National Senior Citizens, National Spumoni Day

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August 21, 2013

Hawaii flower 19

★~  Todays Quote: Ua ola no i ka pane a ke aloha. (Hawaiian: There is life in a kindly reply)

★~ 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.

★~ 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:

Clint Eastwood

♥~ 1959 – President Eisenhower signed the law making Hawaii the 50th state.

♥~ 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, “Wilt the Stilt,” standing at 7 feet, 1 inch was chosen as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA History: winning two NBA championships, earning four regular-season Most Valuable Player awards, the Rookie of the Year award, one NBA Finals MVP award, and being selected to 13 All-Star Games and ten All-NBA First and Second teams. Chamberlain was subsequently enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected into the NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team of 1980. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage, and eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists. Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in a season, a feat he accomplished nine times. Click to see full size ad above.

♥~ 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

★~ Good to Know: 


♥~ Hawaii is the most isolated population center on Earth. It is 2,390 miles (3,846 km) from California, 3,850 miles (6,196 km) from Japan and 4,900 miles (7,886 km) from China.

♥~ The state of Hawaii consists of eight larger, populated islands (with the exception of the island of Kahoolawe, which is not populated) and 124 small, uninhabited islands, reefs and atolls stretching from Nihoa, located about 280 miles (450 km) northwest of Honolulu, all the way to the Kure Atoll, located further northwest. The state of Hawaii encompasses all of these islands except for Midway Atoll, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

♥~ When measured from east to west, Hawaii is the second widest state in the United States, after Alaska.

♥~ The state of Hawaii has four counties: City and County of Honolulu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii (the Big Island).

♥~ Hawaii is the only U.S. state whose land area is increasing (from volcanic eruptions).

♥~ Hawaii’s average daytime temperature in July is 82F and the average daytime temperature in January is 72F

♥~ Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 21, 1959.

♥~ By a legislative act, Hawaii became officially known as the “Aloha State” in 1959.

♥~ Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee. Coffee plantations in Hawaii make up 6,200 acres. In 2003, 8.5 million pounds of coffee were produced.

♥~ Sugar is mainly produced on Maui and Kauai, on altogether 70,000 acres. In 2002, 340,000 tons of raw sugar were produced. One ton of water is needed to make a pound of sugar.

♥~Hawaii produces about 320,000 tons of pineapple each year.

♥~ Hawaii has its own time zone. It’s called Hawaiian Standard Time. There is no daylight savings time in Hawaii, which means that in summer, Hawaii is two hours behind the U.S. West Coast, while in winter, Hawaii is three hours behind the U.S. West Coast.

♥~ The Hawaiian alphabet consists of only twelve letters. The five vowels are A,E, I, O,U. And the seven consonants are H,K,L,M,N,P,W.

♥~ Among all U.S. states, Hawaii has the highest percentage of women in the workforce, about 63 percent as of 2003.

♥~ Hawaii has the highest life expectancy in the United States. Life expectancy for males is 75, for females 80 years.

♥~ Hawaii has the fewest overweight people in the United States. About 19.7 percent of Hawaii residents are overweight, compared to about 30 percent on the mainland.

♥~ Hawaii has a unique way of giving directions. To point people in the right path, local residents use “makai,” which means toward to sea and “mauka,” meaning toward the mountains.

♥~ Honolulu is the “largest” city in the world. That’s because Hawaii’s state constitution states that any island not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes the entire island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located, plus all the other small, uninhabited islands, known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (with the exception of Midway Atoll), part of Honolulu. Honolulu is about 1,500 miles (2,414 km) long. Or in other words, it spans the distance from Los Angeles, California, to Denver, Colorado.

♥~ Honolulu is the second most expensive city in the United States, after Anchorage, Alaska.


Last night, I opened an email from my Chiropractor and learned his last name was Deatherrage. It’s a bit of a story about how this information came as a surprise to me, which I will share later, suffice to say for now that Cole and I dissolved into uncontrollable laughter when I shared this with him. When we finally managed to stop laughing,  Cole looked at me and said, “Mom I hope we don’t crack up at our next appointment.”  Our next appointment is today, if we so much as look at one another we are doomed. Wish us luck, we need it.

Yesterday, Cole took me on a field trip to a machine shop where I learned about the merits of an engine kit vs a rehabbed engine and which one would be best for Cole’s bug.  After the machine field trip, I had a mani-pedi, I want to look really good for the car museum today. . .

Wishing you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

Odd Loves Company!


P.S. This just passed through my in-box and made me smile. Thanks El Morno friend, Isabel


10 thoughts on “National Senior Citizens, National Spumoni Day

  1. Morno,
    I am going to Hawaii in October to sightsee and play golf. Lots of golf. It was a good deal and I’ve never been to Hawaii.
    Spumoni is good. I qualify as a senior citizen and I’m not shy about accepting the discounts.
    Funny about the chiropractor. Just think of something else that happened this morning that was funny in case you have to cover for your bout of laughter.
    What did Cole decide–engine kit or rehab?
    Have a good one.

    • Oh wow, you’ll have a great time. I’m sure the golf courses are amazing.
      Rehab, I think. It seems to change moment by moment.

  2. Yay for Hawaii!!!! Loved our visit there and this song has always been one of my favorites! Now my day has started out wonderfully (after waking from my Glee filled dream) and I am ready to go!
    I am pretty hysterical about your chiropractor’s last name, too. Oh my goodness. How do you overcome that? I guess by never introducing yourself with your last name—hence Dr. Jeff. Good luck today—–with a name like that he has to have a sense of humor, right? So I am sure he will understand if you and Cole enter the office laughing like hyenas! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story!

    • I noticed the last couple of days that they kind of mumble and run his name together when they say it. And lots of people just call him Jeff.
      Glee…too funny.

  3. national senior citizen’s day should be every day. they’re very deserving.
    i like spumoni. must admit mine has been scooped not sliced.
    the vw & wilt ad is comical!
    fascinating about the sea & mountain directions! i could only be so lucky!
    yeah your chiro’s name is funny! i know you & cole will be yucking it up!
    good day!

    • My spumoni is scooped too…I would love directions like that…I still get lost with a GPS and an I-Phone and have to look for the lake in a pinch. I’m a good sport tho, I just give myself plenty of time and expect to take the scenic route.

  4. I would LOVE to visit Hawaii — it’s on my Bucket List. I’ve never been, but one of my neighbors used to go every year and had wonderful stories to share.

    I think if I’d been dressed as a giant red rabbit and got attacked by a clown, I’d have pressed charges. Clowns creep me out!

    Poor Wilt, too tall to fold up into the front seat of a Bug!

    • I am going to be cautious here and say, I think you would like Hawaii very much. It’s beautiful and friendly in almost every way…and based on the prices they are very proud of that beauty.
      But would you have shown up in court wearing your red rabbit suit?
      Some of the early Bug ads put todays advertising copy to shame. Straight forward, funny, and you know exactly what is being advertised.

  5. Hawaii is just such a beautiful place, filled with beautiful people.
    I had spumoni the other day at an Italian restaurant, it was delish.

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