FEBRUARY 29th is LEAP DAY 2020!

FEBRUARY 29th is LEAP DAY 2020!
It’s the End of February!  And there’s an extra day this year!

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LEAP DAY! FEBRUARY 29th every 4 Years!
Leap Days will occur in 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, 2044, and 2048.
People born on Leap Day are called ‘Leaplings’, ‘Leapers’ or ‘Leap Year Babies’.
There are only about 5 million people in the world who were born on February 29.
The odds of being born on Leap Day are 1-in-1461.
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Leap Day is also known as Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day.
Leap Day occurs every 4 years to synchronize the calendar year with the solar year.
A solar year is the time it takes the Earth to complete a full orbit around the sun.
A solar year is approximately 365 days and 6 hours. So, an extra 24 hours accumulates every four years, which is why an extra calendar day is added to align the calendar.

Happy Hangover! – February 27th to March 6th
(And we get an extra day of Hangover too!)
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February 27th is National Kahlua Day!
Time for a cocktail
Order a beverage here
Have a caucasian!

Eating / tortilla chips
Drinking / espresso and water
Practicing / makes perfect sense
Mastering / the Puppies!
Learning / to fly
Trying / to get rid of all of our stuff
Playing / with the Puppies!
Finishing / New Blogs Posts!
Reading / Old Blog Posts!
Writing / This Blog Post!
Remembering / Ann and Mario (of Blessed Memory)
Wearing / sweats and a knit cap
Cooking / chili
Working / ?????
Traveling / Spring staycation….
Voting / Democratic – no matter who the candidate is!
Wanting / More. (much, much MORE!)

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Just gonna leave this here.

MARCH 2020
“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” – Thomas Fuller, 1732

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February 2020

February 2020
(the second half, you know “Mid-February”)

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Happy Birthday Abe! (February 12)
Happy Birthday George! (February 22)
February 17th is Presidents Day! Have a Happy Monday Holiday!

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: (READ IT AGAIN)

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal”
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow, this ground– The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, to stand here, we here be dedica-ted to the great task remaining before us — that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth. – Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863

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The Lincoln Memorial and The Gettysburg Address in Washington D.C.

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The United States Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Ave as seen from the Old Post Office Tower in Washington D.C.

February is from the Latin word februum, or the more ancient februa, a Roman Spring festival of washing and purification. Name comes from the Roman month of Februarius.

February Birthstone: Amethyst (piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity)
February Flower: Common Primrose and the Violet
February Zodiac Signs: Aquarius and Pisces

The Full Moon on February 8th, 2020, is called the “Snow Moon”, the “Hunger Moon”, and the “Storm Moon”. In years when there is no moon (it’s the only month that may not have a moon), it’s called the “Black Moon”. The New Moon is on February 23rd.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

February 14 – National Organ Donors Day and National Ferris Wheel Day
February 14th is also National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day!

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Handmade Chocolates from Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon

February 15 – National Gumdrop Day and National Wisconsin Day!

February 16 – National Almond Day

February 17 – National Random Acts of Kindness Day and National Cabbage Day

February 18 – National Drink Wine Day

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Rogue Valley, Ashland, Oregon

February 19 – National Chocolate Mint Day

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Girl Scout Cookies! Frozen Thin Mints!

February 19th is also Tug-of-War Day!
How To Play Tug-of-War: Place rope in the middle of a field. Tie a cloth to the middle of the rope. Set up marker lines 10-20 feet from the center of the rope. Split into teams and try to pull the cloth tied to the rope (and the other team) across your marker line.

February 20th – National Cherry Pie Day! National Muffin Day!

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Cherry Pie!

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Cornbread and Cornbread Muffins

February 20th is also National Love Your Pet Day!
and actually
Everyday is LOVE YOUR PET DAY!

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February 21 – National Caregivers Day! (on the 3rd Friday in February every year)
Honor the health care professionals who provide quality long-term and hospice care!
Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) founded National Caregivers Day in 2015. It was first observed in 2016. Thank a Caregiver!

February 22 – National California Day and National Margarita Day!

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Flag of the State of California

February 23 – National Banana Bread Day

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Baking Banana Bread!

February 24 – National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25 – National Clam Chowder Day and National Chocolate Covered Nut Day!

