Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Why The Janitor Wears Gloves (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Elephant’s Child.     

 This week's prompts are:


1 Horizon

2 Tired

3 Coincidence

4 Splashed

5 Holiday

6 Understand

"Hey, Belanta, anything on the HORIZON?"

"No, Stasi, but my shift is almost over and I'm a bit TIRED."

"I'll be up in a minute.  You've been on duty up here twice today, what's with that?"

"Aldera is on HOLIDAY and we're all going to be assigned a double at least once for the duration."

"Figures.  And is it any COINCIDENCE that little jog away is right in the middle of high season?"

"Oh, you don't say!"

Belanta and Stasi laughed, and finally Teron spoke.  "Careful, you two, we can't risk being seen to move or heard in any way, you know that."

"Still as a statue, keep your lookout, report at the end of shift unless it's the Enemy himself.  We UNDERSTAND," Belanta sighed.

"Here," Stasi said.  "Belanta, go in, quickly, I'm your relief this shift.  Teron, your relief is Endea, and right now Endea is saving you a SPLASH of the good ambrosia as I directed."

"Thank you, Stasi, I am most appreciative."

"Let's hope this shift stays quiet."



Today is:

Birth of the Bab -- Baha'i

Feast of Agios Gerasimos -- Kefalonia, Greece (celebration of the patron saint of this Ionian island, with religious services followed by dancing and feasting)

Feast of No Excuse For A Feast Day -- internet generated, if you have no other excuse to celebrate something today, use this one

Festival of Ebisu -- Japan (the laughing god, who is the only one available this month, as the 8 million other gods of the pantheon gather at the Grand Shrine of Izumo; traditionally on 20th day of 10th month of the lunisolar calendar)

Full Hunter's Moon/Full Blood Moon/Full Sanguine Moon (some also consider this the true Harvest Moon, if last month's came too early)

     Boun Ok Phansa -- Laos (end of "Buddist Lent" and a traditional boat race festival starting tomorrow with hundreds of decorated candle-lit floats made of paper set adrift in the rivers)

     Kojagrat Purnima -- Nepal (end of Dashain)

     Thadingyut Full Moon/"Buddhist Lent" ends -- Myanmar (begins at sunset, through tomorrow)

     Vap Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka

Hagfish Day -- a day to celebrate the uniqueness and necessity of even the ugliest of sea creatures, like the hagfish

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth -- Sikh

International Juan Valdez Appreciation Day -- internet generated, yet as we sip our morning wake up brew, let's remember the hardy souls who pick the beans for us!

Mashujaa Day -- Kenya (National Day/Kenyatta Day)

Miss American Rose Day -- with online only pageants devoted to high achievement and community service for girls and women of all ages, Miss American Rose suggests treating all women in your life like beautiful roses and performing community service with them

National Brandied Fruit Day

National Day on Writing -- US (sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English)   

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day -- US

Revolution Day -- Guatemala

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

St. Acca's Day (Patron of learning)

Suspenders Day -- probably begun by the same people who wanted to see if you would observe Wear Something Gaudy Day and Dress Like A Dork Day

World Osteoporosis Day -- International Osteoporosis Foundation 

Anniversaries Today:

Clint Black marries Lisa Hartman, 1991

William Shatner marries Marcy Lafferty, 1973

The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973

Aristotle Onassis marries Jacqueline Kennedy, 1968

Birthdays Today:

John Krasinski, 1979

Dann Gillen, 1967

Viggo Mortensen, 1958

Danny Boyle, 1956

Keith Hernandez, 1953

Tom Petty, 1953

Melanie Mayron, 1952

Tom Petty, 1950

Jerry Orbach, 1935

William Christopher, 1932

Mickey Mantle, 1931

Joyce Brothers

Art Buchwald, 1925

Fayard Nicholas, 1914

Bela Lugosi, 1882

Charles Ives, 1874

Charles Dewey, 1859

James Robert Mann, 1856

Arthur Rimbaud, 1854

Christopher Wren, 1632

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Six Million Dollar Man"(TV), 1973

"No Time for Sergeants"(Play), 1955

"Vor Sonnenaufgang/Before Sunrise"(Hauptmann play), 1889

Today in History:

The first Crusaders arrive at Antioch, 1097

The city of Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace), Bolivia, is founded, 1548 

Battle of sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's Shoguns, 1600

Maria Theresa of Habsburg becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, 1740

Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy, 1781

US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase, 1803

The U.S. and U.K. sign the Convention of 1818, which, among other things settles the U.S. - Canada border at the 49th parallel for most of its length, 1818

First Edition of London Sunday Times, 1822

Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the US, on the 4th Thursday of November each year, 1864

P.T. Barnum's Hippodrome featuring "The Greatest Show on Earth" opens in NYC, 1873

The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched, 1910

The first Negro League World Series is held, the KC Monarchs shut out the Hilldales, 5-0, 1924

United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time, 1947

The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses, 1971

The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973

BM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released, 1983

US accuses Microsoft of violating law by forcing IE browser on computers, 1997

European astronomers announce the discovery of 32 extrasolar planets, 2009

Atronomers announce that galaxy UDFy-38135539 is the most distant object observed from Earth, around 30 billion light-years, 2010

Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Mutassim Gaddafi are killed shortly after the Battle of Sirte, 2011

Pollution is linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in a report published in "The Lancet", 2017

Qantas Airlines runs a first test flight of its new 787 Boeing Dreamliner, flying from New York to Sydney in 19 hours, 42 minutes, 2019

The US Justice Department sues Google for an alleged illegal monopoly over internet searches and search advertising, 2020


  1. I really like your clever creation from my prompts. Thank you.

  2. Good use of the prompts. I have watched the six million dollar man on TV. Happy Wednesday.

  3. You never see mittens these days heheh1

    Have a prompstastic week Mimi 👍

  4. Everyone wears gloves it seems these days, not just the janitor. We feel bad for the environment because of all the waste with the gloves and masks too. It is sad.

  5. My wife wanted an angel to put in the front of our yard and I bought one for her.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. It's such a different time isn't it.

    Love your use of the prompts. You're an excellent wordsmith.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  7. Chuckles from here. Thank you for this story!
    But your pic I don't get. An orange jelly bean all alone in the bottom of a bin? or what?

  8. Good job on the story, such unique names.

  9. Yep, gloves are pretty important! That was a really good story.

  10. oh yum- a splash of ambrosia! Have a sweet day!

  11. I just keep washing my hands! Have a lovely day!

  12. I need mitts or something! I have a bug bite on my left wrist. a scratch from who knows where on the right side of my left wrist and a new 1 1/2 inch scratch on my right hand. I wear gloves when cleaning but this is crazy...You always use your words so wisely. Love reading your writing. THANK YOU!

  13. Good story, nice to know the Angels are watching over us and that they also get tired and have to double up when one takes a holiday during peak season.

  14. Mimi,

    Good grief, gum stuck in the bottom of the trash can! That's some of the worse stuff to get out off of plastic or just about anything. Yep, it's a good thing you wear gloves. A trash bag to line the can might be nice. Great job on the writing challenge!

  15. A brilliant story, no doubt based on fact! Thanks to the label at the bottom of the post I know what's in the bottom of the bin - yuk!

  16. I keep saying I will get back to doing this challenge, but I have found blogging difficult in this Wednesday went on the shelf once again.

  17. Love the angels ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. Stasi [STAatsSIcherheit/ Ministry for State Security] now, that's a fitting name for an angel. ;-)

  19. In your WFW story, are they spies or angels or spies pretending to be statues? I wonder. Good use of the prompts.

    Have a lovely day.


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