Really Random Mid-December Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
First, a note to Sandee, i cannot get your links to post any more.  Upon comparing the code now with the code from several weeks ago, it seems Inlinkz has changed something and blogger doesn’t want to read it any more.  Being that i’m a computer dunce, i can’t read code, either, but i compared it line by line, and there’s one small difference, and that is enough.  (When it comes to computers, one small difference is the world!)
 
Tech support is on it, i guess.
 
Speaking of technology, Dr. D and i spent a good bit of futile time yesterday trying to get one of those antennas that will get you free TV hooked up and working so she could cancel her cable.  We had better luck with the cookie baking.
 
And they mostly did.  Not this pretty, perhaps, but good.
 
A shout-out to Kristi of ThankfulMe, the hostess of Ten Things of Thankful.  Yesterday she featured my guest post about rEcess.  Thank you, Kristi, for getting the word out about so many wonderful volunteer groups, and for being so involved in your own community.
 
Today is laundry day again.  Last week, i saw the best and worst of humanity at the laundromat.
 
One man drove up with his music blaring and promptly ran to the bushes (he looked like he’d partied a bit too hearty the night before).  He yelled at his friend who was there with him, and glared at everyone he saw.
 
The other saw me heading in with my baskets and ran to help me carry them.  He asked me if i had enough money to get it all done.  He and his friend smiled at everyone, and when i offered them all the leftover cake i’d been given by one of my clients, they were ecstatic.  We discussed how easy it is to be kind to people and bring out kindness in return.
 
Most of the people at the laundromat are very nice.  We hold doors for each other, we make room and pass over an extra quarter or two if someone runs short.
 
Just like a small difference is a big difference in computer code, a small kindness can make a big impression on people.
 
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
 
 
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Today is:
 
Agonalia — Ancient Roman Empire; also observed
    Festival for Diva Palatua — guardian of Palatine Hill
    Septimonia — to honor the Seven Hills of Rome
 
Feast of Sekhmet, Bast, and Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of warfare, feline goddess, and sun god; date approximate)
 
Fourth Republic Day — Madagascar
 
International Mountain Day — UN
 
Jashan-e Sadeh / Adar-Jashen — Zoroastrian/Parsi (a mid-winter fire ceremony for purification; date approximate)
 
National Day / Republic Day — Burkina Faso
 
National Noodle Ring Day
 
Nose-Scrambling and Hair-Hiking Events — Fairy Calendar
 
Pampanga Day — Pampanga Province, Philippines
 
Remembrance Day of Llywelyn II — Wales (death anniversary of Llywelyn the Last, the last native-born Prince of Wales, killed in battle in 1282)
 
St. Damasus’ Day (Patron of archaeologists)
 
St. Pens’ Day (Patron of Llanberis, Wales)
 
Tango Day — Buenos Aires, Argentina (birth anniversary of both Julio de Caro and Carlos Gardel)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Unicef is established, 1946
Edward VIII abdicates, 1936
Indiana becomes the 19th US State, 1816
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Rider Strong, 1979
Mos Def, 1973
Mo’Nique, 1967
Gary Dourdan, 1966
Curtis Williams, 1962
Jermaine Jackson, 1954
Ken Wahl, 1953
Susan Seidelman, 1952
Teri Garr, 1949
Brenda Lee, 1944
John Kerry, 1943
Donna Mills, 1943
David Gates, 1940
Tom Hayden, 1940
Rita Moreno, 1931
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1918
Carlo Ponti, 1913
Naguib Mahfouz, 1911
Marjorie H. Buell, 1904
Fiorello LaGuardia, 1882
Annie Jump Cannon, 1863
Robert Koch, 1843
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“City of Angels”(Musical), 1989
“Magnum, PI”(TV), 1980
 
 
Today in History:
 
Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office, 359
Llywelyn the Last (born c. 1228) the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cimeri, 1282
The Aurora Borealis is seen from New England by English settlers for the first time, 1719
The first newspaper on Curacao is published, the Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser, 1812
Nitrous oxide is used in dental work for the first time in Hartford, Connecticut, 1844
Boston’s Bijou Theatre becomes the first American theater lit exclusively by electricity, premiering Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” as its first performance, 1882
The New Zealand Parliament Buildings are almost completely destroyed by fire, 1907
Color moving pictures are demonstrated in Madison Square Garden, 1909
The Boll Weevil Monument is dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama, 1919
The British Parliament enacts the Statute of Westminster 1931, establishing legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa, 1931
Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the last time, 1934
Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada, 1962
Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon, 1972
The Kyoto Protocol opens for signature, 1997
The People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization, 2001
In Taipei, protesters demand foreign live-in caregivers have the right to a day off each week, 2011
Pope Francis is named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” 2013
A landmark trial for Huntington’s disease in London announces positive results, the first time a drug has been able to slow an incurable brain disorder, 2017

 

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Looking for Sanity on a Random and Happy Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
Yesterday told me one thing, by 6:45am:
 
 
 
A text came in that early.  My every-other-Friday lady, Ms. J, asking if i could get there before Thursday evening to clean the outdoor area for the company party that night?
 
