Thursday, January 3, 2013

Start your day off the right way

This should slow any speeder down: entering a Mr. T-ter totter zone.

Alright let your mind absorb it, then move on.

I'm not sure if I played this when it was posted this summer, but it's a good time to catch up with it.  It's a Mash-up from PBS Digital Studios featuring Mr. Rogers singing, Garden of Your Mind.

So remember to ocassionally weed out the garden of your mind or it will become overgrown.

Today's gift count (220 gifts): you currently have 10 Leaping Lords, 18 Rockettes, 24 young milkmaid, 28 Swans making a racket, 30 geese a' laying, 30 golden rings, 28 calling birds, 24 French hens, 18 turtledoves and 10 partridges in their respective pear trees.

Hopefully you have very strong floor joist; the combined force of 10 men hopping and jumping around your house could be dangerous.

Begin thinking about fleeing the country (with the gold rings) and living in Canada under an assumed name.

Today in History:
January 3, 1521 -
Pope Leo X still angry about the defacing of Castle Church of Wittenberg, released his papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem and excommunicated Martin Luther for challenging church doctrine on this date.

A little known fact but Luther was an excellent matador and waived his 95 theses in front of the bull

January 3, 1870 -
Enfranchising cable, silvered by the sea…

The construction of the Brooklyn-side wooden caisson of the Brooklyn Bridge began on this date.

January 3, 1952 -
The ominous, four-note introduction to the brass and tympani theme music, then the staccato voice over intones, Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. The first regularly scheduled episode of Dragnet premiered on this date. (Badge 714 is the title of the syndication version of Dragnet.)

The actor Barton Yarborough died five days after finishing his scenes.

January 3, 1953 -
Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.

I wonder if she kept telling him to sit up straight and stop talking to his neighbor while they were at work?

January 3, 1959 -
Alaska became the 49th state in the United States on this date.

Richard Nixon woke President Eisenhower in time for him to proclaimed Alaska to be the forty-ninth state of the United States. As was his wont, Nixon then gave Eisenhower his Rum Toddy, tucked him in for his afternoon nap and had Pat measure for the new curtains.

January 3, 1962 -
Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro on this date.

Fidel has buried five popes since then and is still having a good laugh over that one.

January 3, 1967 -
Jack Ruby died of natural causes at Parkland Hospital, where Lee Harvey Oswald had died and President Kennedy had been pronounced dead after his assassination, on this date.

He could possibly be one of the only people involved in this sordid affair that did.

January 3, 1969 -
In New Jersey, 30,000 copies of John and Yoko's album Two Virgins were confiscated because the cover is deemed obscene. There is nothing more shocking than two naked multimillionaires on the cover of your Rock and Roll Album.

Kids, go ask your parents what albums were.

Before I let you go - here's a very trippy little video showing fireworks in reverse -

And so it goes

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