Do you know what today is?
The day after Labor Day?
Well, yes. Yes, it is that.
National Skyscraper Day?
Huh. Who knew? Apparently, yes. Yes, it’s that as well.
The day Richard the Lionheart was crowned?
Yes! It seems so!
The day in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War when, during the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, the flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time?
ZOMG YES. Also? Cooch’s Bridge. Whaaaat?
(It’s also the day the Revolutionary War officially ended, 8 years later. Probably because people were still laughing about “Cooch’s Bridge” and therefore were finding it very hard to take the war seriously anymore.)
The day the first official game of polo was played?
YES! Tally-ho, you affected fancypantses!
The day in 1967 when traffic changed in Sweden from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight? (This was called “Dagen H,” per Andreas, and to remind people it was coming up, products were sold with “Dagen H” on them; one of the products? Ladies’ underpants. This made me laugh SO HARD and then Andreas and I had a long conversation about how that would not be at all sexy.) YES! It is that day! It truly is!
Is it, perhaps, the birthday of Ferdinand Porsche (if you think he invented telescopes, you’re way off-base) and a baseball player named Eddie Stanky (hee! did he live in Cooch’s Bridge?) and Whitey Bulger the mobster and Charlie “Tiger Blood!” Sheen and Shaun White?
IT IS ALL OF THOSE THINGS!
Is it also the day that my beloved E.E. Cummings died?
Sadly, yes, it is!
Is it Merchant Navy Day in the UK and Memorial Day in Tunisia and Flag Day in Australia?
YES YES YES!
What ELSE could it be, I wonder?
Oh, that’s better than them all. ALL the times better.
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HEATHER! Thank you for being my Under the Dome snarkmate and my hilarious internet friend and one of my favorite bookish people and for totally being up for making funny faces for sj’s blog posts and for being awesome and wonderful and for being YOU!
Have the best day!
Because I know you love it, here is a very special picture for you!
BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!