 
 
This is a friend asking, she’s had health problems and thought she could work in the cleaning of that herself, and have us clean after the party on Friday.  That was the original plan, which has to be scrapped, and she’s in a bind.
 
Thus, Ms. G from Wednesday got moved to yesterday afternoon, Ms. R from Wednesday afternoon got moved to the morning, and Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, will have to give Sweetie a ride to choir Wednesday evening while i finish up the outdoor area.   Today is Ladies’ Circle and Ms. EB, Thursday is the office and Ms. SE, Friday should be standard of two homes and the cat shelter.
 
 
 
Me, neither.
 
Anyway, i expect it’s going to be like this through the holidays.
 
And did i mention Dr. D is out of town so i am also working in cat sitting?
 
 
 
Speaking of Ms. R on Wednesday, the last time i was at her house, we got on the topic of marriage and how long we’d been together.  When i told her Sweetie and i will celebrate thirty-four years this next July, her response was:
 
 
 
(Yes, she’s white, and she says the same thing about her own 47 years with Mr. KW.)
 
On that note, i wish all of you a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Day of Shango — Yoruba/Santería religion (various Carribean islands; ceremony for the Defender against Evil)
 
Day of the Artisans — internet generated day to honor all who work
 
Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day — created in 2000 by QPC Inc., encouraging recognition of teams that “consistently work extraordinarily well together to produce significant results for their companies or organizations.”    
 
Festival for Minerva — Ancient Roman Calendar
 
Grange Day — US Grange (Order of the Patrons of Husbandry) founded, 1887
 
National Cookie Day
 
National Dice Day — get together with friends and play a game today (instructions are here)  
 
Navy Day — India; Italy
 
Rake Leaves into the World’s Largest Pile Day — just so you can jump in, of course
 
Ribbons and Wrap Day — according to the Elf Forum, which no longer exists; i’d suggest making sure you have enough now, anyway
 
Santa’s List Day — he completes the lists today, according to some people; which one are you on?
 
St. Barbara’s Day (Patron of ammunition workers/bomb technicians/explosives workers/ordnance workers, architects, armourers, artillerymen, boatment/mariners/sailors/waterman, brass workers, brewers, builders, carpenters, construction workers, dying people, firefighters/fire prevention, fireworks, fireworks manufacturers, fortifications, foundry workers, geologists, gravediggers, gunners, hatmakers/hatters/milliners, martyrs, masons, mathematicians, military engineers, miners, prisoners, safety from storms, saltpetre workers, smelters, stone masons, tilers, warehouses; Amaroni, Italy; Barbara, Italy; Colleferro, Italy; Montecatini Terme, Italy; Paterno, Sicily; Rieti, Italy; Santa Barbara, CA; Syria; Toa Alto, Puerto Rico; against death by artillery, explosions, fire, impenitence, lightning, mine collapse, storms, sudden death)
    A young woman may place the twig of a cherry tree in a glass of water today. If it blooms by Christmas Eve, the girl is certain to marry in the following year.
    Barborka — Poland (where Barbara is best known as Patron of Miners, thus “Miners’ Day)
    Eid il-Burbara — Lebanon; Palestine; Syria (where Barbara is celebrated with a holiday similar to Western Halloween)
 
St. Maruthas’ Day (Patron of Iran; Persia)
 
Thai Environment Day — Thailand
 
Wear A Beard of Bees Today Day — a supremely silly internet generated one, if you ask me, and only for the bold and fearless, and not allergic!
 
Wear Brown Shoes Day — internet generated, by someone tired of wearing black shoes all the time most likely
 
Wildlife Conservation Day — US
 
Wind Whirling Bacchanalia — Fairy Calendar
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Mission Santa Barbara is founded as a Franciscan Mission in California, 1786
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Tyra Banks, 1973
Fred Armisen, 1966
Marisa Tomei, 1964
Jozef Sabovcik, 1963
Cassandra Wilson, 1955
Patricia Wettig, 1951
Jeff Bridges, 1949
Dennis Wilson, 1944
Chris Hillman, 1942
Max Baer, Jr., 1937
Stewart Rawlings Mott, 1937
Wink Martindale, 1934
Victor French, 1934
Helen M. Chase, 1924
Deanna Durbin, 1921
Francisco Franco, 1892
Lillian Russel, 1861
Crazy Horse, 1840
Samuel Butler, 1835
Thomas Carlyle, 1795
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Broadway Bound”(Simon play), 1986
“Falcon Crest”(TV), 1981
“Beatles for Sale”(Album), 1964
“Tobacco Road”(Play), 1933
“Whoopee”(Musical), 1928
The Ten Commandments(Film), 1923*
 
