Today is the 2nd day of the 21st week, the 23rd day of the 5th month, the 143rd day of 2022 [with only 215 shopping days left until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN:
- Declaration of the Bab Day
- Drinking with Chickens Day – yes that is apparently a thing
- International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
- National Best Friend-in-Law Day
- Lucky Penny Day
- National Taffy Day
- Victoria Day
- World Crohn’s and Colitis Day
- World Turtle Day
1568 - The Netherlands declares independence from Spain
1576 - Tycho Brahe gives Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory
1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
1788 - South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution
1845 - New York City Police Department (NYPD) is formed, replacing an old night watch system
1863 - Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan
1867 - Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)
1873 - The first running of the second jewel of the Triple Crown Survivor wins Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland. It is still run the weekend before Memorial Day each year
1873 - Postal cards sold in San Francisco for 1st time
1894 - William Love hosts groundbreaking ceremonies for Love Canal
1900 - Associated Press News Service forms in NY
1903 - 1st automobile trip across US leaves San Francisco for New York (arrives July 26)
1922 - Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films
1934 - American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde - are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana
1939 - Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26, 33 remaining crew rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems (divers later awarded the Medal of Honor)
1958 - Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
1962 - Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7
1969 - The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
1970 - USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
1974 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 - Pope John Paul II declares "Peerke" Donders a saint
1984 - "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US
1988 - Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
1990 -Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion in the US
1991 - US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion
1994 - "Star Trek: The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication
2016 - Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
2021 - Belarus accused of “state-sponsored hijacking" after diverting commercial Ryanair flight to Minsk to arrest dissident journalist Roman Protasevich
2022 - NASA Voyager1 is 21 hrs 34 mins 00 secs of light-travel time from Earth
I hadn’t intended to stop writing, but here it is, almost two months from my last post. Can’t say as I have been unusually busy or stressed, just haven’t felt like writing when you come right down to it. Guess I lack the knack for turning absolutely mundane things into something to be read avidly?
So let’s see – three things to catch up with:
I’m apartment shopping as my lease is up at the end of the summer, and have become very discouraged. Prices hereabouts are insane, and while I get that I need to shed stuff and downsize into a smaller place, it seriously irks me to be charged the same for a one bedroom 800 sq ft apartment as I am paying for a two bedroom, two bath 1150 sq ft place now. Of course I could get a place cheaper if I gave up on an in-unit washer/dryer or covered parking, but I don’t want to. To top it off? I would more than double my commute to work!
Speaking of work? I’ve been with PBS LLC [the CUSO not the broadcaster] for 13 years now – the longest stretch with one employer in my entire work career.
And Triscuit has been settling in. She has decided that I’m okay, even if she does still bolt if I walk towards her or reach for her. She’s fast too – no idea how I’m going to catch her when it’s time to take her to the vet!
More updates about stuff later….