May I live this day compassionate of heart, clear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in love." John O'Donohue
"Now remember, that fish was so big it broke the line and got away. And it probably weighed at least 45 or 50 pounds." "Got it, Grampa."
A plugger learns the art of telling a fish tale at an early age.
Charlie’s wife, Lucy, had been after him for several weeks to paint the seat on their toilet. Finally, he got around to doing it while Lucy was out. After finishing, he left to take care of another matter before she returned.
She came in and undressed to take a shower. Before getting in the shower, she sat on the toilet. As she tried to stand up, she realized that the not-quite-dry epoxy paint had glued her to the toilet seat.
About that time, Charlie got home and realized her predicament.
They both pushed and pulled without any success whatsoever.
Finally, in desperation, Charlie undid the toilet seat bolts. Lucy wrapped a sheet around herself and Charlie drove her to the hospital emergency room.
The ER Doctor got her into a position where he could study how to free her (Try to get a mental picture of this.).
Lucy tried to lighten the embarrassment of it all by saying, “Well, Doctor, I’ll bet you’ve never seen anything like this before.” The Doctor replied, “Actually, I’ve seen lots of them……I just never saw one mounted and framed.”
It's Avocado Day! Oh, that bit of paradise! Whether by slices or as part of guacamole, it's also a source of healthy omegas. Can't beat that! Native to Mexico, avocados were brought to Florida in 1833 by horticulturist Henry Perrine; they eventually migrated to California in the 1880's.
--National Cotton Candy Day: spun sugar in 19th century was the beginning but the first mechanically-spun cotton candy was created by confectioner John C. Wharton and dentist William Morrison, patented 1897; dentist William Morrison patented in 1904 a version using heated sugar and debuted at the Louisiana World's Fair as Fairy Floss; in 1921 Joself Lascaux (another dentist--I'm seeing a trend) created another machine.
--National Jump for Jelly Beans Day: jelly beans evolved from the hard candy Turkish Delights and became popular during the Civil War.
--National Raspberry Cake Day: today isn't so much about a cake made of raspberries but rather putting raspberries on any treat such as cheesecake, pound cake.
--National Mutt Day: a salute to the best dogs ever; mixed breeds make excellent pets and family member.
--Shredded Wheat Day: a salute to a breakfast staple since the late 1800's; I remember the big biscuits my Dad would smother one side with butter and sugar then pour hot milk over to melt the butter.
--Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day: everyone recognizes the piano, violin, guitar but would you recognize a theremin, a counterbass balalaika, an American Fotoplayer-a special player piano that made the sound effects during the 19th century silent movies; have you seen videos the group STOMP, an 8-member music group using wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans and such to make music?
--World Ranger Day: today pays homage to the world's rangers who lost their lives in the line of duty while protecting the planet's natural treasures and cultural heritages.
--Harry Potter's Birthday: according to different clues throughout the series, Harry's birthday is July 31, the same as J. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter.