Life Day 23742: Cow Appreciation Day

July 13, 2012 at 8:44 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Friday, July 13, 2012. (I have already covered the superstitions associated with Friday the 13th, so I won’t delve into that today). Let me preface this post by noting that all the historical events, “holidays,” etc., etc., etc., mentioned today, in my humble opinion, pale in comparison to the one obscure, yet iconic event that occurred on this date 65 years ago, in 1947, when, at about 1:00 PM, yours truly was born. And the world has never been the same. Now, let us begin, in earnest.

On this date in 1835, John Ruggles was issued a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for a traction device used in locomotive steam engines. You are probably asking yourself right about now: “Why is this invention of any significance to me?” Well, let me enlighten you. The Patent Number was #1. All 9,957 previous patents issued were not numbered.
Furthermore, on this date in 1954, in Geneva Switzerland, the United States, Great Britain, and France reached an accord on Indochina, which divided Viet Nam into two separate countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel. Everyone from my generation knows how well that worked out.

The first holiday today is Cow Appreciation Day. I am unsure whether Chick-fil-A created this holiday or not, but they are taking advantage of it anyway. If you show up at any Chick-fil-A restaurant today attired in a cow costume, you will receive a free meal. Fortunately, for the sake of my dignity, I neither own a cow costume, nor is there a Chick-fil-A within reasonable proximity from my house.
Today is also Gruntled Workers Day. No, you didn’t misread that last sentence. Believe it or not, there are actually people out there who enjoy what they do for a living. Today is the day to show your appreciation to these dedicated people who gladly go to work each day without complaint. You can usually tell who they are because they tend to actually be helpful and not try to make your day as miserable as theirs.
Additionally, today is Embrace Your Geekness Day. A geek is a person who brainy and technically oriented, and are generally associated with computers and computer systems. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd, however, may not have the same level of technical expertise. Celebrate your ‘inner geek’ today by spending as much time as possible on your computer and by using computer lingo and jargon when you can.
Today’s food-related holiday is National French Fries Day. No matter how you like your fries (crinkle cut, waffle, shoestring, curly, steak cut, or regular), enjoy some with your favorite seasonings and/or sauces (ketchup, Ranch, Bar-B-Q, heck, I even knew a guy once who liked his with mayonnaise) for lunch or dinner. I’ll be having some with my Prime Rib dinner tonight.

Those luminaries fortunate enough to share a birthday with me include: Dave Garroway (1913), (Bob (Hogan’s Heroes) Crane (1928), Jack Kemp (1935), Patrick (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Stewart (1940), Harrison Ford (1942), Roger (The Byrds) McGuinn (1942), Erno (Rubik’s Cube) Rubik (1944), Cheech Marin (1946), Didi (comedic character actress) Conn (1951), Louise Mandrell (1955), and Cameron (screenwriter and director) Crowe (1957).

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