Truck Drivers, Elephants, Middle Children, Vinyl Records, IBM PC’s, and Julienne Fries

August 12, 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 fans of well-stocked shelves. Today is Thursday, August 12, 2021. Today is the 224th day of the year, and 141 days remain.

Truck Driver Day 

Truck Driver Day is celebrated annually on August 12th. You needn’t be a road warrior to ascertain that this holiday celebrated truck drivers – the “driving force” behind America’s vibrant economy. This holiday is a part of the transportation industry’s Driver Appreciation Week – which is always celebrated in the first full week in August. It pays homage to those dedicated individuals who consistently “deliver the goods.”
If you eat it, drink it, wear it, sit on it, sleep on it, watch it, drive it, play with it, build with it, or in any other way use it or admire 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 one who can also deal with all sorts of people on a daily basis. If you want to be home with your 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 [Federally mandated] 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 adequate rest are essential to any successful truck driver.
To celebrate Truck Driver Day, simply look around your home at all of your possessions. Unless you sourced the raw materials and built it yourself from handmade tools, everything else in your house was delivered to the retailer by a truck driver. So, when you encounter that heavily-laden beast chugging slowly up a steep grade, give them some extra room – and a friendly wave as you pass. The best way to show appreciation to a truck driver is to drive courteously and safely yourself.
Author’s Note:  
As most of you already 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 – did not have time to buy the T-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 into Canada as well. I enjoyed my driving career immensely – especially the opportunity to see and visit America’s vast fruited plain – and the mountains and coastal areas as well.

World Elephant Day 

World Elephant Day is celebrated annually on August 12th. You don’t need to be a zoologist to conclude that this holiday celebrates elephants – the world’s largest land mammal. This holiday was co-founded on August 12, 2012, by Canadian Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand. It is meant to be a rallying call for the support of organizations working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products, protect wild elephant habitat, and provide sanctuaries and alternative habitats for domestic elephants to live freely.
Since then, World Elephant Day has grown and now has partnerships with 100 elephant conservation organizations worldwide and reaches countless individuals across the globe. The goal of World Elephant Day is to get people and organizations to work together across borders and political lines to support this critical global issue which demands immediate attention.
The hope is that World Elephant Day will provide citizens, politicians, and governments a means to create and support conservation solutions that will, once again, make the world a safe place for elephants.
To celebrate World Elephant Day, learn more about these majestic beasts.

Middle Child’s Day 

Middle Child’s Day is celebrated annually on August 12th. As you might suspect, this holiday 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.
You are the arbiter of how to celebrate Middle Child’s Day or whether or not you celebrate at all. It depends entirely upon your family circumstance.
Author’s Note: 
I am a ‘middle child’ – which could explain a lot of things about me. For instance, my propensity toward solitude and dislike of crowds could very well be a result of my being a middle child. Who knows for sure?

Vinyl Record Day 

Vinyl Record Day is celebrated annually on August 12th. You don’t need to be a ‘disc jockey’ to deduce that this holiday celebrates vinyl records – one of the world’s purest forms of audio entertainment.
It is a little known fact that 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.
Over the years, of course, the sound quality of recording equipment increased immensely over Mr. Edison’s crude phonograph as newer, more durable materials became available – reaching its pinnacle with the invention of of vinyl. Vinyl records became the standard of the industry in the late 1940s. Alas, change is inevitable. As America transitioned into a more mobile society, the desire to make music more portable also became evident. In the mid-1960s magnetic tapes began to make an appearance and the industry standard once again shifted – to the cassette tape. Then, in the early 1980s, mostly due to better sound quality, compact discs (CD’s) emerged as the industry standard. Finally, in the late 1990s digital music platforms like mp3 players became available, replacing CD’s and becoming the standard.
However, there is “a light at the end of the tunnel.” Today, vinyl records are making a comeback. People are beginning to realize that, even with the advances in technology, vinyl records still provide the best, most realistic sound quality available. Many recording artists are now making their music available on vinyl records again – along with their digital releases.
So, to celebrate Vinyl Record Day, set aside your iPods, mp3 players, and cassette tapes and listen to some music as it was intended – on vinyl records – that is assuming you still have your old vinyl record collection and turntable on which to play them.

IBM PC Day 

IBM PC Day is celebrated annually on August 12th. A vivid imagination is not required to determine that this holiday celebrates the IBM PC – the first commercially successful personal computer – or, more accurately its release date on this date in 1981.
Known as the IBM PC or the IBM 5150, the computer had no disk drives and sold for about $1500. This event revolutionized the world of technology. By today’s standards, the technology was crude and inefficient.
With such a hefty price tag, 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 – and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, you can find an adequate personal computer for under $300.00 that will meet the needs of an average household.
To celebrate IBM PC Day, fire up your PC and do a Google search on the history of PCs. Bear in mind that you probably wouldn’t be reading this post right now if it weren’t for the IMB PC.
Author’s Note:
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!!

Julienne Fries Day 

Julienne Fries Day is celebrated annually on August 12th. You don’t need to be a potato farmer to discern that this holiday celebrates julienne fries – the thinner, crispier version of classic French fries.
Julienne, aside from being a women’s name, is a culinary technique of slicing food, primarily vegetables, into thin strips or ‘sticks’. Julienne Fries, not surprisingly, are potatoes cut in this style, then deep-fried. Also known as shoestring potatoes, Julienne Fries differ from French Fries in that French Fries are cut into broader strips. According to “Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink”,  Saratoga Springs, N.Y. claims credit for inventing Julienne (shoestring) Fries in the 1850s.
Obviously, to celebrate Julienne Fries Day, all you need to do is have some julienne fries today. If you don’t want to go to the bother of cutting them yourself, most supermarkets carry frozen julienne/shoestring fries. Also, The Counter restaurant chain serves julienne/shoestring fries. And, since McDonald’s famous fries are thinner than the fries served in most other fast-food restaurants, you could technically call them julienne/shoestring fries.
Author’s Note:
The potato itself is a relative latecomer to the staple food chain. As recently as 300 years ago, potatoes 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-1800s, it was the Irish immigrants who first brought the potato the United States.

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

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