Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Scaredy-Cat, Churning Papers, and Gentle Chicken, 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.  

Every time i sit down to write up a Tuesday post, i wonder where in the world to start.

First, how i scared the daylights out of myself on Saturday morning.

Every Saturday, i drop #1 Son off at work at 6am.  He's the opening manager that day, it's the only day of the week he opens.  He always lets me come in and use the restroom before i head to NOLA or go to the laundromat or work.

The Friday night manager, whom we shall call Dan, always leaves the place a wreck and this week was no exception.

There was something more this time, though.  The alarm was not even set, and when i walked in behind #1 Son, i asked him why Dan didn't set the alarm the night before.

Looking at the keypad, he said that there was a zone faulted, so we went looking for it.  It was the side door, an emergency exit that is never opened, and it had been left propped open in such a way that you had to be right up on it to see that it was open.

That was red flag number one.

When i finished in the restroom and went back outside, i noticed a truck in the parking lot, running, and nobody in it.  Red flag number two.

Looking the other direction in the parking lot the restaurant shares with several other businesses in the strip mall, i noticed a man sitting in a running SUV staring at me.  Red flag number three, i decided i was not moving until that guy left.

It looked to me like a set-up where someone left the door propped so that Dan, not the brightest or best manager anyway, wouldn't arm the alarm and someone could walk into the store undetected, make #1 Son open the safe, and make a fast getaway.

Calling #1 Son, i told him my suspicion, and he checked the store to make sure no one had hidden anywhere in the building, then he locked all the doors and set the alarm, something he never does on Saturday morning because it just never seemed necessary.

The guy in the SUV got tired of me sitting there, so he pulled to the back of the building, and i moved my vehicle to where i could watch him.  Then i left, circled the block, and came back.  When he saw me park to watch him, he went back to the front of the building, the whole time on his phone.

Eventually he went to the Circle K in the next parking lot, and then left.  About five minutes later, he passed back by on the street behind the restaurant, slowing to see if i was still there.  Of course i was, i was in mama bear mode!  He drove on and when i thought it was safe, i went on to work.

Nothing happened, of course, but it spooked me like crazy, and from now on Dan is on notice that no matter what, he is to find out which zone is faulted, fix it, and set that alarm!

Dr. D got on a tear yesterday, determined to get every single file and piece of paper sorted and to the office.  Of course, this is just postponing the inevitable, when she will have to deal with all of that paper at the office, but she is convinced she'll have time to do that "later."  Sort of the way i will have time "someday" to do all the stuff on my list, too.

Anyway, we made ourselves loopy looking at almost every piece of paper in the bedroom and the front of the living room.  By next week, if she keeps going at this rate, i'll have a ton more to take over to the office and she can start collecting at the house again.  (As much mail as she gets and as much paperwork as her lawsuits generate, it won't take long to build up again.)

After work yesterday, i got home and Little Girl came in with this:

"Mom, I found a chicken on the side of the road, right here in our neighborhood!  She's so sweet and gentle, she let me pick her right up!  Can I keep it?"

After taking a picture, i posted it on the civic association website and an hour later the owner called to claim it (thankfully -- i like chickens, and i will babysit chickens, but we don't need chickens in addition to the cats and the grandcats and the granddogs).

That's about all the crazy for this week i can handle, i hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!


Today is:

Blue and Pink Day -- Fairy Calendar

Bocuse D'Or -- Lyon, France (dating back to 1985, this biennial celebration is France's answer to chef competitions on TV, with the best in the world pitted against each other in front of a jury of their peers; through tomorrow)

Bubblegum Sculpture Day -- commonly listed on ecard sites, and not to be confused with National Bubble Gum Day, coming in February

Carnation Day -- in honor of William McKinley; also on the date of his assassination each year, Sept. 14

Curmudgeons' Day -- W.C. Field's birth anniversary

National Corn Chip Day

National Puzzle Day -- because they are just fun

Sahid Diwash -- Nepal (Martyrs' Day)

St. Constantius of Perugia (Patron of Perugia, Italy)

St. Gildas the Wise's Day (one of the earliest British historians)

Thomas Paine Day/Freethinkers' Day -- birth anniversary of Thomas Paine

Up-Helly-AA Day -- Lerwick, Shetland (the largest fire festival in Europe, with tomorrow as a day off so everyone can recover)

