"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." Confucius
"You're such a pessimist! I say it's half empty!"
Forest Service Comments
These are reported to be actual comments left on Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by campers and backpackers completing their trips:
"A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call."
"Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands."
"Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill."
"Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests."
"Chairlifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them."
"Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights."
"Need more signs to keep area pristine."
"The places where trails do not exist are not well marked."
"Too many rocks in the mountains."
From Laugh & Lift
It's Nelson Mandela International Day! Today we salute Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist born this day, 1918. Many will honor his legacy through volunteering today. From daysoftheyear: "Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo in Umata as Rolihlahla, an appropriate forename meaning “troublemaker” in Xhosa. His great-grandfather was Ngubengcuka, King of the Thembu of the Transkeian Territories. Throughout his life he fought as a revolutionary against the terrors of Apartheid, and served time in prison as a result, spending 28 years there before his release in 1990. In 1991 he began his negotiations to end apartheid, finally succeeding in putting an end to it in that year."
--Insurance Nerd Day: today was created in 2016 to celebrate everyone employed in the insurance industry; it originated as a social media campaign to dispel the myth that insurance is a “boring” career path and to attract young people entering the workforce.
--National Bridal Sale Day: observed on the 3rd Saturday of July; there's no clear reason why this date was chosen but several bridal shops use this day to start a weekend of sales.
--National Caviar Day: today is a salute to salted fish eggs, called roe, a delicacy; the best is said to be from sturgeon of the Caspian Sea; the 4 types of caviar are Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga.
--National Sour Candy Day: today is a salute to the tart alternative of the usual candy sweetness; pucker up!
--National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day: observed on the 3rd Saturday of July; today is a salute to a special sweet-tart summer treat; technically a tart perennial vegetable, rhubarb was declared a fruit by a custom judge in 1947, that rhubarb was treated as a fruit and so would be continue to be counted as a fruit.
--National Woodie Wagon Day: observed on the 3rd Saturday of July; remember those cars?; the iconic style became popular in the 1940's because steel was needed for the WWII war effort, so car manufacturers used wood as much as possible; its popularity declined during the late 1950's but was revived by the surfing community as cheap transportation; I still remember the family wagon from when I was little.
--Perfect Family Day: today is a day that affirms there is no definition of a perfect family and that families come in many shapes and forms; what is to be remembered is that family should be based on love, understanding and respect and everything else is just dressing; when there is love, any family is perfect.
--Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day: observed on the 3rd Saturday of July; today was created by motivational speaker Martha J. Ross-Rodgers to encourage us to let go of the past and live in the present; one method she suggested was to write down on a list of the coulds and shoulds you've been telling yourself and then throw the list away as a way of releasing those bonds.
--Women's Dive Day: observed on the 3rd Saturday of July; sponsored by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), today is focused on the connections with each other of the global diving community and the ocean.
--World Listening Day: today is an annual global event to celebrate the listening practices that occur around the world as well as acoustic ecology--the discipline that studies the relationship between humans and the natural world in regards to sound.