April 23, 2012: Talk Like Shakespeare Day, Take a Chance Day, Picnic Day

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April 23, 2012

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★~Today’s Quote: Boldness be my friend. ~ William Shakespeare

★~Talk like Shakespeare Day: 

Hast thou been patterning thy parlance to evoke the vernacular of William Shakespeare? No? Me neither. But today hath been proclaimed “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.” We’re all supposed to be good sports and walk around using Shakespearean words. I suppose that means that in Chicago we are supposed to say, “Where are dou at?”

★~Take a Chance Day:

Once you ask, you’ve cut off your options. Don’t ask. Take a chance. If it doesn’t work out, ask for forgiveness and try something else. Asking is overrated. Be bold. Today you’re being challenged to take a chance and try something new.

★~ Picnic Day: 

The word “picnic” was first used in the French book, Origines de la Langue Française. In the book, a picnic is defined as a group of people who dine in a restaurant with wine that they have brought from home. No flies, ants, wet grass, or chasing paper goods in the wind? That works for me! I’ll even bring the wine. And for dessert, lets celebrate Cherry Cheesecake Day!

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1896 –  The first movie was shown at Koster and Bials Music Hall at New York City. Up until this time, people saw films individually by looking into a kinetoscope, a boxlike “peep show.” This was the first time in the US that an audience sat in a theater and watched a movie together. I wonder if they had popcorn?

♥~1900 – The word, hillbilly, was first used in print in an article in the New York Journal. It was spelled a little differently, as the story said that a Hill-Billie was a “free and untrammelled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills.” The article continued that “he has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it and fires off his revolver as the fancy takes him.”

♥~ 1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run.

♥~ 1964 – Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts tossed the first no-hit game — for a loss — in baseball history.

♥~ 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, GA, made a showy, glitzy announcement that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was called “the most significant soft drink development” in the company’s history. Yeah, well, so much for history. Fans of the original Coke were instrumental in bringing Classic Coke back. The way they did it was, actually, quite ingenious. Coke and it turned out to be one of the biggest corporate flops ever. I

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1564 – William Shakespeare poet, playwright: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth and at least three dozen more plays and over 150 sonnets; died Apr 23, 1616

♥~ 1928 – Shirley (Jane) Temple Black child actress: Little Miss Marker, Curly Top, Heidi, The Little Colonel, Poor Little Rich Girl, Wee Willie Winkie, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; U.S. delegate to the United Nations and chief of protocol

♥~ 1930 – Alan Oppenheimer actor: Murphy Brown, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Home Free, Eischied, Big Eddie, Trancers 4 and 5, Child of Darkness, Child of Light, The Bionic Woman, The Groundstar Conspiracy, Star!

♥~ 1932 – (Roy) Halston (Frowick) fashion designer: created famous pillbox hat [1962] worn by Jackie Kennedy at JFK’s inaugural; his designs set standard for American designers in 1970s; died Mar 26, 1990 1936

♥~ 1936 – Roy Orbison singer: Only the Lonely, Running Scared, Oh, Pretty Woman, Crying, Dream Baby, It’s Over; died Dec 6, 1988

♥~ 1939 – Lee Majors (Harvey Lee Yeary II) actor: The Six Million Dollar Man, Big Valley, The Bionic Woman, The Covergirl Murders

♥~ 1960 – Craig Sheffer actor: The Second Front, Dracula II: Ascension, Final Breakdown, Deadly Little Secrets, Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal, Without Malice

★~ Did You Know:  Tips for talking like Shakespeare

♥~ Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y’all, say ye).

♥~ Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.

♥~ Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapesor canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads. For more insults visit the Shakespearean Insults Generator!

♥~ Don’t waste time saying “it,” just use the letter “t” (’tis,t’will, I’ll do’t).

♥~ When in doubt, add the letters “eth” to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth).

♥~ To add weight to your opinions, try starting them withmethinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore.

♥~ When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say “Get thee to a nunnery!”

♥~ When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.


Doors and Drawer included!

I will never buy another really good piece of furniture. Why? Because it lasts forever – and then one day just turns on you. My Thomasville entertainment center lasted for 25 years, and I’ve wanted to get rid of it for the last 10. I was committed to it until this weekend, when it turned on me and the door fell right off. The nerve! I was not putting up with it for one more minute, so I insisted that Cole help me slide it out onto the front stoop. After it was on the front porch, blocking most of the front door, Cole asked, “Now what?” Don’t you hate kids sometimes? NOW WHAT? Well, I said we would pray that someone would steal it and if they didn’t Cole and his friend Pat could haul it down the stairs, around the corner, and through the backyard to the alley where the junk men or garbage men would take it away. Cole said he would pray and light candles. Smartass kid. I woke up this morning and it was still on my front porch. My 16-year-old voice of reason suggested that nobody had walked off with it because it weighs a ton. Sheesh, back in the old days a thief had some substance.

I placed an ad on Craigslist in the free section and will make some Goodwill and Salvation Army calls this morning, but if it’s not gone by this afternoon when Cole gets home from school it will provide him with an exercise in problem-solving. Someday some woman is really going to thank me!

Have a marvelous Monday. Leave a comment if you have a Morno moment. Odd Loves Company!

9 thoughts on “April 23, 2012: Talk Like Shakespeare Day, Take a Chance Day, Picnic Day

  1. Moving a little slow today. I’m not feeling great so I am sticking it out at home today. Haven’t called in sick in over a year. Shakespeare can’t say I have ever enjoyed his stuff but did suffer through it in school.
    Catch you a little later I am going to go make a tea with lemon.

  2. Mike ^ hope you feel better. I love Shakespeare festivals. Such fun. If i’m not mistaken Chicago has a great Shakespeare company.
    Hope someone carries your entertainment center off today…it does look rather large and heavy.

  3. Wasn’t the New York Journal profiling in their description of “hillbilly”?? Little cold for a picnic here (mid 40s), though I guess that would eliminate ants. Love how you’re helping Cole learn to problem-solve with the entertainment center. People must be more desperate downstate because I suspect it would be gone in a sec if you’d left it out here!

    • Good point! Profiling and common sense might give us an airport security system we could afford and worked–Seems to work for Israel.
      I know–what is wrong with people? I think the size and the weight might keep some people from walking off with it 🙂

  4. Just saw this post today (24th). I love Shakespeare. I still have my lovely, leather-bound complete works of Shakespeare. ’tis to laugh. Or should I add eth to the end of that?

    What really brought back memories was the video clip of Roy Orbison. I remember being in the front row when Roy Orbison played at Ontario Place (Canada). The crowd went nuts when he opened with that song! Good times. Thanks el morno for making my morning merrie.

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