Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scratch up a Good Fence

Picking up one of the sheets of music, Alex noted, "Well, it's easy to see who taught you to make your musical notations as neatly as you do; too bad it didn't rub off on your regular handwriting!"

"Be careful there, son," Jonathan said, giving him the side-eye, "my chicken-scratch is still more legible than yours!"

"What does he mean by, 'Figure it out, Jonathan'?" Alex asked, pointing to the note at the bottom of the last page.

"It probably means he left me something that he wanted me to have after he was gone, and I have to figure out what and where it is."

"Figure it out by what, playing the score he wrote?"

"Knowing Professor Denarius, playing it will just be the beginning."

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Scratch.


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.

White picket fences always catch my eye.

Even teeny, tiny ones.

Today is:

Banana Split Day

Chemistry Set Volcano Day -- beat summer boredom, make a chemistry set volcano!  

Day of Wandering -- Fairy Calendar

Dejada de Santo Domingo de Guzeman -- Managua, Nicaragua

Edmonton Folk Music Festival -- Gallagher Park, Edmonton, AB, Canada (folk music of all kinds and fun for the whole family; through Sunday)

Feast of San Lorenzo -- San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

Great River Tug Fest -- Port Byron, IL, and LeClaire, IA, US (the only tug-of-war across the Mighty Mississippi, this year's theme is "Safari" and the cause supported is King Harvest Pet Rescue; festival through Saturday)

Hope Watermelon Festival -- Hope, AK, US (if you've never had Hope watermelons, you've missed the best!  Through Saturday)

Horse Racing Festival -- Nagchu, Tibet (through the 16th)

Independence Day / National Day -- Ecuador(1822)

International Tango Festival and World Championship -- Buenos Aires, Argentina (through the 23rd)

Jersey Battle of Flowers -- Jersey, Channel Islands, UK (two days of floats and family fun)

Lazy Day -- internet generated, since it's so hot, though, make it a lazy day!

"Li'l" Margaret's Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival -- Leonardtown, MD, US (bluegrass music, crafts, old time tractors and cars, and home-cooked meals; bring a lawn chair!  through Saturday)

National Duran Duran Appreciation Day -- anniversary of the 1985 near fatal accident of lead singer Simon Le Bon, when his yacht capsized during a race; the band acknowledges the declaration of this day on their website, and many years offer a free download of a song from one of their albums

National Hobo Convention -- Britt, IA (held each year since 1900, gathering for migrant workers who are proud to call themselves "hobos" and make a living through working where they choose and travelling where they want; through Sunday)

National S'mores Day

Opalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar, festival of Ops (date approximate, there were several celebrations of Ops through August and September)

Puck Fair -- Killorglin, Ireland (one of Ireland's 3 oldest fairs, with a wild goat caught and crowned the Puck, and let go on the 3rd day, Aug. 12)

Prisoner's Justice Day -- Canada (prisoners fast and refuse to work in memory of those who have died in prison of murder, suicide, or neglect)

Skowhegan State Fair -- Skowhegan, ME, US (since 1818, ten days of grand fun; through the 19th)

Skyscraper Appreciation Day -- birth anniversary of architect William Can Alen, the genius behind the Chrysler Building

St. Lawrence of Rome's Day (Martyr roasted on a gridiron; Patron of archives and archivists, armories and armourers, brewers, butchers, chefs, comedians, confectioners, cooks, cutlers, deacons, glaziers, laundry workers, librarians and libraries, paupers and the poor, restauranteurs, schoolchildren, seminarians, stained glass workers, students, tanners, vine growers and vintners; of over 25 cities around the world; against fire and lumbago)

Anniversaries Today:

The Smithsonian Institution is chartered, 1846
Missouri becomes the 24th US state, 1821

Birthdays Today:

Angie Harmon, 1972
Antonio Banderas, 1960
Rosanna Arquette, 1959
Schim Schimmel, 1954
Ian Anderson, 1947
Betsey Johnson, 1942
Bobby Hatfield, 1940
Rocky Colavito, 1933
Jimmy Dean, 1928
Eddie Fisher, 1928
Rhonda Fleming, 1923
Leo Fender, 1909
George Crockett, 1909
Norma Shearer, 1902
Henri Nestle', 1890
Herbert Hoover, 1874

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Candid Camera"(TV), 1948

Today in History:

Nineveh is destroyed and Sinsharishkun, King of the Assyrian Empire is killed, BC 612
Temple at Jerusalem is burned, 70
Ferdinand Magellan sets out with 5 ships to circumnavigate the globe, 1519
The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London is laid, 1675
Word of the US Declaration of Independence reaches London, 1776
Mozart completes "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", 1787
First ascent of Finsteraarhorn, the highest summit of the Bernese Alps, 1829
Candid Camera makes its television debut after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone, 1948
The Magellan space probe reaches Venus, 1990
The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK – 38.5*C (101.3*F) in Kent; it is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, 2003
New Zealand's highest mountain, the south ridge of Aoraki/Mount Cook, is renamed Hillary Ridge after Sir Edmund Hillary, first to conquer Mt. Everest, 2011
Google announces its restructure as Alphabet, a holding company with Google, YouTube, Android and Chrome as subsidiaries, 2015


  1. I wonder what and where it is? An intriguing tale indeed. It's 18c in the south of the UK today and it's mid summer. Why can't it be like 2003?

    Click to see my six!

  2. How we all would like messages and tests like this from deceased relatives to make their passing a happier time remembering them.

  3. I so should have gone with chicken scratch. My mother's hand writing was the worst! Good memory jogger.

  4. very cool transitioning into a tale, the visuals, quite effective, the writing of a score presents the same 'what can all these seemingly random dots and slash marks possibly mean?' question. at least to one not familiar with musical notation.

  5. Large or small, white fences are favorites of mine!
    Have a great day!

  6. You have a marvelous ability to capture our attention.

  7. You write so very well, and you keep our interest piqued.

    I too love white picket fences.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  8. I love white fences which are not common here

  9. This is an interesting twist, I am eager to find out what the music leads him to.

  10. This story is really flowing. Well done.

  11. I am sure, sometime around August, when the fence is fully painted, it will look very nice and I will bask in satisfaction of a job well bludgeoned.chain link fence supplies


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