Thursday, April 1, 2021

All About the Gear (Six Sentence Story), Azalea Good Fence, Adventure (Sammy's Poetry Day) and April (Brian's Thankful Thursday)


Happy A to Z!


Sweetie came into the room looking as glum as i'd seem him in a while.

When i asked him what's up, he said, "It's getting harder and harder to find the parts for my gear."

Well, i noted, that's the joy and the pain of going with vintage gear.  Then i asked him if he was sure it's worth it.

"It's all about the tone, and you don't get tone from modern gear!" he was vehement.

When you are a guitar and amp guy on a quest for tone, it's all about the gear.

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


Gosia at 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.     

One more fence with Azaleas, for A Day on the A to Z.


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

Life's a Grand Adventure

To live out every day.

"I've already been there!"

Is what I want to say

About all of the places

You dream to someday be,

The one who really did it,

I want that to be me!


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

Today i am thankful for the start of a new month, and another chance to participate in the A to Z Challenge.


Today is:

APAWS International Pooper Scooper week -- The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists believe every dog should have its day, but not on someone else's lawn!

April Fool's Day  a/k/a Huntingowk Day or Gowkie Day in Scotland, because an April Fool is called a gowk; in England it is All Fools Day or April Noddy Day, as an April fool is a "noddy"

Azalea Festival -- Muskogee, OK, US (month long celebration with citywide events throughout)

Capture of Brielle Remembrance -- Brielle, Netherlands

Civil Service Day -- Thailand

Community Spirit Days -- an open invitation, all month long, for any town or community to involve itself in a special service project

Day of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Edible Book Day -- Sponsored by the Edible Book Festival, Austin, TX, US (celebrating books and culinary creativity by making edible representations of books, then eating them)

Fossil Fools Day -- part of the conservationist movement of many organizations that want us to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and stop corporate polluters

Greek Cypriot Day -- Cyprus (EOKA Day)

International Fun at Work Day -- originally sponsored by Playfair, which encourages non-foolish humor that is non-toxic 

International Tatting Day

Investiture of the New Captains Regent -- San Marino (sometimes listed as National Day)

Kalends of April -- Ancient Roman Empire; also

     Festival of Fortuna Virilis -- Fortune in her role of bringing luck to women who want better relationships with men

     Veneralia -- ritual yearly washing of the statue of Venus

Kha b-Nisan -- Assyrians (traditional New Year celebration)

Loki's Day -- by some calculations, but more likely it was moved to this date to celebrate the trickster of all time on the trickiest day of the year

Maundy Thursday -- Christian (a/k/a Holy, Green, Chare, Sheer, or Shere Thursday; commemoration of the Last Supper)

     Procession of the Addolorata -- Taranto, Italy

Miyako Odori -- Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, Kyoto, Japan ("Dance of the Old Capital", the highly anticipated geisha dance and music festival, through the 30th)

Nafels Pilgrimage -- Canton Glarus, Switzerland (commemoration of the Battle of Nafels in 1388, observed with processions, prayers, sermon, and a reading of the names of those killed in battle)

National Sourdough Bread Day

Orissa Day -- Orissa, India

One Cent Day -- no history on this, just noted on several sites

Pigasus Award Announcement Day -- by James Randi, awarded to parapsychological, paranormal or psychic frauds

Reading is Funny Day -- a day to read riddles, jokes, and fun things with kids to show them how great reading can be

School Year Begins -- Japan, most schools and universities

Sizdeh Be-dar -- Iran (Nature Day, an ancient Persian celebration to get out and joyfully spend the day outdoors)

Sorry Charlie Day -- a day to recognize Charlie the Tuna, always rejected but never giving up, and anyone who has ever been rejected and lived to tell about it

St. Gilbert de Moray's Day (Patron of Caithness, Scotland)

St. Stupid's Day (First Church of the Last Laugh) 

Take Down Tobacco Day (formerly Kids Kick Butts Day) -- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids   

Tree Loving Week begins -- South Korea (always the week that includes April 5, their Arbor Day)

Uzupis Day -- Uzupis District, Vilnius, Lithuania

Anniversaries Today:

Nunavut becomes Canada's third independent territory, 1999

Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye LaValley, 1961

Birthdays Today:

