Tuesday Sometimes Defies a Title

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It’s Random and Happy Tuesday, so i’m linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts and Sandee’s Comedy Plus.
Jezzie moves too fast to get many pictures, and she is much too small for her collar.
That’s as still as she gets, and you can see the collar sticks out further than her ears.
Shy Mr. Pepe hid when i tried to get his photo.  Guess he remembers the hat.
It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. D’s medical records for 2017, at least what we can find, are in order so that she can file her taxes.  2018 is gathered, too, but not quite in order.  It only took us six hours yesterday.
Everyone seems to have survived Monday the 13th, which is a good thing.
Bigger Girl is still in Amsterdam.  She has been sending texts to family members, with one exception.  Can you guess who had to wait to finally get a text from her?  Of course, the person who is paying extra on the phone bill so that she can text from over there.
She’s having a great time, and is even giving tours of the lab and the micropia (whatever that is) over there, explaining to American tourists the differences between bogs, swamps, and wetlands.
If i’m remembering correctly, she comes back at the end of the week, and while i will be glad to have her safely back, i know she’s been bitten with the bug and will want to work abroad if she can.  Whatever makes her happy.
That’s about all the news for now, hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Anniversary Day — Tristan da Cunha
Assumption Eve — France; Holy See
Carnival Tuesday — Granada
Day of Peace between Horus and Set — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Defense Forces Day — Zimbabwe
Faradda di li candareri (Descent of the Candlesticks) — Sassari, Sardinia (beginning of the celebration of the Assumption)
Festival for Fortuna Equestris — Ancient Roman Calendar
Fox Hill Day — Nassau, Bahamas (final day of their Emancipation celebrations)
Independence Day — Pakistan(1947)
International Nagging Day — ignore this one if you have any sense, the founder was smart enough to leave no trace
Inter-State Fair and Rodeo — Coffeyville, KS, US (rodeo, livestock shows, carnival, and more; through Saturday)
La Torta dei Fieschi — Lavagna, Italy (this city on the Italian Riviera comes to life with dance and music every year to commemorate the wedding, on this day in 1230, of Bianca de Bianchi and Count Opizzo Fiechi, as he had invited everyone in town to share the 30ft. high cake he had made for the occasion)
Liberty Tree Day — Massachusetts, US
Mantoro Lantern Lighting — Kasuga Taisha, Japan (through tomorrow; 3,000 lanterns light the shrine, and the main hall is open for visitors, with Bugaku and Kagura performed in the apple garden)
National Creamsicle Day
National Financial Awareness Day — can’t find the history on who started this for which country, but it’s wise to become financially literate no matter where you live
National Navajo Code Talkers Day — Navajo Nation; US
Oued Ed-Dahab Day — Morocco; Western Sahara (celebrating the recovery of this area from Spanish occupation in 1979)
Pramuka Day — Indonesia (Scouting Day)
St. Maximillian Kolbe’s Day (Patron of families, imprisoned people, journalists, political prisoners, prisoners, recovering drug addicts, the pro-life movement; against drug addictions)
St. Werenfrid’s Day (Patron of vegetable gardeners; Arnheim, Netherlands; Elst, Netherlands; Westervoort, Netherlands; against gout and stiff joints)
Wiffle Ball Day — the wiffle ball was introduced this day in 1953
World’s Fair of Money — Philadelphia, PA, US (the greatest money show on Earth, including dealers, exhibits from around the world, family activities and educational programs; through Saturday)
Anniversaries Today:
Jackie Mason marries Jyll Rosenfeld, 1991
V-J Day, 1945
Birthdays Today:
Tim Tebow, 1987
Terin Humphrey, 1986
Mila Kunis, 1983
Spencer Pratt, 1983
Jay Manuel, 1972
Catherine Bell, 1968
Halle Berry, 1966
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, 1959
Marcia Gay Harden, 1959
Gary Larson, 1950
Danielle, Steel, 1947
Antonio Fargas, 1946
Susan Saint James, 1946
Steve Martin, 1945
Lynne Cheney, 1941
David Crosby, 1941
Arthur Betz Laffer, 1940
Alice Ghostley, 1926
Buddy Greco, 1926
Russell Baker, 1925
John Ringling North, 1903
Ernest Everett Just, 1883
Ernest Lawrence Thayer, 1863
Doc Holiday, 1851
H.C. Oersted, 1777
Emperor Hanazono of Japan, 1297
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Front Page”(Play), 1928
Today in History
The young Emperor Antoku and three sacred treasures are taken by Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan, fleeing to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan, 1183
Kublai Khan’s invading fleet disappears in a a typhoon near Japan, 1281
