March 2017! 35000 Hits! Another Milestone!

35000 Hits!
Another Milestone!

THANK YOU LOYAL READERS!
Thanks for “tuning in and turning on” with JoshWillTravel!
We are sincerely grateful for your continued support!

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Ireland, green fields, a rainbow and sheep!

March 2017!

“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” – Thomas Fuller, 1732

March is the third month of the year.
The name comes from Mars, the Roman G-d of War.

Astrologically speaking, in March,
Leo (the Lion) is the rising zodiac sign and by April, it’s Aries (the Goat).

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The saying is simply an observation of the common seasonal pattern: March is the transition between winter and summer, usually starting with stormy weather and becoming mild later.

MARCH (verb or noun): walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread
synonyms: walk, hike, trek, tramp, slog, troop, stride, step, pace, tread, trudge, tromp, parade, file, process (see our previous Blog “The Company-of-Foote”)

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March is Women’s History Month
March is National Nutrition Month
March is Irish-American Heritage Month

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MARCH CALENDAR:
March 1
– Ash Wednesday
National Pig Day, National Peanut Butter Day
Yellowstone National Park established March 1, 1872
March 2 – Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
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National Reading Day, National Banana Creme Pie Day
Mount Ranier National Park established March 2, 1899
March 3 – World Wildlife Day
National Canadian Bacon Day
Mount Rushmore National Memorial dedicated March 3, 1933
March 5 – John Belushi RIP 1982
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March 6 – The Day of The Dude!
Remember the Alamo! 1836
March 7 – National Cereal Day!
Sunday, Bloody Sunday! The March on Selma, Alabama 1965
March 8International Women’s Day
March 9 – World Kidney Day
March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day
March 12 – Happy Purim! Full Moon!
March 14 – Happy Pi Day! (3.14)
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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein! (born in 1879)
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National Potato Chip Day!
March 15 – Beware The Ides of March! Julius Caesar RIP 44 BC
International Day Against Police Brutality
March 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Don’t Drink and Drive!

March 18 – World Sleep Day
March 19 – “Return of the Swallow” (Mission San Juan Capistrano)
Corn Dog Day!
March 20 – First Day of Spring! (Vernal Equinox)
International Day of Happiness and National Alien Abductions Day
March 21 – World Poetry Day (READ OUR HAIKU BLOGS!)
Happy Birthday Benito Juarez!
March 22 – World Water Day
March 23 – National Puppy Day!

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Nap time!

March 24 – World Tuberculosis Day
Happy Birthday Harry Houdini! (born in 1874)
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March 25 – International Earth Hour (observed)
March 28– Seward’s (Folly) Day (celebrate the 1867 Alaska Purchase!)
March 30 – National Doctor’s Day
March 31 – Cesar Chavez Day “Sí se puede!”

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Cesar Chavez RIP (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993)

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Spring Forward!
Daylight Saving time Begins March 12th!
Set your clocks ahead 1 hour!

March 2017:
Eating / Texas BBQ and Mexican food
Drinking / Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, fruit punch Gatorade and espresso
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Practicing / my organization skills
Mastering / 2 Little Puppies and the Big Boy
Learning / My old friends are getting old…
Trying / to get rid of stuff
Playing / With the Puppies! MyVegas Slots “Excalibur” Game (on facebook)
Finishing / New Blogs!
Reading / My friend Ann’s Obituary:

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Ann in Santa Cruz 2015

Ann Elizabeth O’Reilly (nee Collins) Rest in Peace.
Ann O’Reilly, 52, of Healdsburg and San Jose died peacefully on February 22nd, 2017, in Dana Point, California with her mother and sister by her side. Ann loved to swim and as a swim instructor leaves schools of enthusiastic swimmers, from infants to seniors, in her wake. Ann was a kind and generous soul and a gifted care giver. She loved books, the Oscars and Burt Lancaster. Ann was predeceased by her father Ben Tabor Collins of Healdsburg. She is survived by her mother Marilyn Collins of Healdsburg, husband Stephen O’Reilly and cherished daughter Audra O’Reilly of San Jose; sister Jackie Meese, brother-in-law Paul Meese, nieces, Crystal Meese, Paige Meese and nephew Connor Meese of Healdsburg; her aunt Alice, several cousins and countless friends. A memorial of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to 12 South Recovery, 33871 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, CA 92629-2371 Attn: Leslie Scrivner.
May the Four Winds blow her safely home.

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Summer Chillin’ on the Patio in San Jose with Annie

Writing / This Blog and Lebowski Haikus (see previous Blog)
Remembering / Ann and Mario (of Blessed Memory)

Friday morning, the “facebook of death” broke the news that Mario had died.

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Mario V. RIP

Rest in Peace Mario.
He danced at my wedding! He was the Life of the Party and so full of life. I love this pic! He wasn’t afraid to be “that guy” and he always had a good time and made sure the people around him did too. He loved to make people laugh! Always a joke, or a story, or a “Don Rickles” insult to make someone smile.
And Mario and Virginia were always there for their friends for as long as I’ve known them (35 years). My deepest condolences to the whole family.
May the Four Winds blow him safely home.

