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November 11th

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. – John F. Kennedy


315th day of the year (316th in leap years) with 50 days to follow.
Banks are closed today, and there is no mail delivery.

Holidays for Today:
~ Bonza Bottler Day
~ National Sundae Day
~ Origami Day

~ Death/Duty Day (honors all soldiers who died in WWI)
~ Remembrance Day (Canada, UK, Australia) – honoring veterans who have died in service to their country
~ Veteran’s Day (U.S.) – marks the World War I cease-fire in 1918. The U.S. Congress changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor and celebrate all veterans who have served during peace or wartime.

Generations of Valor

Veterans Day Commemoration at Dallas city Hall on 11 November 2004. Veteran Houston James, survivor of attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr., member of an ordnance-disposal team who lost his left eye, left hand, thumb & index finger of right hand, and right leg as result of injuries sustained while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July 2003.

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” ― Natalie Babbitt


  • 1821 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author (Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov)
  • 1885 George S. Patton, San Gabriel, California, Army 4 star General (Third Army, World War II)
  • 1914 Howard Fast, New York City, author (The Last Frontier, Spartacus, April Morning)
  • 1915 William Proxmire, Lake Forest, Illinois, (Sen-D-WI, 1957-88) (originated the Golden Fleece Awards)
  • 1922 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Indianapolis, Indiana, author (Slaughterhouse Five, Sirens of Titan, Cat’s Cradle)
  • 1925 Jonathan Winters, Bellbrook, Ohio, comedian and actor (Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, Hee Haw, Davis Rules, Grandpa Smurf’s voice on The Smurfs (1986–89), Papa Smurf in The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2)
  • 1948 Vincent Schiavelli, Brooklyn, New York, actor (Amadeus, Valmont, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Tomorrow Never Dies, Man on the Moon)
  • 1951 Kim Peek, Salt Lake City, Utah, megasavant (Exceptional memory / inspiration for Character of Raymond Babbit in Rain Man)
  • 1960 Stanley Tucci, Peekskill, New York, actor and director (Murder One, Freedom: A History of Us, The Terminal,The Devil Wears Prada, ER, The Lovely Bones, The Hunger Games, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Metropolis, Feud)
  • 1962 Demi Moore, Roswell, New Mexico, actress (Ghost, A Few Good Men , Indecent Proposal , Disclosure, Charlie’s Angels, Wild Oats)
  • 1964 Calista Flockhart, Freeport, Illinois, actress (Ally McBeal, Brothers & Sisters, Supergirl)
  • 1974 Leonardo DiCaprio, Los Angeles, California, actor (The Aviator, Titanic, The Great Gatsby, Wolf on Wall Street, The Revenant)
  • 1991 Christa B. Allen, Wildomar, California, actress (13 Going on 30, Cake, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Revenge, Baby Daddy)

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius


  • 1620 The Mayflower Compact is signed in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod.
  • 1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins burning Atlanta, Georgia to the ground in preparation for his march south during The Civil War.
  • 1889 Washington is admitted as the 42nd U.S. state.
  • 1921 The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • 1926 U.S. Route 66 is established.
  • 1930 Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd are awarded Patent number US1781541 for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.
  • 1966 NASA launches Gemini 12.
  • 1993 A sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War is dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 2001 Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they are traveling in.
  • 2004 The Palestine Liberation Organization confirms the death of Yasser Arafat from unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.
  • 2008 The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai.


The student was appearing for a personal interview before the college admissions officer. The interviewer decided to try to corner the boy.
“Tell me your choice,” he said, “I’ll either ask you ten easy questions or ONE very difficult one. Think carefully before you make up your mind.”

Immediately, the boy replied, “My choice is one difficult question.”
“Well, good luck to you, you’ve made your own choice. Tell me: What comes first, day or night?”

The student responded, “It’s the day, sir.”
“Why do you say that?” The interviewer was smiling an “At last, I got you!” smile.

“Sir, I agreed to answer ONE difficult question.”
The boy was admitted.

The man in the blue suit had fallen between the rails in a subway station. People were crowding around vainly trying to get him out before the train ran him over. everyone was shouting, “Give me your hand!” But the man would not reach up.
Suddenly, Baba Ben Wah, the wise guru, elbowed his way through the crowd and leaned over the man.

“Friend,” he asked with compassion, “What is your profession?”
“I am an income tax collector,” gasped the man in the blue suit.

“Please sir, take my hand”, said Baba Ben Wah.
The man immediately grasped the guru’s hand and was quickly pulled to safety.
Baba Ben Wah then turned to the amazed bystanders and said, “Never ask a tax man to GIVE you anything.”

ONE-LINERS: Ponderings for Idle Moments . . .

– How come abbreviated is such a long word?
– Whose cruel idea was it for the word “lisp” to have an “s” in it?
– Since light travels faster than sound, isn’t that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?

– Why are they called apartments, when they’re all stuck together?
– Since Americans throw rice at weddings, do Asians throw hamburgers?
– If it’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?

– Do fish get cramps after eating?
– Why do banks charge you a “non-sufficient funds fee” on money they already know you don’t have?
– If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to see it, do the other trees make fun of it?
– When two airplanes almost collide why do they call it a near miss?? It sounds like a near hit to me!!

My husband is wonderful with our baby daughter, but often he turns to me for advice. Recently he asked me, “What should I feed Lily for lunch?”
“That’s up to you,” I replied. “There’s all kinds of food. Why don’t you pretend I’m not at home?”

Seconds later, my cell phone rang. I answered it to hear my husband ask, “Hi, Honey. Uh … what should I feed Lily for lunch?”

