Actonbell (looking down at her darling cat): Aw, cutie, cutie, Serenaloopoo...
Ekim: ARGH! STOP. SAYING. THAT. WORD!!!!!!!!
Actonbell (to Serena): Why is he repudiating me?
Ekim starts to swoon
Actonbell: He's gonna get a reputation for being pusillanimous...
Ekim (gasping): Oh, please...
Ekim: Please stop saying...(shudders) pooh! To the cat that...(wince, gasp) poohs!
Actonbell: Okay, geez-- poof! I'll stop saying it.
And Now For Something Completely Different
Ornithologists have recently discovered a new species of hummingbird in southwestern Columbia, called the Gorgeted Puffleg--article here. There are a couple of nice photos. I found it on Trevor's Birding, a pretty cool blog to read now and then. Not that I actually retain anything, mind you--I just love the pretty pictures.
According to my detailed, elaborate, intense, and very advanced calculations, I need to read at least thirty pages of Harry Potter a day to be caught up and ready for my birthday present from Ekim, which will be the final Harry Potter book.
Lots of interesting events claim a May 19 anniversary. I copied these, links and all, but they are edited. The list was ten times longer, and there was all kinds of stuff that made me feel really uneducated, so--I ignored them!
- 1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery. We toured The Tour of London a few years back, and I imagine that the tour guides will be exploiting this story today.
- 1780 - New England's Dark Day: never-explained complete darkness falls on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 2 pm. Strange.
- 1848 - Mexican-American War: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – Mexico ratifies the treaty thus ending the war and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of five other modern-day U.S. states to the USA for USD $15 million. We could do a better job of sharing.
- 1897 - Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.
- 1962 - A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's infamous rendition of Happy Birthday.
Oh, yeah, and on this date in 1979, The Village People hit #3 on the charts with the song, In the Navy. I can hear it now.