September 8, 2014

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. – Vince Lombardi


251st day of 2014 with 114 to follow.

Holidays for Today:

*National Date Nut Bread Day

*Pardon Day

*International Literacy Day

*Baby Safety Month

*National Rice & Wild Rice Month



  • 1157 Richard I [Richard the Lion Hearted], King of England (1189-99)
  • 1828 Clarence Cook, Dorchester, Massachusetts, writer and art critic (expert in archeology and antiquities)
  • 1889 Robert A. Taft, Cincinnati, Ohio, (Sen-R-Ohio, Taft-Hartley Act)
  • 1897 Jimmie Rodgers, Meridian, Mississippi, singer and composer (known as “The Singing Brakeman”, “The Blue Yodeler”, and “The Father of Country Music”)
  • 1915 Frank Cady, Susanville, California, actor (Sam Drucker in Green Acres)
  • 1918 Derek Harold Richard Barton, Gravesend, England, chemist (Barton reaction, Barton-McCombie deoxygenation)
  • 1922 Sid Caesar, Yonkers, New York, actor and singer (Grease, Grease 2, Cannonball Run II)
  • 1924 Grace Metalious, Manchester, New Hampshire, author (Peyton Place)
  • 1925 Peter Sellers, Portsmouth England, actor (Dr. Strangelove, Kato, Bobo, Pink Panther)
  • 1930 Robert W. Firestone, Brooklyn, New York, American clinical psychologist, author (books about psychological defenses)
  • 1932 Patsy Cline, Winchester, Virginia, country singer (Walkin’ After Midnight)
  • 1940 Jack Prelutsky, Brooklyn, New York, author and poet (The Good Tiger, Ride A Purple Pelican, Monday’s Troll, The Gargoyle on the Roof, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems, Stardine Swim High Across the Sky)
  • 1947 Ann Beattie, Washington, D.C., author (Chilly Scenes of Winter, Love Always, The Doctor’s House, Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines A Life)
  • 1947 Marianne Wiggins, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, author (Eveless Eden, Evidence of Things Unseen, The Shadow Catcher)
  • 1954 Jon Scieszka, Flint, Michigan, author (Cowboy and Octopus, The Time Warp Trio, Trucktown series, Spaceheadz;  founder of Guys Read)
  • 1957 Heather Thomas, Greenwich, Connecticut, actress (The Fall Guy)
  • 1962 Christopher Klim, American physicist and author (Everything Burns, The Winners Circle, True Surrealism, Firecracker Jones series)
  • 1971 Brooke Burke, Hartford, Connecticut, model and actress (Rock Star, winner 7th season Dancing with the Stars, co-host DWTS 2010-2013)
  • 1971 David Arquette, Winchester, Virginia, actor, director (Scream, Wild Bill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, In Case of Emergency)
  • 1972 Tomokazu Seki, Tokyo, Japan, [voice actor: Toji Suzuhara (Neon Genesis Evangelion);Tomache Massarik (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam); Junpei (Those Who Hunt Elves); Chichiri, Kouji (Fushigi Y gi)]
  • 1981 Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, actor (Home Improvement, voice of young Simba in The Lion King, The Oz Kids)


