September 27: Tourism, Ancestor Appreciation,Crush a Can,Chocolate Milk

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 27, 2011

★~ Today’s Sunrise Is bought to us by BroJoe sis Merrilymarylee’s . Mary Lee captured this beautiful sunrise in Wrightsville, N.C.

★~ Today’s Quote: Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.” – George Carlin

★~ Tourism Day:

Tourists are easily recognizable in Chicago. They are usually looking up, or with children carrying American Girl dolls. I have always thought that tourists were paying a Chicago a huge compliment when they came to visit. They liked us! They really liked us! I’m proud of our city and am delighted to answer questions, or direct them to other people who can safely give tourists directions and offer a few suggestions of places they might find interesting, and snap a picture or two for them.

A few weeks ago, I went downtown and was surprised to find Chicago locals were so brusque with visitors. The Art Institute employees were downright rude, and one man quickly gave directions the “Chicago Way” (6400 W, 3200 N – you can’t miss it) and left the women completely confused. What the heck had happened? I felt the need to say, “Sorry, we are usually not this way” to every tourist I encountered.

Tourism Day reminds us just how important tourism is at driving local trade, culture, and keeping historical and local sites of interest open to the public – tourists and residents alike.

Chicago, are you listening? Let’s make it our goal to have every tourist leaving here singing… “ Chicago, Chicago is my kind of town!”

For those of you not from Chicago: Be aware of how your city is meeting and greeting your city’s visitors, and find ways to make sure they want to visit again.

★~ Ancestor Appreciation Day: 

It’s estimated that genealogy is the second-most-popular hobby among Americans. (Gardening is number one. You would’ve thought it was scrapbooking, right?) Figuring out your family tree can be pretty fun and lead to some interesting discoveries. So start your investigations today and then thank your ancestors for being awesome enough to have you for a descendant.

★~ Crush a can day:

Grab a can (make sure it is empty) and give it a good, hard stomp. That was kind of fun, wasn’t it? Now you can make jewelry out of that aluminum pancake or just toss it into the recycling bin. The choice is yours.

★~ Food of the Day: Chocolate Milk:

Who doesn’t love a tall, frothy glass of chocolate milk? If you don’t, there must be something wrong with you! Until the 1820s, drinking chocolate was fairly uncommon and no one knew how to produce a smooth chocolate taste in liquid form except the Mayans but that goes way back and it was hot and unsweetened.  In 1828, the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk.

For many of us our first chocolate milk came out of a Nestle Quik can…because

N-E-S-T-L-E-S,  makes the very best chocolate. Do you remember what Quiky (the rabbit) say? “It’s so rich and thick and choco-lik,  That you can’t…drink it slow…

if it’s Quik!”

Enjoy a glass of Chocolate milk today! Here is a recipe forRandy Bachman

★~ Today in History:

♥~ New Moon: Moon enters New Moon phase at 7:09 AM, EDT.

♥~ Perigean Spring Tides:  Spring tides, the highest possible tides, occur when the New Moon or Full Moon falls within 24 hours of the moment the Moon is nearest Earth (perigee) in its monthly orbit. These tides are not named for the season of spring but for the German springen, “to leap up.”

♥~ 1954 – The Tonight Show debuted on NBC-TV. Steve Allen hosted the late-night program which began as a local New York show on WNBT-TV in June 1953. Tonight became a launching pad for Steve and hundreds of guests, including Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Skitch Henderson and orchestra provided the music. Ernie Kovacs was the host from 1956-1957.

♥~ 1976 –  Poet Hondo Crouch died. He was the owner, police chief, and city manager of Luckenbach, Texas.

♥~ 1991 – A Decatur, Alabama, auto dealership accepted a 450-pound bull as part trade-in on a Lincoln Town Car.

♥~ 2009 – 18-year-old New Zealander Cherelle May Dudfield, flashed her breasts at passing cars and ended up in a hospital after a distracted driver ran into her. In December 2009 she was found guilty of disorderly behavior for the prank and was fined 275 New Zealand dollars ($200).

