Saturday, March 28, 2015

How to thoroughly confuse yourself.

Or confuse myself.  Whatever it is supposed to be.  And boy, was i confused.

Step one, get a call from The Big Boss on Thursday asking me to run errands while cleaning the house.  He tells me where he will leave both his credit card so i can pay for the errands, and the gate key so i don't have to keep calling Ms. P to get her to buzz me in.

Step two, put the credit card and the gate key in my wallet while running errands.  Have the workload be big enough that it carries over into Friday, with The Big Boss approving my keeping the gate key with me so i can get back in and do the last 3 loads of laundry and last errand.

Step three, get up early Friday to attend 6:30am Bible study, and be completely taken aback and thoroughly confused when i wave my wallet with the church key card at the sensor and have it turn green but not let me in.  Try several doors with the same result.  Wait for another member of the study to come along and open the door.

Step four, rush out of Bible study as soon as it's done so as to get to work early, get to the gate and realize, when pulling out the gate key, that the reason i couldn't get in the church earlier is that both gate key and church key work on the same principle, and the gate key was the one the church sensor was reading and not recognizing!

Step five, promise myself that i will keep that gate key, next time they give it to me, in my pocket notebook instead of my wallet.

Today is:

Children's Picture Book Day -- while i can't find a sponsor for this day, starting kids on a lifelong love of books is as good an excuse for a holiday as any

Commemoration of Sen no Rikyu -- Urasenke School of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Japan (remembering the influential master in The Way of Tea)

Daylight Saving Time begins -- Gaza Strip; West Bank

Earth Hour -- 8:30pm-9:30pm, your local time; turn off your lights to take a stand against climate change

Feast of Artemis -- Ancient Greek Calendar (as protector of wild animals, vegetation, and places, begins at sundown; date approximate)

Festival of the Sacrifice at the Tombs -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to honor the ancestors)

"Greatest Show on Earth" Day -- Barnum and Bailey merged their circuses on this day in 1881

Hot Tub Day -- because we all need one!

Invasion of Loaming Shores Beyond the Certain Sea Anniversary -- Fairy Calendar

Khordad Sal (Birth of the Prophet Zarathushtra) -- Zoroastrianism (Fasli Calendar)

Komamorijinja Reisai -- Nakaedo, Kashi-sh, Gifu, Japan (festival of the the Kosazukeishi "child-granting stone")

Maple Syrup Saturday -- Appleton, WI, US (please note that, starting now, almost every Saturday has a maple syrup festival or demonstration somewhere in Canada or the US where maple syrup is produced)

National Black Forest Cake Day

Ragnar Lodbrok's Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (remembrance of this Viking's sack of Paris)

Respect Your Cat Day -- anniversary of King Richard II's edict in 1384 forbidding the consumption of cats

Serfs Emancipation Day -- Tibet

Something on a Stick Day -- something edible, of course, what were you thinking?  never mind; almost everything tastes better on a stick

St. Guntramnus' Day (Patron of divorced people, guardians, repentant murderers)

Teachers' Day -- Czech Republic; Slovakia

Weed Appreciation Day -- at last, for those of us with black thumbs, since this is all we can grow! "Weeds are flowers once you get to know them!" A.A. Milne

Birthdays Today:

Lady Gaga, 1986
Julia Stiles, 1981
Annie Wersching, 1977
Kate Gosselin, 1975
Scott Mills, 1974
Juliandra Gillen, 1971
Vince Vaughn, 1970
Reba McEntire, 1955
Dianne Wiest, 1948
Ken Howard, 1944
Conchata Ferrell, 1943
Jerry Sloan, 1942
Freddie Bartholomew, 1924
Dirk Bogarde, 1921
Irving "Swifty" Lazar, 1907
August Anheuser Busch, Jr., 1899
Maxim Gorky, 1868
Frederich Pabst, 1836
St. Teresa of Avila, 1515
Fra Bartolomeo, 1472

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Hair"(Rock musical), 1968
"Philadelphia Story"(Play), 1939

Today in History:

Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus, 193
Viking raiders sack Paris, who leave in exchange for a huge ransom, 845
The origin of the Fasli Era in India, 1556
Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco, 1776
Nathaniel Briggs of NH patents a washing machine, 1797
Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man, 1802
The US Salvation Army is officially organized, 1885
Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, 1910
Jews are expelled from Tel Aviv & Jaffa by Turkish authorities, 1917
Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara, 1930
The McGill français movement protest occurs, the second largest protest in Montreal's history, 1969
Operators of Three Mile Island's Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania fail to recognize that a relief valve in the primary coolant system has stuck open, leading to a partial meltdown, 1979
In South Africa, Zulus and African National Congress supporters battle in central Johannesburg, resulting in 18 deaths, 1994
The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1965, 2005
At least 1 million union members, students, and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law, 2006
Australian diplomat Peter Woolcott's draft for the first-ever treaty to regulate the conventional arms trade is discussed by members of the United Nations, 2013 


  1. i don't know how you get through each day much less a week with all you do!!!

  2. You are an inspiration. I have passed an award to you. No obligation. Just know that you deserve it. Hug.

  3. The whole thing with keys can send you mad. I specialise in taking out the wrong keys!

  4. Every time we travel I keep putting the hotel key (card) next to my cell phone and that neutralizes it. Every time...I never learn, and the Hotel desk clerk never warn you...grrrr.

  5. Oops. Stuff happens to busy people. You'll get it right next time.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ☺

  6. Confusion but thank goodness you finally figured it out. Success. Congraulations. Have a fantastic Saturday. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. As your readers point out, you are juggling a lot of things, and I saw bravo to getting it all done!


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