Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Where do i go from here?

Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, and this week she wants us to discuss:  Finish the sentence.  If I could go anywhere today....

This discussion needs a two pronged approach.  You see, there are places i can go today and be back home tonight in my own bed, and then there are places i can take off to travel to that would take a while to get there and i might not want to come home ever once i did!

If i could go anywhere today that's nearby, i would have a difficult time choosing between running down to NOLA or exploring the downtown area right here.  NOLA has her charms, and a trip to have coffee at Cafe du Monde and go sit in the St. Louis Cathedral and just soak up the atmosphere is always welcome.  Then there's the Aquarium and the Audubon Zoo and, well, if i headed down there to be a "tourist" i might stay a week.

We have some lovely places here, too.  Museums and scenic walks, new green spaces to encourage us to park our cars and get out more, delightful small restaurants.  If i had money and no plans, i could park down at the church very early in the morning and just go, and not come home until evening and still not have seen and done it all.

If i could go anywhere and didn't have to be back by a certain time, you might not see me until next year!  There's lots of travel i want to do, Canada, Alaska, the UK, Australia, New Zealand -- that's enough to be getting on with.

An Alaskan cruise that ends with me going to Canada and touring from one end to the other would be a dream come true.  Cross by ship to England and spend some time there, as well as Scotland, and then head off to the lands of kiwis and koalas, and you've got the trip of several lifetimes.

In reality, give me a day off and i often head to my favorite place, the library.  Even if those far-away destinations are mostly dreams, i can feed my dreams at one of these local book heavens.

Where's the next place you would want to travel?  If you could take off today, where would you go?

Today is:

Anniversary of the 3rd Druk Gyalpo -- Bhutan

Baby Day -- birth anniversary of Dr. Spock

Brothers and Sisters Day/Sibling Appreciation Day -- an internet generated holiday, not to be confused with National Siblings Day on April 10 each year

Carnival Day -- Sint Maarten

Community Day -- M, Spain

Day of Osiris going forth from his mountain -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Door-Banging and Window-Tapping Conference -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

Flag Day -- Poland

Give Local America -- US (encouraging people to support local charities with the largest crowdfuning event in history) 

Holiday of the Region of Madrid -- Madrid, Spain
International Scurvy Awareness Day -- because yes, some people do still get this disease of Vitamin C deficiency 

King James Bible Day -- marking the publication in 1611 of the King James Version of the Bible

National Education Day -- Indonesia

National Play Your Ukulele Day -- just because it's fun!

National Truffles Day

Roberts Rules of Order Day -- birth anniversary of Henry M. Robert, author of the standard parliamentary guide Robert's Rules of Order

Rowdy Friends Day -- go look up the ones you haven't seen in a while

St. Athanasius the Great's Day

St. Zoe's Day

Teacher's Day -- Bhutan; Iran

Twelfth Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i

World Asthma Day -- International (Global Initiative for Asthma

Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; began sunset yesterday, through sunset today)

Birthdays Today:

Sarah Hughes, 1985
Jenna Von Oy, 1977
David Beckham, 1975
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 1972
Elizabeth Berridge, 1962
Christine Baranski, 1952
Larry Gatlin, 1949
Lesley Gore, 1946
David Suchet, 1946
Bianca Jagger, 1945
Engelbert Humperdinck, 1936
Roscoe Lee Browne, 1925
Theodore Bikel, 1924
Satyajit Ray, 1921
Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1903
Baron Von Richthofen, 1892
Hedda Hopper, 1885
Henry M. Robert, 1837

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Sunday in the Park with George"(Musical), 1984
"Peter and the Wolf"(Prokofiev Op. 67), 1936
"The Jack Benny Program"(Radio), 1932
Good Housekeeping(Magazine), 1885
"La Bottega del Caffe/The Coffee Shop"(Play), 1750
Authorized King James Version of the Bible(Publication date, by printer Robert Barker), 1611

Today in History:

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft, 1536
John Knox returns from exile to Scotland  to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation, 1559
Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle, 1568
King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America, 1670
William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris, 1780
Charles Fremantle founds the Swan River Colony in Australia, 1829
Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao, 1866
Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time, 1885
Cree and Assiniboine  warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion, 1885
The Congo Free State is established by King Léopold II of Belgium, 1885
Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1887
General Motors  acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware, 1918
Pearl S. Buck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Good Earth, 1938
The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1, makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg, 1952
Tennessee Williams is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1955
The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City, 1969
The 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, opens, 1986
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy, 1998
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military, 2000
Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless, 2008

Conservationists determine poachers killed the last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique; these poachers worked with game rangers responsible for protecting them, 2013


  1. If I could go anywhere today...., I would be cruising somewhere in the Caribbean, listening to the Caribbean music, drinking a non alcoholic sweet drink, with a cool breeze blowing over me in a brilliant sunshine waiting for dinner. Ah, what a time. Do you want to come Mimi? See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  2. I hope you get to go to all those places in the near future, you deserve a vacation.

  3. We aren't much for traveling. We are happy at home, but we love to go to our boat and just enjoy being on the water. Going on a cruise anywhere is what I would chose. We love being on our boat.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. Back to bed...and that is what I am going to do.

  5. Lovely places to go, and yes, if we can't get there we can "visit" with books and videos and such. Any day being free to roam is a day treasured, and even moreso for you, since you don't get too many of those! If I could magically transport myself, you'd find me sitting at the edge of the ocean today, waves washing over my toes!

  6. I'd head to the south of France, where we'll be headed in two weeks.

  7. I've had to research so many places for my latest story, and it's not quite as good as going there - but it's not bad either. And I am studying the areas at a different time period which is extra fascinating. So yeah, I guess if I could go ANYWHERE meaning actual TIME was not even a factor, I am probably in 1800s England. ha.
    But Alaska cruise sounds really good too.

  8. Messymimi,

    Through a good book and day/night dreams are excellent, low-cost ways to travel to places afar, places new, or places unknown. If I can't get anywhere by car or foot then I won't be traveling, so I'll just imagine getting slingshot to the moon for the day to see where Neal Armstrong walked. :) BTW, you might want to consider including a signature line in your comments for others to find their way back to your blog. Do you know how to do this? It's really easy. If you need help doing this then I can tell you how to do it. ;) Have a good day!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    5 Ways To Take It Easy + #TuesdayTunesation with @WeAreGroves

  9. If you could go anywhere today, I wish you could! Curious as a Cathy, too.


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