70 Years Ago—Dec. 7, 1939: In Soviet-Finnish war, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark declare neutrality.
65 Years Ago—Dec. 5, 1944: U.S. launches final offensive on Leyte in the Philippines, driving into the Ormoc Valley.
70 Years Ago—Dec. 4, 1939: Movie premiere of Marx Brothers at the Circus.
65 Years Ago—Dec. 4, 1944: Civil war breaks out in recently liberated Greece between Communists and Royalists; British intervene.
70 Years Ago—Dec. 3, 1939: RAF bombs Heligoland Bight in Germany, no damage done.
65 Years Ago—Dec. 3, 1944: British Home Guard is officially stood down.
I did it. I killed a Cutie. Not premeditated, but murder nonetheless.
Today I drove a carpool for my son’s high school choir as they performed at elementary schools and assisted living facilities. Since it was supposed to be an all-day event, I packed a lunch – a sandwich, diet cola – and a Cutie orange. Little did the Cutie know, but it was doomed.
I spent the day listening to the kids delight young and old with a cappella Christmas carols. Well, they delighted everyone except one sweet elderly gentleman with hearing aid issues. He kept yelling, “I can’t hear you!”
Speaking of volume, he should have been in my car with five musical teen girls and one slightly befuddled teen boy. Four of the girls were sopranos. Are you getting the picture?
All of this to set the stage for murder most foul.
After dropping the kids off at the high school, I drove home and unloaded the back of my Highlander. My lunchbag had spilled, so I picked up the contents. All but our unsuspecting victim.
I closed the garage door only to see the Cutie, which had rolled out of the back of my car, directly in the path of the door. Did I push the button again to stay the execution? Did I rush to rescue the poor citrus? No, I did not. In morbid fascination, I watched the door descend like a guillotine. Would the fruit trigger the stop mechanism? Would the rubber gasket bend around it?
Nope. Orange guts all over my driveway.
So lock me up. Call People for the Ethical Treatment of Citrus. Post incriminating comments on my blog.
Stop me before I murder again.
70 Years Ago—Dec. 2, 1939: 1940 Olympic Winter Games to be held in Finland are cancelled.
65 Years Ago—Dec. 2, 1944: U.S. Third Army takes Saarlautern, Germany. New song in Top Ten—“Don’t Fence Me In.”
65 Years Ago—Dec. 1, 1944: Germans evacuate most of Crete.
70 Years Ago—Nov. 30, 1939: Soviet Army invades Finland.
65 Years Ago—Nov. 30, 1944: As Japanese advance in southern China, Chiang Kai-shek removes two army divisions from Burma to protect Kunming.
65 Years Ago—November 29, 1944: Submarine USS Archerfish sinks Japanese carrier Shinano on its maiden voyage.
65 Years Ago—November 28, 1944: Allies open port of Antwerp, Belgium as first convoy arrives.