Three years after Gutenberg, the oldest known exactly dated printed book is published, 1457
Queen Elizabeth I refuses sovereignty of the Netherlands, 1585
Great Britain annexes Tristan da Cunha (remotest occupied island), 1816
Second Seminole War ends, with the Seminoles forced from Florida to Oklahoma, 1842
Oregon Territory created, 1848
Magazine “Field and Stream” begins publication, 1873
Construction of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, is completed, 1880
Japan issues its first patent, for rust-proof paint, 1885
A recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison’s phonograph in London, 1888
France begins requiring motor vehicle registration, 1893
The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21, 1901
Mt. Rushmore project first proposed, 1925
United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired, 1935
British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland, 1969
Longest game in softball history begins, as The Gager’s Diner team takes on the Bend’n Elbow Tavern; the game was played to raise money for a new softball field in Monticello, NY, went to 365 innings over two days, and the Gagers won 491-467, 1976
Lech Walesa leads strikes at the Gdansk, Poland shipyards, 1980
Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada, 2003
More than 2,000 people found in Poland’s largest mass grave during World War II are reburied in a military cemetery, 2009
As a sponsored event of the IOC, the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games, first ever Youth Olympics for athletes age 14-18, officially starts in Singapore, 2010
North and South Korea agree to reopen the jointly-operated Kaesong Industrial Region, 2013



Regulations are Boring and Other Stuff (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 wear and tear of years is coming home to roost.  The other day, something really funny happened, and i told myself the lie, oh, i’ll remember that when it’s time to write up a post for Tuesday.
Yeah, right.
Actually, that’s also how i felt after leaving Dr. D’s house yesterday.  We researched fire hose couplings regulations.  May i suggest you would rather watch paint dry or grass grow.
Well, the way the grass grows around here, you probably could see it sprouting up.
At least watching grass grow wouldn’t leave my head spinning the way this did.
Lately i’ve found myself becoming more of a homebody.  Once i get home, i only want to leave again for certain specific reasons.
That does about sum it up.
We are making a bit of headway on paying Kevin and Lenny for the car repair bills.  That’s why, when on the way home yesterday upon hearing a horrible scraping noise in Lunceford the Land Yacht, i panicked.  Full fledged oh-no-not-again-this-can’t-be-happening-we-can’t-afford-another-repair-bill panic.
Pulling off to the side of the road, i hit the hazard lights and got out to see what part had fallen off and was dragging the ground.  My relief when i saw i had run over a stick and it was caught upright under the tire and was scraping the ground was so great that i laughed, pulled the stick out, and  took perverse delight in throwing it into a nearby bush where it couldn’t do any more harm.
That doggone stick scared me out of years of growth that i can’t afford to lose!
If our cats knew how much we owe on things like car repairs:
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Assyrian Martyrs Day — various Assyrian communities
August Tuesday / Culturama — St. Kitts and Nevis
Battle of Boyaca Day — Colombia
Carnival Tuesday — Antigua and Barbuda (Last Lap Jump Up)
Festival Tuesday/Horse Races — British Virgin Islands
Harvest Holiday — Slavic Pagan Calendar (reaping ceases for a few hours in honor of Volos’ beard; bread is eaten and offerings given to Mother Earth and Volos for a bountiful harvest)
Hot August Nights — Reno, NV, US (celebrate cars and music of the 50’s and 60’s at the largest classic car and nostalgia event in the United States; through Sunday)
Independence Day / National Day — Cote d’Ivoire(1960)
National Lighthouse Day — US (American Lighthouse Foundation)    
National Night Out — US (sponsored by National Association of Town Watch, to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness)    
National Raspberries in Cream Day
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and especially the kind no one can open without a machete, what’s with that!
Purple Heart Day — US (originally instituted this day in 1782 by George Washington)
Say “Cheese” Day — begun by ecard companies looking for something to celebrate; in my family, we do not say “Cheese”, we say “Chicken Lips!” Try it some time when walking past tourists who are trying to get a good photo, and watch them smile genuine smiles and come up with a good picture.
