"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." Zig Zagler
"There is no snooze button on a dog that wants breakfast."
The following is seen in a Florida newspaper:
A man was working on his motorcycle on his patio and his wife was in the house in the kitchen. The man was racing the engine on the motorcycle and somehow, the motorcycle slipped into gear. The man, still holding the handlebars, was dragged through a glass patio door and along with the motorcycle dumped onto the floor inside the house.
The wife, hearing the crash, ran into the dining room, and found her husband laying on the floor, cut and bleeding, the motorcycle laying next to him and the patio door shattered.
The wife ran to the phone and summoned an ambulance.
Because they lived on a fairly large hill, the wife went down the several flights of long steps to the street to direct the paramedics to her husband. After the ambulance arrived and transported the husband to the hospital, the wife uprights the motorcycle and pushed it outside.
Seeing that gas had spilled on the floor, the wife obtained some papers towels, blotted up the gasoline, and threw the towels in the toilet.
The husband was treated at the hospital and was released to come home. After arriving home, he looked at the shattered patio door and the damage done to his motorcycle. He became despondent, went into the bathroom, sat on the toilet and smoked a cigarette. After finishing the cigarette, he flipped it between his legs into the toilet bowl while still seated.
The wife, who was in the kitchen, heard a loud explosion and her husband screaming. She ran into the bathroom and found her husband lying on the floor. His trousers had been blown away and he was suffering burns on the buttocks, the back of his legs and his groin. The wife again ran to the phone and called for an ambulance.
The same ambulance crew was dispatched and the wife met them at the street. The paramedics loaded the husband on the stretcher and began carrying him to the street. While they were going down the stairs to the street accompanied by the wife, one of the paramedics asked the wife how the husband had burned himself. She told them and the paramedics started laughing so hard, one of them tipped the stretcher and dumped the husband out. He fell down the remaining steps and broke his arm.
This story redefines what it is to have a bad day.
It's Read in the Bathtub Day! Today combines 2 of the most relaxing pastimes into a great way to end the day, especially if you've been shoveling snow. Add the bubbles, grab a glass of wine, and a bath tray will help keep the book dry.
--Academy Awards Day: from wiki: The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the "Oscar". The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art Deco style.
--Autism Sunday: observed on the 2nd Sunday of February; aka Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger Syndrome; started in English churches in 2002 and has since spread worldwide to other churches; spiritual leaders are encouraged to talk openly with their congregations about the Autism Spectrum.
--Chocolate Day: the third day of Love Week/Valentine Week, today is the day to give your favorite person a box of chocolates.
--Man Day: observed on the Sunday before Valentine's Day; a day for the gents to have a turn just before Valentines; a day to pay extra attention to all men in your circle including friends, coworkers, and family.
--National Develop Alternative Vices Day: we Sparkers already know the concept behind this day; today is to encourage us to find alternatives to any unhealthy habits such as too many sweets; the concept is we find ways that are still pleasing but not as unhealthy as a present habit such as to have a piece of dark chocolate instead of that bag of candy and one glass of wine instead of a 6-pack of beer.
--National Toothache Day: today is a day to remind us not to ignore that aching tooth; untreated infections can cause severe issues down the road, causing more trauma and costs than if it had been dealt with early on.
--Pizza Pie Day: aka Pizza Day; pizza began as a flatbread with toppings in late 18th century Naples but didn't become really popular till later in the US.
--World Marriage Day: observed on the 2nd Sunday of February; today honors that special relationship between two people who love each other and have committed themselves to each other.