CORONAVIRUS! Part 52 – Happy 4th of July Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 52 – Happy 4th of July Weekend! (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)

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Saturday, July 4, 2020 – Happy Independence Day! 

“Wave that Flag! Wave it Wide and High!”

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

There’s a full moon, known as the Buck Moon, and a partial penumbral lunar eclipse visible from most of North America tonight! The eclipse begins at 11:07pm ET, with maximum lighting just before 12:30am and ends at 1:52am.

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USA! USA! USA!

Happy Holiday! Happy 4th of July! StayTheFuckHome!
And we stayed home with the dogs. It was HOT outside.
We should be with friends at a BBQ, but instead we are home alone.
So we made and ate a big lunch at 3:00pm.

The Fourth of July,
This aggression will not stand!
Time to BBQ.

On The Menu: 2 Bacon Cheeseburgers and fruit & veggies
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And then we fell asleep for a couple hours.
We woke up and took care of the dogs. We were outside. They got fed.
And we were outside again. And they got to chill in the office with us all night because of the holiday. Fireworks started before sunset and they were everywhere by the time it got dark.

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FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES!
We went out in the backyard twice and yelled at our next door neighbors to stop shooting off illegal fireworks near the trees between our property! They were shooting off skyrockets and loud bombs and little cracklers, without consideration for the neighbors, people’s pets, and the wildlife that live in the area. Things finally quieted down in our neighborhood around midnight, but fireworks from the North Valley and the occasional local BOOM continued into the early morning hours.

Los Angeles is a “war zone” tonight! Beyond the endless fireworks, there are all kinds of shootings (at least 39 on Saturday night) and stabbings and kidnappings and suicides happening all over the city! People are crazy after being locked up for months and it’s the full moon!

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Lunar Eclipse time! Sorry, no partial eclipse for you – because the time posted was Eastern Time and we just missed it. But it was a beautiful full moon!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

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“Enjoy Every Sandwich” – Warren Zevon

We slept in until 9:30am! Well, we were up all night with the dogs.
We fell asleep for a couple hours in the morning and then we woke up and took care of the dogs. Our usual morning routine, and we got the newspapers, and enjoyed a cup of espresso. We needed to catch up on our Blog, we are still celebrating 150000 HITS, so we spent a little time here and we just posted last week’s update (Part 51).

It’s Noon, well 12:15pm now, and time for Sunday Brunch. We ate cheeseburgers yesterday at 3:00pm, and didn’t eat dinner, so we are feeling a little hungry right now.

10:00pm: We ate a toasted bagel with cream cheese and then took a nap for the rest of the afternoon. We woke up and we played with and fed the dogs. We watched part two of HBO’s “Gone in the Dark” documentary and then we listened to the two podcasts online. And we were awake the rest of night and into the morning. We didn’t eat any dinner, but we snacked on celery with peanut butter, a couple handfuls of almonds, some tortilla chips, and a little milk chocolate. We took a shower and fell asleep.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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7:00am: Good morning! It’s Monday again!
We woke up about an hour ago. We got the newspapers and fed the dogs.
We were outside with the dogs on both sides of breakfast.
We ate a toasted bagel with cream cheese and drank an iced espresso.
We updated this Blog Post, and added Monday morning stuff.
We have some chores to do today and the housekeeper is coming later.
And it’s going to be HOT again here in Los Angeles this week.

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AND THE BEACHES IN LA COUNTY ARE OPEN AGAIN (as of 5:00am).
And Los Angeles County CoronaVirus cases SPIKED THIS WEEKEND!

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VOTE BLUE! VOTE BIDEN 2020!
VOTE BLUE! VOTE BIDEN 2020! VOTE BLUE!

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10:20am: It’s HOT! We scooped the poop.
Then we tried to do some gardening but it was TOO HOT outside.
The housekeeper is here and we have the dogs laying down in the office.
We are all self-isolating while she cleans.

