Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A TWISTED HOLIDAY!


    THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH., 2018
           A TWISTED HOLIDAY!

    I suppose it could be argued that many
of the holidays of which I write could be
considered twisted.
    But this one is for real! April 25th is
National Pretzel Day!
    Pretzels are believed to be the world's
oldest snack. They date back to 610AD
in Southern France.
    I just had some Sour Dough pretzels
that were so had I thought they might
have been baked by the Monks that
first produced them!
    And while they may be the world's
oldest snack I'm thinking the potato
chip is probably the world's first choice.
    Pop corn may beat them out too!
    Pretzels have always been associated
with beer but that may stem from the
fact both have been big in Germany
for many years.
     Nobody seems to know who picked
this day to honor pretzels. Or why.
     But since I've got some in the
kitchen I'll likely join in the celebration.
     Hope you'll join in and that all your
NEWS is good!  
   
     

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WHERE YOU FROM?


    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH., 2018
             WHERE YOU FROM?

     Today you may find yourself asking
yourself where you're from. And I don't
mean what town!
      The question would be appropriate
because April 25th is World DNA Day!
It celebrates the day in 1953 when a team
of scientists first published a paper on the
structure of human DNA.
       We've come a long way since then.
Maybe too far!
        Of course DNA technology has done
a great deal of good especially in the
criminal justice field where innocent
men have been freed and guilty parties
have been convicted.
       DNA evidence has also lead to
great revelations like the actual identity
of the "unknown child from the Titanic."
       But DNA has also spawned a big
business as people use it to search their
family backgrounds.
        My wife and one of her brothers
have taken DNA tests that trace family
back to several different countries. It
even identified a woman said to be a
close DNA match to both of them that
neither of them know or ever heard
about!
        Then there's the connection my
wife supposedly has to another family
in New York that, if accurate, could
give her a role in the next Godfather
movie! I'm not so sure we want to
know too much more about that!
           I've seen that guy on TV
who thought he was German and
now wears a kilt since his DNA
traced his family to Scotland.
          I'd look terrible in a kilt so I
think I'll just rely on family stories
that trace one side back to the
American Revolution and the other
to great-great-grandparents from the
same town in Italy.
          Asking anymore could risk
tying me to some rival family in
New York!
          Hope you know where you're
from and that all your NEWS is good!

Monday, April 23, 2018

HOOK, LINE, AND THINKER!


    TUESDAY, APRIL 24TH., 2018
     HOOK, LINE AND THINKER!

   [Author's note: No fish were harmed
during the activities that lead to this
Blog.]  
   It's been awhile since I did any
fishing. I've always enjoyed the sport.
But getting prepared can be a chore.
    Still, when two of my grandkids
expressed an interest in going fishing
I just couldn't say no.
     After all my participation would
be limited to providing transportation
and relaxing with my Senior License
displayed while the kids handled the
fishing chores. Right? Well not
exactly.
      First my grandson explained there
were some problems with the line on
his fishing rod. Several casts into the
lake later those problems were confirmed
as we found his line wrapped around the
pole, itself, and even the center shaft
hidden within his enclosed reel.
      Fishing line does not untangle
easily but we managed to get it free
enough to allow for some lengthy
casts.
       My granddaughter's inexpensive
fishing rod was working just fine. She
was most happy to watch the bobber in
case a wayward fish latched onto the
hook and pulled it underwater. But
she was not so anxious to put the
bait (worms) on the line.
        After working to get the lines and
baited hooks into the water I was just
as happy to watch them float rather
than hook a fish so that's how we
enjoyed a few hours at the lake.
          I guess a Grandpa is a pretty
good accessory to keep with a young
one's fishing gear. At least that's what
I'm thinking.
          Hope you catch your limit and
that all your NEWS is good!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

THE BIG SCREEN!


   MONDAY, APRIL 23RD., 2018
            THE BIG SCREEN!

