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Sleet, Rain, Hail, and Snow

It’s not the weather report, it’s a prelude to a myth.  It’s Neither Rain Nor Snow Day and we are celebrating the opening of the New York Post Office in 1914.  The myth is that while the phrase, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” is etched on the perimeter of New York’s famous James A. Farley Post Office, it is not the motto of the United States Postal Service (USPS). I guess we should be thankful they do deliver through almost anything.

You may not spend much time writing letters to loved ones these days and that’s probably why the cost of stamps may go up twenty cents.  I remember when I could mail a letter for $.25.  These days the USPS is competing with online retailers, email, private carrier companies, and now drones!  Support the USPS.  Visit our local branch and see what they can do for you. I’ll be renewing my passport.  Celebrate today by writing a letter on paper and mailing it, sending cards through the mail, checking your actual mailbox, buying a book of stamps, saying hello to your letter carrier or anything else related to the USPS.  Have fun and…


Betcha Hat

rain-1700515_1280If you are anywhere near where I am, you can understand why it’s Rain Day! It’s raining, it’s pouring and somewhere someone has lost a hat.

How bummed would you be if it rained every year on your birthday? Well, in 1874 a local farmer in Waynesburg, PA was bummed enough to casually mention it to a local drug store owner, William Allison, that it rained every year on his birthday.  Mr. Allison intrigued by the accurate weather predictions began taking bets with customers over the possibility of precipitation every July 29th.  His prize of choice was a hat.   The tradition carried on and according to the Rain Day Festival website, rain is in the lead 142 to 114.  If you poke around the website, you can see the “celebrities” who have lost their hat, including the Three Stooges and the current POTUS (we all know he’s a betting man).

If today is your birthday and it’s raining, there is already a celebration in your honor in Waynesburg, PA.  If you’re not in the area you can celebrate by having a Rain Day Pagent, a hat making contest, and birthday cake.  If it isn’t your birthday, you can still celebrate just make it a regular cake.  Have fun and…