March 10, 2012: Day of Awesomeness, Fanny Pack Day, Mario Day, Blueberry Pop-over Day

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March 10, 2012


★~ Today’s Quote: “There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

★~International Day of Awesomeness:

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The tag line for this holiday is “No one’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” Does this even make sense?

I remember a very long time ago meeting the mother of a friend who was making her first visit to America from India. She was astonished at how easily the word awesome rolled off Americans’ tongues. Her vocabulary reserved the word awesome for things like the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, and walking on the moon, but it was never used to describe a pair of shoes. I don’t think she would approve of Awesomeness Day that links itself with the birthday of Chuck Norris. I, of course, think Chuck Norris is pretty darn awesome…but I digress.

The oldest meaning of awesome is “something which inspires awe.” So why not reserve the word for awful and awe-some events and people? (Especially if you are past of age of 30 and have expanded your life experiences.) There are alternative words, after all, to describe those shoes that might include amazing, breathtaking, dazzling, groovy…and what about striking or stunning?

On the other hand, you are really awesome. Everyone knows that, and that is what this day is really about: celebrating awesome people and perhaps celebrating feats of awesomeness. So by all means, go forth and let the world be celebrate and be dazzled by the brilliance of your awesomeness!

★~ International Fanny Pack Day:

If you are still calling them fanny packs, you are behind the times. They are now called “belt bags.”

When they were first introduced, they were made out of nylon material and used primarily for travel. Fanny packs safely kept your passport and money away from potential pickpockets. They were a matter of convenience. Humans LOVE convenience, and before we knew it fanny packs were taking the place of handbags because they were EASY!

However, they were also ugly, adding bulk where bulk really does not belong, so they took a hiatus and we went back to toting arm-breaking, overstuffed totes.

What do you think—is the belt bag (fanny pack) a fashion faux pas? Or a convenient traveling companion?

★~ Mario Day:

If you are a “gamer” from way back you will know that March 10 is Mario Day. Because “Mar 10” spells out Mario the plumber, of Nintendo games fame.

So pull out your Mario Brothers t-shirt, grab a game controller, and play a Mario Brothers video game all day! Or just share the Mario Brothers name trivia with an eye-rolling teen, strap on your belt bag, and go for a walk.

★~ Blueberry Popover Day:

I have the ingredients, I have the popover pan, and I have perfected the plain popover—so I cannot wait to try to make blueberry popovers. If you would like to join me, these are the popover tips and recipe I use to make mine. Today I will add blueberries to my recipe.

★~ Today In History:


♥~ 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell sent the first clear telephone message — into a nearby room — to his assistant, Mr. Watson. “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you,” were the first words spoken into the invention that Bell had created.

♥~1913 – William Knox literally bowled ’em over at the American Bowling Congress tournament held in Toledo, Ohio. Knox rolled the first perfect300 game in tournament competition.

♥~1922 – Variety magazine greeted readers with the front-page headline that read, “Radio Sweeping Country – 1,000,000 Sets in Use.”

♥~ 1941 –The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would wear batting helmets during the 1941 baseball season. General Manager Larry MacPhail (he started the Dodger dynasty in the thirties) predicted that all baseball players would soon be wearing the new devices. He was right

♥~ 1991 – A Vincent van Gogh painting, “Still Life with Flowers,” sold for $1.43-million in Chicago. It had hung for 36 years in the living room of a suburban Milwaukee couple who thought it was a copy.

♥~ 1983 – Carrie Underwood singer: Inside Your Heaven, Jesus, Take the Wheel, Some Hearts, Wasted, Don’t Forget to Remember Me, The Night Before [Life Goes On]

♥~1997 –“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” debuted on the WB network.

★~Born Today:

~ 1916 James Herriot,  author and veterinarian. In 1966 at the age of 50 he began a series of much-beloved books loosely based on the people and animals he had known through his veterinarian practice. He took the title of the first book, All Creatures Great and Small, from a 19th-century Anglican hymn, and used the rest of the lines of the refrain for the next three books: All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and The Lord God Made Them All.

♥~1940 – Chuck Norris (Carlos Ray Norris ) karate champion, actor: Code of Silence, Delta Force, Forced Vengeance, Lone Wolf McQuade, Missing in Action, Walker, Texas Ranger

♥~ 1945 – Katharine Houghton (Grant)actress: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Billy Bathgate, The Night We Never Met; niece of actress Katharine Hepburn

♥~ 1958 – Sharon Stone actress: Last Dance, Casino, The Specialist, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, War & Remembrance series, Above the Law, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol,  Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold, King Solomon’s Mines, Calendar Girl Murders, Deadly Blessing, The Bay City Blues

★~ Did You Know: What’s Awesome….

♥~ The first bite of a piece of gum

♥~ Waking up in the morning the day after you finally accomplished a goal. Driver’s License, obedience title on a dog,  passed an important test….

♥~ Having something fix itself.

♥~ Your It!   Tell us what you think is awesome!….


What is on your awesome list? Do share! Inquiring minds want to know! Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “March 10, 2012: Day of Awesomeness, Fanny Pack Day, Mario Day, Blueberry Pop-over Day

  1. Finishing my taxes!! Awesome! And it’s a beautiful day. Hope it is sunny and beautiful in Chicago.

    Love the Hummingbird picture. Have a great day!

  2. Chuckie is awesome! They may not be cool at all but I love my fanny pack because it is so darn handy. I use it all the time when I am out with my dogs or travel. A belt bag might me nice too. I just have a nylon cheap one.

    Beautiful day here too! Have an awesome weekend.

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  4. My 3 Grandsons are awesome to me…Have loved watching them grow up to be fine young men. Still have one to go in that area though. Aidan isn’t quite done yet! LOL.
    I do love James Herriot’s books and I have all 4 of his “All things”. They have made me laugh time and time again with his discriptions and his problems with his brother, Triston. If you haven’t read them, I strongly urge you to do so. Only wish he was still around to write more.

    • Aidan and Cole both…thank goodness we still have time! Loved all of James Herriot’s books and books on tape. Joe and Cole used to listen to them every morning on the way to school and Cole and I would listen to them on the way home. He was a wonderful story teller!

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