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March 30, 2016
Our Pup is bigger than your pup!
★~ Today’s Quote: A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. ~ Joyce Meyer
★~ Pencil Day:
On March 30, 1858, Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser. The pencil was praised for its precision during writing and drawing.
In Middle English the word, spelled pencel, meant “artist’s brush.” It was borrowed from Old French pincel or peincel, related to Modern French peinture “painting.” The French inherited the word from the Latin penicillus, for “little tail.”
My twenty year old is constantly surprised by people who don’t have a pencil and sharpener handy. Apparently life without plenty of pencils and a quality pencil sharpener is simple not much of a life. This year he asked for a set of 12 Blackwing 202 pencils for his birthday (picture above). The Blackwing pencil pencil pays tribute to the grand-daddy of legendary pencils, the Eberhardt-Faber Blackwing 602. Need I say more? Ok, I will.
A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long.
A pencil can write under water, upside down, or in zero gravity.
Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the pencil.
★~ National Doctors Day:
The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.
Chocolates and flowers won’t skyrocket as the nation celebrates Doctors’ Day, but nonetheless it is a day that deserves our attention. Since its inception in 1933, commemorating the March 30, 1842 discovery of anesthesia by Crawford Long, the medical profession has undergone astounding transformations. In 1933, the Nobel Prize in Medicine went to Thomas Morgan for a revolutionary concept now taught in grade school–that is, chromosomes play a role in heredity. These days we are able to map our genomes for a thousand dollars as a result of DNA sequencing and personalized medicine.
The red carnation is the official flower for Doctors’ Day.
★~ Take a Walk In the Park Day:
The sun is shining and a light coat should handle the chill, so my plan is to snap a leach on a pup and head out to encourage the spring fairies to keep on keepin on! Hope your weather is mild too and you can join me!
★~ Turkey Soup Day:
An old American way to celebrate the end of Winter and the promise of Spring.
Turkey Neck Soup is pretty much what it says – a soup whose stock is made from turkey necks.
The tough neck meat helps make soups richer. May I suggest a pot of Mom’s Turkey Soup?
★~ Today in History:
♥~1964 – “This … is … ‘Jeopardy’!” One of television’s best known game shows, Jeopardy, developed by Merv Griffin, aired on NBC-TV for the first time on this day. Art Fleming never missed one show in 2,500 programs. The infamous Final Jeopardy song has a name “Think!”, originally composed by Merv Griffin as “A Time for Tony” as a lullaby for his son Tony, it has served as the Final Jeopardy! round countdown music since the show’s debut in 1964. Over the years, Griffin estimated that royalties from the theme song earned him roughly $70 million. I was in visiting my sweet mom and dad recently and we watched Jeopardy every night–My sweet Mom is a killer Jeopardy player.
♥~ 1974 – John Denver reached the top spot on the music charts with his hit, Sunshine on My Shoulders
♥~ 1990 – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” opened in movie theaters throughout the U.S.
♥~ 1993 – In “Peanuts,” Charlie Brown hit his first home run. Batting against Roxanne Hobbs, the great-granddaughter of Roy Hobbs (the fictional star from The Natural), Charlie Brown hits a walk-off home run that wins the game for his team. For the first time in decades, they won the game because of Charlie Brown. No reason to cry “WAHHH!” this time.
♥~1930 – Rolf Harris Australian entertainer, singer: Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Two Little Boys; actor: Web of Suspicion, The Rolf Harris Show, Rolf’s Cartoon Club
♥~1937 –Warren Beatty (Henry Warren Beaty) actor: Splendor in the Grass, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, Bonnie and Clyde, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Parallax View, Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Dick Tracy, Bulworth, Town and Country; Academy Award-winning director: Reds ; Heaven Can Wait, Dick Tracy, Bulworth; Irving G. Thalberg Memorial [Academy] Award 
♥~1945 – Eric Clapton (Eric Patrick Clapp) rock guitarist: group: Yardbirds: For Your Love; song writer: Layla, score for The Hit; Grammy Award-winning singer: Bad Love , LPs: Tears from Heaven and Unplugged , I Shot the Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Promises, I Can’t Stand It, Wonderful Tonight
♥~1968 – Céline Dion Academy/Grammy Award-winning singer: Beauty and the Beast; LPs: Celine, Celine Dion, The Colour of My Love, D’eux, Falling Into You, Let’s Talk About Love, S’il Suffisait D’aimer, These Are Special Times, All the Way…A Decade of Song
♥~ The Supreme Court deadlocked in a case to determine whether teachers can be required to pay union dues. The four-four result means that the fees will continue to have to be paid. “It was the most important case yet in which the eight-member court was unable to reach a decision.”
♥~ It was going to be the ultimate case to determine the value of security vs the need for privacy. But then the FBI called it off and found someone that could unlock Syed Farook’s iPhone without Apple’s help. ( I am guessing it was one the Feds kids.)
♥~ James Patterson sells a lot of books. The 156 books he’s published have sold 325 million copies. But there’s an entire market that he’s missing out on. People who have abandoned the page for the screen. So now he’s going after them too. How? “Make them shorter, cheaper, more plot-driven and more widely available.” From the NYT: James Patterson Has a Big Plan for Small Books. It was a dark and stormy night. In the morning, it cleared up.
♥~ From WaPo: “Ate something bitter? It can make you judgmental. Feeling love is all around? It can make even water taste sweeter. Not only do our emotions influence our perceptions of taste, but what we taste can also change how we feel, scientists have found … ‘The tongue could be a window to the psyche.'”
♥~ A Texas couple welcomed into the world a beautiful burrito.
♥~ “Furrowed brows, raised chin and compressed lips.” Together they form the universal language. It turns out that almost everyone around the world understands the Not Face.
♥~ Design is spreading. All the way to Motel 6. We’ll leave the app-controlled light on for you.
Just thought I drop in and wish you a Good Morno. What’s new with me? Well..in March…
My teen turned twenty. We’ve celebrated all month, at least.
I visited my sweet family in New Mexico. This may have happened the end of February. I can’t really remember but I had a great time.
My twenty year old headed off to Florida to a wedding. Two notable events – The father of the bride fell into the river. He bonded with another guest. They are both ordained ministers for The Universal Life Church of Ministries. The Father of the Groom (who is a minister) promised to mentor him.
Oh, you didn’t know Cole was interested in becoming a Minister? Well me either….I really need to blog about this. Suffice to say for now he can park at any hospital for free and perform weddings in every state.
We finished drywalling the basement. I now own a drywall lift. You wonder if hiring someone would have been cheaper. Maybe. But then I wouldn’t know how to put up drywall.
My twenty year old built his friend a Beer Pong table (about the size of a pool table) in my living room. The crowning moment came when he was incredulous, that I was concerned, when he started to spray paint. In the house. The building of the table included a wild ride in the back of pick-up truck that resulted in a bruised rib. I really should know better. The birthday recipient was thrilled.
We have been plumbing issue free for over 6 months. I’m not smug; I am grateful.
Our grooming skills now include the Lion Cut. Buster roared for several days before going back to being a handsome Doodle with a spring cut.
It is not the Holiday Season. The header on Odd is just outdated. Good to know, right? I am trying to update it. At least I was able to get rid of the snow.
There is more…..But for now I will just remind you that it if it makes you smile, giggle or laugh…Do it again! And hope to be back soon.
Odd Loves Company