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December 6, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: It always seems impossible until its done. ~ Nelson Mandela
★~ Saint Nicholas Day:
St. Nickolas and his silent servant Rupert visit our house every year. Click here for our story. Click here for the whole St. Nick story. Click here for the Elf On The Shelf to our Christmas Traditions.
★~ Put On Your Own Shoes Day:
After you leave your shoes out for St. Nick, why not put them on yourself, and let your personal shoe putter-oner have the day off! Today’s the day to convince the general public that you’re one of them. To help with this, you may want to wear a small tiara and take a Town Car instead of the limo.
★~ Gazpacho Day:
The coldest soup with the coolest name to say, gazpacho has its roots in ancient Moorish kitchens and has remained popular over the years among European field hands as a refreshing lunch after working in the hot sun. This tomato-based dish has dozens of variations, but perhaps one of the best known is the gazpacho bloody Mary. Add a celery stick and you’ve got a whole salad in a glass! Gazpacho Recipe
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1883 – Ladies’ Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper was published for the first time. It became one of the few magazines to reach a circulation of over one million. Paid circulation is over 3,000,000.
♥~ 1969 – The Rolling Stones staged a rock concert at the Altamount Speedway in Livermore, CA for some 300,000 fans. The Stones hired the Hell’s Angels for security. Fans were beaten and one person, Meredith Hunter, was stamped and stabbed to death by a Hell’s Angel during the show. (The 1970 documentary filmGimme Shelter told the story.)
♥~ 1975 – Paul Simon’s album, Still Crazy After All These Years, was number one in the U.S. It was Simon’s first #1 solo album and it contained his first recording with Art Garfunkel since their 1969 breakup (My Little Town, which was also included on Garfunkel’s Breakaway album).
♥~ 1998 – Astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour completed the most difficult task of their 12-day mission, mating modules from Russia and the United States to create the first two building blocks of International Space Station. “We have capture of Zarya,” Commander Robert Cabana announced when the two pieces came together at approximately 9:07 p.m. EST. “Congratulations to the crew of the good ship Endeavour,” replied Mission Control. “That’s terrific.”
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1953 – Tom Hulce actor: The Heidi Chronicles, Fearless, The Inner Circle, Parenthood, Dominick & Eugene, Amadeus, National Lampoon’s Animal House
♥~ 1956 – Peter Buck musician: guitar: group: R.E.M.: Stand, So Central Rain, Seven Chinese Brothers, Radio Free Europe
♥~ 1962 – Janine Turner (Gauntt) actress: Northern Exposure, Behind the Screen, Cliffhanger, Steel Magnolias, Monkey Shines, Knights of the City
♥~ 1967- Judd Apatow, director: Knocked up. The 40 Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids
★~ Good to Know: KICKSTARTER
Love this pillow!
If you don’t browse Kickstarter from time to time, you must! Over the past year we have bought a number of cool products and have never been disappointed.
(Edited from the Kickstarter web site)
♥~ Kickstarter funds creative projects: Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Cole backed a Fountain Pen
♥~ Since their launch in 2008 , 5.3 million people have pledged $906 million, funding 52,000 creative projects.
♥~ Each project is independently created: The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects.
♥~ Together, creators and backers make projects happen. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.
♥~ Creators keep 100% ownership of their work. Backers are supporting projects to help them come to life, not to profit financially. Instead, project creators offer rewards to thank backers for their support. Backers of an effort to make a book or film, for example, often get a copy of the finished work. A bigger pledge to a film project might get you into the premiere — or a private screening for you and your friends.
♥~ Creative works were funded this way for centuries. Mozart, Beethoven, Whitman, Twain, and other artists funded works in similar ways — not just with help from large patrons, but by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers. In return for their support, these subscribers might have received an early copy or special edition of the work. Kickstarter is an extension of this model, turbocharged by the web.
♥~ Kickstarts mission is to help bring creative projects to life. They are an independent, 70-person company, based in New York City’s Lower East Side. A few of the things they do: Review projects, help buyer and sellers, and find new projects. If a project is successfully funded, they collect a 5% fee to the funds collected.
A Few Projects we have backed
Cole backed a Fountain Pen (KickStarter is a great way for a kid to see innovation, production, and completion in process)
Grow Food. Local and for our Community.
Teen feels a little better but is still down and out, I’m holding strong! And Rascal is making the most of having someone to cuddle with all day. Hopefully, Cole will perk up after St. Nicholas arrives!
It’s cold in Chicago but nary a snow flake in sight. Dumb city. Everyone loves snow in December (well, maybe not our friend and camp helper Vickie, but she loves it more in December than January–if she loves it all. Which is doubtful).
Wishing everyone a happy TGIF Day!
Odd Loves Company!