The Serious and the Silly (Random Thoughts Rebel and Happy Tuesday)

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Before i get into the funny stuff, i want to mention something that is on my heart a lot, and that is the idea of our freedom of worship.
It’s something i cannot take for granted.  After watching Andrew Brunson’s case for two years, and hearing the reports from China of crackdowns on churches that is “worse than during the Cultural Revolution” as per those who lived through it, i ache for people who cannot practice their religion as they see fit.  It even bothers me that some people live where they can’t not practice the government enforced religion.
The day before yesterday, a young couple from a very restricted country were baptized at our church.  They attend the local university, became friends with some people at our church, heard the Good News of Jesus, and believed and wanted to be baptized before going back home.
The young woman, when she asked about baptism, also asked, “Will my name be turned over to the government?”
Don’t take your freedoms for granted.



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
This coming Friday, i have the joy of undergoing, for the second time in my life, a procedure known as a colonoscopy.


The whole situation got complicated very quickly.  It seems that you cannot simply call and schedule these any more, you have to go talk to someone about scheduling, and the place you go to do that is not where you go to have the procedure, which is also different from where you go to have your anesthesia consultation.


When we did get to the step where we set it up, the nurse called in the prescription for the “cleansing fluids” as i call them.  Sweetie went to pick it up as i was at work by then.
He called me and said, “It’s going to be $169!”


So i asked the most obvious question — isn’t the insurance going to cover any of it?  He asked, and the answer was,
The co-pay was only $29.
This morning is the anesthesia consult, before i go to work for Ms. B’s son, who is still staying at her house.
By the time this whole thing is over, i think i will feel this way:
Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

Today is:
Belfast International Arts Festival  — Belfast, Ireland (International arts festival; through Nov. 4th)
Boss’s Day — either celebrate, or roll your eyes, both are acceptable responses (begun by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958 in honor of her boss, who was also her father; this date was his birthday)     
Chrysanthemum Festival — Japan (“The Festival of Happiness”, various shrines; through Nov. 15)
Clean Your Bug Zapper Day — internet generated, and we’re getting a bit overboard here, aren’t we?
Day of Pope John Paul II — Poland
Dictionary Day / Learn a Word Day — Noah Webster’s birth anniversary
Dress Like A Dork Day — does someone have it out for us with these?
Elephantine Festival — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (several such celebrations of elephants were held around this time of year in Egypt)
Ether Day (first demonstrated use, see History)
Feast of ‘Ilm (Knowledge) — Baha’i
National Feral Cat Day — US (sponsored by Alley Cat Allies)     
National Liqueur Day
National Pharmacy Technician Day — US, because pharmacy technicians “Help America Feel Better”    
Niihama Drum Festival — Niihama, Japan (three day festival with two ton drum floats)
Sennin Musha Gyoretsu — Tochigi, Japan (procession of 1,000 warriors; through tomorrow)
St. Hedwig’s Day (Patron of brides, duchesses, difficult marriages, widows; Bavaria; Berlin, Germany; Gorlitz, Germany; Silesia; against the death of children, jealousy)
Teachers’ Day — Chile
World Food Day — UN
Anniversaries Today:
The first birth control clinic in the US is opened, 1916
Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah, 1875
Girton College, Cambridge is founded, becoming England’s first residential college for women, 1869
Zion’s Co-Operative Mercantile Institution, America’s first department store, opens, 1868
The Collegiate School is established(forerunner of Yale University), 1701, Old Style Date
Birthdays Today:
John Mayer, 1977
Kellie Martin, 1975
Flea, 1962
Tim Robbins, 1958
Melissa Louise Belote, 1956
Barry Corbin, 1940
Bob Weir, 1947
Suzanne Somers, 1946
Gunter Grass, 1927
Angela Lansbury, 1925
William Orville Douglas, 1898
Eugene O’Neill, 1888
David Ben-Gurion, 1886
Oscar Wilde, 1854
Noah Webster, 1758
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Red Mill”(Musical), 1945
“The Man Who Came too Dinner”(Play), 1939
“Billy the Kid”(Ballet), 1938
Jane Eyre(Publication date), 1847
Today in History:
Jadwiga (yes, a she) is crowned King of Poland, 1384
Olivier van Noorts’ ships reach the Philippines, 1600
George Washington takes Yorktown, 1781
Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is guillotined, 1793
Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers, 1843
Dentist William T. Morton demonstrates the effectiveness of ether, 1846
Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” is published, 1847
John Brown leads a raid on Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, 1859
The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is “discovered”, 1869
John Harwood takes out a patent on a self-winding watch, 1923
The Disney Company is founded, 1923
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. is named the first African American general in the United States Army, 1940
Fidel Castro is sentenced in Havana to 15 years in prison, 1953
The People’s Republic of China detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1964
In response to the October Crisis terrorist kidnapping, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada invokes the War Measures Act, 1970
Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1973
Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave, 1978
Wanda Rutkiewicz is the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1978
Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1984
Reinhold Messner becomes the first person to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders, 1986
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated, 2002
A 1,255lb. portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor is recovered by divers in Russia, 2013
New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council, 2014
Ed Whitlock, 85, becomes the oldest person to ever finish a marathon in under 4 hours, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes, 2016



