Life Day 24130: Assistance Dog Day

August 5, 2013 at 12:05 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, August 5, 2013.
Good morning canine companion lovers. The first holiday today is Assistance Dog Day. Assistance Dog Day was created in 2009 to recognize all the devoted, hard working assistance dogs helping individuals with disability related limitations lead a more  normal life. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend, and close member of their family.
The goals of Assistance dog day are fourfold:
1)  To recognize and honor hard working assistance dogs.
2)  To raise awareness about assistance dogs.
3)  To educate the public about the work these special highly trained animals perform.
4)  To recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities.
Today, we also should honor the puppy raisers and trainers of these magnificent dogs. Without them, there would be no assistance dogs.

To continue somewhat with the canine theme above, the next holiday is Work Like a Dog Day. Often, the English language is perplexing. For instance, take these two idioms: “It’s a dog’s life” and “Work like a dog”. Both are in common use, yet they have entirely different meanings. “It’s a dog’s life” refers to the ability of dogs (and certain people) to to laze around and sleep all day without a care in the world. On the other hand, “Work like a dog” suggests just the opposite. It means working to your maximum ability for an extended length of time. The origins of the phrase “Work like a dog” are not known, but most likely, it refers to actual working dogs. Sheep dogs, sled dogs, and service dogs are good examples. They are bred and trained to work hard and they derive pleasure from it.
Work Like a Dog Day honors those among us who seem to be in perpetual motion, working tirelessly from the time they arrive at work until quitting time. Some people skate by, doing as little as possible. Others, do only what they have to. Others still work like a dog. When there work is to be done, they dig in relentlessly. They seldom take a break until the task is completed.
I think at this point that I should differentiate between a “Work-A-Holic” and someone who “Works Like a Dog”. “Work-A-Holics” are always working, even though they may not be working hard. Those who “work like a dog”, work very hard while they are working. But, they do not work all of the time.
Today, you should show appreciation for those who carry more than their load, and are always ready to lend a helping hand.

The third holiday today is National Underwear Day. If you are a typical American, at some point in your life your mother warned you to: “Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.” Although the reasons to wear clean underwear have more to do with personal hygiene than anything else, the above idiom is the one that most often comes to mind.
A national underwear manufacturer, Freshpair, has taken the idea of fresh underwear one giant step further. They’re inviting everyone to participate in setting a new Guinness World Record by wearing their underwear to Times Square on National Underwear Day, August 5. They founded this holiday in 2003. By the way, the current record is 2,270 people.
If, for some odd reason, you can’t make the trek to Times Square on the spur of the moment to parade around in your skivvies, do not despair. You can still celebrate by watching, and/or re-enacting, the infamous underwear scene from the 1983 rom-com “Risky Business” starring Tom Cruise.

The first food-related holiday today is National Oyster Day. If you’re one of my regular readers, you already know that, with the exception of some crustaceans, I dislike seafood. Mollusks are no exception. Therefore, I will not dwell on this holiday other than to mention it. Use this link for a “crash course” in Oysters 101 if you want to celebrate this holiday.

The other food-related holiday today is National Waffle Day. We’ve already had a few waffle-related holidays this year: Oatmeal-Nut Waffle Day on the 11th of March,  Vaffeldagen (aka: International Waffle Day) on the 25th of March, and Waffle Iron Day on the 29th of June. So here we go again.
There are two basic types of waffles: The Belgian waffle (aka, the Brussels waffle) and the good ole American waffle. The Belgian waffle has larger divots, and they are made from a batter that includes yeast and beaten egg whites; this gives them a lighter texture and fluffier consistency. American waffle batter is most often made with baking soda and/or baking powder, and is often just pancake batter poured into a waffle iron. Therefore, they tend to be a bit crisper than the Belgian variety. In Belgium, waffles are mainly eaten for dessert, often topped with fruit and whipped cream; whereas, in America, waffles are most often eaten as a special treat for breakfast and served with butter and syrup. These facts are just generalities. Your American style waffle iron won’t explode if you use a yeast based batter in it, and visa versa. Nor will it explode if you use it to make waffles for dessert. You are the arbiter of which type of batter you use in your waffle iron, and what time of day you use it. Just be sure to use it sometime today to make some hot, delicious waffles for your family.
Condescending Factoid:  The Belgian waffle got its name at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, where it was served with whipped cream and strawberries; the manager of the Belgian pavilion, Maurice Vermesch, named it the Belgian waffle because he did not think many people would be familiar with Brussels.

On this date in 1992 – Federal civil rights charges were filed against four Los Angeles police officers. The officers had been acquitted on California State charges in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating. Two of the officers were convicted and jailed on violation of civil rights charges.
Also on this date in history:
1833 – The village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250.
1861 – The U.S. federal government levied its first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes over $800. The wartime measure was rescinded in 1872.
1884 – On Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid.
1914 – The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
1923 – Henry Sullivan became the first American to swim across the English Channel.
1924 – The New York Daily News debuted the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”.
1953 – During the Korean conflict prisoners were exchanged at Panmunjom. The exchange was labeled Operation Big Switch.
1963 – The Limited Test Ban Treaty was signed by the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union. The treaty banned nuclear tests in space, underwater, and in the atmosphere.
1969 – The Mariner 7, a U.S. space probe, passed by Mars. Photographs and scientific data were sent back to Earth.
1984 – Toronto’s Cliff Johnson set a major league baseball record by hitting the 19th pinch-hit home run in his career.
1991 – An investigation was formally launched by Democratic congressional leaders to find out if the release of American hostages was delayed until after the Reagan-Bush presidential election.
1991 – Iraq admitted to misleading U.N. inspectors about secret biological weapons.
1998 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors.
1998 – Marie Noe of Philadelphia, PA was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, accused of smothering eight of her children to death between 1949 and 1968. Noe later received 20 years’ probation.
1999 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 500th career home run. He also set a record for the fewest at-bats to hit the 500 home run mark.
2002 – The U.S. closed its consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The consulate was closed after local authorities removed large concrete blocks and reopened the road in front of the building to normal traffic.
And in 2011 – NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people.
John Huston 1906 – Director.
Robert Taylor 1911- Actor.
David Brian 1914 – Actor.
Neil Armstrong 1930 – Astronaut.
Vern Gosdin 1934 – Country singer.
Cammie King 1934 – Child actress.
John Saxon 1935 – Actor.
Zakes Mokae 1935 – Actor.
Bobby Braddock 1940 – Country singer.
Sammi Smith 1943 – Country singer.
Loni Anderson 1946 – Actress.
Rick Derringer 1947 – Musician.
Samantha Sang 1953 – Singer.
Maureen McCormick 1956 – Actress.
Tawney Kitaen 1961- Actress.
Patrick Ewing 1962 – Basketball player.
Jonathon Silverman 1966 – Actor.
And finally, Terri Clark 1968 – Country singer.

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