My first peek into the laundry room at Carl's yesterday was not propitious.
It wasn't really too bad, although the one item in the dryer was still wet and now didn't smell fresh, to put it mildly. Ms. V had gotten some of the cleaning rags and such out of the wash and hung them to dry, then put the rest in the dryer and forgot them.
Carl found them, and then i found them all over everywhere, the laundry room and his room.
They got rewashed with his bath towels, some of which are missing now, and put away. As for the missing towels, my best guess is Carl's car, which i did not get the chance to inspect.
If they are still AWOL next Monday, a car rescue operation will commence.
Meanwhile, Carl was quite garrulous for the little bit of time we were in the same room.
"I can't find John's post," he told me. Before i could ask anything, he said, "It was about the end times." This time my silence was deliberate and he added, "Trying to explain."
I told him i hoped he could find it again. What i did not tell him was that i wasn't about to get into a discussion of eschatology that early in the morning, and most certainly not while trying to get him out the door.
He moved on to, "I put my money in the bank and next thing I know it disappeared."
Could you be spending it? i asked.
"Lunches. And gas."
That's why you are supposed to bring your lunches, it will save you money, and by the way, you did a great job making sandwiches ahead this week, i told him.
He did do a great job. I managed to put a sandwich, cheese stick, grapes, fruit cup, tea, water, snack bar and a cookie in his lunch box, and he still asked if he had enough of a snack. He was only working until 11am.
Along with those sandwiches, i found this.
He had an open pack of crackers in the fridge, and another open pack on top of the fridge along with a half-eaten sweet roll in a bag. He's a mixed bag himself, that one.
"Do you think I could get a new job that uses my adaptive skills?" he answered, and i told him honestly he would need to start seriously looking into that. "I need to talk to the supervisor..."
He never did tell me which supervisor, but i'm sure he has someone in mind. Heaven help them. And Carl.
"I need to get pants and tongs today. And gloves. I don't know where the gloves go..."
He leaves them at work where they find new homes, that's where. His parents won't buy him a new coat, he has to go to the thrift store for his coats, he loses them so frequently. They will buy him pants and shirts, since, as Ms. V says, he doesn't lose those. Thank heaven.
Carl headed out the door with his portable CD player, then came back in and said, "Batteries would be nice..."
I told him if he'd asked earlier, he'd have had enough time for me to go hunt them up in the office and he said, "Well I put them somewhere..."
Story of that man's life, right?
Next thing i knew he was picking up cracker crumbs from the floor. Again, i told him not to bother, once i show up it's my job, and i told him to boogie on down the road.
He boogied, but only after he came back in to look for a coupon book, then to brush his teeth again, and finally to tell me he saw a moth fly in the door when he opened it. I promised to deal with the moth and he finally left.
Once he was gone, i did the usual cleaning and laundry and dealt with his coin sorter.
He's supposed to put all of his coins in there, but this is one reason it can be difficult when he does. He empties everything in the pocket, along with the coins, into the sorter. This time it was a Tums antacid tablet and it didn't want to come out until i'd about taken the machine apart.
At the same time, i found this.
He won an award at work. It was on top of the fridge, under the half-eaten sweet roll. I put it on the shelf with his 15 Year Employee certificate.
It's Trick or Treat Night, so how about some Halloween funnies.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Admission Day -- Nevada, US
Allantide -- Cornwall, England
All Hallows Eve -- Christian
Apple and Candle Night -- Wales
Books for Treats Day -- San Jose, CA, US (give gently used books to kids, not candy -- feed their brains, not their cavities!)
Chiang Kai-Shek Day -- Taiwan
Day of the Seven Billion -- day in 2011 the UN declared the world population to have reached 7,000,000,000
Dia de las Iglesias Evangelicas y Protestantes -- Chile (Day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches/Reformation Day)
Dias de los Muertos -- Mexico, esp. Michoacan and Oaxaca (through Nov. 2; ceremonies, sand sculptures, decorated altars, and parties through the nights in the cemeteries)
Dookie Apple Night -- Newcastle, England
Duck Apple Night -- Liverpool, England
Feast of Sekhmet Bast Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Festival of Inner Worlds -- Pagan (fight between the old and new year)
Founder's Day -- Girl Scouts of the USA (Juliette Gordon Low's birth anniversary)
Hallowe'en or Beggar's Night
Increase Your Psychic Powers Day -- originated in England in the 19th century, some celebrated on the 30th
Martyr's Day -- Burkina Faso
National Candied Apple/Caramel Apple Day
National Knock-Knock Joke Day
Police stop telling knock-knock jokes!
