Thursday, October 22, 2020

Contentment (Six Sentence Story), Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Will you look at this!" Sweetie practically shouted with excitement as he threw his guitar magazine across the table for me to see.

"Those crazy people selling boutique guitar amps, look how much they want!"  He snatched the magazine up again and said, "Starting price is $20,000, and for what!  These things don't sound any better than the '63 Vox I have, and I didn't pay nearly that much!"

You're happy with what you have then? i asked.

"I've found my tone," he responded, "and it's not some prissy expensive amp like this that doesn't even have vacuum tubes in it!"

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


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day This week's image and my poem:    

This is the only PE for me,

At the alley's where i want to be,

The rest of you can play your sports,

All that just makes me out of sorts.

You keep your tennis racquet,

At volleyball i do not excel,

Don't try to make me play softball,

But bowling, i think it's swell!

(when i was in high school, for PE class seniors were allowed to opt out of the regular  class and go bowling instead, and trust me, that's what i did!)


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

The thankful for the day is that our vet carries the special diet food we have to use with our crew.  We get a Chewy box once a month, but lately the boxes are sometimes a day or two late (Chewy ships them out on time, it's other problems).  So we had to resort to going to the vet, and thankfully, they had a small bag to tide us over.


Today is:

Abu Simbel Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (along with Feb. 22, the day when the sunlight fell perfectly on the statues of Ramses, Ra, and Amun at the temple complex)

Caps Lock Day -- celebrating life in screaming CAPITALS (i'd include a link to the promo site, but it's rather annoying)

Clean Up the Earth Day -- begun because having only one Earth Day a year doesn't give enough emphasis to the amount of work that needs to be done

Color Day -- a day to consider how color affects your life, health, and world

Durga Puja -- Hindu (start of the five day celebration of the goddess Durga)

Eat a Pretzel Day -- unclaimed sponsorship; does anyone else suspect that pretzel makers know how to spread stuff around the internet, too?

International Stuttering Awareness Day -- information here     

National Knee Day -- take care of your knees, and they will take care of you!

National Nut Day -- UK & US (also now celebrated around the world) (launched by Liberation Foods CIC, a fair trade nut company, urging us to celebrate fairly traded nuts and swap out a nut based burger for a meat based meal, at least for today, or grab a handful of nutritious almonds or walnuts or your own favorite mix; if you don't like nuts, you can just choose to go be one, instead)    

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

Smart is Cool Day -- and i don't know who started this one, but i'd say someone tired of being made fun of for being a bookworm

St. Mary Salome's Day (Patron of Veroli, Italy)

Anniversaries Today:

John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope, 1978

Toastmasters International founded, 1924

The first Metropolitan Opera House in NYC opens, performing Faust, 1883

Birthdays Today:

Carlos Mencia, 1967

Valeria Golino, 1966

Brian Boitano, 1963

Jeff Goldblum, 1952

Deepak Chopra, 1946

Catherine Deneuve, 1943

Jan De Bont, 1943

Annette Funicello, 1942

Tony Roberts, 1939

Derek Jacobi, 1938

Christopher Lloyd, 1938

Timothy Leary, 1920

Joan Fontaine, 1917

Robert Capa, 1913

Curly Howard, 1903

George Beadle, 1903

N. C. Wyeth, 1882

Sarah Bernhardt, 1844

Franz Liszt, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Me and Bessie"(Musical), 1975

"Take Me Along"(Musical), 1959

"The Far Off Hills"(Play), 1928

Today in History:

The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire, 362

Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto), 794

Battle of the Southern Fujian Sea, Ming Dynasty wins a victory against the Dutch East India Company, 1633

Princeton University is chartered, 1746

Andre-Jacques Trim becomes the first sky diver, parachuting over Paris from a balloon, 1797

Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas, 1836

First telegraph line linking US east and west coasts of the US is completed, 1861

First concert performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1881

World's first automobile dealer opens in London, 1897

President Hoover gives the "American system of rugged individualism" speech, 1928

The FBI ambushes Pretty Boy Floyd, 1934

First commercial flight from the mainland to Hawai'i, 1936

Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns down the honor, 1964

A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects the design which becomes the new official Flag of Canada, 1964

The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus, 1975Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it 

is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs, although the dye is still used in Canada, 1976

Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms, 2005

A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama, 2006

India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, 2008

North Korea gives the US permission to search for the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War, 2011

Six Italian scientists are convicted of manslaughter for their failure to predict the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, 2012

The Parliament of the UK approves the Brexit deal to leave he EU but refuses the legislation to fast track it to meet the Oct. 31 deadline, 2019


  1. Bowling instead of PE! I wish we'd had that choice, for us it was PE or extra homework. Bowling wasn't in Australia back then anyway although it is popular here now.

  2. That much for an amplifier? As my father often said 'more money than sense'.
    And no, bowling wasn't an option here.
    Hooray for your vet.

  3. A most personal choice. I'm inclined to side with Sweetie. Back in the day, most of my friends used tube amps and it seemed the bands I used to go see, many used tube amps. I can only imagine the cost of equipment these days!
    Poetry in motion today :D Yeah, I'd opt for bowling too, if nothing more than to get off campus!
    Nice to know you have a back up in a pinch :D

  4. makes me remember the Fender Vibrolux that sat in my dorm room so many years ago
    Fun Six

  5. Sometimes the old things we have work way better than the new version that costs a fortune! We have to order prescription food for cat bro Bert. Mom always gives it at least a week of time for shipping with Chewy, even though it is normally much faster. Glad you could get what you needed at the vet.

  6. Our Dad plays too and can't believe some of those prices. He still uses his Crate amp, it has tubes too. That was a good poem and a good thankful. Our Chewy ordered didn't show up...Dad forgot to checkout, oops! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. We have no choice but to join the PE.

  8. You know Mimi, I was in hockey, baseball, football and any physical type of game but after my stroke all that went down the drain. Soon I was able to golf and play bowling. That's why today's poetry was exciting for me. Thanks my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Cat Dad loves his old Harmony amp with vacuum tubes, consider both your Vox and his Harmony are near 60 years old and still work beautifully, they don't make them like that anymore, not even for $20,000! I love the bowling poem, in my school we had the choice of PE or snow skiing, I was on those slopes!

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  11. I love the poem. I used to bowl in leagues in my youth.

    You and Sweetie are so wonderful. I enjoy your interactions.

    We used to get our dog food from the vets office. Our Little Bit had so many issues.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  12. You were lucky to be able to bowl instead of go to gym class. Nice story too. Glad the vet had what you needed.

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  14. Older isn't always better, but from the prices, one might think they were.
    There were several girls intramural teams when I was in junior high and high school. I enjoyed intramural bowling. I wasn't the best bowler, but wasn't the worst either.

  15. Love your short stories, that interaction with Sweetie rings so true! Bowling wasn't an option for me back in the day but nothing would have kept me from PE. My main gripe was that we had far fewer options than my brothers at a boys school.

  16. I will be back to catch up on your older posts too! IT has been a crazy three weeks around here. I will post about it soon. Love your writing and I loved bowling too. I am trying to post at both blogs. Except sometime Mister Linky won't let me put them both up. Oh and technology.

  17. Sticking with the basics seems to win the race. Good six

  18. Love the SSS guitar amp sentiment, and agree old gear is pretty much unbeatable. Good use of the cue word here as in 'boutique' item.

  19. I like it. Boutique isn't always better. He found his tone and it wasn't a tony expensive amp.

  20. Yep. Husby would agree. You have to have vacuum tubes for true sound!
    I never was a great bowler, but I sure enjoyed it! (Many of my friends' first job was pin-setting at our local alley!)