Sea Serpent Day — no one knows why today, just enjoy
Smartest Leprechaun Eisteddfod — Fairy Calendar
St. Albert of Trapani’s Day (Patron of Carmelite schools; Messina, Italy; Trapani, Italy)
St. Cajetan’s Day (Patron of job seekers and the unemployed)
Take Last Winter’s Snowballs Out of the Freezer and Have a Fight Day — in the northern hemisphere, it’s certainly hot enough; in the southern, if you have some snow, make your snowballs and store them for January
Birthdays Today:
Charlize Theron, 1975
Harold Parrineau, 1963
DeLane Matthews, 1961
David Duchovny, 1960
Alberto Salazar, 1957
John Glover, 1944
Garrison Keillor, 1942
B.J. Thomas, 1942
Abebe Bikila, 1932
“The Amazing” James Randi, 1928
Carl “Alfalfa” Switser, 1927
Stan Freberg, 1926
Ralph Johnson Bunche, 1903
Rudolf C. Ising, 1903
William Boyd McKechnie, 1886
Billie Burke, 1884
Mata Hari, 1876
Nathanael Greene, 1742
Today in History:
Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon, following the death of Alexander the Great, BC322
Construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence, 1420
Coup again the Tianshun Emperor by the Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin, 1461
Francis Drake’s fleet returns to Plymouth, 1573
The first documented performance of Macbeth, at the Great Hall at Hampton Court, 1606
Sieur de La Salle’s brigantine Le Griffon becomes the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes, 1679
Cherokee Indians take Ft. Loudon, Tennessee, 1760
George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart, 1782
Simon Bolivar triumphs over the Spanish at the Battle of Boyaca, 1819
The long simmering tension between the Hatfields and the McCoys on the Kentucky/West Virginia border erupts into full scale violence on election day, 1882
The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, 1927
IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I), 1944
Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America, 1947
Explorer 6 transmits the first TV photo of Earth from space, 1959
The “artistic crime of the century” occurs when Philippe Petit of France, after months of planning and smuggling in materials, makes an illegal tightrope walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, 1974
Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars, 1976
The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication, 1981
Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts, 1985
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron’s record by hitting his 756th home run, 2007
Australia’s Sally Pearson sets a new Olympic record when she wins the 100 metres hurdles in 12.35 seconds at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012


Randomly 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.  
Dr. D was in a huge dither yesterday.  One of the attorneys for one of her cases had asked her to prepare a document for him, and she’d spent all day Sunday working on it, only to have her computer erase it before she could save it.
We spent almost two hours, but we got it reconstructed and sent, and i again realized that if you keep playing with the computer, you can figured out how to do just about anything you need to, even if you don’t quite know how. 
She is also enjoying her new phone, now that she knows how to turn it on and open it.
Little Girl is preparing to move out again.  It’s been wonderful having her at home since her previous lease ran out.  She’s getting a bit antsy, though.  Once you are out on your own, it’s not easy going back home.  
Bigger Girl arrived safely in Amsterdam, and sent Grandma a text telling her so when i was at her house this Saturday.  Let’s see, i am paying extra for her to be able to call and text us from another country, and she sends her “I’ve arrived safely” messages to Grandma and not me?  Guess i know where i am in the pecking order, and i am glad i have enough of a sense of humor not to mind a bit!
July is a long month, and long months make for being busy at the homeless ministry on the last Sunday.  Everyone is out or almost out of food and money with two or three days left in the month.  We usually have about 200 people, this weekend we had 300.  
Because of some extra donations, we were able to give everyone a hot meal, a bag with sandwiches, cookies and a drink, and a box with the equivalent of three meals.  All of the food is ready to eat, utensils included.  It made my day to know everyone got plenty.
Speaking of food:
Sweetie wrenched his knee and was finally hurting badly enough to see a doctor.  (Except for his eye and ear docs, he doesn’t go unless he’s desperate.)  A cortisone shot has been administered, and i am hoping it works fast.
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
Today is:
Always Live Better Than Yesterday Day
Cotton Candy Day
Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola — (Founder of the Jesuits, especially revered in Spain; Patron of retreats, soldiers, and the Society of Jesus which he founded; Basque country; Bilbao, Spain; Bizkaia, Spain; Gipuzkoa, Spain; Guipuscoa, Spain; Guipúzcoa, Spain; Spiritual Exercises (by Pope Pius XI); Vizcaya, Spain)
Hachinohe Sansha Taisai — Hachinohe City, Japan (one of the most elaborate neputa festivals, through Aug. 4)
Jump for Jellybeans Day
Ka Hae Hawai’i Day — Hawai’i (State Flag Day)
Lammas Eve / Lughnassad Eve
Lithasblot — Norse harvest festival with a “blot”, or offering, to the gods, celebrated through tomorrow
Loki and Sigyn’s Day – Asatru / Norse Pagan (aka Devoted Couples Day)
Make Homemade Ice Cream and Invite the Neighbors Over Day — summer’s almost over, make the most of the days we have left!
Moby Dick Marathon — aboard the last US wooden whaler, the Charles W. Morgan, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (through tomorrow, from noon to noon, a marathon reading of Moby Dick in honor of Melville’s birthday)
Mutts’ Day — because mutts deserve a day as much as purebreeds do!
