Road Warriors

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

Good morning fans of well-stocked shelves. Today is Friday, August 12th. The holidays today are:

Truck Driver Day

If you eat it, wear it, sit on it, sleep on it, watch it, drive it, play with it, or build with it, it is almost certain that it was delivered to the warehouse or retailer by a truck driver, and before that, the raw materials were delivered to the manufacturer by a truck driver as well. The trucking industry is a vital part of what keeps this economy thriving.
Truck driving is an arduous job requiring a special kind of person…one who is independent, but can deal with all sorts of people on a daily basis. If you want to be home with you family every night, then truck driving isn’t for you. Truck drivers are away from home for days, weeks and sometimes even months at a time — often driving all night to make it to their destination safely and  on time. Once they are done with that, they pick up their next load and do it all over again…after getting their mandatory rest, naturally. Truck drivers mostly work a 6-day week, often working different shifts in the same week…a day shift followed by an over-nighter followed by a night delivery. It can take a real toll on one’s health unless they are smart. Proper diet and proper rest are essential.
Truck Driver Day is celebrated on the Friday of Driver Appreciation Week – which is always held on the first full week in August. It pays homage to those dedicated “road warriors” who ‘deliver the goods’.
Author’s Note:  As most of you know, I was an over-the-road truck driver for over 20 years. I can pretty much sum up my driving career with “been there, hauled that…didn’t have time to buy the shirt.” Most of my career was spent hauling dry van trailers and “reefers” (refrigerated trailers). I hauled a wide variety of freight within the continental 48 states, with a few trips to Canada as well. I enjoyed my driving career immensely, but since I retired in 2009, I don’t miss it at all.

Worldwide Art Day

Worldwide Art Day is a day set aside to honor all forms of art, and those individuals who create a better world through aesthetics. It was created by artist Becky Mate in 1998 and is always celebrated on the second Friday in August.
When most people think of ‘art’, they think of great paintings or sculpture, however, art doesn’t solely pertain to these two things. Musicians, actors, photographers and even those who create unique ceramics are also considered artists. In fact, art is in the eye of the beholder. Anything that someone does which is unique, anything crafted with extraordinary skill, or anything done with a certain amount of finesse or creativity can be considered “art”.
To celebrate this holiday, visit a museum and admire the works of art there. Or, try to create your own “masterpiece” at home. Draw a picture, compose a song, or write a poem or story,
Note: If your name is Art, you can pretend that this holiday is ‘all about you’ if you want. You just have to be willing to hang on a wall all day and be gawked at and judged by a bunch of pretentious snobs.

Middle Child’s Day

Middle Child’s Day salutes all of the people out there who have both older and younger siblings. It is commonly accepted that the oldest child has all of the attention of his parents until a second child comes along. And, the youngest child is always the “baby” of the family. But what about those children in between? Sometimes middle children are ignored by their parents in favor of their older and younger siblings. This can lead to all sorts of behavior problems. Some tend to become introverted and are often loners. Others might tend to act out to get the attention they need from their parents. There is even a psychological condition known as Middle Child Syndrome. I won’t go into detail here, but this link will give you further insight into this condition.
Not all middle children become introverted loners and social outcasts. Most go on to live normal lives. Because of the lack of attention while growing up, many often are independent, and make good leaders. Many famous people are middle children, including Madonna, Abraham Lincoln, Donald Trump, Julia Roberts, and Charles Darwin. In fact, 52% of our Presidents have been middle children.

IBM PC Day 

On this date in 1981, IBM introduced the first personal computer. This event revolutionized the world of technology. At a base price of $1,565, not every family could afford one in the beginning. But through the process of supply and demand and good ole competition, the price came down, and soon home computers became more affordable to the average family. By today’s standards, the technology was crude and inefficient. I got my first PC in 1984, a “state of the art” Commodore 64. Heck, it even came with a built in 3¼ inch floppy disc. WOOHOO!!

Vinyl Record Day 

If it weren’t for the telephone, there might not even be vinyl records today. Thomas Edison used the $10,000 prize money he received from the French government for winning the “Volta Prize” for inventing the telephone to set up a lab for acoustical and electrical research. What came out of that lab on this date in 1877 was the phonograph.
On Vinyl Record Day, set aside your iPods, mp3 players, and cassette tapes and listen to some music as it was intended; on vinyl records (scratches and all). That is assuming you still have your old vinyl record collection and turntable.

Julienne Fries Day

Contrary to popular folklore, french fries are not named after their country of origin. According to “Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink”, frenching potatoes refers to the process of cutting them into narrow strips. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. claims credit for inventing shoestring french fries in the 1850’s, however, according to “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink”, the origin of french fries dates back to 1795.
The potato itself is a relative latecomer to the staple food chain. As recently as 200 years ago, they were either thought to be poisonous; or food fit only for livestock, prisoners, or peasants. However, the Incas were cultivating and eating potatoes in what is now Peru, Ecuador, and northern Chile as early as 750 BC. Their method for preparing potatoes wasn’t nearly as sophisticated as dropping them into boiling water or fat. They spread them out in rows and let them sit for a few weeks, then stomped on them with their feet. YUM! The Incas, in fact, literally worshiped the potato. If the potato crop failed, a few unlucky potato farmers actually had their lips and noses mutilated to appease the Potato Gods. Eventually, the Conquistadors took potatoes back to Spain where over a span of a century or two, they spread throughout the rest of Europe. However, they were still shunned by the ruling classes. Because of poverty, the Irish were the first Europeans to begin cultivating and eating potatoes, and in the mid-1800’s, it was the Irish immigrants who brought the potato the United States.

International Youth Day

World Elephant Day

On this date in:

  • 1851 – Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine.
  • 1865 – Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.
  • 1867 – President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
  • 1898 – Hawaii was annexed by the United States. Hawaii was later given territorial status and was given Statehood in 1959.
  • 1898 – The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The United States acquired Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
  • 1918 – Regular airmail service began between Washington, DC, and New York City.
  • 1939 – The movie “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie’s song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.
  • 1960 – The balloon satellite Echo One was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the first communications satellite.
  • 1964 – Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he became the first player to hit home runs as both a left-hander and a right-hander in the same game.
  • 1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test.
  • 1986 – NASA announced that they had selected a new rocket design for the space shuttle. The move was made in an effort at correcting the flaws that were believed to have been responsible for the Challenger disaster.
  • 1992 – The United States, Canada, and Mexico announced that the North American Free Trade Agreement (N.A.F.T.A.) had been created after 14 months of negotiations.
  • 1993 – President Clinton lifted the ban on rehiring air traffic controllers that had been fired for going on strike in 1981.
  • 1994 – Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.
  • 1998 – Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to World War II Holocaust victims.

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