 
Today in History:
 
Upon the death of Carloman, Karel the Great (Charlemagne), his brother, becomes king of all France, 771
The Syrian harbor city of Saida (Sidon) surrenders to the Crusaders, 1110
After 18 years, the Council of Trent holds its final session, 1563
Father Marquette begins to build the first dwelling in what is now Chicago, 1674
Britain’s Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in world, first published, 1791
Britain abolishes the practice of the “suttee” in India, 1829
The American Anti-Slavery Society is founded in Philadelphia by Arthur Tappen and William Lloyd Garrison, 1833
Oliver Hudson Kelley founds The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, (the Grange), 1867
“Boss” Tweed escapes from jail, 1875
The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published, 1881
Lucille Atcherson becomes the first woman legation secretary in the US Foreign sService, 1922
Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of “The Ten Commandments” (the one in which he flooded Hollywood Blvd. without permit 3 times to get the Red Sea Scene right, and had to bail his crew out of jail 3 times, too!) premiers, 1923
The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, United States, 1954
Suriname joins the United Nations, 1975
The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched, 1998
An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo, 2006
Political pressure and cyber attacks against WikiLeaks are condemned by Reporters Without Borders
In Koblenz, Germany, nearly 45,000 people wait to return home while bomb squads defuse WWII bombs still hidden under the Rhine River, 2011
In Egypt, a hundred thousand people gather to protest President Morsi’s proposed constitutional amendments, 2012
A new island is discovered in the Arctic Ocean’s Laptev Sea and initially called Yaya, 2013
 
*This was Cecile B. DeMille’s first version, the one in which he asked for permission to flood Hollywood Boulevard for the Cross of the Red Sea scene.  He didn’t get permission, but he did it anyway, three times, and all three times, he had to bail his film crew out of jail for it.  He still got the scene the way he wanted it.

 

Roller Coaster Ride for Random and Happy Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
First, my apologies if i’m still behind on blogs.  In fact, i may have to simply pick up with what is current.  The ride got wilder and crazier.
 
 
 
 
The electrician, Mr. MG, came by and put in a new, stronger breaker to replace the one that was tripping up.  That worked for all of a day.
 
He came back on Monday, went over everything with a fine tooth comb, and came up with a plan, which he is supposed to execute today.  A few hours after he left yesterday, the electricity to the whole house went out!
 
 
 
When i drove up, after a day of adventure with Dr. D and Ms. JAI calling last minute, near to sunset, the temps falling, no electricity in the house, i was close to panic.
 
Mr. MG came back and got it all back on, and will still be back today, and no extra charge for the extra visit. 
 
 
 
We are still trying to figure out why the lights flicker in one part of the house.  The only thing left on that circuit that might be causing it is the electric water heater that supplies the kitchen sink.  If it’s the culprit, we will no longer have hot water at the sink.
 
As i’ve told Sweetie, we can boil water for washing dishes, women have done it for generations, and at least we don’t have to haul it in from the well at the end of town.
 
Not us, not by a long shot.
 
Ms. JAI is back in town and needed help with cleaning the bathrooms as well as figuring out how to get her new credit card activated.  The first she pays me for, the second, not so much.  Only for a friend do i fight with those things, and when i fight them, i usually win.  Her card is working.
 
Dr. D was in “I am going to get an appointment” mode, too.  She was getting nowhere, so she handed the phone to me.  Once i got the appointment desk on the phone and i told the nice lady i was Dr. D’s assistant and would be handling the scheduling, it was done in about a minute.  When they think you are a doctor and have an assistant to do things for you, it works.
 
Anyway, this means Dr. D will be out of town next week having her procedure done to relieve her lumbar/hip pain and i will be cat-sitting.  Cest-trois and Josephine will not be pleased, but they will have food.
 
 
 
That’s about it for now, i hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday!
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Anniversary of Cerro de Pasco — Peru (founding of the city and its silver mine)
 
Bargle Day — Fairy Calendar (a fairy day with no human equivalent)
 
Electric Guitar Day — birth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix
 
Feast of Ullr and Skadi — Asatru/Norse Pagan (celebrating craftsmen)
 
Freckle Pride Day — show your spots, you are beautiful!
 
