Thursday, September 20, 2018

Memory Lane (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"What's Dad doing over there, grinning like he won the lottery?"

"He's taking a trip down memory lane, looking at pictures from our honeymoon."

"See how great your Mom looked in a swimsuit, hubba-hubba!"

"Ewwww, I didn't need to hear that!"

"What do you mean, ewww, your Mom was and still is the prettiest woman around!"

"Okay, okay, Mom's beautiful, now will you two quit kissing in front of us kids!"


Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Trip.      


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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 other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     

We are seeing this more and more around here, automatic gates with solar panels on the side, and i like that.





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Today is:

Ashura -- Islam (optional day of fasting that begins at sundown, local observances and national holidays may vary)

Birthday of the Sun -- Inca (date approximate; a few days before the Autumn Equinox, all fires, including that at the Temple of the Sun, were extinguished and 3 days later ceremonially relighted using only glass to concentrate the sunlight on cotton; followed by 8 days of feasting)

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 10, Disarmament (sponsored by We, the World)   

Feast of Orlog -- Scandinavian Deity of Destiny (date approximate)

Feast of Zywie -- Poland (goddess of longevity and health; date approximate)

Genesia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor the dead, especially those who died in wars)

Mid-South Fair -- Southaven, MS, US (original and fun since 1856! through the 30th)

National Farm Safety Day -- US (can't find a sponsor, but farming is hard and dangerous work, so it's a good idea)

National Rum Punch Day

National Teach Ag Day -- US (streamed live from CHS Inc. headquarters)    

National Youth Day -- Thailand

Okuma-kabuto Festival -- Nakajima, Japan (Noto Peninsula's top autumn festival)

Pause the World Day -- because we've all wanted to do this at one time or another 

St. Eustace's Day (Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters, torture victims, trappers; Madrid, Spain; Poli, Italy; against fire and torture)

Virginia Peanut Festival -- Emporia, VA, US (and you thought all peanuts came from Georgia! come enjoy peanuts and carnival, quilt show, a peanut butter sculpture contest, fireworks, and more the Virgina way; through Saturday)


Birthdays Today:

Kristen Johnston, 1967
Guy LaFleur, 1951
Taro Aso, 1940
Sophia Loren, 1934
Anne Meara, 1929
Donald A. Hall, 1928
Dr. Joyce Brothers, 1928
Red Auerbach, 1917
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, 1890
Maxwell Perkins, 1884
Upton Sinclair, 1878
Rama V, King of Thailand, 1853 (eldest son taught by Anna, of "The King and I" fame)
Emperor Takakura of Japan, 1161


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Cosby Show"(TV), 1984
"Eubie"(Revue), 1978
"The Phil Silvers Show"(TV), 1955
"The Corn is Green"(Play), 1938


Today in History:

Atilla the Hun defeated at Chalons-sur-Marne by General Aetius, 451
Saladin begins the siege of Jerusalem, 1187
Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe, 1519
Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun, 1633
Maryland passes the first "anti-amalgamation" law to stop English women from marrying black men, 1664
The Negro Convention of Free Men agrees to boycott slave-produced goods, 1830
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created, 1848
The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company, 1857
The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 1891
The Otis Elevator Company unveils the first escalator at the Paris Exposition, 1900
Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania is launched, 1906
The first Cannes Film Festival is held, 1946
James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi, 1962
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched, 1967
Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match, 1973
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam joins the UN, 1977
Walt Disney World hosts its 200 millionth guest, 1985
U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror", 2001
The US Military ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, 2011
Grand Theft Auto becomes the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 Billion in sales, 2013
President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal's new constitution into law in Kathmandu, 2015
Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 2,975, 2017

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

And here i thought they only came in pink (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     





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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Delores at Mumblings.

perfume
blanket
blue
market
voltage
feline

and/or

exotic
throttle
oven
comprehend
toss
trespass

How he loved that FELINE.

Yet how he wanted to THROTTLE it right now.

The first time it had committed the TRESPASS of sneaking out of her apartment door when she was coming in with her arms full, he'd seen it bolt and taken off after it, the knight in shining armor (or, in reality, in BLUE jeans and a t-shirt).

She hailed him as a hero when he brought her EXOTIC Persian, just adopted, back to her, and it gave him the opening he'd wanted.  Now, over a year later, he thanked the cat that they were married but the game the cat played was getting old.

Instead of being at home snoozing on her favorite BLANKET, the cat was running through the alley again for reasons no one could COMPREHEND.  It would lead him a merry chase then let itself be caught, but not before he was treated to the PERFUME of the Dumpster behind the MARKET, or had to climb with care behind the VOLTAGE meter of the building, in the cold of winter or the broiling OVEN of a city summer for at least a half hour.