Luck, Energy, and Medical Tests, 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.  
Little Girl came in from work the other day and let out a sigh that came from her toes.  When i asked her what was up, she said that she’d forgotten to bring her debit card with her to work that day.
“It isn’t so bad when that happens,” she said.  “I just stay at the office and eat an MRE, and that’s what most of us do most days anyway.  Today, though, they decided they wanted to eat out at the restaurant up the road from the base.  They asked if I wanted to come, and I said no, but I didn’t tell them why because I didn’t want one of them feeling like they’d have to pay for me and then I’d feel like I had to pay them back.  I just said I wanted to get some extra work done.
“So they went out, and when they got back, they said I should have been there because someone anonymously paid their whole tab!  The one time I forget my debit card so I can’t go out to lunch with everyone, and someone else pays for it.  Just my luck!”
In medical news, i took the twins in for their glamor shots (i.e., had a mammogram).  It was normal.
The other day, i was asked what i do for a living, and i noted that i am a janitor.  The person then said, “You must have a lot of energy!”
My response?
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
Today is:
Abolition Day — Saint Barthelemy
Ana-hachimangu Yabusame — Toyama Park, Tokyo, Japan (demonstration of the ancient art of horseback archery)
Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Nautilus Night — celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, celebrate all of the lesser-known extant cephalopods
Community Day — Valencia, Spain
Curious Events Holiday — Fairy Calendar
Establishment of the Samitinget in Norway — Sami People’s Parliament
Face Your Fears Day — Stephen Hughes encourages you to use this as a day to try to do something you’ve always been afraid to do     
Feast of Abraham the Patriarch — Christian
Festival for Fausta Felicitas — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of good luck and joy)
Festival for Venus — Ancient Roman Calendar
Give Peace a Chance Day / Instant Karma Day — in honor of the birth of John Lennon
Independence Day — Uganda(1962)
Korean Alphabet Day — Korea (Hangul Nal)
Leif Erickson Day — Iceland; Norway; Minnesota and Wisconsin, US
Messenger Appreciation Day — 10/9 in radio talk is a request to repeat information
Moldy Cheese Day (sorry, but i do not like the stinky, moldy cheeses, at least not the heavier ones; if you enjoy them, then by all means you may have my share!)
Mop Fair — Tewkesbury, England (through tomorrow; festival dating back to the 12th century, originally a fair in which prospective employers came to find laborers, now two days of fun, fairgrounds rides, traditional games and sideshows, and more)
National Chess Day — US (declared by President Ford in 1976)  
National Day of Honor — Peru (sometimes translated as Day of Dignity; commemorates the nationalization of the countries oil fields)
National Submarine/Grinder/Hoagie/Hero/PoBoy/Pierogi Day — each of these has its own special day, but today you get to pick which one you want
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan — Beginning of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, Hebrew Year 5779, at sundown today
St. Denis’ Day (Patron of possessed people; France; Paris, France; against frenzy, headaches, rabies, and strife)
St. Dionysius the Areopagite’s Day (considered the first Bishop of Athens, mentioned in Acts 17; Patron of Zakynthos Island, Greece; against headaches and the devil)
St. Louis Bertrand’s Day (Patron of Caribbean vicariates; Columbia; Dominican novices)
Takayama Matsuri Autumn Festival — Takayama, Japan (ancient, elaborate floats parade through the old city; through tomorrow)
World Post Day / Universal Postal Union Day — UN
Ziua Nationala de Comemorare a Holocaustului — Romania (National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust)
Anniversaries Today:
Mission San Francisco de Asis, the oldest building in the city of San Francisco and now called Mission Delores, is founded, 1776
King Louis XII of France marries Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII of England, 1514
Birthdays Today:
Zachary Ty Bryan, 1981
Brandon Routh, 1979
Eddie Guerrero, 1967
David Cameron, 1966
Michael Pare, 1959
Mike Singletary, 1958
Tony Shalhoub, 1953
Scott Bakula, 1954
Sharon Osbourne, 1952
Robert Wuhl, 1951
Jackson Browne, 1948
John Entwistle, 1944
Brian Lamb, 1941
Joe Pepitone, 1940
John Lennon, 1940
Russell Myers, 1938
Donald Sinden, 1923
Jacques Tati, 1908
Bruce, Catton, 1899
Alfred Dreyfus, 1859
Camille Saint-Saens, 1835
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, 1823 (with her husband, the first black newspaper publishers in the US)
Robert de Sorbon, 1201 (founded Sorbonne University, Paris)
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“High Button Shoes”(Musical), 1949
“The Iceman Cometh”(Play), 1946
“June Moon”(Play), 1929
Today in History:
Leif Ericson discovers “Vinland” (somewhere in New England or Nova Scotia, possibly?), 1000
Leif Ericson lands in L’Anse aux Meadows, Canada, a definitive European landing in the “New World”, 1003
The Korean Hangual alphabet is devised, 1446
Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land, 1635
Collegiate School of CT (Yale University) is chartered in New Haven, 1701
Father Francisco Palou founds Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco, California, 1776
City of Hobart, Tasmania, founded, 1804
Official opening of the University of Ghent, 1817
Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor, 1855
Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass., patents the first Calliope, 1855
The first US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania, 1865
Aaron Montgomery starts the mail order business that will later become Montgomery Ward, 1872
The Universal Postal Union is created as part of the Treaty of Berne, 1874
The first 2-way telephone conversation over outdoor wires occurs, 1876
Washington Monument opens to the public, 1888
Woodrow Wilson becomes the first US president to attend a World Series Game, 1915
National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) forms, 1926
Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to L.A., 1936
A day after being captured, Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia, 1967
The Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia, 1970
Abolition of capital punishment in France, 1981
A 13 kilogram (est.) fragment of the Peekskill meteorite lands in the driveway of the Knapp residence in Peekskill, New York, destroying the family’s 1980 Chevrolet Malibu, 1992
North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device, 2006
First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA’s Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, 2009
Women’s rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai is shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she tried to board her school bus in Swat district of northwest Pakistan, 2012
Producer Harvey Weinstein is fired from The Weinstein Company after allegations of sexual abuse, 2017


