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04/03/20 Life Through a Camera

Friday, April 03, 2020

"Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. If things don't work out, take another shot!"

When a plugger gets a calling from a "higher power", it's not coming from heaven…it's Mrs. Plugger: "Andrew Bear!" "This doesn't sound good."

A missionary recruit goes to Venezuela for the first time, struggling with the language. He visits one of the local churches and sits in the front row.

So as not to make a fool of himself, he decides to pick someone out of the crowd to imitate. He decides to follow the man sitting next to him in the front pew. As they sing, the man claps his hands, so the missionary recruit claps, too. When the man stands up to pray, the missionary recruit stands up, too. When the man sits down, the missionary sits down.

Later in the service, the man next to him stands up again, so the missionary stands up, too.

Suddenly a hush falls over the entire congregation. A few people gasp. The missionary looks around and sees that no one else is standing. So he sits down.

After the service ends, the missionary recruit greets the preacher. "I take it you don't speak Spanish," the preacher says.

The missionary replies, "No, I don't. It's that obvious?"

"Well yes," the preacher says. "I announced that the Acosta family had a new-born baby boy, and I asked the proud father to please stand up."

It's Find a Rainbow Day! April's showers bring May's flowers and they also bring rainbows. Just a reminder that after all that gray and wet, there will be a rainbow to be found.
--Circus Day: long before PT Barnum and Bailey brought the Big Top, Philip Astley of England established a horse riding school in 1768 and gave performances in the afternoons; in 1770, he added acrobats, jugglers, and clowns; in 1793, the circus was first performed in the US in Philadelphia in 1793.
--Fish Fingers and Custard Day: (this is for the Dr. Who fans; today celebrates the "Eleventh Hour" episode where Dr. Who sits down to Fish Fingers and Custard.
--Hospital Admitting Clerks Day: observed on the 1st Friday of April; these medical staff members don't get the glory of the doctors and nurses, but they are an important part of our experience at the hospital; they keep us calm and get us to our correct locations quickly.
--International Kids Yoga Day: observed on the 1st Friday of April; a day to encourage kids to try yoga; with their flexibility, I'm jealous.
--National Chocolate Mousse Day: a salute to a creamy dessert of coffee, butter, bittersweet chocolate, eggs, dark rum and vanilla; in French, mousse means 'foam' which describes mousse well as it is light and frothy; it was a popular dish in the 18th century France but the first written record of its presence in from an exposition in New York City in 1892.
--National Don’t Go to Work Unless It's Fun Day: the premise of today is that, unless you know work is going to be fun, just stay home; because of practicalities like you don't want to lose your job, at least do something fun at work like a special treat; for this year, most of us are working from home or not going at all, but we can still find something fun to do.
--National Film Score Day: today celebrates all the music that accompanies the movies; the right music can make such a difference in the ambiance of a movie; we all get nervous when we hear the spooky music and we get goose bumps with the soaring music.
--National Walk to Work Day: observed on the 1st Friday of April; a day to leave the car at home and hoof it; even if you take the bus/train, get off a couple stops earlier and walk the rest; this year, walk around the house.
--Pony Express Day: on this day in 1860, the first mails left St. Joseph, Missouri, to head west and Sacramento, California, to head east; the west-bound mail arrived in Sacrament 10 days later, beating the east-bound mail by 2 days.
--Student Government Day: observed on the 1st Friday of April; we sat through the speeches and voted for our friends, but student government gives students a chance to experience the process of serving the student body and negotiating with the faculty.
--Tweed Day: today has 2 interpretations that are left up to you; we can salute the warm fashionable woolen clothing from Scotland; or we can salute the corrupt politician born today in 1823, William Magear "Boss" Tweed; Tweed was a New York City politician, as a US Representative and as a NY State Senator who was convicted of graft and corruption.
--Weed Out Hate: Sow the Seeds of Greatness Day: using the analogy of gardening, today is to weed out hate in our lives and plant seeds of acceptance and peace; so pull a weed and plant a seed today.
--World Party Day: today is about celebrations to make the world a better place; to create a better reality by taking positive action; "Party is the opposite of War."
--In 1973, the first public mobile phone call was made. From bing: "Motorola engineer Martin Cooper stands on a sidewalk in midtown Manhattan and uses a prototype handheld mobile phone to call his team's main competitor in the field, Bell Labs' Joel Engel. The first handheld cell phone is nicknamed 'the brick.'"
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