May 17, 2011: Pack Rat Day, Cherry Cobbler Day!

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
May 17,2011

★~ Today’s Quote: “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, Come out from behind the clouds abd Shine” ~ Buddha

★~ Full Buddha Moon:

According to ancient wisdom, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment,& ascended into Nirvana, during the Full Moon in May, many hundreds of years ago. Now, every year, that fullness of May is known as the Wesak FestivalThe Buddha Full Moon appears and is considered to be the greatest moment of spiritual contact for the entire year.

★~  Pack Rat Day:

I am not a pack rat. I married a pack rat. Isn’t that the way it always happens. Joe kept everything. The moment something was missing, he was certain I had thrown it out in one of my wild and crazy toss-out-all-the-old-toilet-paper-roll sprees.

Joe was right though, I did throw things out. I had an agreement with the neighbor—she let me use her garbage can, and I would sneak stuff out on garbage day and put it in her garbage can. One day I will blog about my neighbor who had a “closet” cleaning lady and my use of her garbage can for junk disposal. For now, let’s just say everyone needs a neighbor like Carolyn at least once in their life.

One last laugh story: Joe kept all his t-shirts—I mean all of them, dating back to high school. Many of them were years past their wear-by date. I was constantly asking Joe to toss out some of his t-shirt’s . . . I don’t know why it mattered . . . but you know when you’re married, a lot of times those things do matter. Anyway, Joe died and—evil person that I am—I looked at those t-shirts and thought, ‘I’ll show you . . . I am going to pitch every last one of your beloved t-shirts!” I tossed them all in a garbage bag and, well, had them made into a very large t-shirt quilt.

Perhaps today those of us who are not pack rats need to give those that are a break. As annoying as pack rats can be as they attempt to stuff our garages, attics, and closets with junk, we can admire the fact that every once in a great while, they find just the “something” we need for our project. And it is possible some of the pack rats’ treasures will someday be treasured a little more than they were when we were folding them or stumbling over them.

★~Cherry Cobbler Day:

Celebrate Cherry Cobbler Day by baking your own to enjoy as your main meal as the early American settlers did! When early American settlers first arrived in the New World, many of the ingredients found in their imported favorite recipes were pretty much unheard of in this new country. Settlers had to improvise and experiment using different ingredients, thus creating new dishes—like cobblers. They became so fond of these new, tasty treats that they were often served as the main course for a meal. It was not until the 19th century that cobbler became a dish primarily served for dessert. Who knew.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1792- The buttonwood agreement was signed.Twenty-four brokers sat down to fix rates for commissions on stocks and bonds. From that agreement came what has been known since as the New York Stock Exchange or Wall Street.

♥~1932 – The U.S. Congress changed the name ‘Porto Rico’ to ‘Puerto Rico’

♥~ 1975 – NBC-TV paid a whopping $5,000,000 for the rights to show Gone with the Wind just one time. It was the top price paid for a single opportunity to show a film on television.

♥~ 1975 – Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album was released and certified a platinum record on the very same day. It was the first album to be certified a million seller (in this case, a two-million seller) on the first day of release.

♥~1978 ~ Charlie Chaplin’s corpse, which had been stolen and held for ransom, was recovered.

♥~1986Whitney Houston became the first female singer to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with three consecutive singles as Greatest Love of All reached #1. The other two were Saving All My Love For You and How Will I Know.

♥~ 1989 – Vincent Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet was auctioned for $82,500,000.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1903~ James “Cool Papa” Bell, born in Starkville, Mississippi (1903). Cool Papa was perhaps the fastest baseball player of all times. He played baseball for almost 30 years in primarily in the negro leagues where records where statistics were not very reliable so we are not sure exactly how fast.

♥~ 1911 – Maureen (Paul) O’Sullivan actress: Tarzan films: Jane; Hannah and Her Sisters, Peggy Sue Got Married, The River Pirates; died June 23, 1998

♥~ 1936 – Dennis Hopper actor: Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Hoosiers, Flashback, Blue Velvet, Super Mario Brothers, True Romance, Speed, Waterworld, Space Truckers; director: Easy Rider, Colors, Chasers; died May 29, 2010

♥~ 1942 – Taj Mahal (Henry St. Claire Fredericks) entertainer, songwriter: for film, Sounder; singer: urban folk-blues

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ The New York Stock Exchange is probably the most well known stock exchange in the world, but did you know it’s not the oldest in the US? The Philadelphia Stock Exchange was created two years earlier in 1790

♥~ The NYSE has its first million share day (where a million shares are exchanged) on December 15th, 1886.

♥~ Since October 10th, 1953, there has never been a sub-million share day.

♥~ In 1961, the average daily volume of the NYSE breaks 4 million.

♥~ The first stock ticker was invented by Edward A. Calahan in 1867.

♥~ The buttonwood agreement was named after the local Buttonwood tree the local name for the sycamore tree.

♥~ The longest period in which the exchange was closed occurred during WW1, when the NYSE was closed for four and a half months starting July 31st, 1914.

♥~ On December 1st, 2005, the highest price was paid for membership in the NYSE at $4 million. Thirty days later, December 31st, the NYSE moves away from seats to annual trading licenses.

★~ Today’s Silly:

A millionaire, a hard hat, and a drunk are at a bar. When they get their beers, they notice a fly in each mug. The millionaire politely asks the bartender for another beer, then proceeds to sip it. The hard hat spills out just enough to get rid of the fly and quaffs the rest. It’s now the drunk’s turn. He sticks his hand into the beer, grabs the fly by the wings, and shouts, “Spit it out! Spit it out!


Are you a tosser or a pack rat?  Odd would love to know because Odd loves company if you have two shakes of a lamb’s tail leave me a comment!! Have a Terrific Tuesday!

7 thoughts on “May 17, 2011: Pack Rat Day, Cherry Cobbler Day!

  1. I used to be a pack rat, but I’ve mended my “squirreling” days — now, the things I tend to save are memories, mementos of special occasions, pictures, that sort of thing. It’s hard to live with a pack rat; their stuff tends to pile up, and you never can get right what things you can throw away!

    • I’m with you–if I don’t love it or it does not serve a very useful purpose I give it away or toss it. I have cleaned out to many attics and garages over the years with no clue what the person really loved–or was important to them. Thank goodness my parents are not pack-rats.

  2. I guess these days I am some where between a saver and a tosser. I like the idea of less but it is not a natural concept for me.

    Loved learning about the Buddha Moon and would love to learn more– 😀

  3. Yay! I have my own day! Love the story about you having Joe’s T-shirts made into a quilt…

    That Elton John album was the first EJ album I bought…I still have it!


    • Happy Pack Rat Day! I am saying that because today we have to be kind and non-judgemental but tomorrow not so much so!!
      I guess still having that albums fits in with my first remark but I bet you do really “love it” so it does not count as pack rat stash!

  4. I used to be a pack rat. I keep things (junk) that I think have memory even piece of newspaper. Now I think I can better distinguish which one is memory and which one just junk and I can let go. BUt old habits die hard, as we’re ready to move again I notice how much junk I have accumulate in my basement! Oy!
    Btw, very cool history on Budha and cool picture too!

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