Thursday, October 18, 2018

Requirements of the Day (Six Sentence Story) and Good (Temporary) Fences

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Some of the requirements for a day you wish never happened may include but are not limited to: first, the power goes out in the middle of the night, the generator does not come on, you go out to check and find someone turned it from automatic to off, and you get it working.

About two hours later the power goes out again, and you can't get the generator on again; upon getting up for the morning two hours after that at around 4:30am (because you finally give up and realize you aren't going to sleep any more anyway), you find it isn't that the power is out, it's that the generator has malfunctioned big time because everything in the house not connected to it has electricity.

A few hours after that, while at the shelter dealing with Kirby escaping his cage again and climbing behind the monitor for the security cameras (yes, we left his cage open, shut the room door, and he climbed back in his cage to hide under his blanket), try at the same time to get in touch with the generator guy, who, it turns out, it two hours away on a job that will take a couple of weeks, and his employee is in another town two hours the other direction doing the same thing.

About this time find out that your work for the day has cancelled due to her own emergency so you won't get any pay for the day, and get a call from the husband who went back home to try the first solution the generator guy suggested telling you that it didn't work.

Convince the generator guy to drive back to town to help only to have him break down on the side of the highway; get the generator guy to coach you through cutting off the generator transfer switch without electrocuting yourself by calling him on the spare phone while using your own phone for a flashlight because the kids took the flashlight again and didn't put it away, but at least that lets the electricity flow into the rest of the house again.

Yes, that was my yesterday (and yes, it means the generator guy will have to come out and do a permanent fix later), today i am fasting while doing a nine hour cleaning job, tomorrow is a colonoscopy -- a veritable trifecta of days that meet the requirements for days you don't really want to have happen at all.

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


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 will see more of these temporary fences popping up for a while:


Today is:

Alaska Day -- Alaska, US

Anti-Slavery Day -- yes, there are still slaves in this world , find out how to help them here         

Biketoberfest -- Daytona Beach, FL, US (last chance to ride before winter, and enjoy concerts and shows, too; through Sunday)

Clean Water Act Day -- US (considered by many a day to give thanks for water and open any who are grateful for clean water)

Conflict Resolution Day -- Association for Conflict Resolution 

Get Smart About Credit Day -- sponsored by the American Bankers Association   

Get to Know Your Customers Day -- third Thursday of every quarter

Great Pumpkin Carve -- Chadds Ford Historical Society, Chadds Ford, PA, US (carving pumpkins that weigh about 150lbs or more each; through Saturday)

Hard Boiled Guy/B-Girl Day -- on the anniversary of the general release of The Maltese Falcon (initial release was in NYC on Oct. 3)     

Independence Day -- Azerbaijan(1991)

International Credit Union Day -- World Council of Credit Unions   

King Look Under Your Mattress's Unique Hiding Display -- Fairy Calendar (Finally! Proof, on the internet, that you do, indeed, need to look under the mattress!)

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Statistics Day -- Japan

No Beard Day -- internet generated, a day to shave, which is illogical in the northern hemisphere, with winter coming

Pandrosus Festival -- Ancient Greek Calendar (all-refreshing goddess, or all-dewy one; date approximate)

Persons Day -- Canada (Marking the ruling that women are persons in 1929.)

Preaching of the Lion Sermon -- St. Katharine Cree Church, London, England (Sermon dating back to the 1640's in commemoration of a gift for the poor made by Sir John Gayer, who was delivered from a lion while in Turkey)

Procession of the Lord of Miracles (Senor de los Milagros) -- Lima, Peru (Christian celebration of the Lord's miracles, with song, dance, prayers, and parades; through tomorrow and again on the 28th)

St. Luke's Day (The Evangelist; Patron of artists, bachelors/unmarried men, bookbinders, brewers, butchers, doctors/physicians/surgeons, glass makers/glasswrkers, gold workers/goldsmiths, lacemakers/lace workers, notaries, painters, sculptors, stained glass workers, Worshipful Company of Painters; Capena, Italy; Hermersdorf, Germany)

Watch a Squirrel Day -- internet generated, and different from squirrel appreciation day in January

World Menopause Day -- sponsored by the International Menopause Society

Anniversaries Today:

Women in Military Service for America Memorial is dedicated, 1997
University of Heidelberg opens, 1386

