There May Be Rain

I got my balls in my hand, ready to toss them around, hoping to perfect my juggling skills before tomorrow so I can properly celebrate National Juggling Day. But the last time I tried to juggle, everything went in every direction, and that was during the practice round using only one ball. But back to today’s celebrations. Today is National Tapioca Pudding Day, or, if you’re privileged to be in a certain social circle, it’s actually National Tackaracka Day. That’s an inside joke that only a few people know and I’m keeping it that way. That from the same person who desperately needed to know, upon eyeing a pretty girl wandering by, with quite a wiggle in her walk, whether “Does shake come with those fries?”

It’s also St. Swithin’s Day. St. Swithin, actually Swithun was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester, who, as he lay on his deathbed, asked to be buried outdoor, where he we would be trodden and rained upon. After nine years of his wishes being followed, the monks of Westchester moved his remains to a shrine inside the cathedral on July 15, 971 and there was a heavy rainstorm during that ceremony. That was the birth of the old wives’ tale that if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it will rain for the next 40 days and if the weather is clear, fine weather will ensue for 40 straight days.

St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain

St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair

For forty days ‘twill rain nae mair.

Today is a beautiful day but St. Swithin never met Brian and Ariel… just sayin’. 

Today also marks the eighty-ninth anniversary of when the first duck-billed platypus in the U.S. at New York Zoo.

And today is the 43rd anniversary of the premier of One Life to Live. I’m trying to think exactly when it was I first started watching, but it was before our beloved Erika Slezak took over the role of Victoria Lord (Riley, Burke, Buchanan, Carpenter, Davidson, Banks). I’m not sure if it was with Gillian Spencer, the actress who played the part until 1970, but it was most likely with the second “Viki”, Joanne Dorian who vacated the role in ‘71 when Erika Slezak took over and has remained ever since. However, doing some investigative work, it was sometime in 1970 because I remember the character Marcy Wade, played by Francesca James, who helped make Viki’s life a nightmare by falsely claiming “Niki Smith” Viki’s alternate personality (she suffers from multiple personalities) was again re-emerging, to help drive a wedge between her and Steve Burke so Marcy could have him all to herself. But in a scuffle between Marcy and Steve with a gun, Marcy was shot and she died. And, Steve Burke came into the picture, romancing and eventually marrying Viki, when Joe Riley, Viki’s first husband was presumed to be dead, but he was later found being taken care of  by Wanda and that nullified that Lord/Burke union… oh, I could go on.  But that was in 1970. So, therefore, I’ve been watching steadfastly since 1970.  So, happy Anniversary One Life to Live. And thanks!

God bless the children…Caylee Anthony and Leiby Kletzky.

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One Response to “There May Be Rain”

  1. Melissa Says:

    If you want a juggling lesson, all you have to do is ask! 🙂

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