Viruses, Techies, Looking at Leaves, Family TV, Intergenerational Day, and Caramel Custard

October 3, 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 virus victims. Today is Sunday, October 3, 2021. Today is the 276th day of the year, and 89 days remain. 

National Virus Appreciation Day 

National Virus Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on October 3rd. You needn’t be a virologist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates viruses. However, the big question is; What kind of virus? There are many types of viruses ( or virii…either is correct) and the creator(s) of this holiday did not specify the particular type of virus we are supposed to appreciate today. So, I guess, Virus Appreciation Day urges us to be aware of the harm that viruses can do to our bodies, and make sure we are protected from them by ensuring that our immunizations are up to date.
Before I get any further, I should explain the difference between bacteria and viruses. Bacteria are alive in a classical sense, meaning they have all the metrics that define life, most importantly, a cell structure. Viruses, however, are not quite alive, they’re more like randomly wandering bits of DNA with an attitude problem and a suit of protein-based armor.
The most common types of viruses are human and animal viruses. They are the ones that affect us physically. Viruses are nasty little microscopic creatures that “bug” us by infecting our bodies and making us sick, and in some instances, can cause death. However, there are also viruses that are beneficial to us, such as those in our intestinal tract that aid in digestion and those from which we make vaccines – so not all viruses are bad, it’s just that we tend to focus our attention on the ones that are.
Then, there are computer viruses. Computer viruses infect the pathways of the Worldwide Web and have the same effect on our computers, that human and animal viruses have on us. They slow down computers, make them behave erratically, and sometimes render them entirely useless (death). The same precautions you take to protect yourself from viruses hold true when dealing with computer viruses. You should be aware that they exist and take precautionary steps to prevent infection of your computer by not visiting questionable websites or opening questionable links you receive in emails. You should also take steps to “immunize” your computer from viruses by buying high-quality anti-virus software, installing it on your computer, and keeping it up to date.
To celebrate National Virus Appreciation Day, make sure your immunizations are up to date. Also, do a full system scan on your computer to get rid of any “bugs” that may be affecting its health.

National Techies Day 

National Techies Day is celebrated annually on October 3rd. As you might expect, this holiday celebrates “techies” – those who keep our computers and other electronic devices running smoothly and efficiently.
“Techie” is a term, derived from the word technology, for a person who displays a great, sometimes even obsessive, interest in technology, high-tech devices, and particularly computers. In recent years, “Techie” has become slang for individuals involved in the Information Technology (IT) section of companies who rely on computers for their survival. “Techie” is also used as a nickname (without pejorative connotations) for a student from educational institutions with the name “Technology” in their titles, such as – Caltech, Georgia Tech, MIT, IIT, FIT, and Virginia Tech.” Additionally, “Techie” (slang) is a generalized occupational title for stagehands, electricians, carpenters, or other professional stage technicians in the Theatre and Film Industries.
Techies may seem like ‘geeks’ to us, but when your computer develops a mind of its own, they are the ones who come to the rescue. They get your computer running smoothly again faster than you can say gigabyte.
With advances in technology, techies have become essential in the running of most businesses; not just for computers, but for communications and a wide array of machinery used in manufacturing processes today.
To celebrate National Techies Day, take time to give a big “Thank you” to the “techies” who make your job and life easier.

Look at the Leaves Day 

Look at the Leaves Day is celebrated annually on October 3rd. As you should easily be able to infer from its name, this [self-explanatory] holiday encourages us to take time out today to look at the wonders that Mother Nature provides for us. this time of year. My sources didn’t offer any information about the creation of this holiday, but the reasons for Look at the Leaves Day should be obvious – in most areas of the country at least.
Autumn is upon us, and the leaves are beginning to change color. You can’t help being awestruck by the spectacular display of foliage on display all around you. To celebrate Look at the Leaves Day, carve out a few minutes from your busy day today, go out to your back yard and soak up the many wonders of nature.

Family TV Show Day 

Family TV Show Day is celebrated annually on October 3rd. Even if you’re a total vidiot, you should be able to deduce that this holiday urges us to spend time with our families today watching family-friendly TV shows today. I could find no information about why Family TV Show Day was created, who created it, or why this date was chosen to celebrate it. But from the context of my sources, the conclusion I draw is that Family TV Show Day urges us to hearken back to the “good ole days” when there was actually family-centric entertainment available.
These days, TV programming seems geared toward specific age groups and it is becoming harder and harder to find quality shows that the whole family can enjoy together. When I was growing up in the ’50s and ’60s there were only three networks, and maybe an independent channel or two, and we complained about having “nothing to good watch”. With the advent of cable and satellite TV came a myriad of TV channels to select from – and people still complain about having “nothing good to watch”.
By encouraging families to watch TV together, Family TV Show Day provides an opportunity to open communication within your family and allows you to have discussions about violence, bullying, sex, and other issues that may arise in the TV shows you watch. It is also a good way to experience what your children think about, and how they feel about certain issues.
With that said, there are TV networks around today which re-broadcast many of the old family-oriented shows that we grew up watching. Check your local listings to find some of them to prepare for your Family TV Show Day celebration. There are four such channels here in the Bay Area, and I don’t even have cable or satellite TV – so they are out there somewhere. You just have to look for them.

Intergeneration Day 

Intergeneration Day is observed annually on the first Sunday of October. You needn’t be a family therapist to discern that this holiday was created to bring generations together. It provides the opportunity for people of all ages to learn from, and connect with each other. Each generation has a lot to teach. Our parents taught us and we, in turn, taught our children.
Intergeneration Day urges us to share our knowledge with each other. Let’s face it, in this ever-changing world, each generation has a lot to offer. Older generations are a living history lesson, while our children offer insight into the latest technology.
To celebrate Intergeneration Day, plan some fun activities in which all generations can participate. Start a family tree. Go on a nature walk and share with each other your knowledge of what you see. Have your kids teach you how to play a video game or how to actually use all of the features on your smartphone.

National Caramel Custard Day 

National Caramel Custard Day is celebrated annually on October 3rd. You don’t need to be a connoisseur of fine desserts to determine that this holiday celebrates Caramel custard – a world-renowned rich caramel dessert.
The Ancient Romans experimented with the binding properties of eggs in their cooking, but custard as we know it didn’t emerge until the Middle Ages. Today there are many types of custard, but National Caramel Custard Day celebrates, what else, caramel custard.
Caramel custard is a custard into which caramelized sugar is mixed into the custard before baking. It differs from flan – (a crème caramel) where a layer of caramel is added to the bottom of the mold, creating a caramel topping when the custard is inverted and unmolded.
Sorry folks, but there is no package mix that I know of for caramel custard, so to celebrate National Caramel Custard Day, you’ll have to make one from scratch today – if you want to try this rich dessert. Enjoy!

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

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