Thursday, February 4, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Charge

"In this courtroom, the jury charge is the most boring part of the proceedings," he said.  "Judge Kyle thinks he's being brilliant in explaining the law and how it's to be applied when he's really just being pompous."

"You'd better not ever let him hear you say that, or you'll be looking for another court reporting position," the legal secretary said drily.

Looking around to make sure they couldn't be overheard, he continued, "He's the only judge I've worked with who insists the court reporter give the order to 'All rise' when he steps into the courtroom.  Makes me feel like we're having to worship him upon his entrance."

"No matter how he makes you feel, if you like your job you'll remember he's the boss and worship appropriately," the secretary grinned at him as he quickly headed back after the all-too-brief lunch recess.

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the cue this week is Charge.

Today is:

Biezputras Diena (Porrige Day) -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (date unconfirmed, some sites suggest it's always on a Sunday before Feb. 23 instead)

Bon Soo, Ontario's Winter Carnival -- Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada (ten days of winter fun)

Calgary Boat and Sportsmen's Show -- Calgary, AB, Canada (through Sunday)

Create-A-Vacuum Day -- an internet generated celebration of the nothingness of vacuums

Feast of the Incappucciati -- Gradoli, Italy (members of the Confraternity of Purgatory make the rounds of the town gathering food for the souls in Purgatory, which is served at a banquet next week on Ash Wednesday)

Fettiger Donnerstag  -- Swabia, Germany ("greasy Thursday", so called because of the greasy Kuchli cakes and pastries made today to use during carnival before the Lent fast)

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Day -- Poland (birth anniversary)

Homemade Soup Day

Independence Day -- Sri Lanka

King Frost Day -- London (Celebrated yearly until WWI, in remembrance of the frozen River Thames on this day in 1814.)

Liberation Day -- Angola

National Stuffed Mushroom Day

Providence Boat Show -- Providence, RI, US (start of the boating season; through Sunday)

Quacker Day -- for those who love Quacker Factory clothes

Spoiled Cats' Day -- internet generated, and isn't this every day?

St. Andrew Corsini's Day (Patron of Carmelites; against civil disorder and riots)

St. John de Brito's Day (Patron of Portugal; Sivagangai, India)

Thank A Mailperson/Postal Worker Day -- because someone decided it would be a good day to do that, and put it on the internet

USO Day -- US (founded this date in 1941)

Weiberfastnach -- Cologne, Germany (Women's Carnival, the day the women run the pre-Lent celebration)

World Cancer Day -- International

Anniversaries Today:

United Service Organizations (USO) founded, 1941
The University of Wisconsin is established, with one classroom and 20 students, 1849

Birthdays Today:

Natalie Imbruglia, 1975
Oscar De La Hoya, 1973
Gabrielle Anwar, 1971
Michael Goorjian, 1971
Rod corddry, 1971
Clint Black, 1962
Lawrence Taylor, 1959
Lisa Eichhorn, 1952
Alice Cooper, 1948
Dan Quayle, 1947
George A. Romero, 1940
Jhn Schuck, 1940
David Brenner, 1936
Gary Conway, 1936
Betty Friedan, 1921
Ida Lupino, 1918
Rosa Parks, 1913
Clyde W. Tombaugh, 1906
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906
Charles Lindbergh, 1902
Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 1746

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"(Album), 1977

Today in History:

The Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta, 211
The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries, 960
Maximilian I assumes the title Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned, 1508
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague 1600
In Edo (now Tokyo), The 47 Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) after avenging the death of their master, 1703
The worst earthquake in 8 years in Calabria, Italy, leaves 50,000 dead, 1783
The first Anglican bishops of New York and Pennsylvania are consecrated in London, 1787
George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College, 1789
The French National Convention proclaims the abolishment of slavery, 1794
An earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, kills 41,000, 1797
J.W. Goodrich introduces his rubber galoshes to the public, 1824
The Mormons of Nauvoo, Missouri, leave to go west, eventually settling in Utah, 1846
The Codex Sinaiticus is found at the Greek Monastery of Mount Sinai, 1859
The first rolling lift bridge opens, in Chicago, 1895
The first Winter Olympics games close at Chamonix, France, 1924
The first tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks open, in New Orleans, 1930
Radium E is the first radioactive substance to be produced synthetically, 1936
The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops, 1941
Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft, 1967
After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections, 1997
Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg, 2004
The Federal Court of Australia's ruling in Roadshow Films v iiNet sets a precedent that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for what their users do with the services the ISPs provide them, 2010
The remains found the previous year in a dig at Leicester are confirmed to be those of King Richard III of England, 2013


  1. Oh I've known a lot of judges over the years. A lot and some of them thought they were God. They weren't, but they thought they were.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. Great glimpse into the workday life of court employees.

  3. Don't they say the same thing in a bakery?


  4. Great cue use! But really im just glad its national homemade soup day!!!!! I love your lists!!!

  5. Great cue use! But really im just glad its national homemade soup day!!!!! I love your lists!!!

  6. Oh the gigantic ego's heheh! we have a drama here called Judge John Deed and I was thinking surely some of these judges can't be like that, seems some do :-(

    Have a judgetastic day :-)

  7. I dunno, I rather like all the pomp and ceremony :)

  8. Being unswayed by theatrics and sticking only to the facts presented the Judge needs to be aloof from everyone in court to show no bias. It is all a game however knowing that it is Stuffed Mushroom Day must have lifted everybody's heart!

  9. Yes, well, as Daffy Duck said, "It's a living..."


  10. Interesting human psychology at play here.

  11. I actually enjoy observing the very proscribed conduct in a courtroom, from the (very) specialized use of language, to the (perhaps) artificial politeness and deference. I've likened it to watching surgery being performed, only drier.

  12. I think a judge needs to command respect in the court room, but worship? Naw, sounds like too much ego to me.


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