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…







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.


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.


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…



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!!!


Celebrating the art of writing.