Pores and Percussion and Pound Cakes, 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.  
For as many years as he has been alive and could write, Grandpa has always kept a notepad and pen with him at all times, and he writes everything down.  He never misses a trick.  It’s something i could never quite get the hang of, but this past week i tried again, the newfangled way.  There’s a memo feature on my phone, and i’ve been using it liberally.  Time will tell if it helps or if it just becomes so full of memos that i lose everything again.
Since i brush my teeth and comb my hair in the kitchen in the mornings, i almost never bother to look in a mirror.  The other day, while cleaning a mirror, i actually stopped and looked at something that i could not believe.  A zit, a very tiny one, right on the tip of my nose.  My only thought was, what does my body think it is, 13 again?
Ms. SE, an every other Thursday client, texted me last week to ask if i was interested in taking on more work.  She knew someone in her neighborhood who is looking for a cleaning person.  As a joke, i brought it up to Sweetie and he said, “It makes my back hurt just thinking about it!” as he glared at me.
While i had to regretfully turn her down because i have 16 clients right now and no time, it was nice to know that she is satisfied with my work and thinks of me first when others ask.
Sweetie has been in rare form on losing things lately.  He has always been absent minded about just putting things down and then not remembering where those things are.  The other day, he was in a panic over his glasses again, and swore they were not out in his man cave.  After checking the usual other places, i went out there anyway and found them within three seconds right on top of the mini-fridge.  Bless his little cotton socks, he can lose anything, anywhere.
Speaking of the mini-fridge, i was talking to a friend about appliances and how they just don’t last now.  (Her vacuum cleaner had bitten the dust and choked on it and was on the way to the dump after only two years.)  That mini-fridge was given to Sweetie back when he was working by someone who just didn’t need it for the office any more.  It was over 25 years old then and is over 45 years old now and still works great as long as you defrost it every few months.
There’s been a lot of music in my life lately.  While i can’t sing or play, i do enjoy music.  Sweetie sings and plays guitar and piano and drums.  We were listening to the radio the other day when he turned to me and said, “Did you hear the beautiful tremolo in that music?”
Of course i had to answer him that while i might have had a clue had he been pointing out the percussion, i wouldn’t know a tremolo if it put on a grass skirt and danced the hula in front of me.  He just doesn’t understand that a non-musician doesn’t hear what he hears.
A tremolo would have to dress like this and introduce itself for me to know what in the world it was.
Yesterday i was at Ms. JAI’s house.  She is 80 years old.  The following is a conversation we had:
Ms. JAI:  My next door neighbor has a new tenant in the apartment behind the house, and he’s 82!  I wish he would introduce us.
me:  You need to go introduce yourself.  Just bake a plate of cookies and take them over there and welcome him to the neighborhood.
Ms. JAI:  That’s a great idea except that I don’t bake.
me:  So go buy some cookies from the bakery, put them on a nice little plastic decorative plate, cover them with wrap, and bring them over.  He doesn’t have to know you didn’t make them, and i won’t kiss and tell!
About ten minutes later, Ms. JAI:  I just remembered, I have some pound cake in the freezer, I think I’ll slice it and arrange it and bring it over there.
me:  That’s the ticket!
And she did!
Today is:
Batik Day — Indonesia (UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage)
Buttering-Up Quarter Finals — Fairy Calendar (I have no idea what this means, but anything to do with butter sounds good.)
