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September 28, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius
★~ Drink A Beer Day:
Raise a pint and toast to one of the oldest and most popular beverages in human history.
There are hundreds of different varieties of beer, but they all fall into one of two categories—ale or lager. Historians believe that humans have been producing beer, or some form it, since the Neolithic Era. The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The Weihenstephan brewery began producing beer in the year 1040. Today, the company exports fourteen different brews all over the world.
The craft beer movement is out of control right now. New breweries are popping up all over the country, archaic state laws are beginning to change that benefit the consumer and brewing community, and sales figures continue to rise by upwards of 15% year after year. It’s definitely a great time to be a beer drinker in America!
★~Good Neighbor Day:
In the early 1970’s, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter) to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors.
In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day.
The neighbors are back roasting green chilies on an open fire again this year. But you’ll not hear me complain. Nope.
★~ Ask a stupid question day:
Is the nose the center of the face?
Why do Aliens abduct Humans if we are an inferior race?
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
(Your turn, I’m sure you can do better)
★~ Strawberry Cream Pie Day:
Did you know that 70% of a strawberry cream pie’s weight comes from the strawberries themselves?
The perfect strawberry cream pie filling can be whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings. In other words, have your Strawberry Cream Pie, your way.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1961 – Hazel premiered on NBC-TV. The sitcom starred Shirley Booth in the title role, with Don DeFore as George Baxter and Whitney Blake as Dorothy Baxter (the family who Hazel adopted). She was their maid and housekeeper. Hazel was based on the Saturday Evening Post cartoon series by Ted Key.
♥~ 1989 – The first two people to go over Niagara Falls in the same barrel and live to tell about it. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter DeBernardi went over 167-foot high Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the Falls.
♥~ 1991 – Garth Brooks big ol’ black hat and all, hit number one with his album Ropin’ the Wind. He was the first country artist to debut an albumat #1 on both the Billboard album chart and country album chart.
♥~ 551 B.C.: Confucius, the legendary Chinese philosopher, was born on the Shandong peninsula, 2,563 years ago today. His family was poor and in his youth he tended livestock, but in later years he had many disciples and served for a time as the Minister of Crime.
♥~ 1836 – Thomas Crapper: English plumber: Thomas Crapper, contrary to popular belief, did not invent the flush toilet, which had existed for centuries before his birth. He did start his own business, Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd and patented nine different innovative plumbing mechanisms, including the floating ball cock, which itself could have leant the English language a number of mildly offensive expletives, but instead it is his serendipitous or unfortunate last name, depending on how you look at it, for which we remember him best.
♥~ 1856 – Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin writer: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Timothy’s Quest, The Bird’s Christmas Carol; organized 1st free kindergarten in San Francisco, established California Kindergarten Training School; died Aug 24, 1923
♥~ 1909 – Al Capp (Alfred Gerald Caplin) Capp wrote and drew the cartoon, Li’l Abner, with its cast of wonderful characters, Mammy and Pappy Yokum, their son Abner, the lovely Daisy Mae, Fearless Fosdick and the lovable Schmoos.
♥~ 1934 – Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal) actress: And God Created Woman, Viva Maria, A Very Private Affair
★~ Beer Gallimaufry:
Bruges Will Cut Traffic With…an Underground Beer Pipeline
You can transport beer by hand, horse cart, or truck. But these are not efficient means of transporting large quantities of beer.
This has become a problem for the De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges, Belgium. For five hundred years, it has produced beer at its brewery in the center of town. It uses a fleet of trucks to move its beer 3 miles to a distribution facility. A problem because the trucks clog up traffic on the city’s cobblestone streets.
In response, De Halve Maan has acquired permission to build a 1.8-mile underground pipeline that will move the beer quickly and efficiently. When complete, the plastic pipeline will move about 1,585 gallons of beer per hour.
If the pipeline springs a leak, the beer will be on the street.
We have a basement leak caused by the modernization of Chicago’s natural gas delivery. They must have hit my water line during the update process. Naturally, I discovered this on Saturday and nothing can be done until Monday. Fortunately, a few months ago I learned that disposable diapers are not only great for cleaning up dog messes, but are also terrific little sandbags. So I’ve lined the floor where the water is seeping in with disposable diapers. They need changing about every 8 hours, but so far I’ve been able to contain the water. I made a comment about how expensive disposable diapers are on Facebook and learned Thrift stores sell both kids and adult size packages for pennies on the dollar. I’ll be scouting out a few thrift stores in the hood today. Hopefully, tomorrow we can make progress solving the problem.
I’m trying to keep my sense of humor and good attitude. My mantra: My home is a joy, worth the effort, and we have a rain-free weekend and plenty of pampers. Still, I am a little overwhelmed. It’s been a LONG summer.
So what’s new in your neck of the woods?
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