Saturday, September 24, 2016

Of a Saturday

It's the weekend, and yes, i'm disguising myself as Captain Obvious right now.

Friday was beyond busy, with two houses to clean, cat shelter work, Red-headed Alec needing to be taken to a job interview, the A/C repair people coming, and a few other things but i can't remember them all right now.

The A/C is cleaned and maintained, but not repaired.  Somehow i think this is going to be a long, protracted battle with the home warranty company.  They will be called tomorrow and a service request made.  Because we had the required maintenance, i hope they will cover whatever it is that is causing the crazy thing to continue to leak.  If not, see the above sentence about a long, protracted battle.  They will be fought.

As long as we keep bailing the thing out it should keep working, and the mornings are getting a bit, shall we say, less hot.  It's not cool yet, but it is less hot, so the need for the unit will decline.  That will only help the situation.

Red-headed Alec has most likely gotten the job.  They have to go through the red tape -- drug test, background check, etc.  It is at a place that is close enough to here that he can walk if he needs to, which will be a help.

Bigger Girl is doing well in calculus this semester.  As usual for her, she is learning it by tutoring the other students in the class.  Something about teaching others cements things in her mind.

Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, will be coming for dinner tonight as he usually does on Saturday.  There will be tomato gravy over rice and crusty French bread, a regular "we are at the end of both the month and the money" meal, and one he likes.

There's really not much else except that today i have to go to one of my Friday houses to scoop the litter boxes.  She went out of town yesterday and won't be back until late today, and they married for better or for worse but not for cat litter, so i'm heading over there to make sure she doesn't come home to a big mess.

Enjoy your Saturday, everyone!

Today is:

Aloha Festivals Floral Parade -- Oahu, Hawai'i (part of the larger Aloha Festival celebrations this month and next on all the islands, celebrating native Hawai'ian culture)

Armed Forces Day -- Mozambique; Peru

Constitution Day/Recoronation of King Norodom Sihanouk -- Cambodia

Do Impressions of Famous People Around the Office Day -- again, i wonder about the intentions of those who start these things

Eldon Turkey Festival -- Eldon, MO, US (the top producer of turkeys has the top turkey festival in the world)

Everybody's Day Festival -- Thomasville, NC, US (and they do mean there's fun for everybody)

Family Health and Fitness Day USA  

Feast of Our Lady of Mercy -- Catholic Christian
     Lady of Mercedes Day -- Dominican Republic
     La Merce -- Barcelona, Spain

Feast of the Ingathering -- UK traditional (also called Harvest Home; in Scotland, Kirn; in northern England, Mell-Supper.  Celebrations will be held in rural areas for the next few weekends, celebrating the end of the harvest.)

Festival of the Latest Novelties -- an internet generated holiday to celebrate everything from traditional whoopie cushions to some of the more modern and weird novelty gifts out there; a great day for practical jokers

Fish Amnesty Day (same as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the US, because it hurts fish to be caught!)

Gallbladder Good Health Day -- seems unsponsored, but there's information about keeping your gallbladder healthy here

Geneva Area Grape Jamboree -- Geneva, OH, US (grapes, wine tasting, entertainment, rides, and food; through tomorrow)

Gettysburg Fall Antique Show -- Gettysburg, PA, US

Going Forth of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Heritage Day -- South Africa

Independence Day/National Day -- Guinea-Bissau(1973)

International Rabbit Day -- learn to care for these wonderful pets and promote responsible rabbit ownership

Kiwanis Kids' Day -- local clubs sponsor events for kids on the fourth Saturday of September

Mahidol Day -- Thailand (commemorates the passing of Prince Father Mahidol Adulyadej, the "Father of Thai Modern Medicine")

Marion County Country Ham Days -- Marion, KY, US (for those who love ham, and a PIGasus parade, and a Pokey Pig 5k, among other events; through tomorrow)

Moose Day -- the day Bullwinkle J. Moose, from Frostbite Falls, MN, US, and his pal Rocky the Flying Squirrel debuted in 1959

Museum Day -- The Smithsonian has information

National Bluebird of Happiness Day -- US (and no one knows why, but it's supposed to be a day to go spread some happiness)

National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day -- US

National Public Lands Day -- US (Helping Hands for America's Lands -- a day to volunteer on America's Public Lands)