Giving Tuesday — after celebrating Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, be part of the international giving movement    
 
Get the Giggles and Give One Away Day — internet generated, and great if your a preteen girl
 
Khoiak Ceremonies — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (ceremonies surrounding the stories of the death of Osiris, date approximate)
 
Lancashire Day — Lancashire, England (celebrating their first elected representative in Parliament in 1295)
 
Maaverar Naal — Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka (Tamil Heroes’ Day)
 
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
 
Pie in the Face Day — internet generated, and supposed to be a virtual one, so no mess to clean
 
Pins and Needles Day — celebrating the 1937 opening of the Pins and Needles Music Revue
 
St. James Intercisus’ Day (Patron of lost vocations, torture victims)
 
St. Virgilius of Salzburg’s Day (Patron of Salzburg, Austria; Slovenes)
 
Strange Names Day — in honor of all the celebrity — and other — kids with “unique” names; sponsored the last Tuesday in November by Marlar in the Morning at 101QFL in Rockford, IL, US
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway, 1582
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Jaleel White, 1976
Samantha Harris, 1973
Brooke Langton, 1970
Robin Givens, 1964
Fisher Stevens, 1963
Caroline Kennedy, 1957
Rick Rockwell, 1956
Kathryn Bigelow, 1951
Jimi Hendrix, 1942
Eddie Rabbit, 1941
Bruce Lee, 1940
Gail Henion Sheehy, 1937
Alexander Dubcek, 1921
“Buffalo” Bob Smith, 1917
Chick Hearn, 1916
James Agee, 1909
L. Sprague de Camp, 1907
Forrest Shaklee, 1894
Chaim Weizmann, 1874
Charles A. Beard, 1874
Bat Masterson, 1853
Robert R. Livingston, 1746 (O.S. date)
Anders Celcius, 1701
Emperor Xiaozong of China, 1127
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Magical Mystery Tour”(Beatles album release), 1967
“Never Too Late”(Play), 1962
“The Dinah Shore Show”(TV), 1951
 
 
Today in History:
 
The first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as “The Model Parliament”, 1295
The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703
The Portuguese Royal Family leaves Lisbon to escape from Napoleonic troops, 1807
Adoption of Constitution of the Kingdom of Poland, 1815
NY Times dubs baseball “The National Game”, 1870
Alfred Nobel establishes the Nobel Prize, 1895
In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held, 1924
The Soviet space program’s Mars 2 orbiter releases a descent module; it crashes, but still becomes the first man-made object to be on Mars, 1971
The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand’s history, 1999
A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet, 2001
The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion to declare Quebec a nation within a unified Canada, 2006
Icelanders vote for their own constitution after using a modified Danish constitution for 66 years, 2010
The Nissan Leaf self-driving car completes its first test in Japan, on the Sagami Expressway, 2013

 

Thankful and Happy on a Random Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
Well, here it is, one of the most fun holidays we have, Thanksgiving!
 
 
 
This is the most complicated holiday week we’ve ever had.  My Tuesday lady moved to Monday afternoon, both of my Thursday people are today, and tomorrow we have the shelter and Ms. R as usual then we get to go to Grandma’s to clean there and cook as well.
 
 
 
Meanwhile, we are doing it with three people sharing one vehicle, sometimes with more than one place to be at the same time.
 
 
 
It’s all good, though, it means i am only missing one person this whole week, and she is out of town.
 
We are thankful to have work, that is certain.
 
 
 
And i am a person who takes full advantage of her down time in the evenings.
 
Like this, only i’m not so cute.
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Absurdity Day — an internet generated absurd holiday
 
Africa Industrialization Day — UN
 
Air Your Dirty Laundry Day — internet generated, and be careful with this one!
 
Beautiful Day — Fairy Calendar
 
Clean the Cat Hair Out of the Vacuum Cleaner Day — internet generated, and always tops on my chore list
 
Day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
 
Day of National Sovereignty — Argentina (commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado)
 
Dia da Consciencia Negra — Brazil (Black Consciousness Day)
 
Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D
 
Mawlid an Nabi — Islam/Muslim (Prophet’s Birthday, celebration begins at sunset)
 
Name Your PC Day — mine is Ol’ Bessy, a/k/a Old Crankypants; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays    
 
National Entrepreneurs Day — US (by Congressional designation)
 
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
 
Praetextatus and Paulina’s Day — Ancient Roman Calendar (Guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries, pagan activists and devotees who tried to save Roman religions; date approximate)
 
Revolution Day — Mexico (traditional)
 
St. Edmund the Martyr’s Day (Patron of kings, torture victims, wolves; East Anglia, England; against plagues)
 
Teachers’ Day — Vietnam
 
Transgender Day of Remembrance — memorial for those who have been killed because of transphobia
 