Celebrity Deaths this week:
Carl Reiner, actor/comedian/writer/director, age 98
Hugh Downs, newscaster, age 99
Ennio Morricone, award-winning Italian composer, age 91
Nick Cordero, Broadway star, from CoronaVirus complications, age 41
Charlie Daniels, country music star, had a fatal stroke today, age 83
Rest in Peace and “May the Four Winds blow them safely home!”

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Recap of Monday: We slept for a few hours while the housekeeper cleaned. And when we woke up she was gone. And we let the dogs run free around the house and outside for awhile before making breakfast for lunch. Later we cooked a chicken breast for the dogs, (we season their regular dog food breakfast and dinner with chopped chicken breast)

On The Menu: 2 eggs over medium, bacon, a quesadilla with salsa, an orange, with juice and an iced espresso to drink
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And the dogs got fed. And then we fell asleep again and woke up around 11:00pm. And we didn’t eat dinner again…. (and time for a rant)

SO THE WEEKEND F*CKING SUCKED! CORONAVIRUS 4th of JULY! 
AND THE FASCIST IN THE WHITE HOUSE USED THE HOLIDAY TO SPEW MORE RACIST BULLSHIT AT MOUNT RUSHMORE AND ON THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON D.C.
We didn’t mention the Orange Turd in this Blog Post because of the holiday and because he is an international disgrace without a single redeeming quality. Everyday he does more damage to our country and to “WE THE PEOPLE” that’s us, the public.

We just can’t right now…. TO BE CONTINUED.

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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.

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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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Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone*.
Peace and Love! ❤️



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MARCH 1, 2020

MARCH 1, 2020
(we posted this Blog on March 4, 2020 at 11pm)

On this date in 1973, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was released.

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

All that you touch And all that you see
All that you taste All you feel
And all that you love And all that you hate
All you distrust All you save
And all that you give And all that you deal
And all that you buy, beg, borrow or steal
And all you create And all you destroy
And all that you do And all that you say
And all that you eat And everyone you meet
And all that you slight And everyone you fight
And all that is now And all that is gone
And all that’s to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.
– Pink Floyd “Eclipse”

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

The Dark Side of the Moon is the 8th studio album by Pink Floyd.
Recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios from May 1972 – January 1973
Engineered by Alan Parsons, and mixed with the help of producer Chris Thomas.
The famous album cover was created by English graphic designer George Hardie
(with input from Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis).

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics’ 
premiered at the Brighton Dome on January 20th, 1972.
And the album spent 937 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200!

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“Money” was Pink Floyd’s first Top 20 single in the United States. It reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. The 7/4 time signature (except for during the guitar-solo when it changes to 4/4), the iconic Roger Waters bass riff, David Gilmore’s ripping guitar lead, the saxophone solo by Dick Parry, and the sound loop made of cash registers and coins make it memorable and a true rock and roll masterpiece!

“There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun.” – Abbey Road Doorman Gerry O’Driscoll

Tidal forces have slowed down the Moon’s rotation and so, the same side always faces Earth, a phenomenon called tidal locking. The other side, most of which is never visible from Earth, is therefore called the ‘Far Side of the Moon’.

“Be excellent to each other!” – “And Party On Dude!”
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In Honor of James Lipton RIP:
(The 10 questions from French interviewer Bernard Pivot)
1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on?
4. What turns you off?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word?
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear G-d say
when you arrive at the pearly gates?
CHECK OUT an episode of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” if you haven’t seen it yet.

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News Flash!
(a single important news item, broadcast separately, that interrupts other programs, often used ironically when saying something that is not new or surprising)
1. Captain Crunch is not a real captain,
2. Colonel Mustard from the game of “Clue” never served in the military,
3. Dr. Hook didn’t have a medical degree.

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March 2020 has the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year on March 9th!
Full Moon called the Super Worm Moon, Crow Moon, Sap Moon, and Lenten Moon.

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There’s an owl in the pine tree,
that keeps asking “Who?”
Just who is it asking for?
I want to know too.

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and FUCK YOU KNOW WHO too!

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Okay then……….

MARCH 3rd, 2020 (this is a political announcement)

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! READ THE NEW AND UPDATED BLOG POSTS!

