We’ve got a big weekend coming up, in terms of the calendar: tomorrow is Flag Day (and the 233rd anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Army), which of course means it’s also Becky’s birthday. And then Sunday is Father’s Day — my first as a dad — and thus the final day of the U.S. Open, which will be kind of a big deal since we’ll be visiting the golf-loving Zaks.
But before any of those special occasions can arrive, we have to get through today, which is… [cue horror-movie music]… Friday the 13th!! AAAAAHH!!! ;)
So, has anyone had any bouts of bad luck yet?
Personally, I don’t suffer from Paraskavedekatriaphobia — and a good thing, too, because tonight Becky, Loyette and I are flying to Phoenix! The drive to the Nashville Airport will be Loyette’s longest car ride to date, followed by her first-ever plane trip. Wish us, um, luck!
UPDATE: A Friday the 13th fire and power outage in Washington, D.C.!
Commuters should expect major delays on Metro’s Red Line this morning
after a fire on the tracks near the Dupont Circle station, officials
said. At the same time, a power outage in downtown Washington is
affecting thousands of homes and offices, as well as traffic signals
and Metro elevators and lighting.
It sounds like the fire and power outage were unrelated and coincidental. LOL! Friday the 13th is off to a rip-roarin’ start. (Hat tip: ChrisN.)
In honor of May Day, Sen. Joe Lieberman would like to remind you that it’s a “good question” whether Barack Obama is spending today contemplating the plight of the proletariat and listening to songs like this:
In other news, Pajamas Media asked me to elaborate on my Obama/Wright post in an article for their site, so I did. It’s not my best work, and both liberals and conservatives will find plenty to dislike in it. But I hope it’s at least food for thought.
As you may have noticed, it’s April Fools Day. Here at the Irish Trojan’s Blog, I managed to pull off my third-ever, at least somewhat successful April Fools joke. (Flashback: Kerry-McCain ‘04, Dean O’Hara resigning.) But what else is happening around the Interwebs on this day of jokes and pranks?
Well, as usual, Google came out with a couple of obviously fake new "products." Frankly, their April 1 "announcements" are kinda lame, IMHO, because they’re never really believable — with the notable exception of the one time they made an April 1 announcement that wasn’t a joke, back in 2004, when they introduced Gmail on April Fools Day. Remember that? And how it was endlessly debated all day long, with lots of people saying it was literally too good to be true? Best marketing stunt ever!
Anyway, the most kinda-sorta-believable fake "news" report I’ve seen today is the announcement of a Microsoft-Yahoo merger. (Ma-hoooo?)
Meanwhile, over in Britain, the Daily Star reported that Daniel Craig thinks James Bond should try being bisexual. Not to be outdone, the Sun revealed that "French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to have pioneering stretch surgery in a
bid to make him taller," so that "when surgery is completed he will be an inch taller than his stunning ex-model
wife Carla Bruni." And, sticking with the Bruni/Sarkozy theme, the Guardian announced that France’s first lady "has been appointed by
Gordon Brown to spearhead a government initiative aimed at injecting
more style and glamour into British national life." Heh.
And then there’s this, from the BBC:
Methinks the Brits are just plain better at this April Fools business than we colonists are. :)
Did any of y’all see, read about, experience, or pull off any good April Fools jokes today?
As a follow-up to my dad’s post, Loyette and I would like to wish you & yours a very happy St. Patrick’s Day:
Awww. :) Cutest. Leprechaun. Ever.
And here you always thought March Madness consists merely of Basketball, Politics, and half-
arsed-baked Recruitment Center Bombings in Times Square but OH No: now it’s Katie bar th’ Door to boot ~
It’s depressing, it’s not usually sung in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, and its lyrics were written by an Englishman who never set foot on Irish soil.
Those are only some of the reasons why a Manhattan pub owner is banning the song “Danny Boy” for the entire month of March.
“It’s overplayed, it’s been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time and it’s more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration,” said Shaun Clancy, who owns Foley’s Pub and Restaurant, across the street from the Empire State Building.
The 38-year-old Clancy, who started bartending when he was 12 at his father’s pub in County Cavan, Ireland, promised a free Guinness to patrons who sing any other traditional Irish song** at the pub’s pre-St. Patrick’s Day karaoke party on Tuesday.