Universal Children’s Day — UN
 
Zumbi Day — Brazil (death anniversary of Zumbi dos Palmares, a day of Afro-Brazilian consciousness, as he was a hero and freedom fighter)
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
The Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London, 1947
The first municipal airport in the US opens, in Tuscon, AZ, 1919
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Sabrina Lloyd, 1970
Ming-Na Wen, 1967
Sean Young, 1959
Bo Derek, 1956
Steve Dahl, 1954
Richard Masur, 1948
Duane Allman, 1946
Judy Wooodruff, 1946
Veronica Hamel, 1943
Joe Biden, 1942
Dick Smothers, 1939
Don DeLillo, 1936
Richard Dawson, 1932
Estelle Parsons, 1927
Kaye Ballard, 1926
Robert F. Kennedy, 1925
Nadine Gordimer, 1923
Gene Tierney, 1920
Robert Byrd, 1917
Alistair Cooke, 1908
Chester Gould, 1900
Edwin Hubble, 1889
Karl von Frisch, 1886
Kenesaw Mountain Landis, 1866
Selma Lagerlf, 1858
Sir Wilfred Laurier, 1841
Thomas Chattertn, 1752
Oliver Wolcott, 1726
Susanna Wesley, 1669 (mother of John, Charles, and 17 other children)
Peregrine White, 1620 (born on the Mayflower)
Maximinus, Roman Emperor, 270
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Beatles Antology 1(album release), 1995
The Day After(TV movie), 1983
“A Soldier’s Play”(Fuller Pulizer winning play), 1981
“Cabaret”(Musical), 1966
“The Seven Year Itch”(Play), 1952
“The Children’s Hour”(Play), 1934
“The Goldbergs”(Radio), 1929
The Sheik(Film, with Rudolph Valentino), 1921
“Das Lied von der Erde/The Song of the Earth”(Mahler symphony), 1911
“The Doctor’s Dilemma”(Play), 1906
“Fidelio”(Opera, Beethoven Op. 72), 1805
 
 
Today in History:
 
Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire, 762
Zumbi, the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares of Brazil, is executed, 1695
New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify the US Bill of Rights, 1789
Curacao’s government forbids slave work on Sunday, 1795
Howard University is founded in Washington, D.C., 1866
US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports, 1914
The first municipally owned airport in US opens, in Tucson Az, 1919
In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation, 1962
The SETI Institute is founded, 1984
Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released, 1985
The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million, 1989
In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage, 1992
The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched, 1998
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level in eleven years, 2008
NATO agrees to begin handing over Afghanistan’s security to the Afghan military, 2010
The UN World Meteorological Organization announces the 2011 greenhouse gasses reached record levels, 2012
A vote of the General Synod of the Church of England approves women to be ordained bishops beginning the next year, 2013

 

Random and Happy and Short on Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus
 
In church yesterday, the Pastor told a story during his sermon that made us all laugh.  He was walking downtown to get a sandwich for lunch when he noticed a lady who is a church member standing on the street corner.  As he walked past, he said hello and began talking to her, and she said she was waiting for her husband so they could grab a quick bite together before he had to go back to work.  “And there he is!” she said, and waved to him.  He didn’t wave back until he got closer, and then he laughed when he walked up and said, “Pastor, I’m glad to see it’s you standing next to my wife.  I was starting to wonder why some man was talking to her and thinking I was going to have to whup up on him and send him on his way!”
 
Ms. RW, an every-other-Wednesday client, was insisting while i was there last week on scrubbing the toilets with the pumice stone, even though i do that regularly.  She tells me she doesn’t want me to have to do it and that she enjoys it!
 
Later, we got to talking about different churches, and funerals, and how much she wants her funeral to be a celebration of her life.  She said, “I enjoy funerals that are celebrations and everyone is sad the person is gone but happy for their life.  I hope everyone likes my funeral as much as I’ve enjoyed some I’ve been to.  Then again, I also enjoy cleaning my toilets, so maybe I’m expecting too much!”
 
 
 
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Chhat Parwa/Chhath Puja — Nepal (start of the four day Hindu/Vedic Festival of the sun god Surya)
 
Ides of November — Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Epulum Iovis — Festival of Feronia, Juno, Minerva, and Jupiter
    Fortuna Primigenia — Fortune of the Firstborn
 
National Indian Pudding Day
 
National Reread Old Letters and Magazines Day — internet generated sentimentality
 
Runic Half Month Nyd begins (necessity)
 
School Pride Day — US (always on the Tuesday of American Education Week)
 
St. Brice of Tours’ Day (Patron against stomach diseases)
 
St. Homobonus’ Day (Patron of business people, cloth workers/garment workers/tailors, cobblers/shoemakers, merchants)
 
St. Stanislaus Kostka’s Day (Patron of aspirants to the Oblates of Saint Joseph, last sacraments; against broken bones)
 
Tooth Collection Days begin — Fairy Calendar
 
Tori No Ichi — Japan (the second “rooster day” of three in November, so called because it is held on the three days of the rooster this month, in which to wish good luck and prosperity at temple and shrine ceremonies around the country, and celebrate with a fair) 
World Kindness Day — promoting a more compassionate world, on the anniversary of the first World Kindness Movement® conference  
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated, 1982
The Holland Tunnel opens, 1927
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Monique Coleman, 1980
Gerard Butler, 1969
Steve Zahn, 1968
Tracy Scoggins, 1959
Jimmy Kimmel, 1967
Vinny Testaverde, 1963
Chris Nth, 1957
Whoopi Goldberg, 1955
Chris Noth, 1954
Shella E. Frazier, 1948
Joe Mantegna, 1947
Jean Seberg, 1938
Gary Marshall, 1934
Madeleine Sherwood, 1922
Oskar Werner, 1922
Nathaniel Benchley, 1915
Louis Brandeis, 1856
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850
Edwin Thomas Booth, 1833
James Clerk Maxwell, 1831
Edward John Trelawney, 1792
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“The Lion King”(Play), 1997
“As the Girls Go”(Musical), 1948
Fantasia(Disney animated film), 1940
“Grand Hotel”(Drake play), 1930
 
