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…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS! 

 

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…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS! 

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…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!

 

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ALICE, SHIRLEY, SOMEBODY!

There may not be a lot of math involved, but patience is a more difficult problem to solve.  It’s National Waiters and Waitresses Day!  Today we take the time to acknowledge and appreciate waitstaff.

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Of course, I’ve been a customer, but I’ve also been a waitress, so let’s get started!  Being a waiter or waitress isn’t always an easy job.  Depending on the type of establishment, the waiter is the liaison between the customer, busboys, cooks, and management.  Sometimes they are also the hostess, cashier, and janitor.  Most waiters and waitresses, don’t make minimum wage as a set salary.  When I was a waitress I made $2.15 and hour.  When I got a raise, I made $2.25.   I don’t think it’s fair, but the government calculates customer tips as part of an hourly wage, so does the restaurant industry, therefore when customers don’t tip, a server can work an 8-hour shift and leave having made less than $30 that day.  It has happened to me.  On the other hand, a good night can more than make up for a bad night, but that’s probably not going to be on a Tuesday evening, so, waiters trade scramble and horde those prime hours. Even then, on a good night, in some places, tips are split between busboys, hostesses and bar staff.  I get it, but it can be annoying.

I liked waitressing.  It was fun and I enjoyed meeting new people and building relationships.   It sucked when people were mean, spiteful, impatient, or rude.  It also sucked having to clean the toilet when people make it look like an outhouse.  I didn’t always get tips but appreciated it when I did.  To this day, it was one of my favorite jobs even when it didn’t pay well, but I was a 14 with no bills to pay.

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As a customer.  I hate it when establishment takes the liberty to include gratuity in my check.  It is your business. If you want to pay your waitstaff more, raise the prices and give them a real salary.  Tips have long been debated and honestly, I would like the “tradition” of tipping to go away.  It’s an unfair obligation.  I enjoy tipping when someone has done a great job and gone beyond what is in their job description making my evening super enjoyable.  But to force gratuity is like an extra tax.  I appreciate good service and I like to show my gratitude, and that should be my choice.

Don’t be a waiter or waitress if you don’t like people!  The perfect waitstaff can make your evening feel like a night out with family or an old friend.  As some of my favorite T.V. waitresses have shown, sometimes you go back to a place because of how they make you feel, not necessarily the food.  So celebrate today by going out with people you like to places you like.  Enjoy a meal, tip well, and thank your entire waitstaff! Happy eating and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!  

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Not a Slumdog!

Celebrate today like a B-O-S-S! It’s Be a Millionaire Day and why not?!  I already man-2290591_640know all the unnecessary stuff and extravagant services I’m going to buy!

Today only comes once a year.  You can celebrate today one of two ways: realistically or unrealistically.  Either way, I’m not responsible for the repercussions of your decisions, but I am accepting donations for my savvy advice.

horse-473093_640Take today to be responsible.  Examine your finances and rearrange your portfolio.  If you think this has something to do with your photo albums, take a step back.  Open up a bank account and get out of the check cashing line.  Snowball down your debt and invest in a mutual fund.  Step up your employment game and take those Pheonix classes you’ve been flirting with.  Write down the vision for your life and a plan to make it a reality.  Ask yourself, how will I make my first million?  Hopefully, it won’t involve a lawsuit and a compromised body part.  But, if it does, that’s your choice.  Pace yourself.  Today is day one of your first million.

“If you’re already a millionaire, inbox me for additional tips.” 

unicorn-2001372_640.pngBall-Till-You-Fall! You may not be Rick James, but you’re Rich, B#^$%! Rent a Tesla for the day! Eat out wherever you want and let the chips fall where they may. You may be homeless tomorrow, but today ain’t tomorrow.  Money is flowing like honey and you are BALLIN’!  Get your hair done, feet done, everything done. Take out a front page ad and have it printed in 24 inches, “First Class Everythang!”  Today only comes once a year and you better act a fool with it!

Whatever you do, remember tomorrow is Waiters and Waitresses Day!  You can just get a job and make that money back two-fold!!!

 

The Greatest Show on Earth!

As the curtain is closing on the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, we must celebrate Circus Day!  This holiday was established to celebrate the circus on their anniversary, May 19, 1884.  What an amazing run!

If you have coulrophobia or work for an animal rights organization, today may be exciting for you for completely different reasons.   To me, it’s the end of an era.  They aren’t the only act in town, but they are a hard one to follow.  You can watch their final curtain call live on Facebook at 7:00 pm est on Sunday.    Even though it’s a few day later, that’s probably the best way to celebrate today.

I would not suggest celebrating today by clowning around at work or practicing circus acts at home.  These actions may have unfavorable results.  However, it would be fun to invite a bunch of friends over and see how many of you can fit in a car (keep the emergency break on).  I have a Hyundai Sonata so, this could get interesting.  Squeeze in and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!  

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Drive by or Bum rush, Surprise!

Families aren’t like pumpkins.  You don’t get to shop around until you find the perfect one.  You basically get who you get, with the exception of your spouse and their bunch. That’s your choice.  As for the others, just thank God you have some and love them the best you can.  It’s Visit Your Relatives Day! A young girl tries to pull out a pumpkin

I actually feel like I celebrate this holiday every day.  My family is pretty close and I usually see at least two or three of them every week.  My sisters and I speak daily, sometimes multiple times in one day, even if it’s just so we can grunt together while one is having a BM or so the other can tell me about the newest candy on the market.  I also have a huge extended family and it’s always someone’s birthday, a holiday, game, ceremony, whatever, and we support our own, so Visit Your Relatives Day is my life!  For example, this weekend, there are four birthday parties for five people and I’ll be at 2 of them.  Last weekend, there was a graduation and a million mother’s to celebrate.  I spent 15 hours in a car to attend a graduation and celebrated with two mothers (yes, one was mine).  The weekend before that was a weekend birthday celebration, out of town, with six family members.  You see, today really is my life.  Not that I’m complaining.  I love them all, even the stupid,  annoying, high strung ones.

So, it’s obvious how you’re supposed to celebrate today.  If you are hesitant because your family is crazy, a little dangerous, too far, too close, in jail, in an asylum, foaming at the mouth, having a personal summer,  too nosey, may steal,  owes you money, may move in, or kidnap you, just remember it could be worse.   So, tighten your suspenders and take my advice, carry Vicodin, pepper spray, a map, set an alarm for a fake emergency phone call, take your ID, wear a bra without underwire, take baby wipes, a hand fan and an extra blanket, use your imagination, hide your jewelry,  leave an invoice, turn off your water from the main line and tell them you don’t have indoor plumbing, or meet up in a public crowded place that closes.  I’ve been through it all, have fun and….

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!