Swap Idea Day, TV Dinner Day, Syria

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September 10, 2013

Cat tails at Falls Park

★~ Today’s Quote:   “Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.” ― Stephen Jay Gould

★~ Swap Idea Day:

Two heads are better than one right?  Right. Today is dedicated to sharing great ideas and tips amongst friends, family, the butcher, the baker, and the Starbuck’s barrister. Good idea’s are meant to be shared and passed around.

★~ TV Dinner Day: 


Music Paring by EL Morno friend, Stan! 

Food historians (yes, there is such a thing) believe that the  introduction of the frozen “TV dinner” marked the beginning of America’s love affair with convenience food. In 1953 – Swanson sold its first TV dinner. Clarke and Gilbert Swanson started by cooking up their famous pot pies. By 1954, Swanson TV dinners included turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans topped with butter, and whipped sweet potatoes flavored with orange juice and butter on a three-section aluminum tray — and sold for 98 cents. Other dinners sold for as little as 69 cents.

The Smithsonian Institute inducted the original Swanson TV Dinner tray into the Museum of American History in 1986.

Today we celebrate this piece of American cultural history with TV Dinner Day!

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 490 BC Some historians believe that the Battle of Marathon between the Greeks and the Persians happened on September 10th in 490 B.C.  According to legend, a messenger ran non-stop more than 20 miles from the battlefield to Athens to deliver news of a Greek victory. That legend inspired the first “marathon” foot race during the Athens Olympics of 1896.

♥~ 1935 –I’m Popeye the sailor man…” toot! toot! Popeye was heard for the first time on NBC radio. The show was based on the Elzie Crisler Segar comic strip, which featured Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutas, Wimpy and Sweepea. Now, eat your spinach in celebration!

♥~ 1955 – Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the Miss America Pageant on NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly-crowned beauty queen, “There She is … Miss America”. The song was composed by Bernie Wayne and was sung for the first time on this day. Sharon Kay Ritchie was the first Miss America to be honored with the song. When she married singer Don Cherry (Band of Gold), There She Is was part of the wedding ceremony.

♥~ 1960 -1061 – A belt with a gold buckle, called the Hickok Belt, was created to honor the top professional athlete of the year in the U.S.  Two years in a row, in 1960 and 1961, the winner of the Hickok Belt was an athlete born on September 10th…golfer Arnold Palmer (born in 1929), followed by baseball home-run record-setter Roger Maris (1934).

♥~ 1964 – Rod Stewart recorded his first tune, titled Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, for Decca. It was not one of his more successful recordings.

♥~ 1972 – The U.S. lost an Olympic men’s basketball game for the first time, when the Soviet team took the gold medal game, 51-50.  Members of the American team felt that the championship was stolen from them when the Soviets were given three chances to score the winning basket.  The Americans refused to accept the silver medal.

♥~ 1989 – Deion Sanders intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons. Four days earlier he hit a home run for the Yankees. Two American dreams in one week.

♥~ 1989 – Zippy Chippy lost his 100th race at the Northampton Fair at the Three County Fairgrounds. He went off at odds of 7-2 making him the second betting choice.. A host of fans were there that day to cheer him at the start and to take his picture. Said his jockey, “It would be nice if people took photos at the end of the race too.” Zippy came in last. Click for more Zippy facts.

★~ Famous Birthdays:


♥~ 1914 – Robert Wise Academy Award-winning director: The Sound of Music [1965], West Side Story [1961]; Two for the Seesaw, The Andromeda Strain, Star Trek: The Motion Picture; died Sep 14, 2005

♥~ 1929 – Arnold Palmer golf champion: 1st million $ winner; Masters Champion: [1958, 1960, 1962, 1964], U.S. Open [1960], British Open [1961, 1962]

♥~ 1942 –   Stephen Jay Gould. Popular science writer, known for work as an evolutionary biologist, advancing the theory of punctuated equilibrium, which addressed jumps in evolution. Most of his work was done on land snails.

♥~ 1950 – Don Powell musician: drums: group: Slade: Get Down and Get With It, Coz I Love You, Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum on Feel the Noize, Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me, Merry Xmas Everybody, We’ll Bring the House Down, My Oh My, Run Run Away

♥~ 1953 – Amy Irving actress: Yentl, Crossing Delancy, The Competition, Benefit of the Doubt, Carrie, Honeysuckle Rose; singing voice of Jessica Rabbit: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

♥~ 1960 – Colin Firth actor: Pride and Prejudice, Circle of Friends, Hostages, The Advocate, Valmont, Apartment Zero, The Secret Garden, Another Country

♥ ~ 1972 – James Duval actor: Independence Day, The Doe Boy, The Weekend, Window Theory, Frog-g-g!, Pledge of Allegiance, Amerikana, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Go, Wild Horses

★~ Good to Know: 

Mideast Syria

Congress back from vacation will vote, Wednesday, September 11, on our involvement in Syria.  Here are a few links you might find interesting.

