Hey, all. I slept decently!
And of course now have to juggle eighty things. And people. The whole week has been a comedy of pains in my a**, so... here's hoping today is less "WTH!" and more "ahhh..." but it won't be, LOL. Ihave *four* repair people scheduled to undo what the unwanted power washing did on Monday. (Broken window, busted cat door, water damage, and they washed off the pest control that keeps swarms of ladybugs and stinkbugs off this time of year during their mate-and-swarm times...)
Hubby has the best day planned. He's got training for work. No calls, no strangers in the house, no freaked out cats (OMG, Dahlia will be a wreck...)... Yep, I'm doubling down on the chocolate today. (I always have super-dark chocolate in reserve as my "happy pills".)
Happy birthday to the late Mohandas Gandhi (AKA Mahatma "great soul") Gandhi, who was born toeday in 1869. He started out as a lawyer in a privileged Indian family, encountered discrimination against himself in South Africa, and wound up as the "Father of INdia". He's catching crap today for being racist in his 20s (before his activism began) and anti-woman (he was obsessed with being celibate, also later in life, as he had 4 kids!) and this will apparently negate all else he ever did, including his dream for a peaceful, unified, pluralistic India ... But we're all aware that no one is permitted to be a good guy without being a good guy from birth, bones outward, without flaw in heart or mind or action or words at any point, so... Was Gandhi perfect? No. Did he nonetheless help India gain independence, overcome caste system attitudes, and inspire others? Yep. So... there's that.
BTW, one objection people in modern India have to Gandhi? He didn't use violence. He was also not a "nationalist" in the sense of "India-for-Hindus-only". Y'know. Stuff that went against his principles of inclusion and nonviolent protest.
The 1980s Richard Attenborough film, which was researched for 20 years, is a good primer on the evolution from a young privileged man of British citizenship and high education, to someone who got a nasty wake-up call or ten. The film earned Ben Kingsley a lot of awards for good reason.
Gandhi's "obsession with celibacy" was well-described in the biography I read of him as part of his spiritual journey to detach himself from those earthly things and matters to keep his own flaws at bay, including his temper and his self-admitted tendency to be lustful, to be polite about it.
He remains, for me, an admirable figure in sum, and his flaws are admitted. George Washington owned slaves. Saint Augustine was a hedonist as a young man. Marie Curie was a workaholic whose kids came second in her life until her husband died. We can go on and on and on...
And I'm way too fond of chocolate, so obviously I flunk the 7 Deadly Sins test. Gluttony.
How did I get there from Gandhi?! Oy.
And in 1870 Rome was made the capital of Italy, which Rome felt it had been since about 600 BC anyway.
The first auto race on asphalt and cement was held today in 1948. It also used dirt roads. Welcome to... New York state. That's right, NASCAR fans, it wasn't all in Carolina. (Sorry!) Watkins Glen, NY, to be exact. It's also the home, or was for many years, of US Formula One racing, and if you go there? It's so freakin' cool b/c they have the original street race route mapped out to this day with checkered flags. Yep, those first races were held on the actual streets. One of the worst accidents in pro racing happened in those days, when a driver hit the crowd, killing a kid and injuring ten. Also, the current racetrack is still a bugger of a course, if you're using the long track versus the shorter (NASCAR race) track.
Yes, been there. Its modern layout is pretty cool but I wouldn't tempt the forces of physics that way, thanks no thanks!
And off to deal with Howly Yowly Dahlia. Too much disruption this week. I feel that.
Hugs and hopes for healing!
Week Seven-amazing for some ,others not so much. Those with amazing results with 13 points were all first time winners AlyAngel, GramyBear(only missed one) and bobinmaine. This is unbelievable fantastic. Also we had one runner-upper was Lesa with 12 points. Great selecting them ya all.The results are in the first reply. Please let me know if there are any questions. Thanks!
Do you decorate your home for Halloween?Do you give out candy to the kids?I love to decorate so yes my home is decorated but not sure about giving out candy, I am on call for wok and not sure if I will be here or not yet and if I do work we are supposed to get dressed up so not sure what to do. It's never good to be on csll on Halloween, I would rather k now one way or the other!