Plimsoll(s), Umbrellas, Flannel, Teddys, and Cream Cheese Brownies

February 10, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in Miscellaneous, Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning maritime law enthusiasts. Today is Thursday, February 10, 2022. February 10th is the 41st day of the year and 324 days remain.

Plimsoll Day 

Plimsoll Day is celebrated annually on February 10th. Obviously, most of you are wondering right now, “What the heck is a Plimsoll, and why is it being celebrated today?” I’ll answer that question shortly, but the real question you should be asking today is; “Who is Plimsoll?” The answer to that question is Samuel Plimsoll, born on this date in 1824. He was a member of the British Parliament, who on this date in 1876, was instrumental in the passing of the Unseaworthy Ships Amendment to the British Merchant Shipping Act (or Plimsoll Amendment). It had to do with the overloading of Merchant Ships, thus putting sailors’ lives at risk. Basically, he is the one responsible for the cargo line, or Plimsoll line that you see on Cargo Ships today.
In the beginning, this law merely required that the line had to be painted on the boat. It did not say the line had to be an accurate representation of the safe waterline position for the ship’s cargo load. So, merchants simply painted a line on their vessels, thus complying with the “letter of the law” – but still endangering the safety of sailors. Politicians, being, well, for lack of a better word, politicians, took 18 years, until 1894, to rectify the situation and change the law to stipulate that the line had to be an accurate depiction of the safe load capacity of the ship. Today, the Plimsoll Line is universally recognized and is actually several lines – each one indicating the safe waterline mark in relation to both cargo type and water type (salinity, temperature, ocean region, and season).
Now, to answer the question “What is a Plimsoll?” A Plimsoll is a type of shoe. More specifically, a Plimsoll is a shoe with a canvas upper and a rubber sole. Known originally as “sand shoes”, today they are known as deck shoes or sneakers. But which came first: the sneaker or the man? The shoe in question was invented for beachwear by the Liverpool Rubber Company in the 1830s. It wasn’t until sometime after the Plimsoll Line was created in 1876 that the distinctive footwear came to be known as a Plimsoll shoe (since the rubber band between the upper part of the shoe and its sole resembled the Plimsoll Line on a ship’s hull). So, you could logically conclude that the shoe came first. But, when you consider that Samuel Plimsoll was born in 1824, which predates both the shoe and the legislation, and you’re left with a “chicken vs. egg” conundrum. I’ll leave the solution to this mystery for you to decide.
If you decide to celebrate Plimsoll Day, put on your favorite pair of Plimsolls, lay back your recliner, and ponder the Plimsoll conundrum I posited in the previous paragraph.

Umbrella Day 

Umbrella Day is celebrated every year on February 10th. Not surprisingly, it celebrates one of the most invaluable inventions of all time – the umbrella. On rainy days, umbrellas protect clothing from getting soaked, and on sunny days they shade us from harmful UV radiation and the heat of the glaring sun.
Umbrellas have many nicknames, including brolly, gamp, parasol, and bumbershoot, but whatever you call it, umbrellas are made for one thing – to protect us from the elements. Umbrellas come in all sorts of sizes, colors, shapes, and designs. The smallest umbrellas fit inside a purse or glove compartment. The largest umbrellas are lawn and beach umbrellas which are used to shade larger areas.
The best way to celebrate Umbrella Day is to ensure that umbrella is serviceable and handy – just in case it rains and you decide to go outside. If you don’t own an umbrella, today is a good day to buy one.

National Flannel Day 

National Flannel Day is celebrated annually on February 10th. You don’t need to be a ‘fashionista’ to surmise that this holiday celebrates flannel – a world-renowned, centuries-old fabric.
Flannel is a soft woven fabric that is thought to have originated in Wales sometime in the 16th century. Flannel is made of a fine, smooth yarn called worsted yarn. The yarn is napped on one or both sides. Napping is a finishing process where the fiber ends are brought to the surface, making the fabric softer and warmer. These days, it is also made from cotton or synthetic fibers as well. There is even a ‘vegetable flannel’ which is made from Scot’s pine fiber.
However, this holiday isn’t about the origins of flannels as much as it is about the wearing of flannels. Flannel has come in and out of vogue many times over the years. It was used in the Civil War to make undershirts. In the 1880s, it became a popular material for work shirts. Factory workers, construction workers, and lumberjacks embraced it, and at this same time, it was also used to make long underwear. It was used during World War I for undershirts, belts, and patches, and again during World War II, in the lining of the M1941 Field Jacket. In between the wars, during the Great Depression, it was also widespread, because it provided warmth at an economical price. Flannel eventually began to shed its ‘blue-collar’ roots, and soon was used in making suits for businessmen. In the early 1990s, flannel was ‘adopted’ as a fashion statement by the ‘grunge rock’ music scene when bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam began wearing flannel shirts. And, even more recently, it has become a part of ‘hipster’ fashion.
Today, you are urged to channel your “inner lumberjack” and wear your best flannel shirt. If you don’t already own at least one flannel shirt, you are in the minority and should rectify that fashion faux pas immediately. Flannel is prized because of its softness and its warmth and is a welcome addition to any wardrobe on those chilly winter days. Not all flannels are plaid, and you can find flannels in a variety of colors and patterns these days – so you really have no excuse not to celebrate National Flannel Day.

