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08/03/19 Doubt

Saturday, August 03, 2019

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." Suzy Kassem

Tweety vs. Woodstock: The battle for cute-yellow-birdie supremacy

I think I'd change doctors:
I recently picked a new primary care physician. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing “fairly well” for my age.

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, “Do you think I’ll live to be 80?”

He asked, “Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer/wine?”

“Oh no,” I replied. “I’ve never done either.”

Then he asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?”

I said “No, I’ve heard that all red meat is very unhealthy!”

“Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, ballooning, or rock climbing ?”

“No, I don’t,” I said.

He said, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or sexually fool around?”

“No,” I said. “I’ve never done any of those things.”

He looked at me and said, “Then why do you care if you live to be 80?”

It's Grab Some Nuts Day! Another nature's perfection snack food with good omega's, but many of what people call nuts technically aren't nuts, they are dried seeds. Nuts can be classified in a culinary sense and in a botanical sense. Botanical nuts are those that are technically nuts. The shell of these nuts is hard and doesn't open to release the seed. Some examples are hazelnuts, acorns, and chestnuts. Most seeds that we call nuts are just nuts in a culinary sense. This is a less restrictive term to identify nuts, where the criteria needed to be classified as botanical nuts is not met. Culinary nuts are usually any edible, large, and oily kernel that grows in a shell. Examples are almonds, pistachios, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, and pecans.
--Airplane Crop Duster Day: do you remember those planes when you were a kid?; today is a salute to a unique industry which can trigger some fond memories, even if they've come out of favor due to the products they're using; I still remember the unique sound and we kids would dash outside to catch the bi-plane as it swept over the fields across from us.
--Esther Day: today honors Esther Grace Earl on her birthday (1994); Esther died from thyroid cancer in 2010, shortly after her 16th birthday; an active member in the gaming community, her fellow gamers honor her with awareness and fundraisers for childhood cancers.
--National Disc Golf Day: held on the first Saturday of August; there are over 5500 disc golf courses in the world; the game is similar to golf but with a disc/frisbee instead of ball and clubs; game was formalized in the 1970's.
--Mead Day: on the first Saturday of August, a salute and an awareness of this home brew made from fermented honey.
--National Jamaican Patty Day: on the first Saturday, a salute to a special turnover style pastry with a variety of meat fillings.
--National Watermelon Day: a summer staple that is 92% water; there are 300 kinds in the US and Mexico; the heaviest one measured at 350.5 lbs.
--National Mustard Day: on the first Saturday, a salute to a favorite condiment of many variations; the mustard plant originated in the India area 5000 years ago and was brought to Britain by the Romans.
--Taxpayer Appreciation Day: no clear info as to the origin of this day; one brief listing mentioned that the individual taxpayer will pay a percentage 4-5 times higher than what corporations paid; not surprising.
--Hangover Day: today always follows Beer Day which was yesterday; the implication is clear.
--Cloves Syndrome Awareness Day: a day to raise awareness of a rare overgrowth syndrome.
--National Clown Day: on the Saturday of Clown Week which runs August 1-7; a salute to the performers who make us laugh with their funny outfits and antics.
--Sturgis Motorcycle Rally starts today: start of the Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota when the city population swells from 7000 to half a million; and I thought the Seafair Hydro races were bad.

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