National Raspberry Cake Day
South Mountain Fair — Arendtsville, PA, US (celebrating agriculture, arts, crafts, and industry; through Saturday)
St. Germanus’ Day (Patron of Auxerre, France)
St. Joseph of Arimathea’s Day — Eastern Orthodox Church (Patron of funeral directors)
World Ranger Day — the International Ranger Federation wants us to honor wildlife rangers around the world as they work to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures, and remember those killed in the line of duty     
Birthdays Today
Eric Lively, 1981
Dean Cain, 1966
J.K. Rowling, 1965
Jim Corr, 1964
Wesley Snipes, 1962
Bill Berry, 1958
Michael Biehn, 1956
Barry Van Dyke, 1951
Evonne Goolagong, 1951
Gary Lewis, 1946
Geraldine Chaplin, 1944
Susan Flannery, 1943
France Nuyen, 1939
Ted Cassidy, 1932
Don Murray, 1929
Curt Gowdy, 1919
Milton Friedman, 1912
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Living Daylights(Film), 1987
“The Shadow”(Radio), 1930
Today in History
Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian’s forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide, BC30
The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji, 781
Thessalonica falls to the Arabs, who destroy the city, 904
The Jews are expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree takes effect, 1492
On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus 
becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad, 1498
Aurangzeb is proclaimed Moghul emperor of India, 1658
The Treaty of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War, 1667
Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers, 1703
The U.S. Second Continental Congress passes a resolution that the services of Marquis de Lafayette  “be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States,” 1777
First U.S. patent is issued to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process, 1790
Christchurch, New Zealand is chartered as a city, 1856
The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia, 1865
The radio mystery program The Shadow is aired for the first time, 1930
Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis, 1938
First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio, 1954
At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning because of rain, 1961
The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy, 1970
Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover, 1971
NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo, 1976
A rare, class F4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage, 1987
Georgia joins the United Nations, 1992
Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro, 2006
Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end, 2007
U.S. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps wins a record 19th Olympic medal, with gold in the 4x200metres freestyle relay, 2012


Happy Random Tuesday!

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Random Tuesday is brought to us by the wonderful Stacy at Stacy Uncorked, and Happy Tuesday by Sandee of Comedy Plus.
How’s this for random, i walked in to Dr. D’s house yesterday and she said, “Help me get online and find the form to fill out saying I had an affair with Trump and I want my $3M to stay quiet!”  We both laughed, of course.  Then i helped her set up her new phone.
Trust me when i say she can do most of this stuff herself, she just likes having company and help.
Bigger Girl is leaving for Amsterdam this Friday.  It started as a simple visit to a friend who invited her and is paying her way over, then her head professor at the lab heard about it.
He has colleagues in Amsterdam, and he needed to get over there but cannot because his wife is near delivering the baby and they are packing to move.  So Bigger Girl is now also going to schmooze and give and get info everyone needs and just reassure the people over there that the projects are going well (which they are).  The trip has been extended at the boss’s expense, too.  She gets 3 weeks instead of 10 days.
The other day she asked me, “Do you know what I am looking forward to most in Amsterdam?  The Museum of Bioluminescence!”
Yep, that’s sure what i think of when i think of Amsterdam.  When she asked what souvenir she could bring me, i told her to get me something small from that museum’s gift shop.  Whatever she brings will be unique, anyway.
Almost two weeks ago, i wrenched my back and Sweetie twisted his knee, and boy have we been a pair!  Everything has gotten done that needed doing, albeit some of it rather slowly.
After all, cleaning has to be done and the bosses are saying:


Um, yeah, i sure am.  Just don’t expect miracles.
Little Girl is back from over a week of duty as a medic, and she showed me this:
An “official” whining report form!
It seems someone in the Army has a great sense of humor. 
Today is:
Amelia Earhart Day
Children’s Day — Vanuatu
Cousins Day — because cousins are wonderful people to have around! sponsored by Claudia Evart of New York City, who must have had great cousins
Festival of St. Eloi — French Basque
Jakaba Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of St. James’ [Jacob] Festival, whose day is tomorrow; the beginning of hay harvest)
Jilwalla Jinks’ Jamboree — Fairy Calendar
National Drive Through Day — but only if you won’t pass out from the heat when you roll down the window! on the founding date of Jack-in-the-Box, the first drive through burger chain
National Tequila Day — celebrate North America’s first native-born distilled spirit
Pioneer Day — Mormon Christian
Pop a Wheelie Day — before, not after, the tequila, please; a hospital visit is no fun
Public Opinion Day — the first public opinion poll was published this date in 1824!
