September 5, 2012: Be Late for Something Day, Cheese Pizza Day, Meet Warren Batty!

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 5, 2012

★~ Today’s Quote:  The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it. ~ Franklin P Jones.

★~ Meet Warren Batty:  Warren was hanging around yesterday right outside my front door when Vickie our friend and camp helper noticed him on the way to her car. I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled to have a bat camping outside my front door. I had seen bats before but not up close and personal. However, Vickie liked Warren and immediately snapped a few pictures, did some research, and assured me that our little brown bat was a people bat (was used to humans in close proximity), a wonderful mosquito deterrent, and would more than likely move on when it got dark. She then told me that young bats were called pups and reminded me that my business is called Camp-Run-A-Pup. It took me a while to get used to the idea, but after I viewed the pictures Vickie had snapped, Warren’s cuteness became apparent to me, and I liked him. There was something about Warren that seemed familiar . . . and that part of the story will be posted later today.

★~ Be Late for Something Day:

Most of the people I know are on time or early, and when they aren’t, you worry. So, I’m going to lower the bar for you and suggest that today it’s ok to just be on time and not five minutes early.

Speaking hypothetically (grab a bag if you are prone to hyperventilating), let’s just say that you don’t anticipate every reason that you might be delayed before you head off for work, an appointment, or to meet someone, and you leave five minutes later than you should have. Then, horror of horrors, you arrive on time (never late, just on time) at your destination. Go ahead and shake of the feeling that your day is ruined, take a deep breath, look around, and realize that it’s ok to be on time (and not five minutes early) because you are celebrating Be Late for Something Day.

★~Cheese Pizza Day:

Pizza is one food that will likely never go out of style. Since Gennaro Lombardi of Naples, Italy, opened the first licensed pizzeria in the United States (in Little Italy, Manhattan, of course) in 1905, Americans haven’t looked back. A market research group claims that in 2007, Americans ordered more than 5.5 billion pizzas (not to mention how many we probably bought frozen or made at home!). Cheese pizza is the most popular pizza. Of course, the history of pizza goes back further than that. According to the History Channel, near the end of the nineteenth century, Italy’s Queen Margherita wished to taste the “vulgar” dish that so delighted the lower orders. Of the three pizzas prepared for her (pork fat, cheese, and basil; tomato, garlic, and olive oil; and an Italian flag” design with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil leaves), can you guess which one was her favorite?

Order a pizza out or make your own. Here’s a bunch of cheese pizza recipes, from Jeff Varasano, MealsMatter, MyRecipes, RecipeZaar, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril, and Rachael Ray.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1958 – Doctor Zhivago, the novel by Russian author Boris Pasternak, was published in the United States for the first time. Doctor Zhivago won Pasternak the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1958.

♥~ 1960 – Cassius Clay of Louisville, KY won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. Clay would later change his name to Muhammad Ali and become one of the great boxing champions in the world. In 1996, at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, Muhammad Ali was given the honor of lighting the Olympic flame.

♥~ 1964 – The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun made it to #1. It stayed at the top until it was replaced three weeks later by Roy Orbison’s Oh, Pretty Woman. Orbison’s smash was just entering the pop charts on this day for a 14-week run.

♥~ 1998 – Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing debuted at #1 on U.S. music charts. The song, from the movie, Armageddon, was the first single by Aerosmith to reach number one. It stayed at the top through the entire month of September.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1847 – Jesse James:  Western legend and bandit Jesse Woodson James criminal exploits were glorified and romanticized by writers for Eastern readers looking for stories of Western  adventure and heroism. After the Civil War, James and his brother, Frank, formed a group of eight outlaws who robbed banks, stagecoaches and stores. In 1873 the James gang began holding up trains. The original James gang was put out of business Sept 7, 1876, while attempting to rob a bank at Northfield, MN. Every member of the gang except for the James brothers was killed or captured. The brothers formed a new gang and resumed their criminal careers in 1879. Two years later, the governor of Missouri offered a $10,000 reward for their capture, dead or alive. On Apr 3, 1882, at St. Joseph, MO, Robert Ford, a member of the gang, shot 34-year-old Jesse in the back of the head and claimed the reward.

♥~ 1902 – Darryl Zanuck: movie producer, cofounder of Twentieth Century Studios, which later merged with Fox. His film credits include The Jazz Singer (the first full-length sound picture), Forever Amber, The Snake Pit and The Grapes of Wrath. Died Dec 21, 1979

♥~1912 – John Cage: Avant-garde American composer. He pioneered the experimental music and performance art schools. He used nontraditional instruments such as flowerpots and cowbells in innovative situations, such as performances governed by chance, in which the I Ching was consulted to determine the direction of the performance. In 1978 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1982 was awarded France’s highest honor for cultural contributions, Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He died Aug 12, 1992, at New York, NY.

