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07/10/19 Doomed

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." Beverly Sills

E.T. out on the town

A salesman dropped in to see a business customer. Not a soul was in the office except a big dog emptying wastebaskets. The salesman stared at the animal, wondering if his imagination could be playing tricks on him.

The dog looked up and said, “Don’t be surprised. This is just part of my job.”

“Incredible!” exclaimed the man. “I can’t believe it! Does your boss know what a prize he has in you? An animal that can talk!”

“No, no,” pleaded the dog. “Please don’t! If that man finds out I can talk, he’ll make me answer the phone as well!”

It's Teddy Bear Picnic Day! A day for family time, a day to take family and bears out to the park for a picnic. Throw off the mantle of serious reality and become one with the whimsical joys of make-believe.
--Don't Step on a Bee Day: originally meant as don't get stung but as bee populations are being decimated, the day has come to mean be careful and protect them; society needs to be mindful of how important bees are to the Earth's food supply through pollenation and how they are being threathened by insecticides, pollution, chemical exposure and climate change.
--National Kitten Day: we in the midst of kitten season and the shelters are getting overcrowded with these little darlings; today is about helping by adopting a shelter kitty or donating to your local shelter.
--Pick Blueberries Day: today is the day for some fresh blueberries; if you have access to a local farm, have fun picking your own yummy berries; no fair eating them before you get them home.
--National Pina Colada Day: a salute to the drink of light rum, cocomut cream and pineapple (add umbrella); in Spanish, it means "strained pineapple"; one main origin story says the pina colada was created in 1954 at the Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
--Clerihew Day: an interesting story, so straight from Checkiday; (are you game to write your own clerihew?).
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, commonly known as E.C. Bentley, was born on today's date in 1875. He was a British writer known for clerihews: four-line biographical poems of a comedic nature and an AABB rhyme scheme. The subject of the poem is usually named in the first line, and other characteristics of the poem are its clumsy rhythm and irregular number of accents.
Bentley came up with his first clerihew at the age of 16, while in a science class. It was about a chemist named Sir Humphry Davy and was later published in 1905 in Biography for Beginners. The clerihew is as follows:

Sir Humphry Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.

Bentley followed this clerihew collection with More Biography in 1929 and Baseless Biography in 1939. Clerihews Complete, released in 1951, included all of his works.
One of his most well-known clerihews was about Christopher Wren:

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, 'I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's.'

Bentley's work influenced many other writers, who went on to write clerihews themselves. Some of them include W.H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, George Starbuck, Sir Francis Meynell, and Clifton Fadiman. On Clerihew Day, the clerihews of Bentley are read, as well as of these authors. People also write their own clerihews.

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