Life Say 25022: Don’t be one of “those people”

January 14, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning pet lovers. Today is Monday, January 14, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Dress Up Your Pet Day. With that said, I urge you not to celebrate this holiday. Please don’t be one of “those people”. I know, you say something like “aw, but he/she is so cute.” Meanwhile, your pet is saying “How much humiliation and torture do I have to endure for shelter, a few morsels of food, and an occasional scratch behind the ears.” I give you unconditional love, and you treat me like this.  “But look, he/she likes it, he/she is smiling.” NO! Your pet is panting because it is nervous…or smoldering in that ridiculous outfit.

The second “holiday” today is Organize Your Home Day. On Monday, I suggested that you organize your desk. Organize Your Home Day takes it one step farther.   The benefits of having a clean, organized home are many.— An organized home is easier to keep clean; an organized home creates a sense of calmness; and an organized home has a certain feng shui, which some believe  leads to a positive energy flow. Here are some pointers to guide you:

  • Put all that clutter into bins. Invest in some plastic bins for each room in which to store things.
  • Designate one bin (a basket with a handle would also work) as the “transportation bin”. Keep it where the majority of the traffic in your house is. Then periodically throughout the day, put any ‘stray objects’ you find, such as loose socks, toys, loose change, etc into this bin. At the end of the day, make a round to return everything where it belongs.
  • Label everything. Put your files in order, from “automobile” to “health” to “taxes,” etc. If they’re not from the past year and immediately needed, box them up and store them. This creates more space and will allow you to use a small file folder or file box rather than an entire cabinet.

The third “holiday” is Ratification Day. Ratification Day in the United States refers to the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784, at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD by the Confederation Congress. This act officially ended the American Revolution and established the U.S. as a sovereign entity.

There are a few other “holidays” today, but I won’t elaborate on them. I will simply list them below, complete with a link, so that you can explore them further if they spark an interest.

The food-related “holiday” today is Hot Pastrami Sandwich DayHot Pastrami Sandwich Day is celebrated each year on January 14. It is a day to pay homage to the wonderful sandwich-pioneers who brought this smoked meat classic, and celebrate in kind. Celebrate this holiday by  enjoying this wonderful culinary invention. A hot pastrami sandwich should be enjoyed in the traditional sense, between two warmed slices of bread, and with plenty of mustard to add that certain je ne sais quoi. Incidentally, how many of you will admit to being old enough to remember this “little ditty” from 1963 by The Dartells?

On This Date in History:
In 1882 – The Myopia Hunt Club, in Winchester, MA, became the first country club in the United States. Really, the Myopia Hunt Club? Who was the founder, Mr. Magoo? I’m glad I didn’t hunt there.

A few other significant events that occurred on this date are:
In 1639 – Connecticut’s first constitution, the “Fundamental Orders,” was adopted.
In 1873 – John Hyatt’s 1869 invention ‘Celluloid’ was registered as a trademark.
In 1878 – Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain’s Queen Victoria.
In 1907 – An earthquake killed over 1,000 people in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 1943 –  President Franklin D. Roosevelt  became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.
In 1951 – The first National Football League Pro Bowl All-Star Game was played in Los Angeles, CA.
In 1952 – NBC’s “Today” show premiered. Coincidentally, on this same date in 2002, the “Today” show celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. They could also have celebrated a 60th anniversary in 2012, but in that year, the 14th fell on a Saturday.
In 1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.
In 1954 – the Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator. The new company was called the American Motors Corporation.
In 1963 – George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama.
In 1973 – The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.
In 1985 – Martina Navratilova won her 100th tournament. She joined Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd as the only professional tennis players to win 100 tournaments.
In 1998 – Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees.
And finally, in 1999 – The President Clinton proposed the lifting of the U.N. ceilings on the sale of oil in Iraq. The restriction being that the money be used to buy medicine and food for the Iraqi people.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following  luminaries:
Benedict Arnold – 1741.
Albert Schweitzer – 1875.
William Bendix – 1906. (actor)
Mark Goodson – 1915. (television producer)
Andy Rooney, 1919. (“60 Minutes”)
Caterina Valente – 1931. (internationally famous singer, dancer, actress, musician)
Jack Jones – 1938. (pop singer)
Faye Dunaway – 1941. (actress)
Carl Weathers – 1948. (Actor)
James Todd Smith L.L. Cool J – 1968. (rapper, actor)
And finally – Jason Bateman, 1969. (actor)


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