Obituary of Mario Veneroso (with just a little editing)
Mario Louis Veneroso (1958 – 2017) of Simi Valley, beloved husband, father, brother, friend and mentor to so many, has gone on to eternal rest. Originally from Garden Grove, California, Mario was a skilled engineer, photographer, scuba diver and trail-blazer. He loved good scotch and to be in nature, especially Yosemite. He was generous with all he had (especially humor) and his advice was sought and valued by those who knew him. He has gone to join his mother and father, Mary and Mario, and his brother, Matthew. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, his children, Christina, Nicholas, and Teresa, and his siblings, Michele, Marc, and Martin. Funeral services are on Friday, March 10th. If you cannot join, please feel free to raise a glass in his honor.

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Mario, Virginia, Steve, Al & Peter at KJ’s New Years Eve Party 2017

NOTE: We had a really good time at New Years Party and it was great to see everyone, having a “last chance” with an old friend (without knowing it) makes it seem bittersweet. And then he blocked me on facebook because of politics (he was a Trump supporter) which is “just like Mario”…….  two old friends in two weeks, tell them you love them now.

Wearing / My bathrobe and a knit cap
Cooking / Garlic-jalapeño sautéed shrimp
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Working / On clearing my Storage (see previous Blog)
Traveling / Across the SFV to NoHo and back
Wanting / More. (much, much MORE!)

Leprecauns are Irish fairies usually seen as little red-bearded men, wearing green coats and hats, who enjoy practical jokes and mischief. They are solitary creatures who make and mend shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured, they often grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom.

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Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Don’t Be This Guy:

And don’t forget “March Madness”, that college basketball thing with the brackets, and betting and office pools, and it’s a DISTRACTION from really important things that matter!

Don’t get me started on college athletic programs and the money involved!
DON’T WATCH! DON’T SUPPORT COLLEGE SPORTS PROGRAMS THAT GENERATE MONEY FOR SCHOOLS AND COACHES AND NOT STUDENTS.
DON’T SUPPORT COLLEGE SPORTS PROGRAMS THAT PUT ATHLETICS OVER EDUCATION OR VIOLATE THE RULES AND/OR ETHICS OF SPORTSMANSHIP!
DON’T SUPPORT COLLEGE SPORTS PROGRAMS THAT CONCEAL AND/OR COVER-UP CRIMES BY COLLEGES, PLAYERS AND/OR COACHES!
(And that’s all I’m going to say about that, for now)

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Lambchop

(from Wikipedia)
Lamb Chop
 is a sock puppet sheep created by late puppeteer and ventriloquist Shari Lewis. In 1957 the character, a female lamb, first appeared with Lewis on Hi Mom, a local morning show that aired on WNBC in New York.
Lamb Chop currently performs with Shari Lewis’s daughter, Mallory, mainly for the US Military. Lamb Chop is a three-star General! She was given a field promotion by Lt. Gen. Tom Conant, deputy commander of the Pacific for the Marines.



 

 

Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

恭喜發財! Happy Chinese New Year 2017! 新年好呀!新年好呀!

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“May all your wishes be fulfilled”

THE YEAR OF THE RED FIRE ROOSTER! 祝贺大家新年好!
(or Chicken, referring to barnyard fowl of either sex)

Roosters have these five virtues:
Literary skills, military prowess, courage, benevolence and trustworthiness

Roosters have these personality traits:
They are observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented and
trustworthy with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

The Spring Festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at midnight.
The first day is for welcoming the deities of the heavens and earth.
It is tradition to light fireworks and firecrackers, burn bamboo sticks
and make as much noise as possible to chase off evil spirits.

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FIREWORKS! GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

NOTE: The lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.
The “Start of Spring” is February 3rd according to the Chinese solar calendar.

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The first day is also a time to honor family elders and visit the oldest and most senior members of the extended families (parents, grandparents and great-grandparents).

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For Buddhists the first day is also the birthday of Maitreya Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be. They also abstain from killing animals and meat consumption on the first day.

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People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during New Year’s Eve celebration in Chinatown Manila, Philippines  February 18, 2015 (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

“May you realize all your ambitions”

According to ancient Chinese superstition, lighting fires and using knives is considered bad luck on New Year’s Day, so all food is usually cooked beforehand. It is also considered bad luck to use a broom during the New Year’s celebration.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Usually the best way to avoid bad luck is to wear red, but because the fire element for 2017 is RED, do not use red in your clothes and accessories! Red colored stones like ruby, garnet and pink topaz should also be avoided. Instead, use colors that complement red and the fire element. Earth colored items (browns or yellows) are most suitable. Purple and lavender colors will also be lucky. Amethyst and topaz will bring luck and success.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

NOTE: There are 13 lunar months instead of 12, and 384 days in 2017. To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there’s a leap month (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd) in The Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese Zodiac:

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The Chinese zodiac is a recurring 12-year cycle. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals. Sorry Roosters, those in their birth-sign year will supposedly have bad luck.

NOTE: You will need to work hard and be patient to achieve your goals this year! Maintain a positive frame of mind. Meditation will help keep you calm and serene.

“May your happiness be without limit”

祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

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The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the oldest and largest celebration outside of Asia, and the largest Asian cultural event in North America. Over 100 groups participate in the annual Chinese New Year Parade held since 1958. It is attended by ~500,000 people and watched by another 3 million television viewers.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

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The inverted character fu is a sign of coming blessings