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Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"?
Are you a good driver? How are you at parallel parking?
Did you ever have to sneak into your own home?
Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? What did you do?

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On This Day

In 1496, Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested his flying machine.

In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X.

In 1861, Delaware voted not to secede from the Union.

In 1870, construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge.

In 1938, the March of Dimes was established by FDR.

In 1947, Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time.

In 1959, Alaska was admitted as the 49th state.

In 1961, the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.

In 1977, Apple Computer was incorporated.

In 1999 – Israel detained, and later expelled, 14 members of Concerned Christians, whose goal was to destroy the ancient Al-Aqsa Mosque, believing its destruction was necessary to bring about the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Born on This Day

1591 - (baptized) Valentin de Boulogne , French painter, active in Italy (d. 1632)

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1879 – Grace Coolidge, First Lady of the United States (d. 1957)

1880 – Francis Browne, Irish photographer who boarded the Titanic at Southampton but got off in Queenstown, Ireland before the ship continued to its date with the iceberg. His photographs taken on his journey have become very famous. (d. 1960)

1886 – Josephine Hull, American actress (d. 1957) (Harvey, Arsenic and Old Lace)

1887 – August Macke, German painter (d. 1914)

1892 – J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (d. 1973)

1894 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress (d. 1963)

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1897 - Pola Negri, Polish silent film star (d. 1987) See Tipple Jar

1897 – Marion Davies, American actress and longtime mistress of WIlliam Randolph Hearst (d. 1961)

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1905 – Anna May Wong, American actress (d. 1961)

1907 – Ray Milland, British actor (d. 1986)

1915 - Jack Levine, US social realist painter (d. 2010)

1916 – Betty Furness, American actress and consumer rights advocate. (d. 1994)

1919 - Frank Duveneck, painter (b. 1848)

1919 – Herbie Nichols, jazz composer and pianist (d. 1963)

1929 – Sergio Leone, Italian director (d. 1989)

1932 – Dabney Coleman, American actor

1941 – Van Dyke Parks, American musician

1945 – Stephen Stills, American musician (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Manassas)

1954 – Ned Lamont, American businessman and political figure

1954 – Ross the Boss, American guitarist (The Dictators and Manowar)

1955 – Palmolive, British musician (The Slits, The Raincoats)

1956 – Mel Gibson, anti-Semitic and misogynist American-Australian actor/ director

1981 – Eli Manning, American football player

Died on This Day

1557 - Giacomo Raibolini Francia, Italian painter (b. 1486)

1705 - Luca Giordano, Italian painter (b. 1634)

1795 – Josiah Wedgwood, British potter (b. 1730)

1809 - Henri-Pierre Danloux, French portrait painter (b. 1753)

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1843 - Thomas Christopher Hofland, British landscape painter (b. 1777)

1905 - Anton Braith, German painter (b. 1836)

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1915 - William Strutt, English painter and illustrator (b. 1825)

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1945 – Edgar Cayce, American psychic (b. 1877)

1956 - Arturo Tosi, Italian painter  (b. 1871)

1958 - Frederick William Elwell, British painter (b. 1870)

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1967 – Mary Garden, British opera singer (b. 1874)

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1967 – Jack Ruby, American killer of Lee Harvey Oswald (b. 1911)

1991 - Doris Zinkeisen, Scottish painter of society portraits, stage productions, designer of stage sets and costumes, and painter of the aftermath of World War 2. (b. 1898)

2002 – Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)

2010 – Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)

Today is

Festival of Sleep Day (I suspect this is a cat holiday)
Humiliation Day (hopefully not your own)
Memento Mori "Remember You Die" Day
National Drinking Straw Day
Fruitcake Toss Day
Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

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    •  William Strutt's painting above ... (4+ / 0-)

      ... was used as the inner sleeve of Mott the Hoople's album Mad Shadows, only in black & white.

      This album was VERY obscure, even when it was new, but I bought them all -- glad they had their moment(s) of popularity.

      Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do ... Michael Moore

      by MT Spaces on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:26:30 PM PST

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      •  Did Mad Shadows (2+ / 0-)
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        MT Spaces, sherman54

        ever get released with a different sleeve? I swear I owned it once, but not the sleeve pictured above.

        Repetition is the death of magic. - Bill Watterson

        by Floja Roja on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 06:03:07 PM PST

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        •  Don't know, can't say ... (1+ / 0-)
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          sherman54

          ... but after their first album, with the Escher cover, their album artwork was really uneven, even after CBS signed them for All The Young Dudes.

          The four Atlantic albums were out of print for a long time -- although there were some fine songs on each one.