Day of Appearance of the Primordial/Eight Great Netjers — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Gandhi Jayanti — India (Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary)
Go for a Stroll After Dinner Night — because it’s healthy
Guardian Angels Day — recognize and thank your own Guardian Angel
    Feast of Guardian Angels — Spain (patrons of the police force)
Independence Day — Guinea(1958)
International Day of Non-Violence — UN, in honor of Gandhi’s birth anniversary
Mehregan — Iran (pre-Muslim Zoroastrian festival of Persia to honor Mehr, which means friendship, affection, and love; also called Persian Festival of Autumn)
Name Your Car Day (and i hope you don’t have to name it “Old Unreliable”)
National Custodial Workers Day — US
National Fried Scallops Day
Nobel Conference 54 — Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, US (annual two-day symposium, this year, Living Soil: A Universe Underfoot)
Old Man’s Day — Braughing, Herts, England (in honor of a 16th-Century man’s escape from premature interment; he left money for a street sweeping and celebration on this day which is still observed)
Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day — he made his famous wager, according to Jules Verne, this day in 1872
St. Leger’s Day (a/k/a Leodegar; Patron of blind people, millers; against blindness and sore eyes)
World Dairy Expo — Madison, WI, US (“The Next Frontier” is this year’s theme; through Saturday)
World Farm Animals Day
Anniversaries Today:
Redwood National Park is established in CA, US, 1968
Birthdays Today:
Paul Teutul, Jr., 1974
Kelly Ripa, 1970
Lorraine Bracco, 1955
Sting, 1951
Annie Leibovitz, 1949
Donna Karan, 1948
Don McLean, 1945
Rex Reed, 1938
Moses Gunn, 1929
George “Spanky” McFarland, 1928
“Sheriff John” Rovick, 1919
Alex Raymond, 1909
Graham Greene, 1904
Bud Abbot, 1895
Ruth Cheney Streeter, 1895
Groucho Marx, 1890
Cordell Hull, 1871
Mahatma Gandhi, 1869
King Richard III of England, 1452
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Moon Over Buffalo”(Play), 1995
“Ben Casey”(TV), 1961
“The Twilight Zone”(TV), 1959
“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”(TV), 1955
“The George Gobel Show”(tv), 1954
“The Jimmy Durante Show”(TV), 1954
“Comedy in Music”(Victor Borge one man musical), 1953
Peanuts(Comic strip by Charles Schultz), 1950
“Ah, Wilderness”(Play), 1933
Volkskrant(Dutch newspaper, first edition), 1919
Today in History:
Saladin takes Jerusalem from the Crusaders, 1187
Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal), 1535
Kazan is conquered by Ivan the Terrible, 1552
Jan Lippershey completes a prototype of the modern reflecting telescope, 1608
George Washington transmits the Bill of Rights to the States for ratification, 1789
The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of Gonzales against Mexican troops attempting to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, and meeting with stiff resistance, 1835
J Osterhoudt patents the tin can with key opener, 1866
John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system, 1925
The “Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God”, commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá, 1928
Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published, 1950
The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television, 1959
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court, 1967
NATO backs US military strikes following 9/11, 2001
American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan, 2004
NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico, 2005
The parliamentary election in Georgia is determed by the OSCE to be “fair and free”, 2012
Veteran broadcasterVin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in SF) after a record 67 MLB seasons, 2016
US scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young awarded Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for work on the body clock, 2017


