Life Day 24107: Troglodyte’s Opposite

July 13, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Author’s note: Let me preface this post by noting that all of the holidays, historical events, and prominent births mentioned in today’s post, in my humble opinion, pale in comparison to the one singularly obscure, yet iconic event which occurred at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, CA on this date 66 years ago at about 1:00 pm when yours truly was born. And the world was forever changed.
Now, let us begin, in earnest.
Good morning techies. The first holiday today is Embrace Your Geekness Day. Embrace Your Geekness Day celebrates those intelligent, technically proficient; yet socially awkward people known as geeks. They are the polar opposite of a troglodyte. A geek is a person who brainy and technically oriented. They are generally associated with computers, computer systems, and other forms of electronic media. A geek is closely related to a nerd. A nerd, however, isn’t as intelligent and 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 whenever and wherever you can.

The next holiday is 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. Gruntled Workers Day celebrates these increasingly rare people. Today is the day to show your appreciation to these dedicated people who gladly go to work each day without complaint. You can usually distinguish these employees from the others because they tend to actually be helpful and and knowledgeable. Unlike disgruntled employees, they don’t try to make your day as miserable as theirs.
The third holiday today is Fool’s Paradise Day. Fools paradise means living in state of delusive contentment, illusory happiness, or false hope. Fool’s Paradise Day salutes the naivete of these people. Our constitutional rights are being stripped away faster than the printers can print the new laws and regulations. The government is eavesdropping on our private communications in all aspects of social media. More and more money, and power, is being concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people. This can only lead to tyranny. So, good luck to all of you living in your ‘fool’s paradise’. When the crap hits the proverbial fan, you’ll be totally unprepared. Then you’ll be at the mercy of the government and the financial power brokers (who will be one and the same).

The final holiday today is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day. Although Barbershop Music Appreciation Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the formation of the first all-female Barbershop Quartet (The Sweet Adelines) in Tulsa OK on this date in 1945, it is intended to honor the entire genre of Barbershop Quartet music: all-male and mixed gender groups included. This holiday was created in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International. It was started to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their organization. From its modest beginnings in the home of Edna Mae Anderson, this organization has grown to a current membership of over 300 choruses, and 15,000 singers. To celebrate this holiday listen to some good old-fashioned Barbershop Quartet music.

The food-related holiday today is National French Fries Day.  National French Fries Day celebrates the ultimate feel-good food; french fries. Although the exact origin of French fries is unknown, one theory suggests that they date back to 17th century Belgium. The inhabitants of this region often cooked small fried fish to accompany their meals. When weather conditions made it too dangerous to go fishing, they cut up potatoes in long, thin strips (to resemble the fish) and fried them. There are dozens of different ways to enjoy french fries. You can have them crinkle cut, waffle cut, shoestring, curly, steak cut, or regular. You can dress them in any number of ways as well: Cajun-style, spicy, sweet, or covered in chili and cheese; with or without ketchup, with Ranch dressing or barbecue sauce (heck, I knew a guy once that liked his with mayonnaise). Then there’s the distinctly Utah phenomenon of “fry sauce”; which is a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup and Gods knows what else. French fries are a global phenomenon. Whether it’s “pommes frites” in France, “patatas fritas” in Spain, or “chips” in the UK, French fries are a worldwide favorite. Enjoy some today.

On this date in 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. This may seem like an insignificant event until you know that the Patent Number was #1. All 9,957 previous patents issued were not numbered.
Also on this date in history:
1754 – At the beginning of the French and Indian War, George Washington surrendered the small, circular Fort Necessity in southwestern Pennsylvania to the French.
1787 – The U.S. Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacted the Northwest Ordinance, which established the rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.
1812 – The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City.
1832 – Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
1863 – Opponents of the Civil War draft began three days of rioting in New York City, which resulted in more than 1,000 casualties.
1954 – In Geneva, the United States, Great Britain and France reached an accord on Indochina which divided Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel. [Everyone from my generation knows how well that worked out].
1982 – The All-Star Game was played outside the United States for the first time. They played in Montreal, Canada.
1984 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident and was left comatose. He came out of the coma in June of 2003.
And, in 1998 – “Image of an Assassination” went on sale. The video documentary is of Abraham Zapruder’s home video of U.S. President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with me, and these other noteworthy individuals.
John Astor IV 1864 – Business magnate.
Edward J. Flanagan 1886 – Founder of Boys Town.
Dave Garroway 1913 – Television personality.
Sam Hanks 1914 – Racecar driver.
Ruben Gomez 1927 – Baseball player.
Bob Crane 1928 – Actor.
Jack Kemp 1935 – NFL football player, politician.
Charles Coody 1937 – Pro golfer.
Patrick Stewart 1940 – Actor.
Robert Forster 1941 – Actor.
Harrison Ford 1942 – Actor.
Roger McGuinn 1942 – Musician.
Erno Rubik 1944 – Inventor, architect.
Lynn Loring 1944 – Child actress, producer.
Cheech Marin 1946 – Comedian, actor.
Didi Conn 1951 – Actress.
Louise Mandrell 1955 – Singer.
Cameron Crowe 1957 – Director.
Victoria Shaw 1962 – Singer.
Michael Jace 1965 – Actor.
Gerald Levert 1966 – Singer.
And finally, Deborah Cox 1973 – Singer.

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