Oh yeah. This means war........
Recognize the little guy on the left? That's the gopher from Caddyshack. One of the dh's favorite movies. Well, wouldn't you know that a piece of Hollywood has landed in his very own yard?That's right. The dh is at war. With a gopher. And so far, it's a draw. Dh discovered that our neighbor's gopher had migrated into our yard. Our neighbor insists that the gopher is still living over there and that he's just building a vacation home at our place. But my dh is determined to put a stop to the new construction.He got out a shovel. He dug into the little guy's tunnel. He ran the hose in there, turned on the water and let it run for long enough the drought police should have shown up to take us both away. Next morning, there was a new wing on the gopher's little summer palace. Yep, turns out all the dh did was build the little sucker an indoor pool. So he set a trap. (I know, I hate them, too). Turns out, the gopher's too smart for that. He pushed the trap out of his tunnel and left it there as a signal to dh that he's not going to win this one.So dh is at it again. He's facing down this furry little opponent and making me a little insane, just as an added bonus.Who will win?? Take a look at that picture. The gopher's laughing. Well, our gopher is, too.
Yep, I know there are WAY more important things going on in the world at the moment. But I just had to tell somebody about what's going on in my backyard.
Ahhh. History Day again!! The picture on the left (while it may not be a sketch of the building the moment this happened....) is of Scotland Yard. Obviously, the old one!
1829, London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty!
And in other news....
1866, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about reconstruction--(what they found funny in that is beyond me)
1920, Radios for TEN BUCKS! a store in Pittsburgh PA ran that ad today........
1946, The Adventures of Sam Spade debuted on radio...(which if you'd purchased one in PA, you were covered)
1957, Baseball's New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Fields before moving to San Francisco for the next season
1978 Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment, one month after being named Pope ( do you remember that? I do. He seemed like such a nice guy.......and I'm still suspicious)
1982 Cyanide laced Tylenol caplets claimed the first of seven victims (the case is still not solved)
1988 Space shuttle Discovery successfully launched marking our return to space after the Challenger disaster
1989 Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping a Beverly Hills cop who had the nerve to pull her over because she broke the law! What was he thinking?
Okay, that's it for me. What've you got?
Yay Me and Yay YOU!
Had to give out a big THANK YOU to all of you guys!
, my September release from Desire, debuted at number 1 on Walden's Bestseller list, as I already told you! But....
Here's the best part!
The book dropped to number 2 the next week and this week is BACK to Number 1!!
So thanks to all of you for rushing out to buy this book! I really do appreciate it and LOVE hearing from all of you! Thanks so much for all of your emails!
It's History day again............WHERE are the weeks going???
Okay, I know you know the guy on the left! Abraham Lincoln, on this day in 1862, delivered the preliminary Emancipation Proclomation, declaring all slaves held in rebel states should be freed as of January 1, 1863.
And in other news..........
1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War. He gave us that oh so famous speech.........are you remembering it right now??
1792, the French Republic was proclaimed
1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb
1955 commercial TV was beamed into homes in Great Britain. They were allowed only 6 minutes of commercials PER HOUR! (how things have changed)
1969, Willie Mays, of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th home run during a game in San Diego.
1975, Sarah Jane Moore failed in her attempt to shoot President Ford
1980, the Iran/Iraq conflict erupted into a full blown war...........
1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died at 101 (see, singing and dancing and laughing does make you live longer!)
1999, George C. Scott diedOkay you guys..........you're up!! What've you got?
History day again!! That picture on the left is of a linotype typesetting machine. Because, much to the joy of writers, publishers and printers everywhere, in 1857, Timothy Alden of New York City, received a patent for this machine! Woo Hoo!! Thanks Timothy! Now the typos are much fewer.......wonder what he'd think of a computer??
In other news................
1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
1917 Russia was proclaimed a Republic by Alexander Kerensky, head of a provisional government. One way to become a Republic, I guess. Murder all the royals........
1930, Hoagy Carmichael released his recording of his song, Georgia On My Mind...now all kudos to Hoagy, but my favorite version of that song features Ray Charles.......
1935, the Nuremberg laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship and made the Swastika the national symbol of Nazi Germany.
1940, the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy damage on the Luftwaffe as the tide turned during the Battle of Britain in WWII
1971, twelve members of the Don't Make a Wave committee, founded Green Peace
1984 Princess Diana gave birth to her second son, Prince Harry
1997, the IRA's Sinn Fein entered peace talks in Northern Ireland......
1997, Elton John's Candle in the Wind sold more than 600,000 copies on its first day of sale in Great Britain
Okay guys, let's hear it. What've you got??
So, here's my big THANK YOU to everyone who went out and bought a copy of my September Desire BABY BONANZA!
The book debuted at Number ONE on the Walden's Bestseller list!
Let's see what we can do about keeping it there, okay??
Everyone who doesn't have their copy yet....what're you waiting for??
In memory of a day we should never forget. 9-11-01......
Yes, it's that time again!! Tomorrow, the plot group is meeting in Vegas.......(we've heard all the jokes, LOL), but come on. Hotels are cheap, flights are easy to get and plenty of places to eat...plus.. BARS.
Anyway, won't be around for a few days, so no History Monday this week!! I expect you guys to tell me when I get back about all the fabulous fun facts you picked up!
Meanwhile, me, Susan Mallery
, Kate Carlisle
, Teresa Southwick and Chris Rimmer
will be plotting ten books over the next four days.........wish us luck!!
And did I mention how much I hate flying?????????????????
History Day again..........Yeah, yeah, I know. A late start today!! But while most of the country is taking today off, I'm working! Darn it......
Anyway.......the picture on the left shows today in 1939. The year WWII started when Germany invaded Poland.
In other news.....
1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason....
1878, the first female telephone operator was hired--(because customers were complaining that the men were rude!) Emma Nutt (unfortunate name there, Emma) stayed at her job asking "Number please" for 33 years.........
1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by a 7.1 earthquake, killing 140,000 people.......
1942, a federal judge in Sacramento, Ca. upheld the wartime detention of Japanese Americans as well as Japanese nationals.......(not our proudest moment!)
1969 a coup in Libya brought Gadhafi to power
1983, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by Soviet fighters when the jet strayed into Soviet airspace 269 people were killed......
2007, Senator Larry Craig from Idaho announced he would resign in the fallout over his guilty plea in a Minnesota airport gay sex sting. Later of course, he changed his mind and said he would serve out his sentence--er....term of office.
Not much good news today.........how about you guys??