★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
May 26, 2011
★~ Today’s Quote: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway” John Wayne quote
★~ Sally Ride Day:
We are celebrating the first woman in space. Dr. Ride’s first career choice was to become a professional tennis player. She soon discovered that even with hard work, she was not going to make the cut as a professional, and returned to her education, enrolling at Stanford University. In 1977, as a 27-year-old, she held Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in physics, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English, and was a Ph.D. candidate looking for postdoctoral work in astrophysics. Picking up the Stanford University newspaper, she read about NASA’s search for astronauts & decided to apply. Over 8000 people applied. Thirty-five were accepted, including 6 women, one of whom was Sally Ride.
Speaking of flying into outer space…
★~ Happy Paper Airplane Day!
Paper Airplane Day celebrations typically involve social gatherings where participants create and fly paper airplanes. The events often feature contests in two basic flight categories: distance and time in air.
The appropriate dessert for your paper airplane celebration? I’m so happy you asked….
★~ Blueberry Cheesecake Day:
The dessert of athletic Gods! It is believed that cheesecake originated in ancient Greece, where it was served to athletes during the Olympic Games of 776 B.C. If cheesecake is topped with blueberries, you get a dessert that is healthy for you, as everyone knows blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and those are good for you (whatever they are). So if you think about it, blueberry cheesecake might even be the world’s healthiest dessert! Have two pieces!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1959- The word “Frisbee” became a registered trademark of the Wham-O company. The name had come from New Haven, Connecticut’s, Frisbie Pie Company, whose drivers played catch with tin plates. Yale students reportedly yelled, “Frisbie!” to warn the catchers the tin was sailing in their direction. Historians can’t agree on whether the original tossed tins held pies or Frisbie sugar cookies.
♥~ 1977 – The man called The Human Fly, George Willig, did the impossible. He scaled the World Trade Center in New York City, by fixing himself up to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top! It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and $1.10 in fines – a penny per floor.
♥~1982- Having a great year, the first-place Atlanta Braves decided to make room for more fans by kicking team mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa out of his teepee and building more seats. The Braves lost 19 of their next 21 games and decided to bring Chief Noc-A-Homa back. They got hot again and won their division.
♥~ 1986- Newsweek magazine reported that a single, 40-year-old, college-educated woman was more likely to be killed by terrorists than to get married.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1907 – John Wayne (Marion Morrison) Academy Award-winning actor: The Duke’s first major role was in Stagecoach where he played the part of the Ringo Kid. It was while he was working on this film that John Wayne began his long-term association with director John Ford. The two worked so well together that Wayne was cast in Ford’s top pictures, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, They Were Expendable, and The Quiet Man. John ‘Duke’ Wayne once gave some advice to would-be actors: “Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.”
♥ ~ 1923 – James Arness (Aurness) actor: Gunsmoke, How the West was Won, Hondo, The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory; Minneapolis, MN radio newscaster; brother of Peter Graves
♥~ 1948 – Stevie (Stephanie) Nicks songwriter: Edge of Seventeen; singer: group: Fleetwood Mac: Dreams, Don’t Stop; solo: Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around [w/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers], Leather & Lace [w/Don Henley], Stand Back, Talk to Me
♥~ 1949 – Hank Williams Jr. singer: All My Rowdy Friends Have Gone and Settled Down, Whiskey Bent and Hell-Bound, Family Tradition, Raining in My Heart, I’ve Got a Right to Cry, I’d Rather Be Gone, I Fought the Law, Are You Ready? [ABC Monday Night Football intro]; movie soundtrack: Your Cheatin’ Heart
♥~ 1951 – Sally Ride astronaut: first American woman in space: Challenger shuttle 
♥~ My Mother~ My very favorite person in the whole and entire world. I am very glad she is my mother because I would never ever want another mother. Happy Birthday!
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ There is no set number of people in an astronaut candidate class; NASA selects its candidates on an as-needed basis. To even apply to be an astronaut, candidates must have completed 1,000 hours of flying time in a jet aircraft.
♥~ A spacesuit weighs approximately 280 pounds—without the astronaut—and it takes 45 minutes to put it on
♥~ Each space shuttle astronaut is allotted 3.8 pounds of food per day. Foods are individually packaged and stored for ease of handling in zero gravity
♥~ Astronauts have to be at least 58 inches tall without heels to be selected for a space mission.
♥~ Sally Ride, was the first woman ever to go into space way back in’ oh’ 1983.
Two male scientists were at a bar discussing the potential of space travel over drinks. A blonde was listening intently. “Soon we will be able to travel to Venus”, said the first scientist. “Yes, and Saturn”, said the second. “Who knows what we’ll find there”. The blonde injected herself into the conversation saying, “We’ll be able travel to the sun someday, don’t forget that” “You can’t travel to the sun”, said the first scientists, rolling his eyes, “You’d burn up”! “Duh”, replied the blonde, rolling HER eyes, “We’d go at night”!!!
I am typing El Morno on Cole’s 40-pound laptop that has every gaming device possible on it. It makes me dizzy to type on it and I can’t find any of the useful hardware I installed. The part of the laptop I paid for “it would be so helpful for school work” seems to be missing. You know the old educational pitch. Yep, I fell for it.
My Mac is having power issues AGAIN. Tomorrow I will return to the Mac store, belly up to the genius bar and look that geek straight in the eye with my best John Wayne face on…and then I’ll beg them to please fix my Mac. I’m going to look for the Apple employee without the rips in their jeans; maybe that’ll make the difference. While I love my Mac, don’t ever let anyone fool you into thinking that just because a product has an apple stamped on it, it’s flawless, or make you feel inferior about your PC. The truth is, there are many days I feel like I should have never bitten the apple.
Let’s all hope my Mac and I are strumming, El Morno together tomorrow! I hope you have a thrilling Thursdays. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! Odd Loves Company. .