Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z for Zillions, a Serious and Silly Sunday

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My Z on April 30 always is and always will be Zillions.  Yes, i know it's a made up number.

Today is Little Girl's birthday, and i love her zillions, made up word or not.  There's just no measure to how much you care about your children.

She's an army medic with the National Guard, and she will be starting nursing school in the fall.  That makes her the only one to follow Grandma and Grandpa's footsteps and go into the medical field.  Even with all of that, she will always be my baby, and i'll always love her zillions.

No, i'm not just saying this so she will care for me when i'm old!

Boudreaux know how it be when you kid go into medicine.  Tee Boudreaux done growed up to be a traiteur (medical doctor).

One time, Boudreaux be so sick he need him de operation.  He demand dat Tee have to do it, he not gonna trust no one else.

When dey be goin' in to the operatin' room, Boudreaux call him over an' say, "Tee, you's gonna take good care o' me in dis operation, right?"

An' Tee say, "Oui, Père, you be in good hands!"

An' Boudreaux say, "Mais, dat be good, because you know if ennyt'ing done happen to me, you Mère gonna be movin' in wit' you an' you wife!"

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Georgia

Birthday of the King / Konungens födelsedag -- Sweden (HM King Carl XVI Gustav; an official flag day)

Bugs Bunny Day -- while some consider his debut to have been in "A Wild Hare," released in July two years later, other say that Bugs was the rabbit in "Porky's Hare Hunt," relased this date in 1938

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day -- this one has its own Facebook page 

Camarón Day -- French Foreign Legion

Clun Green Man Festival -- Clun, Shropshire, England (spring festival ending with the Clun Green Man battling and defeating the Frost Queen to end winter and bring in spring, along with a May Fair; through the Monday Spring Bank Holiday) 

Consumer Protection Day -- Thailand

Día De Los Niños/Día De Los Libros -- American Library Association (Children Day/Book Day; a celebration that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds

Dia de Rincon -- Rincon, Bonaire

El Dia del Nino -- Mexico (Children's Day)

Fairy Queen's Birthday -- Fairy Calendar

Faeriae Latinae -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Feast of the Latin League, a festival to honor Jupiter)

Helena Railroad Fair -- Helena, MT, US (largest railroad hobby event in the area)

International Jazz Day -- UNESCO (originated with the New Jersey Jazz Society and sanctioned by the United Nations Jazz Society, the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society; this year's International Jazz Day Global Concert 2014 will be held in Osaka, Japan and streamed live, with info here)

Landsgemeinde -- Appenzell, Inner Rhoden Canton, Switzerland (one of the last examples of direct democracy left; the final Sunday of each April all voters in the canton age 18 and older, wearing traditional swords, gather for a church service and then vote directly on all affairs of the canton for the year; no secret ballots, all raise their hands to vote yea or nay; festival follows.  This tradition dates back to the 14th century.)

Liberation/Reunification Day -- Vietnam

May Eve -- eve of the first day of summer in many traditions, including
     Beltane/Samhain Eve -- Pagan traditions
     Carodejnice -- Czech Republic; Slovakia
     Maitag Vorabend -- Switzerland 
     Mange les Morts -- Haiti (festival of the dead)
     Salus -- Portugal; Spain (festival of the dead)
     Valborgsmässoafton -- Sweden
     Walpurgis Night -- Ancient Celtic/Nordic Calendars

Mother, Father Deaf Day -- to honor deaf parents and recognize the gifts of culture and language they give to their hearing children; sponsored by CODA (Children of Deaf Adults International

Mr. Potato Head Day -- the classic toy went on sale this day in 1952, and you used your own potato

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day -- US (can't find a sponsoring organization, but it's not a bad idea)

National Honesty Day -- including Honest Abe Awards (Abies) and dishonorable mentions for those who have been particularly publicly egregious; celebrated today because we began the month with April Fooling and lies, so today is to celebrate the opposite*

National Raisin Day

Pet Parent's Day -- honoring those who consider pets a part of the family

Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival -- Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, McCalla, AL, US (through next Sunday)

St. Adjutor of Vernon's Day (Patron of drowning victims, sailors, swimmers, yatchsmen; Vernon, France; against drowning)

St. James the Great's Day -- Orthodox Christian

Teacher's Day -- Paraguay

Turkmen Racing Horse Festival -- Turkmenistan

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day -- anyone, anywhere in the world who makes a pinhole photograph today may upload it to the world wide online gallery 

Yom HaZiKaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; begins at sunset)

*to nominate someone for an Abie or a dishonorable mention, contact M. Hirsh Goldberg, founder and author of The Book of Lies,

Anniversaries Today:

