Thursday, October 27, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Progress?

"I think we're making great progress with this place," his wife said, smiling up at him from the picnic blanket where they had just enjoyed a lunch al fresco.

"We sure are," he responded, then added, "it really does feel more like home, doesn't it?"

"Yes, it does, and the children love it.  By the way, any time you want help with all the stuff in the attic, you just have to ask, you know."

"I know, but it's so hot and stuffy and dusty up there, I think I'll just tackle it a bit at a time, bring things down out of there to deal with, that sort of thing."

The children and their half-grown puppy rushed up at that point, the children laughing and breathless from chasing the pup and his stick; all of them wanted the stick thrown again -- the ultimate game of keep away.

And I have to keep everyone away from that attic, he thought, at least until I figure out how to either get rid of or hide a Djinn.

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

Today is:

American Beer Day

Big Bang Day -- London, England

Boxer Shorts Day -- ???????

Cernova Tragedy Day -- Slovakia

Cranky Co-Worker's Day -- because we all have occasional bad days; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Feast of Osiris in Abydos -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Good Bear Day -- on Theodore Roosevelt's birthday, celebrating the stuffed toy created in his honor

Independence Day -- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines(1979); Turkmenistan(1991)

National Potato Day

National Tell A Story Day -- Scotland; UK (preserving the heritage of traditional stories)

Navy Day -- US (on T.R.'s birth anniversary)

Punkie Night -- Hinton St George, Somerset, England (a celebration for children and adults who carry candle-lit punkies -- the best one wins a prize -- made out of mangel-wurzels, a type of beet, and sing old punkie songs asking for money or treats)

Radio Day -- US (US Commerce Dept. issued the first broadcasting license this date in 1920)

St. Frumentius' Day (Patron of Abyssinia; Ethiopia)

Sylvia Plath Day

Tunch Puddling -- Fairy Calendar (a contest of throwing twigs in a pond -- awards are for artistically thrown twigs and throwing style, among other things)

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage -- International (2016 theme:  It's Your Story, Don't Lose It)

World Occupational Therapy Day

Anniversary Today:

The NYC Subway begins operation, 1904

Birthdays Today:

Zadie Smith, 1975
Marla Maples, 1963
Simon LeBon, 1958
Roberto Benigni,1952
Jayne Kennedy, 1951
Fran Lebowitz, 1950
Carrie Snodgrass, 1946
John Cleese, 1939
Ruby Dee, 1924
Roy Lichtenstein, 1923
Bette Babray, 1920
Nanette Fabray, 1920
Dylan Thomas, 1914
Emily Post, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt, 1858
Niccolo Paganini, 1782
Captain James Cook, 1728

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Lettice and Lovage"(Play), 1987
"Beyond the Fringe"(Revue), 1962
"Walt Disney/Wonderful World of Color/Wonderful World of Disney"(TV), 1954 (the show had several different names over the years, but even when it switched stations, it was still the same show)
"You Bet Your Life"(Radio), 1947
"Nocturnes"(Debussy orchestral compsition), 1901(first performance of all three parts together)

Today in History:

Constantine the Great is said to have received his Vision of the Cross, 312
Founding of the city of Amsterdam, 1275
Founding of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1682
US Navy forms, 1775
Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated, 1838
R.H. Macy & Co. opens its first store, on 6th Ave. in NYC, 1858
Boss Tweed is arrested, 1871
The first underground New York City Subway line opens, 1904
The first published reference to "jazz" appears, in Variety, 1916
Chuhei Numbu of Japan sets the long jump record at 26' 2 1/2", 1931
"You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premiers on ABC radio, 1947*
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force, 1954
Mauritania and Mongolia join the United Nations, 1961
The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang, 1986
The U.S. prison population tops 1 million for the first time in American history, 1994
Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified, 1994
Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown, 1997
The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years, 2004
The SSETI Express micro-satellite is successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, 2005
Thousands in Madrid, Spain protest proposed budget cuts, 2012

*(Ultimate result of this a few years later is, of course, the funniest line ever on TV, when a man with 8 kids admitted to Mr. Marx that he did indeed love his wife, and Groucho countered with, "I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth sometimes!")


  1. Djinn are not easily fooled. Let's hope he can keep everyone away from the attic.

  2. How does one hide or get rid of a djinn? Interesting question. I love the picnic scene you set and how you wove the story together.

  3. I love the attic especially Halloween.

    Enjoy your Thursday. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. Great scene, Mimi! I can feel them settling in to the house, and him wondering what he is going to do about that problem in the attic before someone finds out about it!

  5. Oh my, he knows having the Djinn is not a good thing. Good for him. I would be looking for some way to move it out of my house too.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  6. I bet someone else will root out this discovery because great stories need conflict.

  7. I wonder hoe he will hide the Djinn?

  8. cool. the narrative widens! (I suspect that that's not a real literary term, 'widening narrative', but I like it, the story opens more in the world in which it takes place.)
    like this

  9. I love your continuing story. Keep it coming.

  10. Good stuff. To get rid of a djinn, show it its reflection in a mirror, then smash the mirror into bits so small that you cannot see your reflection in them.


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