May 24th National Escargot Day

Eating snails maybe a real treat, I will never know. The idea of eating something that crawls along the ground has never appealed to me. To others though, snails are a delight. I believe the French, who were among the first to see this creature crawling on the ground and said, to themselves, “Yum”. However, leaving them entitled “Snails” may have turned others off so they named them Escargot instead. (That’s probably not true but I don’t really want to find out) If you eat snails remember to extend your little finger so people know you have class cause otherwise they might just think you are weird.

How to celebrate – Have some escargot. Go out and see if your supper is climbing your walls. Visit France.

May 23rd Lucky Penny Day

The penny isn’t what it use to be, but then who of us are? The penny use to have a lot more value than it does today. In fact, governments are eliminating the penny in many economies because they aren’t worth the money the materials cost to make it and even penny candy that use to make children happy is lie 50 cents now! (If you are lucky enough to find it!) There are many theories of what makes a penny lucky, the one most common to me is when you find a penny on the ground. If the penny is on heads, pick it up and it brings you luck. (But you can’t spend it) If it is on tails, just leave it where it lay.

How to celebrate – Go around looking for pennies on the ground. (Have a partner watch that you don’t run into anything.) “A penny saved is worth a penny earned”. “A penny for your thoughts”

May 22nd International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22nd International Day for Biological Diversity

Wow, that’s a mouthful! Today is used to study and utilize all that is biological, which covers practically everything! This year’s theme is “Our solutions are in nature.” The subject matters will include the ecosystems, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, among other things. Doesn’t that just about cover it all!?! This day was created by the General Assembly in the UN in 1993. Since it seems to cover everything on the face of the earth I wish them luck with just one day to deal with it all!

How to celebrate – Visit the UN. Learn what biological diversity actually means.  Come to an understanding of how everything on the face of the earth must work in unity.

May 22nd National Maritime Day

May 22nd National Maritime Day

Most countries economic development originated with the ships, and the men and women who sailed them, to grow. When there were no airplanes the only way to build trade with other countries was by what could be shipped out, and shipped in. With the world connected by merchant ships, there needed to be a strong navy to protect them. In World War 2 the allied countries were held together by their ability to ship war materials, and food, to those countries under siege. 250,000 Merchant Marines served during World War 2 with 6,700 (At least) perishing to get those needed supplies through. Today was created by the US Congress in 1933.

How to celebrate – Learn more about the foundations of our economy. Thank any sailors you see. Learn more about the maritime services.

May 22nd World Goth Day

This is one of the darkest days of the year, literally! To me, Goth is nothing new, it’s revisiting the days of the vampire. Wearing black, or dark, clothing, being a pale as you can make yourself, using skeletons as adornments. It’s like having Halloween everyday! I do sort of like the steampunk side of it thought. It mixes the old with the new in fashion which can be kinda cool. I think the general idea of being Goth is being sad and letting everyone know it. Good, bad or indifferent, you are what you represent. If you are generally miserable I think Goth may be the thing for you. Though most of us spend our time trying to find happiness, if your thing is looking for sadness, well… go for it.

How to celebrate – Check out the Goth fashions. Pretend to be a vampire. Go Steampunk for the day.

May 21st National Waiters and Waitresses Day

There is no doubt that the recent events one of the largest suffering groups in the workforce has been those who serve us as waiters and waitresses. With all the closures these workers have had no work to go to, since their income depends on the tips they get they have had no income at all. Since I write these in advance of the actual day I can only hope by now that many of these people are back to work. But we have to remember that they have suffered, that they often have families and children of their own and bills that have to be paid. So if you are out eating, hopefully you are, please remember what they have gone through and take care of them as they take care of you.

How to celebrate – Tip you waiter or waitress. Treat your waiter or waitress the same as you would want to be treated. Be thankful you have an income to be able to eat out.

May 20th Be A Millionaire Day

It sounds so simple and there are a lot of people these days that actually do reach the level of millionaire. It just takes a lot of hard work, luck, being in the right place at the right time and…well, you know maybe inheriting the money. It got me thinking of the games we play where we think we can become a millionaire. The main games here are Monopoly and Life. The thing is, if you add up all the money and property you can own in either of these games you can’t become a millionaire because there isn’t enough money involved in those games to make that much play money! Being rich is a good thing but what is more important is what you do with your money. Just having it in the bank doesn’t do anyone any good, except maybe the bankers.

How to celebrate – Get a plan on how to become a millionaire. Save your pennies, they do add up. Live your life to be happy, not just rich.