It started, this time, with a knock at the bedroom door. Now, believe it or not, the cats know how to knock at the bedroom door, and they try to do so and get us to get up all through the night, acting as the human turnstiles for them. This knock i recognized as not being "cat," so i dragged myself up and opened it, bleary-eyed and probably looking worse for wear.
It was #2 Son this time. "Mom, I locked my keys in the car, can you give me the spare?"
Sure, i said as i started to root around for it in my nightstand drawer, just don't forget to bring it back.
"I'll leave it on your computer as usual," he said, then disappeared. Sweetie and i had fallen back asleep a bit later when the phone woke us.
"Mom," #2 Son was saying, "I left my headlights on and my battery is dead! And the friend who drove me to your house to get the spare key just left. Could you or dad come give me a jump start?"
We don't have jumper cables, i said, and i have to be up very early for work, so your dad will come get you, you can go to one of the 24-hour Mall-Mart stores and get some cables, and he will jump you off.
"That'll work," he said, and Sweetie pulled on his jeans, looking as grumpy as i felt, and headed out. They found the Mall-Mart on that end of town is no longer 24-hour, but across the street is a gas station/convenience store that sold jumper cables, so they didn't have to traipse all over town looking.
Sweetie was back within the hour with the spare key, the car had jumped easily. Sleep, however, didn't come so easily, thus i was bleary-eyed all day Monday at both jobs.
"Why does this stuff always seem to happen to our kids?" Sweetie asked. "My dad used to say the hardest part of raising kids was mostly over when they were 18, but in our case, that seems to be when the bigger problems start!"
American Beer Day
Big Bang Day -- London, England
Boxer Shorts Day -- ???????
Cernova Tragedy Day -- Slovakia
Cranky Co-Worker's Day -- because we all have occasional bad days; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Feast of Osiris in Abydos -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Full Hunter's Moon/Full Blood Moon/Full Sanguine Moon (some also consider this the true Harvest Moon, if last month's came too early)
Boun Ok Phansa and Ventiane -- Laos (end of "Buddist Lent" and a traditional boat race festival starting tomorrow)
Kojagrat Purnima -- Nepal (end of Dashain)
Thadingyut Full Moon/"Buddhist Lent" ends -- Myanmar (begins at sunset, through tomorrow)
Vap Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
Good Bear Day -- on Theodore Roosevelt's birthday, celebrating the stuffed toy created in his honor
Independence Day -- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines(1979); Turkmenistan(1991)
Lakshmi Puja -- TR, WB, India (Hindu celebration during the Festival of Lights)
National Potato Day
National Tell A Story Day -- Scotland; UK (preserving the heritage of traditional stories)
Navy Day -- US (on T.R.'s birth anniversary)
Radio Day -- US (US Commerce Dept. issued the first broadcasting license this date in 1920)
St. Frumentius' Day (Patron of Abyssinia; Ethiopia)
Sylvia Plath Day
Tunch Puddling -- Fairy Calendar (a contest of throwing twigs in a pond -- awards are for artistically thrown twigs and throwing style, among other things)
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage -- International
World Occupational Therapy Day -- International
The NYC Subway begins operation, 1904
Zadie Smith, 1975
Marla Maples, 1963
Simon LeBon, 1958
Jayne Kennedy, 1951
Fran Lebowitz, 1950
Carrie Snodgrass, 1946
John Cleese, 1939
Ruby Dee, 1924
Roy Lichtenstein, 1923
Bette Babray, 1920
Nanette Fabray, 1920
Dylan Thomas, 1914
Emily Post, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt, 1858
Niccolo Paganini, 1782
Captain James Cook, 1728
"Lettice and Lovage"(Play), 1987
"Beyond the Fringe"(Revue), 1962
"Walt Disney/Wonderful World of Color/Wonderful World of Disney"(TV), 1954 (the show had several different names over the years, but even when it switched stations, it was still the same show)
"You Bet Your Life"(Radio), 1947
"Nocturnes"(Debussy orchestral compsition), 1901(first performance of all three parts together)
Today in History:
Constantine the Great is said to have received his Vision of the Cross, 312
Founding of the city of Amsterdam, 1275
Founding of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1682
US Navy forms, 1775
Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated, 1838
R.H. Macy & Co. opens its first store, on 6th Ave. in NYC, 1858
Boss Tweed is arrested, 1871
The first underground New York City Subway line opens, 1904
The first published reference to "jazz" appears, in Variety, 1916
Chuhei Numbu of Japan sets the long jump record at 26' 2 1/2", 1931
"You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premiers on ABC radio, 1947*
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force, 1954
Mauritania and Mongolia join the United Nations, 1961
The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang, 1986
The U.S. prison population tops 1 million for the first time in American history, 1994
Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified, 1994
Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown, 1997
The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years, 2004
The SSETI Express micro-satellite is successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, 2005
*(Ultimate result of this a few years later is, of course, the funniest line ever on tv, when a man with 8 kids admitted to Mr. Marx that he did indeed love his wife, and Groucho countered with, "I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth sometimes!")