Teddy Day 

Teddy Day is celebrated every year on February 10th. Have I been in a coma? Exactly when did Valentine’s Day become a week-long celebration? Apparently, this is the fourth holiday of Valentine’s Week. I didn’t make the connection until now, but previous holidays this week have also been a part of Valentine’s Week. Starting with Rose Day on February 7th, there is now a holiday for every day of the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. February 8th was Propose Day, yesterday was Chocolate Day, and now today is Teddy Day.
Teddy Day ostensibly celebrates the love women have for adorable, stuffed toys. What better than a fluffy, soft teddy bear toy to hold on to, when you drift off to sleep? See, I got that wrong too. Since Valentine’s Day is a holiday about romance, I thought that Teddy Day would celebrate the lingerie and not the cuddly stuffed bear. Geez, am I really that far out of touch?
Anyway, I digress. If you opt to Celebrate Teddy Day, do so in any manner you deem appropriate.

Cream Cheese Brownie Day 

Cream Cheese Brownie Day is celebrated annually on February 10th. You needn’t be a pâtissier to deduce that this holiday celebrates cream cheese brownies. Who can resist the heavenly taste of a rich fudge brownie marbled with cream cheese? Its combination of sweet and tangy flavors will please almost everyone.
The brownie is America’s favorite bar cookie. Although desserts called “brownies” have been around since the 1800s, the cake-like confection we know and love today can be traced back to 1906. Culinary historians credit “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book” with the first published recipe for the modern-day brownie, but this early recipe was far less chocolaty than what we’re accustomed to today. It only called for two squares of baking chocolate. Sacrilege! Today there are hundreds of different brownie recipes. Many incorporate interesting add-ins like peanut butter, walnuts, caramel, peppermint, banana, or (of course) cream cheese.
So, if your sweet tooth reigns supreme today, celebrate Cream Cheese Brownie Day, by making a batch of cream cheese brownies today. If you don’t already have a recipe, try this one.

Annotated below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worth mentioning. 

Falling Needles, Last-Minute Changes, Bicarb of Soda, and BACON!

December 30, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Good morning my fire-safety conscious friends. Today is Thursday, December 30, 2021. December 30th is the 364th day of the year, and 1 day remains.

Falling Needles Family Fest Day

Falling Needles Family Fest Day is celebrated each year on December 30th. You don’t need to be an eco-warrior to deduce that this holiday serves as a reminder that it is probably time to think about taking down your ‘live’ Christmas tree.
By now, your ‘live tree’ has probably been up for 3-weeks or more. The tree is drying out, the needles are falling off, and quite frankly, it is becoming a fire hazard.
Should you decide to celebrate Falling Needles Family Fest Day, gather your family together and make an event out of taking down your Christmas tree. Before you begin, be sure to take a picture of your tree. Remember all of the lovely presents that Santa left under it and the joy they brought to the recipients. Next, put all of the ornaments away for next year. Then, clean up the area where the tree was and put all of the furniture back to its pre-Christmas place. And finally, be sure to recycle your ‘live’ tree. This is an excellent article on ways to do that.

Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute 

Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute is celebrated annually on December 30th. This holiday posits the question: Why wait until the new year to begin changing your life? Instead, why not finish this year with a flourish.
Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute encourages you to spend the whole day making major positive life changes. Eat better today. Take up a new hobby. Start an exercise regimen. Volunteer. Start a book club. These are all examples of positive things you can do, today, to improve your life. I’m sure that you can think of many more things you want to accomplish in the coming year. Think of them as pre-New Years’ Eve resolutions – or “New Years’ Eve (Eve)” resolutions, if you will.
If you opt to celebrate Festival Of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, what changes will you make today that will improve your life?