FAT TUESDAY is also February 25th!

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Mardi Gras!

Bon Temp Rouler! “Let the good times roll!”
Mardi Gras! Aiko Aiko All Day!
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, is a Mardi Gras Carnival celebration on the last day before Ash Wednesday. Parades, parties, masks, costumes, and outrageous behavior are the order of the day before the fasting season of Lent begins. Mardi Gras dates back to the ancient Roman festival honoring Lupercalia and Saturnalia in February. Christians adapted the festival into a pre-Lent tradition.
The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration on the USA was in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837. And on Fat Tuesday, the parades end and the parties finish with the Meeting of the Courts at the Rex Ball.
In 1875, the State of Louisiana declared Fat Tuesday an official holiday.

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February 26 is Ash Wednesday
Lent begins (it ends on Holy Thursday, April 9)
Fasting for 40 days to remember the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.

February 26 – National Pistachio Day (NUTS!)

February 27 – National Chili Day! National Strawberry Day! 

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And February 27 is also National Kahlua Day!
Have a White Russian, man!

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“Careful Man, there’s a Beverage here!”

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The Dude abides.

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February 28 – National Chocolate Soufflé Day

February 29th – HAPPY LEAP YEAR 2020!
If the last two digits of the year are divisible by four then it’s a leap year.
One Solar Year = 365 Days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds
(the time it takes the Earth to make one full rotation around the Sun)

Leap Day is also known as Bachelor’s Day or Sadie Hawkins Day

The odds of being born on February 29th are 1 in 1461.

The official Leap Day Cocktail recipe:
(Invented by bartender Harry Craddock at the Savoy Hotel in 1928)
Combine ice, a dash of lemon juice, 2/3 gin, 1/6 Grand Marnier, 1/6 part sweet vermouth in a cocktail shaker. Shake, serve in a martini or rocks glass, garnish with a lemon peel.

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Mixologist Harry Craddock “The Dean of Shakers”

Harry Craddock “The Dean of Shakers” (1875–1963) was born in Stroud, England, and was one of the top mixologists of the nineteen twenties and thirties. He immigrated to the United States in 1897 and learned bartending at Cleveland’s finest luxury hotel, the Hollenden. He became a US Citizen in 1916 and is drafted into the US Army during World War I in 1918. He also worked at the Hoffman House and the Knickerbocker Hotel before returning to England during Prohibition (1920-1933). In London, he became a bartender at the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel in 1920, was promoted to head bartender in 1926, cofounded the United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild with William J. Tarling in 1934, and then became the head barman at the Dorchester Hotel in 1938.
He once invented three new drinks during an interview with a reporter, and is credited with inventing a number of classic cocktails (among the 240 he claimed he created), including the Dry Martini, the Corpse Reviver #2 and his signature drink the White Lady. He retired in 1947 at age 74 and died in Kensington, England in 1963.
Harry Craddock’s “The Savoy Cocktail Book” was published in 1930 by the hotel’s management, and is still in print today. Harry never got paid a hay-penny for it and it’s considered by many the most important cocktail book of the 20th Century!
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The Second Week of February:
National Kraut and Frankfurter Week
National Jell-O Week
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week
National Condom Week
Freelance Writers Appreciation Week

The Third Week of February:
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week
National Engineers Week
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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“How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?”

Major League Baseball Spring Training begins February 14!
The Dodgers Boycott Continues in 2020!
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BOYCOTT THE (LOSER) LOS ANGELES DODGERS
SPORTSNET AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

DO NOT spend a penny on any Los Angeles Dodgers’ tickets/food/merchandise
until the games are televised for FREE! We quit the Dodgers and have been Boycotting them since before 2015! We even got interviewed for an article in the Los Angeles Times.

WARNING! IT’S RANT TIME!
*AND WHAT ABOUT THE HOUSTON ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL!*

IS IT OKAY TO CHEAT? IS IT OKAY TO LIE?
IS IT REALLY OKAY TO CHEAT? REALLY?
Major League Baseball FAIL! It doesn’t matter what your team allegiance is, they got caught cheating! THE HOUSTON ASTROS GOT CAUGHT CHEATING! They confessed too….
And There is NO PUNISHMENT! There is NO PENALTY! There is NOTHING.
What does this teach the children? Is it really okay to cheat?
What does this say about honesty, integrity, truth and justice? Really?
What does this say about “America’s Past Time” and the United States?

