Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday/Thursday: Six and A Pic

"It must have startled her the first time she opened your bottle as much as it did me," he said, and the Djinn gave a chuckle, replying, "Your Grandfather was there, and they both jumped like the cats you see in the videos when someone sneaks a cucumber behind them!"

"Those are rather mean videos," he said, trying to sound stern, but he couldn't help laughing when the Djinn did.

"It was all right, I've never scared a new owner of my bottle to death -- that would be counterproductive, at least most of the time.  Well, there was one..."

"It's enough that I have to deal with a Djinn and figure out what my Grandparents did with you without knowing about all of your other dealings with humans," he interrupted with a sigh.

"The difficult ones are those who think that owning a Djinn bottle will fix all of their problems, which was another reason I was waiting for your Grandparents; even from a distance I could tell that they would learn that lesson early."

"Yet they did make wishes, and learned some of it the hard way," he said in a way that was almost a question, and the Djinn responded, "Yes, at the beginning, even your very intelligent and thoughtful Grandmother was a bit, shall we say, bedazzled by the possibilities of having me around."

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


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.

Another fence i saw in the San Antonio area, at a living history farm.

A zig-zag patterned fence i admired.

Today is:

Birth of the Bab -- Baha'i

Conflict Resolution Day -- Association for Conflict Resolution 

Feast of Agios Gerasimos -- Kefalonia, Greece (celebration of the patron saint of this Ionian island, with religious services followed by dancing and feasting)

Feast of No Excuse For A Feast Day -- internet generated, if you have no other excuse to celebrate something today, use this one

Festival of Ebisu -- Japan (the laughing god, who is the only one available this month, as the 8 million other gods of the pantheon gather at the Grand Shrine of Izumo; traditionally on 20th day of 10th month of the lunisolar calendar)

Get Smart About Credit Day -- sponsored by the American Bankers Association 

Get to Know Your Customers Day -- third Thursday of every quarter

Great Pumpkin Carve -- Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford, PA, US (carving pumpkins that weigh about 150lbs or more each; through Saturday)

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth -- Sikh

International Credit Union Day -- World Council of Credit Unions 

International Juan Valdez Appreciation Day -- internet generated, yet as we sip our morning wake up brew, let's remember the hardy souls who pick the beans for us!

Mashujaa Day -- Kenya (National Day/Kenyatta Day)

Miss American Rose Day -- with online only pageants devoted to high achievement and community service for girls and women of all ages, Miss American Rose suggests treating all women in your life like beautiful roses and performing community service with them

National Brandied Fruit Day

National Day on Writing -- US (sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English)

Revolution Day -- Guatemala

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

St. Acca's Day (Patron of learning)

Suspenders Day -- probably begun by the same people who wanted to see if you would observe Wear Something Gaudy Day and Dress Like A Dork Day

World Osteoporosis Day -- International Osteoporosis Foundation 

Anniversaries Today:

Clint Black marries Lisa Hartman, 1991
William Shatner marries Marcy Lafferty, 1973
The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973
Aristotle Onassis marries Jacqueline Kennedy, 1968

Birthdays Today:

John Krasinski, 1979
Dann Gillen, 1967
Viggo Mortensen, 1958
Danny Boyle, 1956
Keith Hernandez, 1953
Tom Petty, 1953
Melanie Mayron, 1952
Tom Petty, 1950
Jerry Orbach, 1935
William Christopher, 1932
Mickey Mantle, 1931
Joyce Brothers
Art Buchwald, 1925
Fayard Nicholas, 1914
Bela Lugosi, 1882
Charles Ives, 1874
Charles Dewey, 1859
James Robert Mann, 1856
Arthur Rimbaud, 1854
Christopher Wren, 1632

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Six Million Dollar Man"(TV), 1973
"No Time for Sergeants"(Play), 1955
"Vor Sonnenaufgang/Before Sunrise"(Hauptmann play), 1889

Today in History:

The first Crusaders arrive at Antioch, 1097
The city of Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace), Bolivia, is founded, 1548 
Battle of sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's Shoguns, 1600
Maria Theresa of Habsburg becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, 1740
Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy, 1781
US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase, 1803
The U.S. and U.K. sign the Convention of 1818, which, among other things settles the U.S. - Canada border at the 49th parallel for most of its length, 1818
First Edition of London Sunday Times, 1822
Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the US, on the 4th Thursday of November each year, 1864
P.T. Barnum's Hippodrome featuring "The Greatest Show on Earth" opens in NYC, 1873
The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched, 1910
The first Negro League World Series is held, the KC Monarchs shut out the Hilldales, 5-0, 1924
United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time, 1947
The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses, 1971
The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973
BM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released, 1983
US accuses Microsoft of violating law by forcing IE browser on computers, 1997
European astronomers announce the discovery of 32 extrasolar planets, 2009
Atronomers announce that galaxy UDFy-38135539 is the most distant object observed from Earth, around 30 billion light-years, 2010
Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Mutassim Gaddafi are killed shortly after the Battle of Sirte, 2011


  1. "jumped like the cats you see in the videos when someone sneaks a cucumber behind them!" HUH!? Never heard this one!

    1. Oh, go have to go to youtube and watch! I'm not sure why cucumbers are so scary, but cats do jump!

  2. "jumped like the cats you see in the videos when someone sneaks a cucumber behind them!" HUH!? Never heard this one!

  3. i love the fine fences you found in texas. ;)

  4. Good morning Mimi. Interesting story. I also like the zig zag fence. It gives good life not like a straight fence whicj is boring. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Oh I love your story and look forward to learning more each week.

    The fence is very unique.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. That's a reference to the cat and cucumber video that went around a while ago, yes? Cats are hilarious.

  7. As always, looking forward to reading more of the story!

  8. ...(now a feature of the bloghop that I look forward to every Thursday)

  9. "Well, there was that one..."

    The tension continues to build.

  10. This story keeps getting better all the time.

  11. my favorite kind of fence too.

  12. A very interesting post, enjoyed the story and the fence, everything.

  13. I'd be more than bedazzled if I found a bottle that contained a Djinn. I wonder, too, if the dreams of wishes are always better than if they actually come to fruition. I often wish I could win the lottery!

  14. Cats can't stand cucumbers, mine is afraid of them as well. Thanks for sharing your fun and creative story! Have a great weekend.

  15. I love the subtle message of this segment of your story, that the excitement of having our wishes fulfilled may not turn out exactly as we anticipate!

  16. Since I've been away from blogging for a while, it interesting to jump into a continuing story. It would be a lot less exciting, I think, if we had something around to take care of all our problems. Think of all the lessons we wouldn't learn from dealing with our problems.

  17. I like the zig zag fencing too. - Also some fun things happened on this day.

  18. Love how you slipped the cat and cucumber into your story. I think I like your wise Djinn.


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