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It is important that with the mass amounts of acronyms and slang attacking the English language, we recognize today’s holiday.   Today is Speak in Complete Sentences Day! Speaking in complete sentences may be a challenge and writing in complete sentences is a definite deviation from today’s common conversations.  Emojis, texts abbreviations, and adding additional consonants to otherwise much shorter words have been taking over the not-so-King’s-English.   I challenge you not to use slang today.  Do not ask, “What the dizzle?” or answer “aight.”  Avoid excluding words and include complete sentences with your emojis. Celebrating today may seem like speaking a foreign language.  Do not worry and do not fret, I would not send you out into the abyss unarmed.  In cases of emergency click the man below.  We are in this together!

Have a talkative day and continue celebrating every single holiday, my Friends.  





It’s My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It Day!  My sister and I have a good time singing this song.  It’s wacky and it’s fun.  Liza is obviously annoyed with Henry throughout the song, but by the end, it is evident Henry probably thought the entire situation through before bringing it up with Liza.   Alas, they don’t come to a solution, which is probably what makes the song wacky. However, if they take everything they need to fix the bucket to the water, they would probably fix the hole in the bucket. Is there a moral to this silly song?  I don’t know, but here are a few I’m imposing on the situation.

bucket with holes

  1.  Think things through before you try to have others solve your problems.   This song challenges us to be resourceful.
  2. Just because there is a hole in the bucket, doesn’t mean it is useless.  There is nothing wrong with repairing old items or old relationships.  Most things will lose their shape or change a little.  It doesn’t make them useless, it gives us an opportunity to appreciate them in a new way.
  3. Some holes we poke ourselves.  Sometimes we make decisions that cause us to waste Time, Money, and Energy.  Then we worry about wasted the Time, Money, and Energy.  Relax.  Relate. Release.  And, do better the next time.

If you’re thinking of the Hank Williams song, My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It, have a beer (I recommend cider) and move on.


Good Movie for today: Quick Change



It does everything

Around the office or at home, this tool is up for the job. It’s Paperclip Day! The modern day paperclip comes in many styles, colors, and even has one more loop than the original design.  It’s sure to be an invention that outlasts the cockroach.  The 1899 invention is credited to Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian inventor with a degree in electronics, science, and mathematics.  However, there was already a similar invention circulating in Europe that was released by the British Gem Manufacturing Company Ltd.   And the British version had the second loop.  First of all,  I wouldn’t want to be the engineer whose claim to fame was twisting a piece of wire. Second, of all, I wouldn’t want to be the engineer whose claim to fame was twisting a piece of wire and was shown up by a company who twisted the piece of wire one more time.  Whatever the true “invention” story is, paper has been held together, in a variety of ways, since the 13th century.   But, the paperclip doesn’t stop there.  There are hundreds of ways to use paperclips.   Try something innovative and….




All vegans and vegetarians, be warned.  We are about to get vulgar! It is National goldburgerHamburger Day! One of the most American things you can put on your plate is a bun with a hunk of meat in the middle. Whether you want bison, venison, turkey, chicken, bean curd, or all-American beef, the patty is the essence of this delectable, juicy, staple meal! A flexible dish, to be gourmeted or trailer parked, you can top it with everything under the sun, even gold flakes (if you are willing to pay for it). Talk about the Midas Touch!   Here is a list of some of the most expensive burgers I’ve ever seen.  Which would you try?  

Today, don’t just eat a burger!  Celebrate by getting creative and down right stupid with those toppings.   Have a burger smorgasbord party!  Guests can bring a beverage (you know I mean alcoholic) and a topping, the host can supply the meat.

My ideal burger would be between a toasted sourdough bun.  A pattyburger shirt made with the best piece of beef pre-seasoned wth salt, pepper, and jalapeno juice.   It would be topped with grilled halloumi cheese, grilled pineapple, and warm applesauce that has been boiled with bacon.  Also, piled on that juicy piece of meat would be grilled sweet pickles, butter lettuce, cold tomatoes, and an easy fried egg under a piece of melted brie, and finally, it would be sauced with a hint of Naptown crab sauce.   Yummm, yummmm, yum.  At least I think so.

Today, eat a good burger and watch Goodburger or Eddie Murphy Raw!




Whether you are doing weird things to your face, wrapping a gift or Peewee-face-tapedlifting lint from your outfit, you’re bound to celebrate today.  It’s Cellophane Tape Day! Invented by Richard Drew of the 3M company and patented on May 27th, 1930, scotch tape is a staple in every office and most households.

To celebrate, just use some tape.  Make a tape ball, use some for a home made face lift, or just tape random items around the house. Whatever you do, don’t kidnap your ex and use an entire roll wrapping him up.  Have a sticky day and…



Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap

For all my friends that like to lay in the sun until they are a different ethnicity, it’s Don’t Fry Day!  This cute little play on words is a reminder from the National Council of Skin Cancer Prevention not to lay out in the sun until you get skin cancer!  Although the sun is fun, can enhance your mood, and give you some much-needed vitamin D, it can also burn you into a nasty scar and painful treatment.  Take precautions and remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap.

