Saturday, December 17, 2016

Random on Saturday

It's time for another visit to NOLA to see Grandma and Grandpa.  Two weeks ago, i took Little Girl and she and i cleaned out the kitchen cabinets.  Although i've offered to clean the pantry closets this time, i think Grandma just wants to visit.

There will be a quick errand first, and i hope to have pics of that later.

Meanwhile, a few days ago, the Jalopy was making noises that told me to get the power steering fluid checked.  It was very, very low, and they topped it off.

The noises are back, so while i'm in NOLA in Humphrey the Honda, Sweetie will take the Jalopy to Kevin and Lenny and see what they say.  My hope is that it's something easily (read, cheaply) fixed.

A good many people whose homes were flooded out are trying to be back in their places by Christmas.  This is keeping me (and Bigger Girl and even Red-headed Alec) very busy with cleaning empty houses, as well as all of the regular work.  If you've never had to get the mud from floating sheetrock off of windows where someone did it incorrectly, i don't recommend it.

On a completely different note, #1 Son went to see the new Star Wars movie, and he recommends it.  That's all i will say (he gave me details, he knows i don't take time to go to movies), if you want a spoiler, you can get it online.  If you don't want a spoiler, go see it soon.

Today is:

Birth of Prophet Mohammad and of Imam Sadegh -- Iran

Christmas Festival in Salvador -- Salvador, Brazil (one fun party, with many different activities, that begins around now, lasts until New Year's Day)

Clean Air Act Day -- US (passed this day 1963; a day to give thanks for the air we breathe

Cookie Cutter Day

Daniel the Prophet's Day -- Orthodox Catholic Feast Day

Feast of Babalu Aye -- Yoruba/Santeria (celebration of the healer of deadly diseases)

Feast of the Fairy Godmothers -- Fairy Calendar

Hagoita Ichi -- Sensoji Temple, Japan (sale of specially decorated paddles, called hagoita; through the 19th)

Hakidaore Ichi -- Tokyo, Japan (fabulous shoe festival; through tomorrow)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Askasleikir -- Bowl-licker, who hides under the bed and snatches bowls set on the floor to lick them clean

Kasuga Wakamiya Festival -- Nara, Japan (rarely performed traditional dances at a festival held every year since 1136)

National Day -- Bhutan

National Maple Syrup Day

Procession of Agnios Dionysios -- Zakynthos, Greece (one of the biggest festivals of the year, when the relics of this island's patron saint is honored)

Saturnalia begins (through Dec. 23) -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Saturn, the planter god)

Sow Day -- Orkney Islands, Scotland (ritual slaughter of a sow for the Yule feast)

St. Lazarus of Bethany's Day

Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking -- the group that used to sponsor Tanyrtss doesn't have anything on its webpage any more, but there are many groups out there that can help you quit  

Wright Brother's Day -- US

Anniversary Today:

Tiny Tim weds Miss Vicky, 1969

Birthdays Today:

Milla Jovovich, 1975
Duff Goldman, 1974
Sean Patrick Thomas, 1970
Mike Mills, 1958
Bill Pullman, 1954
Wes Studi, 1947
Eugene Levy, 1946
Chris Matthews, 1945
Ernie Hudson, 1945
Bernard Hill, 1944
Tommy Steele, 1936
Bob Guccione, 1930
William Safire, 1929
Willard Frank Libby, 1908
Arthur Fiedler, 1894
John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807
W. L. Mackenzie King, 1874
Joseph Henry, 1797
Deborah Sampson, 1760
William Floyd, 1734

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Return of the King(Film), 2003
"The Simpsons"(TV), 1989
Turner Broadcasting System(Cable TV Network), 1976
"El Pessebre"(Casals' Oratorio), 1960
"On The Beach"(Film), 1959

Today in History:

The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison, 546
Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur, 1398
Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII, 1538
Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan, 1586
Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu, 1637
Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY's first synagogue, 1728
France recognizes independence of English colonies in America, 1777
Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City, 1790
NYC traffic regulation creates first 1-way street, 1791
Opening of the first legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city, 1792
The US state of Kentucky abolishes debtors prisons, 1821
General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, 1862
First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert, 1865
Violent riots in Montreal, as workers demand work or bread,1875
France declares Madagascar a protectorate, 1885
George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine, 1895
A first prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrialsbut Martians are excluded - considered too easy, 1900
The Wright Brothers make their first successful flights, 1903
First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane, 1935
Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and dummy Charlie McCarthy first appear on TV, 1936
The SALT I talks begin, 1969
Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz In·cio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years, 1989
SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight, 2003
NASA completes its mission to map the Moon's gravity field, 2013


Paul Pietrangelo said...

You know Mimi, I've never seen a " Star Wars " movie. I guess I just never cared much about the movie. Oh well. So the old jalopy is causing some problems. You better get the entire engine checked in cause of problems. My Camero is now put into the garage for the winter. Bumble Bee has never seen any snow in it's entire life and I will make sure that there will be no snow at all.

Enjoy your Saturday my friend. See ya.

Cruisin Paul

stephen Hayes said...

After all these years I've run out of enthusiasm for anything Star Wars related.

Sandee said...

I can remember standing in long lines with my son to see these movies. Not anymore. I just don't care. I can't remember the last time hubby and I went to a movie. Years and years.

I hope the jalopy is an easy and cheap fix. I hate car troubles. I can remember having tons of issues back in the day.

Have a fabulous day and an even better visit with grandma and grandpa. ☺

Josie Two Shoes said...

Sounds like you are busier than ever this season. I hope that the weekend will be a time of rest and enjoying family. I also hope your car issue is minor, I always hold my breath when they make a noise or do something strange. Wishing you a beautiful Christmas!

pilch92 said...

Cleaning dried mud off of anything doesn't sound fun. Hope you had a nice visit with your grandparents.

LA Botchar said...

My son saw the Star Wars movie yesterday with his friends. Their first solo outing without parental supervision! Oye. There was a minor glitch, but overall they did okay and all definitely gave the movie 2 big thumbs up. Hopefully I can see it over the holidays.
It's so cold up here, one of our vans won't even start! We have to give it a boost every time.