It’s 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.  
Have you ever noticed that, no matter how much you are craving one certain food or another, once you finally just eat what you have, it doesn’t matter?  When the stomach is finally sated, what you ate doesn’t seem to matter so much as that you ate.
Right, everyone is going to eat veggies when they crave chocolate.
The other day, i was spending a bit of time in the car waiting until a business was open, and their lawn/maintenance people showed up.  The requisite truck was there, pulling a trailer with equipment, and out jumped three men and a young boy who looked to be about 10.  It was a Saturday, so i’m guessing he was out of school and dad had to work and had no one else to watch him.
It was good to see him get out of the truck, grab his bucket and picker-upper, and go start policing the parking lot for trash.  Far from child labor, i think sometimes we don’t ask our kids to do enough these days.
While at Dr. D’s yesterday, i had to run errands.  As typical, we got busy doing other things, and the errands kept getting pushed back until it was early afternoon.
Finally, as the clouds ominously gathered, i headed out for lettuce and cat food and to check the mail at the post office box, among other things.  While sitting in one parking lot, the heavens opened up, and i had no choice but to slog my way to the store.
When i got back to Dr. D’s house, she heard me drive up, opened the door and greeted me with, “Would you believe it’s rained twice here since you left?”
As i squished my way up toward the door, i was sorely tempted to pull off and wring out my wet socks and say, no kidding!
The sweet thing is, she was so concerned about me being soaked from the knees down that she sent me home a bit early.  
It’s probably time for me to wrap this up, i have two chihuahuas in my lap, fighting for attention.  It would probably make a great Awww Monday photo, but i can’t reach the phone and no one else is nearby to snap a shot.  Phooey. 
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Mozambique
International Ataxia Awareness Day — highlighting the difficulties of living with the many forms of ataxia     
Join a Cabal of International Bankers Today Day — internet generated, and only for people without a conscience
Kamarampaka Day — Rwanda (Republic Day, marks the 1961 abolition of the monarchy)
Math Storytelling Day — the brainchild of Maria Droujkova    
National Comic Book Day — internet generated, but go read one, they are fun
National Crabmeat Newberg Day
National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims — US
National Food Service Employees Day — because everyone wants to eat out once in a while   
National One-Hit Wonder Day — US, remembering those who had only one hit on the rock charts
National Psychotherapy Day — US (a day to fight wear turquoise and encourage education about who psychotherapy can help people)     
National Voter Registration Day — US (Celebrating Democracy in America)   
National Youth Day — Nauru
Old Holy Rood Eve — OS calendar Holy Cross Eve, the last day to pick blackberries (after this, the devil poisons them because when he fell from heaven, he landed in a blackberry bush)
St. Cadoc’s Day (Patron of the deaf; against cramps, deafness, glandular disorders, scrofula)
St. Finbarr’s Day (Patron of Barra, Scotland; Cork, Ireland)
Toad Tempting Day — Fairy Calendar
Woman Road Warrior Day — to recognize the traveling businesswomen in today’s world
World Ataxia Awareness Day
World Pharmacists Day — International Pharmaceutical Federation; this year’s theme is “Pharmacists: Caring for you.”   
Birthdays Today:
Lee Norris, 1981
Catherine Zeta-Jones, 1969
Will Smith, 1968
Scottie Pippen, 1965
Tate Donovan, 1963
Aida Turturro, 1962
Heather Locklear, 1961
Michael Madsen, 1959
Jamie Hyneman, 1956
Christopher Reeve, 1952
Mark Hamill, 1951
Cheryl Tiegs, 1947
Michael Douglas, 1944
Robert Walden, 1943
Juliet Prowse, 1936
Glenn Gould, 1932
Barbara Walters, 1931
Shel Silverstein, 1930
Phil Rizzuto, 1918
Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906
Walter Wesley “Red” Smith, 1905
William Faulkner, 1897
Jean Phillippe Rameau, 1683 (baptismal date, as actual birth anniversary is unknown)
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, 1358 (Japanese Shogun)
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Beauty and the Beast”(TV), 1987
“Stepping Out”(Play), 1984
“Winterset”(Play), 1935
“Dorothy”(Comic opera), 1886
Today in History:
St. Ferment is beheaded in Amiens, France, after voyaging there to preach the gospel, 303
The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Anglo-Saxon era, 1066
Columbus begins his second voyage, with 17 ships, 1493
Vasco Nunez de Balboa becomes the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from the west coast of the Americas, 1513
The first printing press in the Americas begins operations, 1639
Old Style date; two very accurate clocks are set in motion at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England, the start of Greenwich Mean Time, 1676
Ethan Allan, American Revolutionary War hero, is captured, 1775
Benedict Arnold joins the British, 1780
The first all-black university in the US, Howard University, is created by Congress, 1867
Yosemite National Park is established by Congress, 1890
Charles Follis becomes the first black to play professional American football, 1904
Birth of the remote control — Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the invention of the “Telekino” and guides a boat from the shore in the port of Bilbao, 1906
Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight from Mitchel Field proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible, 1929*
Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integrated by the use of United States Army troops, 1957
In a referendum, the people of Norway reject membership of the European Community, 1972
Belize joins the United Nations, 1981
The last of the Magdalene Asylums closes in Ireland, 1996
The Vitim event, a possible bolide (comet nucleus) impact in Siberia, Russia, 2002
China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7, 2008
The Wildlife Authority of Uganda announces that, since 1999, the population of some of the animals in the country’s game reserves have doubled in population, 2010
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announces that women will now be able to vote and run in municipal elections, 2011
Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia, 2015
World’s largest radio telescope at 500m wide in Guizhou Province, China begins operating, 2016
First ever woman graduates from the US Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course, 2017


