Wednesday, March 7, 2012

An Interesting Day

As I pondered what content should grace these pages, metaphorically speaking, I arrived at something of an impasse. I have several projects and ideas which are blog worthy; but none sufficiently complete for me to want to display them at this juncture. And I didn't have a single really bloggable random thought to pursue. This situation is due in no small part to the fact that I have done effectively nothing today.

Last week was a nightmare of double shifts; as well meaning managers at both jobs loaded me with hours to replace those lost to my recent trip to Colorado. The resulting work schedule had me working over 85 hours in a five day period; which after accounting for travel and prep time left me with approximately 3.5 hours of sleep a day; most of it in less than 1 hour increments. So this being my first full day off since that excitement I decided to simply relax and do as close to nothing as I could manage.

Which has been great for me but not so great for my inspiration. Inactivity is a lousy muse. However my lack of accomplishment lead me to wonder what other people have accomplished on the 7th of March. And the answer is quite impressive. What follows are some of March 7ths' most memorable moments throughout history and my thoughts on those events.

1530 - King Henry VIII's divorce request is denied by the Pope Henry then declares that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England's church.
So much for the separation of Church and State. And in all seriousness why did women keep marrying that guy?

1774 - British close port of Boston to all commerce.
Party poopers.

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone.
That was a good call.

1908 - Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith stood before city council & announces that, "women are not physically fit to operate automobiles"
This must be the oldest running joke about women.

1912 - Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole.
Santa isn't there so nobody cares.

1933 - Game of "Monopoly" invented.
An accurate indicator of how much time it takes to play.

1962 - Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio.
The British empire's final invasion.

1968 - The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
The news never has done well with issues that are black and white.

1987 - Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs.
I have no idea what this means but it sounds impressive.

1994 - 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top wins.
And that was the best joke of the year.

1996 - 1st surface photos of Pluto (photographed by Hubble Space Telescope)
Hey; I know that guy. He was a planet once... Right?

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