Bubbas, Running, Leaving Early, Dentists, Rocky Road, and Rotisserie Chicken

June 2, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning Bubbas and Bubbettes. Today is Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Today is the 153rd day of the year, and 212 days remain.

National Bubba Day 

National Bubba Day is celebrated annually on June 2nd. Even if you aren’t a country bumpkin, you should be able to ascertain that this holiday celebrates all of the “bubbas” out there – you know who you are!
Officially, Bubba is a nickname (a derivative of brother) used mainly in the South. It is usually given to the eldest son to designate his ranking in the family. Linguist Ian Hancock points out that the word buhbuh from the language of African-Americans in the isolated Sea Islands of South Carolina may account for the “bubba” of the American South. Robert Ferguson notes in his book “English Surnames” that bubba corresponds with the German word bube, meaning, a boy.
Because of its association with the southern part of the United States, bubba is also often used outside the South as a pejorative to mean a person of low economic status and limited education. Bubba may also be taken to mean one who is a “good ol’ boy.” In the US Army and Marines, bubba can mean a lay soldier, similar to “grunt”, but with connotations of endearment instead of derision (For example, “Can you make that device easier to work with, ‘cus every bubba is gonna have to use it”). At times, it may be used as a term of endearment (or in an insulting sense) for a person, especially a man, who is either overweight or has a seemingly powerful large body frame. In gun culture, Bubba is a term used for a person who permanently alters or modifies historic firearms, with no regard for its historical value. The word bubba exists in other languages and carries similar meanings. Bubba is common in Australia and New Zealand as a noun or pronoun to refer affectionately to a baby.
To celebrate National Bubba Day, simply embrace your “inner Bubba” today without any negativity.
For my female readers, Bubba, in Yiddish, means grandmother so you can embrace your “inner Bubbette” today as well. 

Global Running Day 

You’re a busy person. You have places to go, things to see, and people to do. (Oops, I might have that last sentence confused). Anyway, why are you wasting time walking? Global Running Day is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday in June. You don’t need to be a marathoner to discern that this holiday celebrates running – a popular form of exercise worldwide. This holiday is a day set aside for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. The goal is to make fitness fun and inspire people to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.
So far this year, 2,99,859 people from 177 countries have pledged to run 9,249,478 miles — The equivalent of the distance to the moon and back 19 times. People of all ages can participate. Children alone this year have pledged to run a distance equal to 40 laps around the Earth.
On this holiday, runners everywhere celebrate their love for this age-old sport. Running was the most important athletic event during the first Olympic games in 776 BC. A cook named Koroibos won the 200-yard “stadium race.” He was crowned with an olive wreath.
There are many official different ways to celebrate this holiday. You can get creative – like changing “happy hour” into “running hour”, or simply resolve to include running in your daily exercise regimen. Find out about the local Running Day events going on in your community. So, to celebrate Global Running Day, go out for a run on your own or with a friend. Ready? Set? Go!
Author’s Note:
Who am I kidding, just the thought of running exhausts me? It’s time to relax with a cool, refreshing glass of iced tea.

National Leave the Office Early Day 

National Leave the Office Early Day is celebrated annually on June 2nd [or the closest weekday to June 2nd if it happens to fall on a weekend]. You needn’t be an office drone to deduce that this holiday encourages workers to, at least for today, strive to leave work a little early, or at least, on time. It was created in 2005 by  Laura Stack, a corporate consultant who has worked with Coca-Cola, Coors, Lucent Technologies, and other large companies. Ms. Stack says “It’s not about changing jobs or being less productive, it’s about being more productive in the hours that you’re actually scheduled to work.” She points out that a recent study of Microsoft Corp. found that workers average only three productive days a week. Many workers get hyper-productive before they start a vacation so that everything is in place beforehand, and can actually get away and relax. Ms. Stack contends that if you harness that energy and focus in everyday situations you can have more free time every week.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American worker works about 49 hours a week — 350 more hours per year than the average European worker and 70 hours more per year than the average Japanese worker. Americans are also working more than their parents did. With shorter vacations, and more people logging in on their home computers, the average annual work schedule has increased by 163 hours since the 1970s. That’s more than an extra month of work each year. What a depressing commentary on contemporary life.
Celebrate National Leave the Office Early Day by, as suggested above, try to leave work a bit early today. If, like me, you are no longer shackled to a time clock and office cubicle, simply go about your day in your usual leisurely manner.

