Friday, October 24, 2014

Let's talk about the weather . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: The Worst Weather

This past week, the weather was horrible everywhere. California was dry, the US was frozen, Australia was scorching.

What's the worst weather event you've ever encountered?

Living in Canada means we get all kinds of interesting weather.  Living in SW Ontario means we can experience the sub-tropical right up to arctic conditions.  The worst weather event I can remember was the ice storm in 1976.  I was in high school and when I was walking home at noon I didn't like the way the rain was freezing.  It was a really difficult walk home.  I recall phoning my mother and letting her know that we would be staying home for the afternoon.  By the middle of the afternoon the storm was settled in and life stood still for a few days.  We were very lucky to have a fireplace and gas stove and gas water heater so we did pretty well.  We all slept in the front room in front of the fire place and we had a blanket up over the front room door to keep the heat in.  Our house was full of people every day.  It seemed at times like a big ol' party . . . until you looked outside.

On January 12th I post a blog post MOOCs . . . Massive Online Open Courses . . . It is now October and I am still addicted to them.  They are so much more interesting and enjoyable than reality TV (which I do believe is an oxymoron).

January 12

National Handwriting Day 

Work Harder Day

Edmund Burke, British statesman and orator (1729)

Tex Ritter, singer and actor (1905)

Joe Frazier, boxer (1944)

1971: The long-running comedy All in the Family premieres on CBS.

1977:  Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn of the National Ballet of Canada performed with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, the first Canadian dancers to do so.

1997: HAL, the computer in Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, informs the crew that he was built on this day.

1998: Carlos Santana is the first Hispanic inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.