“Baseball is something more than a game to an American boy; it is his training field for life’s work. Destroy his faith in its squareness and honesty and you have destroyed something more; you have planted suspicion of all things in his heart.”
– Kennesaw Mountain Landis (1866-1944), the first Commission of Major League Baseball
(member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a federal judge from 1905-1922)

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February is Black History Month!

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Valentine’s Day 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

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That is all.

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Candy for you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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STORAGE! February 2017

STORAGE! February 2017

EVERYTHING MUST GO!

“Never own more than you can carry in both hands at a dead run.”
– Robert A. Heinlein

From an undisclosed location somewhere in Southern California:

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

We have started our SPRING CLEANING early. We are tasked with “unboxing”, sorting, repacking and moving all of our stuff again. And now we are selling and giving away other things we no longer need or wish to keep and store.

We moved everything to this location from our last storage space in North Hollywood. We also gave away a quality queen bed, a very nice leather recliner sofa and another small couch during that move. And our mid-century modern dining room table is also “on loan” until we have a place for it.

A daunting task to deal with so much “stuff” which we have only just begun…

MORE TO COME! (an inventory, pics and stuff for sale soon!)

“That’s all, a little place for my stuff.
That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life,
is a little place for your stuff, ya know?”

– George Carlin

February 2017
Eating / Thai food at Sri Siam Cafe in North Hollywood
and Sushi at Okumura in Encino (READ THE PREVIOUS BLOGS!)

Party Time! We braved the storm and drove across the valley to North Hollywood for a birthday dinner party at Sri Siam Cafe.

On The Menu: Thai food! Crispy rice with pork, beef panang and steamed rice, chicken satay with cucumber salad and toast, pad Thai noodles with chicken, green curry chicken, tom kai soup and a Thai iced tea (no cream). There were three other dishes that we didn’t eat and we cancelled two other dishes that they didn’t bring. So much food, so full.

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Sushi and Sake at Okumura (READ THE BLOG!)

We went out for dinner and had sushi and sake at Okumura in Encino.

On The Menu: Tuna poke appetizer, California roll, spicy tuna cut roll and a hand roll, Rainbow roll (tuna/salmon/yellowtail/albacore on California roll), yellowtail & green onion cut roll, eel & avocado cut roll, albacore sashimi, a coke and a small hot sake. Happy!

Drinking / Double espresso with milk
Practicing / Extreme patience & Good Housekeeping
Mastering / 2 Little Puppies and the Big Boy
Learning / “about history and havin’ some food”
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Trying / To remain calm and get sh*t done.
Playing / With the puppies of course.

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Keeping warm and staying dry!

Finishing / More new Blogs
Reading / Bad news, lots of bad news… (Not “fake news”)
Writing / This Blog! (and other Blogs)
Remembering / Kresge College & UC Santa Cruz (New Blog coming soon!)

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California

NOTE: This Blog (and the UC Santa Cruz Blog that hasn’t been published yet) was written before we got the news that our very good friend Ann from college died suddenly and unexpectedly this week. We’ve been in shock and are deeply saddened by this news. You don’t think this will be the last time you see someone you’ve loved for 30+ years. It was a really fun day in Hollywood and then I dropped them off at the Cure concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Rest in Peace Annie. May the Four Winds blow her safely home.

Wearing / Sweats, knit cap, warm bathrobe & (stinky) slippers
Cooking / Spaghetti with chicken marinara sauce

Working / In the home office and in the backyard
Traveling / Locally: we went to Culver City in West Los Angeles

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Helms Bakery in Culver City, West Los Angeles, California

Wanting / More. (much, much MORE!)

SHARE! Check your trees! After heavy rain & snow broken branches (“Widow Makers”) and/or the whole tree may be ready to fall! Be Careful! At least two of my friends had trees fall on their property causing big damage this weekend! SHARE!

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UPDATED Saturday May 13, 2017

Well, it took us two months but we emptied our storage space in North Hollywood:

Empty Storage Space. They jacked my rent for the last time.
Downsizing. Spring Cleaning. (and too much stuff to move)
Time for a nap.

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