 
Today in History:
 
English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice’s Day massacre, 1002
Lady Jane Grey and Bishop Cranmer are accused of high treason, 1553
Patriot revolutionary forces under Col. Ethan Allen attack Montreal, Quebec, defended by British General Guy Carleton, 1775
Benjamin Franklin says, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 1789
The first US anti-slavery party, the Liberty Party, convenes in New York, 1839
James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads him to study the subject and come up with what he later calls hypnosis, 1841
The Denny Party arrives at Alki Point, becoming the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington, 1851
The first shipment of canned pineapple leaves Hawai’i, 1895
French cyclist Paul Cornu flies the first helicopter, 1907
Russia completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles, 1947
A 150-mph tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. This is regarded as the 20th century’s worst natural disaster, 1970
The Double Eagle V becomes the first hot air balloon to make it across the Pacific Ocean, 1981
Xavier Suarez is sworn in as Miami, Florida’s first Cuban-born mayor, 1985
The High Court of Australia rules in Dietrich v The Queen that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented, 1992
In a referendum voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union, 1994
NASA announces that water has been discoved on the moon, 2009
Medical textbooks require rewriting after 39-year-old Canadian Scott Routley becomes the first person believed to be in a vegetative state to tell scientists he isn’t in any pain, 2012
A total solar eclipse occurs over parts of Australia and the South Pacific, 2012
The Vatican announces that restrooms being remodeled in St. Peter’s Square will include showers for the homeless, and encourages other churches to do the same, 2014
Evidence of the world’s earliest wine-making is uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC, 2017

 

Voting, Adopting a Teacher, and More Legal Kerfluffles, a Random and Happy Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
The first thing on my plate today is to go vote.  If you live where there’s an election going on anywhere, and you are eligible to do so, please go vote if you didn’t do the early voting or mail in ballot.  There are a lot of people in this world who would dearly love to have the opportunity, so if you do, don’t pass it up.
 
Image from govote.org
 
Then there’s the ladies’ circle meeting, and we are bringing gifts for the local elementary school teacher we have “adopted” for the school year.  We had this same teacher last year, and she liked what we did for her so much she asked our circle to please adopt her again!
 
Last month we brought enough crayons and markers (she’s a 3rd grade teacher) to get her kids through the school year.  This month, we are making her a goodie basket of her favorite things.  She likes dark chocolate so i got her one of those dark chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s that weighs just over a pound — i figure that may hold her for a while.
 
Like this, only bigger!
 
Dr. D was in rare form yesterday.  The morning began pleasantly enough, but i should have known it would take a turn for the worse when we had to deliver some legal papers downtown.
 
She came back to the car in a huge huff.  “The Huns have taken over!” she said.  “The receptionist at the City Attorney’s office was sitting there eating her bacon and egg breakfast right there at her desk, and the young lady who she referred me to was wearing scruffy jeans and flip flops!  In an office!  And they wouldn’t let me leave the papers with them!  I am so insulted!  I’m a taxpayer in this city, and that is my office, and they are representing it very poorly!”
 
Somehow i don’t think Dr. D has anything like this to worry about.
 
Her attorney met her on the steps, and then the sparks really flew.  She was not happy with “that insolent pup!” and when he tried to call her later, she wouldn’t answer.  “I’m still eating my lunch!” she yelled at the phone.
 
When i jokingly pointed out to her that i was washing the lunch dishes and she was in fact done eating, she said with a laugh, “Well, I’m still eating lunch where he is concerned!”
 
 
 
At least by that time she could laugh about it.  She was doing much better when she calmed enough to tell me all about her childhood Christmas trees.
 
As i’ve noted before, her Grandfather’s family owned the Cotton Exchange in New Orleans before The Great Incivility (as his generation called the Civil War).  He went into banking afterward and owned a lot of land, including timber land.  He and his wife would take Dr. D and her brother, then only tots, to go find the perfect tree each year out on his timber land.  She remembers the big saw he and her Grandmother would use to cut the tree, soaking it in water in a bucket for a few days, the glass ornaments, the tinsel made of lead in long strands, the “angel hair” spun glass used to cover the tree stand.
 
Probably a lot like this one.
 
As for what mischief she will get into next week, well, her daughter will be in town by Friday, so i’m sure that by next Monday there will be tales to be told.
 
