Life Day 24140: Chill Out Dude

August 15, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 1 Comment

Today is Thursday, August 15, 2013.
Good morning laid back dudes & dudettes. The first holiday today is Relaxation Day. The stress and hustle bustle of everyday life seems to consume every moment of our lives these days; not only at work, but at home as well. Relaxation Day seeks to challenge us to take time out from the rat race and relax. If you have a stressful job, don’t do anything to jeopardize it, but as soon as you leave work try to relax. To begin with, don’t take any work home with you. If you have to prepare dinner for your family, consider take-out or delivery food rather than stressing about cooking a meal at home. Spend a quiet evening at home with your family. Put everything that can cause you stress on hold. If you have a relaxing hobby such as gardening spend some time doing that (nothing too strenuous though). The point is to totally eliminate stress from your life today.
Authors Note:  Personal experience has taught me that one of the best forms of relaxation is a nice hot bath (with or without bubbles). Draw a bath as hot as you can tolerate without injury, pour a nice glass of wine, get an ice cold beer from the refrigerator, or mix a generous “two fingers” of your favorite distilled adult beverage with your favorite mixer, light a few candles, turn off the lights, and soak until the water becomes room temperature. Allow nothing short of a life-threatening emergency to interrupt your bath. You will emerge a relaxed, “happy prune” with a whole new outlook on life.

The next holiday is Failures Day. Life is all about choices and with those choices come consequences. Sometimes we make the wrong choices and we may not like those consequences. Sometimes we try our hardest and our best just isn’t good enough. We all make mistakes and if you try to be perfect all the time, you’re just going to fail at that as well. Failures Day was created to point out the fact that the key to life is not to avoid failure, but to learn from it when it occurs and continue trying. Failures are often about perception as well. A failure to one person may look different in the eyes of another. Sometimes when someone calls you a failure, it motivates you to work harder and prove them wrong. Take time today to look at your life in retrospect and see where you could have made better decisions; then formulate a plan of action to remedy the situation.

The final holiday today is Chauvin Day. Chauvin Day is named for Nicholas Chauvin, a French soldier from Rochefort, France, who idolized Napoleon and who eventually became a subject of ridicule because of his blind loyalty and dedication to France, and anything French. Originally referring to bellicose patriotism, chauvinism has come to mean blind or absurdly intense attachment to any cause.
The World English Dictionary defines chauvinism as follows:
1. aggressive or fanatical patriotism; jingoism.
2. enthusiastic devotion to a cause.
3. smug irrational belief in the superiority of one’s own race, party, sex, etc: male chauvinism, female chauvinism.
Since there are no written records of the birth, the military service, or the death of Nicholas Chauvin, some historians believe that Nicolas Chauvin is an apocryphal character. (Apocrypha are statements or claims that are of dubious authenticity). Robin Hood would be another example.
Nonetheless, Chauvin Day is observed on Napoleon’s birth anniversary because Chauvin’s birth date is unknown.

The food-related holiday today is Lemon Meringue Pie Day. Lemon Meringue Pie Day celebrates a top ten favorite American dessert. According to  Schwann Food Company, maker of Mrs. Smith’s Pies, Lemon Meringue Pie is ranked sixth on the list of America’s top 10 favorite pies.
Lemon Meringue Pie is a single-crust pie consisting of typically a pre-baked shortbread crust, a lemon curd filling, and a meringue topping. Meringue is made by beating egg whites and sugar until the egg whites become stiff.
Lemon Meringue Pie is said to have been created by Philadelphian Elizabeth Coane Goodfellow, a pastry chef, businesswoman, and cooking school founder, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1806. She expanded on lemon custard by putting it into a pie shell and topping it with meringue.

On this date in 1986 – The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa.
Also on this date in history:
1848 – The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.
1911 – The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.
1914 – The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
1935 – Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed in an airplane crash in near Point Barrow, AK.
1948 – CBS-TV inaugurated the first nightly news broadcast with anchorman Douglas Edwards.
1949 – In San Francisco, a stunt leap off the Golden Gate Bridge was performed for the first time.
1961 – East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.
1970 – Mrs. Pat Palinkas became the first woman to ‘play’ in a pro football game when she held the ball for the Orlando, FL, Panthers.
1983 – Six-month-old Lisa Harap of Queens Village, NY became the youngest identifiable living person to appear on a cover of “TIME” magazine.
1992 – Vietnam blamed Hollywood for creating the “myth” concerning the issue of U.S. servicemen still being held prisoner in Indochina.
1994 – The Social Security Administration became an independent government agency. It had been a part of the Department of Health and Human Services agency.
And, in 1997 – The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an alleged cover-up.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables.
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769 – French despot.
Sir Walter Scott 1771 – Author.
Ethel Barrymore 1879 – Actress.
Edna Ferber 1887 – Author.
T.E. Lawrence 1888 – British Army Officer.
Julia Child 1912 – Chef.
Rose-Marie 1923 – Actress, comedienne.
Mike Connors 1925 – Actor.
Janice Rule 1931 – Actress.
Abby Dalton 1932 – Actress.
Lori Nelson 1933 – Model, actress.
Linda Ellerbee 1944 – Journalist.
Jill Haworth 1945 – Actress.
Jimmy Webb 1946 – Songwriter.
Tess Harper 1950 – Actress.
Larry Mathews 1955 – Child actor.
Debi Mazar 1964 – Actress.
Debra Messing 1968 – Actress.
Ben Affleck 1972 – Actor.
And finally, Natasha Henstridge 1974 – Model actress.


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  1. Thanks for finally writing about >Life Day 24140: Chill Out Dude | Ernie’s Blog <Loved it!


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