A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? – Albert Einstein



  • 1504 Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Florence.
  • 1565 1st permanent settlement in US forms (St Augustine, Florida.)
  • 1810 The Tonquin sets sail from New York Harbor with 33 employees of John Jacob Astor’s newly created Pacific Fur Company on board. After a six-month journey around the tip of South America, the ship arrives at the mouth of the Columbia River and Astor’s men establish the fur-trading town of Astoria, Oregon.
  • 1863 American Civil War: Second Battle of Sabine Pass – on the Texas-Louisiana border at the mouth of the Sabine River, a small Confederate force thwarts a Union invasion of Texas.
  • 1892 First appearance of “The Pledge of Allegiance” (Youth’s Companion)
  • 1900 Galveston Hurricane of 1900: a powerful hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing about 8,000 people.
  • 1921 16-year-old Margaret Gorman wins the Atlantic City Pageant’s Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dubbed her the first Miss America.
  • 1923 Honda Point Disaster: nine US Navy destroyers run aground off the California coast. Seven are lost.
  • 1930 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape.
  • 1935 US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed “Kingfish”, is fatally shot in the Louisiana capitol building.
  • 1943 World War II: United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announces the Allied armistice with Italy.
  • 1951 Japan signs treaty of peace with 48 countries in San Francisco, marking the end of the Pacific War.
  • 1954 SE Asia Treaty Org (SEATO) formed to stop communist spread in SE Asia.
  • 1960 In Huntsville, Alabama, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA had already activated the facility on July 1).
  • 1966 “Star Trek” premiers on NBC-TV (first episode, “The Man Trap”)
  • 1968 The Beatles perform their last live TV performance on the David Frost show. They perform their new hit “Hey Jude”.
  • 1970 Hijacking (and subsequent destruction) of three airliners to Jordan by Palestinians; the events to follow would later become known as Black September
  • 1971 In Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated, with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
  • 1986 The first Oprah Winfrey Show airs.
  • 1999 United States Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement that contradicted the official government stories.
  • 2004 NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
  • 2005 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.


As a customer service rep for a car-rental company, I took a call from a driver who needed a tow. He was stranded on a busy highway, but he didn’t know the make of the car he was driving. I asked again for a more detailed description beyond “a blue, four-door sedan.”

He replied, “It’s the one on fire.”


I did my nurse’s training at a hospital in Liverpool, England. My fellow students and I had little money for meals, so we ate the awful food provided at the hospital complex, and sometimes kindly visitors would give us some of the treats they had brought for patients who had not wanted to eat them.

One night a woman brought a pie to the kitchen and said to me, “Would you eat this up, love?”

Another student and I devoured every delicious crumb!

Soon our benefactor returned and asked, “Is me ‘usband’s pie ‘ot yet, dearie?”



“Beware my friend … you are skating on hot water.”

“Keep your ear to the grindstone.”

“Sometimes you’ve gotta stick your neck out on a limb.”

“He swept the rug under the carpet.”

“She’s burning the midnight oil at both ends.”

“He’s up a tree without a paddle.”


pic of the day: Leucanthemum superbum ‘Crazy Daisy’

Leucanthemum superbum 'Crazy Daisy'  picture

Holiday announcement posted on a company bulletin board:
“Employees are invited to the annual Christmas party. All children under ten will receive a gift from Santa. Employees who have no children may bring grandchildren.”


~He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.

~A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

~Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

~I used to be a railroad conductor, but my boss found out I wasn’t trained.

~I used to be a road digger, but I got re-trenched.

~I used to be a sanitation engineer, but the city dumped me.

~I used to sell computer parts, but then I lost my drive.

~I used to be a taxi driver, but found I couldn’t hack it.

I’ve Learned that …

… you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

… you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better be rich or gorgeous.

… you shouldn’t compare yourself to others – they are more messed up than you think.

… you can keep vomiting long after you think you’re finished.

… we are responsible for what we do. Unless we are celebrities.

… regardless of how intense a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be a lot of money
to take its place.

… 99 percent of the time when something isn’t working in your house, one of your kids did it.

… the people you care most about in life leave too soon and the idiots never go away.


A Scotsman was visiting a friend in the mountains of Canada. The first morning in the cabin, he awoke and stood by the window admiring the scenery. Suddenly, he noticed a huge animal walk by.

“Och, whut’s thaaat?” he said.

His Canadian friend looked out the window and said, “Oh, that’s a moose.”

“Och! If thaaat’s a moose, hoo big are your cats aroond here?


Looking over the log book kept by the computer support staff at my office, I noticed several entries stating the problem was PICNIC.
I asked one of the technicians what PICNIC meant.
He laughed as he told me it meant “Problem In Chair, Not In Computer.”


QUIP OF THE DAY: It’s easy to identify people who can’t count to ten. They are in front of you in the express lane at the supermarket.” – June Henderson


Thought for the day. . . If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. – Roald Dahl

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