He loved her, he loved her cat, and right now he was ready to TOSS the cat back to the shelter from which it had come.  But not really.

Finally, he cornered her and she flopped down, allowing herself to be picked up and hauled back home.  After all, her highness was now worn out and couldn't be expected to walk back to the apartment.


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Wordpress hates me.  For some reason, it has seen fit to "feature" one of my posts and keep it at the top.   No, i did not enable the "stick this post" button.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to correct this, please let me know, as i fought with it for hours yesterday and gave up and am out of ideas. 


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Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Chile

Cosmetic Bridge Day -- seems internet generated, but i'm sure your dentist will approve

Day of the First Appearance of the Slovak National Council -- Slovakia

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 9, Freedom (sponsored by We, the World)    

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally -- Ruidoso, NM, US (trade show, bike shows, riding tours, skills event, stunt show, parade, and fun; through Sunday)

Independence Day -- St. Kitts and Nevis(1983)


Jubilee of the Moth Moons -- Fairy Calendar

National Butterscotch Pudding Day

National Rehabilitation Day -- US (on the Wednesday of National Rehab Awareness Week)

Petit Jean Fall Antique Auto Swap Meet -- Morrilton, AR, US (swap meet and the Museum of Automobiles; through Saturday)

St. Januarius of Naples' Day (a/k/a Gennaro of Naples; Patron of blood banks; Naples, Italy; against volcanic eruption) related observance
    Feast of San Gennaro -- NYC, NY, US (began on the 13th, continues to the 23rd; one of the highlights of the festival is this, the actual Saint's day)

Thimphu Tsechu / Thimphu Drubchen -- Thimphu, Bhutan (three day Drukpa Buddhism tshechu festival, sacred masked dances dedicated to Bhutan's protective spirit which tourists may watch but are strictly prohibited from taking pictures; through the 21st)

Tug of War World Championships -- Cape Town, South Africa (hosted this year by South Africa's Tug-of-War Association, and fun whether you are an enthusiast or just looking to watch the fun; through the 22nd)    

Women's Suffrage Day -- New Zealand

Yom Kippur -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday, ends sundown today)


Birthdays Today:

Alison Sweeney, 1976
Jimmy Fallon, 1974
Jim Abbot, 1967
Soledad 'Brien, 1966
Trisha Yearwood, 1964
Kevin Hooks, 1958
Joan Lunden, 1950
Leslie "Twiggy" Lawson, 1949
Jeremy Irons, 1948
Randolph Mantooth, 1945
Joe Morgan, 1943
"Mama" Cass Elliot, 1941
Bill Medley, 1940
Paul Williams, 1940
David McCallum, 1933
Mike Royko, 1932
Adam West, 1928
Duke Snider, 1926
Sir William Glding, 1911
Lewis F. Powell, Jr., 1907
Joseph Pasternak, 1901
Henry Peter Brougham, 1778
Charles Carroll, 1737
Jan Luyts, 1655


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Skylight"(Play), 1996
"ER"(TV), 1994
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"(TV), 1970
Funny Girl(Film), 1968
"Flipper"(TV), 1964
"The Virginian"(TV), 1962



Today in History:

Edward, the Black Prince, commands the forces which defeat the French army and capture France's King John II, 1356
Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem Witch Trials, 1692
The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the US, 1778
Ephraim Morris patents the railroad brake, 1838
Bond and Lassell discover Hyperion, moon of Saturn, 1848
New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all of its women the right to vote, 1893
Funeral of assassinated President William McKinley, 1901
Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut as Steamboat Willie, at the Colony Theater in NYC, 1928
The Council of Europe is founded following a speech by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich, 1946
Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland, 1959
Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them, 1961
The Solomon Islands join the United Nations, 1978
Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System, 1982
Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by German tourists, 1991
The BP oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was declared “effectively dead” by retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man on the blowout disaster, 2010
A continued rise in cases of dengue fever has alarmed officials in the Dominican Republic and in Delhi, India, 2015
The Puebla earthquake strikes Mexico, causing 370 deaths and over 6,000 injuries, as well as extensive damage, 2017

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PSAs, Tchotchkes, and Gas Mileage, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  

First a PSA.  Get your annual checkup!  That's what i'm doing this morning.  A few weeks ago, they took the blood and did my weight and ECG and hearing test and eye test and all that.  Today i go in to discuss that and get poked and prodded while wearing the stupid little paper gown.



No, it isn't fun, but we're not in it for the fun, we are in it for the disease prevention or to at least catch stuff early enough to deal with it.

Second PSA, get a flu shot.  That's another thing i'll get today, and i'm going to insist on another tetanus, too.  As often as i get scraped and cut doing the work i do, i think i need it.



