Little Girl scattered to the winds before you could say "Aloha!" and Sweetie and i made a dinner reservation for the two of us.  Then we explored, and relaxed, and had a nice time together.

There's a lot to be said for coming to Disney with young kids.  There's just as much to be said for bringing them when they are big enough to hand a cell phone and be told to behave, you will see them at the next dining reservation the whole family has together!

Today is:

Candlemas -- on the Julian Calendar, and in the Orthodox Christian Churches

Carnival of Binche -- Binche, Belgium (famous carnival dating back to the 16th century, which includes a giants parade, childrens parade, fireworks, orange tossing, and more; through Shrove Tuesday)

Church Action on Poverty Sunday -- UK (Visions of the Good Society)

Daytona 500 Pole Day -- Daytona International Speed-way, Daytona Beach, FL, US (qualifying, and earing the right to lead the pack)

Decimal Day -- UK (anniversary of the 1971 currency conversion to the decimal system)

Fasching Sunday -- Germany and Austria, and among German speaking peoples; the Party before Lent kicks up now

Flag Day -- Canada (Maple Leaf adopted this date 1965)

Hall Sunday -- meaning Hallowed Sunday, the Sunday before Lent, which has many traditions associated with it

John Frum Day -- Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Kamakura Matsuri -- Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Japan (Snow Cave Festival; through tomorrow)

Kuromori Kabuki -- Kuromori, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (traditional Kabuki, through the 17th)

Liberation Day -- Afghanistan

Lupercalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (remembrance of the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus)

Meatfare Sunday -- Orthodox Christian (final day on which meat may be consumed before the Lenten fast)

National Gum Drop Day

Nirvana Day -- Buddhist; Jain

Remember the Maine Day -- US (remembrance of the Spanish War)

Scout - Guide Week -- Canada (Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada plan and hold special activities; through the 22nd)

Singles Awareness Day -- although some celebrate on the 14th as an anti-Valentine's Day

Sretenje -- Serbia (National Day)

Stop and Smell Your Compost Pile Day -- snort away the winter blues and think about spring (but i think this one is just plain weird)

St. Sigfrid's Day (Patron of Sweden)

Susan B. Anthony Day -- US (birth anniversary)

Total Defense Day -- Singapore

Transfiguration Sunday -- Christian

Birthdays Today:

Amber Riley, 1986
Renee O'Connor, 1971
Jane Child, 1967
Chris Farley, 1964
Matt Groening, 1954
Melissa Manchester, 1951
Jane Seymour, 1951
Marisa Berenson, 1948
Susan Brownmiller, 1935
Adolfo, 1933
Claire Bloom, 1931
Harvey Korman, 1927
Kevin McCarthy, 1914
Irena Sendler,1910
Miep Gees, 1909 
Cesar Romero, 1907
Harold Arlen, 1905
John Barrymore, 1882
Ernest Shackleton, 1874
Alfred North Whitehead, 1861
Elihu Root, 1824
Susan B. Anthony, 1820
Charles Lewis Tiffany, 1812
Cyrus McCormick, 1809
John Augustus Sutter, 1903
Henry Engelhard Steinway, 1797
Abraham Clark, 1726
Galileo Galilei, 1564
Pedro Mememdez de Aviles, 1519
Babur, 1483 (founder of Mughal dynasty in India)
Claudius Drusus Germanicus Caesar Nero, 37 

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Come Back, Little Sheba"(Play), 1950
Cinderella(Disney cartoon), 1950
"The Little Foxes"(Play), 1939
"An der schönen blauen Donau"(The Blue Danube)(Strauss Waltz), 1867

Today in History:

Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death, BC399
Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia, 590
Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher, disputes the founder of Northern Ch'an line, 732
The city of St. Louis, Missouri, is founded by Pierre Laclade Ligue as a French trading post, 1764
The first US printed ballots are authorized, in Philadelphia, 1799
Sarah Roberts is barred from attending a white school in Boston, 1848
Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient, 1852
A fire in Rotterdam, Netherlands, damages the Museum Boymans, 1864
American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1879
Nine inches (23cm) of snow falls on New Orleans, Louisiana, 1898
The USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die, 1898
The first Teddy Bear is introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom, 1903
Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls, 1949
The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty, 1950
Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska, 1954
A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner, 1965
The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day, 1971
The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by the national referendum, 1976
The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers, 1982
The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan, 1989
At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing an unannounced number of people, 1996
First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature, 2001
YouTube, the Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States, 2005
A near-Earth asteroid, 2012 DA14, comes within 17,200 miles of the Earth's surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters, or 160 ft in in diameter, 2013


  1. I can hardly believe Decimal Day was way back in 1971. I'm getting old! My grandmother who was 93 was the first member of my family to totally adapt to the change of currency and be able to assess immediately that 77p (77 new pence) was 15/5 (fifteen shillings and five old pence) etc. What a remarkable woman she was.

    Did you know one of the crimes of which Socrates was convicted was creating a false god. because he said he had a voice in his head which told him to do things. He was probably schizophrenic!

  2. i like that you can send them on their way to have fun and you and your husband can have some nice time to yourselves. :)

  3. Glad you guys got there safely! It is neat when you and the kids can separate for a little bit and then regroup later :)


  4. You had a rocky start, but now you're there and all is well.

    Since you're an avid player of Silly Sunday I'm going to link you anyway. Just saying.

    Have a fabulous time my friend. :)

  5. You will have a fabulous time! Glad you made it safely!

  6. Ahh! you got there have a brilliant time :-)

  7. Ah, the Polynesian Village Resort is lovely, I know you will have a great time there. Enjoy!

  8. Does Disney have a good Dodgeball team this year?

  9. Sounds like you are having and will have, a great time. I'm glad.


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