Anniversaries Today:

Establishment of The Seeing Eye, 1929 (first US guide dog school)
Kansas becomes the 34th US state, 1861

Birthdays Today:

Adam Lambert, 1982
Jonny Lang, 1981
Andrew Keegan, 1979
Sara Gilbert, 1975
Heather Graham, 1970
Bobby Phillips, 1968
Nick Turturro, 1962
Greg Louganis, 1960
Oprah Winfrey, 1954
Teresa Teng, 1953
Ann Jillian, 1950
Tom Selleck, 1945
Katharine Ross, 1942
Germaine Greer, 1939
John Forsythe, 1918
Victor Mature, 1913
Huddie William "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, 1885
W.C. Fields, 1880
Anton Chekhov, 1860
William McKinley, 1843
Henry Morton Stanley, 1841
Thomas Paine, 1737
Emanuel Swedenborg, 1688

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Black Panther(Film), 2018
"Sweet Charity"(Musical), 1966
Dr. Strangelove(Film), 1964
Sleeping Beauty(Disney cartoon movie), 1959
"The Potting Shed"(Play), 1957
"All My Sons"(Play), 1947
"The Raven"(publication date), 1845
"Idomeneo"(Mozart Opera), 1781
"The Beggar's Opera"(Gay Ballad Opera), 1728

Today in History:

The first performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1595
John Beckley of Virginia is appointed the first Librarian of Congress, 1802
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" is first published, 1845
The Victoria Cross is established to acknowledge bravery, 1856
Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, 1886
Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch, 1891
Walt Disney starts his first job as an artist, earning $40/week with the KC Slide Co, 1920
North America's first guide dog school, The Seeing Eye, is incorporated in Nashville, Tennessee, 1929
The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced, 1936
The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced, 1963
Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so, 1989
President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing, 1996
La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire, 1996
The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing, 2005
Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens, 2010
American snowboarder Shaun White achieves the first ever SuperPipe perfect score (100) in Winter X Games history, 2012
Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono, 2014
Scientists announce they have discovered how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice, 2014
Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident, 2015


  1. Hooray for Mama Bear. So glad your boy is safe.

  2. Thank God for the alertness that Mama Bear has. Mama Bear saved the day, the store from being robbed and kept your son safe!

  3. Mimi,

    Oh, y'all early Saturday morning event sounded awfully scary and suspicious! You may never know the intend of that odd behaving guy in the SUV but it pays to be extremely careful these days. There are not only much a crazies in our society but the evilness continues to grow by the minute and these individuals do not care who they hurt to get what they want. A chicken is something I couldn't ever warm up to unless it's served for dinner. I know, I know I'm awful. lol Have a happy Tuesday. We're getting snow this morning and it's so cold.

  4. Oh my, good for you to scare away the evil ones just waiting to do no good.

  5. It's astonishing how far a chicken will roam. (Says the woman who frequently finds her neighbor's poultry debugging her yard.)

  6. OMG ~ what a day ~ 'crowded with incidences' ~ I am worn out reading about it ~ and a chicken besides ~ Be well.

    Happy Tuesday,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. You're a good mama bear, but I already knew that. I'm glad that all turned out well, and the boss should know about this. I'm just saying.

    Then a chicken? How fun.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  8. Can I keep it? Four words that can strike fear in the hearts of parents! Glad you found the owners. And your story sounded like the beginning of a crime drama show. Might be worth notifying law enforcement to occasionally drive by and check on things. That was a scary event. Sounds like Dan might need to be relieved of his responsibilities with the restaurant.

  9. All that and it is only Tuesday. I am glad your son was OK, that was scary. Glad the chicken had an owner.

  10. That sounds pretty darn scary about the door being propped open. So glad you found the chicken's owner. Busy day.

  11. That's a scary tale with a happy ending and a chicken to boot. I would have called the cops pronto. There have been so many break ins and car lefts around here over the last few years I no longer trust anyone. The guy who didn't set the alarms right should be put on notice.
    I won't even tell you what a kid who opened up the burger place down the street found last summer.

  12. Oh! messymimi! Good on you for acting the way you did! I believe I would have done similar. You're a good lady...and I'd have you on my side any day, night, morning or afternoon of any week. :)


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