PSAs, Tchotchkes, and Gas Mileage, 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.  
First a PSA.  Get your annual checkup!  That’s what i’m doing this morning.  A few weeks ago, they took the blood and did my weight and ECG and hearing test and eye test and all that.  Today i go in to discuss that and get poked and prodded while wearing the stupid little paper gown.


No, it isn’t fun, but we’re not in it for the fun, we are in it for the disease prevention or to at least catch stuff early enough to deal with it.
Second PSA, get a flu shot.  That’s another thing i’ll get today, and i’m going to insist on another tetanus, too.  As often as i get scraped and cut doing the work i do, i think i need it.


One thing i’ve noted is going on more than ever is this:


Lately i find myself just sitting back and watching them burn their gas sitting up there while i slowly meander to the light.  Probably i’m getting better gas mileage than they do because by the time i get there the light changes and that makes me laugh at them on the inside.
Dr. D is finally in touch with Kay, the person who sells on eBay.  They’ve worked out a deal and Kay is going to sell stuff for her and keep a commission.  A whole lot of ferrying things back and forth is in my future, i think.


That’s going to be about it for today, hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!
Today is:
Chiropractic Founder’s Day — celebrating the first chiropractic adjustment ever performed, by D.D. Palmer on Harvey Lillard, on this date in 1895
Ear Wig Fitting Day — Fairy Calendar
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 8, Human Rights (sponsored by We, the World)   
Get Ready Day — US (help your community, workplace, or school to get ready for disasters or emergencies)    
Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day — they are generally anonymous, often underappreciated, so today, give one a hug! (if you know any, that is)
Independence Day — Chile
National Cheeseburger Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day — US    
National Respect! Day(sm) — US (encouraging abused women to respect themselves enough to get out)
Opening of Parliament — Netherlands (holiday in The Hague)related observance
    Prinsjesdag — Netherlands  (technically translates “Prince’s Day;” the day Parliament opens and the reigning sovereign, now King William-Alexander, gives the Speech from the Throne and the Minister of Finance proposes next year’s budget)
Plataia — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
St. Joseph of Cupertino’s Day (Levitating saint, and so Patron of air crews, air travelers, astronauts, paratroopers, pilots/aviators, students, test takers; Cupertino, Italy)
World Water Monitoring Day — International    
Yom Kippur — Judaism (begins at sundown)
Anniversaries Today:
Constantine II of Greece marries Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, 1964
The United States Air Force becomes a separate military service, 1947
Hull House opens, 1889
Birthdays Today:
Jada Pinkett Smith, 1971
Lance Armstrong, 1971
Alsha Tyler, 1970
James Gandolfini, 1961
Ryne Sandberg, 1959
Frankie Avalon, 1939
Robert Blake, 1933
Scotty Bowman, 1933
June Foray, 1920
Jack Warden, 1920
Rossano Brazzi, 1916
Agnes DeMille, 1905
Greta Garbo, 1905
Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, 1905
John Diefenbaker, 1895
Joseph Story, 1779
George Read, 1733
Samuel Johnson, 1709
Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajanus, Emperor Trajan, 53
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Baseball”(Documentary), 1994
“Love is a Many Splendored Thing”(TV), 1967
“Get Smart”(TV), 1965
“The Addams Family”(TV), 1964
“Wagon Train”(TV), 1957
“The Paul Winchell Show”(TV), 1950
“Johnny Belinda”(Play), 1940
“Strictly Dishonorable”(Play), 1929
“Disraeli”(Play), 1911
Today in History:
Nerva is proclaimed emperor after Domitian is assassinated, 96
Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and final voyage, 1502
Ft. Ticonderoga, NY opens, 1755
The British capture Quebec City, 1759
John Harris builds the first spinet piano in the US, 1769
President Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building, 1793
Royal Opera House in London opens, 1809
A horse beats the first US made locomotive, near Baltimore, 1830
Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City; the store is called a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”, 1837
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is first published, 1842
First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times, 1851
Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone, 1870
The banking firm of Jay Cooke & Co. in Philadelphia declares bankruptcy, which starts the Panic of 1873 and a severe economic depression, 1873
The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time, 1879
Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination, 1885
In appreciation for all she had done for the tribe, Harriet Maxwell Converse, adopted as a member of the Seneca tribe, is made a chief of the Six Nations Tribe at the Tonawanda Reservation, 1891
Daniel David Palmer gives the first chiropractic adjustment, 1895
A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong, 1906
The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I, 1914
The Netherlands gives women the right to vote, 1919
The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air, 1927
Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel, 1928
Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator’s term, 1948
Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations, 1960
U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash, 1961
Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations, 1962
The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations, 1973
Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people, 1974
Voyager I takes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together, 1977
Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (including 1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station, 1980
Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic, 1984
Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations, 1990
ICANN is formed, 1998
The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast, 2009
Chileans celebrate the 200th anniversary oof their independence, 2010
After a large storm that took the roof off of Stadium Southland in Invercargill, 100,000 people in New Zealand are left without water, 2010
The world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant is undertaken at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012
Scotland votes to stay a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum, 2014
The earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old are reported to be discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan; findings published in PNAS journal, 2016
Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27, 2017


