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01/02/19 Plans

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

"If 'Plan A' didn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool."

Doctor: "Don't eat that." Husband: "How far are you planning to go with this preventive medicine thing?"

A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?”

“Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her.

There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked ‘NO REFILLS’?”

"It's Happy Mew Year for Cats! We've had our turn, now our feline friends get to have their celebrations! Give them a mew toy or mew treats for their Mew Year! It's Buffet Day (the concept has been around since mid-17th century France when gentlemen callers came to homes of ladies they wanted to woo unexpectedly; the all-you-can-eat version was created in 1946 by a Las Vegas hotel), Cream Puff Day (roots trace to the Middle Ages, created in France), Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes It Day (common phrase in the 50's and 60's, similar to the ""throw it on the wall and see what sticks""; celebrate by sharing new ideas and trying new things), Motivation and Inspiration Day (originally created shortly after 9/11 to remind us we still have many things to live for, to be our best and maximize our potential), Science Fiction Day (the birthday of Isaac Asimov, this day is for Sci-Fi fans to toot their horns and relish their beloved genre), Personal Trainer Awareness Day (with all the focus on resolutions this time of year, today is to remind us a personal trainer could be a vital part of the implementation and success of your plans), Swiss Cheese Day (no reasons given as to why today, so why not; a tasty alternative to cheddar for the grilled cheese sandwich), Introvert Day (in a world that is geared to the extrovert, today is to raise awareness and give voice to a misunderstood minority; introverts aren't weird, they just don't need the social contact as much as others), Pet Travel and Safety Day (to raise awareness that all needs of a pet should be addressed when traveling with them; as stated, if you can't travel in an air-conditioned environment with your chinchilla, then don't travel with your chinchilla), and Kakizome (from Wiki.: is a Japanese term for the first calligraphy written at the beginning of a year, traditionally on January 2; traditionally, kakizome was performed using ink rubbed with the first water drawn from the well on New Year's Day. Seated facing a favourable direction, people would write Chinese poetry containing auspicious words and phrases such as long life, spring, or perennial youth. These poems were then often burned.).

The last entry is 55 MPH Speed Limit Day; who remembers driving the faster speeds BEFORE they lowered the limit? From Checkiday: On January 2, 1974, President Richard Nixon signed the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act into law. It contained the National Speed Limit Law, which lowered the speed limit to 55 mph nationally. The law was created in hopes it would help drivers be more fuel efficient, so there would be less of a dependence on foreign oil. President Nixon thought that by lowering the speed limit, about 2% less gas would be used, and gas prices would lower. There was also a belief that a lowered speed limit would make roads safer.

Prior to the new speed limit law, states had set their own highway speed limits. Although the law was optional, it said that the Department of Transportation would not give any funding to new projects or road repairs in states that did not comply with the new law. Consequently, all states complied, although some states were looser in their enforcement than others. For example, some states in the West, such as Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, gave out ""energy wasting fines"" instead of speeding tickets. These fines of $5 to $15 were given out to those who went over 55 mph but stayed under the speed limit that existed before the law went into effect.

In March 1974, OPEC lifted their embargo. Prices remained high and a shift to purchasing fuel-efficient cars began, which didn't subside until the SUV boom in the 1990s. The speed limit law was unpopular, with a majority of people continuing to speed. Additionally, less than half of the hoped-for reduction in gas consumption took place. The law was repealed in 1995, and many states now have highway speed limits of 70, 75, or 80 mph. Bring back memories?"
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