Life Day 24172: Rock On, Dudes

September 16, 2013 at 1:03 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, September 16, 2013.
Good morning rock hounds. The first holiday today is Collect Rocks Day. Collect Rocks Day is a day to enjoy and add to your rock collection. If you were a normal kid growing up in my generation, at one point in your childhood, you had a rock collection. It may not have been a large collection, and it may not have had any intrinsic value; but it was yours. As far as I know, there are no books available about rock collecting and no rules about which rocks are deemed collectible, and which are not. The size, type, shape, and color of the rocks collected are a matter of personal choice. I used to collect “skipping rocks” (flat, round or oval shaped rocks about 1½ inches in diameter). Then every time I was near a lake, pond, or canal; or after a good rain, I would take my collection and “skip” them across the water. Then I would begin the collection anew. I was quite adept at both finding perfect “skipping rocks” and skipping them. It’s an art form.
Meet “Spud”. Spud comprises the entirety of my rock collection at the moment. He is also my last remaining pet. I named him Spud because of his uncanny resemblance to a potato. I found him in the depths of despair trying to drown himself in a creek a few years back. I plucked him from the clutches of the “Grim Reaper” and gave him a “forever home” with me. Spud makes no demands on my time. He requires no food or water, doesn’t need to be taken for walks, and doesn’t wake me up in the middle of the night to go outside. He doesn’t require costly trips to the veterinarian for semi-annual check-ups and vaccinations, never needs grooming, and requires no license. Spud is a good companion. He never makes any noise (unless you drop him), he is a good listener, and he never complains about being left alone for extended periods of time. He is the perfect pet. He even does a couple of tricks. He “plays dead” better than any pet I have ever owned. If he is in the mood and the conditions are right, he will occasionally “roll over” as well. However, he absolutely refuses to play “fetch”.
Besides beginning or adding to your rock collection today, there are a number of other ways to celebrate this holiday.
1)  Listen only to “rock” music today.
2)  Listen only to songs with “rock” in the title, such as: Standing on a “Rock” by the Ozark Mountain Dare Devils, I Am a “Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel, or “Rock” Your Baby by George McCrae.
3)  Watch The “Rock”y Horror Picture Show.
4)  Watch “Rock”y and Bullwinkle cartoons.
5)  Relax in your “rock”er all day.
6)  Have “Rock”y Road ice cream for dessert.
Did any of you have a rock collection? What became of it?

The next holiday is Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico’s Independence Day celebrates the date in 1810 when the people of Mexico began their fight for independence from Spanish rule. It holds the same significance to the people of Mexico as does July 4th, 1776  to Americans. The war lasted 11 years before Mexico emerged victorious. For a slightly more detailed account of the struggle, click here.
Just like Independence Day in America, in Mexico, this holiday is celebrated with parades, fiestas, fireworks, and picnics.

The third holiday today is Mayflower Day. Mayflower Day celebrates the date the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England to America. On this date in 1620, 102 men, women, and children set sail from Plymouth, England. Their destination was the New World, where they could have religious freedom, and continue using their native language, culture, and customs. They were the very first immigrants, and helped to pave the way for millions more to follow, in search of freedom and the dreams and promises of a New World.
Here are a few Mayflower facts:
1)  The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth England on September 16, 1620.
2)  The Pilgrims were headed to the settlement in Virginia. They had an agreement to settle there.
3)  The voyage took 66 days. Whether by accident or design, they landed at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1621; a few hundred miles north of their intended destination of Virginia.
4)  102 passengers were on board. This included three pregnant women. One of these women gave birth just before landing.
5)  On November 21, 1620, the passengers on board the Mayflower signed the Mayflower Compact, which set forth the rules of governance of the fledgling colony.

The remainder of today’s holidays are either too frivolous, or too touchy-feely for me to cover in depth. As always, links are provided for those interested.
Anne Bradstreet Day.
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
National Play-Doh Day.
National Stay Away From Seattle Day.
Step-family Day.
Trail of Tears Commemoration Day.
Working Parents Day.
Wrinkled Raincoat Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Guacamole Day. Guacamole is a dip commonly made with avocados, lime juice, cilantro and green onions. Recipes vary to individual taste, but that’s the basic recipe. It is easy to make, and relatively healthy. It contains only monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy. Enjoy some today.

The other food-related holiday today is National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day. Cinnamon-Raisin bread is a favored treat, usually enjoyed at breakfast, but equally as good anytime. Although it can’t be considered “health food”, cinnamon and raisins both have health benefits. Cinnamon has been found to help control blood sugar, fight fungus, and help curb stomach ulcers. Raisins give you energy, help boost your digestion, prevent tooth decay, strengthen your bones, and are good for your eyes.
So, enjoy a slice or two of this sweet treat today. Don’t think of it as cheating on your diet; think of it as starting a healthier lifestyle. (Just kidding).

On this date in 1994 – Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
Also on this date in history:
1630 – The village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
1782 – The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the impression.
1893 – The “Cherokee Strip” in Oklahoma was swarmed by hundreds of thousands of settlers.
1908 – General Motors was founded by William Crapo “Billy” Durant. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Olds car companies.
1924 – Jim Bottomley knocked in 12 runs in a single game setting a major league baseball record.
1940 – Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served for 17 years.
1953 – The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given permission to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.
1974 – U.S. President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for draft-evaders and deserters during the Vietnam War.
1976 – The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.
1985 – The Communist Party in China announced changes in leadership that were designed to bring younger officials into power.
1987 – The Montreal Protocol was signed by 24 countries in an effort to save the Earth’s ozone layer by reducing emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.
1988 – Tom Browning pitched the 12th perfect game in major league baseball history.
And, in 1994 – Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in 10 years.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished individuals.
J.C. Penney 1875 – Entrepreneur.
Allen Funt 1914 – Television personality.
Marvin Middlemark 1919 – Inventor.
Lauren Bacall 1924 – Actress.
B.B. King 1925 – Blues guitarist.
Charlie Byrd 1925 – Guitarist.
Morgan Woodward 1925 – Actor.
Peter Falk 1927 – Actor.
Jack Kelly 1927 – Actor.
Anne Francis 1930 – Actress.
George Chakiris 1933 – Singer, dancer, actor.
Elgin Baylor 1934 – Basketball player.
Linda Henning 1944 – Actress.
Susan Ruttan 1948 – Actress.
Ed Begley, Jr. 1949 – Actor.
Robin Yount 1955 – Baseball player.
Mickey Rourke 1956 – Actor.
David Copperfield 1956 – Illusionist.
Orel Hershiser 1958 – Baseball player.
Jane Brook 1962 – Actress.
Molly Shannon 1964 – Comedic actress.
Marc Anthony 1968 – Singer.
And finally, Madeline Zima 1985 – Actress.




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