Randy Orton, 1980

Jon Gosselin, 1977

Rachel Maddow, 1973

Susan Boyle, 1961

Libby Riddles, 1956

Annette O’Toole, 1953

Samuel A. Alito, Jr, 1950

David Eisenhower, 1947

Daniel Joseph “Rusty” Staub, 1944

Ali MacGraw, 1938

Gordon Jump, 1932

Debbie Reynolds, 1932

Jane Powell, 1929

Anne McCaffrey, 1926

Toshiro Mifune, 1920

Abraham Maslow, 1908

Clara "Mother" Hale, 1905

Lon Chaney, 1883

Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873

Otto von Bismarck, 1815

William Harvey, 1578

Emperor Go-Saga of Japan, 1220

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Will Rogers Follies"(Musical), 1991

"General Hospital"(TV), 1963

"The Doctors"(TV), 1963

"Der blaue Engel/The Blue Angel"(Film; premier of Marlene Dietrich), 1930

Today in History:

The ruins of the city of Pompeii are found, 1748

Japan's volcano Unsen erupts, killing about 53,000, 1793

Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine, 1826

Cincinnati becomes the first US city to pay firefighters, 1853

Singapore, Penang & Malakka become British crown colonies, 1867

The London-Paris telephone connection is opened, 1891

The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois, 1891

The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, 1918

The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed, 1924

Generalisimo Frederico Franco announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, 1939

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami that strikes Hawai'i, killing 159, 1946

The twenty-six counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland, 1949

The Canadian government repeals Japanese Canadian internment after seven years, 1949

The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama, 1957

Project Tiger, a tiger conservation program, is launched in the Corbett National Park, India, 1973

Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, 1976

The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created, 1996

Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion, 1997

Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories, 1999

Croatia and Albania join NATO, 2009

The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan, 2013

Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm, 2017

The discovery of a major archaeological site on a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca, in the Andes, and dating to the 8th and 10th centuries AD, is announced, 2019

For the first time ever, online sales in the US overtake retail brick and mortar store sales, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores, 2019

The journal Nature Geoscience publishes a study confirming that the European Space Agency's Mars Explorer orbiter, in 2013, did discover methane on Mars, a gas usually only produced by living things, 2019


  1. Sweetie has a good point, it's all about tone, especially when it comes to earbuds or speakers. There's no joy in listening when the sound is tinny or squeaky.

  2. A for Azaleas, a pretty start to the challenge.

  3. I hope your sweetie finds the parts he needs.
    Love the azaleas - a plant I do not grow well.

  4. Glad you brought the fences back. I was missing them.

    God bless.

  5. Vintage gear is super cool but it is also a challenge to find good vintage anything. Hard to believe General Hospital started in 1963 and is still running. Mom was a fan for many years.

  6. Lovely poetry, story and fence photos ~ Happy Day to You ~ Xo

    Living moment to moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Yep, the manufacturers of sound gear are a bit tone deaf these days. The Azaleas sure are pretty and hooray for you doing the A to Z thing. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Sweetie's spot on! I can really relate to your poem. I've covered most of list of places and I'm looking forward to boarding a plane again and ticking some more off.

  9. I know nothing about guitars, but in general, vintage is better. Great poem. XO

  10. Great six, Mimi. Love all your factoids!

  11. I was wondering what was at issue with his gear. I had no clue it was about guitars and amps. I do now.

    Love your poem. Well done.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday and A to Z Challenge. Big hug. ♥

  12. Great poem to go with that photo! I had a hard time getting onto your blog as the link you have doesn't work. Just an FYI- not complaining! Have a great April Fools Day!

  13. Well, living with a vintage and guitar and amp guy myself, I read your story to him and got to hear about different tones for the next 15 minutes. Remind me to not read any more of your vintage stories out loud - MOL!

  14. I wish Sweetie the best of luck. Thank goodness for the internet and being able to search for parts virtually everywhere.
    With you all the way on wanting to say "been there!"
    Have fun with the A-Z, Mimi.

  15. Guys and gear. I hope sweetie finds what he wants!great poem. Happy Thankful Thursday! We are thank c us for you. Have a marvellouxly happy day!

  16. That's a great poem.....I must say that spot at the top of the Falls is one place I've seen that I would NOT want to be. EEEEK!

    Hugs, Pam

  17. Mimi,

    The image inspiration for your wonderful poem makes me shiver with fear. High places make my head spin and I really don't care to be close to anything with a sharp drop off. Awesome start!

    Thanks for visiting and checking out my Looney Tunes A-Z Art Sketch for day 1 of ACME Mail Order Catalog on Curious as a Cathy. Happy A2Zing, my friend!

  18. Husby and I had the same conversation with his Gibson Ripper Bass. To me, it was a bass guitar. To him...
    Gorgeous fence!
    Husby is the dreamer and traveller. He takes me along. Fortunately, I ALWAYS enjoy myself!