"More, Daddy!" his little boy said, rousing him from his reverie as he stood over a now almost too done pancake.
"Just a minute, Little Guy," he said as he flipped the cake onto a plate and put a pat of butter and some syrup on it, then added with a smile, "when did your appetite get so big?"
The child just stared at him with round eyes, then began tucking in to the proffered breakfast with gusto, the syrup leaving sticky streaks on his cheeks and chin.
"Good morning," his wife called out, coming into the kitchen with a smile, "you two are up early today!"
He flipped another pancake out of the skillet and said, "I thought I would go nose around in the attic a bit, just see what kind of job we have up there," to which she answered, "That's a great idea, it's probably better to get up there before the heat of the day."
Handing her the spatula, he took a deep breath, poured more coffee, and headed back up to the attic stairs, determined to at least see if he had imagined the Djinn, and if he hadn't, to try to get a few answers.
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Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival -- Davenport, IA, US (fifteen bands at 3 venues and a great time for all; through Sunday)
Brat Days -- Sheboygan, WI, US (celebrating bratwurst and more; through Saturday)
Champagne Day -- internet generated holiday, probably created by someone who wanted an excuse to celebrate
Coast Guard Day -- US (anniversary of founding in 1790)
Constitution Day -- Cook Islands
Edmonton Folk Music Festival -- Gallagher Park, Edmonton, AB, Canada (folk music of all kinds and fun for the whole family; through Sunday)
Fairy Drying-Out Day -- Fairy Calendar (makes sense, as we washed them yesterday. Now it begs the question, how does one dry a fairy?)
Festival at Sandpoint -- Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, ID, US (internationally renowned summer concert series in a casual and relaxed atmosphere; through the 14th)
Festival of the Dead; Sunset Ceremony -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca -- Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava, Basque Country, Spain; through the 9th
Fiestas Patronales -- El Salvador (through the 6th)
Matica Slovenska Day -- Slovakia (main Slovak cultural institution, established 1863)
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival -- Asheville, NC, US (celebrating the cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian Mountains; through Saturday)
National Lasagna Day
Nicole Robin Day -- St. John, USVI(unofficial celebration her safe return, with the crew, to the Virgin Islands after being held by Cubans.)
Ribfest -- Kalamazoo, MI, US (live festival and cook off; through Saturday)
Satchmo Summerfest -- New Orleans, LA, US (because one jazz festival in this city is never enough; through Sunday)
Single Working Women's Day
St. John Baptist Mary Vianney's Day (Cure of Ars; Patron of confessors, parish priests; Dubuque, Iowa; Kamloops, BC; Kansas City, KS; Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN)
Teej Festival -- HR, India (a woman's festival, celebrating marriage and the uniting of Shiva and Parvati; through tomorrow)
Vigil of St. Oswald -- Anglo-Saxon holy day, commemorates the day before King Oswald's death in 642
Zuni Corn Dance -- the Zuni Native Americans give thanks to Mother Earth, the Kokos (Nature Spirits), and the Corn Maidens for the maize harvest; through the 7th
Cole and Dylan Sprouse, 1992
Daniel Dae Kim, 1968
Roger Clemens, 1962
Barack H. Obama, 1961
Billy Bob Thornton, 1955
Kristoffer Tabori, 1952
Richard Belzer, 1944
Maurice "Rocket" Richard, 1921
Helen Thomas, 1920
William Howard Schuman, 1910
Glenn Verniss Cunningham, 1909
Louis Armstrong, 1901*
Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1900
Louis Vuitton, 1821
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792
The Saturday Evening Post(Magazine, first issue), 1821
Today in History
The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans, 70
A supernova is observed in constellation Cassiopeia, 1181
The first printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah), 1558
A hurricane in the Carribean kills thousands in Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Christopher, 1666
Dom Perignon invents champagne (traditional date), 1693
First edition of the Saturday Evening Post, which was published until 1969, 1821
The family of Lizzie Borden is found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home, 1892
The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens, 1902
The Supreme Court of Japan is established, 1947
The Billboard Hot 100 is founded, 1958
American civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21, 1964
The African republic Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso, 1984
Operation Storm begins in Croatia, 1995
Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th Governor General, 2005
California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 2010
Britain has their greatest success in one day at an Olympics since 1908, winning six gold medals and a silver on Day Eight of the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee to compete at the Olympic Games in the 400 meters, 2012
Actor Peter Capaldi, of Scotland, lands the role of the Doctor in the twelfth incarnation of the 'Doctor Who' British science fiction show, 2013
*In several interviews, Satchmo claimed to have been born on July 4, 1900. Historians always disputed that claim, saying it was too neat and tidy, and his baptismal records, found in a church basement, proved historians were correct. Some biographies still give the July 4, 1900 date in error.