CV! Part 154 – Happy Earth Day 2021! (Wed-Thurs-Fri)
DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEAR A (DOUBLE) MASK! WASH YOUR HANDS! CLEAN AND SANITIZE!
“Mask Up America” is President Joe Biden’s “100 Day Masking Challenge”
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – (numerically 4-21-2021)
Happy birthday to her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II!
Today is the Queen’s actual birthday.
Her official birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday in June.
Happy birthday John Muir (1838-1914) “Father of the National Parks”
Scottish naturalist, writer, environmentalist, philosopher, botanist, zoologist, explorer and discoverer, Founder of the Sierra Club. “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Today is Administrative Professional’s Day! (aka “Secretary’s Day”)
And it’s also Administrative Professional’s Week from April 18-24, 2021
And it’s National Tea Day
National Chocolate Covered Cashew Truffle Day
National Yellow Bat Day
Banana Day (Third Wednesday in April)
International Hemp Day
World Creativity and Innovation Day
On this day in 753 BC: Romulus and Remus found Rome.
On this day in 1918: “The Red Baron” Manfred von Richthofen was shot down and killed in Vaux sur Somme, France by Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown.
On this day in 1956: Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” hit #1. Thank you very much.
“Well, since my baby left me, well I’ve found a new place to dwell
Well, it’s down at the end of Lonely Street, at Heartbreak Hotel”
1:45am: The morning after. And it’s only 2:00am.
We fell asleep after 10:30pm with the dog and just woke up.
We took the dog outside.
And we got something in our right eye, and it’s really irritating.
1:00pm: And now we have a very RED EYE today. Like, seek medical attention time.
We watched Marvel’s “Avengers- Endgame” finally this morning.
And then we took the dog outside and the dogs got fed. And then we went to bed.
We hoped our eye would be better, but it’s not. And it’s swollen and hurts too.
And we drank a cup of espresso. Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
2:00pm: We made another cup of espresso and ate two mini-bran muffins.
The mobile groomer is here today to wash, cut, and do a teeth cleaning for the dogs.
3:00pm: The gardener is here now, the dogs are back in the Home Office.
They are clean, beautiful and happy. We calmed them down, took them outside,
and now they are in the bedroom while the gardener does his thing.
We made another espresso. And we are so fucking done now.
Pause. Breathe. Notice how you feel.
Take slow deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
COVID-19 is the leading cause of death in the United States.
568000+ Reported Deaths in the United States from COVID-19 as of today.
61000+ Reported Deaths in California from COVID-19 as of today
THE FOURTH SURGE IS HERE! SPRING BREAK! MARCH MADNESS! EASTER!
“Health officials in the state of California are tracking at least SIX COVID-19 variants”
Take breaks from upsetting content (the news). Make time to unwind.
Try relaxation techniques and listening to music.
Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
The COVID-19 UK variant is 64% more likely to kill you.
25% of new cases are UK variant, and it is now the dominant strain in California.
Take care of your body Exercise regularly. Get plenty of sleep.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Avoid alcohol and drugs. (yeah, right)
*FULLY VACCINATED means TWO WEEKS after the second dose!
You are not fully vaccinated after the first dose,
and you are not fully vaccinated until TWO WEEKS after the second dose.
TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SECOND DOSE!
Vaccines don’t stop you from spreading the virus!
Vaccines may protect you from getting really sick,
and may prevent death if you contract COVID-19.
YOU CAN STILL GET SICK AND DIE.
YOU CAN STILL SUFFER FROM LONG-TERM EFFECTS.
YOU CAN STILL GET OTHER PEOPLE SICK.
Reach out and stay connected.
Talk with people you trust and tell them how you are feeling.
Check in with your loved ones often.
It kinda sucked. Then we got hungry.
We watched TV and surfed the interweb. Our right eye was all fucked up.
Not the vision, but it’s red and irritated, and annoying.
Periodically during the day we flush it with warm water.
Sometime after 9:00pm we turned off the lights and laid down, and fell asleep.
On The Menu: Pizzatime! We ordered an early pizza delivery, around 6:00pm.
And an extra-large pepperoni and sausage pizza appeared – YUM YUM!
Murderer Derek Chauvin is in Protective Solitary Confinement 23 hours a day today.
Justice for George Floyd. Sentencing in eight weeks…. so lets just wait it out now.
BLACKLIVESMATTER! STOP POLICE BRUTALITY AND VIOLENCE!
STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM! STOP KILLING BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE!
Fire Louis DeJoy!
Pass H.R. 1 and Eliminate the filibuster!
