July 13th – Geeks Are People Too

July 13, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Preface: It must be noted that in my humble opinion, all of the holidays, historical events, and prominent births mentioned in today’s post pale in comparison to the one singularly obscure, yet iconic event which occurred early on a Sunday morning in Bakersfield, California at Mercy Hospital on this date 70 years ago at 5:45 am, when yours truly was born — And the world was forever changed.

Good morning geeks. Today is Thursday, July 13, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Embrace Your Geekness Day 

Before we can “embrace our geekness”, I guess that we should first define what a geek really is. The word geek has evolved over the centuries. Originally a Middle English pejorative term for a circus performer or a performer in a freak show, the word geek eventually came to mean a fool, a silly or odd person. In today’s vernacular, the word geek is often still used as a pejorative, but now, the term is also used by “geeks” themselves without malice or as a source of pride. Its meaning has evolved to refer to “someone who is interested in a subject (usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake”. The term can apply to anyone who is proficient in their chosen field but who lacks social skills because of their total immersion into it.
There are many categories of geeks, such as science geeks, math geeks, computer geeks, history geeks, and gaming geeks just to name a few. In Silicon Valley parlance, a geek is a software or hardware engineer. Once relegated to research departments, laboratories, and support functions, the technology boom has elevated many geeks from the stockroom to the boardroom. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg immediately come to mind. Be careful, that geek you gave a ‘wedgie’ to in high school might one day hold your financial future in his hands.
Embrace Your Geekness Day celebrates those intelligent, technically proficient; yet socially awkward people known as geeks. Everyone has that one thing that they can do better than virtually anyone else and Embrace Your Geekness Day allows you to flaunt that talent. So get in touch with your “inner geek” today and let the world beware.
Author’s Note: A geek is closely related to a nerd. A nerd, however, isn’t as intelligent and may not have the same level of technical expertise

Gruntled Workers Day

No, you didn’t misread that. If there are disgruntled people out there, it only stands to reason that there are also “gruntled” people out there as well – and they would logically be the polar opposite of disgruntled people. A disgruntled person os one who is grouchy, testy, sullen, grumpy, dissatisfied. Disgruntled people include young, old, male, female, and are included all ethnic groups. Since this is Gruntled Workers Day, I am going to focus my attention on the workplace.
Believe it or not, there are actually people out there who enjoy their jobs and look forward to going to work every day – and Gruntled Workers Day celebrates these increasingly rare people.
Have you ever walked into a business and immediately sensed a negative “vibe”. No one steps forward to even greet you, let alone offer assistance. Well, maybe that establishment needs to hire a “gruntled” worker or two. Disgruntled employees, tend to try to make your day as miserable as theirs, whereas “gruntled” employees strive for the opposite effect.
You can easily distinguish “gruntled” workers from the disgruntled worker because gruntled workers tend to actually be helpful and knowledgeable and will go out of their way to make sure you are satisfied. Gruntled Workers Day is the holiday to show your appreciation to these dedicated people who gladly go to work each day without complaint. Should you be fortunate enough to encounter one of these ‘unicorns’ today, be sure to let them know that they are appreciated.

Fool’s Paradise Day

Fools Paradise refers to someone living in a state of delusive contentment, illusory happiness, or false hope. Fool’s Paradise Day salutes the naiveté of these people.
Our constitutional rights are being stripped away faster than the printers can print the new laws and regulations. The government is eavesdropping on our private communications in all aspects of social media. More and more, money and power are being concentrated in the hands of greedy, power-hungry narcissists who claim to know, more than we, what is best for us. This only leads to tyranny as they impose their rules upon us. So, good luck to all of you living in your ‘fool’s paradise’. When the crap hits the proverbial fan, you will be totally unprepared. Then you’ll be at the mercy of the government and the financial power brokers – who will be one and the same.

Barbershop Music Appreciation Day 

Although Barbershop Music Appreciation Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the formation of the first all-female Barbershop Quartet (The Sweet Adelines) in Tulsa OK on this date in 1945, it is intended to honor the entire genre of Barbershop Quartet music: all-male and mixed gender groups included.
Barbershop Music Appreciation Day was created in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International. It was started to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their organization. From its modest beginnings in the home of Edna Mae Anderson, this organization has grown to a current membership of over 300 choruses and 15,000 singers.
To celebrate this holiday listen to some good old-fashioned barbershop quartet music. What! You don’t have any barbershop quartet music in your music library? Don’t worry. A simple search using your web browser of choice will render countless examples of barbershop quartet music for you to enjoy, as well as provide you with a far more comprehensive history of the origins of this genre than I can here. Enjoy.

