Fashionable Fido and Fluffy, Kites, Organization, and Hot Pastrami

January 14, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning pet lovers. Today is Friday, January 14, 2022. January 14th is the fourteenth day of the year and 351 days remain.

Dress Up Your Pet Day 

Dress Up Your Pet Day is celebrated each year on January 14th. You don’t need to be overly imaginative to conclude that this holiday was created to afford those people who like to dress up their pets with the opportunity or excuse to do so. A secondary goal is to raise awareness for pet adoption. This holiday was created by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist, in 2009.
Ideally, we treat our pets as members of our family. It is our obligation to provide for their basic needs, give them love and attention, and teach them appropriate social behavior. But that is where our responsibilities end!
Personally, I think this holiday goes a little too far and sends the wrong message. Therefore, in all good conscience, I cannot urge you to celebrate Dress Up Your Pet Day. Please don’t be one of “those people.” Dressing up your pet isn’t natural, and can actually harm your pet. Pets, especially dogs and cats, weren’t meant to wear clothing. It can cause them discomfort by chaffing and can cause them to overheat. Domestic pets survived for millennia without clothing, so why do we feel the need to intervene now? The only logical answer is that we do it for no other reason than for our own amusement. This link explains why it is a bad idea to dress up your pet.
Author’s Note:
While this holiday’s main focus seems to be dogs and cats, all pets are meant to be included. On social media, I have seen everything from hamsters and gerbils, to reptiles, to birds anthropomorphized. Basically, if you can own it or tame it, some JERK will try to put a hat and/or a sweater on it!

International Kite Day 

International Kite Day is celebrated every year on January 14th. You needn’t be Benjamin Franklin to surmise that this holiday celebrates kites and kite flying. This holiday originated in India as a festival celebrating the upcoming harvest season there. The kites symbolized the spirits of the gods that were awaking from their deep winter sleep.
Experts believe that kites originated in Shangdong, an eastern province of China several centuries ago. They soon spread across Asia, then to the rest of the world. As time progressed, different styles of kites, as well as different cultural purposes for flying them, were developed in different parts of the world.
Early kites were often made with bamboo, and covered with silk and paper. By the sixteenth century, books and literature had publicized kites as children’s toys, which made them even more popular.
Eventually, kites began to be developed for use in science experiments. In 1749 Scottish meteorologist Alexander Wilson measured air temperature at 3,000 feet with a thermometer attached to a kite. And, here in America, Benjamin Franklin used a kite to prove lightning is electricity in 1752. The Wright brothers used kites for research when they were building the first airplane in the late 1800s. Even NASA got into the act in the 1950s when they began using kites for spaceship recovery. Over the years kites have even been designed to be used for surveillance by some nations during times of war.
In the first half of the twentieth century, new kite designs began taking flight, such as the [most common] diamond kite, the tetrahedral [box] kite, the flexible kite, the sled kite, and the parafoil [wing-shaped] kite.
Obviously, the best, and most logical, way to celebrate International Kite Day is to fly a kite today. However, why stop there? Use this holiday to learn more about the history of kites and their significance in different cultures around the world.
Author’s Note:
Best of all, this is the one day of the year when telling someone to “go fly a kite” is perfectly acceptable.

Organize Your Home Day 

Organize Your Home Day is celebrated each year on January 14th. A recent holiday suggested that you organize your desk, but this holiday takes that one step farther. It urges you to organize your entire house.
The benefits of having a clean, organized home are many. An organized home is easier to keep clean; an organized home creates a sense of calmness; and an organized home has a certain feng shui, which some people believe leads to a positive energy flow. Listed below are some pointers for you to follow in your quest to organize your home:

  • Put all that clutter into bins. Invest in some plastic bins for each room in which to store things.
  • Designate one bin (a basket with a handle would also work) as the “transportation bin”. Keep it where the majority of the traffic in your house is. Then periodically throughout the day, put any ‘stray objects’ you find, such as loose socks, toys, loose change, etc. into this bin. At the end of the day, return everything where it belongs.
  • Label everything. Put your files in order, from “automobile” to “health” to “taxes,” etc. If they’re not from the past year and immediately needed, box them up and store them. This creates more space and will allow you to use a small file folder or file box rather than an entire cabinet.

If you opt to celebrate Organize Your Home Day, you don’t need to be an efficiency expert. Simply begin to organize your home and rid it of clutter.

Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day 

Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day celebrated annually on January 14th. As you can easily glean from its name, this holiday pays homage to the world-renowned hot pastrami sandwich.
Pastrami is popular delicatessen meat usually made from beef but sometimes is made from pork, mutton, or turkey. Pastrami was created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration. To make pastrami the raw meat is placed in brine, then partially dried, seasoned with various herbs and spices, smoked, and steamed.
A wave of Romanian Jewish immigration introduced pastrami (pronounced pastróme), a Romanian specialty, to America in the second half of the 19th century. Early English references had used the spelling “pastrama” before the modified “pastrami” spelling was used.
New York kosher butcher, Sussman Volk is generally credited with producing the first pastrami sandwich in 1887, claiming to have gotten the recipe from a Romanian friend in exchange for storage of his luggage. Due to the popularity of his sandwich, Volk converted his butcher shop into a restaurant to sell pastrami sandwiches.
Listed below are some other tidbits of information about pastrami.

  • Pastrami is typically sliced and served hot on rye bread, a classic New York deli sandwich (pastrami on rye), sometimes served with coleslaw and Russian dressing.
  • Pastrami and coleslaw are combined in a Rachel sandwich – (a variation of the Reuben sandwich which uses corned beef and sauerkraut).
  • In Los Angeles – The classic pastrami sandwich is served with hot pastrami right out of the steamer, sliced very thin and wet from the brine then layered on double-baked Jewish-style rye bread. It is traditionally accompanied by yellow mustard and pickles. [A hot pastrami sandwich should be enjoyed in the traditional sense, between two warmed slices of bread, and with plenty of mustard to add that certain je ne sais quoi].
  • In Salt Lake City – In the early 1960s, Greek immigrants introduced a hamburger topped with pastrami and a special sauce. This pastrami burger remains a staple of local burger chains in Utah.   

If you decide to celebrate Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, it couldn’t be easier. Simply enjoy a hot pastrami sandwich for lunch today – either from your local deli, of homemade.

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

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