Celebrating: Bad Poetry & Soft Ice Cream

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 18, 2011

Inspiration Point Sunrise, Bryce Canyon NP

★~ Today’s Quote: “To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.” ~ Unknown


Not everyone can be a Frost or a Dickinson or a Whitman or Hawk. Bad poetry day encourages you to give it a go anyway, by putting pen to paper and writing some terrible verse. If you’re feeling particularly cruel, you could read your bad poetry to friends, family and colleagues, and ask them what they think about your poem.

I wonder why we live, why we die, why we eat.
I wonder who we are, who we marry, what we ate.
I wonder how we live, how we lived and how we poke
I wonder why on this cinnamon roll I did choke.

★~ Food of the Day:  Soft Ice Cream Day:

What would your number one complaint be about ice cream? Scooping it right? This might have become a world problem if  J.F. ‘Granpda’ McCullough and his son Alex, founders of Dairy Queen, hadn’t created soft ice cream, which is much easier to serve, back in 1938.

Soft Serve ice cream can be served on a sugar cone, in a waffle cone, as a part of a a banana split. It may be dipped in chocolate, or covered with a topping like sprinkles or crushed cookies.  The best place to celebrate soft serve ice cream is Dairy Queen, of-course

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1899 – The Chicago Anti-Cigarette League was formed by Lucy Payne Gaston.

♥~ 1920 – Women throughout the United States rejoiced, as the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It gave women the right to vote.

♥~ 1930 – Pluto the dog debuted in the Walt Disney cartoon “The Chain Gang.”

♥~ 1960 – The first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid-10, was introduced in Skokie, Illinois.

♥~1973 Jethro Tull’s album, A Passion Play, landed at #1 in the U.S.

♥~ 1982 – The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL went 22 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-1. The game had started the previous day and had been postponed, after 17 innings, because of darkness.

♥~ 1975 – The Blue Bell Inn in Lichfield, England, received history’s highest telephone bill. One month’s service, 4-billion, 386-million, 800-thousand dollars. Plus tax. It was a mistake.

♥~ 2003 – 24-year-old Ma Lihua from China tipped over 303,621 dominos, breaking the world record for longest solo domino tippage

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1587Virginia Dare – An expedition led by Sir Walter Raleigh landed at what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Seven days later, on this day in 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parentage to be born in America.

Ellinor and Ananias Dare were Baby Virginia’s parents; her grandfather, John White, was the governor of the Roanoke Colony.

As far as anyone knows, all was well with the little colony. That is, until four years later when a ship bringing supplies arrived only to find no colony. The settlers, including Virginia Dare, had vanished. No trace was ever found of the lost colony.

Legend has it that sometime in the 1600s a white doe was frequently seen in the area where the Dare family once lived. It is said that Virginia Dare returned to the colony as the doe.

♥~ 1936Robert Redford actor: All the President’s Men, Quiz Show, The Sting, Sneakers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Out of Africa; Academy Award-winning director: Ordinary People [1980]; A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show

♥~ 1952 Patrick Swayze dancer, actor: Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Father Hood, Red Dawn, Point Break, North and South; died Sep 14, 2009

♥~ 1978Andy Samberg actor: Saturday Night Live, Hot Rod

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ In the more than four hundred years since her birth, Virginia Dare has become a prominent figure in American myth and folklore, representing different things to different people.

♥~ A 2000 article in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina News and Record noted that, for many Americans, particularly Southerners, she symbolizes innocence and purity,”new beginnings, promise, and hope as well as “adventure and bravery” in a new land. She also symbolizes mystery because of her mysterious fate

♥~ Some people also see her as a symbol of women’s rights. In the 1980s feminists in North Carolina called for state residents to approve the Equal Rights Amendment and “Honor Virginia Dare

♥~  Virginia Dare  entered into folklore as the “first white child” born in British America. The fate of Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony has been the subject of many literary, film, and television adaptations, all of which have added to her myth.

♥~ Residents of Roanoke Island celebrate Virginia Dare’s birthday each year with an ElizabethanRenaissance Fair.

♥~ Virginia Dare’s name has also been used to sell a number of products. Virginia Dare was the name of the first commercial wine to sell after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

♥~ The Virginia Dare Extract Company, a maker of vanilla products, sells its products with a symbol of Virginia as a fresh-faced, blonde woman wearing a white ruffled mob cap. The company’s Web site notes that Virginia Dare symbolizes “wholesomeness and purity


had never heard of Virginia Dare until today. One of the best things about writing El Morno is that I often learn about people and events that I have never heard of before.

Angelina Jolie dropped by yesterday for a visit. Seems she was in my odd neighborhood, saw the light on and decided to drop in and pay me a visit. You’re wondering what they heck I am talking about, aren’t you? Well, I’d love to give you all the details but I have to run for now. Let’s muse about it over Boston cream donuts later today!


7 thoughts on “Celebrating: Bad Poetry & Soft Ice Cream

  1. Am I the first one here today? Well El Morno everyone! Happy bad poetry day. Never heard of Virginia Dare before today.

    Soft serve ice cream won’t be hard to celebrate!

  2. I’m off to work. Sitting on the bus
    T would like the day to pass without a fuss
    Sipping java From a silver cup
    Wishing I wasnt really up

    • fare thee well dear sweet Adelaide,
      the breakfast dishes cleared and the bed is made
      off on the bus, without any fuss
      ready to make her mark on the day

    • And so Julianne must leave us, she cries
      off and away, out the door she flies
      with nary a glance back to the el morno crew
      whom she’s left behind feeling sad and blue

  3. ah.. I forget to email you the picture of my girls enjoying their soft ice cream last night…. It’s kinda my first disagreement with Kalia, I think she had enough but she disagree.. oh well. Mommy won. Although after an hr of crying I think she won. **sigh**

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