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★~ Today’s Quote ~ It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. ~Andrew J. Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses
★~ Inconvenience Yourself Day:
The concept is simple, the idea is embraceable–Our actions impact other people. Inconvenience Yourself Day is a day for us to go out of our way for someone else. Doing something we normally wouldn’t do.
★~ Be Humble Day:
Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
when you’re perfect in every way.
I can’t wait to look in the mirror
cause I get better looking each day. (Mac Davis)
Celebrate today by eating a piece of humble pie and taking a minute to acknowledge all the people around you who have helped you become awesome.
★~ Walking the Dog Day:
Not to long ago, Cole and I were stopped at a traffic light ,when a women pushing a vacuum crossed in front of us. Cole turned to me and said, “ How sad, that poor lady must not have a dog to walk.” Embarrassed to say, I laughed at her misfortune. I hope you have a dog to walk but if you don’t the vacuum cleaner might be an option.
★~ Margarita Day:
The margarita cocktail—a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice—has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original!
Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, but didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added to the drink to the bar menu at his hotel
While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, we all know who sung about it best- Jimmy Buffett of-course. Salud!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1630 – Popcorn was introduced to English colonists when Quadequina, brother of Massasoit, brought a bag of the stuff over to dinner this day. The featured movie was, um, there was no featured movie, as they hadn’t been invented. So, the Indians had a big feast and sat around and watched the sun set. It was kinda like a movie… Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of popcorn ever year. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.
♥~1879 – Frank W. Woolworth opened Woolworth’s a 5 and 10-cent store. in Utica, New York.You could get a burger and a real vanilla soda or a lime rickey at F. W. Woolworth’s lunch counter for about a buck.
♥~ 1959 – The very first Daytona 500 auto race was run at Daytona Beach, Florida. The first champ of Daytona was 44-year-old Lee Petty.
♥~ 1980 – The ‘Miracle on Ice’ the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team surprised the world by beating the Soviets, 4-3, in the semi-final round of the Winter Games. The Americans went on to win the gold against Finland in the games at Lake Placid, New York.
♥~ 1925 – Edward Gorey an American writer and artist noted for his playfully macabre illustrated books. Gorey is known for writing at least 90 books, illustrating 60 others, and designing sets for stage productions, including “Dracula” on Broadway and “Amphigorey,” an Off Broadway play he wrote. He won a 1978 Tony award for costume design for ”Dracula.” His best-known characters included the Gashlycrumb Tinies, one woebegone child for each letter of the alphabet, from Amy, who fell down the stairs, to Zillah, who drank too much gin. His work was influenced by Ionesco and Buster Keaton, Goya and Matisse. (check out the cool Google doodle)
♥~ 1944 – Jonathan Demme Academy Award-winning director: Silence of the Lambs; Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Swimming to Cambodia, Swing Shift, Melvin and Howard, Last Embrace, Caged Heat; playwright: Fighting Mad, Caged Heat, Hot Box, Angels Hard as They Come
♥~ 1962 – Steve Irwin naturalist, wildlife expert, TV host: Animal Planet: Crocodile Hunter; director of Australia Zoo, Queensland, Australia; died after stingray attack Sep 4, 2006 near Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
♥~ 1975 – Drew Barrymore actress: Bad Girls, Irreconcilable Differences, E.T.:
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ The first Woolworth store opened in Utica, New York, in 1878. Every item in the store cost a nickel. The store closed within a year; some reports say it was so disastrous it failed within weeks. F.W. tried a second store, this one in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He added 10 cent items to the list of goods sold and the higher-priced items allowed him to successfully operate the store.
♥~ There was a little friendly competition in the family F.W. Woolworth’s cousin, Seymour Knox, ran a similar chain of stores called S.H. Knox and Co.’s 5 & 10 Cent Stores. Knox had more than 100 stores in the U.S. and Canada before agreeing to merge with his cousin in 1911.
♥~ The now-iconic Woolworth Building in New York City was finished in 1913 and at 792 feet, it was the tallest building in the world (until 1930). It cost $13.5 million to build, and supposedly Woolworth paid for the whole thing in cash. It’s now only the 15th tallest building in New York.
♥~ Seafoam salad was popularized at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – lime Jell-O, cream cheese, pears, maraschino cherries and whipped cream. You can also make it with orange Jell-O, if you prefer, or substitute pineapple for pears and add mayo and nuts.
♥~ The Woolworth lunch counters were home to some of the most famous civil rights protests during the 1960s. On February 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University sat down at some stools reserved for whites only at the Greensboro Woolworth’s lunch counter. They were refused service, so they refused to leave. More people joined them every day, and eventually the owner closed the store for a few weeks because of a bomb threat. That very lunch counter desegregated a few months later on July 26, 1960. A section of the lunch counter, which closed when the store closed in 1993, now resides at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
♥~ In 1979, The Guinness Book of World Records declared that Woolworths was the largest department store chain the world.
♥~The Woolworth building in New York has been a pretty popular spot for movies and television shows. It can be spotted in Enchanted as the building that Narissa scales with Robert in her clutches, it’s one of the buildings that is destroyed by the Cloverfield monster, and it’s the headquarters for Mode magazine in Ugly Betty.
♥~ Barbara Hutton, Frank Winfield Woolworth’s granddaughter. Her mother, Woolworth’s daughter Edna, committed suicide when Barbara was just six. She inherited $50 million on her 21st birthday and then went through a string of husbands, including abusive ones, freeloaders and Cary Grant (who did not ask for a penny when they divorced, by the way). Her only son died in a plane crash in 1972. When she died seven years later, it’s rumored that she had dwindled away all but $4,000 of her fortune.
As I type the snow doth fall….Chicago is suppose to end up with between 6-11 inches of snow. These days we give ourselves a large margin for error. We are prepared tho…we have left over Chinese food, hot chocolate, mini marshmallows, coke and a package of debatable pork chops. There may even be a semi nueva banana in the fruit basket!
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