Off to a Rocky Start

September 16, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning rock hounds. Today is Friday, September 16th.

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 sits, stays, and 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 or come when called.
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 as a kid? What became of it?

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.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day has been observed annually on the third Friday in September every year since 1989. National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established by an Act of Congress with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. This holiday is one of the six days that Federal Law requires the POW/MIA Flag be flown at all places designated by the Secretary of Defense.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day remembers and honors those men and women of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or who are prisoners of war. We are reminded as a nation to rededicated our efforts to bring our patriots home and to care for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones. The POW/MIA Flag is flown this day over the Capitol, the White House, the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, of the Selective Service System, and on the grounds or in the lobbies of every major military installation, every post office and all VA Medical Centers and national cemeteries.

National Tradesmen Day

National Tradesmen Day is celebrated each year on the third Friday in September and honors the men and women who work with their hands to build America and keep it running strong. Irwin Tools founded National Tradesmen Day in 2011.
Tradesmen are the professionals who work with their hands. Their skills and knowledge keep businesses, homes, cities and entire nations running. Tradesmen build the houses we live in, pave the roads we drive on, build the dams that supply us with power, fix our cars, and repair about anything we need to have repaired. The electricians, plumbers, masons, mechanics, carpenters and everyone in between ensure the job gets done.

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.

National Guacamole Day 

I’m sure that National Guacamole Day falling on the same date as Mexico’s Independence Day is purely coincidental. Guacamole was first created by the Aztecs in what is now Mexico. The name comes from an Aztec dialect and literally translates to “avocado sauce”. A Spanish-English pronunciation guide from 1900 lists guacamole as a “salad of the alligator pear”. Avocados were first cultivated in South Central Mexico and Central America and as far south as Peru.
Guacamole is a dip commonly made with avocados, lime juice, cilantro and green onions. Guacamole 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.

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 to 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).

Anne Bradstreet Day

Concussion Awareness Day

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

International Grenache Day 

International Read an E-book Day

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

National Play-Doh Day

National Stay Away From Seattle Day

Stepfamily Day

Trail of Tears Commemoration Day 

Working Parents Day

Wrinkled Raincoat Day 

On this date in:

  • 1630 – The village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
  • 1782 – The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on a document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the Great Seal of the United States.
  • 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 – 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 of China announced changes in leadership that were designed to bring younger officials into power.
  • 1987 – The Montreal Protocol was signed by 24 countries 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.
  • 1994 – Exxon Corporation was ordered by a federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
  • 1994 – Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in 10 years.

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