Life Day 24008: Map Things Out

April 5, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning atlas lovers. Today is Friday, April 5, 2013. The first holiday today is National Read A Map Day. (Please note that it is NOT download a map day or input addresses into a GPS day). Read A Map Day means exactly that. Find one of those archaic “foldy-out” road maps and peruse it. Perhaps you could plan a spontaneous ‘road trip’ via a circuitous route, to someplace you have never been, or haven’t been to in quite some time. Sit down with your children or grandchildren and teach them the proper way to read and use a map. If your map reading skills are deficient, take time today to learn how to read one. There is a plethora of information on a map besides towns, and the different colored lines between them. What do those different colored lines mean? The legend on the map will tell you, along with so much more. Having spent 20+ years as an over-the-road truck driver, I am proficient at map reading. The first purchase I made when beginning my driving career was the latest edition of the Rand-McNally Road Atlas: Motor Carriers edition. Before every trip, I would plan my route using this invaluable “tool”. It gave me information such as any restricted routes I might encounter, the location of any low clearance structures, any weight-restricted roads, and most important, the location of all State Ports of Entry and scale houses and their hours of operation so that I could route myself around them. It also let me know what special permits, if any, that I would need to complete my trip. I updated it every year, without fail, as soon as the new edition was released, so that I would always have the most current information. Yes, there is a lot more to maps than people think.

The next holiday is Go For Broke Day. Go For Broke Day means what it implies. If you are one who likes to play it safe and never takes risks, today is a day to break the pattern and just ‘go for broke’. Whether it involves money, a relationship, or even a new job or promotion at work, go for it. Don’t just sit idly by and let your opportunity slip away. Be daring and assertive. What’s the worse thing that could happen?

The last holiday today is National Walk To Work Day. In 2004, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson designated the first Friday in April to be National Walk To Work Day. With obesity and sedentary lifestyles growing at an alarming rate, National Walk to Work Day was initiated to draw attention to the need to get out and exercise, and to get in shape. Americans are encouraged to walk to work. If you already take public transportation, try walking to a further stop before boarding, or getting off a stop early and walking the rest of the distance to work.  If you can’t walk to work, walking during lunch time, or another time of the day. The goal is to walk 30 minutes a day. Health officials are hoping this will encourage people to add a 30 minute walk to their daily lives. Walking is relaxing and peaceful. If you walk in a park, or along a waterfront, it can be fascinating, and a 30 minute walk each day will significantly improve you health.

The first food-related holiday today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day. Deep dish pizza originated in Chicago, IL in 1943. The Uno Chicago Grill wanted to insure that hungry families could get a “real meal” when it came to pizza. Prior to that, pizza was hardly more than a snack. After more than three decades of being a favorite of Chicagoans, they decided to expand their business outside of Chicago. On this date in 1979, they opened their first non-Chicago restaurant in Boston, MA.

The next food-related holiday is National Caramel Day. Americans began making sugary syrups in the 1600’s, but the delicious chewy caramel we know and love today was a more recent innovation. Caramel candy emerged during the 18th century and quickly became one of the most popular sweets on the market. In fact, Milton Hershey’s first business was the Lancaster Caramel Company. Caramel is made with butter, brown and white sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla. It is usually enjoyed as an ice cream topping, a candy filling, or on its own. You can also find caramel flavored puddings, popcorn, desserts, and coffee. Have some on a Sundae for desert, or have a caramel apple, have a candy bar which contains caramel for a snack, or just eat a few caramels right out of the bag.

The last food-related holiday today is National Raisin and Spice Bar Day.  Think back to the aromas of your grandmother’s kitchen, and those delectable treats that would emerge from it. Take a moment today, and dig through those old family recipes. When you find the one for Raisin and Spice Bars, make a batch and keep the tradition alive. If your grandmother wasn’t the “Suzie Homemaker” type, here is a recipe. Perhaps you can start a new tradition in your family.

On this date in 1895 – Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been accused of homosexual practices.
In 1614 – American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.
In 1621 – The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to England.
In 1792 – President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.
In 1806 – Isaac Quintard patented the cider mill.
In 1869 – Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S. Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109.
In 1892 – Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls.
In 1923 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular production of balloon tires.
In 1933 – The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
In 1951 – Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for committing espionage for the Soviet Union.
In 1955 – Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister.
In 1984 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers) became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 31,419 career points.
In 1987 – FOX Broadcasting Company launched “Married….With Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show”. The two shows were the beginning of the FOX lineup.
And, in 1999 – In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pled guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following dignitaries:
Joseph Lister 1827 – British surgeon, inventor.
Booker T. Washington 1856 – Educator, author.
Spencer Tracy 1900 – Actor.
Melvyn Douglas 1901 – Actor.
Bette Davis 1908 – Actress.
Gregory Peck 1916 – Actor.
Arthur Hailey 1920 – Author.
Robert Q. Lewis 1921 – Comedian, TV quiz show panelist.
Gale Storm 1922 – Singer, actress.
Nigel Hawthorne 1929 – Actor.
Frank Gorshin 1934 – Impressionist, actor.
Colin Powell 1937 – U.S. Secretary of State, four-star general, Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. 
David LaFlamme 1941 – Musician “It’s A Beautiful Day”.
Michael Moriarty 1941 – Actor.
Maxwell Gail 1943 – Actor.
Crispian St. Peters 1944 – Musician.
Jane Asher 1946 – Actress.
Dr. Judith A. Resnik 1949 – Electric engineer, astronaut.
Agnetha Faltskog 1950 – Singer.
And finally, Paula Cole 1968 – Singer.

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