Sunday! Sunday!
READ THE NEW AND UPDATED BLOG POSTS!

We have recently updated a few of our older Blog posts and pages
and we have added a number of new Blog posts in March and April!

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CHEERS!

Recently Updated Posts:

Moonstone Beach – Cambria, California
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Lebowski Haiku!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/lebowski-haiku/

It’s Rex Manning Day 2017!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/its-rex-manning-day/

Pizza Time! Mulberry Street Pizza!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/pizza-time-mulberry-street-pizza/

Return to Paramount Ranch Park in Agoura, California: Part 2 Hiking the Site
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/paramount-ranch-park-agoura-california-part-1/

Return to Paramount Ranch – Agoura, California: Part 1 Western Town>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/return-to-paramount-ranch-01-apr-13-part-1-western-town/

The Wabash Cannonball!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/the-wabash-cannonball/

HAAPPY SAAINT PAATRICK’S DAAY!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/haappy-saaint-paatricks-daay/

SPRING FORWARD! HAPPY PURIM! FULL MOON!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/spring-forward-full-moon/

Let’s Go To Malibu Beach!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/lets-go-to-malibu-beach/

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Let’s Go To Malibu Beach!

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SPRING FORWARD! FULL MOON!

SPRING FORWARD! HAPPY PURIM! FULL MOON!

Who? Who? The Owl cries.
Over and over it calls.
Who is it seeking?

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME, SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD AN HOUR!

Went to a funeral for a friend on Friday.
We learned March 10th is known among Gamers as “Mario Day” because MAR 10.
And so it was fitting that our old friend Mario’s funeral was March 10th.

“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

The funeral service was held in a Catholic church “over the hill” in Simi Valley. It was followed by a short service at the burial site in a nearby cemetery and a reception at the family home. There was a large turnout of friends and family on a sad and beautiful Friday morning.

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The 23 Freeway to Simi Valley, California

We drove north from the San Fernando Valley on the 101 freeway to Thousand Oaks and the 23 freeway and then into the backside of east Simi Valley, a suburban community in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It’s farther away than we remembered.

We arrived on time, parked the car and joined the crowd outside in front of the church. We  saw some of our old friends from the “crazy eighties” for the first time in many years. And also a few friends who were at the New Year’s Eve party, our last celebration with Mario.

The funeral included a Catholic Mass and Communion service, a nice eulogy from his son and tearful biblical readings from his two daughters, and then a lesson/lecture from the priest that went on too long. The wooden pews (benches) are really uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time and we don’t do a lot of kneeling on a regular basis.

There was pianist who played and sang three hymns and “Avé Maria”  during the service. And one of the young nephews sitting in the 2nd family pew threw up in front of me just as they were starting the communion, which Mario would have thought hilarious! They took the sick kid out and only a few people really noticed.

NOTE: We don’t talk a lot about religion, because we were raised properly in a time when the topics of religion and personal politics weren’t discussed in polite conversation.

It was a nice service. We were there to support the family and mourn our friend Mario. After the church service, we drove over to the cemetery (which was only a few blocks away) and there was a short graveside service. Then after the cemetery service we drove over to the the family house for the reception. We didn’t take pictures at the church. We snapped one pic of the pallbearers carrying the coffin from the hearse to the gravesite before the cemetery service and only took a couple pics of the food when no one was watching at the reception, not wanting to be rude or inappropriate.

At Mario’s reception there were two large identical tables of food and a dessert table. There were chips, drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and flats of 1/2 size bottled waters too. They served croissant sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit and more. And there was a sheet cake that read “Aloha Mario Agent 007”. It was a very nice spread!

We paid our respect to the family and stayed longer than we thought catching up briefly with old friends. Tempus fugit! Time flies. The unfortunate circumstance makes the reunion bittersweet and we all have a deep connection to the family and feel their pain and loss. We had to leave because the puppies were left in the crate and we needed to get home for them. So we said our goodbyes and headed home, this time across Simi Valley and then on the 118 east to Desoto Ave, where we filled up the gas tank ($3.05 per gallon!) and then south across the San Fernando Valley on surface streets at rush hour.