      April 23rd is "Movie Theater
Day!"
        They probably should have
scheduled it a day later since
Tuesday is $5 day at several of
our local theaters.
         As many of you already
know I kind of grew up in movie
theaters. My Dad was a projectionist
which meant I had free admission
where he worked for many years.
         Theaters have changed a lot
since those days.
          We used to have a lot of
small neighborhood movie
theaters around. I had two within
5 blocks of my house when I was
a kid. I had to pay at both of those
but the admission was about 13cents
and that got you in to see a double
feature, a comedy short film like
the Three Stooges, a newsreel and at
least one cartoon.
          Television put an end to the
neighborhood theaters and the
theaters that survived became
Multiplex houses. You know, five
or more screens in one theater.
           The double features have
been replaced by first run movies.
Only one. The comedy shorts,
newsreel, and cartoon have been
replaced by a pre-feature
"infomercial"  about movie
productions and even TV shows,
and a series of coming attractions
that run long enough to allow you
to finish your extra large popcorn
before the feature ever starts!
            The latest change, of course,
is the inclusion of reclining lounge
chairs in the theaters. They are
comfortable and do allow for a
pleasant nap should the feature be
a bust.
              I miss the Three Stooges
and the cartoons! Most of all I miss
the 13 cent admission!
               But I still enjoy a day or
night out at the movies! Hope you
do too and that all your NEWS is
good.
         

Saturday, April 21, 2018

EVERY LITTER BIT HELPS!


       SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND., 2018
         EVERY LITTE BIT HELPS!

    I had mixed emotions as I drove along
the rural road not far from my house
Saturday.
    There were large garbage bags, filled
to capacity, every 20 to 30 yards just off
the pavement.
     They had been filled earlier in the day
by volunteers taking part in one of the
many Earth Day clean up efforts scheduled
throughout the area.
      As great as it was to see the results of
their labor there was also the realization
that a whole lot of other people had
tossed all that trash out in the first place!
       And you've got to wonder why it's
such a big problem here and not in other
countries. We've been to Switzerland
twice and it's rare to see litter along any
of the highways there.
       I'd bet if you did find any it was
probably an American tourist who
tossed it!
       The future may tell a different story.
Kids today, the very young ones, seem a
lot more concerned about the environment
than those who grew before them. Between
them and the volunteers who filled all those
bags I think Earth Day can be considered
a success.
        Hope there comes a day when they'll
be no litter to pick up......and that all your
NEWS is good.

Friday, April 20, 2018

SHARING THE DAY!


    SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST., 2018
            SHARING THE DAY!

      Somehow it doesn't seem quite fair.
 Mother's Day is for Moms. Valentines
Day, though technically for lovers, always
favors the ladies as do anniversaries.
      April 21st is Husband Appreciation
Day! I'll bet most husbands aren't even
aware of this special occasion. And even
if they are they've got to share the day!
      You see April 21st is also Auctioneers
Day, Comcast Cares Day, Kindergarten
Day, Record Store Day, The Queen's
actual Birthday, National Yellow Bat
Day, National Surprise Drug Test Day,
national Chocolate covered Cashews
Day, Spring Astronomy Day, and
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day!
       Maybe your wife will surprise you
with a drug test or wake you up with a
rendition of "God Save The Queen."
       Perhaps you'll luck out with a box
of chocolate covered cashews or a trip
to the record store.
       Think I'll just sack out and observe
Spring Astronomy Day by staring into
space. Hope the Bulldogs keep their
distance and that all your NEWS is
good!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CHINESE LANGUAGE DAY!


    FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH., 2018
    CHINESE LANGUAGE DAY!

    April 20th is Chinese Language
Day!. I didn't know that until I happen
to see it on my list of unusual holidays.
     I've never really know much about
China either.
     I know there's a very big wall there.
I believe we're trying to build one now
too.
     My first exposure to Chinese
"culture" came when I was about 4
and our family made a trip to Chicago.
     Our tour of the Windy City included
a stop in Chinatown which I found a
little bit scary. There were a lot of
dragons with big teeth and they
scared me.
       Much later I saw the movie
"Flower Drum Song" which featured
a Chinese theme and Chinese actors.
I liked that but I'm not sure I ever
heard anybody speak Chinese!
        More recently my daughter took
in an exchange student from China.
We've asked to hear a Chinese word
or phrase from time to time but I've
never actually learned any Chinese
from him.
        His English is rough but at least
he knows enough to get by. If I were
ever in China I'd probably have to
search for a McDonalds to try to
survive!
        Actually Chinese Language
Day is an effort by the United
Nations to recognize each of the
six languages officially used by
that international organization.
         By the way April 23rd is
English Language Day.
         Hope most of us can speak
that one (correctly) and that all
your NEWS is good!