Rain, Storms, Deadlines and Scams, 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.  
First let me say that when tropical weather hits, it’s not funny, and i should know, i’ve lived through it several times over.
Let me add that we have to laugh so we don’t cry, and we do have hurricane parties because otherwise the awfulness is too much.
Funny but not funny.  Laugh anyway.
Last week, there was a threat from a storm named Gordon.  When i left Dr. D’s house on Monday, she asked me a bit plaintively to check up on her through the week (her children live out of town).
Wednesday, our third day in a row of no sign of a storm (it never got here), i jokingly texted her on a very sunny afternoon and asked her how she was surviving the tropical weather.  We are both still laughing.
As i write this, we are having our every other afternoon monsoon.  The day begins beautifully, then clouds start to gather.  By around 4pm, some areas will see rain of the downpour variety for a good ten minutes to a half hour.  Other areas will get theirs tomorrow.  So far, only enough to keep the swamps swampy, which is plenty for me.
View from the back window during an afternoon monsoon.
Speaking of Dr. D, she has been after me to help her find someone to sell stuff for her for a commission on eBay.  The person has been found, and i will take stuff to church on Sunday for K to look over.
And we got her taxes for 2017 started.  Yes, it’s late.  She doesn’t owe anything, so she can file whenever she wants, which is not good.  Some people need a deadline.
Speaking of deadlines, a friend has one, and she needs help getting a place ready for the sale this Friday, so i am skipping Ladies Circle today and cleaning two houses.  Three jobs tomorrow and two on Thursday, three on Friday, and i think by Saturday afternoon after i finish with Mr. BA i may be ready to sit down a while.
Sweetie got an interesting piece of mail the other day.  It told him that he had an old, unused gift card that was going to be turned over to the state unclaimed property office if he didn’t send them his name, address, phone number, and include copies of two forms of government issued ID.
Thank you, you can turn it over to the state, we’ll get it then.
Hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday!
Today is:
Day of Remembrance/Patriot Day/National Day of Service — US (all flags at half staff)
Discontinued Thoughts Exhibition — Fairy Calendar
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 1, Unity (sponsored by We, the World
Emergency Number Day/National 911 Emergency Day — US
Fiesta Nacional de Cataluna — Catalonia, Spain (National Day of Catalonia)
Hijra — Islam (Islamic New Year Begins at the viewing of the new moon crescent, so exact time/date varies by location)
Husker Harvest Days — Grand Island, NE, US (the largest irrigated working ag show on a permanent site in the US; through Thursday)
Jinnah Day — Pakistan (Founder’s Day)
Libraries Remember Day — encouraging libraries, which preserve knowledge and heritage, promote tolerance, and represent all that is the antithesis to terrorism, to remain open the entire 24 hours of this day as symbol of freedom, tolerance, and hope
Make Your Bed Day — make your mom happy!
National Hot Cross Buns Day
Nayrouz — Coptic Orthodox Church (Coptic new year and day of confessors) related observances
    Enkutatash — Ethiopia
    Keddus Johannes — Eritrea (a/k/a Geez New Year)
No News is Good News Day
Pohnpei Liberation Day — Micronesia
Queen Paola’s Birthday — Belgium (an official flag day)
Rosh Hashanah — Judaism (ends today at evening)
Sacrifice to Zeus Epoptes — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
St. Sperandea’s`Day (Patron of Cingoli, Italy)
St. Vincent of Leon’ Day (Patron of Cercemaggiore, Italy)
Teacher’s Day — Argentina
Anniversaries Today:
Diocletian New Year
Remembrance of 9/11/2001
Birthdays Today:
Harry Connick, Jr. 1967
Moby, 1965
Virginia Madsen, 1963
Kristy McNichol, 1962
Amy Madigan, 1951
Donna Lopiano, 1946
Lola Falana, 1943
Tom Dreesen, 1942
Brian DePalma, 1940
Paul “Bear” Bryant, 1913
D.H. Lawrence, 1885
O. Henry, 1862
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Martian(film), 2015
“Little House on the Prairie”(TV), 1974
“The Rookies”(TV), 1972
“The Carol Burnett Show”(TV), 1967
“The Queen’s Messenger”(TV, first drama ever broadcast), 1928
Jenny Lind, the “Swedish Nightingale”(first US performance), 1850
Today in History:
Battle of Teutoburg Forest ends, 9
Michimalonko leads indigenous warriors to attack and destroy Santiago, Chile, 1541
Alexander Hamilton is appointed first US Secretary of the Treasury, 1789
The Hope Diamond is stolen along with other French crown jewels when six men break into the house used to store them, 1792
Stephen Foster’s well-known song, Oh! Susanna, is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1847
Jenny Lind, the “Swedish Nightingale”, gives her first US concert, 1850
The Olympia Columbian becomes the first newspaper published north of the Columbia River, 1852
The postal mail chute is patenteted by James Cutler, 1883
Mahatma Gandhi coins the term “Satyagraha” to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa, 1906
The Quebec Bridge’s central span collapses, killing 11, 1916
Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the second strongest storm ever to hit the state, 1961
U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel meet at Camp David and agree on the Camp David Accords, 1978
Hungary announces that East German refugees there are free to leave for West Germany, 1989
Hurricane Iniki, one of the most damaging hurricanes in United States history, devastates Hawaii, especially the islands of Kauai and Oahu, 1992
September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, 2001
The State of Israel claims completion for its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, 2005
Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs, 2007
The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is attacked by terrorists, 2012
One million march on this state’s national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia, 2017


