Sunday, July 16, 2017

Silly Sunday: Build-Up

Silly Sunday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.

Silly Sunday is the place to come for weekly laughs.  The rules are simple, just have fun.

This is a great opportunity to get to know other bloggers and have a laugh or two in the process.

Here is how it works: Laugh and Link Up!

Back when Red-headed Alec lived here, i could always count on some practical help with heavy lifting or cleaning projects.  He doesn't have much formal education, but his practical knowledge is vast.

Having Friend Chris here is similar.  He's very mechanically inclined and can repair things, including car things.  He knows by instinct how whatever it is you are talking about is supposed to work.  It was very handy having him here yesterday to set up Bigger Girl's room air conditioner.  As with Alec, he got through high school, but his common sense about how to get things done is much greater than his book learning.

As a mechanic friend once said to me, after he jerry-rigged a solution to a muffler problem i was having with a Volvo, "It's a good thing I didn't go to college, I wouldn't have known how to do that!"

Boudreaux agree him wit' de fact dat sometime dere be such a t'ing as too much book learnin'.

"I done tol' you, Thibodeaux, dat dere institute o' higher learnin' here in town be de storehouse o' knowledge!"

"Boudreaux, what you mean by dat?"

"I mean dat de freshmen come in wit' a little knowledge, an' as seniors dey leave an' dey don' take none of it wit' dem, so it accumulate!"

Today is:

Atomic Bomb Day -- the first experimental bomb was set off today in 1945

Closet Space Appreciation Day -- if you have some, enjoy (we have tiny closets!)

Codman Estate Antique Auto Show -- Codman Estate, Lincoln, MA, US (a day to appreciate antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and fire engines)

Disability Awareness Day -- Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington, UK (the world's largest "not for profit" volunteer-led disability exhibition) 

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival -- University of Fairbanks, AK (a unique study and performance festival; through the 30th)

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; related observances (many noting her relationship to Carmen, ancient goddess of healing and midwifery)
     Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen -- Santurtzi, Basque Region, Spain
     Lady of Carmen Day -- Chile 
     La Madonna della Carmine -- Naples, Italy (all of Italy, actually, but especially here)
     Virgen Del Carmen -- Cetano, Puerto Rico

Fresh Spinach Day -- yippee!

Galla Bayramy -- Turkmenistan (celebration of the wheat harvest)

Ice Cream Cone Day -- this is one of the many days people say the confection was invented, so why not?

Lake Superior Day -- info at the Lake Superior Forum 

LaPaz Day -- Bolivia

Luxembourg Beer Festival -- Diekirch, Luxembourg

Manu'a Cession Day -- American Samoa

National Corn Fritters Day

National Ice Cream Day -- by US Presidential proclamation on the 3rd Sunday of July each year; at this time of year, the trick is to eat it fast enough that it doesn't melt, but not so fast that you get a brain freeze!

National Personal Chef Day -- some websites say Feb. 24, but since i'm not going to have one, you may celebrate it whichever you choose

Parking Meter Day -- the first parking meter was installed on this day in 1935 in Okalahoma City, OK

Petal-Hopping for Non-Starters Day -- Fairy Calendar

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival -- Santa Fe, NM, US (highly acclaimed chamber music festival that draws international talent; through Aug. 21)

St. Eustathius' Day

Talk to a Telemarketer Day -- only if i can mess with his/her mind in some way!

Anniversary Today:

Michael J. Fox marries Tracy Pollan, 1988

Birthdays Today

Mark Indelicato, 1994
Jayma Mays, 1979
Corey Feldman, 1971
Larry Sanger, 1968
Barry Sanders, 1968
Will Ferrell, 1967
Phoebe Cates, 1963
Michael Flatley, 1958
Stewart Copeland, 1952
Ruben Blades, 1948
Pinchas Zukerman, 1948
Bess Myerson, 1924
Ginger Rogers, 1911
"Miss Frances" Horwich, 1907
Barbara Stanwyck, 1907
Orville Reddenbacker, 1907
Roald Amundsen, 1872
Ida B. Wells, 1862
Mary Baker Eddy, 1821
Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723
Andrea del Sarto, 1486

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Golden Horseshoe Revue"(Disneyland show), 1955
The Catcher in the Rye(Publication date), 1951
"Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail"(Opera, Mozart K. 384), 1782

Today in History

The Islamic Calendar begins, 622
East-West Schism between the Eastern and Western Christian churches begin, 1054
The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco, 1661
Manchu Qing Dynasty naval forces under traitorous commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands, 1683
Father Junipero Serra founds California's first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego, 1769
First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1782
The city of La Paz, in what is today Bolivia, declares its independence from the Spanish Crown, 1809
Emily Stowe becomes the first female physician licensed to practice medicine in Canada, 1880
The world's first parking meter is installed in the Oklahoma capital, Oklahoma City, 1935
The world's first nuclear weapon, the "atom bomb," is detonated in New Mexico, 1945
The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948
J.D. Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye published by Little, Brown and Company, 1951
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes its very last "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh, due to changing economics all subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas, 1956
USS George Washington (SSBN-598) a modified Skipjack class submarine successfully test fires the first Ballistic missile while submerged, 1960
The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opens, 1965
Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1969
Mahathir bin Mohamad becomes Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister; he will be in office 22 years, Asia's longest-serving political leader, 1981
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collides with Jupiter (impacts continue until July 22), 1994
John F. Kennedy, Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies in a plane mishap over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, along with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, 1999
Chicago's Millenium Park is opened to the public, 2004
The funeral for the final heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg, occurs in Vienna, attended by monarchs and members of the political elite, 2011


  1. My dad could fix just about anything. I didn't inherit his gift for making repairs.

  2. I'm jut like Stephen, I didn't inherit these wonderful things from my dad also but I could play music, draw and teach. My dad was proud of me anyway.
    Have a great Sunday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  3. I'm totally useless at repairs around the home not bad with computers though :-)

    LOL @ Boudreaux although there is nothing wrong with accumulation lol

    Have an accumulativetastic SS :-)

  4. In school I learned that I wasn't very good at anything...lots of people never learn that.

  5. Hubby is not a repair person, but he was mighty close to earning his masters degree. I think school teaches you discipline. I know most of what I studied in college is a distant memory. Some folks do know how to do things and that's great.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday, my friend. ☺

  6. Anyone who has gotten a parking ticket or, worse, towed because of an expired parking meter probably wishes the first atomic bomb test landed on a parking meter plant!

  7. I have a friend who loves those jokes from the Cajun fellows.

  8. Love that! (oh, I haven't been able to comment, with luck this will go through. If so, in response to the blog about trying to fill out a job application online, ask the HR guy to pull it up, or for the URL. I don't know if that would help much, but you would know if there is a run around occuring!)


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