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Halloween was fairly quiet around here, with the expected rain not being quite as serious as predicted, with very little in the way of thunderstorms. The dripping was constant, however, and i was glad the little kids were not out getting rain down the backs of their costumes and slogging through sloppy wet yards. (Being a parent, i'm glad they weren't out there, either, trying to hold up umbrellas over the kids as much as possible and getting frustrated with the mess.)
Boudreaux, now he had him a adventure, sure.
De udder day, him an' Thibodeaux be talkin' 'bout de local haunted house. Den dey gots to arguin', because Boudreaux say dere don' be nuthin' to be 'fraid 'bout, an' Thibodeaux sayin' de place were bad, an' in de end, Boudreaux agree he goin' take his ol' camera an' go over dere an' spen' de Halloween night dere.
So on Halloween, Thibodeaux walk wit' Boudreaux up to de ol' house, an' watch him go in, den shake his head an' leave, won'erin' if he ever goin' see his frien' again.
On La Toussaint (All Saints' Day), Thibodeaux go to Boudreaux house to see if'n he done made it back. Dere be Boudreaux, settin' on de porch swing wit' a big smile.
"Boudreaux, you be a'right?" he ax.
"Mais, oui, I be jes' fine!" Boudreaux say.
"Be dere any spectre dere?" Thibodeaux ax.
"Sure dere be! An' dey be friendly, dey talk at me all night! Dey likes de company, dey tired bein' lef' by demselfs," Boudreaux say.
"An' den, did you get a photo?" Thibodeaux ax, ver' curious.
"Well, I done try, an' de spectres even done pose fo' me, but I gots no photo." Den Boudreux hol' up his ol' camera an' say, "De spirits be willin' but de flash be weak!"
All Hallow's Day a/k/a All Saint's Day -- Christian, and a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church; a recognized holiday (although not necessarily a day off work) in Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovena, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, East Timor, Ecuador, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Holy See, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Wallis and Fortuna)
Apaturia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Phratriai brotherhood festival; dates approximate)
Bulgarian National Revival Leaders' Day -- Bulgaria
Cake Appreciation Day -- while i can't find a reason or sponsor for this, i'm sure the Cake Appreciation Society would approve
Cook for Your Pets Day -- did the dogs lobby for this?
Coronation Day of Fourth Druk Gyalpo -- Bhutan
Daylight Saving Time ends -- Bermuda; Canada (most areas); Cuba; Greenland (some areas); Haiti; Mexico (Baja area); Saint Pierre and Miquelon; The Bahamas; US (most areas)
Day of the Innocents -- Mexico (first Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead)
Gooseberry Humble's Tummy-Rumbling Contest -- Fairy Calendar
Graveyards Day -- a traditional day to tend the graves of ancestors
I Am So Thankful Month begins -- before the "holiday" frenzy, spend not just a day, but a month, practicing gratitude
Haryana Day -- Haryaha, India
Independence Day -- Antigua & Barbuda(1981); North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic, from the Ottoman Empire)
International Coaches Day -- no one claims to have started this; if you have, or had, a great coach in your life, let him/her know
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church -- Christian
Kalends of November -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
Pomonia -- Festival to Pomona
Kanhada Rajyothsaya -- Kamataka, India (Kamataka Formation Day)
Kite Festival of Santiago Sacatepequez -- Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala (kite flying in the graveyard to scare away evil spirits)
Liberty Day / D. Hamilton Jackson Day -- US Virgin Islands
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run -- England (a race composed of only pre-1905 vehicles)
NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writer's Month, write one if you have it in you!
