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10/31/18 Best Days

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

"You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life."

"The guy in the yellow shirt should check his triglycerides…"

A soldier was stationed abroad and received a “Dear John” letter from his girlfriend back home. It read: “Dear Dave, I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have cheated twice, since you’ve been gone, and it’s not fair to either of us. I’m sorry. Please return the picture of me that I sent you. Love, Kim.”

The soldier, with hurt feelings, asked his fellow soldiers for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters, ex-girlfriends, aunts, cousins, etc. In addition to the picture of Kim, Dave included all the other pictures of pretty girls he had collected from his buddies. There were 43 photos in the envelope along with a note that read: “Dear Kim, I’m so sorry but I can’t remember who you are. Please take your picture from the pile, and send the rest back to me. Take care, Dave.”

It's Halloween! Lots of related days celebrated but my favorite is the Books for Treats. Give gently used children's books instead of candy. The first horror movie was in 1896, a three-minute silent film by pioneering director Georges Méliès was made in France, where it was released as ‘Le Manoir du Diable’ (The House of the Devil). While it was originally intended to amuse audiences, the themes and characters, which include a bat transforming into the devil, have led most film historians to consider it the first horror film. It’s also been called the first vampire film. It's Carve a Pumpkin Day (it has been suggested this should be a few days sooner), Caramel Apple Day (does not count as a healthy version of fruit), Doorbell Day (these little gizmo's are going to get a workout tonight), Increase Your Psychic Powers Day (guess what I'm thinking, go ahead), Knock Knock Jokes Day (maybe tell a joke when you answer the door), Samhain (Gaelic festival to celebrate the end of the harvest, occurring between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice), Magic Day (commemorates the day Houdini died in 1926), Scare a Friend Day (sounds appropriate for today), Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking (enough said!), and Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day (I remember this even as a kid). Some non-Halloween related celebrations are Girl Scouts Founder's Day (celebrates the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low in 1860; she founded the Girl Scouts in 1912), Reformation Day (in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 'Ninety-five Theses', questioning the Catholic Church's traditions, to the All Saint's Church in Wittenberg, Saxony; there's no agreement as to whether Luther chose this day on purpose to get the attention of the common man), and World Savings Day (established 1924 during the first International Savings Bank Congress to encourage savings).
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