Happy Anniversary Disneyland!

Jul 17th

It’s Wonderful Wednesday!   I am happy to see that the predicted high temperatures have been downgraded to the high 70’s.  I can deal with that.  With the cloud cover I see out there though, that means MUGGY.  I know, apparently I can’t be pleased when it comes to the weather.  If you’ve known me for more than five minutes then you probably know that I love the cold, snow, ice and rain,  and though I truly do enjoy a mildly warm – emphasis on mild – spring or summer day for a hike or camping trip, if I had to choose, I’d go for cold over heat any time.  The sun is beautiful, the green of the trees and gardens stunning, the flowers are truly lovely BUT the headache and dull feeling of yuck in my entire system when it is hot just doesn’t make it seem worth it most of the time.  One great thing though. . . my nephew is visiting my brother from out of state.  I love this kid (well, young man – he turns 21 very soon) he’s awesome! – so I’m meeting him, my Mom and another nephew down at our neighborhood pool to have a good visit.  It should be a lot of fun.

Disneyland’s Anniversary – I wonder back on July 17, 1955 if Walt Disney had ANY idea how HUGE his vision would someday be?  On that day Disneyland opened it gates for the very first time, to 6,000 invited VIPs, to celebrate the Grand Opening of what will become one of the most popular family destinations for vacations in the world.  This extravagant grand opening party cost an unprecedented $17 million, in an occasion so spectacular that ABC covered it with a live 90-minute special.  I visited Disneyland one time, in about 1967 when I was about two years old.  All I have to remember it by are some pictures my Mom took in front of the castle, but honestly, I have no actual memories of it.  I always wanted to take my kids, but it never happened – I just couldn’t afford it.  Maybe someday if I have Grandchildren I’ll be able to take them!  I can always hope so.  If you aren’t anywhere near Disneyland, or any of the Disney theme parks, then perhaps you can celebrate today watching any of the Walt Disney classic films! There are a few that I absolutely love to see over and over again.  I’m sure we all have our favorites.  Happy Birthday Disneyland!

Yellow Pig Day – When I saw the title of this one, I took a moment to guess what it was about.  I didn’t get anywhere CLOSE.  From what I can find out this holiday started in the 1960s when two Princeton University students – Michael Spivak and David Kelly – were assigned the task of contemplating the number 17.  They focused on the problem for many non-stop hours, and in a few moments of silly whimsy, likely to rest their minds, they created an imaginary yellow pig with 17 eyelashes.  The absurdity caught on, and  Yellow Pig Day has been celebrated among mathematicians for the past several decades.  One way to celebrate this day is to solve math puzzles like this one from MathForum.org.  I read through this a couple of times and honestly math is not my strong suit, so after I felt a cramp in my brain begin I gave up.  Maybe you’ll have better luck with it (and no, I do not have an answer for it – we have to figure it out ourselves):

Three men stay at a motel and the clerk charges them $30 for the room. They split the cost $10 each. Later the manager tells the clerk that he over-charged the men and the cost should have been $25. He gives the clerk $5 and tells him to give it to the men. The clerk decides to pocket $2 and gives each man a dollar. Now each man has paid $9, totaling $27. The clerk pocketed $2. Where is the other $1?

Wrong Way Corrigan Day – Today we pay tribute to a man who became an American folk icon during the Great Depression.   Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan  was supposed to make a July 17th flight from Brooklyn to Long Beach, CA.  He flew to Dublin, Ireland instead!  He was an accomplished Irish-American aviator who had been denied a flight route from New York to Ireland because of poor conditions and the age of his Curtis Robin monoplane.  There has been a lot of speculation about whether “Wrong Way” went to Ireland on purpose, or if he was just very directionally dyslexic.  So we either celebrating a true rebel, or someone who just was pointed the wrong direction – we’ll never know since he took his secret to the grave in 1995.  I remember once when the show Gilligan’s Island featured a character they called Wrong Way – I have to only assume that this is the pilot they were talking about.  So funny!  I thought that was something they just made up!

This Day In History

1867  – The Harvard School of Dentistry becomes the first dental school in the U.S.      
1902  – The air conditioner was invented.
1955  – Walt Disney’s Disneyland opens in Anaheim, Ca.   
Food Celebration of the Day

Peach Ice Cream Day –      Is there anything more mouthwatering than the aroma and sweet flavor of a fresh peach?  Just walking past them in the supermarket gets my mouth to watering.   July is the best time for  fresh peaches, and what could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than a bowl of fresh peach ice cream?  If you have an ice cream machine at home, it would be time to get it out!  Mmmm the combination of peaches and cream is nearly irresistible. I lost the paddle for mine, which really bumming me out, but I will celebrate this one with the last peach in the basket with my lunch.    Here are some really delicious ideas from www.food.com that look like they’ll be worth a try!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, if you’re anything like me, you have a busy day ahead.  May you get everything accomplished that you wish to, may your family be safe and healthy, and may you find something silly to celebrate somewhere along the way.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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