♥~ 2010 – The temperature in downtown Los Angeles, California hit 113 degrees [°F]. It was the hottest L.A. temperature in recorded history.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1929 – Sada Thompson Emmy Award-winning actress: Family [1977-78]; Tony Award-winning actress: Twigs [1972]; Our Town, Desperate Characters; died May 4, 2011

♥~ 1943 – Randy Bachman musician: guitar, singer: groups: Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Let It Ride, Takin’ Care of Business, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Roll on Down the Highway, The Guess Who: Shakin’ All Over, These Eyes, Laughing, No Time, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight

♥~ 1947 – Meat Loaf (Michael Lee Aday) musician, singer: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, Paradise by the Dashboard Light; actor: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Americathon, Roadie

♥~ 1958 – Shaun Cassidy singer: Da Doo Ron Ron, That’s Rock ’n’ Roll, Hey Deanie, Do You Believe in Magic; actor: The Hardy Boys Mysteries, Breaking Away, General Hospital, Blood Brothers; son of Jack Cassidy & Shirley Jones; half-brother of David Cassidy

♥~ 1972 – actress Academy Award-winning actress: Shakespeare in Love [1998]; Hook, Great Expectations, A Perfect Murder, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bounce,The Anniversary Party, Possession, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal, View from the Top, Proof, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,Sylvia, Spain – On The Road Again, Glee

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Europe, is the biggest tourist market in the world. Half of the European share (25% of whole global market in terms of arrivals and 20% in receipts) has been kept by four countries in the continent – France, Spain, Italy and UK

♥~ UK residents made a record 44.2 million holiday trips abroad in 2005; 43 per cent were package holidays, down from 53 per cent in 2001.

♥~ Travel and Tourism is a $1.3 trillion industry in the United States? If one dollar bill equalled a second of time, then $1.3 trillion would equal over 41,000 years.

♥~ Travel and Tourism generates $100 billion in tax revenue for local, state, and federal governments in the U.S.? If you place 100 billion dollar bills end-to-end, they would circle the world 397 times.

♥~ Each U.S. household would pay $923 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the Travel and Tourism Industry? $

♥~ Travel and Tourism industry is one of the country’s largest U.S. employers with 7.3 million direct travel-generated jobs? You could fill the Orange Bowl stadium a hundred times over with people directly employed in the industry.

♥~ international travelers spent $93 billion in the U.S. in 2009? That’s enough money to buy 470 new Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

♥~ Approximately 2.6 million hotels rooms are sold everyday in the United States. That is enough rooms to lodge every person living in San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Miami, and Denver combined.

♥~ Spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averages $1.6 billion a day, $68 million an hour, $1.1 million a minute, and $19,000 a second.


Hope everyone has a terrific Tuesday! I will be back to muse in a the meantime if you have a morno moment leave a comment and let everyone know one place they should absolutely not miss if they were to vist your city. 


10 thoughts on “September 27: Tourism, Ancestor Appreciation,Crush a Can,Chocolate Milk

  1. La De Da it has been awhile since I have been first! Another great sunrise. From the look at those tourist figures they are worth their weight in gold. I am going to grab one today and give them a big old hug!
    Family tree picture is so funny.

    Happy Tuesday Kb!

  2. Beat by a mile! Hi Geri.
    Nestle Quik! My kids still love that rabbit. Those tourist figures really do put everything in perspective

    Have a good one!

  3. I would advise anyone visiting Albuquerque to visit Old Town. It’s got a lot of fun things to look at and several good restaurants to have lunch in. The Indians selling beautiful jewlery in front of the Plaza you can stroll by and look at. Many different shops to browze in. Yup, Old Town would be my pick

  4. You will be happy to know that on our recent visit to your lovely city we only encountered lovely people who were helpful!!!! Maybe they were not true Chicagoans but we were pleased. So don’t be so hard on your city—it welcomed us!!!

  5. If you were to visit Belvidere (The Garden Spot of the Midwest) and also known as the city of Murals, I would suggest you visit our beautiful park. People come from all over to picnic there or just enjoy the old mill race that use to have a water wheel way back when. And be sure to take a walk on the swinging bridge. Could be scary to little children, and some older folk not steady on their feet, but other wise a fun walk across the river. We are also known around the country as the BEST County Fair which is held in August. So, we do have a quaint little town that use to be any town U.S.A. Sure do miss those days.

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