Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ordeal Over (Ten Things of Thankful)


Some weeks i almost feel like i skid into Thankful Day and bump into it nose-first; the days are long but the week goes fast.  (Some of these are counted up in such a way as to entertain Clark, at least i hope he is entertained by it.)

We are both thankful, Sweetie and i, that the ordeal with Avis seems to be over (hypograt #1).

They agreed with our assessment that we turned the car in on a Wednesday not a Sunday, so we only owed for two days, not seven (sub-grat #1).

They refunded what they said they would (sub-grat #2).

They took the hold off of the additional funds in our account (sub-grat #3).

The credit union gave us a courtesy refund of the overdraft charge because of the circumstances (sub-grat #4).

The credit union also let us use our very small line of credit to cover everything until Avis could straighten it out, and then we paid the credit back, so we didn’t have to worry about anything else overdrafting by accident (sub-grat #5).

Yes, we are thankful that we have a great credit union (hypograt #2).

One of my clients, upon learning that we were in the middle of all this, offered to help us cover it with a loan until we recovered the money if needed, which it was not, but it was a kind offer, and i am very grateful to that client.  She also offered to set up legal help if it had been needed, and i am so thankful it was not.

This same client has also said that the next time we want to rent a car, she instead wants us to borrow hers.  She is a homebody, and mostly has her husband drive her wherever she needs to go, and she seriously wants us to use her car.  We are very thankful for clients who are also great friends.

Finally, i am thankful this week seems to have ended on a positive note, with a nice visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

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Today is:

Candlemas -- on the Julian Calendar, and in the Orthodox Christian Churches

Decimal Day -- UK (anniversary of the 1971 currency conversion to the decimal system)

Flag Day -- Canada (Maple Leaf adopted this date 1965)

Galesburg Historical Society Chocolate Festival -- Galesburg, IL, US (home made and commercially made chocolates, all you can eat for the price of the low admission fee; through tomorrow)

John Frum Day -- Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Kamakura Matsuri -- Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Japan (Snow Cave Festival; through tomorrow)

Kuromori Kabuki -- Kuromori, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (traditional Kabuki, through the 17th)

La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo -- Tucson, AZ, US (celebrating the Old West heritage; through Feb. 23)

Lemon Festival/Fete du Citron -- Menton, French Riviera (through Mar. 3)

Liberation Day -- Afghanistan

Lupercalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (remembrance of the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus)

National Gum Drop Day

Nice Carnival -- Nice, France (dating back to the 14th century, this celebration is one of France's best; through Feb. 27)

Remember the Maine Day -- US (remembrance of the Spanish War)

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri -- Saidai-ji, Okayama Prefecture, Japan (Spectacular and atmospheric Naked Festival, dating back to the 14th century, in which a Shinto man strips, is completely shaved, then runs through town while up to 10,000 loincloth-wearing [and sometimes drunk] men try to touch him while guard's throw cold water on them; they also battle for sacred wooden sticks [shingi] tossed into the air by priests.)

Singles Awareness Day -- although some celebrate on the 14th as an anti-Valentine's Day

Sretenje -- Serbia (National Day)

Stop and Smell Your Compost Pile Day -- snort away the winter blues and think about spring (but i think this one is just plain weird)

St. Sigfrid's Day (Patron of Sweden)

Susan B. Anthony Day -- US (birth anniversary)

Total Defense Day -- Singapore

Twin Cities' Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade -- Monroe and West Monroe, LA, US (If you are looking for more family friendly fun than downtown NOLA, stick to parades is the smaller cities, like here!)

Birthdays Today:

Amber Riley, 1986
Renee O'Connor, 1971
Jane Child, 1967
Chris Farley, 1964
Matt Groening, 1954
Melissa Manchester, 1951
Jane Seymour, 1951
Marisa Berenson, 1948
Susan Brownmiller, 1935
Adolfo, 1933
Claire Bloom, 1931
Harvey Korman, 1927
Kevin McCarthy, 1914
Irena Sendler,1910
Miep Gees, 1909 
Cesar Romero, 1907
Harold Arlen, 1905
John Barrymore, 1882
Ernest Shackleton, 1874
Alfred North Whitehead, 1861
Elihu Root, 1824
Susan B. Anthony, 1820
Charles Lewis Tiffany, 1812
Cyrus McCormick, 1809
John Augustus Sutter, 1903
Henry Engelhard Steinway, 1797
Abraham Clark, 1726
Galileo Galilei, 1564
Pedro Mememdez de Aviles, 1519
Babur, 1483 (founder of Mughal dynasty in India)
Claudius Drusus Germanicus Caesar Nero, 37 