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day 

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day is celebrated every year on December 30th. You don’t need to be clairvoyant to conclude that this holiday, for some odd reason, celebrates bicarbonate of soda – a natural mineral which can be found in and around mineral springs.
Bicarbonate of soda (commonly known as baking soda) has many uses. It is used in baking, cooking, deodorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.
Baking soda is a white, odorless, crystalline solid that is completely soluble in water. It is very useful around the home, the kitchen, and for medical purposes. Baking soda can even be used as an antacid to treat indigestion and heartburn.
The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate as a cleansing agent like soap. However, it wasn’t until 1791 that French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced baking soda in its modern form. In 1846, two New York bakers named John Dwight and Austin Church established the first factory to make baking soda.
Baking Soda has myriad uses. According to Almanac.com, here are some of the many uses for baking soda:

  • Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
  • Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour and then launder as usual.
  • If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
  • Lay down a barrier of baking soda under sink pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
  • A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
  • To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
  • Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic. 

If you want to celebrate National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, simply use some bicarbonate of soda today – in any of the ways listed above, or in some other way that you know of that is not listed there.

Bacon Day 

Bacon lovers, rejoice! Today is Bacon Day. Bacon Day is celebrated annually on December 30th. You needn’t be a member of MENSA to ascertain that this holiday, obviously, celebrates bacon – one of the world’s favorite cured pork products. This holiday was created in 1997 by Danya Goodman and Meff Leonard as a day to celebrate everyone’s favorite cured pork product.
Although today we think of bacon in the terms of crispy, delicious strips of cured pork, at one time, bacon referred to any kind of preserved pork. However, that usage fell out of use in the 17th Century.
The origins of bacon date back beyond the Middle Ages to the Roman Empire, where it was known as ‘Petaso’. The word bacon originated in Middle English from the word “Bacoun”. In France bacon is known as Bako, in Germany as Bakko, and in the old Teutonic as Backe — All of which mean “back”.
In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. Bacon is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack, then is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.
Bacon is a versatile product that can be enjoyed with any meal – any time of day. I am salivating at the mere thought of it. You don’t need to have a huge intellect to figure out how to celebrate Bacon Day, if you opt to do so [and frankly, why wouldn’t you] — Nor do you need to operate a piggery. All you need do is have some bacon today. Heck, why not go “whole hog” and include bacon in all of your meals today? Start with the standard bacon and eggs for breakfast, then have a BLT or bacon cheeseburger for lunch, and finally, have bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon, or any other bacon-wrapped entrée for dinner.

Annotated below is another holiday celebrated today that deserves mention.

Neon Boneyard

April 18, 2017 at 8:46 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

This morning, I visited the Neon Boneyard (aka Neon Museum) here in Las Vegas. They give guided tours by appointment only…no meandering on your own. The tour was interesting and is a good way to learn a little about “old Las Vegas” history. Having been a regular visitor to Las Vegas since 1968, I remembered many of the old signs.
The museum opened in 2012 at its current location and is a 501C3 corporation – meaning that all of the revenue they receive goes right back into the exhibits and operating costs.
I arrived early for my appointment time so I waited in the Neon Boneyard Park adjacent to the museum.

The exhibits (signs) are in random order and appear dilapidated, but some are in fairly good shape considering their age. We can all relate to that, can’t we? The pictures below were taken at random during the tour.

All in all, it was worth the money ($15.00 senior discount) just for the history lesson. However, next time I’ll pay the extra $10.00 for a night tour so I can view the signs in all of their splendor – illuminated. If you have an extra hour on your next visit to Las Vegas, I can recommend this tour. Their website will give you additional information if you’re interested.

Uncle Sam Day

September 13, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Tuesday, September 13th. Today’s holidays are:

Uncle Sam Day

Uncle Sam Day celebrates a symbol of America. Uncle Sam appears on everything from military posters to cartoon images to advertising media. He is perhaps, the most recognizable symbol in the world.
The officially recognized theory regarding the origin of Uncle Sam dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped “U.S.” The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as “Uncle Sam”. In 1813, the first image of “Uncle Sam” appeared in a cartoon. In 1961, Congress issued a resolution recognizing “Uncle Sam” Wilson and authorized a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY.
Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989 when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 “Uncle Sam Day”.  This date was selected, because “Uncle Sam” Wilson was born on this date in 1776.

