Bow Ties, Dreams of Equality, Brownies and Radio Ads . . . An Odd Combo, But A Good One!

Aug 28th

We made it to another Wednesday, and we are closing in on the end of the month.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m perpetually stunned by how fast time flies.  Today will be another busy day, but a good one.  The plan is to do some household chores, head into town for a hair appointment, then meet my Dad to go blackberry picking!  I can almost smell the sun warmed berries now.  He LOVES blackberry pie, so I’m thinking maybe I can make him one for his birthday Monday.  That’s the general idea anyway. . .

National Bow Tie Day – Today is the day for anyone who loves wearing a bow tie.  It takes a very special sense of style and confidence to wear a bow tie, and today people who wear them all over the world will be wearing them in celebration.  Did you know that there is a world record for fastest speed tying a bow tie?  I didn’t either!  Dhani Jones, former University of Michigan and NFL linebacker, holds the Record Setter World Record for bow tying – set as part of a fundraiser for young adults with cancer.  He tied a bow tie in just 13.59 seconds!  That’s fast!  If you do wear a bow tie, or perhaps know someone who does, well, you (or they) are in good company! Here are a few names of celebrities known for wearing a bow tie:
 
* Winston Churchill – This British statesman inspired the Blenheim, a navy bow tie with white polka dots named for his birthplace.
* Pee-Wee Herman – Actor Paul Reubens is best known for his comic character Pee-Wee Herman, who always wore the same outfit which included a red bow tie.
* Donald Duck – This lovable Disney cartoon character also wore a bow tie, along with one of his best Disney buds, Mickey Mouse.

I used to have a math teacher who wore a bow tie.  Sadly the kids in my class, actually the whole school, called him Elmer Fudd.  He really did bear a striking resemblance to Elmer – no hair and always wearing a bow tie. Kids can be so cruel.

Radio Commercials Day – I have a personal pet peeve with a lot of radio commercials.  Well, OK . . . it’s not just radio commercials . . . TV commercials bug me too.  The worst offender?  The Progressive commercials featuring Flo and her horrible, off key singing, the IQ insulting lyrics and the brain cell killing banter.  It makes me NUTS every time one comes on and I instantly turn down the radio at work so I don’t have to listen to it.  A lot of commercials irritate me, but those are the worst.  So . . . when did the first radio commercial air?  In 1922 the very first one ever was broadcast by Queensboro Realty.  It lasted 10 entire minutes and cost just $100.  Thankfully radio commercials are now much shorter, but they certainly aren’t cheaper!  In 2011, more than $17 billion was spent on radio advertising in the United States alone.   That’s a lot of money, for a lot of commercials, most of which  should have gotten the ad execs fired.  But that’s just my personal opinion. 

 

Dream Day – On this day in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  This is considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time. Dr. King’s words inspired peace and hope in the hearts of civil rights activists around the world.  I have to submit, and this is my personal opinion, that Dr. King would have been HORRIFIED at the changes in our nation today.  He was a Republican, who believed in freedom for all to follow the American dream to be equal, and pursue our lives and dreams in any way we could.  If he could see how far we have fallen in the last few years he would be rolling over in his grave.  His dream was sound, his vision was clear, his hope was in everyone to stop hating based on color – all people, not just black people, not just white people, but ALL people.  Racism has reared its ugliness across our nation at an ever increasing rate in the last 6 years – it’s so sad and absolutely frightening.  People are screaming racism at every imaginable thing, and supposedly it is only Caucasians who are capable of prejudice – at least that’s what the media and the screaming, gnashing masses on the left would have us believe.  Let me make this clear . . . racism is not isolated to any one color or another.  Anyone is capable of being a racist, no matter what their skin color.  I don’t care if someone is blue with purple dots, if they hate someone because they AREN’T blue with purple dots, then that makes them a racist.  All of these black on white crimes that are being swept under the rug, while white on black crime is being screamed about everywhere.  THIS is precisely what Dr. King was trying to eliminate – ANY hate based on ANY color of ANYONE!  Get a grip people.  See past the skin to the person under it.  God does – why can’t we?

This Day In History

1963  – Martin Luther King Jr. makes his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Food Celebration of the Day
National Brownies At Brunch Day – Really, there isn’t a bad time for brownies, so the person who says they are just for dessert would be wrong!  You can serve them for brunch and everyone at the table will be thrilled! 

A little serious, a little frivolous, but always fun.  Thanks for celebrating with me!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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