At home, we took care of the dogs and crashed hard (mentally and physically tired). We slept for a couple hours, had dinner, started this Blog and then went to sleep.

NOTE: Mario’s obituary and my small tribute are in our previous Blog.

Saturday! Happy Purim!
It was a beautiful day, tempered by the sadness of Friday, and after feeding the dogs early, we went back to sleep. We were hosting a Purim dinner party in the evening, so some of the day was spent in preparation for the event. Our guests came around 6pm and the party ended about 9pm.

Purim is “Jewish Carnivale”, a fun holiday festival held in Spring that commemorates the defeat of a plot to massacre the Jews in ancient Persia (between 465 BC – 424 BC) as recorded in the Old Testament’s Book of Esther. The joyous holiday is celebrated with readings, feasting and merriment! And like most other Jewish holidays, gifts of food are given to the less fortunate and other charitable acts are performed.

Saturday full moon
The owl in the pine tree calls
California!

We went out after the party, stopped at the market and got home after midnight. We made a “late-night” burrito and then went off to bed. And Daylight Savings Time at 2am… we set the clocks ahead and lost an hour of sleep.

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12:30am> Tri-tip, cheese, red rice & bean burrito with avocado and salsa; tortilla chips, avocado, red rice & beans, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

Sunday, Sunday….
After feeding the dogs early, we went back to bed.
Nothing accomplished all day long, except we made Brunch
and raked the leaves in the backyard. Then we took a nap.

The gardeners were at the house working and installing new backyard lighting all day long, so we had the dogs in the office and numerous other distractions to keep us occupied.

Around 7pm we went out for a nice Sushi Dinner (comfort food) and when we got home we worked on this blog (and see our previous Blog “Procrastination”). And there are more than a few half written Blog posts that still need finishing saved as drafts. We’ve just been sad and uninspired recently due the death of our friends and hearing the news of another friend seriously injured in a traffic accident. The state of our government is really scary. We are trying to remain calm and positive under the circumstances, but we are feeling it.

On the Menu:
Brunch! 2 eggs over medium, bacon, toasted bagel with peanut butter and fresh raspberries, more fresh and fruity raspberries, 3 mini cinnamon rolls, a small glass of orange juice and an iced espresso.
Sushi! Rainbow roll, spicy tuna cut roll, California roll, eel & avocado cut roll and a coke.

A warm night in March
Sushi dinner comfort food
Full moon on Sunday

That was our sad and boring weekend. And we wrote some new haikus too.

Monday Morning 10am: dogs are fed, played with and have been outside, we had a cup of coffee (espresso with mocha mix) and now we have finished this Blog. What does today have in store for us? Find out tomorrow….. or maybe the day after tomorrow!

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Aloha Mario – Agent 007!

 


 

Today is Friday the 13th, 2017!

Today is Friday the 13th, 2017!

“I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair… Borne, like a vapor on the summer air!”
“Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair” by Stephen C. Foster

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The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia” and the fear of Friday the 13th is “paraskevidekatriaphobia” or “friggatriskaidekaphobia”.

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition.
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Friday, October 13, 1307: To free himself from his debts, Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar. He tortured them into admitting heresy and then burned many of them at the stake.

The first documented mention of the day can be found in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (known for “The Barber of Seville” 1816 and “The William Tell Overture” 1829), who died on Friday, November 13th, 1868 in Paris, France:

“He was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.”

“Friday the Thirteenth” a 1907 book written by American businessman Thomas Lawson, may have further perpetuated the superstition. In the story, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on Friday the 13th.

On “Black Friday” September 24, 1869 a failed plot to corner the market at the New York Gold Exchange and left many wealthy investors broke. Jay Gould and James Fisk (aka The Gold Ring) tried to buy as much gold as they could to drive up the price. The plot was discovered, President Ulysses S. Grant released $4 million worth of gold into the market, the price of gold dropped and the speculators were ruined.

