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07/30/19 Stand Tall

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

"If you feel like you're losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year and they still stand tall and wait for better days to come."

"Boy, I'm a wreck if I don't get my 21.5 hours."

Kenny, a city boy, moved to the country and purchased a donkey from an old farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the following day.

The next morning, the farmer drove up and said, “Sorry, son, but I have some bad news. The donkey died.”

“Well, just return my money to me,” Kenny said.

“Sorry, can’t do that,” said the farmer. “I already spent it.”

“OK then, just unload the donkey,” said Kenny.

“Whatcha gonna do with him?” asked the farmer.

“I’m going to raffle him off,” Kenny replied.

“You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!” the farmer exclaimed.

“Of course I can,” replied Kenny. “Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he is dead.”

A few weeks later, the farmer met up with Kenny and asked, “So, what happened with the dead donkey?”

“I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $898.00,” explained Kenny.

“Didn’t anyone complain?” inquired the farmer.

“Just the guy who won. So, I gave him his two dollars back,” Kenny proudly replied.

It's Father-in-Law Day! Today honors the father of your spouse and is a day to show thanks for being a major part of your spouse's life.
--International Day of Friendship: an UN initiative to remind us of the bonds of friendship and the mutual support of common values and goals; this bond can be between individuals or countries and today promotes international understanding and respect for diversity.
--National Cheesecake Day: oh, lasagna yesterday and cheesecake today, I am in trouble; a form of cheesecake is noted in ancient Greece and appears in print in 1440 but didn't take off till the 18th and 19th centuries; made of cheese, sugar, eggs over a thin crust, there distinct styles such as the New York cheesecake, the lighter French style and the Italian made with ricotta cheese.
--National Support Public Education Day: today reminds us to support our public education systems and to fight for the education of all kids which is necessary for the future growth of society; the individual districts do have problems but we need to keep supporting their efforts.
--National Whistleblower Appreciation Day: today commemorates when the Continental Congress signed the Whistleblower Act on July 30, 1778; the act reminds us "That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information of wrongdoing to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or person in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge."
--Paperback Book Day: the first paperback of a regular novel was published by Penguin on this date in 1935; there had been the small paper dime novels and pulp magazines but this was the first effort to publish a novel as a paperback; it is thought that the targeted audience were the railway travelers who would have lots of time on their hands but a regular book would be burdensome for traveling.
--World Snorkeling Day: the listings for this holiday are thin but there are events for snorkeling, just not specifically for World Snorkeling Day except for the Maldives; this day commemorates the patent on this day in 1932 to Joseph L. Belcher for his Belcher Breathing Apparatus.
--Health Care Now! Medicare's Birthday: today commemorates the signing in 1965 of the Medicare bill by President Lyndon Johnson.
--Day Against Trafficking in Persons: an UN initiative in the fight against trafficking of people; trafficking in persons is defined as the sale or purchase of people against their will.
--National Chicken and Waffles Day: not a big following of this holiday, seems to be more of local; no info as to origin of the combination or the origin of the holiday, but if you like chicken and waffles, this is your day.
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