Back in the 1950s when I was in the Air Force, nicknames were used to identify formation members. For instance, I was “Panic.” A four-plane formation made me “Panic Lead,” and the other jets were “Panic 2,” “Panic 3,” and “Panic 4.”

However, when we weren’t flying in formation, we simply went by the jet’s identification number. My favorite plane was AF Jet 19555 or, as we called, the “Triple Nickel.” Everyone loved to fly that plane. As soon as we took off, we were “The Triple Nickel.”

I remember coming back to Laredo AFB one day after a cross-country flight. Feeling good, I contacted the Tower with, “Laredo Tower, this is Triple Nickel chromium plated stovepipe, space ace on base, boots down and laced, like to bounce and blow!”

Obviously the Tower had heard that kind of stuff before.

They didn’t even hesitate in answering, “Rodger dodger, Triple Nickel, chromium plated stovepipe, space ace on base, with your boots down and laced. You’ve got the nod, hit the sod.”

pic of the day: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier…


Golden Oldie… One foggy night, a United States Aircraft Carrier was cruising off the coast of Newfoundland and the junior radar operator spotted a light in the gloom. Here is a transcript of what happened next.

The radar operator worked out that a collision was likely unless the other vessel changed course. So he sent a radio message. “U.S. Aircraft Carrier Radar Officer: Please divert your course at least 7 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.”
Back came the reply, “You must be joking, I recommend you divert your course instead.”

The U.S. Radar Officer referred the matter to his superior officer. And reported the incident as insubordination.
As a result the Captain of the Air Craft Carrier sent a second message. “I believe that I out rank you, and am giving you a direct order to divert your course now!!!”
Canadian Radio Operator: “This is a lighthouse. I suggest you take evasive action.”

My father was a Marine. His Navy co-workers noticed during one particularly rainy week that the rain seemed to stop whenever Dad, in full uniform, stepped out of his car to enter a building. My father explained the phenomenon to the perplexed Naval officers by saying, “God wouldn’t let it rain on a Marine.”

A few days later Dad exited his car clad in civilian clothes, and he got soaked to the bone. His Navy buddies, ready to tease him, were squelched by his explanation: “God didn’t recognize me out of uniform.” – from “Humor In Uniform”, Diane T. Willis


Where does the catcher sit for dinner?
Behind the plate.

What did the strawberry say on December 25th?
Berry Christmas!

Why did the invisible man look in the mirror?
To make sure he still wasn’t there.

Driving down the highway, I saw this slogan on the back of a well-known trucking company’s vehicle: “We Always Go the Extra Mile.”

In the grime beneath it, someone had scrawled, “That’s Because We Missed the exit.”

Patient: Doctor, my wife thinks I’m crazy because I like sausages.
Psychiatrist: Nonsense! I like sausages too.

Patient: Good, you should come and see my collection. I’ve got hundreds of them.

While in Vietnam I had worked long after dark, and I ended up walking back to our Marine camp alone and unarmed. Then, in the silence, I heard the metallic clack of the bolt of an M-30 machine gun loading a live round of ammunition.
“Halt! Who goes there?” came the Marine sentry’s sharp challenge.

My mind froze, and I yelled, “Don’t shoot!” Desperate, not even able to think of my name or rank, I finally blurted, “Friend! Friend! Seabee! Seabee!”
Laughing, the Marine allowed a very shaken Seabee to pass. –Contributed to “Humor In Uniform” by Gary Lillie

Part of my work at the bank is to process mortgage applications when a home buyer wanted to assume the seller’s mortgage. One day the bank’s automated call-routing system delivered an agitated client who wanted to know if she had made a payment.
I couldn’t answer questions about the status of mortgage payments, but I listened to her story and then said I’d have to transfer her call. “This is the mortgage assumptions department, isn’t it?” she asked, sounding irritated.

“Yes, it is,” I replied. “Do you have an assumption question?”
“Of course! I assumed I made last month’s payment.”

TODAY IN TRIVIA: Can you drown in beer? Beer bottles can explode because of the pressure building up inside them. However, in 1814, an exploding beer vat released a flood of brew into the streets of London. 100,000 gallons of beer destroyed two homes and actually killed several people.

~ Which planet has the shortest day? Jupiter is the planet with the shortest day: slightly under 10 hours. However, its years are 12 times as long as ours.

~ How solid are igloos? The walls of an igloo, made entirely of natural material, stand up better to modern artillery than a concrete barricade, according to tests conducted by a Swedish army. The walls absorb an artillery blast, are almost invisible from the air, and can’t be spotted by the infrared sensors that guide today’s missiles.

~ What is Bonza Bottler Day? Bonza Bottler Day is celebrated once a month when the number of the month coincides with the number of the day (Jan. 1, Feb. 2, March 3, etc.). When the number of the year also coincides with the number of the day and month (August 8, 2008), there is reason to have a bigger celebrationand is called a Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day. Bodacious means “extraordinary, impressively great in size, or enormous.”

How did Bonza Bottler Day start? This holiday was created by Elaine Fremont in 1985 when she realized there were no special occasions to celebrate one month. She decided to give herself a reason to have a party and some fun with a special day every month. Ms. Fremont held a contest to name the day, which a student from Australia won. When Australians like something, they might exclaim, “Bonza !” which means “super,” “great,” or “fantastic.” “Bottler” is slang for “something excellent.” Thus, the celebration each month is now known as Bonza Bottler Day, which was first officially celebrated on August 8, 1985 in Greenville, South Carolina, where Elaine Fremont was born and where she lived.

QUIP OF THE DAY: I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. – Fred Allen


Thought for the day. . .
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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