Life Day 25038: “We Gotta Get Outta This Place…”

January 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning members of the “rat race”. Today is January 30th. The first “holiday” today is National Escape Day. Did you ever want to just unshackle yourself from the bonds of responsibility and escape the mundane drudgery of your existence?  Well, National Escape Day is the day for you to do so. If you are unable to physically leave your environment, there are still ways that you can ‘escape’.

  1. Change the wallpaper on your computer at work to a tropical isle, a ski slope, a babbling brook, or any other destination to which you would like to escape.
  2. After work, draw a nice hot bath, pour yourself a tall glass of wine or your favorite spirited beverage, put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the bathroom door, and let your mind wander as you transform into a “happy prune”.
  3. Escape into a good book. Read slowly and take time out to let the imagery soak into your brain.

There are other ways to escape, but I don’t recommend them. They involve illegal substances or excessive consumption of alcohol. Whatever means of escape you choose today, enjoy.

Another “holiday” is National Inane Answering Message Day. Answering messages tend to be a little dull, ranging from network defaults to the classic, “Sorry, John’s not here right now… please leave a message after the tone”. Inane Answering Message Day urges you to liven things up by getting creative, and creating a new funny or silly message for your answering machine.
And while we’re on the subject of answering machines, what is it about the infamous “leave-a-message-at-the-beep” prompt that makes us forget our name, develop a speech impediment, and ramble on forever to convey our simple message? This phenomenon seems more prevalent in Troglodytes from my generation who grew up having to actually talk to a live person at the other end of the telephone line. That was easy. Why is conveying your message to a machine any  more intimidating? Is it the fact that you have to actually sum up your thoughts and express them coherently within a limited time frame? Who knows?  Am I the only one who has this problem?

The last “holiday” today is Seed Swap Day.  Get your minds out of the gutter fellas, that is not that type of “seed swap” to which this “holiday” refers. Seed Swap Day is celebrated on the last Saturday in January.  It’s an opportunity to meet up with other seed enthusiasts and exchange seeds from their gardens. Seed swap categories include natives, heirlooms, edibles, herbs, exotics, annuals, perennials and trees/shrubs. If there is such an event in your area, I urge you to attend. If you aren’t a gardener, maybe this will spark your interest and you can pick up some seeds for next years seed swap.

The food related “holiday” is National Croissant Day. Croissants are a rich, buttery, crescent-shaped roll made of puff pastry that layers yeast dough with butter. Who doesn’t enjoy a rich, buttery, crescent-shaped croissant? They are traditionally a breakfast bread served with jam and butter, but they are also delicious as dinner rolls…or any other time for that matter. In the early 1970’s, croissants evolved into sandwich form, though still primarily as breakfast sandwiches.
Croissants are extremely time-consuming to make because of the “layering” of the dough with the butter (usually 3 to 6 layers), which needs to be refrigerated for a minimum of half an hour between each layer. This is required in order to obtain the desired flakiness. So if you plan to celebrate this holiday by baking your own croissants, you should get started soon. Or…you could just go the a bakery and buy some.

On this date in 1798, the first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor. Personally, I would love to see a return to this practice. In fact, we could orchestrate matches between adversaries on the House floor, and show them on pay-per-view. It would be a good way to start reducing the national debt that these morons have run up during their tenure. I can see “cage matches”, no-holds-barred matches, last man standing submits his Bill to the President. IT WOULD BE GREAT.Other significant events that happened on this date are:

Other significant events that happened on this date are:In 1790, the first purpose-built lifeboat was launched on the River Tyne.

  • In 1790, the first purpose-built lifeboat was launched on the River Tyne.
  • In 1844, Richard Theodore Greener became the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University.
  • In 1847, the town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.
  • In 1862, the U.S. Navy’s first ironclad warship, the “Monitor”, was launched.
  • In 1894, C.B. King received a patent for the pneumatic hammer.
  • In 1911, the first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer “Terry”. Pilot James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
  • In 1933, The Lone Ranger” was heard on the radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.
  • In 1933, Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.
  • In 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
  • In 1958, the first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet.
  • In 1962, two members of the “Flying Wallendas” high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, MI.
  • In 1968, the  Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
  • And, in 1997 – A New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to enable her to leave the jail and obtain an abortion.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882. (32nd POTUS)
John Ireland, 1914. (actor)
Dick Martin, 1922. (comedian – “Laugh-In”)
Barbara Hale, 1922. (actress – played Della Street on Perry Mason)
Gene Hackman, 1931. (actor)
Vanessa Redgrave, 1937. (actress)
Dick Cheney, 1941. (former VEEP)
Charles Dutton, 1951. (actor)
Brett Butler, 1958. (comedienne)
Jody Watley, 1959. (singer)
And finally, Christian Bale, 1974. (actor)

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