Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Thursday Double-Header: Six Sentences and a Fence

"You don't have to be a star, baby, to be in myyyyyyyy show!" he sang out with the music playing through the open door of the store they passed, and as he smiled at her, she laughed.

"What -- you didn't marry me for my singing voice?" he asked, and she laughed even harder, and he joined in, and they laughed until they were breathless, leaning against each other.

A few passers-by looked bemused, but most just walked on by, as these two were obviously tourists; they were parents, taking a second honeymoon, acting like kids, enjoying a break from the mundane and humdrum and general tightness of their lives.

She noticed a small antique store down a side street, and knowing she had an eye for such things, he followed her in; it was a rather dilapidated place, with not much to offer in the way of true collectible items, but she did see an old bottle in a corner that would look lovely with a few items she had at home.  The proprietor didn't set much stock in it so it was cheap, and that was what they needed, as with everything in their lives so far, even on a little get-away they were always on a tight budget.

"So my Grandparents bought your bottle from a shabby antiques dealer while on a cheap vacation?" he asked the Djinn incredulously, and the answer was, "Yes, I was waiting for them."

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the cue is Star.


Teresa, of The Run*A*Round Ranch Report, hosts Good Fences every Thursday.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, and then link back to her blog.

When we visited Fredericksburg, Texas on our San Antonio trip, this fence was on a side street:

The fence around an empty lot caught my eye.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Egypt

Earthquake Remembrance Day -- Turkmenistan

Festival of the Other Five Toes -- Fairy Calendar

Garlic Lovers Day -- internet generated, unofficial, and delicious

Great American Beer Festival -- Denver, CO, US (festival that holds the Guinness World Record for most beers tapped in one location; through Saturday)

Ivy Day -- Ireland (death anniversary of Irish nationalist leader and Home Rule advocate Charles Stewart Parnell)

Jackie Mayer Rehab Day -- Sandusky, OH, US (anniversary of renaming the local rehab hospital after Sandusky's "favorite daughter", Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963 and stroke survivor, now advocating on behalf of stroke survivors)

Mad Hatter Day -- US (second crazy day in the year, to balance April Fool's Day, and based on the 10/6 on the Mad Hatter's hat in Tenniel's drawing; in English-speaking countries where the day preceeds the month in notation, it is celebrated on June 10)

National German-American Day -- US (anniversary of the disembarking of the first German immigrants to Pennsylvania in 1683)
     German Pioneer Day -- Pennsylvania

National Noodle Day

National Physician's Assistant Day -- US (anniversary of the first graduating class of physician assistants from Duke University on this day in 1967

New York Comic Con -- NY, NY, US (through Sunday)

Rockport Seafair -- Rockport, TX, US (fresh-from-the-bay seafood, entertainment, crab races, and more; through Sunday)

St. Faith's Day (Patron of pilgrims, prisoners, soldiers)

St. Bruno's Day (Founder of the Carthusian Monks; Patron against demonic possession)

Tishreen Liberation War Day -- Syria

Anniversaries Today:

Elizabeth Taylor marries Larry Fortensky, 1991
American Library Association founded in 1876

Birthdays Today:

Jimmy Sisto, 1974
Elisabeth Shue, 1963
David Zucker, 1947
Britt Ekland, 1942
Thor Heyerdahl, 1912
Carole Lombard, 1908
Janet Gaynor, 1906
Helen Wills Moody, 1905
Florence Seibert, 1897
Le Corbusier, 1887
Karol Szymanowski, 1882
George Westinghouse, 1846
Jenny Lind, 1820

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"(TV), 2000
"The Gin Game"(Play), 1977
"I Hear a Symphony"(Supremes single release), 1965
"The Mousetrap"(Mystery play), 1952 (still being performed)
The Jazz Singer(Film, the first "talkie"), 1927

Today in History:

The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman Republic army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus in the Battle of Arausio, BC105
Founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania by 13 Mennonite families from Germany, 1683
The Americans and French begin the siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown, which becomes the last battle of the American Revolutionary War, 1781
Benjamin Hanks patents a self-winding clock, 1783
Louis XVI accedes to the demands of the women of Paris and returns to that city, 1789
Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead begins shortly after midnight, leads to 53 deaths and hundreds of injuries, 1854
The American Chess Association is organized and holds the first major US chess tournament, in NYC, 1857
The American Library Association is organized in Philadelphia, 1876
Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture, 1889
Nabisco Foods debuts its Cream of Wheat, 1893
Beatrix Van Rijk becomes the first licensed Dutch woman pilot, 1911
Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent talking movie, 1927
Egypt launches a coordinated attack against Israel to reclaim land lost in the Six Day War, 1973
Massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom, 1976
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House, 1979
President of Egypt, Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated, 1981
51 Pegasi is discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it, 1995
Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, 2007


  1. I love this background information on the continuing story. Wonderful, Mimi.

  2. nice fence/gate find!! of course, in the land of fences/gates...texas. :)

  3. We heard "Bond, James Bond."
    For the first time today in the 60s Dr. No premiered October 6

  4. The birthdays and special days were fun to read! And I love your fence! Hugs!

  5. Great filling out of that original story. You should considered story writing in your "spare time."

  6. You did it again! I'm loving your continuing story!

  7. I didn't see that coming. I was waiting for them. Such a fabulous story.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  8. What a wonderful intro to your ongoing story. I love this so much! It's truly a wonderful tale! :-)

  9. I love the way your married couple still make each other laugh. It's my singing that makes my husband laugh too :)And we are on a tight budget too :)

  10. "Yes, I was waiting for them." very cool... not that I need the hook at this stage of the game, nice backstory insert, seamless!

  11. Wow for some reason this one feels a little spooky to me even

  12. Wow for some reason this one feels a little spooky to me even

  13. Great continuation of your story.

  14. That should make the Djinn happy!

  15. Very interesting story. I am not sure what a Djinn is though. Love the wheels made into a fence.

  16. You paint great word pictures. I'm sure there would be a terrific story behind that fence, too.

  17. You weave quite the tale. - Neat fence with the wheels, I like it.


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