May 21st – I Need a Patch For That

May 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patch proponents. Today is Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

I Need a Patch For That Day

I Need A Patch For That Day, I think, celebrates patches of all kinds (the information on this holiday is sketchy at best).
There are many different types of patches. There are the patches that military personnel and others wear on their uniforms. There are patches for our computers when software needs to be updated. Before we became a “throw away” society, there were patches for our clothes. There are even eye-patches that make pirates appear more formidable.
The one common thread in my research today, however, was medical patches. These days, there are patches for any number of ailments. There are patches that help you stop smoking, help you lose weight, administer pain meds, and even administer birth control.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a patch for everything? C’mon scientists. Get to work on developing a patch to fix “stupid”. Or how about one to instill common sense in politicians and bureaucrats. Sign me up for the patch that will make me irresistible to women, and the one that will double my monthly income.

National Wait Staff Day

National Wait Staff Day pays homage to those who serve your meals when you dine out. A server can “make or break” your dining experience. A good server will not hover, but always be attentive. A bad server, one who is surly, inattentive, or who needs a refresher course in personal hygiene can ruin your meal (and your special occasion if that is the reason you are dining out).
With that said, everyone can have a bad day once in a while, so take that into consideration. The wait staff at most restaurants make minimum wage or less, so they rely upon gratuities to supplement their income. The average ‘tip’ these days is about 18%…and that is fair.
Having worked a couple of jobs where the only compensation I received was derived from tips, I tend to be a little more generous. I usually tip 20% plus. I take the total of the amount due, divide by ten, and multiply by two. I then add that amount to the total on the bill and round up to the nearest whole dollar. [For instance: During a recent dining out experience, my total bill came to $23.47. Divide that by 10 and the sum is $2.347 (I round up to $2.35). Multiply $2.35 by 2 and the sum is $4.70. Add $4.70 to $23.47 and you get $28.17. I then round that amount up to $29.00, so the tip was $5.53 or about 24%]. My server(s) (I had dinner right at shift change so I had two) were both excellent. However, if the service is abominable, I will tip accordingly. So, if you dine out today, and your server is at all competent, be a little more generous with your gratuity. You could also wish them a Happy Waiter/Waitress/Wait Staff Day.

American Red Cross Founder’s Day

American Red Cross Founder’s Day marks the creation of the American chapter of the Red Cross, in Washington D.C. on this date in 1881, by Clara Barton. The American Red Cross is an organization which is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882. She led the organization for 23 years, during which time the Red Cross conducted its first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts, and aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War. The Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905, the year after Barton resigned from the organization. This charter, which remains in effect today, sets forth the purposes of the organization which includes giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation.

National Memo Day

I guess that I should begin by defining ‘memo’. A memo is a term shortened from the word memorandum, which is a short note designating something to be remembered – An informal message between two people.
It seems then that a memo can mean anything from: Your boss sending a reminder about the upcoming company picnic or a note between two co-workers at a company about an upcoming project, to the “post-it” note that your wife leaves you on the refrigerator reminding you to pick up the dry-cleaning on your way home from work, or to take out the trash.
Now, why is there a special day for memos? The answer to that question is “no one knows”. This is one of those “holidays” that just “is”. In all of my research, I can find no logical reason for today being designated as Memo Day, or perhaps I didn’t get the memo because it seems that the creators of this “holiday” forgot to send the ‘memo’. You can celebrate this holiday by writing a “memo” to yourself to forget about this “holiday” next year.

National Strawberries and Cream Day

I hope that you heeded my advice from yesterday and saved some of those strawberries that you picked. The simple combination of fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream has been a popular dish for centuries. In fact, in medieval England, it was customary for newlyweds to enjoy strawberries and soured cream for their wedding breakfast.
Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every spring. They contain high levels of Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium, so besides being sweet, juicy and delicious, they probably won’t kill you either.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many interesting variations on the classic strawberries and cream recipe. Try flavoring your whipped cream with amaretto liqueur or substituting a combination of fat-free sour cream and brown sugar instead. For a more elaborate dessert, put together a trifle with alternating layers of fruit, cream, and a sweet pastry such as ladyfinger cookies.
I will have a strawberry waffle with whipped cream for lunch. That’ll have to do.

World Baking Day 

World Baking Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in May. It is the holiday to dig out your rolling-pin, heat up your oven, and prepare something delicious. Whether you choose to bake a batch of cookies, some brownies, a cake or cupcakes, or a nice crusty loaf of bread, today is the day to bake something…then share it with your family, neighbors, or friends.
World Baking Day was created to spread the joy of baking all around the world, especially to those who perhaps don’t bake too often and are not particularly experienced at it. This holiday is meant to show people just how much fun it can be to make a cake or some cookies, and that baking can be a great way to spend time with family and friends. And, as a bonus, you get to eat what you’ve created.

More Holidays 

National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day

Rapture Party Day

Sister Maria Hummel Day

Stepmother’s Day – Observed on the Sunday after Mother’s Day.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development 

On This Date

  • In 1819 – Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as “swift walkers.”
  • In 1832 – The Democratic Party held its first national convention.
  • In 1881 – The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City.
  • In 1891 – Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fought for 61 rounds only to end in a draw.
  • In 1904 – FIFA, the world governing body of association football (soccer), was founded. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is responsible for the organization of the World Cup, which is one of the world’s most viewed sporting events.
  • In 1906 – Louis H. Perlman received his patent for the demountable tire-carrying rim.
  • In 1924 – Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a “thrill killing” committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb. The killers were students at the University of Chicago.
  • In 1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic. Her disappearance on an attempted round-the-world flight five years later is one of the most discussed unsolved mysteries in the history of flight.
  • In 1934 – Oskaloosa, IA, became the first city in the U.S. to fingerprint all of its citizens.
  • In 1941 – The first U.S. ship, the SS Robin Moor, was sunk by a U-boat.
  • In 1945 – Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married.
  • In 1947 – Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements to do promotional duties for the team.
  • In 1951 – The 9th Street Show opened in New York City. The ground-breaking art exhibition showing works by artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning is considered the birth hour of the artistic avant-garde referred to as the New York School.
  • In 1956 – The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.
  • In 1970 – The National Guard was mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
  • In 1979 – Violent clashes followed the lenient sentencing for Harvey Milk’s murderer. Milk, the first openly gay United States politician, had been shot and killed together with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. The assassin, Dan White, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter only, triggering the White Night Riots.
  • In 1982 – The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.
  • In 1991 – Former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, was assassinated. The attacker was a woman believed to be linked the Sri Lankan separatist militant organization, the Tamil Tigers. At least 14 people lost their lives in the suicide bombing.
  • In 1998 – An expelled student, Kipland Kinkel, in Springfield, OR, killed 2 people and wounded 25 others with a semi-automatic rifle. Police also discovered that the boy had killed his parents before the rampage.
  • In 1998 – In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were attacked by a butyric acid attacker.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.



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