Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

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August 13, 2014

Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

★~ Today’s Quote: “The right half of the brain controls the left half of the body. This means that only left handed people are in their right mind.” ~ Author unknown

★~ Lefty Day:

Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

Lefty Day, encourages all left-handed people to stand proud and accept a round of applause for learning to live in a right handed bias world. Or something like that.

★~  Filet Mignon Day:

Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

Filet mignon is French for “dainty fillet,” and recognized by its melt in your mouth tenderness. It is sliced from the tenderloin muscle of the steer or heifer and is most often cooked by grilling, broiling or sauteing.

Marinated Filet Mignon With Flavored Butter

★~ Today in History:

Li’l Abner, Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

♥~ 1889 – German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin received a patent for a “navigable balloon,” which would later become known as a blimp or a “zeppelin.”

♥~ 1934 – Cartoonist Al Capp began his famous comic strip, Li’l Abner. In those early days, the cartoon strip was carried in eight newspapers. Eventually, it would be in more than 500, and would be the basis for a Broadway play and a Hollywood movie.

♥~ 1948 – Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Satchel Paige threw his first complete game in the major leagues. He allowed the Chicago White Sox only five hits in the 5-0 shutout.  The rookie pitcher was 42 years old

♥~ 1952 – Big Mama Thornton recorded “You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog,” almost four years before Elvis did it. In 1953 Big Mama’s version hit #1 on the R&B charts.

★~Born Today:

Annie Oakley, Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

♥~ 1860 – Annie Oakley (Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee) sharpshooter, performer: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show; died Nov 3, 1926

♥~ 1899 – Alfred (Joseph) Hitchcock ‘The Master of Suspense’: director: Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds, Rear Window, Rebecca, To Catch a Thief, Frenzy, Notorious, Suspicion, The Thirty-Nine Steps; TV host: Alfred Hitchcock Presents; died Apr 29, 1980

♥~ 1951 – Dan Fogelberg singer: Hard to Say, Longer, Leader of the Band, The Language of Love, Same Old Lang Syne, Run for the Roses; died Dec 16, 2007

♥~ 1959 – Danny Bonaduce actor: The Partridge Family, H.O.T.S., America’s Deadliest Home Video; disc jockey

★~ Leftie Gallimaufry: 

 Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

Barack Obama is the latest to join a long list of lefty presidents from the 20th century: James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Henry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were all southpaws.

Bill Gates is one of a surprising number of  lefty U.S. business moguls, the list includes Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller and former IBM head Lou Gerstner. But the club seems to be a guys-only fraternity — research suggests that while left-handed men tend to earn more than their right-handed colleagues, there is no similar advantage for women.

Oprah Winfrey is a lefty along withWhoopi Goldberg, Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie (FYI –  Brad Pitt is also a lefty).

Babe Ruth may be baseball’s most decorated lefty player, however he’s not the only Hall of Fame southpaw. Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, Warren Spahn and Steve Carlton are among the left-handed pitchers who have frustrated hitters. Lefty batters also do better at the plate: they do better against right-handed pitchers and stand a precious step or two closer to first base, advantages that sluggers from Ty Cobb and Stan Musial to Ted Williams and Barry Bonds have clearly used to their benefit.

Napoleon Bonaparte  objected to the time-honored military practice of marching on the left side of the road with weapons at the ready in the right hand: it put lefties like him at a strategic disadvantage. Once in power, the story goes, the French emperor — whose queen, Josephine, was also a southpaw — ordered his armies to switch sides. Civilians in countries he conquered had to do the same. Hence, supposedly, the rules of the road as we know them were born, which also explains why the British (who, along with the Prussians, defeated Napoleon at Waterloo) still drive on the left.

Leonardo da Vinci: Historians have suggested that da Vinci’s left-handedness added to his genius, because it forced him to think and see in an extraordinary way. (If so, he wasn’t alone: fellow left-handers Renaissance men include Michelangelo and Raphael.)

Marie Curie, was a lefty along with the rest of her family of accomplished, southpaw scientists. Curie, who discovered the principles of radioactivity and won two Nobel Prizes, was married to fellow lefty Pierre Curie, who was instrumental in helping Marie’s atomic research and shared one of her Nobel awards. Historians believe their daughter, Irene, was also left-handed. Irene went on to win a Nobel Prize of her own with her husband — who, you guessed it, was also left-handed.  Einstein, Newton and Alan Turing — founder of modern computer science — all were left-handed as well.

Aristotle penned an exhaustive list of works all with his left hand. And his philosophical musings influenced a much later, left-handed thinker: German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche.

Jimi Hendrix the six-string revolutionary favored a right-handed Fender Stratocaster, slung upside-down across his shoulders, that didn’t need to be restrung: Hendrix taught himself how to hit the strings in reverse order, producing a unique sound and allowing him to alternate between left- and right-handed playing if he so desired. (He could play right-handed but generally preferred not to).Hendrix’s use of distortion and wah-wah effects warped and extended notes in ways no other player could quite achieve; for years, right-handed guitarists have tried to emulate his sound, going so far as to put left-handed necks on their own guitars. There was one technique not impacted by Hendrix’s left handedness: setting his guitar on fire. For that, he used both hands.


I’m off to pick up my car. The starter died on Monday, Triple A towed it to the repair shop, it was repaired, I picked it up and less than a block later it lost all power and the transmission failed.  The good news is the repair shop called late yesterday and said it was a minor repair which they fixed. No charge. I’ll WOOHOO as soon as I drive it home.