“When Black Friday comes I’m gonna dig myself a hole
Gonna lay down in it ’til I satisfy my soul”
“Black Friday” by Steely Dan

Biblical origins: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. There were 13 guests at the Last Supper the night before the crucifixion. Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, has been named as “the 13th guest”.

Norse mythology traces the superstition back to a story of a banquet at Valhalla where Loki, the demi god of mischief came unannounced as the 13th guest and caused chaos.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina,  17 to 21 million Americans suffer from Fear of Friday the 13th. Symptoms range from mild anxiety and a nagging sense of doom to full-blown panic attacks.

Many businesses (like airlines and casinos) suffer from severe losses on Friday the 13th. Most high-rise buildings, hotels and hospitals don’t have a “13th floor” and most airports avoid having gates with the number 13. In many countries, having 13 people at the dinner table is considered bad luck.

There is little evidence that Friday the 13th is actually an unlucky day. Studies have shown that Friday the 13th has little or no effect on events like accidents, hospital visits and natural disasters.

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Friday 13th is a lucky day in many Spanish speaking countries. Instead Tuesday the 13th (13 Martes) is considered the unluckiest day. The ancient Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) an unlucky day. Friday the 13th is also considered a lucky day for children to be born on.

Alfred Hitchcock, “the master of suspense”, was born on August 13, 1899. His directorial debut was the film “Number 13” in 1922.

There will be another Friday the 13th this year (2017) in the month of October.
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FULL MOON FRIDAY!
The “Wolf Moon” peaked at its full phase yesterday: Thursday, January 12 at 6:34am

Ask yourself: What did you want in 2016 but never found or accomplished?

Prepare for a new lunar month and year!
Take time to reflect on the past year under the clear light of the full moon.
Whatever your goals are, plan on how to get what you want most in this new year.

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Today, January 13th is
Stephen Foster Memorial Day!

“Gwine to run all night! Gwine to run all day!
I’ll bet my money on de bob-tail nag. Somebody bet on de bay.”
“De Camptown Races” (or “Gwine To Run All Night”) by Stephen C. Foster

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Stephen C. Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864)

Stephen C. Foster died on January 13, 1864 at the age of 37. Born on July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville (now Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania. He is known as “The Father of American Music.” He wrote over 200 songs, primarily parlor and minstrel music, including “Oh! Susanna” (the anthem of the California Gold Rush) “Camptown Races” “My Old Kentucky Home” (became the official state song of Kentucky in 1928) “Old Folks at Home” (became the state song of Florida in 1935 and the lyrics were modified as the times changed) “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” “Old Black Joe” and “Beautiful Dreamer” (released after his death)Many of his songs had Southern themes, yet Foster never lived in the South and visited it only once in 1852. Three Hollywood films have been made of his life: “Harmony Lane” (1935), 20th Century Fox’s “Swanee River”  with Don Ameche (1939) and “I Dream of Jeanie” (1952). Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.

“I came from Alabama with my banjo on my knee, 
I’m goin’ to Louisiana, my true love for to see, 
It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry, 
The sun so hot, I froze to death. Susanna dont you cry. 
Oh Susanna! Oh, don’t you cry for me! 
I’ve come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.”
“Oh Susanna” by Stephen C. Foster

Al Jolson as E.P. Christy sings “Oh Susanna” from the film “Swanee River” in 1940
(in minstrel show blackface):

And Al Jolson performs “Swanee” in George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1945:

Bing Crosby sings “Swanee River” from the film “Mississippi” in 1935:


Korean American Day 
#KoreanAmericanDay
Commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States in 1903 and honors their contributions to American culture and society. President George W. Bush issued a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrant in 2003. The U.S. House and Senate passed simple resolutions in support of Korean American Day in 2005.

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The Flag of South Korea

National Peach Melba Day #NationalPeachMelbaDay
Peach Melba was invented in 1892 or 1893 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier while employed at the Savoy Hotel in London to honor the Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Made with peaches, vanilla ice cream, raspberry sauce and topped with spun sugar, the dessert was originally called “Pecheau Cygne” or “Peach Swan” and was served inside a swan-shaped ice sculpture.

