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Reason To Party…

…I really want to create a calendar with a reason to party every day!

Today is Bastille Day in France.  We don’t get into to it so much in the US of A, but for the French, it’s a big deal.

It’s much like our 4th of July, only instead of throwing off a Foreign King, they eventually threw off their King.

Yes, yes, that is a sad, sad story, and the French could have done it better I’m sure, but alas, it is what it was!

The good news on this Bastille Day is that my great-nephew, Drew is in Paris competing in the Rubik’s Cube World Championships.

He’s a World Champion Speedcuber and holds records in the Pyraminx aka that funny thing he’s holding and other cube events.

So, to all my friends in France and every one here, “Happy Bastille Day.”

Whip UP a souffle or something!

And don’t forget!

DrewSA! DrewSA! DrewSA!

Here’s a link…

http://xeniaword.com/2017/07/11/brads-wins-national-champion-cubing-usa-nationals/

Oh, Nicky!

Today is Nikola Tesla Day!

It is also his birthday.

Hey, it’s a reason to party.

He was an inventor and genius with an eidetic memory.

He was instrumental in the invention, development, or enhancement of, among other things; alternating current (actually that’s a discovery) robotics, the electric motor, lasers, wireless communications, X-rays, and radio.

Some say he changed the world.

Maybe, maybe not, but he obtained nearly 300 patents for the things he did create.

He was an odd ball, a misfit, an eccentric,

And a workaholic.

He worked daily from 9 AM  until 6 PM, ate dinner at exactly 8:10 each day and for years at Delmonico’s restaurant.  He telephoned his dinner order to the headwaiter, who was also the only one Tesla would allow to serve him. He dined alone.

After dinner, he’d head back to work and stay there until around 3 AM.

He claimed to sleep no more than two hours per night.

He walked 8-10 miles DAILY!

He curled his toes exactly 100 times on each foot every night claiming that it stimulated his brain cells.

I may try this.

Later in life, he became a vegetarian living on milk, bread, honey, and vegetable juices.

He was 6’ 2”, weighed 142 pounds with little or no variation from 1888 to 1926, and was described by those who interviewed him as “…certainly the most serious man…”

His grooming habits were meticulous, his clothes stylish, and his customs unchanging.

He was said to have light eyes and “very big hands.”

He never married, claiming that his chastity was helpful to his scientific abilities, and felt he could “…never be worthy of a woman…” as he considered “…them superior in every way…”

Later in life he changed his tune and claimed “…women were trying to outdo men and make themselves more dominant.”

He became indignant and felt that women were losing their femininity by demanding the vote and attempting to gain power.

In August of 1924, in an interview with The Galveston Daily News, he said, “…In place of the soft voiced, gentle woman of my reverent worship, has come the woman who thinks that her chief success in life lies in making herself as much as possible like man – in dress, voice, and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind…The tendency of women to push aside man, supplanting the old spirit of cooperation with him in all the affairs of life, is very disappointing to me.”

It’s probably a good thing he’s dead now.

And may explain why he never had a girlfriend, or the fact that no pink knitted chapeaus were found in his effects.

Hey, like I said, it’s a reason to party – happy Tesla Day.

That’s right, today is World Turtle Day.  It’s a real thing folks, and is sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue.

Don’t let the name fool you, turtles and tortoises worldwide get cred today.

The special day is designed to bring attention to and increase knowledge of and respect for turtles, tortoises and to encourage human action to help them survive.

In other words, share the planet.

Folks celebrate around the world by  – I’m not kidding – dressing UP as turtles or wearing green dresses.

Some save turtles caught on highways, and some teachers dedicate the day to learning about the little critters.

The relatively new celebration began in 1990 when the American Tortoise Rescue decided to make folks more aware of the friendly reptiles.

That’s right, they are reptiles.  Turtles are known for their hard shells which protect them, but in reality along with the upper shell, called a carapace, they have a lower shell called a plastron.

I missed that in Biology class.

The largest turtles are the leatherback sea turtles who can weigh UP to 2,000 pounds!

In some turtle species the temperature determines the gender of the turtle while in the egg!  Lower temperatures lead to males while higher temps bring on females.

I.AM.NOT.TOUCHING.THAT.ONE.

Some turtles lay eggs in the sand and split, leaving the eggs to hatch on their own and make it back to the ocean.

Mom of the Year!

Sea turtles have special gland which remove salt from the water they drink.  Now that’s a filter!

And, last but not least, many are endangered, so be careful out there!

Happy World Turtle Day!

Woof, Woof!

Today is the 140th birthday of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

We never miss it.

Always held in New York City since 1877, the show is a “benched” show.  The dogs are required to be on display in an assigned location or bench for the entire show.

Well, expect when they are bouncing around the arena, getting their hair and nails done, or out in the elimination area.

There are nearly 3,000 dogs in the show, and judging takes two whole days!

We only see the highlights and the winners on TV.

And frankly, I’m not sure I could do two days of dogs.

Although, dogs are good.

I like dogs.

The only other sporting event that has a longer track record is the Kentucky Derby.

May, it’s a month for the records.

So, if you’re looking for a reason to celebrate, a dog’s life will do it!

This year, Rumor has it.

No, Rumor really has it.

The winner’s name was Rumor.

Happy Monday!