★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
October 14, 2014
★~ Todays’ Quote: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. e. e. cummings
★~ Bald is Beautiful Day:
I thought we would celebrate a different type of bald is beautiful –
The Peruvian Inca Orchid: The Spanish conquistadors, who are said to have found these dogs living amidst orchids in Inca homes, called them “perros flora”: flower dogs. They are also sometimes called moonflower dogs, Inca hairless dogs, and Peruvian hairless dogs. They are a recognized AKC breed and is assigned the Hound Group designation.
From the long wedge of a head to the tapering tail, the PIO, as he’s nicknamed, has an elegant outline. The hairless variety has prick ears, while the coated dogs have rose ears that bend forward or outward because they are covered in hair. Some have a spot on top of the head, known by PIO owners as “the kiss spot.”
The hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid has smooth, supple skin with a narrow patch of hair on top of the head, sort of like a mohawk. He may sometimes have a little fuzz on the forehead or sparse tufts of hair on the lower tail and feet. His skin can be solid or spotted. The coated variety has a short to medium-length single coat, so he comes in several different looks: short and smooth, long and curly, or long and straight. The texture of his hair can be coarse or soft. Dogs with a longer coat may have feathering on the ears and tail.
★~ national lower case day:
It’s time to pay homage to those tiny little letters that get us from one capital to the next — the beloved lower case alphabet
turn off that auto-correct and celebrate lower case day!
★~<Chocolate Covered Insect Day:
Today we honor those brave enough to try a bite of chocolate-covered insect. Someone has to do it. Why? I have no idea.
For this exotic snack, insects are roasted to perfection then coated in chocolate. Crickets and ants are the most popular variety, and the majority of people claim they taste like chocolate-covered popcorn.
In some countries, like China and Thailand, chocolate-covered insects are a delicacy. They sell them online if you’re not up to roasting them.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1926 – A.A. Milne book, Winnie-the-Pooh, made its debut.
♥~ 1964 – The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the youngest person to ever receive the $54,000 award. He donated the money to a civil rights group.
♥~ 1972 – Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ben’, his first solo No.1. A No.7 hit in the UK
♥~ 1979 – Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scored the first of his record 894 goals in a home game against the Vancouver Cancucks.
♥~ 1987 – A media frenzy occurred when hundreds of rescuers came to the aid of little 18-month-old Jessica McClure. At 9:30 a.m. on this day, Jessica fell 22 feet into an abandoned well in her backyard in Midland, Texas. She was brought out of the well 58 hours later and was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent minor surgery.
♥~ 1939 – Ralph Lauren (Lifshitz) fashion designer: Polo clothes, cologne, linens, etc.
♥~ 1946 – Justin Hayward guitarist, singer: group: The Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, Your Wildest Dreams; solo: Forever Autumn, LP: Songwriter, Moving Mountains, Other Side of Life, Sur la Mer
★~Doggie Bag Gallimaufry
At some point in our restaurant dining experiences, we meet our Waterloo: that sauce-soaked rack of ribs, a plate of jumbo-sized sweet-n-sour shrimp, or that 72-ounce steak dinner you tried to eat in under an hour so the house would cover the tab. Unable to finish what’s on the plate, you run the white napkin up the flagpole (or fork, or chopstick—whatever might be handy) and admit defeat. It’s time to ask for a doggie bag. But as you’re waiting for your waiter to come back with a box, do you ever stop to wonder how this commonplace dining practice started off?
Leave it to the ancient Romans to get a jump start on our modern conveniences. Dinner guests were accustomed to bringing napkins to the dinner table because between courses it was only natural to want to clean one’s mouth and hands lest one should offend fellow diners. Around the 6th century BC, they started using napkins to package foodstuffs to take home.
The modern doggie bag came about in the 1940s. With the United States engaged in World War II, food shortages were a fact of daily life on the home front—and for the sake of economy, pet owners were encouraged to feed table scraps to their pets. But thousands of Americans also dined out at restaurants where such frugal practices went by the wayside because eateries didn’t offer to wrap up food as a standard convenience. However, this changed in 1943, when a chain of San Francisco cafes began offering to wrap up left-overs in their Pet Pakits, cartons. Around the same time, Hotels in Seattle, Washington provided diners with wax paper bags bearing the label “Bones for Bowser.” Eateries across the nation followed suit and started similar practices.
Soon, people began requesting doggie bags to take home food for themselves, much to the chagrin of etiquette columnists who were quick to wag their fingers at the practice. “I do not approve of taking leftover food such as pieces of meat home from restaurants,” Emily Post’s newspaper column sniped in 1968. “Restaurants provide ‘doggy bags’ for bones to be taken to pets, and generally the bags should be restricted to that use.” Over time, these attitudes have softened and it became a standard practice to take home leftovers as people food.
These days most restaurant offer to wrap up your left-overs for you and in some cases your can also request to take home that fancy bottle of wine you bought as a perfect accompaniment to dinner but couldn’t quite finish.
Our Tuesday’s mornings start at around 6am. Vickie runs camp at home while Cole and I pick up our Day Campers and head out to Prairie Wolf dog park to play for the morning. I love the change in scenery, and sipping hot chocolate while watching our pups chase one another and find a few impromptu swimming holes.
Hope you have a terrific Tuesday, but if it falls short of your expectations feel free to rant -It is RANT Tuesday.
Odd Loves Company,