When Grease is NOT the word
Today is the 2nd day of the 37th week, the 17th day of the 9th month, the 260th day of 2018 [with only 98 shopping days until Christmas], and:
- Citizenship Day
- Constitution Day - observed on the previous Friday if it falls on a Saturday, the following Monday if on a Sunday; and the beginning of the Constitution Week (United States)
- International Country Music Day
- National Apple Dumpling Day
- National Monte Cristo Day
- Respect for The Aged Day
- Time's Up Day -- a day when people tell themselves that time is up when it comes to deciding if they should make up with someone who they've had a falling out with. Tomorrow someone may be gone and it will be too late.
- VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day
- World Goat Day
ON THIS DAY ...
1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
1683 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek writes a letter to the Royal Society describing "animalcules" [AKA microscopic animals or protozoan]
1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
1778 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe.
1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."
1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.
1917 - Finance Minister Sir Thomas White's "War Tax Upon Income", passed July 25, comes into effect; first national tax on personal income on Canadians; 4% on all income of single men over $2,000; for others, the personal exemption was $3,000; for those Canadians with annual incomes of more than $6,000, the tax rate ranged from 2 to 25 per cent; supposedly a temporary wartime measure only.
1920 – The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio
1954 – The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is first published.
1961 – The world's first retractable roof stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1972 - The comedy series "M.A.S.H." premiered on CBS.
1976 – The Space Shuttle Enterprise is unveiled by NASA.
1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.
1991 – The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 52 mins 35 secs of light-travel time from Earth
At the end of Grease [one of the few movies that were actually as good as the play], the entire graduating class sings happily about the wonderful memories they are taking with them and how they will always be together no matter how far afield they went. This week Overlea’s Class of 1968 celebrated their 50th year with a reunion and the lady who did the organizing did a fantastic job. Facebook was full of pictures of happy laughing people, dancing, hugging, mugging for the camera, and looking like they were having a grand time. Some looked vaguely like the kids that I went to high school with but most were completely unrecognizable. I looked through the names and recognized those, but the few I was curious about, the ones who left high school and disappeared [at least to me], the couple that out of curiosity I googled their names and never did find them, not one of them were there that I saw. I went to the 5 year reunion, helped plan the 10 year, went to the 15 year –all I really did was sit at the table with the two friends that I had stayed in touch with through the years and watched the others for I was always a bit of an outsider in my class and that had not changed. When you come right down to it, my memories of high school were neither happy nor fond, and I realized my experiences of those years differed from those the rest in the room were obviously enjoying recalling and I was done with nostalgia for those days. My one friend made one or two more, and then she stopped going as well.
When one person asked if I would be there then expressed regret they wouldn’t see me, I offered to drive over and get together during the weekend, but they didn’t have time to do so because they had to head back out of town. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see those folk I was curious about, but I know they can find me via social media if they wish. And I will continue to treasure the two friends who have stayed in my life through the years – and yes, we will always be together.
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