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Escoffier’s Classic Peach Melba (see the recipe below)

National Sticker Day #NationalStickerDay
R. Stanton Avery, born on January 13, 1907, was the original creator of the adhesive label with a removable backing.
National Blame Someone Else Day #BlameSomeoneElseDay
(always celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year)
and it’s
National Rubber Ducky Day #NationalRubberDuckyDay
(the earliest patent for a rubber duck toy was in 1928 by Landon Smart Lawrence)
Russian Sculptor Peter Ganine designed and patented a floating toy “uncapsizeable duck” in 1949 (US Patent 153426 & 153514, over 50,000,000 were sold) which closely resembles the rubber ducky we have today. The rubber ducky was inducted into the New York Toy Hall of Fame in 2013 (founded in 1998, the New York Toy Hall of Fame has only inducted 52 other toys). According to a 1973 “Sesame Street” calendar, Rubber Duckie’s Birthday is on January 13. Duckie made his debut in a February 1970 episode.

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Designer Rubber Ducky (made of hard plastic)

 

NFL PLAYOFFS on Saturday and Sunday!
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

And as of yesterday the San Diego Chargers are now the Los Angeles Chargers!

Monday is a HOLIDAY!

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Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King Day Federal Holiday
Commemorates the birthday of American civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (born Michael King Jr.) on January 15, 1929 and celebrates his life, achievements and civil rights legacy. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. The federal holiday was created in 1983 and first observed in January 1986. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was dedicated in 2011.

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View From The Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963

From the King Center website (www.kingcenter.org):
“On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.”

MLK’s “I HAVE A DREAM” Speech
Delivered on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C to over 250,000 people on the National Mall. the speech was originally written as a homage to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and was timed to correspond with the 100-year centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.”

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NOTE: Martin Luther King Jr. was named “Man of the Year” by TIME magazine in 1963, and was the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The full speech did not appear in writing until August 1983, 15 years after his death, when a transcript was published in The Washington Post. The Library of Congress added the speech to the United States National Recording Registry in 2002. The National Park Service dedicated an inscribed marble pedestal to commemorate the speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 2003.

Coming soon! THE YEAR OF THE RED FIRE ROOSTER
The first day of Chinese New Year is Saturday, January 28, 2017.

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Escoffier’s Classic Peach Melba Recipe

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Escoffier’s Classic Peach Melba Ingredients

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups water
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
4 peaches (fresh fruit is preferred, but canned peaches will work)
1 pint vanilla ice cream (or substitute frozen yogurt or dairy-free)

Raspberry Sauce:
1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
½ tbsp lemon juice

Instructions:
1. Combine water, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract in a large saucepan. Heat on low until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Cook at boiling for about 3 minutes and then return to simmer.
2. Cut the peaches in half. Place in the sugar syrup and poach about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Test with a knife to determine if they are done and when finished poaching, place them on a plate to cool.
3. After the peaches have cooled, peel off the skin and remove the pits.
4. For raspberry sauce: combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until very smooth. Strain through a colander and into a bowl.
5. Assemble the dessert by placing 2 peach halves in a bowl along with a scoop of ice cream. Spoon raspberry sauce on top and serve immediately.


Happy National Rubber Ducky Day!
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created a series of giant floating rubber ducks in 2007.
The ducks ranged in size and appeared in 25 cities around the world.

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Florentijn Hofman’s “World’s Largest Rubber Duck”


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Full Moon in the SFV – January 2016

Full Moon in the SFV – January 2016

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Fool Moon Fever!

Fool Moon Fever!

The moon reached its full phase (just now) at 3:11am Christmas morning. It’s the first full moon on Christmas since 1977 and last until 2034.

Full Moon Friday December 25, 2015 3:11am PST

Fool Moon Fever! Full Moon on Friday December 25, 2015 at 3:11am PST

Happy Christmas!

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HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

The Moon Festival celebrates the end of Autumn and is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Han calendar (on the night of the full moon) near the Autumnal Equinox (between September 8 and October 7 in the Gregorian calendar).

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL!

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

HAPPY MOON FESTIVAL! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

 

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