National Punctuation Day® -- US, but good punctuation matters everywhere!  make sure you are using those punctuation marks correctly, Jeff Rubin can help 

National Seat Check Saturday -- US (check it for what, sagging? i'm old, of course it is! Oh, make sure your child's car seats are secured properly -- my kids finally outgrew those, but if you have kids or grandchildren, this is not just an idea, it's a necessity)

New Caledonia Day -- New Caledonia

Republic Day -- Trinidad and Tobago

Santa Cruz Day -- Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving -- Pennsylvania Dutch followers of Silesian Reformation theology

St. Gerard's Day (Patron of Hungary)

St. Rupert's Day (Patron of Salzburg, Austria, where it is an official school and government holiday)

Taste of Morgan Hill -- Morgan Hill, CA, US (fine arts, entertainment, and plenty for the kids to do, too; through tomorrow)

Transatlantic Telephone Day -- the first cable across the Atlantic was completed on this day in 1956

Tri-State Band Festival -- Luverne, MI, US (high school bands from Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa compete in four categories)

World School Milk Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Morgan Hamm, 1982
Paul Hamm, 1982
Nia Vardalos, 1962
Kevin Sorbo, 1958
Alan Colmes, 1950
Gordon Clapp, 1948
Phil Hartman, 1948
Linda McCartney, 1941
Jim Henson, 1936
Anthony Newley, 1931
Sheila MacRae, 1924
Jim McKay, 1921
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896
John Marshall, 1755
Horace Walpole, 1717

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Nevermind"(Album release), 1991
"No More Lonely Nights"(McCartney single release), 1984
"The Love Boat"(TV), 1977
"60 Minutes"(TV), 1968
"Daniel Boone"(TV), 1964
"The Munsters"(TV), 1964
"Love of Life"(TV), 1951
"Once in a Lifetime"(Play), 1930

Today in History:

Prophet Muhammad completes his hijra from Mecca to Medina, 622
The last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration of the Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Komnenos, dies; the empire slips into terminal decline, 1180
The Dutch Republic surrenders New Amsterdam to England, 1664
The first autopsy and coroner's jury verdict is recorded in the state of Maryland, 1657
John Jay is appointed by George Washington as the first Chief Justice of the then six-person Supreme Court, which was instituted by the Federal Judiciary Act passed that same day, 1789
US Attorney General Office is created, 1789
The Northern Daily Times becomes the first provincial daily newspaper in London, 1853
Alexander Dey patents a dial time recorder, 1889
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy, 1890
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument, 1906
Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong, 1946
The Honda Motor Company is founded, 1948
Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England, and a Blue moon (in the astronomical sense) is seen as far away as Europe, 1950
Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona, 1957
President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation, 1957
The United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, 1962
Swaziland joins the United Nations, 1968
Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service, 1979
Periodic Great White Spot observed on Saturn, 1990
Hurricane Rita devastates Beaumont, Texas, southwest Louisiana, and finishing off some of the parts of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana that Katrina missed, 2005
The G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA, US, marks the first use of LRAD for crowd control in the US, 2009
Nigeria's government opens two swollen dams and displaces about two million people, 2010


  1. Busy Friday for you too. I don't think we have had our AC unit on for just over a week now. The days are staying just cool enough, although you still don't need a coat once the sun is up. Nights are heavenly right now. I heard the coyotes last night through the open window. So did the cat - that might be why he keeps wanting to sleep beside me.

  2. Oh I can see the fight coming over that air conditioner. Do you have the lease or rental agreement? I'm sure you do. Good luck.

    Sounds like a very busy day. I hope today is far better.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

  3. your 'end of month and money' meal sounds delicious. sounds like a louisiana version of one my mother used to make in wisconsin. boiled potatoes from the garden with 'burnt gravy' with hotdogs ladeled over it. (burnt gravy is made by scorching down bacon fat in a cast iron skillet, then adding water and flour to make a gravy). we at it a lot as a poor family - and i loved it.

  4. I hate warranties! They sell you on how it might cost a fortune if something goes wrong, and then when something does go wrong they fight tooth and nail to not pay. If they do, I sense they are up against the wrong person. Hope all works out well.

    Now I need a nap, your post has me exhausted.

  5. Sorry your A/C is still a problem. I am impressed your daughter is doing well in Calculus, I like Algebra and Math, but not Calculus.


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