…At least one patron at Foley’s was glad to hear the song was banned from the pub for the rest of the month.
The song is “all right, but I get fed up with hearing it Ã¢â‚¬â€ it’s like the elections,” Martin Gaffney, 73, said in a thick Irish brogue…
It’s February 29!
Some people today are celebrating their first birthdays since John Kerry was a presidential candidate. (Quite a few, actually. Apparently there are about 4.5 million Leap Day babies. Some of them even have a website!)
And, as the AP points out, this is the first Friday Leap Day (which I’m sure is significant, uh, somehow or other) since 1980, when Ronald Reagan was a presidential candidate, and the last until 2036, when Chelsea Clinton will be a presidential candidate. (Or at least, that’s what my sources at Diebold tell me.)
Anyway, it’s a good day to be a frog. Ribbit!
Also, if you’re a woman, today is traditionally considered a good day to propose to your man. If you’re a Greek woman, though, set that wedding date for next year; getting married during a leap year is apparently considered bad luck.
You can read about the history of Leap Year here.
It’s National Grammar Day!
CORRECTION: My bad. It isn’t today. Next Tuesday, March 4, is National Grammar Day.
I guess this means Hillary’s concession speech will have to be grammatically correct.
In addition to being my dad’s 60th birthday, today is also, of course, Valentine’s Day — "quite clearly the most horrible holiday in the history of the world," according to my brother-in-law. (Not that any day in February, holiday or not, can be expected to be terribly pleasant when you live in Rochester.)
Needless to say, Casey isn’t the only man who’s less than enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day. Nor is hatred of February 14 unique to the male half of the species; plenty of people, of both genders, have had Valentine’s Days from Hell.
But hey, a West Virginia radio station is going to make sure that at least one couple in the Mountaineer State will get a nice Valentine’s gift: a free divorce. (Just don’t tell West Virginia winner Mike Huckabee — who is celebrating the third anniversary of his "covenant marriage" today.)
Anyway, to the beleaguered men who don’t want anything to do with this holiday, just remember: Steak and BJ Day (NSFW??) is only one month away.
P.P.S. On a marginally related note, the U.S. Supreme Court may soon weigh in on the constitutionality of dildo bans. Link goes to Volokh’s post, titled "Dildoes Going to the Supreme Court?," in response to which a commenter writes: "Cert also to be granted on this question: shouldn’t the plural be ‘dildi’, or is that just pretentious?" (Again, hat tip: Insty.)
Sixty years ago today, Harry S. Truman was President of the United States; Joseph Stalin was the Premier of the Soviet Union; Israel wasn’t a country yet; gas cost $0.26 a gallon, and crude oil was $2.50 a barrel; a first-class stamp cost 3 cents; the minimum wage was 40 cents per hour; John McCain was 11 years old; the singer Kenny Loggins was five weeks old; the New York Yankees were reigning World Champions after beating rookie Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers the previous fall; Army’s football team had recently seen their 32-game unbeaten streak snapped; the defending NCAA basketball champ was Holy Cross; there were only 21 amendments to the U.S. Constitution; the fastest any human being had ever run a mile was 4 minutes and 1.4 seconds; the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 167; and, oh yes, my dad was born.
That’s right — it’s the illustrious Joe Loy’s 60th birthday!!
I encourage everyone to leave comments making fun of him for being old. :) Er, and wishing him a happy birthday, too, of course. Hehe.
Happy Birthday, Dad/Papa!!
P.S. Obviously, my dad was a Valentine’s baby. What’s funny is that Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday in 1948, so if he’d been born a few hours earlier, he would have been a Friday the 13th baby instead!
Also, a fun fact that I learned while researching the history of 1948 for purposes of this post: ten days before my dad was born, an election was held in Ireland, and Fianna FÃƒÂ¡il was voted out. As a result, four days after my dad’s birth, Ãƒâ€°amon de Valera, the first Taoiseach of Ireland, ceded power to John Costello. I’m sure infant Joe had an Irish song prepared for the occasion. :)
There is no truth, However, to the Rumor that his Birth Certificate contained several Instances of Random Capitalization for No apparent Reason. ;)
Today is my mom’s birthday — or perhaps, considering that I’m typing this with a certain half-asleep, half-fussy baby in my lap, I should say Nana Loomer’s birthday. :)
Happy Birthday, Mom/Nana!