Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: one of the contributing bloggers picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted number is a challenge to participating bloggers to write at least one piece using that exact number of words.
This month, the word count number is: 17
It was submitted by: Diane
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Current events reminded me of something that happened to Grandpa years ago, one of his favorite stories.
It's proof that things in politics never change, and i am working it into 17 word sentences.
Grandpa received a call from a locally famous person asking for "a few minutes of your time."
Asked what it was about, he said, "Some friends and I have business to discuss with you."
Grandpa answered that he always made phone calls during lunch hour, they could have fifteen minutes then.
They came, all well known in the area, but Grandpa has never told anyone who they were.
They stunned Grandpa by saying, "We've studied the demographics, we want you to run for Parish President!"
(Please note that a Parish in Louisiana is the equivalent of a County in the other states.)
Grandpa responded with, "Gentlemen, I'm not a politician, I'm a physician, I wouldn't know what to do."
Their answer? "Everyone knows you are an honest man and good doctor, we could get you elected."
He asked, "Then what?" and they said, "We'd tell you how to run the parish!" Oy vey!
Grandpa told them his first love was medicine and he could not neglect his patients for politics.
They were quite disappointed, but he was very tactful and they left and never mentioned it again.
He went home and told Grandma the whole thing, without names, of course. He's wise that way.
Her response was, "As soon as you go into politics, you're getting a divorce, too!" Case closed!
All right, how about some of the fun stuff Grandma passes on to me:
Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!
Annual Visit of the Poe Toaster -- the mysterious person who, for almost 75 years, dressed in black with a wide brimmed hat and scarf, annually visited Poe's grave on his birthday, leaving roses and cognac; has not been seen since 2009
Brew A Potion Day -- internet generated, no reasons given
Confederate Heroes Day -- Texas, US
Feast of Sultan (Sovereignty) -- Baha'i
Horror Novels Are Horrendous Day -- for Poe's birth anniversary
La Tamborrada -- San Sebastian, Spain (begins in the evening, a 24 hour drum jam session and the city's biggest fiesta)
Little Ricky Day -- marking the date of his arrival on "I Love Lucy"
National Popcorn Day
Neon Sign Day -- patented this day in 1915
Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day -- always the Tuesday of Healthy Weight Week and includes the announcement of the Slim Chance Awards, highlighting the worst fad diets of the prior year
Sacrifices to Apollon -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Santos Tour Down Under -- Adelaide, Australia (professional cycling's first event of the UCI World Tour for this year; through the 26th)
St. Canute's Day a/k/a St. Knud (Patron of Denmark)
St. Henry of Uppsala's Day (Patron of the Catholic Cathedral of Helsinki; Finland; against storms)
Theophany/Epiphany -- Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians who still follow the Julian Calendar
Timket -- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (with huge, colorful festivals through the whole country)
Blessing of the Waters -- Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia, Bayswater, London, UK
Tin Can Day -- patented this day in 1825
Shawn Johnson, 1992
Jodie Sweetin, 1982
Frank Caliendo, 1974
Drea de Matteo, 1972
Shawn Wayans, 1971
Wendy Moniz, 1969
Junior Seau, 1969
Paul McCrane, 1961
William Ragsdale, 1961
Thomas Kinkade, 1958
Simon Rattle, 1955
Desi Arnaz, Jr., 1953
Dewey Bunnell, 1952
Robert Palmer, 1949
Paula Deen, 1947
Dolly Parton, 1946
Shelley Fabares, 1944
Janis Joplin, 1943
Michael Crawford, 1942
Phil Everly, 1939
Richard Lester, 1932
Robert MacNeil, 1931
Tippi Hedren, 1931
Fritz Weaver, 1926
Jean Stapleton, 1923
Guy Madison, 1922
John H. Johnson, 1918
Lester Flatt, 1914
Edgar J. Helms, 1863
Paul Cezanne, 1839
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809
Robert E. Lee, 1807
James Watt, 1736 (O.S. date)
"48 Hours"(TV), 1988
"The Millionaire"(TV), 1955
"Woman of the Year"(Film), 1942
"Il Trovatore"(Verdi Opera), 1853
"Faust Part I"(Goethe tragic play), 1829
Today in History:
Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy, 1419
San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines, 1607
The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, 1788
The United Kingdom occupies the Cape of Good Hope, 1806
Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtain a patent for a process of storing food in tin cans, 1825
Goethe's Faust Part I premiers, 1829
Verdi's Il Trivatore preniers in Rome, 1853
The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey, 1883
Ibsen's play The Master Builder premiers in Berlin, 1893
Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising, 1915
The US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations, 1920
Coopers Inc. sells the world's first briefs, 1930
For the only time in recorded history, snow falls in Miami, Florida, 1977
The last VW Beetle made in Germany leaves the plant, 1978
United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity, 1981
The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced, 1983
Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations, 1993
The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto, 2006
Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, 2013
American skier Lindsey Vonn wins her 63rd World Cup, setting a new record, 2015