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06/19/20 Better Things

Friday, June 19, 2020

Celebrate Emancipation! Juneteenth! A celebration of freedom!

"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa.. The whole what? And nothing but the what? Sounds like a perjury trap to me!"

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, ‘We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.’

He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn’t been opened for hundreds of years.

Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot.  So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing.

‘We missed the R! We missed the R! We missed the R!!!’

His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, ‘What’s wrong, father?’

With a choking and tear filled voice, the Abbot screams: “The word was… the word was… CELEBRATE!!!”

It's Juneteenth Day! Today recognizes the day the remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy were made aware of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years prior. From Checkiday: "Although Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, it was not until after the war was over that slaves became free in Texas, possibly because the Proclamation could not be enforced there, or because news of the Proclamation had not been spread there. The war ended in April of 1865, but word did not reach Texas until the following month, and it was not until June that the Confederate Army in the area surrendered. On June 19th, Union General Gordon Granger read “General Order No. 3” in Galveston, which said all slaves were free. The next year freed slaves began celebrating not only the proclamation, but the freeing of all slaves in general, and gave the day the name Juneteenth. Over time the celebrations spread to other parts of the country. During the Great Migrations after World War I and World War II, when large amounts of African Americans moved north, they brought Juneteenth traditions with them."
--Box Day: this day is for our feline friends; if you have a cat, you get it; if you don't have a cat, you are missing out on a lot of fun; for our feline friends, set out some empty boxes, if you haven't already, and turn your kitties loose for some box fun.
--Garfield the Cat Day: today salutes the first publication of our favorite cat on June 19, 1978; it currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip; feels like he's been around longer.
--International Flip-Flop Day: today is a salute to the type of sandals since ancient Egypt and maybe earlier; flipflops were introduced to the US after WWII by American soldiers bringing the Japanese zoris.
--National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers: observed on the 3rd Friday of June; there's no clear info on this celebration, but it's important enough that I'm sure there are events if you know where to look.
"--National Eat an Oreo Day: one of the best-selling cookies, Oreo's have quite a history; from Checkiday: . It can be eaten plain but is often paired with milk. It can be used to make cakes, milkshakes, other desserts, and can even be deep fried. Made up of two chocolate disks and white cream filling, the original name for the cookie was the ""Oreo Biscuit."" It looked similar to today's Oreo, although over time there have been small changes to both the chocolate disks and the cream. The cream used today was created by Sam Procello, who was Nabisco's ""principal scientist,"" known as ""Mr. Oreo."" The current design of the cookie has been in place since 1952. Oreos were created by Nabisco and first sold on March 6, 1912, by grocer S.C. Thuesen in Hoboken, New Jersey. Nabisco applied for a trademark on March 14, 1912, and received it on August 12, 1913.
Oreos may have gotten their name for a few different reasons: It may come from the French word ""or,"" which means gold—early packaging for the cookies was gold; it may come from the Greek word ""oreo,"" which means beautiful and nice, or mountain—resembling the shape of early testings of the cookies; or it may be a combination of the letters ""re"" from cream, and the two ""o's"" in chocolate. After starting out as the ""Oreo Biscuit,"" the cookies' official name changed to the ""Oreo Sandwich"" in 1921, to the ""Oreo Creme Sandwich"" in 1948, and to the ""Oreo Chocolate Sandwich"" in 1974. Variations of the cookie have been introduced over the years: Double Stuf Oreos were introduced in 1975, fudge covered Oreos in 1987, Halloween Oreos in 1991, and Christmas Oreos in 1995. Today, nine out of ten American households buy Oreos. Each year 7.5 billion cookies are purchased. As of 2015, more than 450 billion Oreos have been sold."
--National FreeBSD Day: today is a day for our computer folks, today honors FreeBSD, an open-source operating system that came out of the University of California in Berkley in 1993; June 19, 1993 is when the official name was agreed upon.
--National Martini Day: today is a salute to a cocktail of gin and vermouth; diehards feel the gin, vermouth, and glass should be at room temperature so a miniscule of water is released when the ingredients are stirred with ice; usually garnished with an olive or twist of lemon.
--National Pets in Film Day: today honors movies that are about pets such as '101 Dalmatians' (the original is the better), 'Lady and the Tramp', 'Aristocats' and 'Isle of Dogs'.
--National Take Back the Lunch Break Day: observed on the 3rd Friday of June; today recognizes that too many people are eating while working through their lunch break; at least for today, get away from the desk and maybe even break the habit; taking the break increases morale and productivity.
--National Watch Day: for an item that is very functional, we make our choice just as if we were choosing a fine piece of jewelry; with smartphones being more predominant, there is less of a need of wearing a watch (I still do since it's easier to look at my wrist than pull out my phone); according to Wiki: The history of watches began in 16th century Europe, where watches evolved from portable spring-driven clocks, which first appeared in the 15th century. The watch which developed from the 16th century to the mid 20th century was a mechanical device, powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears and then moved the hands, and kept time with a rotating balance wheel. The invention of the quartz watch in the 1960s, which ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal, proved a radical departure for the industry. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches, an event referred to as the "quartz crisis". Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.
--Ugliest Dog Day: observed on the 3rd Friday of June; today is a salute to the face only a mother could love.
--Wear Blue Day: observed on the Friday of Men's Health Week, usually the 2nd full week of June; as we have Wear Red for Women's Health, today is Wear Blue for Men's Health; wear blue to remind the men in your life to get those physicals scheduled.
--Work at Home Father's Day: held on the Friday before Father's Day, today honors the dads who step out of the traditional roles and work from home, embracing being the stay-at-home dad for the family.
--World Sauntering Day: today started as a countermovement to the jogging craze of the late '70's; today is about slowing down and enjoying the world around you; go for a stroll and really look at the scenery, listen for the sounds of nature, and breathe in the fresh air.
--World Sickle Cell Awareness Day: today raises awareness of this genetic disease, its symptoms and its treatments; from worldsicklecellday: "Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide. It is present on four continents: in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Maghrib, in Asia (Middle-East, Arabic peninsula, India), in the Americas, on the North (USA), centre (Guatemala, Caribbean islands), and on the South (Brazil,Surinam, Guiana), in Southern Europe (Southern Italy and Sicily, Greece, Turkey). It is estimated that 500.000 are born every year with this severe and invalidating condition and that 50% of them will die before the age of 5 years. Trans-continental, SCD is also trans-ethnic and affects black populations from African origin and Arabic, Indian and Caucasian populations from Southern Europe".
--In 1964, the US Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From bing: "18 Senators unsuccessfully launched a filibuster to prevent passage of the law against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The bill was signed into law on July 2, 1964." And the fight still continues.

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