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There He Blows

Not exactly the wind they had in mind when they dubbed today Big Wind Day.  They were referring to the big wind of April 12, 1934, when the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth. This big wind was officially recorded at 231 miles per hour.  That’s the kind of wind that does more than put a foul stench in the air.


We can’t and shouldn’t try to recreate the winds of 1934, so I recommend we celebrate big winds that brought some really great cinema moments.  First, the best babysitter entrance ever, Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews, 1964.   If you didn’t love this movie, you probably grew up to be a serial killer.

Secondly, there are the land-locked breezes of New York City, that can smack you around like a new born baby.  In Unfaithful2002, Diane Lane let those dreadful winds push her into the arms of a handsome painter.  Well, we all know how that ends.  Unless you haven’t seen the movie, then you don’t know and I won’t ruin it for you.

Finally, there is the Nor’Easter that brings Chocolat, 2000, to a stuffy little town just dying for an…well release.   I suggest you see this immediately, great date night chick flick that will definitely have a happy ending.

And if none of these suit your fancy, there is always that other wind!

Nutty Professor wind 3g



If you know what this is a picture of, you can celebrate today.  If you still have a case of them, they are probably dusty.  If you’re still listening to them, you’re probably not on the internet to read this post.  It’s Eight Track Tape Day!

8-Track-Michael-Jackson-Thriller.pngI must be honest and say that my true recollection of 8 tracks only goes as far back as a stack of tapes that belonged to my parents that I’m holding onto strictly for nostalgia. Plus, I may write a play that needs an 8 track player and tapes.  Yes, I have the player too. I don’t even know if I’ve ever listened to music played on an 8 track player. I definitely remember vinyl, of course, I only remember calling them records.

If you have a working player and 8 tracks, you should celebrate by seeing if it is worth anything on eBay.  If it isn’t, call your friends, put on your old clothes and have a rent party.  If you don’t have an 8 track, you can look at pictures of 8 tracks, refurbish an old player, or sit on a park bench scrolling through your playlist being glad it isn’t an 8 track player.  Have fun and…


Winston Churchill Day!

It’s Winston Churchill Day!  A day to commemorate the achievements and contributions to society of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.  In addition to being the first person named an honorary citizen of the United States, Churchill was a journalist, historian, prisoner of war, lecturer, politician, military leader, and British Prime Minister twice.  As I think about Churchill’s military leadership through World War II, I can’t help, but think of the position the United Sates is in today.

And, now a word from Papa Soap Box.

Protect men, women, and babies.

War is a dangerous and divisive tool, even when “right” wins. Whether long or short, they can take much longer to recover from than to fight. Sometimes a necessary evil, war is tragic and should never be seen as a cavalier engagement entered into easily and without complete consideration of all outcomes. When we find ourselves wondering, how close to home this could hit.  We’re already engaged.  Declaring war takes and act of congress, but engaging in military action does not.  Your voice matters and so does your vote.

And now, a few quotes from Churchill.

“Never give in—never, never, never, never, except to convictions of honour and good sense.”

“There is nothing wrong in change, if it is in the right direction. To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”

“You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.”

“Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.”

[“Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.”] “Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”



Eat Your Heart Out!

While this slice of apple pie and mound of whipped cream drizzled with caramel and topped with toasted nut shavings is making my mouth water and stomach growl a little, this is NOT the pie we are celebrating today.  As the obsessed math lover, scientists or engineer in your life can tell you it’s PI DAY!  

The really weird ones will have this entire number committed to memory.


For those who barely got promoted in math and science or had to resort to bribes, sympathy, and flattery for a passing grade, the Pi constant represents the ratio between the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

pie-1446373_1280How do you celebrate Pi Day?  For ideas, you should ask a former sad lonely person, who went through school with 2 friends, a social life that mostly consisted of hanging out at the Salvation Army and watching Seventh Heaven while curled up with a physics book on a Saturday night or my sister.    She generally resorts to wearing a t-shirt with the pi insignia on it, taking a pie to work, eating a round personal pizza for lunch, and gazing far too long at all things circular.

However, I have a few suggestions of my own.

  • If you’re not skittish about getting arrested, chased or into fights, you can make cream pies and pop random people in the face, while shouting, “It’s Pi Day!”
  • You can invite your 20 closest friends and associates over for a pizza pie eating contest.  The first to regurgitate loses.  (Please record and post on YouTube)
  • You can celebrate with like minded people by looking up phone numbers to businesses you think would care and yelling, “Happy Pi Day” when they answer the phone. Y’all cheer, then hang up.  If you then begin to have a conversation about the celebration, I’ll feel sad for you.

And now, a little pi humor – well, as humorous as pi can get. 

3.14 percent of sailors are pi-rates.

What is the official animal of Pi Day? The pi-thon.

The mathematician says, “Pi r squared.” The baker replies, “No, pies are round. Cakes are square.”

For more math jokes visit www.ibtimes.com.

Holiday on my friends!

Happy Dentist’s Day

I don’t know who grows up thinking, I’d like to spend every day looking into the mouths of multiple people with varying degrees of tooth decay and rotting gums, but it happens and today we celebrate those weirdos.  Happy Dentist’s Day!  For the record, I don’t think it’s fair that our skin repairs itself, our hair and nails grow continuously, and our bones can fuse themselves back together yet, we only get one chance at perfect teeth.  The first set will fall out, no matter how well you take care of them and the second set, unless you pay for new ones, will be your last set.  Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

Anywho, today isn’t about your teeth, it’s about the doctors, yes they are doctors too, who tend to the needs of your mouth.  If you happen to have a dentist appointment today, take a card or balloon to show your appreciation.  If you don’t have an appointment you can google dentists in your area and give several a ring, just to say, “Happy Dentist’s Day.”  I’m certain that never happens and your kind gesture will be the water cooler talk of the day.

Holiday on my friends!