NEW Improved Monday Open Thread: August 20 is World Mosquito Day - Invite one to lunch

August 20 is the 232nd day of the year; as well as Boomtime, Bureaucracy 13, 3184 YOLD to discordians.


At least 16 artists or groups have produced albums named simply 20 or Twenty. C'mon, folks we need 4 more.

20 relates to 2 Platonic Solids, Woo Hoo! An icosahedron has 20 faces and a dodecahedron has 20 vertices.

Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift, look out kid, ...

On this day in:

1775 - The Spanish established the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in a town that eventually became Tucson, Arizona. That's August 20 Seventeen Seventy FIVE, almost a year before the Declaration of Independence, right AZ?

1858 - Charles Darwin publishesd his theory of evolution through natural selection.

1882 - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was first performed

1940 - Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded.

1991 - More than 100,000 people rallied outside the Soviet Union's parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup failed within a couple of days.



Born this day in:

1720 - Bernard de Bury, late baroque harpsichord player and composer

1881 - Edgar Guest, poet

1890 - H. P. Lovecraft, author

1905 - Jack Teagarden, singer, songwriter and trombonist

1918 - Jacqueline Susann, actor and author

1926 - Frank Rosolino, jazz trombonist

1934 - Sneaky Pete Kleinow, country-rock pedal-steel guitarist and songwriter

1942 - Isaac Hayes, singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor

1947 - James Pankow, trombone player, songwriter, and singer

1948 - Robert Plant, singer and songwriter

1949 - Phil Lynott, singer, songwriter, bass player, and producer

1952 - Doug Fieger, singer, songwriter and guitarist

1952 - John Hiatt, singer, songwriter and guitarist

1953 - Leroy Burgess, singer, songwriter, keyboard player


Died this day in:

2009 - Larry Knechtel, keyboardist and bass player, Wrecking Crew

2013 - Elmore Leonard, author

2013 - Marian McPartland, pianist and composer


Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
Saint Stephen's Day (Hungary)
World Mosquito Day






Jack Teagarden

Frank Rosolino

Sneaky Pete Kleinow

Isaac Hayes

James Pankow

Robert Plant

Phil Lynott

Doug Fieger

John Hiatt

Larry Knechtel

Marian McPartland





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Raggedy Ann's picture

Late August - summer is winding down. I regularly have mosquitos over for lunch, so nice to hear they have a whole day dedicated to them. Wink

Have a beautiful day, folks! Pleasantry

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enhydra lutris's picture

@Raggedy Ann G
yourself. On a tablet in Healdsburg, where it is hot and smokey/hazy, not too many miles south of eyo, but heading home today after greakfast. No mosquitos, however.

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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 --

@enhydra lutris I hope you enjoyed your stay, albeit short. Where were you? I used to drop off my rent check in downtown Healdsburg, landlord not too far. The newer lord lives in SF so I use the post office to get the check down there. THANKS

I coulda hopped the bus south, it's north I can't go without an overnight stay. Not even fifteen miles to Hopland. wah no legal bike lanes

Did you notice how many electric charging stations we have in wine country? lol (wink) Hopefully, you stopped by Redwood Herbal Alliance on your way back home, they are really nice people there.

peace bubble

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Here is the founding document:

I, Hugo Oconor, knight of the order of Calatrava, colonel of infantry in His Majesty’s armies and Commandant Inspector of the frontier posts of New Spain, Certify: that having conducted the exploration prescribed in Article Three of the New Royal Regulation of Presidios issued by His Majesty on the Tenth of September of 1772 for the moving of the Company of San Ignacio de Tubac in the Province of Sonora, I selected and marked out in the presence of Father Francisco Garces and Lieutenant Juan de Carmona a place known as San Augustin del Tucson as the new site of the Presidio. It is situated at a distance of eighteen leagues from Tubac, fulfills the requirements of water, pasture, and wood, and effectively closes the Apache Frontier. The designation of the new presidio becomes official with the signatures of myself, Father Francisco Garces, and Lieutenant Juan Carmona, at this Mission of San Xavier del Bac, on this Twentieth Day of August of the Year 1775.

The Presidio, or army base, was moved north from Tubac to protect the local inhabitants from Apache raiding. The Tohono O'odham, being an agricultural people, made good Spanish subjects. Many consented to baptism in the Catholic Church taking Spanish surnames and, presumably, offering their sons for Catholic rituals. Most of the soldiers in the Spanish army were Native American. Col. O'Conor was a bit optimistic about closing the Apache frontier. That would take another 100 years.

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enhydra lutris's picture

I forgot my headphones, so the music will have to wait til we get home this afternoon. We're up along the Russian River, but inland enough that the major influence was still Espana/Mexico. We'll grab some breakfast in about 15 minutes and then try to find a way home that isn't a nightmare. Coming up saturday morning was brutal, stop and go from the Richmnd/San Rafael Brigde up to beyond Santa Rosa.

Have a great day

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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 --