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

Congress scheduled to cast first Syria vote on Wednesday

10 things that could go very wrong if we attack Syria

Washington  DC Denied Permit For “2 Million Biker Ride In DC” but gave “Million Muslim March” permit. Lets refocus the American Peoples attention away from Syria.

Polls: Opposition to Syria strikes on the rise

(Thanks you, EL Morno friend Carolee, for providing some of these links)


Twitter is always an excellent place to see what Americans are paying attention to and a quick twitter check this morning indicates we the American People are most interested in the following:

Miley Cyus rides a wrecking ball naked.

Gucci Mane tells the truth..

Will George Zimmerman go back to jail

In a couple of hours, Apple will take over the news with an I-Phone announcements.

My suggestion, if we must intervene in Syria, is that we send Boston,Ma. to accomplish the job and call it mission accomplished by the end of the day.  Mostly, I hope we stay home.

Feel free to share the above links with friends and family. Feel free to share links you have found valuable in the comment section.

Feel free to rant, it’s rant Tuesday.

Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “Swap Idea Day, TV Dinner Day, Syria

  1. Morno,
    Head cold still hanging on, but I feel a little better. I enjoy a TV dinner every now and then. Hungry man chicken fried steak is good.
    Only good idea I have is to stay the hell away from Syria. Watching too much news from the couch.
    Have a good one.

    • Glad you are feeling a little better. I’ve heard the Hungry Man Chicken Fried Steak is very good.
      Maybe it’s time to switch the channel and watch Gunsmoke?

  2. Good Morno,
    My kids love TV dinners. I let them pick out there “own dinner” and then once a month on a crazy day, I call TV dinner night and we eat our TV dinners in front of the TV on a SCHOOL NIGHT. Breaks up the routine and it’s “FUN.”
    Syria is crazy. Thanks for the links. I had no idea this vote was happening tomorrow. I thought President Obama was standing firm against the attacks. And for the record I was not reading about Millie Cyrus. So much for her Disney Channel Days.

    • Yep. I think Millie has left the Nick and Disney channel far far behind. Your tv dinner nights do sound like such FUN!
      Three cheers for FUN.

  3. El Morno just proves once again how many talented, clever folks were born in September!! (Can’t tell that I’m partial to my birth month, can you?!)
    Thanks for the links about Syria. While I feel the last thing we need is another war and more meddling in affairs that don’t concern us, I hate the thought of any government using chemicals on its own citizens (if that’s what’s really happening — who knows, any more?)
    Swapping ideas sounds like a good idea for any day!

    • September is a lovely month!
      The people of Syria have my prayers. However, I am not willing to sacrifice one American life for their country. When you have nothing to lose, I don’t think air strikes are going to be much of a deterrent.

  4. I ranted on Facebook–trying to move on. Did a couple good deeds this morning and off to get the hair beautified if only I could communicate to my stylist my perfect style…we keep falling short.
    The Syria thing is baffling to me—I do not want to lose more lives in a war. It just breaks my heart and I don’t want any more deaths but the chemical warfare is just darn scary.
    Onward and upward, Katybeth. Onward and upward.

    • And your rant was a solid one! You need hefty garbage men for goodness sakes. Maybe you should live him an unopened
      can of spinach
      Hair! Oh don’t get me started. Hope you liked it when your hairdresser finished.
      It’s all scary. I guess this is a good time to send love, light and prayers to the people of Syria with a strong intention that some how, some way they find a way out of the mess there country is in…..

  5. The U.S. needs to keep their nose out of other countries business, and take care of things right here. There are needy people here. Need to get jobs going and take care of business at home.. Let the other countries do what they want. This country is broke, remember that President Obama??? Go take another million dollar vacation, why don’t ya?

    • I agree. it’s horrible what Syria is doing to their own, but we simple can not help and what we can give we need to give at home.

  6. i’m late! the us cannot be all things to all countries. how about taking care of our own? carol ^, yes.
    i bought tv dinners when i thought i would starve over the summer so i have been dipping into my stash. the jury is out on my selections!

    • We missed you! Agree about Syria. Please take notes and share TV dinner reviews with us. Inquiring minds want to know…

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