Lame Duck Day, Waitangi Day, Frozen Yogurt Day

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February 6,2013

Cold winter sunrise

★~ Today’s Quote:  When Donald Duck traded his wings for arms, was he trading up or trading down?  ~ Doug Coupland

★~ Lame Duck Day:

lame duck

The phrase lame duck was coined in the 18th century at the London Stock Exchange, to refer to a broker who defaulted on his debts. In the 19th century the term was use to  describe an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, and especially an official whose successor has already been elected.

In U.S. politics, the period between (presidential and congressional) elections in November and the inauguration of officials early in the following year is commonly called the lame duck period. In regard to the presidency, a president is a lame-duck after a successor has been elected, and during this time the outgoing president and president-elect usually embark on a transition of power.s. Since they may no longer feel beholden to voters, these officials may take advantage of their position against the wishes of their constituents. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, known as the Lame Duck Amendment, was passed to reduce this risk, by shortening the terms of elected officials who are voted out of office.

Celebrate Lame Duck Day by Quacking on the hour. Here is an example of one the finest not from a duck quacks that I have heard….Kristy Quacks. 

★~ It’s Waitangi Day:

Waltangi Day

If you’re not from New Zealand, chances are you’ve never heard of Waitangi Day but we are going to change that right now.  Waitangi Day commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. This document tofficially made New Zealand part of the British Empire, guaranteeing the indigenous people of New Zealand the rights to their land and the same personal rights as British citizens.

The indigenous people (called the Maori) viewed the treaty as a sacred pact. There are many customs associated with Waitangi Day including family gatherings, ceremonies, and parades to celebrate Maori culture. It is also the day that the Order of New Zealand is bestowed upon individuals who have given outstanding service to their country.

To celebrate Waitangi Day, book a trip to New Zealand, learn more about the history of this island nation, or watch a movie filmed amidst its beautiful landscapes!

Happy Waitangi Day!

★~Frozen Yogurt Day:

frozen yogurt

Frozen yogurt has been around since the 1970s but was slow to catch and did not gain gain popularity until the 1990s when it claimed “10 percent of the frozen dessert market,” according to Coldstone Creamery.

While the initial attraction of frozen yogurt was that it was “healthier” than ice cream, you can still dress it up with candy, fruit and oreo’s crumbs if you are so inclined.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ Cardinal Achille Ratti became Pope Pius XI, succeeding Pope Benedict XV. Benedict had died two weeks earlier, and it took 14 ballots for the College of Cardinals to elect Ratti.

♥~ 1933 –  The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. It moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

♥~ 1943 – Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio’s Your Hit Parade

♥~ Princess Elizabeth of England became Queen Elizabeth II, upon the death of her father, King George VI.

♥~ 1971 – NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard took a six-iron that he had stashed away inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. Shepard whiffed the first swing, so, he got a ‘Mulligan’ on that one. The others were good, crisp shots that went, oh, a few hundred yards in the vacuum of space.

★~Born Today: 


♥~ 1878 – Walter B. Pitkin, one of the earliest self-help writers. despite dropping out of college, he was offered a position as a professor at Columbia University, where he taught psychology, philosophy, and journalism for 40 years. His books include The Psychology of Happiness (1929), Life Begins at Forty (1932), A Short Introduction to the History of Human Stupidity (1932), Take it Easy: The Art of Relaxation (1935), and Road to a Richer Life (1949).

♥~ 1895 –  Babe (George Herman) Ruth‘The Sultan of Swat’, ‘The Bambino’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Boston Red Sox pitcher [won 89 games over six seasons/World Series: 1915, 1916, 1918], NY Yankees outfielder [World Series: 1921-1923, 1926-1928, 1932/60 home runs in 1927/all-star: 1933, 1934], Boston Braves; 714 home runs in 22 seasons; died Aug, 16, 1948

♥~ 1913 – Mary Leakey’s 100th Birthday  British archaeologist. Celebrated with Google Doodle

♥~ 1939 – Mike Farrell actor: M*A*S*H, The Interns, The Man and the City

♥~ 1940 – Tom Brokaw news anchor: NBC Nightly News, Today; author: The Greatest Generation

♥~ 1945 – Bob Marley singer, songwriter, musician: guitar: Easy Skanking, Natty Dread, No Woman No Cry, Mellow Mood; died May 11, 1981

♥~ 1950 – Natalie Cole Grammy Award-winning singer: Best New Artist [1975]; This Will Be, I’ve Got Love on My Mind; daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole.

♥~ 1957 – Simon Phillips musician drums: groups: Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck, Whitesnake, Jack Bruce, Brian Eno, Duncan Browne, Toyah, Mike Oldfield, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Gary Moore, 10cc

♥~ 1957 –  Kathy Najimy  voice of Peggy Hill. King of the Hill’

♥~ 2001 – Louie Ortegon. The youngest of three, and El Morno friend, Christa Sorenson’s “baby.”  Louie is a charmer and a sweetie. His sweet, sensitive, writer’s soul  is wrapped up in a sports-loving, rough and tumble body.  Happy Birthday Louie!