“I Love My Dentist” Day

“I Love My Dentist” Day is celebrated annually on June 2nd. You don’t need to be a dental practitioner to conclude that this holiday celebrates your dentist and all of the [often disgusting] things that he/she has to do to keep your smile intact.
One painful fact of life is that you only get one set of permanent teeth. Your dentist is the person who helps you keep them healthy. You should already have in place a daily oral care regimen to prevent cavities, tartar build-up, and gum disease. If you don’t, then you deserve all of the torture a dentist will inflict upon you when that toothache finally becomes unbearable and you are inevitably forced to finally visit a dentist. Your dentist is the one who will have to reach into that diseased maw and repair all of the damage you’ve done through your years of neglect.
So yes, your dentist does deserve a special day to honor all that they do, and “I Love My Dentist” Day is that day. So, if it is nearly time for your annual/semi-annual check-up, call your dentist’s office today and schedule an appointment.

National Rocky Road Day 

National Rocky Road Day is celebrated annually on June 2nd. If you think that this holiday celebrates those bumpy rural roads that are scattered across the landscape, you are – WRONG! Instead, this holiday celebrates Rocky Road – the sweet, delicious combination of almonds, marshmallows, and chocolate. The original Rocky Road dessert was first created in Australia in 1853. Unscrupulous businessmen took confectionery items that had been spoiled by their journey from Europe and mixed them with local nuts as well as low-quality chocolate. The name Rocky Road was used in reference to the “rocky road” that travelers used in order to access the outback.
There are many forms of “Rocky Road”. There are Rocky Road brownies, fudge, a popular candy bar, and for a short time in the 1980s, even a breakfast cereal. However, by far the favorite form of Rocky Road is ice cream.
Rocky road ice cream is a delicious dessert with an interesting culinary history. In 1929 after the stock market crash, a man named William Dreyer (the founder of Dreyer Ice Cream) calmed his Black Thursday nerves by creating the original rocky road. He mixed chunky almonds, mini marshmallows, and delicious milk chocolate ice cream to create a new ice cream flavor that would make people smile despite the tough economic times. It instantly became an American favorite and soon became popular all over the world.
Whichever form of Rocky Road you prefer, celebrate National Rocky Road Day by having something “Rocky Road” related today. I like the ice cream myself, so I’m off to my local ice cream parlor, Palo Alto Creamery [not sponsored], to stock up.
Author’s Note: 
In Australia, people add jam to their rocky road ice cream, and in England, they add cherries and raisins. 

National Rotisserie Chicken Day 

National Rotisserie Chicken Day is celebrated annually on June 2nd. Even if you aren’t a rotisseur, you should easily be able to grasp that this holiday celebrates rotisserie chicken – a method of roasting chicken on a rotating spit near indirect heat. National Rotisserie Day was submitted by Boston Market Restaurants in April 2015. The Registrar of the National Day Calendar declared June 2nd as National Rotisserie Chicken Day in May 2015.
Rotisserie chicken is cooked whole on a rotisserie or spit that turns it continuously while a heat source cooks it slowly. This type of cooking sears the skin to seal in the flavor, resulting in a tender and juicy chicken. Rotisserie chicken is often injected with a blend of seasonings to give it, even more, flavor. The popularity of rotisserie chicken continues to grow as its health benefits become more widely known.
To celebrate National Rotisserie Chicken Day, enjoy some rotisserie chicken today. Since most supermarkets now sell rotisserie chickens, that is, by far, the easiest way to procure one. [In my humble opinion, Costco has the biggest, the least expensive, and the best, rotisserie chickens available].
Author’s Note:
In a serendipitous turn of events, our local Safeway had whole chickens on sale this week for 99¢ a pound, so I bought one. At last, another opportunity to use my Ronco Showtime Rotisserie –one of the few inventions of Ron Popeil that actually worked as advertised (Set it and forget it)! I’m still debating whether or not to use the “flavor injector” that came with it.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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