National Magic Day -- Society of American Magicians (in honor of Harry Houdini, who died on this day in 1926, and who was president of the SoAM)
National UNICEF Day
Nut-Crack Night -- England; Scotland
Old Celtic New Year's Eve
Out of the Broom Closet Day -- Pagan, Heathen, and all earth-based and ethnic religions
Reformation Day -- Protestant Christian (trad.)
Official Holiday -- Germany; Slovenia
Samhain (northern hemisphere) / Beltane (southern hemisphere) -- Druids, Gaels, Welsh peoples, Neopagans, Wiccans (begins at sunset)
Scare a Friend Day -- just not so much that s/he isn't a friend any more
Senior Absurdity Day -- Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY, US (a day the kids look forward to each year)
Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day
St. Quentin's Day (Patron against coughs)
St. Wolfgang of Ratisbon's Day (Patron of apoplexics, carpenters, paralyzed people, stroke victims; Regensburg, Germany; against apoplexy, paralysis, stomach diseases, strokes)
Thump-the-Door Night -- Isle of Mann
Trick or Treat Night
Vetmaetr -- Norse Calendar (Winter Nights; beginning of winter, the New Year, and the start of Odin leading the Wild Hunt)
Youth Honor Day -- Iowa, US
Mt. Rushmore is completed, 1941
Nevada becomes the 36th US State, 1864
Robert "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle, 1967
Adam Horovitz, 1966
Dermot Mulroney, 1963
Rob Schneider, 1963
Peter Jackson, 1961
Larry Mullen, Jr., 1961
John Candy, 1950
Jane Pauley, 1950
Deidre Hall, 1947
Stephen Rea, 1943
David Ogden Stiers, 1942
Ron Rifkin, 1939
Michael Landon, 1936
Dan Rather, 1931
Michael Collins, 1930
Barbara Bel Geddes, 1922
Dale Evans, 1912
Ethel Waters, 1896
Chaing Kai-shek, 1887
Juliette Gordon Low, 1860
John Keats, 1795
William Paca, 1740
Jan Vermeer, 1632
"Car Talk"(Radio), 1987 (national debut, ten years after their start as a local show in Boston)
"Capricio Espagnol"(Rimsky-Korsakov Op. 34), 1887
"Tamerlano"(Handel opera, HWV 18), 1724
Today in History:
Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites after their return to Jerusalem from exile, BC445
First All Hallows Eve observed to honor all the saints, 834
Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door, marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, 1517
Georg Ludwig van Hannover is crowned as the English King George I, 1714
Execution of Girondins at Paris during the Reign of Terror, 1793
Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents the miner's safety lamp, 1815
A standard uniform is approved for US Postal workers, 1868
A tropical cyclone hits Bengal, about 200,000 die, 1876
John Boyd Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tire, 1888
Arthur Conan Doyle publishes "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", 1892
Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States, 1913
The Battle of Beersheba of WWI marks the last successful cavalry charge in history, 1917
The first of 160 consecutive days of 100°F + temps at Marble Bar, Australia, 1923
World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress, 1924
Mt. Rushmore sculptures are completed, 1941
The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal, 1956
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards, 1984
EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board, 1999
Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted, 1999
Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station, which has been continually crewed since, 2000
Surfer Bethany Hamilton loses her left arm and 3 liters of blood in a tiger shark attack; within a month she would be back on her board, and competing again within the year, 2003
The NYSE reopens after its first weather related shut down since the late 19th century; the two-day closure was due to Hurricane Sandy, 2012
In a landmark verdict, the Pakistani Supreme Court acquits a Christian woman of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed after she has spent eight years on death row, 2018
A fire destroys most of the historic Shuri Castle, once seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom, on the island of Okinawa, Japan, 2019
The world's largest solar farm goes live in Sirindhorn Reservoir, Thailand, 2021