the making of a couch potato
Today is the 4th day of the 21st week, the 23rd day of the 5th month, the 143rd day of 2018, and:
On this day in ...
- Declaration of the Báb Day – in 1844 A merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith; Bahá'ís celebrate the day as a holy day.
- Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
- International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
- Lucky Penny Day
- National Taffy Day
- World Crohn's and Colitis Day
- World Orienteering Day -- orienting is a competitive sport in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across rough country with the aid of a map and compass, the winner being the one with the lowest elapsed time
- World Turtle Day
1498 – Girolamo Savonarola, an Italian Dominican friar and preacher who espoused republican freedom and religious reform, is burned at the stake with two of his followers in Florence, Italy.
1701 – After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.
1911 – The New York Public Library is dedicated.
1934 – bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen Ford Deluxe along a road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
1969 - The Who's rock-opera album "Tommy" was released.
1992 – Italy's most prominent anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three body guards are killed by the Corleonesi clan with a half-ton bomb near Capaci, Sicily. His friend and colleague Paolo Borsellino will be assassinated less than two months later, making 1992 a turning point in the history of Italian Mafia prosecutions.
1995 – The first version of the Java programming language is released.
Writing prompt of the day:
#143 Failure: Write about a time you failed at something. Did you try again or give up completely?
My father was a natural athlete and he enjoyed sports. He was wiry, highly competitive, and quick, and I imagine if soccer had been more prevalent in the US when he was growing up back in the 1930’s, he would’ve excelled at it. He was a world class ping-pong ]or table tennis if you will] player and travelled once to the Far East to be part of an exhibition there and later claimed to have won a gold medal [totally unsubstantiated]. He was good enough at golf and tennis to be considered semi-pro, but could only play one or the other at any one given time because he couldn’t stand not being the best at it. He would hone his golf game to fine point, then accept an invitation to play tennis and get beat which meant he would start honing his tennis game until he got an invite to play golf …. It was a never ending cycle as he oscillated between these two “lifetime” sports
My father tried to teach me ping-pong. He tried to get me to play tennis. He tried to show me how to hit a golf ball. I failed at all three. He was disgusted with my lack of coordination and interest; I was brought to tears by his disappointment and anger when I just couldn’t do what he wanted me to do, and in some cases, just couldn’t grasp exactly what it was he was telling me. He gave up on me, and I gave up on sports.
To this day I have no desire to venture onto the tennis court or the golf course, or to pick up a ping-pong paddle.
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