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May 4, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: ‘May The Fourth Be With You’!
★~ International Firefighters Day:
Honor and support those brave souls who run INTO danger for others!
FIrefighters Day was proposed by firefighter JJ Edmondson following a tragic wildfire in Australia that took the lives of five firefighters on January 4, 1999.
We celebrate International Firefighters Day by honoring Firefighters’ and recognizing the sacrifices they make to ensure that our communities and environment are as safe..
~ Why Dalmatians? Back in the days Dalmatians were trained to escort the horse-drawn fire engine and protect the horses from stray dogs and other animals on the way the the fire. The distinctive spots of the Dalmatian made it easy for the horses to distinguish them from other dogs (not sure about this but…). During the fire, Dalmatians seemed to keep the horses calm while safeguarding the fire equipment. Back at the firehouse Dalmatians provided companionship and keep the firehouse free of rats. And to top it all off–Dalmatians are a darn good looking mascot.
~ Saint Florian, is the patron saint of firefighters.
★~ Star Wars Day:
“Star Wars” Day is here. For the uninitiated, “Star Wars” Day — an unofficial and fan-created “holiday” — occurs every year on May 4, because “Star Wars” fans love their puns: “May the Fourth be with you.” (Get it? Instead of “May the Force be with you.”)
“Star Wars” Day isn’t sanctioned by Lucas film (though the company is all for it) or the U.S. government, but that doesn’t stop millions of “Star Wars” fans from celebrating the holiday. Ironically, there actually is a “Star Wars” Day on the official record: the Los Angeles City Council declared May 25 to be “Star Wars” Day because that was the day “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” was released in 1977.
How to celebrate? Watch Star Wars movies, or just acknowledge people by saying, “May the fourth be with you.”
★~ Motorcycle Mass and Blessing of the Bikes Day:
For some, getting out on the open road with their cycle is a Zen experience. On Motorcycle Mass & Blessing of the Bikes Day, bikers gather for a special mass to have their bikes blessed. The Bikers Patron Saint, St. Columbanus of Bobbio lived from 540-615AD was known for being rugged, handsome, and being irresistible to women; not to mention having a liking for beer. In fact, one of his miracles involved creating more bread and beer for a gathering.
While Pope Francis may never wear this jacket he does seem to be admiring it with appreciation.
★~ National Orange Juice Day:
The idea of drinking OJ in the morning stems from the 1920s when California and Florida fruit growers started touting the health benefits of vitamin C, a newly discovered vitamin, in their promotional campaigns. And of-course we all know that a day without Orange Juice is a day without sunshine. For a real eye opener try Spicy Orange Juice
★~ Candied Orange Peel Day:
I have to wonder who that first pioneer women was that looked at pile of orange peels, thought, ‘Gee, what a waste,’ and then sliced the peels up, boiled them in sugar-water and thought “I’ll preserve these orange peels so my family can snack on them and I can add them to my holiday cookies and fruit cakes.” I wonder if she ever considered that there would be a Candied Orange Peel Day? Inquiring mind . . . Here is a recipe If you want to make your own Candied Orange Peels or make a Chocolate Mousse Garnish with orange peels
★~ Today in History:
♥~1964 – Another World premiered on NBC-TV. The soap opera dramatized the story of two families: the Randolph’s and the Matthew’s.
♥~1968 – McDonald’s Big Mac sandwich made its debut. The introductory price was 49 cent and 520 calories. The price has gone up however the good news is the calories have stayed the same!
♥~1970 – – Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose ‘Ohio’ which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
♥~2006 – U.S. Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Zacarias Moussaoui to prison for life, to “die with a whimper,” for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Moussaoui retorted, “God save Osama bin Laden. You will never get him.” He was wrong.
♥~1929 – Audrey (Edda Kathleen) Hepburn (van Heemstra) Academy award-winning actress: Roman Holiday ; Gigi, War and Peace, Love in the Afternoon, The Unforgiven, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Children’s Hour, Charade, My Fair Lady; died Jan 20, 1993; Google honors her 85 Birthday with a doodle.
♥~ 1959 – Randy Travis (Randy Bruce Traywick) singer: Forever and Ever Amen, On the Other Hand, Diggin’ Up Bones, Always and Forever
♥~1958 – Keith Haring’s pop art American artist was inspired by street styles and dance music of the 1980s and mentored by Andy Warhol. Google Doodle celebrates Keith Haring
♥~1961 – Mary Beth McDonough actress: The Waltons, Boston Legal, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Christmas at Cadillac Jack’s, One of Those Nights, Waiting to Act, Mom, Midnight Offerings, Lovely But Deadly
★~ Good to Know:
Since Spamming is at an all time time high and AOL’s hacking issues are plaguing so many long time users, I thought this was appropriate but not nearly tough enough. I would add on AOL with Internet explorer. Just sayin’
The Mario Cart boy’s night took place last night. Boys are so silly. I mean really silly. I made Sloppy Joe’s for a late night snack but the boys informed me that the snack was a little offensive to their friend Joe. Could we rename it? Sloppy Joe’s is now called Sloppy Jack’s. When I told them with enthusiasm that I bought them rootbeer AND vanilla ice cream so they could make floats they all gave me sideway grins. The girl equivalent to rolled eyes. On the other hand headlocks and hugs, flowed my way, and I woke up to a clean kitchen. Wait. A clean kitchen?
My teen hasn’t given up on the idea of the perfect prom-graduation suit at a price he can afford so we are trudging downtown to some discount suit warehouse he found on-line. Shopping on a Sunday, downtown with a teen who’s had (I’m betting) less than a couple of hours of sleep. Give me strength. I would gracefully refuse, “No Way.” if, yesterday, he hadn’t put in hours of due diligence on our gate. In the event of a tornado or hurricane, I’m grabbing on to one of those gate posts because with the amount of concrete he poured they aren’t going anywhere. EVER. When I asked him why the concrete wasn’t smooth, he told me he didn’t think I wanted my concrete to look like everyone else’s concrete. Who would? I’ll post pictures as soon as the gate is swinging. The concrete will need about a week to dry. At least. I’m all about learning curves and hands on experience.
Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.
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