Bald is Beautiful Day

Bald is Beautiful Day is a holiday that we can stop hiding and finally start celebrating what haunts many individuals all over the world. Today, being bald is beautiful. There will be no hats, crooked toupees, or cover-ups of any sort. Let it shine!

The perfect day to let your gifty-ness shine as well. This day has no specific gift ideas. Just give because they are bald!

Some sources quote this holiday’s date as September 8th, though we’ve found more credible references for the September 13th date.

National Defy Superstition Day

It is no coincidence that National Defy Superstition Day falls on the 13th. For centuries, the number 13 has been considered an omen of bad luck, misfortune, or even death in many societies. No one knows the true origins of the superstition surrounding the number 13, but there are a number of theories. Below I have listed of some of the most prominent.

  1. There were 13 people at the Last Supper, and Judas Iscariot — the one who betrayed Jesus — was the 13th man to take his place at the table.
  2. The end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun was superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic end of the world.
  3. Traditionally, there used to be 13 steps leading up the gallows, and legend has it that a hangman’s noose traditionally contained 13 turns.
  4. There was a mass arrest and execution of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307.
  5. Originally, a coven of witches was made up of exactly 13 members.

National Defy Superstition Day encourages you to break those superstitious beliefs you’ve had since childhood. Stepping on a crack will not break your mother’s back. “Three on a match” (lighting 3 cigarettes from one match) does not bring bad luck. The list of childish superstitions is endless. Hotels don’t have a 13th floor, nor a room #13, nor any room that ends with the #13; all because of superstition. Use this holiday to rid yourself of your unfounded superstitions.
With that said, I would not recommend that you run around willy-nilly shattering mirrors, indiscriminately tipping over salt shakers, or walking under ladders; and above all else, I would recommend that you avoid any encounters with a black cat. Better to be safe than sorry.

Positive Thinking Day

Positive Thinking Day is all about attitude. The power of positive thinking is absolutely astounding. Medical research confirms that a positive attitude works wonders at fighting disease and ailments, from the common cold to cancer. People with an “I think I can” attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing every goal they set in life. The best way to develop/maintain a positive attitude is to surround yourself with positive people. They will help you stay focused.
Like the lowly ant in the song “High Hopes”, with a positive attitude, you can accomplish anything.
To celebrate this holiday, be as positive as you can.

International Chocolate Day

International Chocolate Day celebrates the birth of Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey’s chocolate, on this date in 1857.
I can think of no food item that deserves a holiday more than chocolate. Sure, chocolate can be high in calories; and apparently, it’s very bad for dogs, but there are still plenty of good reasons to eat chocolate. WebMD reports that dark chocolate  (not milk chocolate) is a potent antioxidant.  Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. They also report that dark chocolate (again, not milk chocolate) lowers high blood pressure. Eating more dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure. You just have to ensure that you balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.
There’s only one way to celebrate this holiday, eat chocolate! You’re welcome.

National Peanut Day

Peanuts are native South America and are not really nuts at all. They are legumes, like peas, beans, and lentils.
Peanuts are one of America’s favorite snack foods. They are also a key ingredient in many dishes and are a topping for a wide variety of desserts. Many Oriental recipes use peanuts in main menu items.
Peanuts were not always considered healthy, but more recent research suggests that peanuts can reduce cardiovascular disease and lowers triglycerides in the body. Peanuts are high in protein and fiber, and are now believed to help curb hunger, and therefore help in diet control.
To celebrate this holiday, eat some peanuts. PBJ lovers, peanut butter counts. Yippee!

Fortune Cookie Day

Fortune Cookie Day celebrates the creation of the Fortune Cookie. Duh! It’s pretty clear that the Fortune Cookie did not originate in China. Rather, it was invented in California. There appears to be some uncertainty over who invented it. Some historical references suggest it was Makoto Hagiwara who invented the fortune cookie at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914. Others believe that David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, was the first to make fortune cookies in Los Angeles in the 1920’s.
Documentation for the date of this holiday is uncertain.  A large majority of my sources declare Fortune Cookie Day as today,  September 13th, but I did find another reference to another Fortune Cookie Day in July.

