Thursday, September 7, 2017

Working Together and a Backyard Fence

"Hey, Buddy, it sounds like the joint is jumping there!" Jonathan said after answering the phone and hearing what he could only assume was a party on the other end.

"It usually is -- hey, guys, pipe down, I'm on the horn! -- the kids keep it going, they want to keep jamming after lessons are done.  Listen, I know you weren't able to get to Professor Denarius' funeral, but did you get something weird in the mail recently?"

"Yes, I did, a key and a musical score in his handwriting, with a note to 'Figure it out, Jonathan.'  How about you?"

"Yeah, his conducting baton and a note that said, 'Work with Jonathan.'"

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


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.

No matter how average the fence, if it surrounds your yard and your stuff, it's special.  This one surrounds the back yard of one of my clients.

Yes, she has kids, why do you ask?

Today is:

Air Force Day -- Pakistan

Beer Lovers' Day -- ESPN began to broadcast on this day in 1979

Feel the Love Day

Grandma Moses Day

Heritage Open Days -- UK  (What's on your doorstep?  Go find out, explore for free places that often charge admission or are not usually open to the public, castles to cottages to battlefields, all over the country; through the 10th)  

Independence Day -- Brazil

Jeune Genevois -- Geneva, Switzerland (Genevan fast, dates back to the 16th century; now a flower and garden show also)

Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival -- Estes Park, CO, US (wonderful celebration of the heritage of the Highlands and Ireland; through Sunday)

Lusaka Peace Agreement Day -- Mozambique

Marion Popcorn Festival -- Marion, OH, US (performances by nationally renowned entertainers, races, parade, arts and crafts, and more popcorn than you could ever shuck; through Saturday)

National Acorn Squash Day

National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day -- US (by Senate proclamation in 2004)

National Napoleon Day (the dessert, not the general)

National Threatened Species Day -- Australia

Neither Snow Nor Rain Day -- celebrates the opening of the US Post Office in NYC on this day in 1914, which building has the famous inscription on it

Rettir -- Iceland (around this time of year; a traditional sheep round up celebrated in Iceland during September and int October, actual round up dates may vary from region to region)

Salami Day -- sponsored by

St. Cloud's Day (a/k/a Clodoald the Confessor; Patron of nail makers; St. Cloud, Minnesota)

St. Regina's Day (Patron of poor people, shepherdesses, torture victims)

Toronto International Film Festival -- Toronto, ON, CA (through the 17th)

Turn A Cartwheel in Public Day -- the internet has it out for us

Victory Day -- Mozambique

Welsh Fairies Bonnet-Hurling Competition -- Fairy Calendar

Yellow Daisy Festival -- Stone Mountain, GA, US (annual arts and crafts festival and fun; through Sunday)

Anniversary Today:

Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporate Google, 1998

Birthdays Today:

Evan Rachel Wood, 1987
Devon Sawa, 1978
Angela Gheorghiu, 1965
Michael Feinstein, 1956
Corbin Bernsen, 1954
Chrissie Hynde, 1951
Julie Cavner, 1951
Susan Blakely, 1950
Gloria Gaynor, 1949
Richard Roundtree, 1942
Cuneyt Arkin, 1937
John Phillip Law, 1937
Buddy Holly, 1936
Don Messick, 1927
Peter Lawford, 1923
Jacob Lawrence, 1917
Anthony Quayle, 1913
Elia Kazan, 1909
Michael E. DeBakey, 1908
Grandma Moses, 1860
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Flying Nun"(TV), 1967
"Truth or Consequences"(TV), 1950

Today in History:

Traditionally, the solar eclipse date that marks the birth of Heracles of Thebes (Latin Hercules), BC1251
The Roman army under Titus occupies and plunders Jerusalem, 70
In the world's first submarine attack, the American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship HMS Eagle in New York Harbor, 1776
The "Troy Post" of NY first uses "Uncle Sam" to refer to the US, 1813
Last hold-up of Jesse James, 1881
Edith Eleanor McLean becomes the first baby in the US to be put in an incubator for premature infants, 1888
The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ends with the signing of the Boxer Protocol, 1901
Eugene Lefebvre (1878–1909), while test piloting a new French-built Wright biplane, crashes at Juvisy, France when his controls jam. Lefebvre dies, becoming the first 'pilot' in the world to lose his life in a powered heavier-than-air craft, 1909
The first day of the first Miss America Pageant is held in Atlantic City, NJ, 1921
Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrates the first use of television in San Francisco, 1927
The last surviving member of the thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in her cage at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania, 1936
Integration begins in Washington, D.c. and Baltimore, MD public schools, 1954
Desmond Tutu becomes the first black man to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa, 1986
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, 1999
Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane, hits Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings, 2004
The first presidential election is held in Egypt, 2005
The US Government takes control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest mortgage financing companies, 2008
Canada closes its Iranian embassy and expels the Iranian diplomatic staff from their country, 2012
Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister of Australia after the Liberal-National Coalition wins the election, 2013
Asteroid 2014RC makes a close approach to Earth, coming within 39,900km/24,800mi, 2014
British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic "superhenge" under three feet of earth at Durrington Walls, 2015
The 15th Summer Paralympics opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016


  1. Hello!:) I liked your joint effort story. That's a lovely kid friendly garden, with a high wooden fence.:)

  2. Yup, I would say there are some kids that live there. That fence is really nice. You all have a good day.

  3. Those kids have a nice, big yard to play in.
    Hope you are having a great week!

  4. I can't wait to find out what message the professor left for him. That yard looks like my niece's with the cozy coupe car and toys scattered. :)

  5. I'm loving your story. Can't wait for the next installment. You write so very well.

    I love fences too. They make for great neighbors.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. I'm with Sandee. Have you ever thought about writing for a living? If not, you should.

  7. That fence looks like mine, getting older.

  8. I would have loved a yard like that when I was a kid.

  9. like the way the pieces of the mystery accrue, in a slow, steady and reasonable manner, building the tension.
    good Six

  10. The mystery continues. I wonder what score these two will figure out? Great SSS!

  11. Fun fence scene. - Oh goodness your story is intriguing.

  12. We started at the back of the yard since it was wonderfully stump free and if you hadn't already heard, my method of working is start with the easy stuff so you feel good enough about yourself to keep going ; ) fence installation


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