Grant DC statehood!
Release Trump’s tax returns!
Burlesque legend Tempest Storm died in Las Vegas yesterday at the age of 93.
Vice-President/Senator Walter Mondale (lost to Reagan in a landslide) died, also age 93.
Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? Who ya gonna to call?
TRAVEL ALERT: DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY THE FUCK HOME!
Rental Car Shortage in Major Cities (Hawaii, Florida, Phoenix, Las Vegas and other popular destinations). The rental car companies sold off their inventories during the pandemic shutdown, so now there are not enough cars to meet the demand.
EDC (the Electric Daisy Carnival) in Las Vegas has been “postponed” until October.
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“Well, now if your baby leaves you, and you’ve got a tale to tell
Well, just take a walk down Lonely Street to Heartbreak Hotel”
Lake Tahoe Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWilTravel)
Thursday, April 22, 2021 – HAPPY EARTH DAY!
This year’s theme is “Restoration of the Environment”
LOVE YOUR MOTHER EARTH! RESTORE OUR EARTH!
Take action today to help end plastic pollution, fight climate change
and Global Warming, and protect our land, air, water, and wildlife!
Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old. The oldest known rocks are about 4 billion years old (rocks older than 3 billion years are rare) and the oldest fossils of living organisms are less than 3.9 billion years old. With a radius of 3,959 miles, Earth is the biggest of the known terrestrial planets, and the fifth largest in our solar system.
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Half Dome from the trail to Mirror Lake – Yosemite, Calfiornia
1:35am: We fell asleep and woke up at 12:30am. We drank a cup of espresso.
Still working on our 4-20 Blog Post. Working on this Blog Post.
Watching Youtube “reaction” and comedy vids on the interweb too.
Ashland Creek in Lithia Park in Ashland Oregon
C-Span is broadcasting “Oral Histories” – Vietnam War primary accounts from Veterans.
The live interviews are from the Vietnam Research Project at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.
Planet Earth – the “3rd Rock from the Sun”
“Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free
Dizzy with eternity
Paint it with a skin of sky, brush in some clouds and sea
Call it home for you and me
A peaceful place, or so it looks from space
A closer look reveals the human race
Full of hope, full of grace, is the human face
But afraid we may lay our home to waste”
– Grateful Dead “Throwing Stones”
JoshWillTravel at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California
The name “Earth” is at least 1,000 years old and it is the only planet whose name doesn’t come from from Greek or Roman mythology. The name is from Old English and Germanic origins and means “ground”.
Nature is a Mother….
71 Percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Earth’s atmosphere is 77% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, with traces of argon, carbon dioxide and water (H20). Earth’s oceans have an average depth of about 2.5 miles and contains 97 percent of the planet’s water. Earth has a central (inner and outer) core, a rocky mantle and a solid crust.
9:40am: We went to bed again after 6:00am and slept for a couple hours.
We woke up. The dogs went outside. The dogs got fed breakfast.
We drank a cup of espresso. And our eye is a little better this morning.
Doesn’t look better, but it feels a lot better today. Just going to wait it out.
It’s gray outside this morning, and not sunny yet.
Venice Beach – Los Angeles, California
11:20am: We made another cup of espresso. The sun is coming out.
The housekeeper is here again today. So we are chillin’ in the Home Office.
Watching National Geographic’s “WILD” on the NatGeo Channel this morning.
And it’s also National Jelly Bean Day!
Enjoy the sweet classic candy with a soft chewy center and a thin candy coating.
You can visit the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California
Fun Facts about Jelly Beans:
Became popular in the 1860s, when William Schrafft, a Boston candy maker,
encouraged people to send jelly beans to Union soldiers fighting the Civil War.
Jelly beans were originally a popular Christmas candy.
The candy became an Easter staple in the 1930s because of its egg shape.
Jelly beans were once sold separately by color.
And they were the first candy sold by weight instead of by the piece.
It can take seven to twenty-one days to make jelly beans.
The blueberry-flavored Jelly Belly was created for Ronald Reagan’s inauguration.
Jelly beans were his favorite candy and they have even been to space (thanks to Reagan).
Enough jelly beans to circle the Earth five times are eaten every year!
Jelly Bean Shot
1/2 oz Blackberry Brandy (or Grenadine)
1/2 oz Anisette (or Sambuca, anise-flavored liqueur)
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
Pour Brandy (or Grenadine) into a tall shot glass
Float the Anisette (or Sambuca) on top of the Brandy
Float the Southern Comfort on top of the Anisette
Serve and enjoy
How to “Float” (Bartending 101):
Hold a bar spoon upside down over the drink and rest the spoon’s tip on the inner edge of the glass, just above the top of the liquid. Slowly pour over the back of the bar spoon and onto the top of the previous ingredient. Move the spoon up as the liquor level rises.
