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10/26/20 Change Focus

Monday, October 26, 2020

"If everything feels completely upside down, you're not alone. Just smile and change your Hocus Focus." Theresa Sanders

"If you throw your hands in the air like you just don't care, make sure you put your coffee cup down first."

Q. What did the pop star do when he locked himself out?
A. He sang until he found the right key!
Q: What do you call a lawyer who has gone bad?
A: Senator.
Q: What did one hat say to another?
A: You stay here, I’ll go on a head.
Q: Why did Cinderella fail at basketball?
A: Because she had a pumpkin for a coach.
Q: Wanna hear a joke about construction?
A: Never mind, I'm still working on it.
Q: What do you do with a sick boat?
A: Take it to the doc.
Q: What did one ocean say to another ocean?
A: Nothing. It just waved.
Q: How can you get four suits for a dollar?
A: Buy a deck of cards.
Q: Why shouldn't you give Elsa a balloon?
A: Because she'll let it go!
Q: How do you make a witch itch?
A: Take away her "w".

It's Day of the Deployed! A day to honor our deployed troops and their families for their bravery and the sacrifice they make for our country. From wiki: "On the National Day of the Deployed, we honor our deployed troops and their families for the bravery and sacrifice they are making for our country.  Each deployed troop leaves behind a family whether it is a spouse and children, parents and siblings, grandparents, a “family” (friends considered family), or all of the included, and even though they are not deployed, military families are making a sacrifice and deserve to be recognized too.  By recognizing a deployed troop’s family, you are honoring the troop too."
--Chicken Fried Steak Day: observed in Texas since 2011 as a charity fundraising event; today is salute to a Southern cuisine classic; from checkiday: "Chicken fried steak consists of beef coated in batter and breading that is then fried. There are various ways to make it. The meat used is often from tough cuts, and "scrawny little cutlets" are often used, but prime beef or choice cuts like tenderloin may be used as well. The steak is usually first pounded so that it is tenderized. It may then be dipped in buttermilk and then floured. Seasonings are usually added, and the steak may be given an egg wash. The steak may be breaded with any number of things, from tortilla crumbs to panko breadcrumbs. Its name comes from how it is prepared: it is often deep-fried like fried chicken. It is most often served with cream gravy, and it can be a component of many types of meals: it may be found on a breakfast platter, and also may be used to make a burger."; this dish used to be a stand-by at my school cafeteria.
--Horseless Carriage Day: not very much info as why we celebrate this day but all listings mention the horseless carriage was described ahead of its time by James Boswell in 1769 in his 'Life of Samuel Johnson'; he described a horseless carriage driven by a turning crank and a spring.
--Intersex Awareness Day: today is a day to raise awareness of a medical condition and the issues faced; intersex condition is a variation in sex characteristics such as chromosomes, gonads and/or genitalia that do not allow a child to be distinctly identified as male or female.
--National Financial Crimes Fighter Day: also known as BSA/AML Day; a fairly new holiday; BSA/AML stands for Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and today salutes all the professionals constantly fighting money-laundering, fraud, and any financial crimes.
--National Mincemeat Day: a salute to a mixture of minced meats, suet, fruits, spices, and distilled brandy; common form of pie this time of year; recipes date back to the medieval times; originally, mince meat was a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking.
--National Mule Day: today celebrates this noisy but sturdy hybrid that has been an important part of American history and rural culture; the celebration started in 1840 as a big event for breeders; mules are the offspring of male donkeys and female horses; more common than hinnies which are the offspring of female donkeys and male horses; history note: the first Spanish Jacks to the US were a gift from King Charles III of Spain, delivered October 26, 1785, to Boston and then bred by George Washington.
--National Pumpkin Day: today celebrates the history and versatility of this famous gourd, a cultivar of the squash plant that is native to North America; its name is derived from the Greek word "pepon", which means large melon; you might think pumpkins are vegetables, but botanists say pumpkins are actually the fruit of pumpkin vines; they're considered fruit because pumpkins contain seeds and grow from the same part of the plant that produces flowers; pumpkins are considered one of the Three Sisters crops in traditional Native American culture , with beans and corn; from bing: "Long before the term companion planting was fashionable among gardeners, Indigenous peoples of North America were planting these beneficial crops together in flat-topped mounds. The corn acts as a trellis for the beans to climb, the beans serve as a source of nitrogen for the other crops, and the broad leaves of the spreading squash vines keep weeds at bay. The squash also acts as a mulch and its prickly vines deter pests."; soup, pie, what's your favorite use of pumpkins?
--Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night: today celebrates wolves that seemingly howl at the moon--they're not; today raises awareness to help groups that work in wolf conservation efforts; if no trees, their howls can travel over 10 miles; wiki: Wolves have been associated with the Moon for centuries, going all the way back to the Stone Age. Greek and Roman gods and goddesses were also known for keeping wolves with them.
"--In 1863, the Football Association was formed. From timeanddate: ""The world’s oldest governing football body was created at the Freemasons' Tavern in London. The foundation was instrumental in creating and formalizing rules of the game. Before this, every area and organization playing football (soccer) made their own rules.""

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