Simon Bolivar Day — Ecuador; Venezuela
Sts. Boris and Gleb’s Day (Patrons of princes; Moscow, Russia)
St. Christina the Astonishing’s Day (Patron of all with mental handicaps, disorders, or illnesses, and mental health care workers, psychiatrists and therapists; against insanity and mental disorders)
St. Christina of Bolsena’s Day (Patron of archers, mariners, millers)
Tell an Old Joke Day
Tenjin Matsuri — Tenmangu Jinja, Osaka, Japan (one of Japan’s 3 major festivals, through tomorrow)
Anniversary Today:
Richard Moll marries Susan Brown, 1993
Birthdays Today
Bindi Irwin, 1998
Dhani Lennevald, 1984
Anna Paquin, 1982
Summer Glau, 1981
Rose Byrne, 1979
Eric Szmanda, 1975
Jennifer Lopez, 1969
Kristin Chenoweth, 1968
Kadeem Hardison, 1965
Barry Bonds, 1964
Julie A. Krone, 1963
Lynda Carter, 1951
Michael Richards, 1949
Peter Serkin, 1947
Robert Hays, 1947
Chris Sarandon, 1942
Ruth Buzzi, 1936
Pat Oliphant, 1935
Billy Taylor, 1921
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, 1900
Chief Dan George, 1899
Amelia Earhart, 1897
Oswald Chambers, 1874
Alexandre Dumas, pere, 1802
Simon Bolivar, 1783
John Newton, 1725 (wrote Amazing Grace)
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Fellowship of the Ring(Publication date), 1954
Today in History
Death in Kyoto, Japan, of Kamo no Chomei (b. 1155), Japanese author, poet (waka) and essayist, critic of Japanese vernacular poetry and major figure of Japanese poetics, 1216
Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer, 1487
Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France, 1534
Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI, 1567
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701
A Spanish treasure fleet of 10 ships under Admiral Ubilla leaves Havana, Cuba for Spain; on the 31st, all ships will be lost and come to be known as the !715 Treasure Fleet, 1715
Slavery is abolished in Chile, 1823
The first opinion poll was carried out in Delaware, USA, 1824
Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming’s South Pass, 1832
After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City, 1847
The first tramway opened in England, 1861
Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War, 1866
Captain Matthew Webb, who was the first person to swim the English Channel, drowned while trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls, 1883
O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank, 1901
Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, “the Lost City of the Incas”, 1911
The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes, 1915
The first insulin treatment is carried out, on a six-year-old girl, at St Guy’s Hospital, London, 1925
The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect, 1929*
The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, 1935
During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! (“Long live free Quebec!”), 1967
The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men’s 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level, 1980
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office, 2001
Over half of the country of Peru enters a state of emergency as a result of unusually cold weather, 2011

The scientific theory of supersymmetry is challenged after experiments with the Large Hadron Collider yield an incredibly rare particle decay event, 2013



*Nice try, fellas.


Random and Fun Tuesday

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Tuesday is the day for Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Tuesday Fun with Sandee of Comedy Plus.
Let me begin with a shout-out to Cathy of Curious as a Cathy.  No matter what, i cannot comment on your blog!  The fact is, WordPress hates me even though i have an account.  Just know that i am reading, and if you want to contact me at my email, messymimi at live dot com, i will try to send you my comments via email.
On Saturday, i posted about #1 Son needing to pay a bill.  It was a rather complicated situation.
This month, he and his roommate recommended a third person to live in their apartment.  Most apartments at his complex have three rooms, which are rented out separately, each person has his/her own lease, bedroom, bathroom, and they share the kitchen and living area.  #1 Son and roommate had an empty room, which means the complex is not making money on that room.  
According to the way that apartment complex is run, if you recommend a person to move in and s/he is accepted, you get $200 off on your rent.  #1 Son had paid his rent on June 30, minus the $200, and the manager who took the money order from him said that was right.
Last Tuesday, the 10th, #1 Son got a call asking why he was late on $200 of his rent.  He told the female manager what had happened, and she told him that the discount applies the second month after the person has moved in, so he was technically late and would have to pay a $50 late fee.  
He responded that not only was it not noted in the lease or any of the promotional materials that the discount was the second month, he was told by the manager on duty that he’d paid the correct amount.  He insisted that the fee be waived.
She said she didn’t have the authority to do that, and he told her to find out who did and take care of it, because he was not paying the late fee.  The money order he bought that day was for the $200, the male manager who had originally taken his rent back on June 30 admitted he was at fault, and they have not yet asked for the late fee.  So far, he seems to have won this, we are hoping.
