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11/19/19 Don't Wait

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

"Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul."

While looking for Jimmy Hoffa: "I think we found Waldo."

There is a senior citizen driving on the highway. His wife calls him on his cell phone and in a worried voice says, ''Herman, be careful! I just heard on the radio that there is a madman driving the wrong way on Route 280!'' Herman says, ''I know, but there isn't just one, there are hundreds!''


It's International Men's Day! Today honors all men for their contributions to families, communities, and society, plus focuses on the health needs of men and boys. Give an extra hug to the men in your lives and say "Thanks". Save the lid up/down battle for another day.
--"Have a Bad Day" Day: today isn't to really hope you have a bad day, it's for those who get tired of hearing and, as in the case of retail, having to say it all the time; tongue-in-cheek, this day is permission to shake things up and wish people to have a bad day.
--American Made Matters Day: today is a day to raise awareness of American made products and to encourage everyone to buy at least one American made product today.
--Equal Opportunity Day: also known as Dedication Day, Gettysburg Address Day and, for the Urban League, Equal Opportunity Day; the day commemorates the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery in 1863 where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address; no explanation by the Urban League changed the holiday to Equal Opportunity unless it was to tie in to part of Lincoln's speech about bringing equality to all men.
--National Blow Bagpipes Day: the exact origin of the bagpipes is disputed but they did not come from Scotland, even as we associate bagpipes with Scotland; bagpipes were banned in Scotland twice, in 1560 and in 1746, as they were considered war instruments.
--National Camp Day: today is a reminder to start thinking about summer camp and get registered; some camps have discounts for early bird registration; the first summer camps for boys appeared in the 1880's,90's and camps for girls started in the 1900's.
--National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day: we love our bubbles; from daysoftheyear: "The first known carbonated beverages were alcoholic. During the 1600’s, beer, wine, and champagne were carbonated through the fermentation process. However, as chemists experimented with the idea of putting bubbles into the water, their later inventions, such as Dr. Henry Cavendish’s aerating apparatus, would inspire Joseph Priestley to experiment with carbonated water himself. He later discovered a method of infusing water with bubbles by suspending a bowl of water over a beer vat. He found that the water to be pleasant tasting and offered it to people as a way to refresh themselves. Since his experiments, entrepreneurs started manufacturing the carbonated water into bottles and created a business out of it, leading to the invention of soft drinks infused with flavors and caffeine. One of the first flavored carbonated soft drinks was ginger beer. As industrialization took over, the invention of resealable bottles helped keep the manufacturing process going. As the caffeinated part, caffeine has been a part of human history because of drinks like tea and coffee. When people started experimenting with carbonated drinks, caffeine was added to bring more allure to potential consumers, which came when the invention of Coca-Cola and Pepsi became popular in the 1950’s and 60’s.
--National Entrepreneur's Day: observed on the 3rd Tuesday of November; today honors those who built an empire from absolutely nothing but their own grit and persistence; entrepreneurship is the foundation in the growth of society.
--National Play Monopoly Day: a salute to the game based on a game designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1902; a favorite pastime, Monopoly is in the Guinness record as the most played board game; the longest running game was 70 days; in Spanish versions, Boardwalk is called Paseo del Prado and Rue de la Paix in French versions.
--Parents Day: part of the NEA's American Education Week (Nov 18-22); today is about recognizing parental involvement is a critical part of a student's success in school; parents are encouraged to attend their child's school and see what a typical day is for them.
--Rocky and Bullwinkle Day: remember this intrepid duo?; the television series debuted this day in 1959; we were so innocent.
--Women's Entrepreneurship Day: a grassroots movement of networking and support; honors all women business owners and sponsors activities for networking and education.
--World Toilet Day: today is more than about toilets, it's about sanitation as a whole; a day to raise awareness of the fact that 2.5 billion people are without access to clean and safe facilities; clean and safe access to toilets is critical for the health of people and the communities.
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