SLIP on a shirt. sun-tanned-skin-home-remediesSLOP on some suntan lotion. (SPF 30 or higher) SLAP on a hat. WRAP on sunglasses.

Before you go from Sweedish to Puerto Rican, to racially ambiguous, ask yourself, “Do I want skin cancer?”   Cream it up and take a pill for the vitamin D and play in the sun long enough, so you’re fun to be around but not long so long you return looking like a paint by numbers outline, with blisters and cancer.  To my melanin rich comrades, you too can turn into the horse of a different color, so you must slip, slop, slap, and wrap as well.  As the summer rolls in, have fun, enjoy the sun (before 12 and after 2), slip, slop, slap, wrap, and…


Children and Towels

Established by President Reagan in etan patz1983, it’s National Missing Children’s Day. On May 25, 1979, Etan Patz, six years old, was abducted on his way to school in New York City.  At the time child abductions received very little news coverage, but Etan’s father, a professional photographer, distributed pictures of his son, sparking national attention on his abduction.  Etan was eventually declared dead, his body was never found, and it was several decades later that his abductor was found, tried, and sentenced.  However, his abduction shed light on the lack of resources available to find missing children.  Missing Etan’s photographs were the catalyst for the missing children movement and he was the first face on a milk carton.  Since Etan, better attention, more resources, and increased legislation have improved methods for finding missing children.

And, now to lighten the mood.  

When you step out of the shower in the morning, I bet you dry off, then hang your towel up (I hope you don’t just throw it on the floor), well today you should have taken it with you or a fresh one.  It’s Towel Day and today, you should have one with you everywhere you go.  Intergalactically celebrated Towel Day commemorates the late author Douglas Adams and his novel The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (which I haven’t read, but might).  Apparently, a towel is the number one thing a hitchhiker needs and after reading some of the reasons why, like me, you may decide to carry a towel with you every day going forward.

A towel,douglas-1277140_1280 it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

— Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
excerpt taken from Wikipedia


A whistle, snow cone, and a thistle…

A peacock, a lizard, something yellow, a tie with a face on it, a candy cane, the word “exponential,” a purple car, a basket of balls, a bowling ball, a turtle, and a pot of gold.  No, this isn’t a game of I Spy, it’s National Scavenger Hunt Day!

Today can be so much fun if you are willing to use your imagination!  I’m a scavenger hunt award winner, one part of the reigning champion trio team “The Best” of the Mozie-Smith Family Reunion Scavenger Hunt! We’re basically scavenger hunt beasts who can’t be topped.

Have some fun today!  Finding your missing sunglasses by cleaning your room, doesn’t count.  Hide office items and send a group email for an office scavenger hunt.  The winner gets $5, personal beverage service for the day,  or a rubber band trophy.  Make a list of items, go to the mall with a few friends and have a mall scavenger hunt!  The first to Instagram them all wins!   Be a sleuth for the odd, unusual, and random.  Look high, look low, and…



As I was walking down the street …

Find a penny
Pick it up
All day through,
You’ll have good luck!

It’s Lucky Penny Day!  We may not be able to buy a bag full of candy for a penny, like some of our parents did, but a penny is still worth its zinc.  Although it’s nice to have pennies when you are trying to make exact change, word on the street is legislation has been around for a while trying to get rid of the penny.  One day finding a penny on the ground may really be lucky.cent-1295582_1280

According to my source, if you are a penny hoarder, you should concentrate on those made before 1982, when they started making pennies with more zinc than copper.  If you aren’t a penny hoarder, pennies have become very popular in the design world.  I’ve seen penny floors, coffee tables, walls, and counters that were definitely made with more patience than I have.  If you aren’t going to make furniture, you can still use a penny to check your tire tread.

When I think of pennies, as I so often sit around and do, I picture my sister reciting The Lost Penny.  If you know her, today is the perfect day to ask for a personal performance. If you don’t, here is a recording of it as a song.  This I’ve never heard before today, but I do like the sound of his voice.  I don’t really believe in luck, so, happy zincing and…


Let’s Get Musical!

Have you always thought of yourself as musical, but couldn’t find anyone else to agree? Well, today is the day for you to live unabandoned.  It’s Buy a Musical Instrument Day! So, from the harmonica to the bagpipe, today is the day to express your musical creativity!

Instruments can be expensive, so if you aren’t planning to take your act on the road, I suggest making your purchase at a pawn shop, second-hand store, or a toy store (It’s not Buy a Professional Musical Instrument Day).    I’m certain, playing the instrument you purchase is a requirement, otherwise, why purchase one?  You will kill its soul.  So assemble your friends this evening for a jam session.

If you are musically inclined, then treat yourself to an upgrade or learn a new instrument.  I’ve played the violin, piano, clarinet, and guitar, but recently, I’ve fancied the digeridoo.  ABCDEFG and…