Debuting/Premiering Today:
"Come Back, Little Sheba"(Play), 1950
Cinderella(Disney cartoon film), 1950
"The Little Foxes"(Play), 1939
"An der schönen blauen Donau"(The Blue Danube)(Strauss Waltz), 1867

Today in History:

The Greek philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death, BC399
Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia, 590
Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher, disputes the founder of Northern Ch'an line, 732
The city of St. Louis, Missouri, is founded by Pierre Laclade Ligue as a French trading post, 1764
The first US printed ballots are authorized, in Philadelphia, 1799
Sarah Roberts is barred from attending a white school in Boston, 1848
Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient, 1852
A fire in Rotterdam, Netherlands, damages the Museum Boymans, 1864
American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1879
Nine inches (23cm) of snow falls on New Orleans, Louisiana, 1898
The USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die, 1898
The first Teddy Bear is introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom, 1903
Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls, 1949
The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty, 1950
Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska, 1954
A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner, 1965
The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day, 1971
The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by the national referendum, 1976
The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers, 1982
The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan, 1989
At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing an unannounced number of people, 1996
First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature, 2001
YouTube, the Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States, 2005
A near-Earth asteroid, 2012 DA14, comes within 17,200 miles of the Earth's surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters, or 160 ft. in in diameter, 2013
The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight, 2017 
IBU Female Rookie of the Year Hanna Öberg of Sweden wins the individual biathlon gold medal with 4 clean shootings at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the first victory and podium of her career, 2018


  1. I am glad that your week came up smelling of roses.
    I actually quite like the smell of compost. If it smells bad, there is something wrong.

  2. So glad the car and finance problems were sorted at last. Praise the Lord.

    God bless you and your family, Mimi.

  3. Wonderful thankfuls :D Gratz! Decimal day evokes memories.I was in England in the early summer of '71 with my family. Paying anything was a great confusion with new and old coins at the same time. We gave up, held our handful of coins to the shopkeeper and said: "Take, what you need!" I don't think we were cheated (too much!). And I'm definitely going to smell my compost pile today;)

  4. Singles Awareness Day - I wondered why I had such a spring in my step today! At least the UK didn't take the next step and change from Decimal to the Euro currency - had we done so we'd be changing back again now!

  5. I'm so glad that rental car mess is resolved for you, that really is something to be thankful about!

  6. Glad they cleared up that mess, but I think Avis should have kicked in a little sweetener to make up for all the trouble and worry they put you through.

  7. Thankful your Avis trouble got cleared up.

  8. Sounds like you have lots to be thankful for right now. That is terrific. Have a great day.

  9. Glad everything worked out with Avis. :)

  10. How wonderful to hear of good news for a change!

    This is terrific news for you messymimi...definitely to be thankful for! :)

  11. Glad that everything turns out well and so kind of the friend to offer to help.

  12. First: excellent visual on the introduction (most of us were exposed to cartoons of countless cute, small animals crashing into things (Bambi and Thumper, small dogs and the occasional cat) but some of us have the privilege of seeing it in real life (being out first dog, we used to play ball with Ola in the house (only if the weather would take the fun out of it outside, of course) and I'd toss the ball down the hall towards the bedrooms, Ola would go all out and, usually try and stop on an area rug, which would slid on the wood floors, taking Ola into the bedroom. She'd bounce up and run back to the living room. (the simple joy of youth, human or otherwise).
    Excellent employment of the Book of Secret Rules (aka the Secret Book of Rules) section on Hypogratia.
    Glad to hear you have extricated yourselfs from 'the Machine' and have made it back to your own, far more kindly world.

  13. That does sound like an ordeal! I can only imagine trying to prove that you returned the car on a certain day, with them insisting you didn't. What a nightmare!

  14. You have wonderful friends because I bet you are a good friend ~ Also glad the Avis situation is cleared up well ~

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Whew! Indeed grateful for resolving this and all the support. I love my credit union.

  16. What a crazy adventure with your car rental. So glad everything turned out in the end and you do have wonderful friends watching out for you.
    I loved your first line to this post. There are some weeks when it really does feel like that.

  17. Glad they cleared up that mess, but I think Avis should have kicked in a little sweetener to make up for all the trouble and worry they put you through


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