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12/6/19 Beginner

Friday, December 06, 2019

"Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." Meister Eckhart

A plugger can't understand why companies print the expiration dates in the same color ink as the label it's printed on: "Shoot..Does that say 2018 or 2016?"

A woman was taking an afternoon nap. When she woke up, she told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?" "You'll know tonight," he said. That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it to find a book entitled "The Meaning of Dreams."

It's Mitten Tree Day! Based on the book by Candace Christiansen, "Mitten Tree", today is about giving mittens and other warm clothing to those in need. The book is about an elderly lady who knits mittens each night and leaves them in the tree next to a bus stop so that kids without mittens can be warm. When she runs out of yarn, someone leaves yarn on her porch and she keeps knitting.
--Bartender Appreciation Day: observed on the first Friday of December; a salute to the person who makes all the difference in a night out to the pub; not only do they pour pints and mix cocktails, a good bartender has great people skills and can be a good listener.
--Faux Fur Friday: observed on the first Friday; a day to suggest alternatives to real fur and give the animals a break; fake fur made with cellulose fibers came out in 1929 and became mainstream in the 1950's.
--International Sweater Vestifal Day: observed on the second Friday after Thanksgiving; no, that's not a typo; this day is to wear with pride your sweater vests, handmade or not.
--Miner's Day: today honors the accomplishments and sacrifices of all miners around the world and raises awareness of the dangers and further protections of our miners; today also commemorates the Monongah, West Virginia mine disaster in 1907 which killed 362 men and boys, some as young as 8; there are a lot of products that would not be available if we didn't have miners.
--National Gazpacho Day: a salute to a special cold vegetable soup from Andalusia in the southern part of Spain; its main ingredients are tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers.
--National Microwave Day: where would we be without our microwaves!;in 1945, Raytheon filed a patent for a microwave oven and produced the Radarange, a microwave which stood almost six feet tall, and cost $5,000—$54,000 in 2016 dollars; Raytheon licensed its patents to Tappan, which introduced a microwave in 1955, which was still too large and expensive for everyday home use. It cost $1,295, which is almost $12,000 in 2016 dollars. In 1965, Raytheon acquired Amana, and introduced a countertop microwave in 1967 for $495, which is still about $3,600 in 2016 dollars.
--National Pawnbrokers Day: even though pawnbrokers have a rather shady reputation, they do provide a service for those who need cash and those who are looking for a bargain.
--Put on Your Own Shoes Day: because there is no clear origin for this day, there are a few different interpretations; it's a day to give shoes to those in need; it's a day to encourage little kids to learn how to tie their own shoes; it's also a day to walk in your own shoes and be mindful of your own business rather than walking in someone else's shoes.
--St. Nicholas Day: one of the Christian saints, St. Nicholas is associated with Christmas time and is known for giving gifts and leaving coins in shoes; The Netherlands celebrated Sinterklaas yesterday as the eve of Saint Nicholas Day.
--White Ribbon Day: observed in Canada; also known as National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women; this day commemorates the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal massacre when 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique, singled out for their gender, were shot and killed.
-- In 1865, in the U.S., the 13th Amendment was adopted which abolished slavery.
--In 1884, workers have put the aluminum apex atop the 555-foot-high marble obelisk built in honor of George Washington. Construction began in 1848 but stalled during the Civil War. At the time of its completion, it's the tallest structure in the world and will remain the tallest in the capital, thanks to city law.
--In 1964, 'Rudolph' debuts on TV. The stop-motion animation special airs on NBC as part of General Electric's 'Fantasy Hour.' Created by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass and filmed in Japan, the show will become a holiday classic for generations, moving to CBS in 1972.
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