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Basketball Day — birth anniversary of James Naismith
 
Birth of Tiamat — Ancient Babylonian Calendar (mother of gods, goddess of primeval chaos; date approximate)
 
Constitution Day — Dominican Republic; Tajikistan; Tatarstan, Russian Federation
 
Electric Razor Day — Jacob Schick patented the first electric razor on this day in 1937
 
Finnish Swedish Heritage Day — Finland
 
Fish Returning Days begin — Fairy Calendar (the fairies borrow centuries old fish in sealed crystal boxes from each other, and why they prefer each others or what they do with them, they will not tell)
 
Green March Day — Morocco; Western Sahara
 
Gustavus Adolphus Day — Sweden
 
Halfway Point of Autumn
 
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict — UN
 
International End Gossip Day — the founder of this didn’t want to be gossiped about, and left no trace
 
Marching Band Day — birth anniversary of John Philip Sousa
 
Marooned Without A Compass Day — internet generated; how’s your sense of direction?
 
Melbourne Cup Day — Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia (154th running)
 
National Nachos Day / I Love Nachos Day
 
Saxophone Day — birth anniversary of Adolphe Sax 
 
St. Illtyd’s Day (Abbot, reputed cousin of King Arthur)
 
St. Leonard’s Day (Patron of barrel makers/coopers, blacksmiths, captives, childbirth, coal miners, coppersmiths, greengrocers, horses, imprisoned people, locksmiths, miners, porters, P.O.W.’s, prisoners; Castelmauro, Italy; Conegliano, Italy; Kirkop, Malta; against burglaries, robberies/robbers)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Ethan Hawke, 1970
Pat Tillman, 1976
Rebecca Romijn, 1972
Thandie Newton, 1972
Ethan Hawke, 1970
Kelly Rutherford, 1968
Lance Kerwin, 1960
Maria Shriver, 1955
Nigel Havers, 1949
Glenn Frey, 1948
Sally Field, 1946
Mike Nichols, 1931
Walter Perry Johnson, 1887
James Naismith, 1861
Ignace Paderewski, 1860
John Philip Sousa, 1854
Cesare Lombroso, 1835
Adolphe Sax, 1814
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire(Movie), 2005
“Good Morning America”(TV), 1975
“The Phil Donahue Show”(TV), 1967
“Meet The Press”(TV), 1947
 
 
Today in History:
 
Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in Texas, 1528
Spain grants independence to the Dominican Republic, 1844
Scenes of Clerical Life, the first work of fiction by the author later known as George Eliot, is submitted for publication, 1856
Canada celebrates its first official, national Thanksgiving Day, 1879
Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa, 1913
Colonel Jacob Schick patents the first electric razor, 1928
Edwin Armstrong presents his paper “A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation” to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers (hello, FM radio!), 1935
Parker Brothers acquires the forerunner patents for MONOPOLY from Elizabeth Magie, 1935
Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility, 1944
The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation, 1962
Cuba and the United States formally agree to begin an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States, 1965
Green March begins: 300,000 unarmed Moroccans converge on the southern city of Tarfaya and wait for a signal from King Hassan II of Morocco to cross into Western Sahara, 1975
Australians vote to keep the Head of the Commonwealth as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum, 1999
Sweibodzin, Poland announced the world’s largest statue of Jesus, called Christ the King, has been completed, 2010
Officials crack down on foreigners working illegally in Saudi Arabia and over 16,000 are arrested, 2013

 

Adults and Ducks and Running the Roads, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
 
Conversation yesterday: 
 
Daughter-in-Law Becky:  Your son thinks it’s a good idea to blast death metal at the parents and kids practicing soccer in the park.
 
Me: (gettin up) okay, i’m on it.
 
Me: (now outside, where #2 Son is holding Tripod kitty, no music playing) Son, could you do me a favor and not annoy the soccer moms?  They might call the police, and i don’t need that.
 
#2 Son:  Okay, I won’t, but why are parents so boring?
 
 
 
A friend of our has added ducks to the chickens out on the farm.  It seems someone in the area got a duck for this past Easter, and once it was past the cute stage, looked for a convenient pond at which to set it free.  The next door neighbor’s yard is fenced and locked, so Mr. Cal and Ms. Jan went out one morning and noticed a mostly grown drake feeding with the chickens.
 
The drake followed them around and Ms. Jan decided it was lonely.  They called around to see if they could find a female duck to adopt, and the farm supply guy told them about the duck guy.
 
The “duck guy,” who also has horses, is 81, retired, and runs a farm with horses and ducks because it’s his hobby.  He agreed to sell them a female duck for $20 that was about the same age as their drake.
 
Ms. Jan gushed about how, “They get along beautifully!  They are never more than about a foot away from each other.  And so we now have ducks that follow us around, and it was only $20, and soon we will be getting duck eggs along with the chicken eggs!”
 
With a bit of an eye-rolls, Mr. Cal replied, “Yeah, it was ‘only’ $20, plus a whole tank of gas to drive out there to the duck guy’s place and back, plus dinner out while we were in the area!”
 
