Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q for Question and Quaint

He didn't have long to wait.  Standing still behind the column so he couldn't be seen from the entryway, he realized he was holding his breath, listening.

"I know you are in here!" he heard his enemy declare, the sound coming suddenly and echoing off the temple walls.  "Now the only question is, are you going to give me the Djinn bottle so I can get back what's rightfully mine, or do I have to fight you for it?"

Straining every nerve, he listened for the sound of footsteps, trying to gauge how close his enemy was, sidling behind the column to stay hidden.  When he saw the man from behind, almost at the obelisk, he knew it was time and called out, "Here, if you want it, catch!"

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


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

The way they did this fence at the corner is quaint, at least to me.

Today is:

Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten Day -- Fairy Calendar

Dogwood Festival -- Camdenton, MO, US (a rite of spring festival under the beautiful dogwood trees; through Saturday)

Fiddlers' Frolics -- Hallettsville, TX, US (home of the Texas State Fiddler Championships; through Sunday)

Fiesta San Antonio -- San Antonio, Texas, US (annual celebration that honors the memory of Texas heroes who fought in the Texas war for Independence. More that 150 events, with sporting events, fireworks, dances...all culminating with the traditional "Battle of Flowers" parade! through the 26th)

Go Around Humming "You Light Up My Life" Until Everybody Screams Day -- the person who thought this one up should be tied down and forced to listen to Barry Manilow songs for 12 hours straight!

Get to Know Your Customers Day (celebrated the 3rd Thursday quarterly)

Harpa Month Begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Harp, dedicated to young women as last month was dedicated to young men)
     Sumardagurinn Fyrsti -- first day of summer, a legal holiday

Harrogate Spring Flower Show -- Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (Britain's premier spring flower show, through Sunday)

Harvest Offering to Renenutet -- Ancient Egypitian Calendar (offering to the Lady of the Fertile Fields; date approximate)

Lima Bean Respect Day

Make a Quilt Day -- obviously begun by someone who has no idea how long the process really takes! not associated with National Quilting Day or Project Linus' Make a Blanket Day 

Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival -- Nagasaki, Japan (sailing festival, commemorating the 16th century opening of Nagasaki as Japan's sole foreign trade port; through the 24th)

National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day -- US (because we really do need to make cleaner choices

National D.A.R.E Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation)

National High Five Day -- raising money for cancer research, sponsored by the National High Five Project 

National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day

National Take a Break to Reset Your Mind Day -- because everyone needs a day like this

Ridvan begins -- Baha'i (begins at sunset)

Spring Fair in Puyallup -- Puyallup, WA, US (fun for the family, every year since 1900; through Sunday)

St. Caedwalla of Wales' Day (Patron of converts, repentant murderers)

Birthdays Today:

Danny Granger, 1983
Joey Lawrence, 1976
Carmen Electra, 1972
Shemar Moore, 1970
Crispin Glover, 1964
Don Mattingly, 1961
Clint Howard, 1959
Luther Vandross, 1951
Jessica Lange, 1949
David Leland, 1947
Steve Spurrier, 1945
Ryan O'Neal, 1941
George Takei, 1937
Nina Foch, 1924
Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, 1923
John Paul Stevens, 1920
Lionel Hampton, 1908
Harold Lloyd, 1893
Joan Miró i Ferrà, 1893
Holland McTyeire "Howlin' Mad" Smith, 1882
Daniel Chester French, 1850

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Annie Hall(Film), 1977
"Your Hit Parade"(Radio), 1935

Today in History:

The last naval battle in Byzantine history, 1453
Jews are expelled from Orange Burgundy, 1505
Jacques Cartier begins the voyage in which he will claim Canada and Labrador for France, 1534
Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam, 1657
Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1657
Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales, 1770
René Caillié becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou, 1828
Edgar Allan Poe's Murder in the Rue Morgue becomes the first detective story ever published, 1841
Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete their first pasteurization tests, 1862
Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride, 1902
Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the next day, 1918
Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film, 1926
Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon, 1972
Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years, 1986
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race, 2008
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010

Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Tahrir Square against continuing military rule in Egypt, 2012


Keith's Ramblings said...

Another of your entertaining and informative posts. I really must Google Holland McTyeire "Howlin' Mad" Smith! I wonder who he is.

Another day in Amble Bay!

Beth Lapin said...

OK, I'm fascinated by Lima bean Respect day!!!

Affirmations for a Good Life


Very palpitating suspense you have woven here. Good writing.

Anonymous said...

My breath caught on the last sentence. Very vivid imagery with the column.

Paul Brads said...

First of all who doesn't respect lima beans, secondly Ryan O'Neal is 76! Holy cow! And great post, but did he lose the Djinn?

Lea said...

Pineapple Upside Side Down Cake Day!
Nice fence photo!

Nancy Chan said...

What a suspense! What's going to happen next!

stephen Hayes said...

Hey, does that guy catch the thrown bottle? What happens next? MORE!

Arti said...

When did Lima beans fight for this day of respect? Why? Why only Lima beans? How do they know they're being shown respect? Too many questions...too little time:)
Q is for questions to a Blogger

carol l mckenna said...

Very informative post and love the curved fence ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Sandee said...

Oh this is getting better and better. I'm loving this weekly post.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Josie Two Shoes said...

I know he has a plan in the works here, so I'll be holding my breath until next week to find out what happens next! You do suspense so very well, Mimi! Arrggghhh!! :-)

That corner fence is definitely quaint, I'm trying to decide if I like it or not so much. Perhaps they just wanted a tiny garden spot to share with those passing by.

Anonymous said...

Quaint is one of my favorite words.
Had to laugh - looks like I'm not the only one who noticed Lima Bean Respect Day in your list. I truly hate Lima beans, but every now and then I do try to give them another chance. It never changes my mind...

Nilanjana Bose said...

Well done on Q! Lima Bean has got another upvote here :)

Best wishes,

Marg said...

Great post. Question is a great word for Q. Lima beans are not our Mom's favorite. Have a great evening.

Clark Farley said...

really good entry (in the series)... (I read these to learn about writing as well as enjoy the story)... talk about engaging the reader and making them want more... total cliffhanger excellent!

Pat B said...

Did the man catch it? How will this story continue? Guess I'll have to wait a week to know.

Pineapple upside down cake. My Mom frequently made that. It was so good, but somehow I didn't continue with the tradition.

Pauline said...

Ohh, what's going to happen next? I'm too scared to guess! You sure know how to do suspense.

pilch92 said...

I can't believe I missed this last week. I wonder if he really threw the bottle or a decoy?