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The Tide Turns on December 12 | Who Knew This Stuff?

Dear Kid,

December 12th was Quite a day in history. And, being the kind of mother I am, I have decided to try to make some sense out of it for you. (I am such a good mom.)

In 1408 The Order of the Dragon was first created. This is important since the Dust Dragons are direct decedents of the Order and believe it is their dust-given right to overtake any place they want to overtake. Since I am a better blogger than a housekeeper, mostly I don’t argue. Mostly.

We The People DearKidLoveMom.comFast forward to 1787 when Pennsylvania became 2nd state to ratify US Constitution, paving the way for We The People to become a country.

Speaking of We The People, on December 12, 1800, Washington DC was established as the capital of US so that many, many years later Auntie M could go to college there. Many years.

Then in 1914, many People tried to fly out of windows on Wall Street because of the largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%. Note: They did not master the art of flying before hitting the pavement.

Musically speaking, in 1792, Ludwig Von Beethoven received his 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn. Ludwig was 22 at the time. You know why this is important, right? How could we have Peanuts and Snoopy without Schroeder playing Beethoven?

A lot of sports things happened on December 12th (which is odd because I don’t usually think of December 12th as a big sports day. But it was, so pay attention, because We, The People are big sports fans).

In 1899 George F Bryant of Boston patented the wooden golf tee, paving the way for using golf tees for all sorts of things, even golf.

In 1930, the Baseball Rules Committee greatly revised the rule book. Pretty much no one noticed. On the same day in 1949, the American League voted 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball. The lone dissenter spit on the decision.

In 1953, Chuck Yeager reached Mach 2.43. I don’t know if that really counts as sport, but it paved the way for the movie The Right Stuff which is a Most Excellent film.

Speaking of excellent movies, in 1965 Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scored 6 TDs, tying the NFL record, paving the way (quite indirectly) for the movie Brian’s Song which is not only Most Excellent but is also one of the all-time Tear Jerkers.

In 1968 Arthur Ashe became the 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis. Yep, he was that good.

And perhaps most importantly, in 1981 Wayne Gretzky scored the quickest 50th goal (game 39).

Here are a bunch of random bits of December 12th history:

In 1901 Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeded in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. This historic message was Morse code for the letter “s” rendering the whole event fairly obscure in history. Take a lesson from Alex Bell and be memorable if you’re going to do something historic.

Happy Birthday TideOn December 12, 1913 Hebrew was officially introduced as the language for teaching in Palestinian schools. Tov!

In 1925, Mr. Arthur Heinman coined term “motel” and opened the Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA. I think it’s pretty cool to be known almost a century later for having invented a word and a concept. I hope to be known as the mother of the child who invented the word “oversplode” (among other things).

And for a Cincinnati fact, on December 12, 1946 Tide detergent was introduced. Happy Birthday, Tide!

I The Mom hope your day is equally eventful,

Love, Mom

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Sunday Afternoon Ramblings | Bengals and Homework Commentary

Dear Kid,

It’s nearing the end of the first quarter and the Bengals are not exactly winning. By which I mean they are down 10:0 to the Ravens of Baltimore. We’re watching with the sound off because Pi is doing homework in the kitchen. By “doing homework” I mean she is narrating the process of reading and taking notes from her AP Euro book.

It sounds something like this: This is so stupid (Pi, don’t say stupid) Well it is. Who cares about this? No one cares about this! Seriously, even the people  then didn’t care about this…wait, this is hilarious—I have to read it to you “the pastures were open to the pigs of the community.” Isn’t that funny? I think that is really funny. Is it just me or is that really funny? (Pretty much just you, kiddo.) Seriously? I think that line is really funny. All pigs, come on down!….this is so stupid (Pi!) well it is.

Second quarter. Still 10:0. Bengals have the ball. But not for long. And a missed FG. Says Pi, “It’s ok. The best of us miss field goals.” (Go back to work, Pi.) I am! I’m just zoomin’ along here. Just a half page to go. (More work, Pi, less talk.) OK, Ok, ok.

Yesterday, my friend Sue and I drove up to Traders World (the big flea market on 75 north of the outlet mall) to wander around, shake our heads in amazement at some of the things people will buy, and then buy things that obviously were the Right Things to buy. We agreed that it is not someplace we will feel the need to go on a regular basis, but once every several years is fun.

Still second quarter. Still 10:0. But the Bengals just intercepted the ball, so yay Bengals. And we dropped it. And recovered. But not for long.

This is so stupid. (Pi, I don’t know if you mean the football game or your homework, but get back to work please.) Yeah, yeah.

Love, Mom

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