Life Day 23974: Same $h*t, Different Day

March 2, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my mundane minions. Today is Saturday, March 2, 2013. The first holiday today is Old Stuff Day. Contrary to popular belief, this holiday is not about yours truly. It refers instead to breaking free from your humdrum existence and trying something new today. If you find that you’ve grown bored with your routine, today’s the time to shake things up a bit. I don’t mean having cereal instead of toast for breakfast this morning. I mean real change, something challenging. Learn how to set the the clock on your car radio, or DVD player. Start growing a beard (not recommended for my female readers). Learn to play the bongos or a kazoo. Start a garden so that you can grow your own vegetables. Go climb Mt. Everest. Well, OK, that last one is a bit extreme, but you get the idea. Step out of “the box” and do something today that is out of your comfort zone or normal range of expertise. You could also interpret this holiday to mean that you should go through your closets, garage, attic or basement and sort through your ‘old stuff’. In my case at least, that would fit the  above criteria of doing something different and challenging as well. Just be careful. You don’t want to turn this holiday into “spring cleaning”.
The second holiday is Dr. Seuss Day. Today we celebrate the birth, in 1904, of Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. He is best known for writing children’s books (he wrote 46 of them), but he also worked as an illustrator and a political cartoonist. He occasionally published under the pen-name Theo Le Seig as well, and in one case Rosetta Stone.
The birthday of Mr. Geisel has been adopted as the annual date for Read Across America Day, which is today’s last holiday. Read Across America Day was the initiative of the NEA to encourage young people to read. The program started in 1997. It seems appropriate. Who better to spark an interest in reading among young people than Dr. Seuss?

The food-related holiday today is National Banana Cream Pie Day. Banana Cream pie is consistently on the list of America’s favorite desserts. The cream pie filling is traditionally made with milk, cream, flour and eggs to create a custard. You may also use a package of “pudding and pie filling” to make a pie quicker and easier, but to me, it never turns out quite right. There is no one right way to make a banana cream pie. It is traditionally served with a dollop of whipped cream as a topping. Some people prefer a pastry crust while others prefer a graham cracker or Nilla Wafer crust. I’ve never tried it, but I think that an Oreo crust would be delicious as well. I have even heard of people using meringue instead of whipped cream as a topping, but then it is NOT banana “cream” pie, is it? It is banana meringue pie. The cream vs meringue debate reminds me of an anecdote:
Years ago when I was on the road, I stopped at a “national chain” truck stop for dinner. After dinner I ordered a slice of Chocolate Cream pie for dessert. The waitress brought out a piece of chocolate pie with meringue on it. Naturally, I complained. I said, “I ordered Chocolate Cream pie, this is Chocolate Meringue pie.” To which she actually replied, “Meringue, Cream, What’s the difference?” I looked at her totally dumbfounded and said, “I don’t know sweetheart. What’s the difference between a chicken and a cow?  
Anyway, enjoy a slice of Banana Cream pie for dessert tonight, no matter how you like it.

On this date in 2003, over the Sea of Japan, there was a confrontation between four armed North Korean fighter jets and a U.S. RC-135S Cobra Ball. No shots were fired in the encounter in international airspace about 150 miles off North Korea’s coast. The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights on March 12.
Other historic events which occurred on this date are:
In 1807, Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.”
In 1836,Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed.
In 1861, Congress created the Territory of Nevada.
In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election by the U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however, had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
In 1897, President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants entering the country.
In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington was established by the U.S. Congress.
In 1899, President McKinley signed a measure that created the rank of Admiral for the U.S. Navy. The first admiral was George Dewey.
In 1917, Russian Revolution began with Czar Nicholas II abdicating.
In 1917, citizens of Puerto Rico were granted U.S. citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act.
In 1925, State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped, numbered marker.
In 1933, the motion picture “King Kong” had its world premiere in New York.
In 1939, the Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. These first ten amendments had gone into effect 147 years before.
In 1946, Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.
In 1949, the B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.
In 1969, in Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde made its first test flight.
In 1974,  postage stamps jumped from 8 to 10 cents for first-class mail.
In 1987, the U.S. government reported that the median price for a new home had gone over $100,000 for the first time.
In 1998, the U.N. Security Council endorses U.N. chief Kofi Annan’s deal to open Iraq’s presidential palaces to arms inspectors.
In 1998, images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat.
And, in 2004, NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Sam Houston, 1793 – First President of the Republic of Texas.
Desi Arnaz, 1917 – Entertainer.
Jennifer Jones, 1919 – Actress.
John Cullum, 1930 – Actor.
Tom Wolfe, 1931 – Author.
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931 – Former Soviet President.
Barbara Luna, 1939 – Actress.
John Irving, 1942 – Author.
Karen Carpenter, 1950 – The Carpenters.
Cassie Yates, 1951 – Actress.
John Cowsill, 1956 – Musician.
Jon Bon Jovi, 1962 – Bon Jovi.
Daniel Craig, 1968 – Actor.
Heather McComb, 1977 – Actress.
Bryce Dallas Howard, 1981 – Actress.
Ben Roethlisberger, 1982 – Football player.
Robert Iler, 1985 – Actor.
And finally, Reggie Bush, 1985 – Football player.

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