For a few funnies, this is how i feel right now about the management of that apartment complex:
This is how i feel when i think about our cars:
Finally, this is how i feel some days when i’m having trouble remembering stuff:
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Air Conditioner Day — the first modern electrical air conditioning unit, invented by William Carrier, began working on this day in 1902
Constitution Day — South Korea
Feast of St. Kenelm — saint mentioned in “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” of The Canterbury Takes
Feast of the Clockless NowEver — can’t find any confirmation on what this one is, but it sounds like fun if i don’t have to bother with a clock or schedule
Festival for Victoria and Virtus — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of victory and god of bravery in warfare)
Gion Matsuri — Yakasa Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (one of the largest and best Gion festivals)
King Letsie III’s Birthday — Lesotho
National Peach Ice Cream Day
Petal-Hopping for Hopeless Cases — Fairy Calendar
St. Alexius Day (Patron of Alexians, beggars, belt makers, nurses, pilgrims, travellers)
Wear Crazy Socks to Work Day — at your own risk
World Day for International Justice
Wrong Way Corrigan Day — anniversary of the flight of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan, who was supposedly heading for California from New York and ended up in Ireland instead
Yellow Pig Day — mathmatics festivals at various universities, celebrating the number 17 and the yellow pig with 17 eyelashes, created by mathematicians Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly
Birthdays Today
Tash Hamilton, 1982
Alex Winter, 1965
Dawn Upshaw, 1960
Mark Burnett, 1960
Aaron Lansky, 1955
J. Michael Straczynski, 1954
David Hasselhoff, 1952
Phoebe Snow, 1952
Lucie Arnaz, 1951
Camilla Parker Bowles, 1947
Diahann Carroll, 1935
Donald Sutherland, 1934
Phyllis Diller, 1917
Art Linkletter, 1912
James Cagney, 1899
Berenice Abbott, 1898
Erle Stanley Gardner, 1889
John Jacob Astor, 1763
Elbridge Thomas Gerry, 1744
Isaac Watts, 1674
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Yellow Submarine(Animated film), 1968
Punch(Magazine, first publication), 1841
Today in History
Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians, the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world, 180
Zhu Di, better known by his era name as the Yongle Emperor, assumes the throne over the Ming Dynasty of China, 1402
Catherine II (the Great) becomes tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III of Russia, 1762
Londoner Thomas Saint patented the first sewing machine, 1790
The first issue of Punch magazine was published, England, 1841
The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston as the first dental school in the U.S, 1867
On the orders of the Bolshevik Party carried out by Cheka, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his immediate family and retainers are murdered at the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Russia, 1918
The RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic, is sunk off Ireland by the German SM U-55; 5 lives are lost, 1918
An Armed Forces rebellion against the recently-elected leftist Popular Front government of Spain begins the Spanish Civil War, 1936
After being denied permission to make a transatlantic crossing, Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the “wrong way” to Ireland and becomes known as “Wrong Way” Corrigan, 1928
Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California, 1955
An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations, 1975
The opening of the Summer Olympics in Montreal is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team, 1976
The F.W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business, 1997
A tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake destroys 10 villages in Papua New Guinea killing an estimated 3,183, leaving 2,000 more unaccounted for and thousands more homeless, 1998
A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crime against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, 1998
South Korea develops a long range cruise missile, 2010
Astronauts, Sunita Williams of the United States, Yuri Malenchenko of Russia and Aki Hoshide of Japan, arrive at the International Space Station for a three-month long mission, 2012
In an effort to curb obesity rates, the United Arab Emirates offers its citizens one gram of gold for every kilogram of weight they lose, 2013


It’s been a week — Random and Fun Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and fun Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
Well, let’s see, what has happened this past week?  Lunceford went in for work again, as noted on Saturday.  You just can’t trust an 18-year-old alternator, can you?
Grandma had me come and clean her house.  Her housekeeper took a week off because of a serious cut on her hand, and then skipped again because of Independence Day.  (Yes, i worked on Independence Day.)  
The whole time i was there, every time i would pick something up to clean under it i would mutter under my breath, i wonder when was the last time this got cleaned.  One time Grandpa heard me and said he often wondered the same thing.
In the end, the place was clean, even Grandpa’s room that he tries to put off limits.  It’s easy, i just wait until he is busy in his office or running an errand and then i sneak in.  He doesn’t like it, but i got my stubborn from him, so he can’t complain.
Sunday was another session with the grand-dogs.  That little Jezzie just goes and goes until she flops down to sleep.  Pepe has taken to hiding from her when they are here, she can’t climb the stairs yet so he runs up to get away.  He’s going to be one sad dog when she figures out how to climb.
Dr. D put me to work researching alternative pain therapies, including low level light therapy.  It turns out she has one of the infrared heat lamps the book she bought was talking about, so we hauled it out of storage and cleaned it up, and she is going to use it.  It certainly can’t hurt is what i figure.
We also had a discussion about having some things “hanging over your head,” and how you live with that.  We both came to the conclusion that in life, it’s always something, and the sooner you get used to that and learn to live with it, the better.
Besides, we will have all eternity in heaven trouble-free, what do we expect down here?