National Author's Day -- US
National Family Literacy Day® -- US (but no matter where you live, turn off the tv, pick up a good book! National Center for Family Literacy)
National French Fried Clam / Deep Fried Clam Day
National Vinegar Day
National Sleep-In Day -- begun by those who want you to spend the extra hour gained resetting your clocks catching up on your ZZZZ's
New York City Marathon -- NY, NY, US
No Driving with Cell Phones Day -- the first law against talking on a hand-held device while driving went into effect in NY, US, on this day in 2001
Old Celtic New Year
Olive Festival -- Galilee, Israel (through the month, especially centered around Kawkab and Hurfeish, with open houses, oil production tours, feasts, lectures, concerts, dance performances, and olives galore)
Ozark Mountain Christmas/Branson Festival of Lights -- Branson, MO, US
Plate Tectonics Day -- birth anniversary of Alfred Wegener, who came up with the theory of continental drift
Remembrance Day -- Slovenia
Revival Leaders' Day -- Bulgaria
Revolution Day/National Day -- Algeria
Samhain -- Celtic, 3rd Station, and Wicca, Northern Hemisphere (Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere)
State Foundation Day -- Andhra Pradesh, India; Karnataka, India; Kerala, India
World Vegan Day -- International
Zero Tasking Day -- spend the extra hour gained when turning the clocks back doing nothing, just practice being
The Prime Meridian is set at Greenwich, England, 1884
Boston Female Medical School opens, 1848
Penn Bagdley, 1986
Toni Collette, 1972
Jenny McCarthy, 1972
Fernando Valenzuela, 1960
Rachel Ticotin, 1958
Lyle Lovett, 1957
Dan Peek, 1951
Larry Flynt, 1942
Gary Player, 1935
Betsy Palmer, 1926
James Jackson Kilpatrick, 1920
Alfred Wegener, 1880
Stephen Crane, 1871
"The Foreigner"(Larry Shue comedy), 1984
Hello Kitty, 1974 (condsidered her "birth date")
"Top Banana"(Mercer musical), 1951
Ebony Magazine(First edition), 1945
"Harvey"(Mary Chase comedy), 1944
"The Constant Wife"(Maugham play), 1926
"Emperor Jones"(O'Neill play), 1920
The Crisis: A Record of The Darker Races(Magazine of the NAACP, first edition edited by W.E.B. DuBois), 1910
"John Bull's Other Island"(Shaw comedy), 1904
Harper's Bazaar(Magazine, first edition), 1867
Today in History:
The name "Austria" is first used for Ostarrichin, 996
King John of England begins imprisoning Jews, 1210
The Duke of Brabant orders the execution of all Jews in Brussels, claiming they were poisoning wells, 1349
First exhibit of the works of Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1512
The Netherlands is hit by a flood disaster, resulting in the deaths of thousands, 1570
Shakespeare's "Othello" first presented, 1604
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" first presented, 1611
An earthquake in Lisbon leaves over 50,000 dead, 1755
The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies, 1765
George Washington gives his "Farewell Address" and the Continental Army is dissolved, 1783
John Adams becomes the first Us president to move into the (still not quite finished) White House, 1800*
*Note: It was still called the Executive Mansion at this time
The first published reference to poker, as a Mississippi riverboat game, 1834
The Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse, which is still in use, is lit for the first time; its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for 19 miles in good conditions, 1859
Passage of the first US Civil Rights Bill, 1866
The US Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) begins operations, with 24 locations, 1870
Edward Scripps and John Sweeney found Penny Press (now the Cleveland Press), 1878
The Gaelic Athletic Association is founded at the Hayes' Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary, 1884
Dr. Roux of Paris introduces a vaccine for diphtheria, 1894
Nicholas II becomes the new Tsar of Russia, 1894
The National Geographic Magazine publishes its first picture of bare breasted women (from a Zulu tribe), 1896
The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public, 1897
Sigma Phi Epsilon, the largest national male college fraternity in the US, is established at Richmond College, 1901
Parris Island becomes the officially designated Marine Corps Recruit Depot, 1915
The Ottoman Empire is officially abolished, 1922
Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed "the match of the century" in horse racing, 1938
The first animal conceived by artificial insemination, a rabbit, is displayed, 1939
American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography, 1941
The first issue of Ebony Magazine is published, by John H. Johnson, 1945
Charles Cooper of the Celtics becomes the first black NBA player, 1950
The first hydrogen nuclear device is exploded, by the US, at Eniwetok Atoll, 1952
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante wears a protective mask for the first time in an NHL game, 1959
The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens, 1963
The Motion Picture Association of America's film rating system is officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X, 1968
Honda becomes the first Asian automaker to build cars in the US, 1982
Serbia joins the United Nations, 2000
First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation by members of the Liberal Party of Canada, is released in Canada. 2005
Astronomers claim to have detected light from the first stars in the universe by studying high-energy radiation data, 2012
Australian scientists announce the discovery of three new marsupials in Queensland, all shrew-like antechinus species, 2013