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06/05/19 Your Future

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

"Never let your fear decide your future."

"The high prices of prescription drugs are getting to be ridiculous!" "I'd tell you to take a chill pill, but they are now $50 a pop."

It was a typical night of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire:

Regis: “Barbara, you’ve done very well so far – $500,000 and one lifeline left — phone a friend.”

“The next question will give you the top prize of $1 million dollars, if you get it right. But if you get it wrong, you will drop back to $32,000. Are you ready?”

Barbara: “Sure, I’ll have a go!”

Regis: “Which of the following birds does not build its own nest?

Is it:
A – Robin
B – Sparrow
C – Cuckoo
D – Thrush

Remember Barbara – its worth $1 million dollars.”

“I think I know who it… I’m not 100%… no, I haven’t got a clue. I’d like to phone a friend Regis, just to be sure.”

Regis: “Yes. Who, Barbara, do you want to phone?”

Barbara: “I’ll phone my friend Maggie back home in Birmingham.”


Maggie (a blonde): “Hello…”

Regis: “Hello Maggie, its Regis here from Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I have Barbara here and she is doing really well on $500,000, but needs your help to get to a Million. The next voice you hear will be Barbara’s and she’ll read you the question. There are 4 possible answers and only 1 correct answer. You have 30 seconds to reply — fire away Barbara.”

Barbara: “Maggie, which of the following birds does not build its own nest?

Is it:
A- Robin
B- Sparrow
C- Cuckoo
D- Thrush

Maggie: “Oh gees, Barbara that’s simple…It’s a cuckoo.”

Barbara: “You think?”

Maggie: “I’m sure.”

Barbara: “Thanks Maggie.” (hangs up)

Regis: “Well, do you want to stick on $500,000 or play on for the Million, Barbara?”

Barbara: “I want to play, I’ll go with c-cuckoo”

Regis: “Is that your final answer?”

Barbara: “It is.”

Regis: “Are you confident?”

Barbara: “Yes fairly, Maggie’s a sound bet.”

Regis: “Barbara… had $500,000 and you said c-cuckoo…you’re right! – You have just won ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!! Here is your check. You have been a great contestant and a real gambler. Audience please put your hands together for Barbara!”

That night Barbara called round to Maggie and brought her down to a local bar for a celebratory drink and, as they were sipping their champagne, Barbara turned to Maggie and asked: “Tell me Maggie, How in God’s name did you know that it was the cuckoo that does not build its own nest?”

Maggie: “Listen Barbara, everybody knows that a cuckoo lives in a clock!”

It's Attitude Day! Today is about keeping a positive attitude which is healthier and lowers the risk for heart attacks and stroke. So smile more, reframe the situation, and work to build resiliency.
--Apple II Day: commemorates when the Apple computer was released in 1977.
--Global Running Day: celebrates all things about running and the joy of running; there will be even virtual runs available.
--Hot Air Balloon Day: celebrates the oldest form of technology to carry humans; the first hot air balloon flight with humans aboard was in November 1783 in Paris, France after a trial run in June with animals; the balloon was created by the Montgolfier brothers out of sackcloth and paper.
--Tailor's Day: a salute to the professionals who make or alter our clothes to fit will and look right; a well-tailored outfit will hang just right and look just right.
--Gingerbread Day: observed June 5 and November 21, don't know why; gingerbread started in 992 with Gregory of Nicopolis, an Armenian monk , who taught it to French priests; in the 15th century, gingerbread came to mean cake made with molasses and ginger.
--Veggie Burger Day: sponsored by Amy's Foods, alternative meat foods have been available for over 30 years.
--Sausage Roll Day: a British bundle of sausage in pastry; not the same as pig-in-a-blanket we have in the US.
--World Environment Day: commemorates the first conference on environmental issues in 1972; known as the Stockholm Conference, it encouraged worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment; still haven't gotten it figured out.
"--Moonshine Day: Moonshine refers to an illegally distilled spirit, usually made by an individual. And although moonshine was commonly made in America throughout most of the 1800s, it didn’t become the stuff of legends (and awful hangovers) until the passage of the 18th Amendment in 1919. Rather than making you show off your memory of 10th grade history class, we’ll just mention that the 18th Amendment prohibited alcohol in the United States.

Until 1933, when the 21st Amendment (which repealed the 18th) passed, Americans who wanted to drink alcohol had to turn to the black market of the day, which belonged to the moonshiners and bootleggers. They distilled the moonshine and then delivered it, making everyone involved criminals. Today, moonshine has been featured on “reality” TV shows, and it’s also sold by large distilleries, looking to rekindle the memories of the illegal liquor."
--HIV Long-Term Survivors Day: 30 years ago, the life expectancy of someone with AIDS was short but with treatments, people with AIDS are living longer and are encountering special issues; on June 5, 1981, the CDC issued the first reports on a rare pneumonia affecting young gay men in New York and California which later was identified as HIV/AIDS.
--Festival of Popular Delusions Day: this holiday started June 5, 1945, the year after the Normandy landing of the Allies; the premise of the day is that on June 4, 1944, the day before the landing, the Nazis were living in the delusion that the Third Reich would last for 1000 years, only to have that delusion squelched the next day; on a more current meaning, today is a day to remind us to set aside delusions that keep us from being the best we can. Whether they're small delusions (I can eat this without gaining) to big delusions (thinking of climate change deniers), it's time to be real.
-- in 1956, Elvis Presley performs "Hound Dog" on the Milton Berle Show, complete with his suggestive hip movements. Future TV gigs will film him from the waist up. Note: this was his second show. His first show was with Ed Sullivan but minus the gyrations.
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