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04/19/21 Limitless Possibilities

Monday, April 19, 2021

"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless." Jamie Paolinetti

"Computer tech support? Alright..I've removed all of my cookies. Now what?"

My five year old son squealed with delight when he opened his birthday present from his grandmother. It was a water pistol. He promptly ran to the sink to fill it.
"Mom," I said. "I'm surprised at you. Don't you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water pistols?"
My mom smiled and said, "Yes, I remember."

It's Humorous Day! Let's see the humor in all situations that come our way and lighten up. Time to look on the bright side of all things and realize they're not as important as they at first may seem.
--Boston Marathon Day: usually held on the 3rd Monday of April, this year's marathon is tentatively scheduled for October 11, 2021; the first marathon was April 19, 1897, inspired by the first Olympic Marathon; tradition has the Boston Sox also playing and when that game is through, the spectators go to the Marathon and cheer the runners.
--John Parker Day: today commemorates the first shot of the American Revolutionary War; John Parker was the commander of the militia group that engaged with the British forces in 1775; both sides had orders not to strike first but someone, not known which side, did fire "the shot heard around the world".
--National Amaretto: today is a salute to an Italian liqueur with a strong almond flavor; dates back to 16th century Italy but didn't arrive in the US until the 1960's; the name "amaretto" means "slightly bitter" and refers to the aftertaste of the drink.
--National Garlic Day: today is a day of honor to that native of central Asia; garlic has culinary and medicinal uses; literature would have us believe it wards off vampires but the jury's still out on that. Just kidding.
--National Hanging Out: today is not about chilling with your buds, today is about a movement to get us to hang our laundry outside on the clothes line for financial and environmental reasons; remember doing that as a kid?; while there are many who still do, today would like to get more of us outside.
--Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day: today commemorates the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1995; there were 168 fatalities including 19 babies and children from the daycare in the building.
--Patriots' Day: observed on the 3rd Monday of April, today commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, as the start of the American Revolution.
--Primrose Day: observed in London; from cute-calendar: "Primrose Day takes place on April 19, 2020. Primrose Day is the anniversary of the death of British statesman and prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, on 19 April 1881. The primrose was his favorite flower and Queen Victoria would often send him bunches of them from Windsor and Osborne House. She sent a wreath of primroses to his funeral. On this day Disraeli's statue in Parliament Square, London is decorated with primroses, as is his grave in Hughenden, Buckinghamshire."
--Rice Ball Day: today is a salute to a traditional Japanese food; typically, the rice is soaked in vinegar and made to stick together but dipping it in soy sauce will cause it to fall apart again; rice balls date back at least to the 11th century.
--In 1897, it was the first running of the Boston Marathon. From bing: "Inspired by the revival of the Olympic Games the year before and the invention there of the marathon running race, the Boston Athletic Association puts on its own footrace. Fifteen runners take off from the starting line, and 10 finish the 24.5-mile hilly route in Boston's first marathon."
--In 1987, the first installment of The Simpsons aired on the Tracey Ullman Show in the form of one-minute shorts.
--In 1967, the first woman ran officially in the Boston Marathon. (from Bing): 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon β€” even as race officials tried to physically stop her. Having registered under the name KV Switzer, her gender went unnoticed by officials at the start line, but a few miles in she was attacked by an angry official who tried to pull her off the course – creating an iconic image in women’s rights history."
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