Posts Tagged ‘history’


What am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

October 22, 2019

uss-constitution5I am celebrating the launching of the USS Constitution on October 21, 1979. (So yesterday was the launch 222 years ago, but I am posting it today.)

The ship was built in Edmund Hartt’s shipyard in Boston for a cost of $302,718.

On October 17, the ship was underway for her last trip around Boston Harbor until 2108.  U.S.S. Constitution will be open for limited viewing until entering dry dock in March, 2015 for a three-year long restoration project that is estimated to cost between $12 and $15 million.

During the restoration, workers are expected to re-copper the ship’s hull, replace worn riggings, change out old planks on the gun and berth decks and make general repairs to the stern, bow and captain’s cabin. The ship is expected to be back in the water by 2017. By spring or summer 2018 it should return to its familiar spot on Pier 1 at the Navy Yard. Ref. Fox News.

U.S.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship afloat.

Constitution ’​s stated mission today is to promote understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace through educational outreach, historic demonstration, and active participation in public events. As a fully commissioned US Navy ship, her crew of 60 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs, and special events while keeping the ship open to visitors year round and providing free tours. The officers and crew are all active-duty US Navy personnel and the assignment is considered special duty in the Navy. Traditionally, command of the vessel is assigned to a Navy Commander. Constitution is berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard, at one end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Ref. Wikipedia



And some tattoos:


Kudos for the full Boston –



What am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

September 17, 2019

Today is Constitution Day

This is the day that in 1787, the Constitution of the United States of America was approved.  Representatives from 12 state delegations approved the document and it was signed by 39 of the 42 delegates present.  The Constitution then went on to be ratified by the various states.  In 1788 ratification by New Hampshire (the 9th state to ratify) made the Constitution the law of the land.

For more information about the Constitution including some interesting quizzes to test your knowledge, click here.


What am I noting today?

August 1, 2019

Today marks the opening of Glasgow’s Central Railway Station in 1879.  At 140 years of  age, it is an iron and stone beauty – filled with trains, passengers, shops, restaurants, and so forth.  There is also a hotel where I stayed on my first trip to Scotland.  My room overlooked the great glass expanse covering the arrivals and departures gates. There were also no shades on the bathroom windows . . . hmmm.

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Read more about it in this story in the Scotsman.

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Where have we traveled?

July 20, 2019



What am I noting today?

May 22, 2019

Read the President’s proclamation here.


What am I noting today?

May 15, 2019

Today marks the 50th anniversary of SpaghettiOs – introduced in 1969.  Reportedly there are over 1,750 “O”s in a 15 ounce can of SpaghettiOs.

In addition to the original flavor, they now come in Star Wars shapes, Spiderman shapes, Disney Little Princess shapes, and Super Mario Brothers shapes.  They also come with sliced franks or with meatballs, and in an organic version.

There are recipes, such as for a SpaghettiO-ring:

And, in addition to getting SpaghettiO’s on your shirt, you can also wear SpaghettiO’s on your shirt:





What am I noting today?

April 29, 2019

Today in 1913, the modern zipper was patented as the “hookless fastener,” although in 1851, Elias Howe invented something similar to a zipper that he called the “automatic continuous clothing closer.”

Modern zippers have taken off in design, materials and as fashion statements.  And, of course, without a zipper our jeans would just not be the same.



What is going on today?

April 6, 2019

April 6 is Tartan Day – commemorating the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 – a declaration of Scottish independence.  Wear your kilt.


What am I defending?

March 18, 2019

See the emperor’s archers defending the realm -Anne Bonney is in there somewhere.

Thanks, Marla, for the memory.


Where am I traveling?

March 12, 2019

I am a railroad fan.  I think this is wonderful.

More here

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