Up A Creek Without A Paddle

June 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning paddle sports enthusiasts. Today is Sunday, June 26th. The holidays today are:

National Canoe Day 

National Canoe Day was founded by the Canadian Canoe Museum in 2007 after the canoe was named one of the Seven Wonders of Canada in a CBC Radio feature in which over 1 million votes were cast. The aim was to increase participation in paddlesports in Canada, engage new paddlers and reaching across generational and cultural divides to introduce the canoe to those who haven’t had the opportunity to experience this great national heritage. Participants from all over Canada paddle in events countrywide; from the midnight sun of the north to the urban rivers of the south. Although it is primarily a Canadian holiday, National Canoe Day has grown and is now also celebrated internationally by groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, South America, and many more.
As the popularity of National Canoe Day spread, so also did the types of craft used to celebrate this holiday. Today, not only canoers but kayakers, row boat enthusiasts, even skullers, and paddleboarders participate. Basically, if your sport uses an oar, you can celebrate this holiday.
Rowing is a great form of exercise, so if you can, hit the stream, lake, pond, or puddle and do some canoeing today. On your mark — set – row!

Log Cabin Day

Throughout history, log cabins have been a popular type of dwelling. Since humans discovered the ax, trees have been felled to make some kind of shelter. From crude lean-to’s to today’s modern luxury vacation homes, the evolution of log cabins has been thoroughly documented in history. The log cabin played an important role in the development of America in its early years as the population moved steadily west. So important, in fact, that the Whigs (the American Colonists who supported the American Revolution) used the log cabin as the symbol of William Henry Harrisons Presidential campaign to show that he was a simple man of the people.
Log cabins date back much further than the development of America though. Anywhere there were tall sturdy timbers log cabins became a mainstay of habitation. Log cabins appeared all over the northern reaches of Europe in an incredible range of styles before America was discovered , much less colonized. Sometimes the exterior logs were hewn flat so that siding could be added, and occasionally the interior was given the same treatment to make the way for wallpaper, lathe, or plaster. The Wood Museum in Trondheim displays multiple forms of log cabins, fourteen in total.
Log Cabin day was created by the Log Cabin Society (duh!) in collaboration with the Bad Axe Historical society. Each year people go out to help preserve historical log cabins so that they can be maintained for the future and hold on to the artifacts and memories that make them so important.
If you own a log cabin, pack up your family and spend a relaxing, stress-free day there. However, even if you don’t own a log cabin, you can still celebrate Log Cabin Day. Research the history of log cabins and their role in the development of civilization.

Beautician’s Day 

National Beautician’s Day celebrates that talented group of individuals who keep us looking our best. Also known as stylists and cosmetologists, they continually train in the best ways to keep us looking our best while keeping up with the latest styles, the best products, treatments, and techniques.
Cosmetology is the study and application of a beauty treatment.  The branches of cosmetology include hair styling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, and electrolysis.  This means your beautician buffs, polishes, trims, plucks, perks, brightens, lightens, plumps and makes your finest features shine.
Many beauticians also become close confidants.  Over many years of caring for our hair and skin, they come to know our families and watch them grow, experiencing our ups and downs with us. As a result, we tend to develop a strong bond with our beautician.
Beauticians provide a vital service to women everywhere. Some women go to their beautician once a week, while others might only go once or twice a year. Most fall somewhere in between. No matter into which group you fall, a good beautician is essential for making you look your best. Let them know how much you appreciate them on your next visit.

National Chocolate Pudding Day 

Dessert puddings can be traced all the way back to the 17th century. During that time, a “pudding” was actually a very moist cake (similar to a modern-day bread pudding or plum pudding).
The sweet and creamy confection we know and love today emerged in the mid-19th century when an English chemist named Alfred Bird developed an egg-free custard powder. This remarkable invention made it very easy to produce a delicious pudding with the perfect consistency. It also made pudding making far less time-consuming.
Today, pudding is a popular dessert all over the world. So, have some chocolate pudding for dessert tonight. I like to have mine with a few graham crackers and, of course, a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Tropical Cocktails Day 

The hot, muggy days of summer are here, and what better time to celebrate Tropical Cocktails Day. Whether you are lounging on a luxurious cruise ship, walking along the beach with your sweetie, relaxing by the pool, lazing in your back yard, or simply enjoying a little R&R in your family room, nothing quite says summer like a cool, tropical drink. Sex on the beach, Tequila Sunrise, Piña Colada, Frozen Margaritas are just a few of the many different tropical cocktails you can try.
So, find your set of Tiki glasses, set out your rum and/or tequila, hollow out some pineapples and coconuts and start making some refreshing tropical cocktails – and don’t forget the tiny umbrellas…no tropical drink is complete without them.

America’s Kids Day

Descendants’ Day

Forgiveness Day 

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On this date in:

  • 1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
  • 1819 – The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.
  • 1844 – President John Tyler married Julia Gardiner, thus becoming the first President to marry while in office.
  • 1870 – The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.
  • 1900 – The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.
  • 1900 – A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.
  • 1917 – General John “Black Jack” Pershing arrived in France with the American Expeditionary Force.
  • 1925 – Charlie Chaplin’s comedy, “The Gold Rush,” premiered in Hollywood.
  • 1945 – The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.
  • 1948 – The Berlin Airlift began when the United States, Britain, and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.
  • 1963 – President John Kennedy announced, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
  • 1971 – The Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
  • 1979 – Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.
  • 1981 – In Mountain Home, Idaho, Virginia Campbell took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She only paid 67 cents after all the discounts.
  • 1985 – Wilbur Snapp, a minor league baseball organist for the Clearwater Phillies at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, FL, was ejected after playing “Three Blind Mice” during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O’Connor. It drew national attention when Willard Scott, then weatherman for NBC’s “Today” show made mention of it. Paul Harvey also mentioned the incident on his daily radio program.
  • 1996 – The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.
  • 1997 – The Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.
  • 1997 – The Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.
  • 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee.
  • 2000 – The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.

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