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08/17/20 Don't Be Grumpy

Monday, August 17, 2020

"Life's way too short to be grumpy." Sara L. Clarke

"When the kitchen smells of delicious home-cooked food, it can only mean one thing. We're not in my kitchen."

At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 7-year-old hockey players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?”
The little boy nodded in the affirmative.
“Do you understand that what matters is not whether we win or lose, but how we play together as a team?”
The little boy nodded yes.
“So,” the coach continued, “I’m sure you know, when a penalty is called, you shouldn’t argue, curse, attack the referee, or call him a pecker-head.”
Do you understand all that?”
Again the little boy nodded.
He continued, “And when I call you off the ice so that another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach ‘a dumb a–hole’, is it?”
Again the little boy nodded.
“Good,” said the coach. “Now go over there and explain all that to your mother.”

It's National Black Cat Appreciation Day! If you have a black kitty, give him/her an extra treat for their day. Those feline beauties have so many superstitions associated with them which they don't deserve. While most of the negative superstitions came from Europe, black cats are considered lucky in Japan and on some ships.
--Baby Boomers Recognition Day: today is a salute to the generation born 1946-1964; this generation came of age during Woodstock and the Vietnam War and grappled with social changes such as civil rights and women's lib; rock and roll would be the defining music and TV would be a big part of their lives.
--Balloon Airmail Day: today commemorates the attempt on this date in 1859 by John Wise to carry mail from Lafayette, Indiana to New York City via a hot-air balloon; the wind and weather worked against his attempt and the mail would have to finish its journey by train; Wise would make a few more attempts but none were successful.
--Cupcake Day: observed in Australia, also known as RSPCA Cupcake Day; today is ordinarily an annual fundraising event on the 3rd Monday of August for funds to fight animal cruelty; spearheaded by the RSPCA, the goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abused animals; due to the pandemic, the celebration has been postponed till October 26.
--Discovery Day: observed in Yukon, Canada on the 3rd Monday of August; from nationaltoday: "The day has both historical and cultural significance. In 1896, Skookum Jim Mason, originally named Keish by his Tagish parents, discovered gold in the Bonanza Creek. This discovery triggered the Kluane gold rush in 1905, eventually establishing the Yukon as a Canadian territory."
--National #2 Pencil Day: today is a salute to a staple of schoolkids everywhere, just in time for the beginning of a new school year; the #2 just refers to the hardness of the graphite core and doesn't have a distinct history within the history of pencils; however, those bright yellow implements can represent a lot of nostalgia.
--National I LOVE My Feet Day: today is a salute to our feet that carry us everywhere; our tootsies do so much for us and take a lot of abuse from us; schedule a pedicure and show some love.
--National Meaning of "Is" Day: today is a salute to the phrase that makes us chuckle; a tip of the hat to a word that can be difficult to define without actually using the word itself; it's the 7th most commonly used word; also a tongue-in-cheek jab at the infamous statement by Bill Clinton in 1998.
--National Nonprofit Day: today is a day to recognize the myriad of groups that serve so many to make the world a better place without being focused on the bottom line.
--National Thrift Shop Day: today is a day to remind us to support our local thrift shops such as Goodwill; your donations often help in training plus you can often find some real goodies if you're patient.
--National Vanilla Custard Day: today is a salute to a yummy pudding-like dessert that has been around since the Middle Ages, mainly as a filling in pies and tarts.
--Stay Home with Your Kids Day: observed on the 3rd Monday of August; today is a salute to the parents who stay at home or work from home for the kids.
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