MLK, Cable Cars, Ditching Resolutions, Customer Service, Kid Inventors, and Hot Buttered Rum

January 17, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning civil rights advocates. Today is Monday, January 17, 2022. January 17th is the seventeenth day of the year and 348 days remain.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday in January. You needn’t be clairvoyant to conclude that this holiday celebrates the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – who devoted his life to the pursuit of justice and equality for everyone. There are only two other federal holidays that honor individuals—Washington’s Birthday (also known as Presidents Day) and Columbus Day.
President Ronald Reagan signed the Martin Luther King Jr. King Holiday Bill into law on November 2, 1983 – fifteen years after the assassination of the civil rights leader. A congressman from Michigan introduced the legislation just a few months after Dr. King’s death in 1968, but it took years of petitions, politics, and personal appeals from Coretta Scott King to get it passed.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Hundreds of streets in the United States have been renamed in his honor. A respected author, speaker, father, theologian, activist, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee while giving a speech at a sanitation workers’ strike. [Then] President Lyndon Johnson called for peace in the wave of riots and violence that followed – referring to Dr. King as the “apostle of nonviolence.”
I urge you to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in a way that honors Dr. King’s work and reflects on his dream for America.

Cable Car Day 

Cable Car Day is celebrated every year on January 17th. It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to deduce that this holiday celebrates cable cars. More precisely, it celebrates the date in 1871 on which Andrew S. Hallidie of San Francisco received a patent for his cable car system. It is said that Hallidie designed the cable-propelled means of transportation when he saw horses falling, and even dying while attempting to pull passenger cars up San Francisco’s steep Jackson Street. [He adapted a cable system he had designed years earlier to improve production in mines by mechanically pulling the ore cars through the mine shaft].
Two years after receiving his cable car patent, Hallidie set up the world’s first cable car railroad on Clay Street in San Francisco. Today, San Francisco is the only city in the world that still operates traditional cable cars. While a few other cities still have cable cars, they now powered by electric cables, whereas the cable cars in San Francisco still use the original mechanical technology of moving cables to haul the cars.
Sadly, none of the original cable cars are still in service today, but grip car #8 is preserved in Mason Street’s Cable Car Museum (which, sits on one of San Francisco’s three remaining cable car routes). In 1964, the cable cars of San Francisco were named the first moving National Historic Landmark.
If you opt to celebrate Cable Car Day, learn more about the history of cable cars – specifically the mechanically operated cable cars in San Francisco.

Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day 

Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day is celebrated annually on January 17th. As you have probably already surmised, it urges you to abandon the resolutions you made after your fourth or fifth “Long Island Iced Tea” last New Years’ Eve. They are probably hanging heavily over your head right about now. They have become a burden and perhaps were not such a good idea after all. You didn’t really think that you were going to ‘become a better person’, or lose 20 pounds, or start a regular exercise regimen, et al, did you?
Maybe, you’re already well on your way to accomplishing them, or maybe you have already checked a few off of your list. If so, good for you. Keep up the good work. This holiday doesn’t pertain to you. Rather, Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day pertains to the 99% of “normal” people who, if they haven’t already done so, are ready to abandon their ‘hair-brained’ notions and get on with their daily lives once again – and today is the day to do so.
If you intend to celebrate Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day, simply give up on those unrealistic promises you made to yourself in your drunken stupor. Then, next year follow an example I set about five decades ago. I made one last resolution:

”I resolve never to make any New Year’s resolutions from this point henceforth.”

It has been the only New Year’s resolution I was ever able to keep.

Customer Service Day 

Customer Service Day is celebrated every year on January 17th. As you might suspect, this holiday is a holiday for businesses to evaluate their customer service policies, implement policies to improve their customer service practices, and find ways to thank customers for their patronage.
In order to complete and succeed, quality customer service is crucial to any business. Sure, having hassle-free product return policies is important, but these days, customer service goes well beyond that. Knowing what your customers expect and what they need is the basis of any worthwhile customer service department. One way for a company to satisfy its customers is to provide a means for them to provide feedback – after-sales surveys, for instance. Another way is through social media. Social media affords them the opportunity to learn what is being said about their business and other similar businesses. It gives them a chance to better their business’s reputation, increase satisfaction, and build loyalty. Online customer review websites, such as Yelp, can also be a helpful way for companies to gauge how well they are performing.
The best and easiest way for you, as an individual, to celebrate Customer Service Day is to let your feelings about the transaction be known. If you were satisfied – let them know. If you weren’t satisfied – let them know. Either way, you’ll be doing the company a favor.

Kid Inventors Day 

Kid Inventors Day is celebrated annually on January 17th. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday, oddly enough, celebrates the birthdate of Benjamin Franklin – who was somewhat of a ‘kid inventor’ himself. He invented the first swim fins at the age of 12. But, more generally, this holiday celebrates the creativity, ingenuity, and spirit of inventiveness of our young people.
What do water skis, earmuffs, the Popsicle, the snowmobile, the trampoline, and Braille have in common? They were all invented by kids. Children can be extremely clever and creative because they have vivid imaginations. Plus, they often don’t know that something “can’t be done” – so they find a way to do it.
In you are inclined to celebrate Kid Inventors Day, simply encourage the young people in your life to be creative and “think outside the box.”

Hot-Buttered Rum Day 

Hot-Buttered Rum Day is celebrated every year on January 17th. As you can logically infer from its name, this holiday celebrates hot-buttered rum – a popular adult beverage that is ideal on these chilly winter nights.
Hot-buttered rum is a warm alcoholic beverage flavored with butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. These ingredients form a ‘batter’ which is then mixed with run [usually rich, dark rum].
While mulled wines and other “hot toddy-type beverages” originated in Europe, – hot-buttered rum is an American innovation. During the colonial period, merchants began importing molasses (the basis for rum) from Jamaica to America. The first rum distillery opened in the 1660s and it wasn’t long before the colonists began mixing the alcohol with spices to create a warm winter refreshment. Hot buttered rum is traditionally made with dark rum, but these days light or even spiced rum is often used as well.
If you want to celebrate Hot-Buttered Rum Day, simply enjoy a hot, steamy cup of this magical elixir this evening. If on the off chance you don’t already have a recipe for one of these hot, soothing, buttery ‘comfort drinks’ in your adult beverage arsenal, this link contains just such a recipe – should you want to imbibe.

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

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