Thursday, May 31, 2018

Sparrow gets threatened on today’s Diary of a Nobody. It was in front of the retailer and the threat was issued by the sort of deranged man you sometimes see in parking lots and both men come through it unscathed. Plus Sparrow buys some windshield wipers.

One of our all-time favorite quotes is featured in The Thought for the Day from two years back. It’s from Garrison Keillor, and he talks about giving your very best or submitting a lesser effort. We like the quote so much we stole it, modified a bit, for the banner of this page.

We started back with substantive work on Criminals, Courtesans and Constables yesterday. For the past couple of weeks, we had been staring at the current chapter without enthusiasm. Sure, we’d make a change here and there but it was the literary equivalent of someone pecking at a meal they didn’t like. Finally, we said screw it and started in with a blank page and BOOM!, there you go, you’re humming on all cylinders again, going from putzing around aimlessly to knowing where you are headed and exactly how you want to get there.

On This Date:
In 1927: Ford produces the last Model T. It had been produced since 1908 and was the first car that was affordable to middle-class Americans. At the end the Model T was a bargain, costing $360, about $5,100 in today’s dollars. All told, 14.6 million Model T’s were produced.

In 1927: First baseman John Neun of the Detroit Tigers completes the ninth unassisted triple play in major league history, recording the last three outs in a 1-0 victory over Cleveland. It was the first unassisted triple play in one day and the last for 43 years.

In 1975: Freddy Fender hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Before the Last Teardrop Falls, his only #1 song. It was one of 24 #1 songs in 1975 that only spent one week at the top spot.

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