After the car fail we returned home to discover that the upstairs toilet was leaking into the basement. We replaced the toilet ring, but it still leaks. Cole suggested we use the money we saved on the van’s transmission to call a plumber to fix the leak. We could do that, or we could try and fix it ourselves and use the money we saved from the transmission and the plumbing, to buy a new faucet for the kitchen sink and stop it from leaking under the sink. Yes, as a matter of fact, I do feel a lot like that little dutch boy as I run from room to room dumping out pans of water before they overflow.

The ceiling in the basement will be worked on as soon as Cole’s partner has some free time to help him.  We haven’t found a permanent fix for the hole in the side of the garage, that leads into the attic above the garage, but we are working on it. I told Cole to fix it. He asked how. I told him to You-Tube it. I’d like to solve the problem before winter. Currently, it is too hot to be inhabitable but that will change once cooler temperatures arrive and unbearably hot turns to warm and toasty —If you know what I mean.

What’s new in your neck of the woods?

Odd Loves Company,

13 thoughts on “Lefty Day, Filet Mignon Day

  1. Morno,
    It’s time to wish my daughter a happy Leftie day already? My how time flies. Thanks for the reminder.
    I’m a t-bone guy but would not turn down Filet Mignon especially with butter.
    When it rains it pours. And in your case I mean this literally. Hope you car is fixed and you plug your leaks. Home ownership has its trials that is for sure.
    I play golf on Wednesday afternoons so I’m looking forward to the day. Hope you have a better day.

    • You didn’t send a card? Mike put it on your calendar for next year.
      T-bone are good too! Cole’s favorite steak.
      Yep, it’s raining alright but it’s never as bad as it could be and I remind myself of that often.
      Have fun golfing!

  2. Good Morno,
    Did you miss me? My laptop had an upset with a glass of OJ and was in the shop. When it was returned to me it still wasn’t right so we decided to replace it which meant everything needed to be reinstalled. Lets put it this way your house stories made me feel less alone.
    I love filet mignon and my oldest daughter is a lefty. I think we celebrated with ice cream last year.
    I’m looking forward to catching up and being back!

    • We have missed you. Terrible! So sorry about the lap top. Spilling something on you your computer is the awful.
      Go for the ice cream! Why not.
      Glad your back and you will never feel alone on Odd!

  3. I absolutely hate car issues. You feel so helpless. And your status on Monday now makes total sense. What an ordeal. Ugh. Hopefully all the holes and leaks will get patched, fixed, repaired and life will be good once again, right?
    No lefties in my family but my MIL was a lefty—it was always difficult to read her handwriting. Oh–Aaron’s Hannah is a lefty—I just remembered that! So….maybe we will have a lefty in the family someday….no pressure. But I like her. 🙂

    • My van has a heart. It didn’t start from the garage and died a block from the repair shop the second time. The June Bug and Audi not so much so.
      Yep, the more we get done the better!
      Hannah is a nice name Just sayin’.

  4. Domer’s dad is a lefty. I always thought it looked awkward for him to hand write anything and am glad I was born right-handed.
    Yikes, you’re a more patient person than I am! I’d have called a plumber a long time ago — I hate it when things don’t work right and want them repaired ASAP.
    That filet looks delicious, if a bit on the too-rare side for me.
    It’s a beautiful day here. While I’d rather be going golfing, I’m going to write instead. The sooner I finish this opus, the happier I’ll be!

    • I think being right handed is easier. Although I’ve cut myself with a scissors twice in the last two weeks so maybe not.
      Fixed right away is optimal just not always possible. I’ve had lots of practice learning to be patient.
      Good luck with the writing. It’s beautiful here too. Spending lots of time outside.

  5. My son is lefty. Only one in a long linr of rightys. Don’t know where that came from. I like filet, but Lobster is my fav. Sounds like the place is going to “pot” with all your water drips etc. Better get that hole in the garage patched before cold weather or you may end up with critters moving in.

    • There is one in every crowd.
      Filet with lobster is a winning combination!
      We are having a rough summer but the house overall is very well built, thank goodness, so it’s really just a matter of something wearing out and needing maintenance.
      We are NOT providing rent controlled housing for any critters. Hear that hammer pounding!!

  6. My nephew is a southpaw. Can’t think of another lefthander in the family. He makes a good one!
    Car problems are awful. Hope the fix stays.
    Leaks definitely rival car problems. Hope that issue has been resolved, too.
    I’m back at work as of Monday. It’s good for me!

    • I picked the car up today and it sounded like it was healed. It’s a MIRACLE.
      The leaks are a bit more tricky but we will persevere and overcome.
      Back to work. I’m happy it’s good!! Of-course, I’m sure Nik will put on the pout.

  7. Me, I’d rather have car troubles than plumbing woes. As you know, we haven’t had a working dishwasher for years. The main floor shower hasn’t been more than a trickle for even longer. Now the master bath is leaking into the basement every time it’s used. Sigh. I finally got the plumber to come by in the spring and give me a quote. I budgeted for the repairs, sent in the contract months ago, and … crickets. Heavy sigh. I called today – nice girl on the phone took my information and said she’d call me right back. It’s nearly midnight – guess she forgot?

    I either have to assert myself with more confidence or find a new plumber. Triple sigh.

    I’m impressed you and Cole have been able to replace rings and plan on replacing your own faucets. That seems so very brave.

    What a long list of famous and accomplished lefties. I wonder how many famous and accomplished righties there are? A few, I’m guessing.

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