Birthdays Today:

Zac Efron, 1988
Freida Pintoo, 1984
Lindsey Vonn, 1984
Vincent Spano, 1962
Wynton Marsalis, 1961
Erin Moran, 1960
Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1960
Martina Navratilova, 1956
Pam Dawber, 1951
Terry McMillan, 1951
Ntozake Shange, 1948
Joe Morton, 1947
Laura Nyro, 1947
Mike Ditka, 1939
Dawn Wells, 1938
Peter Boyle, 1935
George C. Scott, 1927
Chuck Berry, 1926
Melina Mercouri, 1923
Jesse Helms, 1921
Melina Mercouri, 1920
Anita O'Day, 1919
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1919
James David Brooks, 1906
A.J. Liebling, 1904
Lotte Lenya, 1900
Henri Bergson, 1859
Salomon Auguste Andree, 1854
Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, 1697

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Once on This Island"(Play), 1990
"Roseanne"(TV), 1988
"The Girl Is Mine"(Single release), 1982
"Raisin"(Musical), 1973
The Jungle Book(Disney animated film), 1967
"The Apple Tree"(Musical), 1966
“The Yellow Kid Takes a Hand at Golf”(the first actual newspaper comic strip telling a continuing story (as opposed to a single cartoon panel, in American Humorist), 1897
"De Unges Forbund/The League of Youth"(Ibsen play), 1869
"Prometheus"(Liszt S.99), 1855
Moby Dick(Publication date), 1851

Today in History:

Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest), 320
Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah destroys the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, 1009
Battle of Assadun (Ashingdon), Danes defeat Saxons, 1016
Basel, Switzerland is destroyed by the Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, 1356
Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima -- Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts in feudal Japan, 1561
The shoemakers of Boston form the first labor organization in the Colonies/US, 1648
The Mason/Dixon line is agreed upon, 1767
Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London, 1851
The US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, for $7.2 million, 1867
Edison makes electricity available for household use, 1878
John Owen becomes the first formally timed person to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds, 1890
United States takes possession of Puerto Rico, 1898
The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded, 1922
The Grand Ole Opry opens in Nashville, Tennessee, 1925
Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio, 1954
The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet, 1967
Azerbaijan becomes independent from the USSR, 1991
After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan, 2007
Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to turn down a seat on the UN Security Council in protest over Syria, 2013


  1. Your yesterday sounds truly nasty. I hope it isn't repeated any time soon.
    Good luck with the colonoscopy.

  2. Oh my goodness, that does sound like a bad group of days. fasting while doing 9 hours of cleaning does not sound like fun. When I had a colonoscopy I self hypnotised not to notice the pain and I didn't notice any pain. Nobody was more surprised than me. I guess I must be a reasonably good hypnotic subject.

  3. Dang, that really was quite the run of bad stuff. Good luck on your procedure tomorrow.

  4. Sounds complicated. If your client has an emergency and you can't work that day (or get paid), you should at least get some down time. Everyone deserves a break now and then.

    Sorry you are having to fast and do a 9 hour cleaning job. :( That sounds absolutely miserable. One happy bit of news: It's almost Friday?

  5. What a day and no pay either and the expense of having the generator fixed. Some days are like that.

    Have a better day today. ♥

  6. What a stressful day you had. Hope every thing goes smoothly for your colonoscopy.

  7. WOW! What a day and a colonoscopy to boot.I would never even try to fix it myself. I would probably electrocute myself. Good luck and also, have a nice day Mimi. LOL See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. Two words: 'yow!'

    (can't wait to see your TToT this about an abundance of hypograts)

  9. That sounds like an awful day. We had a similar problem with our generator, but we still haven't gotten it running again. I doubt I could work as hard as you do and fast at the same time. good luck on the colonoscopy.

  10. yeowch.
    I think that says it all.
    Hopefully that will placate the universe for a while and you can exist in quiet uneventfulness for a bit.

  11. Oh my, this surpasses the experiences of Alexander's terrible, horrible no good bad day! Hope you have a good report on your test. I'm glad they are typically only given every five years.

  12. Oh. My. Gosh. That is one not good day! Today doesn't sound like it was a piece of cake either! May your weekend be way, way better.

  13. Hope today is more peaceful for you ~ Xox

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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