Thursday, September 14, 2017

On Task (Six Sentence Story) & Chain Link (Good Fences)

"My daughter reminded me about the use of musical codes, and I've been doing a bit of research," Jonathan told Buddy as they sat down to pore over the sheets of paper.

"Where is Stacy tonight, I haven't seen her in a long time," Buddy asked.

"She's at a cast party for her play, she'll be in later, and so will Alex, he has an evening class," Jonathan stifled a sigh.

"Good, and while they are here we need to make plans to get the families together again..." Buddy started, and Jonathan interrupted with laughter.

"Same ol' Buddy, after all these years, it's so hard to keep you on track about anything that doesn't involve actually playing an instrument!"

Buddy grinned and with the familiarity of years of friendship shot back, "Same ol' Jonathan, always so focused and on task!"

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


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.

These plain chain link fences are very common around here.

For some reason, these are called hurricane fences.

Today is:

Battle of San Jacinto Day -- Nicaragua

Cochabamba Day -- Cochabamba, Bolivia (festival of the founding of the city)

Eat a Hoagie Day

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 4, Economic Justice (sponsored by We, the World

Feast of San Gennaro -- New York, NY, US (an 11 day street fair centered around Little Italy and its Patron Saint, Gennaro, whose feast day is the 19th; includes a Mass and parading of the Saint's statue on the final Saturday of the celebrations)

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross/Elevation of the Life Giving Cross/Holy Cross Day -- Christian

Festivals and Matsuri of Japan -- several throughout Japan, today and for the next several, most as harvest festivals or traditional horseback archery rituals)
       including the O Sannomiya Autumn Festival, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Festival, Tono Matsuri, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, Tsurugaoka-hachimangu Reitasai, Yachi Donga Festival, and Furusato Hyappei Festival

Hug a Crabby Stranger Day -- okay, as long as i don't end up on the evening news

Hummer/Bird Celebration -- Rockport and Fulton, TX, US (ruby-throated hummingbirds and other avians are the stars of this show; through Sunday)

Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony -- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US (each winner has done improbable research, something that makes people laugh, then think)

National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

National Day of the Working Parent -- US (can't find a sponsor, but it's listed on several sites as the 2nd Thursday of September)

Newport International Boat Show -- Newport, RI, US (through Sunday)

Nutting Day -- British Isles tradition, the hazelnuts are supposed to be perfectly ripe on this day

Osage River Mountain Man Festival and Black Powder Shoot -- Lake Ozark, MO, US (reenactment of a pre-1840s wilderness rendezvous; through Sunday)

Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln -- Switzerland

St. Notburga's Day (Patron of agricultural workers, husbandmen, peasants, restaurant servers)

Unclear Ideas Display -- Fairy Calendar (Imps celebration)

Birthdays Today:

Amy Winehouse, 1983
Dan Cortese, 1967
Faith Ford, 1964
Wendy Thomas, 1961 (Namesake of Wendy's Hamburgers)
Mary Crosby, 1959
Sam Neill, 1947
Joey Heatherton, 1944
Nicol Williamson, 1938
Walter Koenig, 1936
Kate Millett, 1934
Harve Presnell, 1933
Zoe Caldwell, 1933
Constance Baker Motley, 1921
Clayton Moore, 1914
Stanley Ketchel, 1886
Margaret Higgins Sanger, 1879
Ivan Pavlov, 1849
James Wilson, 1742

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Golden Girls"(TV), 1985
"The Waltons"(TV Series), 1972
"Ironside"(TV), 1967
"Have Gun Will Travel"(TV), 1957
"The Turn of the Screw"(Opera), 1954

Today in History:

Domitian becomes emperor of Rome upon the death of his brother Titus, 81
Harun al-Rashid beomes Abbasid Caliph upon the death of his brother, al-Hadi, 786
The first lighthouse in the US, in Boston, is lit, 1716
George Frederick Handel finishes "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days, 1741
Napoleon occupies Moscow; fires begin that will not be fully extinguished for 5 days, 1812
Francis Scott Key witnesses the battle which inspires him to write "The Defense of Fort McHenry", later retitled "The Star Spangled Banner", 1814
George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon, 1886
President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt, 1901
Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 1948
The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it, 1959
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded, 1960
The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI, 1975
President-elect of Lebanon, Bachir Gemayel, is assassinated, 1982
Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean, 1984
The Toronto Blue Jays set a record for the most home runs in a single game, belting 10 of them, 1987
Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations, 1999
Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks; a similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital, 2001
In a referendum, Estonia approves joining the European Union, 2003
NASA reveals the Space Launch Program to replace the Space Shuttle program, 2011


  1. Nice fence. And i publish good fences in the evening

  2. I love the green, green grass. Nice fence too!

  3. That is a good looking fence. That is what we have around our yard. Have a wonderful day.

  4. I'm loving your ongoing story and I can't wait for them to crack the code.

    They are called hurricane fences because they are still standing after a hurricane. Most of the wood fences can't say the same.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Another great segment of the story. :)

  6. Very nice fence
    Hope you are having a great week

  7. Hello. Another week another story. This had a good vibe.

  8. I doubt those fences protect anything from hurricanes. Maybe they're called that because hurricane winds would blow through them?

  9. Love the ongoing story, love the fence. Love that you participate.

  10. I guess I have missed a lot in the long time I have been absent from the hop. Reading this 6 sentence excerpt makes me want to get to know the characters and the story better. Hi, Mimi.

  11. Another fun section of your story.
    Hmmmm I don't think those fences would last through a Hurricane but they are nice and that lawn is so pretty and green.

  12. There was a great scene in one of 'The Librarian' movies where the protagonist discovered a map hidden in the notes of music.
    made me think of that...

  13. Mimi,

    After last Wednesday things sorta went down hill for me in Blogosphere. I had a Thursday appointment then DH was off work on Friday and you know I'm no where to be found usually online on the weekends. lol Anywho, I'm playing catch up!

    You created a nice dialogue between old friends sharing a glimpse into their characters - nicely done on SSS!

    The photo fence prompt is a fascinating one but I keep forgetting about it, plus I don't often think about fences too much and I certainly do not have enough in archives to play along but I do like seeing what others share, though. Chain linked fences used to be very common but I don't see too many of them anymore. Most folks are using privacy fencing or tall shrubs to mark their property borders. Our next door neighbor has a chain link fence in his backyard.

    "Hug a Crabby Stranger". I'll pass on that one. I won't even hug a happy stranger so you know I won't huge a crabby one. :D

    The "National Cream-filled Doughnut Day" is one DH would totally like! I'm going to have to share that one with him. Of course, you may remember he LOVES doughnuts!

    I had all but forgotten Mary Crosby. It's good seeing her mentioned and that she just celebrated her 58th birthday. She's the same age as DH. I always thought she was so pretty. I wonder if she ever recorded any mewsic? She should have some mewsical ability with two mewsical parents. Ole Bing was a fabulous singer! I love his Christmas albums the best!

    Thanks for sharing all the mid-week fun, my friend!


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