Thursday, November 30, 2023

Details (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy’s Poetry Day and Brian’s Thankful Thursday


"Hey, John, what're you up to this evening?"

"Jim, I'm working on an aqua-thermal treatment of ceramics and stainless steel under a constrained environment."

"Wow, that sounds impressive!  Is this a special project for research or can you go into detail?"

"Um, well, what it really means is I'm washing dishes in hot water under my mom's supervision."

"Oh, I already did ours, I'll call you back when you're done."

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


While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!


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

The days are long when you're on your feet,

working retail will leave you quite beat,

dealing with shoppers is a stamina feat,

at close you just can't wait to retreat.

But it's my job and I'll do my best,

in helping some shoppers I'm put to the test,

try to keep a smile, not let them get distressed,

then go home, put my feet up and rest!


Angel Brian's Family 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 Ms. G and i have finished with another house so she can get it on the market.  She's a realtor, and friends ask her to head up refurbishing/repairing/cleaning the houses they want her to sell, so she does.  This means a final cleaning out of subcontractor grime and grot from all the stuff that had to be repaired or changed out, and i'm always glad to see the results and let her get on with the selling part.


Today is:

Bonifacio Day -- Philippines

Cities for Life Day -- commemorates the abolition of the death penalty in many countries

Clear Up The Clutter Day -- internet generated, and what!?! in one day!

Computer Security Day -- International (sponsored by The Association for Computer Security Day; often held by some organizations/companies on another day of the week if it falls on a weekend)

Feast of Hecate, Goddess of the Crossroads -- Ancient Roman Calendar (also revered by the Greeks, Egyptians, and came from the Carians of the Bronze Age)

Ham and Roast Beef Night -- internet generated, but a good idea for a make your own sandwich dinner

Independence Day -- Barbados(1966); Yemen(1967)

National Day -- Benin

National Meth Awareness Day

National Mousse Day 

Perpetual Youth Day -- Dick Clark's birth anniversary

Regina Mundi Day -- South Africa

Saint Andrew the Apostle's Day (Patron of anglers/fishermen, fish dealers/fish mongers, maidens, old maids/spinsters, single lay women, singers, women who wish to become mothers; Spanish armed forces; Achaia; Greece; Russia; Scotland; Amalfi, Italy; Antey-Saint-Andre, Italy; Berchtesgaden, Germany; Burgundy, France; Cartosio, Italy; Confienti, Italy; Constantinople, Turkey; Encinasola, Huelva, Spain; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Grongnardo, Italy; Lampertheim, Germany; Luqa, Malta; Patras, Greece; Plymouth, England; Samolaco, Italy; San Andreas, California; Victoria, British Columbia; against gout, sore throats) related observances:

     Argyle Day

     National Day -- Scotland

     Sfantul Andrei -- Romania

Stay Home Because You're Well Day -- sponsored by the Wellness Permission League -- if you get in trouble with the boss, make sure they will take the fall!

Anniversaries Today:

Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz, 1940

Birthdays Today:

Elisha Cuthbert, 1982

Clay Aiken, 1978

Jessalyn Gilsig, 1971

Sandra Oh, 1970

Amy Ryan, 1969

Ben Stiller, 1965

Bo Jackson, 1962

Colin Mochrie, 1957

Billy Idol, 1955

Shuggie Otis, 1953

Mandy Patinkin, 1952

David Mamet, 1947

Noel Paul Stookey, 1937

Ridley Scott, 1937

Abbie Hoffman, 1936

G. Gordon Liddy, 1930

Dick Clark, 1929

Joan Ganz Cooney, 1929

Robert Guillaume, 1927

Richard Crenna, 1926

Shirley Chisholm, 1924

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., 1923

Gordon Parks, 1912

Winston Churchill, 1874

L(ucy) M(aude) Montgomery, 1874 (Anne of Green Gables)

Mark Twain, 1835

Oliver Winchester, 1810

Jonathan Swift, 1667

Philip Sydney, 1554

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Thriller"(Michael Jackson Album), 1982

"The Wall"(Pink Floyd album), 1979

Brian's Song(TV movie), 1971

"Bwana Devil"(Film, first 3-D movie), 1952

The Joy of Cooking(Publication date), 1931

"Le Cid"(Opera), 1885

Today in History:

Amsterdam bans assembly of heretics, 1523

Death count by plague in Venice is officially set at 16,000, 1630

Beijing earthquake causes 100,000+ deaths, 1731

Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence, 1782

Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 is therefore commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day, 1786

Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France, 1803

First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal, 1824

First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground breaking, 1829

Work begins on the first US underwater highway tunnel, in Chicago, 1866

The first international soccer football game is held, in Glasgow; Scotland-England 0-0, 1872

The first commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY, 1886

A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles, 1900

American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor, 1902

Pike Place Market is dedicated in Seattle, Washington, 1907

The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park London destroyed by fire, 1936

Baseball's Negro National League disbands, two years after major league baseball integrated, 1948

In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space, 1954

Exxon and Mobil sign a $73.7 billion USD agreement to merge, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company, 1998

Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings, 2004

John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York, 2005

The first human face transplant takes place in France, 2005

Enzo di Fabrizio, physics professor at Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro, Italy, successfully takes the first photograph of DNA, 2012

UNESCO adds Belgian beer to its Cultural Heritage List, 2016

Two Chinese scientists make it to the Guinness Book of World Records by recording the world's longest lasting rainbow - 8 hours 58 minutes in Taipei's Yangmingshan Mountain range, 2017

Archaeologists announce newly discovered rock art in Serranía La Lindosa, Colombia, dating between 12,600 and 11,800 years ago, depicting many extinct species of animals, 2020

Alphafold's DeepMind AI program announces it has achieved scientific breakthrough by being able to predict how proteins fold into 3D shapes, 2020

Josephine Baker becomes the first black woman to be honored at Paris’ Panthéon, France's highest honor, 2021

UNESCO announces new additions to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list, including the French Baguette, the oral traditions of calling camels in the Middle East, and tea practices in China, 2022


  1. Love both your six sentence story and your poem.

  2. Very creative writing. Love the dish washing story, how cute! The poem is good too.

  3. That was a very good dishwashing story, it made me laugh quite a bit. Great for a cold morning. And then I love the fence picture but to be honest I had to blow it up and then realize that that fluffy gray thing was a toy on the dashboard of your car. I thought it was something sitting in the driveway at first, LOL

  4. That's, putting a positive (and creative) spin on one's chores, lol
    Excellent poem. Everyone should work retail at the holiday season. It's an eye opener.
    No doubt a good feeling.

  5. Your six sentence story was fun and clever. Your poem just right for the season that's catchy and rhymes. :) I feel bad for retailers. I'd hate to be a sales clerk especially during the holidays. People can be so nasty! Not to mentioned all the constant being on your feet stuff. Not fun!

  6. Great 6 sentence poem ~ lovely fence photo and delightful thankfuls ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. A really amusing Sixer, Mimi! Working retail - I remember it well.

  8. I have a true aversion to lines, crowds and all of that. I dread shopping this time of year.

  9. That was a really good story and a good poem too! Hooray for a good thankful. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. That was a fun story. I enjoyed your poems too. XO

  11. Lovely gate and good poem. I'll never think of dishwashing as a chore again.

  12. Oh I do love your poem......I only worked retail through one Christmas but it was certainly something I remember to this day! Thanks for playing along with us for poetry Thursday - it's ALWAYS a lovely surprise reading your work - perfection!!

    Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too)


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