Grizzled Prospectors, Compliments, Macintosh Computers, Belly Laughs, Beer Cans, Peanut Butter, Eskimo Pie, and Lobster Thermidor

January 24, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Greetins’ ya bunch o’ grizzled ol’ galoots. Today is Monday, January 24, 2022. January 24 is the 24rd day of the year and 341 days remain.

Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day Because

In case you ain’t figgerd it out yet, today is Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day. As ye may easily decipher, the reason fer this here holl-e-day is cuz a goldang feller name o’ James Marshall came upon a whole passel of gold whilst strollin’ around up near Sutter’s Mill, Californie on this very date in 1848. Afore ya knew it, purt near every sidewinder who could straddle a horse was headin’ up thataway ta cash in on tha bonanza.
If’n y’all ain’t familiar with grizzled ol’ prospector yak, here’s some lingo ta hep ye git started:

  • Bushwhacker – One of the roughest, toughest outlaws around who just waits fer ya to pass by so’s they can jump on ya.
  • By cracky – Sumpthin that’s awful important and needs to be done right now.
  • Californie – The best goldang state in the Union.
  • Confounded – What ya say when things just don’t make no sense. Also, comes in handy when you stub your toe.
  • Consarned  – Confounded, damned…Sumpthin’ a real lady would never say.
  • Dadgum – What you say when you’re mighty annoyed at sumthin’ or someone. Makes a right nice change from Dagnabbit and Goldurn.
  • Dagnabbit – Dammit!
  • Dry gulch – To lie in wait and attack from cover.
  • Galoot – An eccentric or foolish person…especially a male adult.
  • Goldang – Dadgum.
  • Grizzled – Gray or partly gray, as an older person.
  • Hornswaggler – A dirty, thieving swindler.
  • Sidewinder – The kind of low down snake that will come on all nice like – just so’s he can jump your claim.
  • Varmint – a small animal or a person you don’t care for very much.
  • Whippersnapper – A young inexperienced person…especially a male.

If’n yer at work today, don’t let that befuddle ya none. Ya kin still speechify just like a grizzled ol’ prospector:

  • If’n yer a salesperson at an Electronics Store, ya could say somethin’ like,  “Yup ya whippersnapper!  We got a whole passel o’ them new-fangled computator boxes over yonder on that thar table. Belly up to one an’ give ‘er a go.”
  • If’n yer one of them thar Psychiatrist type fellas,  ya could say somethin’ like, “So dadgummit, how’d it make ya feel to git raised up by a pappy who’s a hornswogglin’, ornery, goldurn four-flusher?”
  • If’n yer in law enforcement, ya could say somethin’ like, “Awright ya mange-ridden varmint, what in tarnation possessed you to dry gulch my deputy? Ya got 2 choices: Either ya come along peaceable like, or I leave ya pushin’ up daisies. Now, which’ll it be, give up an’ let me haul ya to thuh hoosegow, or do I fill ya full o’ lead, an’ leave yer carcass fer the kyotes?”

I could go on with this list indefinitely, but fortunately for you, I won’t. If’n you wanna celebrate Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day, take some time to learn about early Californie history – in particular, about that thar Gold Rush era. Ye can also watch an old westerny-type movie such as  “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, or watch some old westerny-type TV shows, or better yet, watch a whole passel of  them thar “Yosemite Sam” cartoons.

National Compliment Day 

National Compliment Day is celebrated annually on January 24th. Because you are one of my knowledgeable and well-informed readers, you should have no trouble ascertaining that this holiday encourages us to go out of our way to be complimentary to people today – which, in my opinion, we should be doing  anyway. Virtually everyone likes to be complimented every once in a while. Your mother probably told you that, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.  This couldn’t be truer than on National Compliment Day. Complimenting others is an easy way to connect and it benefits both the giver and the receiver. Studies show that when someone gives or receives a compliment, a number of positive things can happen. Compliments may help decrease pain, stress, and insomnia. They can increase productivity and serotonin levels and boost the immune system.
You should celebrate National Compliment Day by being as complimentary as possible to everyone you encounter today. According to my sources, one should try to give at least one compliment to everyone you encounter today. Don’t limit your compliments to just family and friends – compliment people you don’t know as well. Bear in mind that it’s important for your compliments to be sincere. People can see right through insincerity. And, please don’t go “fishing” for compliments yourself. That’s just tacky.

Macintosh Computer Day  

Macintosh Computer Day is celebrated annually on January 25th. As you can easily infer, it celebrates the Macintosh computer (aka, the “Mac”).
The “Mac” made its debut on this date in 1984, revolutionizing the home-computer industry, and spawning legions of “fan-persons” worldwide. The Macintosh was introduced by an ad on Jan. 22, 1984, during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII. Steve Jobs then presented it to the world on Jan. 24, 1984, and it went on sale to the public the next day on Jan. 25, 1984. Apple considers Jan. 25 to be the anniversary date of the Mac, so for the purposes of this post, so will I.
Unlike what we were led to believe, while he introduced the Mac, Steve Jobs had little to do with its development. This link gives a more accurate timeline of the development of the Macintosh computer.
If you own a Macintosh computer, celebrate Macintosh Computer Day by using it today. However, if you don’t, then don’t bother with celebrating this holiday at all. Going out and buying the latest version of the Mac just to celebrate this holiday would be foolish. While Macs are good computers overall, they are cost-prohibitive to most people on fixed incomes and there are better computers, with more features available for a lot less money. Apple – Yesterday’s technology at tomorrow’s prices.
Author’s Note: 
I am probably committing sacrilege in the eyes of those aforementioned Mac “fan-persons” by using my Lenovo Desktop computer with Windows 11 to write this post – but oh well, tough toenails! As you can tell, I am by no means a Mac/Apple fanboy, however, I did once own a MacBook. I found it to be difficult to transition between the IOS operating system on my Mac laptop and the Windows operating system on my desktop computer. Additionally, after about 2 years, Apple stopped issuing updates to the operating system of my model so eventually, it became sluggish and frustrating to use. A few years ago, I spent $300.00 to “upgrade” it to the (then) latest version of the operating system, OSX (Mountain Lion), but it didn’t help at all. A little over a year ago, I spent nearly 2-days figuring out how to move some pictures on my Mac to my Windows desktop. After that fiasco, I decided that it was time for “Mac” to go. I took him out to the back yard and sledgehammered him out of existence. Very satisfying!

