Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Today's the Day!

I had a great message in mind about stealing political and real estate signs but there is too much good stuff going on today for that. As one of my heroes, Scarlett O'Hara would say, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

Here's the lineup for celebrations today:

National Grouch Day. Go into work today and ask someone, "What the hell are you smiling about?" When they bust out crying tell them it's National Grouch Day. Don't offer a tissue.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show starts today in Circleville, Ohio. More than 100,000 pounds of pumpkin, squash and gourds; attended by over 300,000 people. Those Ohioans love their gourds.

The East Texas Yamboree starts in Gilmore, Texas. Attendance, over 100,000. Yeeee, haaaaa!

Wishbones for Pets (Oct 15-Nov30) sitters do food and fund drives for their favorite pet charities. What is tan and red and goes 90 miles an hour? A Chihuahua in a blender.

The anniversary of the first manned flight. Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, became the first people to fly when they ascended in a Montgolfier hot-air balloon in Paris. Think about it, the French in hot-air balloons...and no one with a slingshot.

Premiere of "I Love Lucy" in 1951. Did you ever wonder if Ricky had a thing for Ethel?

Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day. Those folks do good work. Call your local chamber and thank them for making your town sound better than it probably is.

White Cane Safety Day. Oooops!

Mata Hari Execution Day. In 1917, history's most famous spy was executed by a firing squad. She refused a blindfold and blew a kiss to her executioners. Ya gotta admit, that takes......mmm...ok, well, some women have'em, too.

Cool Birthdays:
John Kenneth Galbraith would have been 100 today. Author, professor and economic advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Galbraith had a great take on the economics of American society. He busted the military/industrial complex and smacked American consumers for being too simple-minded and lacking in community values.

Friedrich Neitzsche was the German philosopher who said, "Whatever does not kill us makes us stronger." Which led to a great next line in the movie, Blazing Saddles. Basic philosophic premise was contempt for the weak and the ultimate triumph of a superman. (He was probably a Duke alum and basketball fan) Died in 1900 a decade after suffering a mental breakdown. See there, lookin' down on the weak gotcha, didn't it Fred?

P.G. Wodehouse was an English writer and humorist. Born in 1881, Wodehouse's main character was Jeeves the English butler. Jeeves' take on the prewar upper class was dry, spot-on (as the English say) and the basis of a lot of the English humor we experience. However, I'll take lots of Monty Python and a dollop of Benny Hill any day.

NOW, GET BACK TO WORK!! That's my best grouch for the day. See you tomorrow.

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