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As Bigger Girl was helping me feed and water and medicate the cats at the shelter the other day, she dropped her keys and said, "I need to quit dropping this! I broke the top off of the pepper spray, and I'm afraid if I drop it the thing will go off, and I don't have a contingency plan for if my pepper spray goes off in a room full of cats. Remind me to make a contingency plan for that, would you?"
Do you really think you need a contingency plan for something like that? i asked.
"Mom, I have a contingency plan for almost everything, including riots. Do you want to hear my riot plans?"
"If there's a riot, first I will find out if it is about Bobby Jindal. If it isn't, I will got get Vera and Callie and take the three of us to a safe place, I know a few of those. If it is about Bobby Jindal, I will join in! Especially if it involves torches and pitchforks!"
It's nice to know you want to join a riot about him, but I'd recommend practice with Black Friday crowds first, i said.
That reminds me of last year around this time, when Thibodeaux go to Boudreaux house an' see Boudreaux done look like he got him beat up some bad.
Thibodeaux ax, "Boudreaux, how you done got so beat up? You done been in a riot?"
"Mais, no," Boudreaux say. "I done make two mistake. Firs', I done gone Black Friday shoppin' wit' Clothile."
"I done hear dere were a riot at one de stores. Did you get caught in dat an' de shoppers done push an' shove an' you got trample?" Thibodeaux ax.
"No, Clothile done did dis to me all herse'f when I done tol' her to get her new dress a size bigger 'cause o' all de food she goin' be eatin' fo' de holidays!"
Celebration of Christ The King -- Christian (final Sunday of the Ecclesiatical Year) related observance
Stir Up Sunday -- the day to get your Christmas plum pudding started
Dispute-Settling Assizes -- Fairy Calendar (no, they won't tell us what kind of disputes)
Dita e Alfabetit -- Albania and Ethnic Albanians (Day of the Albanian Alphabet)
Go for a Ride Day -- internet generated; during the crazy holiday season, go out for a relaxing sleigh ride or something
Independence Day -- Lebanon(1943)
National Cashew Day -- some sites have this on the 23rd, i celebrate both as i love cashews
National Farm-City Week -- US (on the week of Thanksgiving, remember that it's the farmers, ranchers and growers who supply your celebratory foods)
National Stop the Violence Day -- a call by US radio and TV stations for a cease fire on American streets, on the anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination; observed with white ribbons and driving with headlights on during the day
Phonograph Day -- Edison publicly demonstrated his new music playing device on this day in 1877
Start Your Own Country Day -- begun at the 1939 World's Fair in New York
St. Cecilia's Day (Patron of composers, luthiers, martyrs, music, musicians, musical instrument makers, poets, singers; Academy of Music, Rome, Italy; Albi, France; Omaha, Nebraska; Valleyfield, Quebec)
Totensonntag/Ewigkeitssonntag -- Germany (Sunday of the Dead/Eternity Sunday; a general celebration and memorial of all who have died, decreed to be celebrated in Lutheran Churches by King Frederick William III of Prussia in 1816)
Ydalir -- Ancient Norse Calendar (Celebration of the wintertime god of skiing and archery, Ullr; date approximate)
The Humane Society of the United States is founded, 1954
Scarlett Johansson, 1984
Scott Robinson, 1979
Boris Becker, 1967
Mariel Hemingway, 1961
Jamie Lee Curtis, 1958
Richard Kind, 1957
Billie Jean King, 1943
Guion S. Bluford, Jr., 1942
Harry Edwards, 1942
Tom Conti, 1941
Terry Gilliam, 1940
Robert Vaughn, 1932
Rodney Dangerfield, 1921
Benjamin Britten, 1913
Hoagie Carmichael, 1899
Wiley Post, 1898
Charles de Gaulle, 1890
John Nance Garner, 1868
George Eliot (Mary A. Evans), 1819
Abigail Adams, 1744
"Cathy"(Comic strip), 1976
"The Beatles/The White Album"(Beatles album release), 1968
"Man of La Mancha"(Musical), 1965
"The Grand Canyon Suite"(Grofe suite for orchestra), 1931
"Bolero"(Ravel orchestral piece), 1928
"La Forza del Destino/The Power of Fate"(Verdi opera), 1862
On the Origin of Species(Publication date), 1859
Today in History:
The first Duke of all Brittany, Nominoe defeats the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon near Redon, 845
Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America, 1542
Dutch colonial forces on Taiwan launch a pacification campaign against native villages, resulting in Dutch control of the middle and south of the island, 1635
Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard, 1718
Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen, 1809
Canadian journalist and politician William Lyon Mackenzie called for a rebellion against Great Britain, 1837
In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched – one of the last clippers ever to be built, and the only one still surviving to this day, 1869
Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia, 1886
The Congress of Manastir establishes the Albanian alphabet, 1908
1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason of Sayner Wisconsin, 1927
The premier performance of Ravel's Boléro takes place in Paris, 1928
Gasoline pump patented that computes quantity & price delivered, 1932
"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" first heard on Eddie Cantor's show, 1934
The Humane Society of the United States is founded, 1954
US President John F. Kennedy is killed and Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963
The United Nations General Assembly grants the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status, 1974
Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco, 1975
In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed, 1988
Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery, 1995
Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany, 2005
Germany holds its first piracy trial in 400 years, placing 10 Somalis accused of piracy on trial for alleged attacks on a German ship, 2010
Scientists in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, discover the first orchid known to flower at night, 2011