 
 
Dr. D is expecting her daughter to come visit not this Friday but the next.  Instead of legal work or sorting, she’s having me concentrate on cleaning next Monday, more than just the usual.
 
Yesterday, i had to run errands.  It took me going to six places to get everything she needed.  Her list was a lint roller, cat litter, cheese crackers, vanilla cookies, milk, a whole cooked chicken, hair clips for her hair rollers, and her mail.  Each is to be purchased at the lowest price, so i have to go to the dollar store first, then the other dollar store if the first one doesn’t have everything, then the MallMart, then the grocery, then the post office to get the mail, and i finally gave up and went to the beauty supply store for the clips because no one else had them.
 
This is how i felt:
 
 
 
That’s about all for now, i hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security
 
Anniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation — Slovakia
 
Arba’in-e Hosseini — Iran (40th day after Ashura)
 
Buy A Doughnut Day — any wonder who started this one? (insert eye-roll here)
 
Checklists Day — prevent tragedy, create great checklists; in honor of the development of the first well known checklist following a B-17 prototype’s crash due to pilot error
 
Create a Great Funeral Day — don’t make your family choose the plans in the midst of grief, plan your sending away party now, it’s more fun when it’s done — in advance!
 
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions — most former Soviet Republics
 
Lhabab Duechen — Buddhism (Descending Day of Lord Buddha)
    a public holiday in Bhutan, although the exact day off may vary
 
Look in the Back of Your Refrigerator Day / Haunted Refrigerator Night (And hope the old hamburger isn’t grazing on the moldy salad.)
 
Mischief Night, a/k/a Goosey Night, Devil’s Night, Cabbage Night — US
 
National Candy Corn Day
 
Practice Winter Snuggling Night — when it gets really cold, you’ll be glad you practiced
 
St. Dorothy of Montau’s Day (Patron of brides, difficult marriages, dying children, parents of large families, widows; Pomerania; Prussia)
 
St. Marcellus’ Day  (as a Roman centurion who threw down his armor and refused to take part in pagan worship, he is Patron of conscientious objectors)
 
The Rhyne Toll — Chetwode Manor, UK (through Nov 7) — the Lord of the Manor may tax any cattle he finds on his Liberty (free pasture) on these days
 
Try on Your Halloween Costume Early Day — to see how goofy you look, and make sure you have everything you need
 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Nastia Liukin, 1989
Matthew Morrison, 1978
Gavin Rossdale, 1967
Diego Armando Maradona, 1960
Kevin Pollack, 1958
Charles Martin Smith, 1953
Harry Hamlin, 1951
Andrea Mitchell, 1946
Henry Winkler, 1945
Ed Lauter, 1940
Grace Slick, 1939
Claude Lelouch, 1937
Dick Gautier, 1937
Dick Vermeil, 1936
Robert Caro, 1935
Louis Malle, 1932
Ruth Gordon, 1896
Charles Atlas, 1893
Ezra Pound, 1885
William “Bull” Halsey, 1882
Emily Post, 1872
Alfred Sisley, 1839
Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1821
Richard Sheridan, 1751
John Adams, 1735
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Symphony No. 11 in G minor(Shostakovich Op. 103), 1957
“Panama Hattie”(Musical), 1940
“War of the Worlds”(Radio), 1938
 
 
Today in History:
 
Antioch surrenders to Rashidun Caliphate and his Muslim forces after the Battle of the Iron Bridge, 637
End of the 8th Crusade, 1270
King Henry VII, Tudor, crowned, 1485
Queen Isabella bans violence against Indians, 1503
The first Methodist church in the US is initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC), 1768
Dr. Richard Gatling patents the machine gun, 1862
Founding of Helena, Montana (capital city), 1864
John Willis Menard, of Louisiana, becomes the first black elected to the US Congress (by special election, he was challenged by the loser, but was allowed to address Congress from the lectern), 1868
Daniel Cooper patents the time clock, 1894
Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes the first woman US Senator, 1896
The first US Automobile Show opens in Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1900
Czar Nicholas II of Russia grants Russia’s first constitution, creating a legislative assembly, 1905
Benito Mussolini is made Prime Minister of Italy, 1922
John Logie Baird creates Britain’s first television transmitter, 1925
Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States, 1938
Anne Frank and sister Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 1944
Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color barrier, 1945
Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 1960
The Soviet Union detonates the hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya; at 58 megatons of yield, it is still the largest explosive device ever detonated, nuclear or otherwise, 1961
The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time, 1973
The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire, 1974
Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain’s acting head of state, taking over for the country’s ailing dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco, 1975
In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine, 1987
Quebec sovereignists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada (vote is 50.6% to 49.4%), 1995
The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) early time-sharing operating system is shut down at the Canadian Department of National Defense in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2000
George Lucas sells Lucasfilm, Ltd., to the Walt Disney Company, 2012