          I notice that YouTube has these quirky things in parts and wholes -- note these are not to everybody's taste, but I like 'em for their eccentricity:

          Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)

          Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do ... Michael Moore

          by MT Spaces on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 06:48:30 PM PST

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  •  Happy Friday! (19+ / 0-)

    I have not yet written "2013" in "2014," but it's still early.
    Not a good driver (an inexperienced one) and I never had tried to park a damned car.

    When I was a teen I did a fair bit of sneaking in and sneaking out.

    I locked myself out so many times! Now there is a neighbor with a key and the landlord close by with a key, so last time I did it I was rescued quickly. Before that, if I couldn't find an open window, I'd have to go somewhere and kill time until someone could let me in. It would rather suck to live remotely and not have anyone (except a locksmith) to help.  

    Repetition is the death of magic. - Bill Watterson

    by Floja Roja on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 06:05:18 AM PST

  •  Today's answers: (12+ / 0-)

    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"? "Still"?  Give us a break, woman - it's only January 3rd!

    Are you a good driver? Reasonably  How are you at parallel parking? I was taught how to do it perfectly - I avoid it whenever possible

    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home? No

    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? I honestly don't remember  What did you do? I don't have an answer to this one

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 06:23:31 AM PST

  •  -13F on our drive in this morning. (13+ / 0-)

    Of course, that's around what the HIGH temperature is supposed to be Monday; you'd think it was winter or something!  

    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"?  Haven't yet, but you've probably jinxed me now.
    Are you a good driver?  My lovely wife acts like I am a reckless maniac, but does not care enough to offer to do any of the driving herself. How are you at parallel parking?  I used to be very good, but I haven't had any really challenging ones over the past several years.
    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home?  Not since my teenage years.
    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in?  Yes. What did you do?  Wait.

    Baby, it's cold outside!
    Shiner Addie Chair I photo Scandinavia2012075.jpg

  •  What year is it anyway? (13+ / 0-)

    Unbelievably, I have written the 'date' yet...still hibernating and maybe in denial because I haven't finished my 'list of things to do' before the end of the year.  I have asked for an extension.

    I am an excellent driver when I'm alone.  When I have other people in the car I tend to get a wee bit distracted.  Surprising, as I am a great multi-tasker.  My biggest problem regarding driving is that I have absolutely ZERO sense of direction..get lost all the time which makes me very anxious.  SO...can you give me a ride?

    Having lived in NYC for so many years I have become an excellent parallel parker.

    "Sneaking in" was de rigueur when I was home from school in college, but not since then.  Never had to sneak out though!

    Once we had returned from a vacation in Disney World, my daughter was about 9 or 10.  From palm trees to about a foot of snow, single digit temperature, at about 10pm.  We were locked out.  Can't remember why...keys left in FL, I suppose.  So we had to break in;  breaking enough glass (pretty much the entire window as well as the latch and crank) to allow the smallest one amongst us through the opening (CAREFULLY) to unlock the door.  Nothing like running up a big tab after hemorrhaging money for 4 days...but my shy timid daughter felt like such a hero, it was all for the best!

    'ite, omnia incendite et inflammte'

    by sherman54 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 06:24:46 AM PST

  •  Not breaking and still entering (9+ / 0-)

    As long as I begin by writing 20—,  I have been perfect so far in writing 2014. A chronic habit that I still haven't broken is occasionally starting with 19—.

    I am a very good, safe, efficient, courteous driver. I obey the rules of the road except for speeding when judiciously acceptable. And I am the best parallel parking expert alive. I learned very early and have taught many young drivers. There is no excuse for poor driving skills. It demands simple concentration. (I do not own a car.)

    I have lived in many homes at every age and have snuck into all of them. Now, I do have a hidden key outside, but I have still needed to jimmy a window once in a while. My family lived in a large home in Pennsylvania for two years, and when my parents and the realtors were showing the house to the next prospective buyers, we would take their kids through the garage and attic, and show them the ceiling fan that lifted out for easy, quiet re-entry. (Of course I have showed my daughter all the tricks of getting back in here without breaking a window, calling a locksmith, or waiting for someone else to come home.)

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 07:03:08 AM PST

    •  Courtesy! Yes! (5+ / 0-)

      I want a huge blinking sign that says "THE LEFT LANE IS FOR PASSING ONLY."  

      I'm a very courteous driver, except when someone is dragging their ass in the left lane.  (I'm courteous, but I do speed.)  Then I'm the most obnoxious person ever: riding their tail, flashing my brights -- every nightmare you've ever encountered on the road.

      Otherwise I let cars cut in, or turn and make friendly eye contact with the lane I need to cut into... I even brake for pedestrians.  And raccoons.  Possum.  Squirrels.  Birds.  

      Sometimes I brake for dead leaves.