One thing i've noted is going on more than ever is this:



Lately i find myself just sitting back and watching them burn their gas sitting up there while i slowly meander to the light.  Probably i'm getting better gas mileage than they do because by the time i get there the light changes and that makes me laugh at them on the inside.

Dr. D is finally in touch with Kay, the person who sells on eBay.  They've worked out a deal and Kay is going to sell stuff for her and keep a commission.  A whole lot of ferrying things back and forth is in my future, i think.



About yesterday on the Wordpress site -- i'm still having some trouble over there.  It doesn't want to let me set the time easily, so it waited until noon to publish, but i think i got it to do it right today.  If not, let me know.

That's going to be about it for today, hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!


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Today is:

Chiropractic Founder's Day -- celebrating the first chiropractic adjustment ever performed, by D.D. Palmer on Harvey Lillard, on this date in 1895

Ear Wig Fitting Day -- Fairy Calendar

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 8, Human Rights (sponsored by We, the World)   

Get Ready Day -- US (help your community, workplace, or school to get ready for disasters or emergencies)    

Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day -- they are generally anonymous, often underappreciated, so today, give one a hug! (if you know any, that is)

Independence Day -- Chile

National Cheeseburger Day

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day -- US    

National Respect! Day(sm) -- US (encouraging abused women to respect themselves enough to get out)

Opening of Parliament -- Netherlands (holiday in The Hague)related observance
    Prinsjesdag -- Netherlands  (technically translates "Prince's Day;" the day Parliament opens and the reigning sovereign, now King William-Alexander, gives the Speech from the Throne and the Minister of Finance proposes next year's budget)

Plataia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Joseph of Cupertino's Day (Levitating saint, and so Patron of air crews, air travelers, astronauts, paratroopers, pilots/aviators, students, test takers; Cupertino, Italy)

World Water Monitoring Day -- International    

Yom Kippur -- Judaism (begins at sundown)



Anniversaries Today:

Constantine II of Greece marries Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, 1964
The United States Air Force becomes a separate military service, 1947
Hull House opens, 1889


Birthdays Today:

Jada Pinkett Smith, 1971
Lance Armstrong, 1971
Alsha Tyler, 1970
James Gandolfini, 1961
Ryne Sandberg, 1959
Frankie Avalon, 1939
Robert Blake, 1933
Scotty Bowman, 1933
June Foray, 1920
Jack Warden, 1920
Rossano Brazzi, 1916
Agnes DeMille, 1905
Greta Garbo, 1905
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, 1905
John Diefenbaker, 1895
Joseph Story, 1779
George Read, 1733
Samuel Johnson, 1709
Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajanus, Emperor Trajan, 53


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Baseball"(Documentary), 1994
"Love is a Many Splendored Thing"(TV), 1967
"Get Smart"(TV), 1965
"The Addams Family"(TV), 1964
"Wagon Train"(TV), 1957
"The Paul Winchell Show"(TV), 1950
"Johnny Belinda"(Play), 1940
"Strictly Dishonorable"(Play), 1929
"Disraeli"(Play), 1911



Today in History:

Nerva is proclaimed emperor after Domitian is assassinated, 96
Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and final voyage, 1502
Ft. Ticonderoga, NY opens, 1755
The British capture Quebec City, 1759
John Harris builds the first spinet piano in the US, 1769
President Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building, 1793
Royal Opera House in London opens, 1809
A horse beats the first US made locomotive, near Baltimore, 1830
Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City; the store is called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium", 1837
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is first published, 1842
First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times, 1851
Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone, 1870
The banking firm of Jay Cooke & Co. in Philadelphia declares bankruptcy, which starts the Panic of 1873 and a severe economic depression, 1873
The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time, 1879
Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination, 1885
In appreciation for all she had done for the tribe, Harriet Maxwell Converse, adopted as a member of the Seneca tribe, is made a chief of the Six Nations Tribe at the Tonawanda Reservation, 1891
Daniel David Palmer gives the first chiropractic adjustment, 1895
A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong, 1906
The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I, 1914
The Netherlands gives women the right to vote, 1919
The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air, 1927
Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel, 1928
Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator's term, 1948
Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations, 1960
U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash, 1961
Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations, 1962
The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations, 1973
Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people, 1974
Voyager I takes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together, 1977
Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (including 1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station, 1980
Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic, 1984
Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations, 1990
ICANN is formed, 1998
The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast, 2009
Chileans celebrate the 200th anniversary oof their independence, 2010
After a large storm that took the roof off of Stadium Southland in Invercargill, 100,000 people in New Zealand are left without water, 2010
The world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant is undertaken at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012
Scotland votes to stay a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum, 2014
The earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old are reported to be discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan; findings published in PNAS journal, 2016
Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27, 2017