Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z: R is for RRRRRR!

This post is a Rowdy Rant, Rave, and Rail against the Rampant forces of Ridiculousness that seem to Require that i be Rendered unable to Run the Roads.

Yesterday i Raced Little Girl to school as is our Regular Routine, and while Returning to the exit of the parking lot the Jalopy, despite my every Rebuke and Roar of threatened Retribution, Rudely jerked and Refrained from Running another inch. 

Reaching over for the emergency lights to tell the others Returning parents who had Released their Rug Rats and wanted to Retire from the Region to Route themselves around me, i put her in Reverse and Retreated into a parking space.

Then i Researched by Resetting her in drive -- no Response, save the Roar of the Rubber-Band upon which she is Reliant to proceed Revving.  Drive 3 -- nothing.  Drive 2 -- she Responded and Rallied by moving, slowly.  So in gear D2 i Returned to our Residence.

After Renewed Reconnaissance, it has been Resolved that Rant, Rave, and Rail against it as i may, the transmission is Ravaged and possibly Ruined on the Jalopy.

D2 is Respectably Reliable for me to get Little Girl to school, or Reach the smaller MallMart store, and a few other Relatively close Regions, or it shall Remain so as long as that jerry-Rig doesn't Refrain from Running also.

It is not Right or Relevant for all of the Running around  to which it is Requisite that i  Resort each week.

It's never a Reasonable time to make Repairs that previous work should have Rendered Redundant.  Tax time is worse, and the Requirement of Resources means we have no Recourse.

This Result is Rank, and thus i Resolve hereby to go on Record as Registering this Rowdy Rant, Rave, and Rail against the Recurrence of such a Reversal of fortune!

Today is

Administrative Professionals Day (original date)

Aggie Muster -- Texas A&M University

Ancestors' Day -- Russian Christians (Radunitsa, a Slavic tradition after Thomas Sunday)

Basava Jayanti -- KA, India (birth anniversary of 12th century philosopher Basavanna)

Birthday of Rome -- Rome, Italy (753 BCE)

Commemoration Day -- Transdniestria

Feast of Pak Tai -- Macau (Pak Tai who conquered the Demon King, celebrated the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)

Feast of Wadjet (a/k/a Udjet or Buto) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

First Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i (began sunset yesterday; through May 2)

Grounation Day -- Rastafari (one of the Rastafarian's most important festivals, in honor of Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica)

Heroica Defensa de Veracruz -- Mexico (Heroic Defense of Veracruz)

Homecoming of the Elves -- Fairy Calendar (Singing Festival)

Iroquois Corn Planting Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (three day celebration, always around this time of year)

John Muir Day -- US (American conservationist)

Kartini Day -- Indonesia (honoring a leader who helped emancipate women)

Kindergarten Day -- Germany; US (birth anniversary of Friedrich Froebel, in 1782, who began the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837)

Mibu Dainembutsu Kyogen -- Mibu Temple, Kyoto, Japan (nine day festival of kyogen performances which dates back to 1299)

National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day

National Tree Planting Day -- Kenya

Paralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (shepherd's festival of Pares, goddess of herders)

Queen's Birthday -- Falkland Islands; St. Helena(except Tristan da Cunha)

Radunitsa -- Belarus (Ancestors Veneration Day)

Sandburg Days -- Galesburg, IL, US (a festival for the mind, celebrating their two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning native son, Carl Sandburg; through Saturday)

San Jacinto Day -- Texas, US

Shangsi Festival -- China (ancient Double Third festival, on the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)

St. Anselm of Canturbury's Day

St. Bueno Gasulsych's Day (Patron of diseased cattle, sick animals, and sick children)

Tiradentes Day/Brasilia Day -- Brazil (honors Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, called "tooth puller", who fought for Brazilian independence)
     Inauguration of Brasilia, Distrito Federal -- Brazil (anniversary of the 1960 inauguration of the new federal capital)

World Creativity and Innovation Day -- final day of World Creativity and Innovation Week, which always begins on DaVinci's birth anniversary

Yom HaZiKaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; begins at sunset)

Birthdays Today:

Amber Heard, 1986
Francis Capra, 1983
Eric Mabius, 1971
Chris Makepeace, 1964
Robert Smith, 1959
Andie MacDowell, 1958
James Morrison, 1954
Tony Danza, 1951
Patti LuPone, 1949
Iggy Pop, 1947
Charles Grodin, 1935
Elaine May, 1932
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1926
Anthony Quinn, 1915
John Muir, 1838
Charlotte Bronte, 1816
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel, 1782
Catherine the Great, 1729
Jan van Riebeeck, 1619

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Annie"(Musical), 1977
"Inherit the Wind"(Play), 1955
"Arms and the Man"(Play), 1894

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus, BC753
Marc Antony continues to battle the senators who assasinated Julius Caesar in the Battle of Mutina, which he loses, BC43
Henry VIII ascends the throne of England, 1509
Hernan Cortez lands in Veracruz, 1519
The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, granting religious freedom to all in that colony, 1649
Catherine the Great ends noble privileges in Russia, 1785
Tiradentes, leader of the independence movement in Brazil, is executed, 1792
Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat Mexican troops under Santa Ana, winning the Battle of San Jacinto and the independence of Texas, 1836
The first train crosses the first bridge over the Mississippi River, crossing from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, 1855
Alexander Douglas patents the bustle, 1857
Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i' faith, declares his mission, 1863
The first firehouse pole is installed in a firehouse in NYC, 1878
The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen)is shot down, 1918
The first Aggie Muster is held, a remembrance of fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year, 1922
Brasilia is officially inaugurated as the capital of Brazil, 1960
In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, 1989
Alexander Wolszczan announces his the discovery of extrasolar planets, 1994
The ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry are launched into orbit, 1997
By order of an Egyptian court, the name of Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, is stripped from public spaces, schools and streets, 2011


  1. Wow! I mean really, wow! Oh, and sorry about the car.

  2. gol' darn it!!! (i'd be saying a few more potent words than that. you need Reliable transportation like you need air to breathe!

  3. awww no! Not having a car running correctly is awful. My sympathies!

  4. That sucks about your transmission, but what does this story have to do with todays letter being "R"?

  5. That was riveting. I just couldn't help myself. Very well done.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. Really rubbish regarding your ride. Regrets.

  7. That reeeaaally is a lot of "Rs."

  8. You R brilliant! :)
    but your car, is not! And I can easily Relate because we also have a vehicle that is only Randomly Reliable. :)