November 27th Pins and Needles Day

Feeling anxious, nervous? Well today we celebrate the play that announced the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union into world wide recognition. It was done with a play called, “Pins and Needles” and appeared on Broadway in 1937. For a while, it was the longest running play on Broadway with over 1100 performances. It was written by Harold Rome and appeared at the Labor Stage Theater in New York City. It was about the struggles of the women working the garment industry and their lives in what amounted to sweat shops.

How to celebrate – Learn about the Garment Industry in New York in the early 1900’s. Learn about the Unions in New York City. Put on your own version of “Pins and Needles”.

April 3rd National Tweed Day

It’s nice to have choices. Today we either celebrate tweed, the fabric, originating in Scotland that is popular in the north (Cause it’s just t hot to wear in the south) Or we can celebrate NYC’s famed mobster “Boss Tweed” who was born on April 3rd, 1823. He served as a U.S. House of Representatives and as a NY State Senator as well as serving himself in every corrupt form of government one can imagine! It’s your choice, maybe you can combine them though. Since Tweed lived in a northern climate, maybe he wore tweed! So this could then be Tweed wearing Tweed Day! It makes as much sense as a lot of the days do!?!

How to celebrate – Wear a tweed outfit today. Study “Boss Tweed” and his reign of terror. Visit Scotland!

September 5th National Cheese Pizza Day

Doesn’t all pizza start out as cheese pizza? Well, most I guess. I have never met anyone who said, “Ewe, its cheese pizza, I don’t want any!” Unless of course they didn’t like pizza in the first place, which seems kind of rare.

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To me, the more cheese the better so, bring it on! Three cheese, ten cheese, fifty cheese… well, maybe fifty is a bit much. There is nothing like pulling that first piece of pizza out of the box and watch the strings of cheese try to pull it back. Of course it never wins.

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We all know the story of how pizza got it’s start… Greece… Italy… New York City… No real need of covering that story again, for like the tenth time. Naturally children seem to love cheese pizza best. The older you get the more open you get to new and different flavors. Adding ingredients becomes a challenge and yet it all starts with the cheese pizza.

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And if everyone else wants meat or vegetables, or both, on their pizza, there is always the individual cheese pizza. You can always pick off things like pepperoni from the pizza and it instantly becomes a cheese pizza once again! Chopped vegetables take a little more effort to remove.

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But since today is National Cheese Pizza Day, it really should be celebrated by having only cheese pizza! If you want, you can add all that extra stuff afterwards.

How to celebrate – Have cheese pizza today. Try making your own pizza with a different type of cheese. Share your personal pan pizza with someone you love.

September 7th Neither Rain Nor Snow Day

Today is the day to honor your postal delivery person. You may get aggravated that they show up when they do, don’t bring the mail you want them to bring or that letters get lost but you have to admit, they do a pretty good over-all job.

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Their actual motto reads, “Neither snow nor rain not the heat nor gloom of night, stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” We can once again thank Benjamin Franklin for helping to create the modern day postal service. Of course, the first post office was in Philadelphia, where Franklin lived for so many years.ls

And of course there was the Pony Express, perhaps one of the most famous mail courier groups in American history. The basic message in the post office’s motto is taken from the Pony Express, “The mail must go through”.

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But did you know that the post office in America was private owned until 1914? It may, or may not, have been better before the government confused things (As they usually do). Those Pony Express riders, Ben Franklin and anyone else prior to 1914 delivered the mail for profit. Today the post offices losses money hand over fist, it is hard to understand how except that with email, the telephone and those still privately owned forms of mail delivery, have reduced the US Mail Service income.

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The first official government office opened in New York City, 1914. Today we celebrate the carriers more than the office itself, although you cannot have one without the other. Like them or not, you have to admire the job they do. They work very, very hard with long hours in all sorts of weather to bring you something you probably didn’t really need in the first place.

How to celebrate – Thank your postal carrier today. Use the post office as much as you can to support their work. Study the history of the US postal service.