Complications, Rain, Retirement and More, a Happy and 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.  
#1 Son has been having phone trouble again.  We had made all the arrangements to get him over to the repair place when he decided to see if maybe the problem was his charge cord instead of the receptacle in the phone (he’s had a lot of trouble with it getting plugged up and needing to be cleaned).
Bingo, a short walk to a local store, a $5 charge cord, and he was back in business.  
It’s so nice when things work out that way, we have enough complicated problems here.
The weather people have been having a high old time trying to scare us out of countenance about the “tropical weather.”  To hear them tell it, yesterday we should have all floated away again.  Instead we had three or four short showers.
Of course, that’s on top of the fact that it’s been raining a bit almost every afternoon, so we are quite well tanked up, thankyouverymuch.  #2 Son says the new pump he installed is standing by, he can get it going at any time.  We hope not to need it.
We hope this is the only emergency preparedness we ever need!
The Big Boss called from his vacation spot, they are in the mountains and they are cold.  Somehow i’m having a difficult time feeling sorry for them.  Sweetie told him flat out to go buy themselves coats and hot cocoa.  The Big Boss may be his former employer, and may pay him sometimes now to house-sit, water plants, and run errands, but sometimes Sweetie is not always as deferentially reverent to him as before.
Labor Day was as usual, i labored.  Dr. D and i got more things moved to her office, and she is setting aside stuff to sell on Ebay.  There’s a friend at church who has an Ebay business, and i am hoping she will buy the stuff from Dr. D at a discount and then sell it herself.  
Ms. JAI actually let me work a whole two hours at her house yesterday, too.  She won’t allow more than that, it costs too much (and i give her a discount).  Can we say “frugal”?
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
Today is:
Animals’ Day — Curacao
Another Look Unlimited Day — sponsored by Envira Myntyl, a day to look around and see what you don’t need and can donate to charity, to lessen the flow to landfills
Ceremony of Transformation through Anubis — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Concordia Fall Festival — Concordia, MO (celebrating agriculture and the German heritage of the area; through Saturday)
Eat An Extra Dessert Day — internet generated, you have the WWW’s permission to indulge today
    note that some sites also list this day, instead of July 7, as World Chocolate Day, so celebrate either one!
Immigrant’s Day — Argentina
Ludi Romani — Ancient Roman Calendar (through the 19th; a festival to Jupiter Optimus Maximus, also called Circensian games)
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day — US (or anyone else who wants to foster understanding between bosses and employees, trade places for a day and see how the other half lives!)
National Macadamia Nut Day
National Wildlife Day — US     
Newspaper Carrier Day — US (anniversary of Benjamin Day, publisher of the New York Sun, hiring Barney Flaherty as the first newspaper carrier in 1833)
Play Days — sponsored by the HUMOR Project, add humor to your life; through Saturday    
South Carolina Apple Festival — Westminster, SC, US (through Saturday)
St. Ida of Herzfeld’s Day (Patron of brides, widows)
St. Rose of Viterbo’s Festival — Viterbo, Italy (actual feast day of the saint is March 6)
Anniversaries Today:
Ford Motor Company introduces The Edsel, 1957
Birthdays Today:
Beyonce Knowles, 1981
Ione Skye, 1970
Mike Piazza, 1968
Damon Wayans, 1960
Judith Ivey, 1951
Tom Watson, 1949
Jennifer Salt, 1944
Mitzi Gaynor, 1930
Dick York, 1928
Paul Harvey, 1918
Henry Ford II, 1917
Richard Wright, 1908
Nigel Bruce, 1895
Daniel Hudson Burnham, 1846
Anton Bruckner, 1824
François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand, 1768
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Captain Midnight”(TV), 1954
“Beetle Bailey”(Comic strip), 1950
“London Calling”(Musical revue), 1923
“Adonis”(Burlesque musical), 1884
Today in History:
Romulus Augustulus, the last Roman emperor in the West, is formally deposed, 476
Edmund Halley, English astronomer, first observes the comet that now bears his name, 1682
The City of Los Angeles is founded in Bahia de las Fumas (Valley of Smokes), 1781
Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat, 1807
Barney Flahery, age 10, is hired to be the first newsboy, by the NY Sun, 1833
Although he had demonstrated their use before, the first major lighting with electricity comes online as 400 bulbs are lit in offices on Spruce, Wall, Nassau, and Pearl streets in lower Manhattan by Thomas Edison, 1882
The last major US-Indian war ends with the surrender of Apache Chief Geronimo, 1886
George Eastman patents the first roll-film cameral and registers the trademark name “Kodak”, 1888
Beatrix Potter first tells the story of Peter Rabbit, 1893
Comic strip “Beetle Bailey” first appears, 1950
The Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel, 1957
Mark Spitz becomes the first competitor to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games, 1972
Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University, 1998
A 7.1 earthquake strikes the South Island of New Zealand, causing widespread damage, 2010
Scientists announce the creation of a ‘magic carpet’ using optical fibers to help prevent elderly people from falling by detecting when unusual footsteps are taken and giving them a warning, 2013
Archaeological remains of a Viking fortress from the 900s, the Vallø Borgring, are discovered in Denmark, 2014