The key is in the three layers of liqueurs: poured on top of each other in order with the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest on top. “Float” the liqueurs by pouring them over the back of a bar spoon. This creates a pretty triple-layered shot. The ingredients have specific densities that make the separation easy. The greater the density difference, the more defined their separation. Density is determined by the sugar and alcohol content. Grenadine is one of the heaviest mixers used for cocktails and will almost always sink to the bottom of the glass, even if it is the last ingredient added.
NOTE: The Anisette will give the drink a “black licorice” jelly bean taste.
Jägermeister is a type of liqueur called Kräuterlikör (herbal liqueur).
You can substitute it for the Anisette/Sambuca or just do a shot or two of Jäger!
“Jägermeister is a digestif made with 56 herbs and spices. Developed in 1934 by Wilhelm and Curt Mast, it has an alcohol by volume of 35%. The recipe has not changed since its creation and continues to be served in its signature green glass bottle.” – from wikipedia
Fruity Jelly Bean Shot!
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Cherry Vodka
Pour blue curaçao into tall shot glass.
Gently float pineapple juice on top.
Finish with a float of cherry vodka.
It’s still Earth Day!
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970.
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Rainbow Falls – Hilo, Hawaii
4:45pm: We drank an iced espresso. We took the dogs outside and we had the dogs in the Home Office. It never really got sunny today. We took a nap with the dog. We ate two slices of cold leftover pizza. We watched the news. We surfed the interweb. And that’s Thursday right? It’s all good today. We woke up from our nap and the housekeeper was gone and the house is clean. The dogs are happy and they were groomed yesterday, so they are pretty clean too.
And the dogs just went outside again.
6:30pm: We took the dogs outside. We fed the dogs their supper.
7:25pm: Well, that leftover pizza wasn’t going to eat itself…..
On The Menu: four slices of leftover pepperoni and sausage pizza
And “Jeopardy” with guest host Anderson Cooper.
We got the Final Jeopardy question answer right, too.
Mount Haleakala Crater – Hawaii Island, Hawaii
And we fell asleep and woke up just before midnight.
Name is Humpty, pronounced with an Umpty
“The Humpty Dance is your chance to do the hump!”
Rapper and producer Shock G (Gregory Jacobs, aka Humpty Hump) of Digital Underground, found dead at age 57. May the Four Winds blow him safely home. “Doowutchyalike!”
Leslie Richard McKeown, Scottish pop singer and the original lead singer of the Bay City Rollers (1973-78), died at age 65. May the Four Winds blow him safely home.
Picture Point in Yosemite National Park, California – first snow of Winter!
Earth orbits the sun and completes one daily rotation every 23.9 hours. It takes 365.25 days to complete a one year trip around the sun. The Earth’s axis is tilted 23.4 degrees to the plane of the planet’s orbit around the sun and this causes the cycle of seasons.
Earth is the only known planet that has a single moon. The moon is (an average distance of) 238,855 miles away from Earth.
“Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
And revolving at 900 miles an hour.
It’s orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
The sun that is the source of all our power.”
– Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song”
from the motion picture “The Meaning of Life”
NOTE: CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING ARE REAL!
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Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley,
Yosemite National Park, California
Friday, April 23, 2021
Happy Birthday William Shakespeare! RIP (1564-1616)
NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY
first launched by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2009
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn officially proclaimed Talk Like Shakespeare Day in 2011.
also ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAY established by the United Nations in 2010
NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE – (a day-long vow of silence to) protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students and the people that support them!
Vegas was active on the Thursday night Livestream from Las Vegas, Nevada.
(not as busy as last week though – March Madness and Spring Break)
New hotels/casinos Circa and Virgin are OPEN! Summertime is coming!
The new Resorts World (Hilton/Conrad/Conracks) is scheduled to open in June.
Restrictions and Regulations have been relaxed, or ignored, or been given lip service.
The Low-Rollers keep coming to spend their stimulus money and take a cheap vacation.
The hotels are re-opening what was closed, taking reservations, and everyone is hiring!
Businesses are having a hard time finding low-wage employees now.
It’s very hard to get an UBER or LYFT, because there aren’t enough drivers working.
And there’s a shortage of rental cars, as we mentioned previously, so rates are sky high.
NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY
NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY
NATIONAL PICNIC DAY – Have a picnic today!
NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY!
Read our previous Blog Post “Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake Recipe”
12:50pm: Hello Friday! We went to bed early and woke up late.
We took the dogs outside. The dogs got fed. We took the dogs outside again.
We went back to sleep with the dogs. We woke up and drank a cup of espresso.
We took the dogs outside again. And now we’re in the Home Office chillin’.
1:35pm: We took the dogs outside again. Now time for some lunch.
On The Menu: 3 toasted mini-bagels with lox, cream cheese, and lettuce, dill pickle,
and cran-raspberry-orange juice to drink
5:25pm: Friday evening. Another week. Another weekend.
Waiting for our second shot….. staying home. Staying healthy.
No parties. No dinners out. No going out in public except when necessary.
We should have done some errands today, but we said f*ck it.
We hung out with the dogs. We took the dogs outside. We took a nap.
There were TWO PURSUITS this afternoon!
The first was over quickly, guy stole a Fire Truck – Battalion Chief’s SUV, and then he pulled over when the tires got flat and surrendered. The second dude, a DUI suspect (who was seen drinking during the chase) called the cops on himself, then ran it up from freeway to surface streets, through traffic, and all around town, before they finally PIT maneuvered him.
And he was just sitting there on the curb (not complying with officer’s orders) until the K-9 unit arrived and then he quickly surrendered when the dog started barking. HAHA.
5:50pm: We just set up the dogs’ supper in the kitchen and now it’s feeding time.
6:25pm: And the dogs are fed. And we took them outside on both sides.
Now we’re all back chilling’ in the Home Office watching “BBC World News”
and network and local news too.
6:50pm: And now they’re all asleep. It’s like having happy tired children.
GOOD SHABBOS EVERYONE! We’re getting hungry for our dinner now.
And there was another pursuit! We didn’t watch it, and it was over before we tuned in.
A suspected carjacker was being tracked and he just pulled over and surrendered.
AND DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT THE OSCARS?
The Academy Awards are happening on Sunday. Who’s going to watch?
Elton John is having his Oscar party online and everyone’s invited for $.
(of course the money goes to charity)
We don’t know who’s nominated, or why. We heard “diversity” which is hilarious.
The OSCARS ARE SO WHITE and SO “INDUSTRY INSIDER” RUN.
At least Harvey Weinstein is in prison. We hate the ceremony for it’s ADVERTISING.
Both onstage, onscreen, and during the many commercials. Even the Red Carpet is just product placement and advertising – “promote your sh*t to the public” is the game.
And we’ll have an awards show where we give each other prizes for “best whatever”….
10:35pm: We ate a little cheese and a toasted croissant. We drank an iced espresso.
We took the dogs outside again. Now it’s time for dinner. What shall we have to eat?
We never did decide what to eat.
Instead we ate a black&white cookie and called that dinner.
COVID-19 Worldwide Update:
3,082,000+ Reported Deaths Worldwide!
571000+ Reported Deaths in the United States.
FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY-ONE THOUSAND US CITIZENS HAVE DIED!
Canada is on total lockdown. India is in total crisis.
Japan has an emergency situation in Tokyo.
And they want to have the Olympics there in a couple months.
The Johnson&Johnson vaccine is back in service. It’s safe (with a warning about blood clots).
Safe for people over the age of 18. Women under the age of 50 are subject to side effects.
GET VACCINATED! Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson&Johnson? Just do it.
The benefits outweigh the risk. Believe the SCIENCE!
Anyone seen an Indonesian submarine?
It sunk off Bali. And now they’ve run out of air. RIP
And Carl LaBove died today. Rest in Peace.
May the Four Winds blow him safely home. Partytime with Sam again.
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Mental health problems are common.
Seek help if you feel overwhelmed or unsafe!
If distress impacts your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to someone!
Talk to a clergy member, counselor, or your healthcare provider.
If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, seek professional help immediately.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
You can also chat with them online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.
NOTE: if you TEXT 741741 when you are feeling depressed, suicidal or anxious, a crisis worker will text you back and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger folks, do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a free service to ANYONE: teens, adults, etc. who lives in the U.S. It’s run by The Crisis Text Line and is legit.
Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health has a collection of FREE guided meditations to reduce stress, and also FREE sleep and movement exercises at headspace.com/lacounty or contact them at DMH.LACounty.gov
Phone number: 800-854-7771
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Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone*.
Peace and Love!
“It’s Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature!” – Dena Dietrich as Chiffon’s Mother Nature