★~ Do You Know: Lame Duck Super Bowl Shirts


(world vision)

After a big Game in any sport,  the demand for commemorative merchandise will be at its high, often just minutes after the game ends. The NFL pre-prints about 300 shirts and hats for both Super Bowl contenders to wear in the on-field celebrations immediately following the game. At the same time, sports retailers around the country will be unpacking gear emblazoned with the winning team’s name, logo, mascot, and hometown, while shipping back apparel emblazoned with the sigil of the loser.

NFL rules state that all gear proclaiming the losing team as Super Bowl victors, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, and ball caps, cannot be sold. For the first 30 Super Bowls, it had to be destroyed after the final whistle. In the 1990s, however, the NFL was approached by World Vision, an evangelical organization with a presence in more than 100 countries, which wanted to take the apparel to places where the outcome of an American football game was less important than keeping warm. So for the past 17 years, the loser’s championship gear has been shipped off to areas World Vision deems to be in greatest need. In 2012 super bowl, after the Patriots lost to the Giants, the Patriots Super Bowl apparel went to Zambia, Armenia, Nicaragua and Romania.

Just think – somewhere in a developing nation, there are entire villages of people who think the Buffalo Bills had one heck of a dynasty in the 90s.


I heard a joke…It’s perfect for a Wednesday. . .

A married couple is travelling by car from Victoria to Prince George .

After almost eleven hours on the road, they were too tired to continue and decided to check into a hotel and check out again early the next morning.

When they checked out four hours later, the desk clerk hands the husband a bill for $350.00.

Shocked he asked for an explanation as to why the charge was so high for such a short stay.  When the clerk told him that $350.00 is the ‘standard rate’. He insisted on speaking to the Manager.

The Manager appeared, and  explained that the hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre that were available to use.

“But we didn’t use them,” the husband said.

“Well, they are here, and you could have,” explained the Manager.

The Manager went on to explain that the couple could also have taken in one of the shows for which the hotel is famous. “We have the best entertainers from New York , Hollywood , and Las Vegas perform here,” the Manager says.

“But we didn’t go to any of those shows,” the husband said.

“Well, we have them, and you could have,” the Manager replied.

No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, the husband replied, “But we didn’t use it!”

The Manager was unmoved, and eventually the husband gave up and agreed to pay. As he didn’t have the check book, he asked his wife to write the check.

She did and gave it to the Manager.

The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check. “But ma’am, this is made out for only $50.00.”

“That’s correct. I charged you $300.00 for sleeping with me,” she replied.

“But I didn’t!” exclaims the Manager.

“Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have.”


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Odd Loves Company! 

11 thoughts on “Lame Duck Day, Waitangi Day, Frozen Yogurt Day

  1. Morno,
    Frozen yogurt looks really good. McDonalds makes a parfait that has yogurt in it with fruit that makes a good breakfast if you are on the run.
    New Zealand looks like a nice place to visit. Hope they have a good holiday.
    This week is moving slow but after today we over the hump.
    Make it a good one!

    • We have enjoyed that parfait and it is very good. This has seemed like a very long week but we are on the home stretch.

  2. Yum! Frozen yogurt looks so good. Laughed out loud at the clever wife’s response to the over priced hotel.
    I would like to be in New Zealand today. I would like to be anywhere that did not included full laundry baskets and sticky counters. DH and I started a vacation conversation last night- we are both feeling the need to escape for a few days.

    • Don’t you wish for that much nerve or to be that quick on your feet in a situation like that? I do.
      Hope you and Dh make your vacation happen!

  3. New Zealand. We visited about 15 years ago. Wonderful trip. Beautiful country.
    I’m so glad they don’t incinerator those shirts any any more and put them to good use.
    Cold and windy here today. I’m ready for a little sunshine.
    Funny joke, you have to love a creative problem solver.

    • Not to brag but we had 4 hours of sunshine today. It was wonderful. I have heard New Zealand is a great place to visit!
      Hope a little sunshine shined your way!

  4. Just thought I would let you know that while I have never left a comment, I really enjoy El Morno and read every day. It makes my conversations so much more interesting.
    Thank you for taking the time to write your Odd blog.

    • Thanks for dropping by Odd! It is always nice to meet and greet new friends..drop by any time! Thanks for reading.

  5. interesting bit of new zealand history.
    if we go out for a treat, it is always ice cream, not frozen yogurt even though the latter is also good.
    funny joke! what a witty woman!
    rain all day. was thankful to get Nik out this morning for her full walk in a slight drizzle.
    oh! the dipr works like a charm! seems as though i may need a second bag of oreos just to be certain though….

    • Yes…I would go for that second bag of Oreos…one can not be to sure.
      We saw the sun for the first time in days. It was out for about 4 hours and all my pups were enjoying it to its fullest.
      Well, I guess into every life a little rain must fall–hope it brought cool temps along with it.

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