Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy October 24

Today is October 24 and I thought I'd share some things that happened on this date in history:

1901 - the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel is Annie Taylor.

1911 - Orville Wright stays aloft in his gilder for 9 minutes.

1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance- takes place in Detroit.

1929 - "Black Thursday" stock market crash.

1931 - The George Washington Bridge in NYC opens.

1945 - founding of the United Nations and in 1949- the cornerstone of the building was laid.

1992 - the Toronto Blue Jays- the first non-USA team to win- wins the World Series.

2003 - The Concorde makes its last flight.

2005 - Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida killing 61 and doing billions in damage.

1957 - My husband was born and shares his birthday with some holidays such as United Nations Day, Suez Day and World Polio Day.

I love October for a lot of reasons. It's finally cool and most of the time, we have less humidity. The leaves turning colors is amazing and ice cold apple cider is one of my favorite seasonal drinks. Halloween is coming and don't we all adore that time of year? Such fun to dress up and pretend you're someone else. I love this sign in my hometown. It cracks me up. 

In my writer's life, I usually try to relax a bit at the end of this month because the madness of NaNoWriMo will be gearing up soon. I read Suzanne's post on Wednesday and enjoyed that (as well as her artwork) and even though NaNo didn't work out for her, she's a prolific writer who doesn't need that nudge to keep her going like I do. I love the camaraderie of the write ins and on the website. they have a spot you can enter your daily word count and watch that grow into a nice graph. Getting my kicks watching that happen should tell you how easily I'm amused. 

Whether you're celebrating a family member's birthday, trick or treating, gearing up for NaNoWriMo or just lazing around drinking cider and watching leaves fall, I hope you're enjoying your October.


Louisa Cornell said...

Hmm. Am I the only one who sees the fact the first person over the falls in a barrel was a woman as a great idea for a romance novel? Running away from an abusive husband? Sent over by a murderous lech? Chased by Russian spies?

Carla Swafford said...

Love the irony of the signs for sure. Happy birthday to your hubby!

Jillian said...

Oooooh Louisa. Yes, yes, yes. Write that. Cool

Jillian said...

Me, too Carla. Makes me laugh every time. I'll pass on your good wishes to the spouse.

Anonymous said...

Gearing up for NaNo here too. I attempted it two (or three?) times and barely made it to 20k.
Last year was the first time I completed 50k.
Fingers itching ... ready to get started!

Jillian said...

Woo hoo for itchy fingers and winning NaNo, Trisha. I hope you rock it!