National French Fries Day 

National French Fries Day celebrates the ultimate feel-good food – french fries. Although the exact origin of French fries is unknown, one theory suggests that they date back to 17th century Belgium. The inhabitants of this region often cooked small fried fish to accompany their meals. When weather conditions made it too dangerous to go fishing, they cut up potatoes into long, thin strips (to resemble the fish) and fried them.
There are dozens of different ways to enjoy french fries. You can have them crinkle cut, waffle cut, shoestring, curly, steak cut, or regular. You can dress them in any number of ways as well: Cajun-style, spicy, sweet, or covered in chili and cheese; with or without ketchup, with Ranch dressing or barbecue sauce (Heck, I knew a guy once that liked his with mayonnaise). Then there’s the distinctly Utah phenomenon of “fry sauce”; which is a combination of mayonnaise, ketchup, and God only knows what else.
It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to this style of potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian Fries. It is suggested that they called them “French” because French was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time. However, the expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.
French fries are a global favorite. Regardless of the origins of their name, whether you refer to them as “Pommes Frites” (France), “Patatas Fritas” (Spain), “Chips” (United Kingdom), or just good ole French Fries, they are a delicious addition to any menu. Enjoy some today.

National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day

National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day is celebrated annually on this date. Also known as “beanie weenies” both dishes are similar to pork ‘n’ beans, but substitute hot dogs or frankfurters for the pork.
Dating back to the civil war, baked beans emerged as one of the very first canned convenience foods. It is unknown who originally added Franks to the beans. Typical ingredients include baked beans, skinless hot dogs, brown sugar, onion, mustard, BBQ sauce, and spices. There are many variations on Beans ‘n’ Franks recipes found around the world.
Van Camp’s owns the Beanie Weenies name. Other brands are sold under alternative names such as Franks & Beans.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1754 – At the beginning of the French and Indian War, George Washington surrendered the small, circular Fort Necessity in southwestern Pennsylvania to the French.
  • In 1787 – Congress, under the Articles of Confederation, enacted the Northwest Ordinance, which established the rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of slavery.
  • In 1812 – The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City.
  • In 1814 – The National Military Police of Italy was created. The Carabinieri was established by the Royal Patents as a policing force with jurisdiction over the military and civilians.
  • In 1832 – Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
  • In 1835 – John Ruggles was issued a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for a traction device used in locomotive steam engines. [This may seem like an insignificant event until you know that the Patent Number issued was #1. All 9,957 previous patents issued were not numbered].
  • In 1863 – Opponents of the Civil War draft began three days of rioting in New York City, which resulted in more than 1,000 casualties.
  • In 1937 – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was founded. The now-international doughnut company was founded by Kentuckian Vernon Rudolph.
  • In 1954 – In Geneva, the United States, Great Britain, and France reached an accord on Indochina which divided Vietnam into two countries, North and South, along the 17th parallel. [Everyone from my generation knows how well that worked out].
  • In 1977 – The Ethiopian-Somali War began. The Somali National Army invaded the disputed Ogaden region between Somalia and Ethiopia. The war lasted for 9 months and ended with a Somalian retreat
  • In 1977 – Kinney, Minnesota declared its secession from the United States. Frustrated by its failing water system, Kinney, Minnesota declared the creation of the Republic of Kinney and sent a letter of secession to the Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance.
  • In 1982 – The All-Star Game was played outside the United States for the first time. It was played in Montreal, Canada.
  • In 1984 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis was injured in a car accident and was left comatose. He came out of the coma in June of 2003.
  • In 1985 – The Live Aid benefit concert took place. Held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia, the concert raised millions in benefit of those affected by famine in Ethiopia. Over a billion people tuned in around the world to watch the show.
  • In 1998 – “Image of an Assassination” went on sale. The video documentary is of Abraham Zapruder’s home video of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

Noteworthy Birthdays

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

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