♥~ 1929 – Bob Newhart actor, comedian: The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart; LP: The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart

♥~ 1940 – Raquel Welch (Jo Raquel Tejada) actress: Tainted Blood, The Four Musketeers, Woman of the Year, Bandolero!, Mother, Jugs and Speed, Myra Breckenridge, Fantastic Voyage, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

♥~ 1950 – Cathy Guisewite cartoonist: Cathy

★~ Did you Know:

How the “No White after Labor Day” rule came to be….

It seems no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule came into effect, but the best guess has to do with snobbery in the late 1800s.

The wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between old money, respectable families, and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. That way, if a woman showed up at the opera in a dress that cost more than most Americans made in a year, but it had the wrong sleeve length, other women would know not to give her the time of day.

Not wearing white outside the summer months was another one of these silly rules. White was for weddings and resort wear, not dinner parties in the fall. Not everyone followed this rule, most famously Coco Chanel, wore white year-round. But even though the rule was originally enforced by only a few hundred women, over the decades it trickled down to everyone else. By the 1950s, women’s magazines made it clear to middle class America: white clothing came out on Memorial Day and went away on Labor Day.

Of-course these days everyone is much more relaxed about what colors to wear and when, but every year you’ll still hear people recite the no white after Labor Day rule, and now we all know why….


I’ll be back in a bit to muse but right now I must see a boy off to his first day of 11th grade….Na Na Na Na Na Na BATMOM!!

What are your plans for the day?

Odd Loves Company!


14 thoughts on “September 5, 2012: Be Late for Something Day, Cheese Pizza Day, Meet Warren Batty!

  1. Morno,
    That’s a bat alright. Warren Batty??
    Cheese pizza sounds great. That picture has my mouth watering for it already. I didn’t know about the white after Labor day. Interesting.
    Have a good one.

  2. A bat! How exciting. Warren Batty is a lovely name. I can’t wait to here the rest of the story.
    I didn’t know that about white and Labor day. I knew it but never knew how it came to be. . .my mom just never wore white after Labor Day.
    Cheese Pizza YUM.
    Raining cats and dogs here–thankfully no bats. Off to start my day. Have a Yahoo kind of Wednesday.

  3. Glad that’s your bat and not mine — we’ve had enough inside the house to last me for a lifetime! By the way, a fisherman’s net works really well at capturing them and returning them to the great outdoors. Where they can eat mosquitoes and do some good!
    Lovelovelove cheese pizza!
    How come “Cathy” creator looks so good? By my calculations, she must be at least 60!
    Happy first day of school to Cole! It’s pouring here, so I’m trying to get a little work done.

    • I do not plan to EVER have a bat in my house but if I do I’m calling Vickie. I know you did not invite them in either but well…it’s just going to happen. Can you even imagine the mayhem caused by Cole alone trying to get out the front door? The net isn’t a bad idea in case Vickie ever has to come over and save us.
      Probably and old picture of Cathy. Glad you got some rain..we had an amazing storm too!

  4. I swear you simply attract the most “odd” creatures. Warren looked very nice but I’m glad he’s gone. You don’t suppose he’s the bat Cole adopted years ago in Carlsbad, do you?
    We actually got 16 drops of rain today!

    • Not sure. Could be…I know maybe he moved to Chicago because he wanted to bat for the Cubs and needed a place to hang out…

      (I’m really hoping she comes back to read this comment—I have out done myself)

  5. According to Italian folklore, in my family anyway, Pizza was originally made when the households got low on groceries..they always seemed to have some stale bread, leftover spagetti sauce, meat, cheese, olives, etc..whatever was in fridge they threw together and Pizza was born..

  6. Your Warren Batty is the FATTEST bat I have ever seen!.He must have eaten a ton of skeeter’s to put on all of that weight. Old wives tale of bats getting in your hair.They do not! Just be alert for the rabid ones. If they are out flying during daylight hours, avoid at all costs.

    • My bat is fat? The fattest bat you have ever seen? I have a fatty batty? Well who knew? I guess you did which leaves me wondering how many bats you have seen? Just curious? Thanks for the info.

  7. I see bats around sunset almost every eve around here flying around eating the skeeters. Had a bat in our house on time years ago and had a laugh or two watching my husband dance around in his whitey tightys with a rolled up magazine trying to knock it down, which he eventually did and killed it. What a riot that was. Maybe your Chicago bats are huskier than the small town bats. I don’t know, but your Warren Batty was a fatty batty for sure.

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