"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." Napoleon Hill
Wife: "I have blisters on my hands from the broom." Husband (and soon to be on the couch): "Next time take the car, silly."
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?
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.”
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?
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…..you 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 Second Half of the New Year Day! It's time to re-evaluate and recommit to our goals and resolutions. It's time to take stock of how the first half went and what can we change
--American Zoo Day: the first American zoo opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1874; private collections of animals have been around since 2500 BC Egypt; Paris opened its zoo in 1793 and the London Zoo opened in 1847 which was used as a model for Philadelphia.
--Canada Day: today is celebrated by our friends to the north, today celebrates the country's movement to a self-government when the British North American Act of 1867 united 3 colonies, 4 provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec) into one country which became a self-governing Dominion of Great Britain.
--Devotion to Duty Day: very little info but today seems to honor our military and their devotion to serving and protecting our country.
--Early Bird Day: I thought this was going to be about Early Bird Specials at places like Denny's but today is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy; today encourages us to open our hearts and mind to the possibilities of joy and happiness.
--International Chicken Wings Day: the most famous Buffalo Wings were created by Teressa Bellissimo at Buffalo's Anchor Bar in 1964; today there are many different varieties and coatings.
--International Joke Day: today is about telling jokes, so dig out your funniest and your corniest jokes (even the Dad jokes) and let them rip; a day for laughing.
--International Reggae Day: observed in Kingston, Jamaica to honor the reggae style music that originated in the Caribbean and is associated with Bob Marley of the 1980's.
--International Tartan Day: observed in Australia, commemorates the Repeal Proclamation of 1782 that annulled the Act of Proscription of 1747 which made wearing the Tartan a punishable crime.
--National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day: vanilla is the most popular flavors but today is about creating your own unique taste; what would you blend with the basic sugar, eggs, and cream?
--National Financial Freedom Day: no specific info but today seems to be about reviewing and evaluating your own situation and goals, then figuring the steps needed toward the end game of financial freedom; I don't think they include winning the lottery.
--National Gingersnap Day: today is a salute to a very spicy cookie/biscuit that is great for dunking in milk; flavored with ginger, cloves, cinnamon and allspice, gingersnaps have been around since Medieval Germany.
--National GSA Employee Day: today is a salute to the government employees, General Services Administration, who work behind the scenes to keep the government functioning in spite of what the idiots on the Hill are doing.
--National Postal Workers Day: a salute to all those who get our mail to us since 1775; yeah, we gripe about the bills but mail time is often the highlight of the day.
--Tour de France Day: today is a salute to the first race on July 1, 1903; from history.com: "Journalist Geo Lefevre had dreamt up the fanciful race as a stunt to boost the circulation of his struggling daily sports newspaper, L’Auto. Henri Desgrange, the director-editor of L’Auto and a former champion cyclist himself, loved the idea of turning France into one giant velodrome. They developed a 1,500-mile clockwise loop of the country running from Paris to Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes before returning to the French capital. There were no Alpine climbs and only six stages—as opposed to the 21 stages in the 2013 Tour— but the distances covered in each of them were monstrous, an average of 250 miles. (No single stage in the 2013 Tour tops 150 miles.) Between one and three rest days were scheduled between stages for recovery. Unlike today’s riders, the cyclists in 1903 rode over unpaved roads without helmets. They rode as individuals, not team members. Riders could receive no help. They could not glide in the slipstream of fellow riders or vehicles of any kind. They rode without support cars. Cyclists were responsible for making their own repairs. They even rode with spare tires and tubes wrapped around their torsos in case they developed flats."
--U.S. Postage Stamp Day: today commemorates the first adhesive postage stamp that came out in 1847; before the advent of the postage stamp, postage of the letter was the responsibility of the recipient who could refuse it, leaving the Postal Service with the cost.
--Zip Code Day: the official zip code system of the US became effective July 1, 1963; London and Liverpool had a zip code system before WWI, but country- and world-wide codes would come later.