Belly Laugh Day 

Belly Laugh Day is celebrated annually on January 24th. You don’t need to be clairvoyant to deduce that this holiday is a day on which you’re encouraged to have a good chuckle.
Laughter has been known to cause the tissue lining of our blood vessels to expand thus increasing blood flow. This, in turn, makes you feel more positive, boosts your immune system, and generally just makes us feel happier. Anticipating a good laugh has nearly the same positive effects as laughing itself. It reduces stress and increases chemicals that help relaxation.
Nothing improves your spirits like laughter. And laughter can also be contagious, so once the laughter has started it might go on for a while.
According to Reader’s Digest, “Laughter is the Best Medicine”. This axiom is certainly apropos to this today. If you are so inclined, celebrate Belly Laugh Day, by trying to make someone laugh today – and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself if the situation warrants it. 

Beer Can Appreciation Day 

Beer Can Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on January 24th. You needn’t be a metalsmith or a master brewer to discern that this holiday commemorates the date in 1935, that the first canned beer went on sale to the general public in Richmond, Virginia. The brewer was Krueger’s Brewery.
Kegs are too bulky. Bottles are subject to breakage. But cans, well they’re just about the perfect vessel for one of the world’s favorite beverages.
There is a burgeoning market for collecting beer cans. Collectors meticulously open their beer can from the bottom, empty it (and drink the beer, of course), then wash and dry it. For beer can collectors, there is no shortage of types of beer cans and sizes. Some collectors have hundreds of different cans from all over the world.
This holiday provides the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the many different kinds of beer – and cans. You could celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day, if you choose to, by starting a beer can collection of your own, or by or by adding to your already existing collection. As you empty the new cans you should, naturally, drink the contents. “Waste not, want not”!
Author’s Note:
Please drink responsibly. Consumption of alcoholic beverages to excess has been shown to cause dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, and stupidity in human life forms. 

National Peanut Butter Day 

National Peanut Butter Day is celebrated annually on January 24th. You don’t need a culinary arts degree to surmise that this holiday celebrates peanut butter – a tasty and relatively healthy snack renowned worldwide.
A doctor in St. Louis created peanut butter in 1890 as a remedy for bad teeth. It became very popular with the doctor’s patients, but the oil often separated from the grainy solids. In 1933, a California packer was able to homogenize the peanuts into a spreadable butter.
Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of American households, and the average American consumes about six pounds of peanut butter each year. Statistically, women and children prefer creamy peanut butter while most men go for the chunky variety.
It takes around 550 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. Peanuts are cholesterol-free and an excellent source of protein. In fact, it’s the high protein content that causes peanut butter to stick to the roof of your mouth.
There are a number of ways to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day. The most obvious is to make a PB&J sandwich. However there are also other ways. You could simply spread some tasty peanut butter on toast this morning, or bake some peanut butter cookies, or just enjoy a spoonful (or two, or three) of peanut butter – right out of the jar. Chunky or creamy is entirely your decision.

Eskimo Pie Day 

Eskimo Pie Day is celebrated annually on January 24th. As you might expect, it celebrates Eskimo Pie, which isn’t a pie at all – but actually a delicious chocolate-covered ice cream bar.
On this date in 1921, Christian K. Nelson received a patent for the Eskimo Pie. He found a way to cover an ice cream bar with a thin coating of chocolate and viola, the Eskimo Pie was born. It started out as a local favorite in Owana, Iowa, Nelson’s hometown town, but soon spread nationwide to become one of America’s favorite ice cream treats.
If you can find the time in your busy schedule of celebrations today, you can celebrate Eskimo Pie Day by treating yourself to one or two Eskimo Pies today.

Lobster Thermidor Day  

Lobster Thermidor Day is celebrated annually on January 24th. You needn’t be a Michelin Star chef to surmise that this holiday celebrates Lobster Thermidor – a world-renowned seafood dish.
Lobster Thermidor is a delicious lobster dish that is surprisingly simple to make. Lobster shells are stuffed with cooked lobster in a creamy white wine sauce, then topped with Parmesan cheese and broiled until golden.
If you’re feeling special today, [and why wouldn’t you be after receiving all of those compliments], you might want to celebrate Lobster Thermidor Day by giving this rich, extravagant dish a try. Recipes such as this one, are available from many websites on the internet – (just ‘Google’ it). Or, simply treat yourself to a special night out and order Lobster Thermidor at your favorite seafood restaurant.

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

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