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By Saturday morning the clouds were going and there was a beautiful sunrise at the beach. This meant we could do outdoor stuff!
We had two outdoor activities planned, and both were too short, at least to me. In the first, Grace, Little Ninja, Sunny and i went to the area of Galveston where you can rent a surrey built for four that you peddle like a bicycle and ride up and down the sea wall. It took us a bit of time to get the hang of it, but once we did, we enjoyed it even more.
Then we stopped for lunch at The Spot, and FiveCat and Mr. Fiver joined us. They had to leave after that to head back home so Mr. Fiver could go back to work.
Our late afternoon activity was The Artist Boat. What's that? You learn to kayak, and stop to watercolor paint out in a beautiful bayou. It was definitely too short, Sunny and i had a great time learning to kayak together (all the kayaks were tandems). The cub scouts and their leaders had a great time, too.
For the evening, i walked down to the beach where there was a bonfire and some music.
Talk of tandems and biking and such reminds me of a joke.
Boudreaux an' Thibodeaux had dem a problem one day when dey need to get to somewhere an' Boudreaux done had his truck in de shop.
Dey don't got no way to get dere but to borrow a tandem bicycle from Gautreaux up de road. So dey get de bicycle an' dey get to ridin', an' after a while Boudreaux he complain dat de seat be too high. So he stop an' say he goin' lower de seat, an' he do.
Den a bit later, Boudreaux he be complainin' his rear hurt, he want to lower de seat again, so he let some air out de tires.
Another mile down de road, Boudreaux be complainin' again and Thibodeaux tell him, "Stop de bike!"
Dey stop, an' Thibodeaux he turn his seat aroun' backward.
Boudreaux say, "What you be doin'?"
An' Thibodeaux say, "Mais, you complainin' so much, I be goin' home!"
Defy Superstition Day -- go walk under that ladder!
Dia de los Ninos Heroes -- Mexico
Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 3, Environment (sponsored by We, the World)
Epulum Iovis and Lectisternia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva
Festival of Lighting the Fires of Neith -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fortune Cookie Day -- you might need one after that ladder stunt
Giostra Della Quintana -- Foligno, Italy (revival of a 17th-century jousting tournament, with 600 knights in full armor)
Grandparents' Day -- US (but if you have fabulous grands in your family, feel free to observe anywhere)
Great Procession of Tournai -- Tournai, Belgium (religious procession held since 1092, in thanksgiving for deliverance from the plague)
Homesteader Harvest Festival -- Brandon, SD, US (re-creation of the harvest in the pioneer days)
Hug Your Hound Day -- to increase awareness of human- and dog-friendly urban spaces
Independence Day -- Venda (recognized within South Africa only)
International Chocolate Day -- as declared by the National Confectioners Association
National Celiac Awareness Day -- US
National Peanut Day
Pet Memorial Day -- US, but everyone who has ever lost a pet, feel free to observe
Pet Rock Festival -- Becker College, Leicester, MA, US (a family friendly festival, bringing together animal welfare activists, shelter workers, and families to promote pet adoption and help the public understand what these organizations do)
Positive Thinking Day -- think positively that nothing bad will happen because of that ladder!
Programmers Day -- Russia, and among programmers around the world (on the 256th day of the year)
some sites call this "Thank a Programmer Day"
Roald Dahl Day -- it's his birth anniversary
Rosh Hashanah -- Judaism (begins this evening; through the evening Sept. 6)
Runic Half Month Ken begins (illumination)
St. John Chrysostom's Day (Patron of education, epileptics, lecturers, orators, preachers; Constantinople)
Ben Savage, 1980
Fiona Apple, 1977
Stella McCartney, 1977
Tavis Smiley, 1964
Jean Smart, 1959
Nell Carter, 1948
Jacqueline Bisset, 1944
Peter Cetera, 1944
Bela Karolyi, 1942
David Clayton-Thomas, 1941
Fred Silverman, 1937
Richard Kiel, 1939
Judith "Miss Manners" Martin, 1938
Robert Indiana, 1928
Mel Torme, 1925
Yma Sumac, 1922
Roald Dahl, 1916
Bill Monroe, 1911
Claudette Colbert, 1903
Sherwood Anderson, 1876
John J. Pershing, 1860
Milton Hershey, 1857
Walter Reed, 1851
Clara Schumann, 1819
Cesare Borgia, 1475
"Law & Order"(TV), 1990
Divine Madness(Documentary/Comedy), 1980
"The Muppet Show"(TV)1976
"The Rockford Files"(TV)1974
"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?"(TV)1969
"Yesterday"(Beatles' single release), 1965
"Canticum Sacrum ad Honorem Sancti Marci Nominis/Canticle to Honor the Name of Saint Mark"(Stravinsky orchestral piece), 1956
Today in History:
The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September, BC509
Building begins on Hadrian's Wall, 122
St. Francis of Assisi receives stigmata, 1224
Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David, 1503
Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him, 1609
NYC becomes the first capital of the US, 1788
US Government takes out its first loan from NYC banks, 1789
Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec, 1847
Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage incredibly survives a 3-foot-plus iron rod being driven through his head; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions, 1848
Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1898
Lusitania completes her maiden voyage, arriving in NYC, 1907
The temperature (in the shade) at Al 'Aziziyah, Libya reaches a world record 57.8*C (136.04*F), 1922
Elizabeth McCombs is the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament, 1933
Chiang Kai-shek elected president of the Republic of China, 1943
IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305, 1956
Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane, based on barometric pressure, in the Western Hemisphere, 1988*
Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu, 1989
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, 2007
Hurricane Ike makes landfall, damaging Galveston Island, Houston, and surrounding area, 2007
Jan van Eyck is credited as the painter of 'The three mary's at the tomb' a painting from the 1430's held in a Rotterdam museum, 2012
*Replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005