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02/01/20 Eye on the Prize

Saturday, February 01, 2020

"Success doesn't happen overnight. Keep your eye on the prize and don't look back." Erin Andrews

"A man sees his wife is busy in the kitchen and says: 'Can I help?' She says, 'Sure, take this bag of potatoes, peel half of them and put them in a pot to boil.' No matter what men do, somehow, we still get yelled at…."

These are actual quotes of what people said in court, word for word:
Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
A: Yes.
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?

A holiday near-and-dear to my heart: Spunky Old Broads Day! For the ladies over 50, spend today living life to the fullest and refuse to be quiet. Reinvigorate the spunk of your soul!
--Car Insurance Day: one of life's necessities we dread, today we salute car insurance because, when we need it, it can make all the difference in the world.
--Change Your Password Day: if you haven't done it since last February, a day to change your computer passwords and to keep your personal info safe.
--Dark Chocolate Day: you might not need a reason to celebrate dark chocolate, but it sure is sweet to have one; today is to exalt the health and happiness that dark chocolate brings and pay homage to the history and cultural significance surrounding this decadent treat.
--G.I. Joe Day: today salutes the military doll created in 1963 by Hasbro to compete with Mattel's Barbie; G.I. (which means government issue) Joe also came as Rocky the Marine, Skip the Sailor, Ace the Pilot; these dolls were the first toys classified as action figures as, during that time, boys didn't play with dolls.
--Hula in the Coola Day: no explanation why the title, but today commemorates that iconic Hawaiian dance that goes back to ancient times; it is often done with a chant called a oli or a song called a mele; James Cook in 1778 was the first European to witness these dances.
--Ice Cream For Breakfast Day: observed on the first Saturday of February; this holiday was created by a Rochester, NY, mom in the 1960's whose family was fed up with the constant cold; to shake things up, she decreed that breakfast would be ice cream for that day; of course, the kids reminded her the next year and so a holiday was born.
--International Pisco Sour Day: observed on the first Saturday of February; a salute to a cocktail of Peruvian origin which is made with pisco, a South American liquor.
--National Baked Alaska Day: a salute to a dessert made of sponge cake covered by a slab of ice cream with meringue; the dish is baked long enough to brown the meringue which protects the ice cream from melting; 18th century Benjamin Thompson showed the resistance of egg whites to heat.
--National Freedom Day: today commemorates the anniversary of the 1865 signing by President Lincoln of the House and Senate resolution that proposed 13th Amendment which abolishes slavery.
--National Get Up Day: today is centered around the analogy of ice skating and is about getting back up after a fall; it's to remind us to fight for something you believe in.
--National Serpent Day: one interpretation of today is for us to come to grips and face the fears that are holding us back; learn how to tame those snakes that slither through our minds and confidence.
--Robinson Crusoe Day: today commemorates the anniversary of the real-life rescue in 1709 of sailor Alexander Selkirk from a remote island he was put on in 1704 by his captain as punishment; Selkirk's adventures would become the basis of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
--Take Your Child to the Library Day: observed on the first Saturday of February; today an annual event to encourage us to take the kids to the library and introduce them to real books; so check your local library for any special readings.
--World Hijab Day: today raises awareness of the history and importance to the Muslim women who wear the hijab; to understand this article of clothing from the women's point of view.
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