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07/29/19 Aspirations

Monday, July 29, 2019

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." Louisa May Alcott

"I always take something with me to avoid bear attacks. Usually pepper spray or a slow uncle."

A customer at Green’s Gourmet Grocery marveled at the proprietor’s quick wit and intelligence.

“Tell me, Green, what makes you so smart?”

“I wouldn’t share my secret with just anyone,” Green replies, lowering his voice so the other shoppers won’t hear. “But since you’re a good and faithful customer, I’ll let you in on it. Fish heads. You eat enough of them, you’ll be positively brilliant.”

“You sell them here?” the customer asks.

“Only $4 apiece,” says Morris.

The customer buys three. A week later, he’s back in the store complaining that the fish heads were disgusting and he isn’t any smarter.

“You didn’t eat enough, ” says Green. The customer goes home with 20 more fish heads. Two weeks later, he’s back and this time he’s really angry.

“Hey, Green,” he says, “You’re selling me fish heads for $4 a piece when I just found out I can buy the whole fish for $2. You’re ripping me off!”

“You see?” says Morris. “You’re smarter already.”

It's Lasagna Day! Some many versions of this delectable food. Good thing it's too hot to cook or Garfield and I would be in trouble. Lasagna originated in Italy (no surprise there) in the Emilia-Romagna region and has changed very little over the centuries.
--International Tiger Day: a global event to raise awareness for the need of their preservation and to promote protection and expansion of their habitat lost to human activities; there are more tigers in captivity than in their natural habitat of Asia.
--National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day: no info as to why someone felt the need to celebrate this but who knows; today is a nod to the old rhyme "If you wish to catch mice, first some cheese you must sacrifice." which alludes to the old way of baiting mousetraps with cheese (shudder, I remember those awful things); there are experts now with different methods but there may be some who do it the old way.
--National Chicken Wing Day: a definite favorite since Americans eat 30 billion wings a year (I can't fathom it); they've evolved to numerous flavors and dippings but the original wings are said to have been created by Teresa Bellissimo at Buffalo's Anchor Bar in 1964.
--Rain Day: no info as to why today but we can always salute the life-giving precipitation which has always been important to the world's survival.
--Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary Day: a salute to commemorate the creation of the Army Chaplain Corps in 1775; we celebrate their dedication and ongoing support of worldwide ministry to soldiers.
--Earth Overshoot Day: also known as Ecological Debt Day; a calculated illustrative date on which humanity's resource consumption exceeds Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources that year; the day has crept earlier and earlier every year; in 1987, the EDD was October 23, last year it was August 1.
--In 1981, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom married Lady Diana.
--National Lipstick Day: a symbol of culture and style, there has been a love-hate relationship over the centuries with lipstick; a few lipstick facts:
1. Lipstick might have implied you were a prostitute. Early in the Greek empire, red lipstick signaled that a woman was a prostitute.
2. A lipstick ban was briefly considered. In 1650, Parliament attempted to ban the wearing of lipstick, the vice of painting.
3. Lipstick was an indicator of social rank. During the Roman Empire, lipstick was used to indicate social status, even by men.
4. George Washington would occasionally wear lipstick, and makeup, and a powdered wig.
5. Some thought lipstick-wearing should be an offense punishable by law. In 1915, a bill was introduced into Kansas legislature to make it a misdemeanor for a woman under 44 to wear makeup because it created a false impression.
6. The Queen had her own signature shade made. Queen Elizabeth II commissioned her own lipstick shade to match her coronation robes. The lipstick was called "The Balmoral Lipstick" after her Scottish country home.
7. Lipstick allegedly caused diva moments. Elizabeth Taylor loved her red lipstick so much she demanded that no one else on her movie sets could wear it.
8. Winston Churchill would not allow lipstick to me rationed. During WWII, all cosmetics except for lipstick were rationed. Churchill felt lipstick had a positive effect on morale.
9. 80 Percent of American women wear lipstick. In the mid-2000's, a poll found the 80 percent of American women wore lipstick, about 10 percent more than French women.
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