Life Day 24162: A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine

September 6, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Friday, September 6, 2013.
Good morning my punctual pals. The first holiday today is Fight Procrastination Day. Fight Procrastination Day is the polar opposite to yesterday’s Be Late for Something Day. This holiday is a call to action; a day to get things done. For some people, procrastination is a way of life. They go through each day postponing the important decisions for as long as possible. We’ve all known people like this. It seems as though the more difficult the action or decision, the easier it is to put if off until later.
On this holiday, make a list of things that have to be done, then do them. Crossing each one off the list also gives you a sense of accomplishment. Don’t worry about perfection, done is done. Move on to the next task without delay.

The next holiday is National Iguana Awareness Day. National Iguana Awareness Day was established in 1998 to discourage folks from viewing iguanas as “disposable pets”. Because of the low cost and “mass market” appeal of these animals many are are purchased without the means or knowledge to care for them properly, dooming them to an early death after just a few years. People purchase iguanas due to the small size, low price, and apparent low cost of feeding of juvenile iguanas. Though small and cute as juveniles, iguanas can grow to six feet in length and weigh some 20 pounds, and they can be aggressive. Iguanas are tropical animals and will thrive only in temperatures of 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 32 degrees Celsius) They require natural unfiltered sunlight or specialized light bulbs for proper UVA exposure. Without proper lighting their bodies cannot develop Vitamin D, and will develop metabolic bone disease which is fatal if not treated.
So, leave the raising of iguanas to the professionals. If you absolutely, positively must have a iguana, please educate yourself on their proper care, and take the time and spend the money to raise and house them properly.

The third holiday today is Read a Book Day. Read a Book Day, oddly enough, encourages people to take time out sometime today to read a book, or at least a few chapters. In today’s fast-paced society, reading is often replaced by other more instantly gratifying pastimes. Reading is a great lifetime hobby. It offers so many positive attributes: It is relaxing and therapeutic, and is often educational and entertaining as well.
If you have young children, or elderly people in your home, take the time to read to them today. It is a wonderful time to bond with them and it creates pleasant, lasting memories.

The final holiday today is Barbie Doll Day. On this date in 1959, the first Barbie dolls went on sale after her (Barbie’s) debut on March 9th, 1959 at the American Toy Fair in New York City, to mixed reviews. March 9th is listed as her official birthday in her “official” biography. At eleven inches tall (1/6 scale), with a waterfall of hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features; however unrealistic. The original Barbie came with a black and white zebra-striped one piece bathing suit, and she was available as either a blonde or brunette. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.
The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to imagine the future.
Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German comic strip character. Originally marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men in tobacco shops, the Lilli doll later became extremely popular with children. Mattel bought the rights to Lilli and made its own version, which Handler named after her daughter, Barbara.
Some people think that Barbie’s never-ending supply of designer outfits, cars and “Dream Houses” encouraged kids to be materialistic. However, it was Barbie’s appearance that caused the most controversy. Her tiny waist and enormous breasts (it was estimated that if she were a real woman, her measurements would be 36-18-38) led many to claim that Barbie provided little girls with an unrealistic and harmful example and fostered negative body image.
Barbie has had many incarnations over the years: Airline stewardess, doctor, pilot and astronaut, Olympic athlete, and even U.S. presidential candidate to name a few. I think it’s high time for Mattel to market an updated, more realistic, version of Barbie. Here are a few suggestions; Bitter Divorcee Barbie, Post-menopausal Barbie, or perhaps Melanoma Barbie.

The food-related holiday today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day. National Coffee Ice Cream Day puts me in a quandary. I hate coffee, but I love ice cream. My family made coffee flavored ice cream fairly often at family gatherings. Thankfully, they usually made some vanilla ice cream as well for the children.
To celebrate this holiday, make some coffee ice cream today. If you don’t feel like making it, I have seen it at Safeway, so it might be available at other supermarket chains as well. You’ll have to check for yourself.

On this date in 1991 – The name St. Petersburg was restored to Russia’s second largest city. The city was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. The name has been changed to Petrograd (1914) and to Leningrad (1924).
Also on this date in history:
1620 – The Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.
1819 – Thomas Blanchard patented a machine called the lathe.
1876 – The Southern Pacific rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco was completed.
1899 – The Carnation company processed its first can of evaporated milk.
1901 – President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded (he died eight days later) by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz, an American anarchist, was executed the following October.
1941 – Jews in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear the Star of David with the word “Jew” inscribed. The order only applied to Jews over the age of 6.
1943 – The youngest player to appear in an American League baseball game was pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics. Scheib was 16 years, eight months and five days old.
1975 – Martina Navratilova requested political asylum while in New York for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.
1991 – The State Council of the Soviet Union recognized the independence of the Baltic states.
1995 – Senator Bob Packwood was expelled by the Senate Ethics Committee.
1995 – Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game setting a new record. Lou Gehrig previously held the record.
1996 – Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers. He was only the third person to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
2001 – The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was seeking a lesser antitrust penalty and would not attempt to break up Microsoft
And, in 2002 – In New York, Congress convened at Federal Hall for a rare special session. The session was held in New York to express the nation’s mourning for the loss on September 11, 2001 and unity in the war against terrorism.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy people.
Jane Addams 1860 – Suffragette, sociologist.
Otto Kruger 1885 – Actor.
Billy Rose 1899 – Lyricist.
Jimmy Reed 1925 – Musician.
JoAnne Worley 1937 – Actress, comedienne.
David Allen Coe 1939 – Singer, songwriter.
Mel McDaniel 1942 – Country singer.
Swoosie Kurtz 1944 – Actress.
Roger Waters 1944 – Musician.
Jane Curtin 1947 – Actress, comedienne.
Jeff Foxworthy 1958 – Comedian.
Michael Winslow 1960 – Actor, comedian.
Mark Chestnut 1963 – Country singer.
Rosie Perez 1964 – Actress.
CeCe Peniston 1969 – Singer.
Dolores O’Riordan 1971 – Singer.
And finally, Justin Whalen 1974 – Actor.

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