      One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. -Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

      by Yasuragi on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 08:44:05 AM PST

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  •  Well that blizzard split and hit north and south (9+ / 0-)

    of us. Long Island got a foot and Mass got two, we got about six inches, but the wind moved it all around. Bare patches and four foot drifts, right up against the doors. Spent an hour in the skid steer and was so frozen that I could barely crawl out of the machine. Did I mention that I hate winter?
    Oh, and, tip for people who are dealing with this white crap that fell out last night: Don't crowd the plows. You can't tell when they are going to stop, back up or veer sharply. And the operators can't always see you. If you are out there behind a plow, you must expect to take your time, don't be a dick and try to pass them!
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    Haven't had to write the date... in months, now that you mention it.
    Yes. I can even parallel park a truck and trailer!
    Um, no. Sneak is not one of my modes.
    Got no locks on the doors out here in the boonies. In LA, I made damm sure I had my keys attached to me somehow at all times because I made my apartment VERY secure.
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    I don't know if Frederick William Elwell was a military painter but that tent full of horses asses was typical of the way cavalries set up in camp. That's a feed line, all the horses tied to a rope and fitted with feed bags (at the end you can't see in the painting, of course) And it must have been in a hot climate because otherwise, a feed line didn't have a tent over it.
    And they must have just tied up, no piles of manure behind them.
    Ps. I hate winter.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 07:10:48 AM PST

  •  TGIF Bomb, Effers! (12+ / 0-)

    It's cold here. Currently 2°. It's supposed to get down to 17 below on Sunday night. HIGH on Monday is supposed to be -11°.  Brrrr.

    Well, on to the questions.

    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"? I have not written the date except in a couple of comments on DK. I usually do pretty well for the first several weeks. I'm conscious of it. I usually screw it up in February and March.

    Are you a good driver? I'm OK. How are you at parallel parking? I am truly excellent at parallel parking.

    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home? No.

    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? Yes, once I went on a business trip to Detroit for the week. I didn't take my car so I didn't take my keys. Mrs. Dragon picked me up at the airport on Friday and took me home. But she had left her house keys at home, and since I didn't have mine, we were locked out. What did you do? I busted down the door from the garage to the den. I repaired it later.

    Oh, and the other question you asked:

    What behooves an artist to want to paint cows? Because existence was udderly dull without the internet.

    Thanks to anyone who stopped by TC last night. I enjoyed it. I'll do New Day on Sunday morning as usual. I hope you can join me.

    Have a great weekend, Effers, and keep warm!

    Thanks for a fun week of Bombs, FR. I guess I'll be back to late afternoon reading next week. Sigh.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

    by Dragon5616 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 07:11:12 AM PST

  •  He didnt paint cows. (10+ / 0-)

    He painted a squirrel, and gave it a naturalistic embedding.

  •  I am an excellent driver. (10+ / 0-)

    It's not my fault that trees, signs and other motorists keep attacking my car.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 07:27:21 AM PST

  •  Semper Fail (6+ / 0-)

    I don't know about you, but I was at least mildly shocked to read this.  The Marine Corps is trying to expand opportunities for female recruits to engage in actual combat duties.  In order to qualify for combat duties, however, all recruits must pass a fitness test.

    Over half of women failed the test, with some 55% unable to do even 3 pull ups.  The Corps, seeing the bad PR writing on the wall, has temporarily suspended the fitness tests while they regroup to figure out how to massage the situation.

    http://www.philly.com/...

    L'enfer, c'est les autres....Jean-Paul Sartre

    by Keith930 on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 08:17:55 AM PST

  •  Zazu Pitts! I loved her. :) (8+ / 0-)

    answers:

    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"?
    Are you a good driver? How are you at parallel parking?
    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home?
    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? What did you do?
    1.  Nope.  I don't know when it happened, but I never make mistakes with the year any more.  And when if I do, it's usually starting it with Nineteen hundred and...
    2.  As you know, I tend to drift right.  ;)  (You'd think it would be left, no?)  But other than when I was 19 and an asshole driving 70mph on NYC streets slammed into me, I've never had an accident -- with one exception: I tapped a truck at a stop sign, going 3mph... (My cat was at the vet off-island, and I was visiting him every day.  I was exhausted.)  Naturally I stepped on the brakes.  But when I released them, the truck was so much higher than I was that it sat down on my car.  Much car-nage.  Took four of us to get the truck off my hood.   Was never more grateful for insurance.  They covered everything.
    3.  Was taught brilliant technique for parallel parking that hasn't failed me yet -- except on those days I drift right.  ;p
    4.  I don't think so.  I always leave keys with someone in the neighborhood.  Also, there's no reason to lock my door out here.  Or my car.  (I know.  It's very bizarre.)  Sneaking in?  Lots of times when I was a teenager.  (My parents would have let me screw the entire football team in the house... if my HS had had a football team... but staying out after curfew?  OMG.)  But our apartment had creaky wood floors, so... not too successful.  Down the long front hall... through the living room... down the long back hall to my room... that's a lot of creaking.  You'd have to have been dead to not hear it.