After spending so much time cleaning other people’s houses, this is rather how i feel:
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Alpenfest — Gaylord, MI, US (a Swiss inspired festival for the whole family that includes “The World’s Largest Coffee Break”; through Saturday)
Armed Forces Day — Mauritania
Carnival Tuesday — Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Clerihew Day — in honor of the poetic form he invented, the clerihew:
    Edmund’s middle name was Clerihew
    A name possessed by very few
    But verses by Mr. Bentley
    Succeeded eminently!
Cow Appreciation Day® — sponsored by Chick-fil-A; wear any kind of cow apparel and get a free entree!
Don’t Step On A Bee Day — Wellcat Holidays wants to remind you, when going barefoot this time of year, watch out!
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival — Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (the finest street performers anywhere; through Sunday)
Feast Day of Knut the Reaper, Hela, Holda, and Skadi — Norse deities whose celebration this day is due to their later association with Danish King Canute the Great
Independence Day — Bahamas(1973)
Lady Godiva Day — tradition says she took her famous ride on this day in 1040
National Pina Colada Day
Pick Blueberries Day — variously set on different days in July depending on the website; with blueberries being so good for you, find a day to go gather or buy some soon
Silence Day — followers of Meher Baba
St. Amalburga’s Day (Patron of people with fever; Ghent, Belgium; against arm pain, bruises, and fevers)
Teddy Bear Picnic Day — no idea why today, especially when the author of the song, Jimmy Kennedy, was born on July 20
Uniwaine / Unaine Day — Kiribati (Senior Citizens’ Day, specifically Elderly Men’s Day / Elderly Women’s Day)
Anniversaries Today
Wyoming becomes the 44th US State, 1890
Birthdays Today
Jessica Simpson, 1980
Andre Nolan Dawson, 1954
Arlo Guthrie, 1947
Sue Lyon, 1946
Ron Glass, 1945
Virginia Wade,1945
Arthur Ashe, 1943
Lawrence Pressman, 1939
Jerry Herman, 1933
David Norman Dinkins, 1927
Fred Gwynne, 1926
Jean Kerr, 1923
Jake LaMotta, 1921
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921
David Brinkley, 1920
Don “Mr. Wizard” Herbert, 1917
John Gilbert, 1897
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, 1875
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, 1875
Marcel Proust, 1871
Nikola Tesla, 1856
Adolphus Busch, 1839
James Whistler, 1834
George Mifflin Dallas, 1792
William Blackstone, 1723
John Calvin, 1509
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Fox And The Hound(Animated film), 1981
“Your Hit Parade”(TV), 1950
Today in History
Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia at the Battle of Dyrrhachium, BC48
The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground, 1212
Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England, 1553
Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Mackenzie River delta, 1789
The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company, 1806
The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain, 1821
Big Ben, the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, rings for the first time, 1859
The eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys the famous pink and white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces of North Island, New Zealand, 1886
Meher Baba, self declared Avatar of the Age, begins his silence of 44 years; his followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration, 1925
In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act, 1925
Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world, 1938
Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit, 1962
Boris Yeltsin begins his 5-year term as the first elected President of Russia, 1991
In London scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the “out of Africa theory” of human evolution, 1997
Spain opens its first mosque since the Moors were expelled in 1492, in Granada, 2003
France O’Grady is appointed the first female General Secretary by Britain’s Trade Union Congress, 2012


No Panicking, We Found the Pickle Puller; a Random Tuesday Post

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Tuesday already!  How did that happen?  Time for Random Tuesday linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked, and Tuesday Fun with Sandee of Comedy Plus.  
In the summer, things are a bit different at church.  Every year, at least one pastor has a sabbatical, the others go to General Assembly or take vacations, lots of congregants are out of town, and so in July we only have one service each Sunday. 
It’s every summer, and it is announced every Sunday for over a month, and it is in the newsletter for two months straight.
Every first Sunday in July, we have the same conversation.  “Um, I’m guessing there isn’t going to be a 9 o’clock service?” says average-congregant-who-has-not-paid-attention-for-the-last-several-weeks.
“Sorry,” i respond, “it’s summer, we are on the summer schedule.  One service each Sunday at 10:30.”
“Are we having Sunday school?” a-c-w-h-n-p-a-f-t-l-s-w continues.
This has also been addressed in the announcements and newsletters, but i add, “Not this week, the next four weeks there will be a 9:30 Sunday school hour with three choices of classes, not the usual ones.  Here’s the newsletter, you can read all about them!”
Yes, i stay bright and cheery as i say it, because there will always be someone who misses the memo.  Or, in this case, the several announcements and the newsletters.
Just like Sweetie misses his phone, or his glasses, or his keys.  This past Sunday, it was the phone.  He looked everywhere, then sheepishly took the car back home (we got there way early to set up) and managed to find it and get back before the service.  It was so funny, he was running around in a panic, and the sextons and a couple of other people were looking at me as i calmly said stuff like, it will turn up, you will find it, etc.  As i told them later, he loses things at least 3 times a day, maybe more, and after over 30 years of it, i’m done panicking!