Pele marries Assiria Seixas Lemos, 1994
The Organization of American States is founded, 1948
Louisiana becomes the 18th US state, 1812

Birthdays Today:

Dianna Agron, 1986
Kirsten Dunst, 1982
Johnny Galecki, 1975
Jeff Timmons, 1973
Carolyn Dawn Johnson, 1971
Adrian Pasdar, 1965
Michael Waltrip, 1963
Isiah Thomas, 1961
Stuart Mathis, 1960
Stephen Harper, 1959
Jane Campion, 1954
Perry King, 1948
Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden, 1946
Michael J. Smith, 1945
Jill Clayburgh, 1944
Burt Young, 1940
Gary Collins, 1938
Willie Nelson, 1933
Cloris Leachman, 1926
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, 1909
Eve Arden, 1908
Ellis Wilson, 1899
Louise Dilworth Beatty Homer, 1871

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Barnum"(Musical), 1980
"The Dresser"(Play), 1980
"Inside U.S.A."(Musical revue), 1948
"Arthur Godfrey Time"(Radio), 1945
"Pelleas et Melisande"(Opera), 1902
"Dmitri Donskoi"(Opera), 1852
"Love for Love"(Play), 1695

Today in History:

Supernova  SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation  Lupus, 1006
Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune's orbit until July 23, 1503, 1483
Columbus is given a royal commission to equip his fleet, 1492
On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States, 1789
The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France, 1803
Nicaragua  declares independence from the Central American Federation, 1838
Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to 
make up time on the Cannonball Express, 1900
Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city, 1907
Peru becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty, 1920
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, 1927
The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny, 1938
In Bogotá, Colombia, the Organization of American States is established, 1948
The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom, 1963
Communist forces gain control of Saigon and the Vietnam War formally ends, 1975
Accession of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1980
CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free, 1993
Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, 1999
Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters, 2008
Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Hailed as the largest World's Fair in history, Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China, 2010

Born without a trachea, a 2-year-old Korean-Canadian child is the youngest patient in history to receive a bioengineered organ made from stem cells; she received the transplanted organ at the Children's Hospital of Illinois, 2013


  1. Happy birthday to Little Girl! Love your joke. I am sure the operation will be a success! Lol!

  2. Happy Birthday to Little Girl! :)

  3. Zillions is the perfect word to end the series. And it's National Jazz Day too. I've learned quite a few useful bits and pieces during my visits here - I'll think of you when they come up in future pub quizze! Thanks so much for your visits to Amble Bay. It's going to very quiet there now everyone is leaving!

    It's farewell to Amble Bay!

  4. Agree totally on parental love of children - no word in the dictionary can quite get it across, you totally need a coined word and zillions fits the bill perfectly.

    Love National Raisin Day too, but that's a different love :)

    Congrats on completing the Challenge!

    Best wishes always

  5. I love my kids zillions, too. Good luck to your daughter in her future endeavors. Cute story about Doctor Boudreaux. There's some motivation. See you at the SSS and the TTot in the future.

  6. Fun stuff!
    Great job on the challenge - I'm glad to have met you. :-)

  7. That's putting pressure on the Doc.

  8. That is one way to be sure he does a good job operating.:) Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  9. I know you love your daughter zillions. I think that's a word.

    I love your joke and I'm sure the operation will go just fine. Such incentive.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. ☺

  10. Happy Birthday from London to your daughter :-)

    LOL @ Boudreaux it will all go well :-)

    Have a zilliontastic Sunday :-)

  11. Happy Birthday to Tee. We think Zillions is a great word. You all have a fantastic day.

  12. No wonder you are proud of your girl, as well as loving her to bits! Zillions - it's a word I've heard but not seen written down before. Oh, and I laughed out loud at Boudreaux this week!

  13. You are so right that the love a parent feels for their child knows no limits. You have much to be proud of in Little Girl, she's making her own way, and will be an awesome nurse. It's a challenging profession I know, my daughter has been one for over 20 years now! Wishing her a wonderful birthday celebration, isn't it amazing how we can recall that first time we held them in our arms as clearly as if it was yesterday?!

    Big congrats on finishing up the A to Z in fine style, you were so wonderfully creative in adapting your posts to the alphabet, and I totally enjoyed visiting each day. And on we go! And of course then there's next year! :-)

    Z is for Zadie - the conclusion to my A-Z serial story "Circle of Hope"

  14. A warning like that is all it would take for me to do my best.

  15. Happy Birthday to your little girl (yes, they're always your babies even when they are army medics)
    I've enjoyed your posts and sooooo admire your ability to post daily.
    I can see your May, 1st post is already up. And I'm wondering--how does she do it?

  16. All the best to your girl. You are blessed, as is she. Congratulations on an A-Z well done, too. You rock. Hugs.


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