    One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. -Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

    by Yasuragi on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 08:26:44 AM PST

  •  Cold, cold, cold... (8+ / 0-)
    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"?

    Are you a good driver? How are you at parallel parking?

    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home?

    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? What did you do?

    Time will tell.  Usually, what happens is that I'm really careful the first couple of days, and start slipping up a little later.

    I'm an OK driver.  I've got a clean record, anyhow.  I haven't had occasion to parallel park much recently, but I used to be known as a guy who could fit a big car into an amazingly small space.

    No.

    No.

  •  Haha (6+ / 0-)

    to the $149 bag of Doritos!

    I'm a decent driver. I parallel park so rarely that it's like learning all over again, and I'm not good at it at all. I try to avoid it, and that's very easy to do in suburbia.

    Got locked out of my house once. A neighbor helped me remove a screen and I climbed in. Many years ago, got locked out of my apt. in NYC. I had the key, but something had gone wrong with the lock.This was pre-cellphone days. The gentlemen at the end of the hall kindly let me use their phone to call a locksmith and offered me coffee and cleaning tips while we waited. I gave them some cookies later as a thank-you. The locksmith arrived, accompanied by a policeman. I guess he was there to make sure I was really the occupant. I wonder if that still happens.

    6 degrees when I got up this morning. Windy and cold, but not as much snow as predicted, hurray. And it's soft snow, not heavy and icy.

  •  answers (5+ / 0-)

    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"? No.

    Are you a good driver? How are you at parallel parking? Very good driver, a bazillion miles and almost zero accidents. I parallel park ok, but rarely do it and am ergo out of practice a bit.

    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home? Not that I recall.

    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? What did you do? Yes, but we have a neighbor who cat sits who has a set of keys, ergo no problemo.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 09:37:30 AM PST

  •  I remember Zasu Pitts fondly (5+ / 0-)

    From the Gale Storm Show.

    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"?  I haven't yet had occasion to write the date.  I don't expect to have any trouble until the last day of the month, when I shall dutifully write "1953," in honor of my birthday.
    Are you a good driver? Better than Average.  I avoid the freeways now, because I cannot turn my head to check prior to a lane change because of the plate in my neck.  How are you at parallel parking?  I avoid it whenever possible because of the difficulty turning my head.
    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home?  No.  
    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? It's not that there wasn't anyone around; it's that one of the neighborhood kids vandalized my lock by breaking off the end of a wire hanger in the keyhole.  What did you do?  Recruited my daughter's best friend's brother (they lived just across the parking lot from us) to climb up on the balcony, go in through the sliding door, and open the door from the inside (we lived in an upstairs condo at the time.)

    A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

    by PSzymeczek on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 09:44:31 AM PST

  •  Hola bomberos (5+ / 0-)

    just passing through again while having a bagel at Panera. Unfortunately, I gain weight when I'm posting from here.

    I have vague memories of parallel parking--haven't even attempted it in a lot of years.

  •  I will still be writing 2013 in March. n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:29:04 AM PST

  •  Good afternoon (5+ / 0-)

    Are you still accidentally writing "2013" instead of "2014"?

    I haven't had a reason to write it at all yet.

    Are you a good driver? How are you at parallel parking?

    I'm a pretty good driver.  I was very good at parallel parking at one time but I have lived for a long time in places where it is a skill that is infrequently used.  I am still OK but not as good as I once was.

    Did you ever have to sneak into your own home?

    Not that I can recall.

    Have you ever been locked out of your home when nobody is around to let you in? What did you do?

    At least once when I lived in a garage apartment.  It was shockingly easy to get in.  When I was a teenager my sister locked me out of the house and I crawled in through the milk box.  

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 12:15:57 PM PST

    •  The milk box? (2+ / 0-)
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      Is that like the ice boxes in old houses that the ice man would deliver to? Opens on the inside and the outside?

      Repetition is the death of magic. - Bill Watterson

      by Floja Roja on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 05:59:41 PM PST

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      •  Yes although these would have been (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Floja Roja

        too small to deliver a useful amount of ice.  I've never seen or heard of an ice box until now.

        We had milk delivery until about the mid-60s (I can barely remember it as a small child).  We would put the old milk bottles in the box and the milk man would pick them up and replace them with full bottles.

        At the time I crawled through it the milk box would have been functionless for at least a decade.

        "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

        by matching mole on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 05:04:01 AM PST

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  •  Pretty good with (3+ / 0-)
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    Says Who, Floja Roja, sherman54

    parallel parking; I get lots of practice going to S F Kossack events in San Francisco.
    I keep an extra key stashed in a sekrit place.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:11:17 PM PST

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