The adventures of Dr. D continue.  She has bought shelves to install in the closets, and what do you do when you need something to lift the shelves?
Old black computer to the left, silvery one to the right.
You use the old computers that don’t work any more, of course.
We also got her front door fixed where someone broke off the doorknob trying to break in.  And she found her pickle puller, 
At first, i had no clue!
When a fork just won’t do to pull out a pickle from the jar.
which she can put in a drawer now that there are shelves in the cabinets for what used to be in the drawers.
The builders who didn’t finish her house and ran out on the contract really left her in a mess, but we are digging her out, one project at a time.
Today Ms. E is having me come very early.  Her husband had surgery yesterday and is due home today, probably in the early afternoon, so i want to have as much done as possible as early as i can.  Plus, if i finish early enough, i will drive to NOLA and clean Grandma’s house.  She is having trouble with her housekeeper again.
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Air Conditioning Appreciation Days begin — Northern Hemisphere (around here, they last until Thanksgiving!)
Compliment Your Mirror Day — remind your mirror how great it is to have an owner like you, and look at other mirrors to meet to see if they greet you with a smile
Dipolieia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus as god of the city)
Disobedience Day — internet generated, but if you have a bone to pick, use your civil disobedience today to let it be known! 
Distressed Elves’ Creditors’ Pets’ Day — Fairy Calendar
Dixon Petunia Festival: The Pink. The Proud. The Petunias. — Dixon, IL, US (food, entertainment, fun, and petunias! through Sunday)
Dog Days of Summer begin (according to the almanac, but not in all cultures)
Eat Beans Day — bring the humble legume up to main dish status!
Fiesta del Fuego — Santiago, Cuba (festival of fire, through the 9th)
Grand Teton Music Festival — Teton Village, WY, US (a summer celebration of classical music with the world’s finest artists and in the spectacular setting of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; through Aug. 20)
Independence Day — Belarus(1944)
International Plastic Bag Free Day — working toward a plastic bag free world   
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod — Eisteddfod Field, Llangollen, Benbigshire, North Wales, UK (Six days of the best music and folk dance, and all the world in one place; through Sunday)
National Chocolate Wafer Day
Red White and Boom — Columbus, OH, US (the Midwest’s largest fireworks display and more!)
Sata-Hame Soi Accordion Festival — Ikaalinen, Finland (one of the worlds biggest and best accordion festivals; through Sunday)
Stay Out of the Sun Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; for health’s sake, give your skin a break!
St. Thomas the Apostle’s Day (Patron of architects, blind people, builders, carpenters, construction workers, geometricians, masons, people in doubt, stonecutters, surveyors, theologians; against blindness, doubt; Certaldo, Italy; Ceylon/Sri Lanka; East Indies; India; Pakistan)
Unity Day — Zambia
Virgin Islands Emancipation Day — US Virgin Islands
Anniversaries Today:
Prince Alois of Liechtenstein marries Duchess Sophie of Bavaria, 1993
Ted Kennedy marries Victoria Anne Reggie, 1992
Idaho becomes the 43rd US State, 1890
Birthdays Today:
Moises Alou, 1966
Thomas Gibson, 1962
Tom Cruise, 1962
Montel Williams, 1956
Alan Autry, 1952
Betty Buckley, 1947
Dave Barry, 1947
Kurtwood Smith, 1942
Tom Stoppard, 1937
Pete Fountain, 1930
Ken Russell, 1927
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, 1908
Franz Kafka, 1883
George M. Cohan, 1878
Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett, 1870
Samuel Huntington, 1731(O.S. date)
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“ITV News at Ten”(TV), 1967
“Mister Peepers”(TV), 1952
Today in History
Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792, 987
Québec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain, 1608
Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret, 1767
Norway’s oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded and the first edition is published, 1767
George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1775
The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens, 1819
The last pair of Great Auks is killed, 1844
Slaves are freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans, 1848
Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average, 1884
Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile, 1886
The New York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting  by hand, 1886
World speed record for a steam railway locomotive is set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 126 miles per hour (203 km/h), 1938
The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurs when the Soviet N1 rocket explodes and subsequently destroys its launchpad, 1969
First mention in the New York Times of a disease that would later be called AIDS, 1981
The Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland, 1996
Asteroid 2004 XP14 flies within 432,308 kilometres (268,624 mi) of Earth, 2006
New Zealand sustains a major earthquake, with minor damage reported, 2012
In El Paraiso, Peru, property developers destroy a 4,000-year old pyramid, 2013
In Belgium, King Albert II abdicates his throne to son, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, due to health reasons, 2013