Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Ask Me (Almost) Anything

Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, and this week she asks the question,  Congrats - you're the new Ask Abby!!!  What's the first letter you choose to answer? (write the letter and your answer.)

One lousy question?  It's a column, i've got a few questions and answers.

Dear Ask Abby, 
The wedding is coming up soon, and I'm nervous.  Is that normal, or is it a sign I should call it off?
Nervous Nellie

Dear Nervous,
It depends.  If you are spending more time planning the wedding than the marriage, you might want to get some pre-marriage counseling.

Dear Ask Abby,
Can two people with brown eyes have a blue eyed baby?
Curious at Work

Dear Curious,
Yes.  Now quit trying to figure out who the father is.

Dear Ask Abby,
Why is it so hard to get a guy to say he's sorry?
Sad and Hurt

Dear Sad,
Because he's not sorry.  Or, more accurately, he's not sorry for what he did, he's only sorry he got caught.

Dear Ask Abby,
Is Elvis really dead?
Lifelong Fan

Dear Fan,
My guess is he faked his death so he could fulfill his lifelong dream of owning a diner in New Jersey.  At least, the guy really did look like Elvis when I stopped there.

Today is:

Aldersgate Day -- Methodism

Battle of Pichincha Day -- Ecuador

Bermuda Day -- Bermuda

Brooklyn Bridge Day -- the most often sold bridge in the US (or so i've been told) opened on this day in 1883

Brother's Day -- celebrate all forms of brotherhood, biological, adopted, fraternity brothers, or members of your labor union

Day for the Naming of Rocks and Planets -- Fairy Calendar

European Day of Parks -- Europe

Feast of Hermes Trismegistus -- Hellenistic Egyptian Calendar (thrice-blessed Hermes, patron of alchemy, date approximate)

Independence Day -- Eritrea(1993)

International Tiara Day -- ladies, celebrate your powers of leadership in your life; tiara wearing is optional, it's the fact that you rule that matters 

La Fete des Saintes Maries -- Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France (Roma [gypsy] festival, to honor St. Sara, St. Marie Jacobe, and St. Marie Salome, their patrons; through the 25th)

Little Lamb Day -- publication anniversary, in 1830, of the original poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Lubiri Memorial Day -- Buganda Region, Uganda

Morse Code Day -- anniversary of Morse's first message in 1844 (Morse Code Day is also celebrated on his birth anniversary, April 27)

National Escargot Day

Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl -- Cambodia (Royal Ploughing Ceremony, to mark the beginning of the rice growing season)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- Chelsea, London, England (the world's greatest flower show celebrates its 102nd anniversary; through Saturday)

Sara-la-Kali -- St. Sara, or St. Sara the Black's Day -- patron of the Roma (Gypsy) Peoples (pilgrimage)

Sts. Cyril and Methodius's Day (Orthodox Church celebration; Patrons of Macedonia) related observances
     Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day -- Bulgaria
     Slavonic Enlighteners' Day -- Republic of Macedonia

St. Susanna's Day (Patron of martyrs)

Birthdays Today:

Billy Gilman, 1988
Alyson Hannigan, 1974
Joe Dumars, 1963
Kristin Scott Thomas, 1960
Rosanne Cash, 1955
Alfred Molina, 1953
Jim Broadbent, 1949
Priscilla Beaulieu  Presley, 1945
Patti LaBelle, 1944
Gary Burghoff, 1943
Bob Dylan, 1941
Tommy Chong, 1938
Lilli Palmer, 1914
"Engineer Bill" Stulla, 1911
Samuel I. Newhouse, 1895
Lillian Moller Gilbreth, 1878
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1819
Emanuel Leutze, 1816
Abraham Geiger, 1810
Gabriel Fahrenheit, 1686

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Spy Hard(Film), 1996
Indiana Jones and Last Crusade(Film), 1989
View to a Kill(film), 1985
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"(Single release), 1968
"Mame"(Musical), 1966
"Le roi l'a Dit / The King Has Spoken"(Opera), 1873

Today in History:

The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt, 1218
Peter Minuit buys Manhattan, 1626
The English  Parliament  passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants; Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded, 1689
John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day, 1738
Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito, 1822
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published, 1830
The first passenger rail service in US, from Baltimore to Elliots Mill, Maryland, begins, 1830
Samuel FB Morse taps out the first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought", 1844
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction, 1883 
The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State, 1900
Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight), 1930
Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight, 1940
Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbana, 1956
Cyprus enters the Council of Europe, 1961
FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City, 1968
The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union, 1970
The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran, 1980
Eritrea  gains its independence from Ethiopia, 1991
Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel, 1991
15-year-old Sherpa  Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest, 2001
North Korea bans mobile phones, 2004
London's Metropolitan police remove belongings and sleeping bags of homeless people as part of 'a policy of reducing the impact of rough sleepers on the community', 2013


  1. International Tiara Day -- ladies, celebrate your powers of leadership in your life; tiara wearing is optional, it's the fact that you rule that matters - I always thought it was wearing the trousers that showed who ruled but I'm not sure trousers and a tiara go together.

  2. Well, you really should start an advice column!!

  3. Dear Ask Abby,
    Why is it so hard to get a guy to say he's sorry?
    Sad and Hurt

    Dear Sad and Hurt, I don't know and I don't care, I'm a guy...sorry.

  4. Loved all of them. I also know Joe is telling the truth. He doesn't care.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. New Jersey diners are truly the best! (I grew up there....in jersey, not in a diner)

  6. You have missed your true calling!

  7. Love those dear abby letters! Wow, all those special events for this date.

  8. Thanks for that. I've missed the common sense advice from Dear Abby/Ann Landers ever since we cancelled our newspaper subscription.

  9. LOL - I am SO SO glad you did more than one. They were all perfect and gave me a good laugh. But the marriage advice one -- that's 100% truth! Focus on the marriage ladies - everyone will forget what kind of flowers you had at the wedding and what the bridesmaids wore.

  10. I often think that Peter Minuit's descendants must be feeling pretty sick! :)

  11. I often think that Peter Minuit's descendants must be feeling pretty sick! :)