August 21st National Senior Citizen Day

I wonder what it’s like to get old? Oh wait, I’m already there! Oh well… it’s not that different than when I was younger. Sure I can’t do as much and I certainly do not do things as fast, maybe I forget a little bit here and there but I’m still kicking and still have value!

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That’s the thing about people as they get old, they don;t feel useful anymore. Nothing could be more wrong. If younger people would listen to the older people around them they might actually benefit from the wisdom, more often than not because they have already made the same mistake the younger person is about to commit. However, the old saying live and learn applies to nearly everyone.

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There really isn’t much we senior citizens can’t do better now than we did when we were younger… including those things we have leaned that we are not good at. Sometimes knowing what you don’t know is just as valuable as thinking you know everything!

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Senior Citizens Day has actually been proclaimed by Congress too, so it’s official. Now, let’s try and guess together who created today. I won’t reveal it until the next paragraph so you can take a few seconds to think about it. Don’t scan ahead, try and guess. While you are thinking, what age do you consider somene a Senior? Most would say 65 but with the new medicines and life styles maybe it’s 70, or 75 or even 55. I think it’s all what’s in your mind.

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So, you are as old as you feel. Keep yourself young in body and thought and you may never actually be a Senior Citizen! Oh, and the answer is, Ronald Reagan… one of our oldest Presidents ever. It is Proclaimation 5847 and created August 19th, 1988 for August 21st.

How to celebrate – Never grow old. Realize your strengths, don’t exaggerate your weakness as you grow older. Enjoy life.

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August 20th National Radio Day

Today we celebrate something nearly all of us grew up having, the radio. The radio came out of Ernest Mercadier’s and Alexander Graham Bell’s work with radio waves in 1881. It is a direct result of the invention of the telephone and telegraph.  Guglielmo Marconi is credited with it’s actual creation.

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There was a time when the radio was to our ancestors what the television is to us today. Most people got their news, sports and entertainment from the radio. In fact, Orson Welles, “War of the Worlds” first was a radio program that so many believed it actually turned into a near national disaster!

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Today the raio appears everywhere we go. It’s in our cars, on our headphones, in most stores and even in elevators. Even most television shows are broadcast on radio, not that they work all that well, but you’ll find them there.

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As with every invention, the popularity of them begin to dwindle as everyone obtains them and it seems like as soon as we invent something, it’s already out of date by the time we purchase it. And if you have ever been a hurricane, you learn the true value of something like a radio.

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So the next time you get in your car and turn on your radio, thinking nothing of it, imagine what life would be like without the radio. Sure, in some ways maybe we have moved on past it but we will never replace it.

How to celebrate – Enjoy your radio. See if you can remember any of the old radio stars. Imagine where the music industry would be without the radio.

August 19th National Aviation Day

August 19th National Aviation Day

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Today we celebrate all those aviators that have led to our advancement in air travel and even into space. The day was created by President F. D. Roosevelt in 1939 to honor Orville Wright who was born August 19th, 1871. (Bet that didn’t make Wilbur very happy).

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If you think about the world of flight it really is amazing that we have come so far in such a short time considering the belief that man was never meant to fly.

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How to celebrate – Read more about the Wright Brothers. See how many famous aviators you can name. Take some flying lessons. (You never know when it may come in handy)

August 19th National Aviation Day

August 19th National Aviation Day

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Today we celebrate all those aviators that have led to our advancement in air travel and even into space. The day was created by President F. D. Roosevelt in 1939 to honor Orville Wright who was born August 19th, 1871. (Bet that didn’t make Wilbur very happy).

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If you think about the world of flight it really is amazing that we have come so far in such a short time considering the belief that man was never meant to fly.

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How to celebrate – Read more about the Wright Brothers. See how many famous aviators you can name. Take some flying lessons. (You never know when it may come in handy)

August 18th Bad Poetry Day

Now here’s something we can all do. Write bad poetry. Some even say I excel at it, and I’ll bet you can too! There aren’t many days where we are able to celebrate something we are bad at. And it really doesn’t matter how long these poems are, generally the shorter they are, the better.

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One might even say that a cat, or your animal of choice, could write these. (Just hopefully not in the litter box). It is one of those talents that requires no thought at all, or at least the less is better.

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The real challenge is reading it or listening to it.  Our minds what rhyme and meter. We crave it, so something like… There once was a man from Boston, (The natural next line would have something like awesome included in it) who lived in a house, he wasn’t very rich, which means he was poor. I suppose you could call this a poem, just a bad one, not a good one.

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Or even worse are those containing words that don’t actually exist like… Mostious or likeist. But today you can use any word you want and any non-rhyme pattern you like. It is bad poetry day… the one day a year where doing our worst is actually our best.

How to celebrate – Write a bad poem. Read a book of known bad poetry. Become a poetry critic.

August 17th National Thrift Shop Day

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Well, maybe but where in the world do you find these treasures?!? You can wait for the weekend and go to garage sales or you can go to the Thrift Shop where they collect everything that didn’t sell at a garage sale.

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The trick here is knowing what is treasure and what is trash. Now you can study all the antique books you can find but that still won’t make you an expert. Trust me, just because it looks old doesn’t always make it old. I’ve never been lucky enough to find  a fortune buying something that someone else discarded.

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And isn’t that what most people find at thrift shops? Things that no longer fit, are outdated or mystery items no one knows what they are used for. And then, whatever it is has to get past the shop owner and the workers if there is any value to it. Not that it doesn’t happen, it does… but they are few and far between.

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And there is no law requiring things like shoes to match. If you really want to wear two different shoes at the same time, why not? But as for setting a new trend, don’t count on it. Since you are wearing a mis-match pair of shoes there is probably someone else who bought the other pair!

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But its a lot like Christmas. You never know what you’re going to get but it is fun to anticipate what you might find. Keep on looking, it normally benefits someone in need.

How to celebrate – Go thrift shop shopping. Donate to thrift shops those things you no longer need. Study before you shop so you know what you are after.

 

August 16th National Rum Day

August 16th National Rum Day

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The pirates drink of choice… maybe because it was so easy to get. Rum comes from molasses or sugar cane and blends well with many different types of mixers. It comes in many flavors these days for those who seek variety.

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The most sought-after rum seems to come from the Caribbean Islands, perhaps why it was the pirates drink of choice. It also may have led indirectly to the American Revolution when the Crown placed a tax on sugar, in 1764, that helped start the disenchantment between England and America.

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How to celebrate – Have some rum tonight! (If you are old enough) Explore the different types and flavors of rum. Invent your own special rum drink.