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.

Valentine’s Day Date.

February 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day. Some of us love it, some of us hate it, and some of us couldn’t care less. After all, if you love someone, you don’t need a special day guilting you into a lavish, materialistic celebration. Dogs don’t give a hoot about holidays at all and they are happy to have you every day of the year. So here are 10 reasons why you’ll find no better Valentine’s Day date than your furbaby:

10. You don’t have to get dressed up. Heck, you don’t even have to shower.

9.   You won’t be disappointed in how your date looks.

8.   You can stay home. In addition to not having to get dressed up, you don’t have to worry about reservations, parking, waiting for a table, or being out in the frigid weather.

7.   You don’t have to buy flowers, chocolate, or jewelry, and you don’t need to cook a fancy dinner. Your dog will be thrilled with leftover pot roast or a couple of “Beggin’ Strips”.

6.   You can have all the wine and chocolate, and you don’t have to feel guilty for not sharing.

5.   You can pick the music. And the movie. Even if it’s the same thing you watched last year.

4.   You don’t have to worry about proposing or having your hopes dashed at not being proposed to – you have the perfect soulmate.

3.   You don’t have to worry about an argument or poorly-chosen comment ruining the evening. However, there’s still a chance of a poorly-timed fart.

2.   You don’t have to worry about your date being judgemental about their gift, the dinner, the wine, or anything else.

1.   You have got the best cuddle buddy you could ever hope for, they will still be there in the morning, and they’ll still think you’re the greatest thing since the invention of “Snausages”.




Valentine’s Day Facts

February 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I hope that you are spending this romantic day with your special someone.

Here are some facts about Valentine’s Day that are not commonly known. *

  • Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.
  • Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday.
  • The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
  • One billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
  • Hallmark produced its first valentine in 1913.
  • Today, Hallmark employs an 80-person research staff to analyze the sales pattern of previous valentines. That analysis, combined with more than 100,000 annual customer interviews, focus groups, and in-store observations, will help create roughly 2,000 cards in Hallmark’s core Valentine’s Day line.
  • In Japan, women are expected to give chocolate and other gifts to men on Valentine’s Day. This tradition was started as a marketing campaign by Japanese chocolate companies. Men are not off the hook, unfortunately. They are expected to return the favor on March 14th, commonly known as White Day.
  • The roots of St. Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. Today, to wear your heart on your sleeve means being transparent with your affections.
  • For every 120 single men who are in their 20’s, there are 100 single women in the same age range. The story changes drastically when we look at people over 65. Beyond 65, there are 33 single men for every 100 single women of the same age range. I guess all that extra spending for Valentine’s day takes a toll.
  • According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine’s Day, which are 20 to 30 percent higher than usual.
  • More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month. (Coincidence, I think not).
  • Penicillin, the ‘go to’ treatment for venereal diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929. (Again, coincidence, I think not).

It ain’t easy having a Valentine. In fact, it can be downright expensive. The average American will spend $119.67 on Valentine’s Day this year, up from $100.89 last year. Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156… while the average woman will only spend $85. Around Valentine’s Day season, a dozen long-stemmed roses can cost an average of $75… or about 30% more than the normal price of $58.

More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift. However, less than 20 percent of women feel the same way.
More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day.
And, 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

And finally, how do Americans spend their money on Valentine’s Day? In descending order, the most frequently purchased items are:

Valentine’s Day card – 65%
Date Night – 44%
Candy – 38%
Flowers – 32%
Merchandise Gift Cards – 29%
Plush Animals – 21%
Perfume/cologne – 12%
Jewelry – 11%

To wrap this post up, if you find yourself single this Valentine’s Day, congratulations, you saved a ton of money…now go spend some of it on yourself. If you still feel left out, not having a Valentine, let me know. I would like to offer my services as your “spirit Valentine”. Spirit Valentine means that you aren’t going to receive a card, candy, flowers, or anything else. But you will at least know that someone is thinking about you and cares enough to offer to be your Valentine.


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