Snack a Pickle Time 

When most people think of pickles, they think of tasty cucumbers cured in a brine. And, in fact, what most people think of as pickles are low in calories, have no fat, and have probiotic benefits.
However, the term ‘pickle’ actually refers to any food that has been preserved in a seasoned brine or vinegar mixture. The most commonly pickled item is, as you might expect, cucumbers. But the variety of food items that can be pickled is limited only by one’s imagination. Everyone has heard of pickled peppers (Peter Piper picked a peck of them), but chilies, cauliflower, pearl onions, and baby corn, are also popular. Some people even like even pickled herring and pickled pig’s feet! (YUK)
There are a plethora of pickling spices used too. Common combinations include, but are certainly not limited to, dill, allspice, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, mustard seeds, ginger, and peppercorns. Once again, your imagination is the only limiting factor.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some pickles. Be adventurous and start a batch at home. There are about a gazillion recipes available online.

National Ants on a Log Day

The National Day Calendar has designated the second Tuesday in September of each year as National Ants On A Log Day in 2014.  It was submitted by Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Peanut Butter & Co. This holiday recognizes this healthy snack enjoyed by millions and is intended to encourage healthy snacking.
Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The “ants on a log” moniker was first used in the 1950’s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In early September, children are headed back to school and it’s time start packing nutritious school lunches again. Celery, peanut butter, and raisins are all “brain foods” and are beneficial in helping children stay focused.

Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

The objective behind Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals. At the same time, this holiday fosters a closer relationship between children and their parents and helps raise awareness of the many serious health and social issues related to our youth’s eating habits today.
To celebrate this holiday, encourage your kids to participate in the preparation of tonight’s dinner, and encourage them to learn more about health and nutrition.

National Celiac Awareness Day 

Roald Dahl Day  

On this date in:

  • 1789 – The United States Government took out its first loan. [And so deficit spending began].
  • 1898 – Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film, which is used to make movies.
  • 1922 – The highest shade temperature ever recorded (136.4° Fahrenheit) was recorded in El Azizia, Libya.
  • 1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became the president of China.
  • 1948 – The School of Performing Arts opened in New York City. It was the first public school to specialize in performing arts.
  • 1948 – Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the Senate and became the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
  • 1949 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America (LPGA)  was formed.
  • 1959 – The Soviet Union’s Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon.
  • 1960 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned payola.
  • 1970 – The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race.
  • 1971 – In New York, National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Correctional Facility and put an end to the four-day revolt. A total of 43 people were killed in the final assault.
  • 1977 – The first diesel automobiles manufactured by General Motors were introduced.
  • 1981 – Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig said the United States had physical evidence that Russia and its allies used poisonous biological weapons in Laos, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.
  • 1988 – Forecasters reported that Hurricane Gilbert’s barometric pressure measured 26.13. It was the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1993 – “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” premiered on NBC.
  • 1993 – Israel and Palestine signed their first major agreement. Palestine was granted limited self-government in the Gaza Strip and in Jericho.
  • 1994 – President Bill Clinton signed a $30 billion anti-crime bill into law.
  • 1998 – The New York Times closed its Web site after hackers added offensive material.
  • 2001 – Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Also, limited commercial flights resumed in the United States for the first time since the terrorist attack on America on 9/11.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Daylight Saving Time

March 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Greetings time travelers. Once again, at 2:00 AM tomorrow morning, Daylight Saving Time goes into effect. Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed. It is also a good time to check/change the batteries in your smoke detector.

In today’s “24/7″ world, why do we still subject ourselves to the bi-annual ritual of adjusting our clocks forward or backward? I say that we should just pick one, and let our circadian rhythm gradually adjust our “body clocks” naturally as the seasons progress. Mankind survived for millennia using this tried and true method.

Although not a new concept [while visiting France, Benjamin Franklin jokingly proposed a tax on shutters to discourage citizens from blocking out sunlight and wasting valuable candles lighting a room that could be naturally lighted by the sunlight that the shutters blocked], the modern day concept of “Daylight Saving Time” is a 20th century idea devised by politicians to “save” daylight. It is akin to cutting 12 inches off of the end of a blanket, sewing the severed piece of blanket to the opposite end, then claiming that you made the original blanket a foot longer. The fact that this notion was conceived by politicians should be the first indicator that this is an ill-conceived, hair-brained, cockamamie idea, and should automatically disqualify it from having gravitas.

At least retirement gives me a small advantage over most people, After I “spring forward”, I can “fall back” into my bed if I desire, and “get back” the hour (or more) of sleep that all of you poor ‘working stiffs’ lost because of this ridiculous practice.

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