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August 13, 2014
★~ 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, 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:
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.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 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.
♥~ 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
♥~ 1959 – Danny Bonaduce actor: The Partridge Family, H.O.T.S., America’s Deadliest Home Video; disc jockey
★~ Leftie Gallimaufry:
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.
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