August 21, 2012: National Senior Citizens Day, Poet’s Day, Spumoni Day

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August 21, 2012

Please Stop and take a  moment to admire Joy our Koi!

★~  Todays Quote: Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be.  ~Robert Browning

★~ National Senior Citizens: 

In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.” One of the best ways to do this is to help senior citizens (as needed) vote in this November’s election.

★~ Poet Day: (Push Odd Early, Tuesday) 

When I first read that it was National Poets Day I figured we would just celebrate our favorite poets — Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Hawk — but it wasn’t that easy because while some sources declared today Poets Day the official poetry websites had Poets Day on the October calendar.

However, the El Morno research team came up with another way to celebrate Poets Day that our favorite saucy Aussie failed to share with her American friends. Poets Day can also mean, if you are a civilized Aussie, Push Off Early Today, it’s Saturday, or if you are a less refined Aussie…. Piss Off Early Today, it’s Saturday.

Now of course it’s Tuesday not Saturday but celebrating Poet Day on Tuesday will work just fine so get out there and celebrate Poet Day — Push Off Early, it’s Tuesday!

★~ National Spumoni Day:


Spumoni is an Italian dessert made from layers of ice cream, whipped cream, candied fruit, and nuts. It is typically made with three layers of flavor: chocolate, pistachio, and cherry. Each layer of ice cream is mixed with fruits and nuts.

Spumoni originated in Naples, Italy, and was introduced to America in the 1870s by Italian immigrants. Traditionally, spumoni would include chocolate, cherry, and pistachio gelato. Once in America, Italian ice cream shop owners eliminated the fruit and nuts to keep costs down, and the flavors eventually became chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. But don’t be fooled — American ice cream does not taste like Italian spumoni. Give it a try and see for yourself. But remember, spumoni should always be sliced, never scooped.

★~ Today in History

★~ 1888 – William Burroughs of St. Louis, MO patented his adding machine. It was an invention that bore the name of Burrough’s office machine company for many years.

♥~ 1984 – Victoria Roche was the first girl to compete in a Little League World Series game. The reserve outfielder from Belgium played in the annual event held in Williamsport, PA with her brother, starting outfielder Jeremy Roche.

♥~ 1984 – Clint Eastwood contributed a hand print and the words, “You made my day,” to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann’s Chinese Theatre.

♥~1991- In Independence, Missouri, the owner of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant, dressed as a giant red rabbit to attract business, was knocked unconscious by Bobo the Clown, who was promoting a Pizza Hut across the street. The rabbit declined to press charges.

♥~ 1993 – The soundtrack from Sleepless in Seattle hit number one on the Billboard LP chart. Other hit albums: #2 Black Sunday (Cypress Hill), #3 janet. (Janet Jackson), #4Zooropa (U2), #5 Core (Stone Temple Pilots).

♥~ 1999 – Hua Mei, the giant panda cub, was born at the San Diego Zoo weighing a not-so-giant 4-5 ounces. Her parents are Bai Yun and Shi Shi (they arrived at the zoo on Sep 10, 1996 on a 12-year conservation study). Hua Mei was the first panda born in the U.S. in ten years. Click for fascinating facts about Pandas

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1920 –  Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A. A. Milne. As a child, he was the basis of the character Christopher Robin in his father’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories and in two books of poems. Pooh the bear was gifted to Robin on his first birthday, August 21, 1921

♥~ 1936 – Wilt (Wilton) Chamberlain Basketball Hall of Famer: NBA MVP Award: Philadelphia Warriors [1960], Philadelphia 76ers [1966, 1967, 1968]; died Oct 12, 1999

♥~ 1938 – Kenny (Kenneth Donald) Rogers
Grammy and CMA Award-winning singer: She Believes in Me, Lady, Lucille, Islands in the Stream [w/Dolly Parton], What are We Doin’ in Love [w/Dottie West], Through the Years, We’ve Got Tonight [w/Sheena Easton], You Decorated My Life, Coward of the County, The Gambler; groups: The Kirby Stone Four, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition; actor: The Gambler series

♥~ 1959 – Jim McMahon football: quarterback: Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears: Super Bowl XX

★~ Did You Know: It’s Never too Late . . .

♥~ Katsusuke Yanagisawa (71), a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest. Afterwards, he said, “No more high mountains.”

♥~Grandma Moses (77) started painting.

♥~Asa A. Long (79)  became the oldest U.S. checkers champion.

♥~ George Burns (84)  sang “I Wish I Was 18 Again.”

♥~ Mary Victor Bruce (81), Daredevil pilot, flew a loop-the-loop., after 37 years out of the cockpit.

♥~ Katherine Pelton (86)  swam the 200-meter butterfly in 3 minutes, 1.14 seconds, beating the men’s world record for the 85-to-89 age group by over 20 seconds.

♥~Paul Spangler (92)  finished his fourteenth marathon.

♥~ Nola Ochs (95)  became the oldest person to receive a college diploma, a degree in general studies with an emphasis on history.

♥~ Fauja Singh (100)  became the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon. This was his eighth marathon – his first was at age 89.

♥~ Mary Hardison, (101), became the oldest woman to do a tandem paraglide.


Would you like to see pictures of some of my happy campers and cheerful deer antler chewers on El Morno? I knew it! I’m intuitive that way! Starting today El Morno will greet you each morning by introducing you to a new camper except when I am showing off pictures of my own precious furs and Trinket my sweet mother’s Doberman, second only to Rascal when it comes to being beautiful, talented, and smart.

We are kicking off this new El Morno feature by introducing you to Joy the Koi, who joined our family last Friday. We didn’t want to introduce you to her prematurely because of, well, you know, Ping Pong’s untimely demise. Joy was hand fished by Cole from his aunt and uncle’s pond. She comes from excellent fish stock. Joy is an active, attentive Koi who loves swimming. We are delighted to welcome Joy into our family and will try very hard not to kill Joy. Updates will be forthcoming.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

13 thoughts on “August 21, 2012: National Senior Citizens Day, Poet’s Day, Spumoni Day

  1. MORNO!
    Joy is very, uhm, pretty and not too fishy!
    Glad to know I will still be useful in my advanced age.
    I enjoy a dish of spumoni every now and then but it’s not my favorite.
    Enjoy your day!

  2. Joy is so pretty! I can’t wait to en”joy” more pictures. Sorry. The kids all had a great day yesterday and while I did miss them the day flew bye. Everyone liked their teachers on the first day and lunch was successful.
    I will pick up so Neapolitan ice cream in the spirit of Spumoni day!
    Hope your day is as pretty as our day!

    • The sweet compliment cancels out the dreadful pun. Glad your kiddies and you survived the first day back to school. Hope you have a great year.

  3. Oh my word, that panda baby is adorable!! Too bad they get so ginormous.
    Joy is very pretty, too — if fish are pretty. I used to have an aquarium full of tropical fish, but one by one, they went belly up. I might have overfed. Maybe.
    Loved your stats on the seniors — that gives me hope I’ll get my novel published some day!
    Domer had a Pooh-bear, too.

  4. Is Joy feeling okay? Looks a little pale to me. I imagine that is a GOLD fish? Of course with the price of gold going up again, just might be hiding the gold in fear of someone cashing him/her in . LOL

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