Happy Tuesday everyone! Monday flew by thankfully. I spent much of the day worrying about home, since the wind was still blowing. Fortunately I worried for nothing because everything was fine. But Monday is over, it is already Tuesday and there is fun stuff for us today. As always I learned something new and I hope you do too!
Hermit Day is today. For some people, being reclusive is a way of life. They spend every day by themselves, living in peaceful seclusion. Whatever their reasons, hermits prefer living away from the crowds and the sea of humanity. Honestly, I can’t say that I blame them! For the many people who lead increasingly busy lifestyles, the idea of being a “Hermit For a Day” is very tempting. The thought of getting away from it all, even if it is only for one day, could be the very thing needed to reset the internal system. It’s a day to spend quietly in seclusion, all by yourself. If you happen to be a hermit, celebrate how you live your life today. If you are one of the many who need a break from all the chaos that is going on around you, be a hermit on this one day. Chill out all by yourself where nobody can find you. If you can’t actually get away, maybe you can stay home with the curtains closed, phone turned off and just be in the peace and calm of your home reading a book or taking a nap. Not quite as exciting as going off by yourself, but it could be the next best thing!
Internet Day – Since 2005, every year on October 29th we celebrate International Internet Day, to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology. This is the anniversary of the event of sending the very first electronic message, which was transferred from one computer to another in 1969. Charley Kline, a student programmer at UCLA transmitted the first ever message. He was working under the supervision of Professor Leonard Kleinrock, and sent a message from the computer housed at UCLA to a computer positioned at the Stanford Research Institute. The message was a text message that was the word “login”, but as it happened only the letters L and O could be transmitted because the system collapsed and the transmission crashed. They were able to send the full message an hour later. Since that time the Internet has become one of the most important parts of our daily lives. Most of us cannot even think of spending a day without getting online. I did get a giggle though, out of all of this, because I learned where we got the word “Spam” for junk email. Some of you probably know this story – my husband did – but for those of you who don’t, you may get a chuckle out of it too. Back in the days just after World War II the word “Spam” only referred to canned meat. The word has been borrowed though, because today when you mention “spam” it’s safe to assume that you are referring to unsolicited email advertisements. So how did this change happen? It’s actually quite funny! Back in 1970, just a year after the first Internet communication, the comedy group Monty Python, produced its now famous Spam sketch. I’ve attached the link below!
Jump forward to the 1980s. The bulletin board system services (BBSs) were developed by hobbyists to allow communication between people with common, and often, obscure interests. Some of these groups started Multi-Use Dungeons (MUDs) to play an online version of Dungeons and Dragons. It was in these groups that the Spam phenomenon began. Nobody is really sure who the first person was who used it, but someone created a keyboard macro program to type the words SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM repeatedly every few seconds to imitate the Monty Python sketch. It became a popular way to shut out new members from a conversation and make them leave a chat room so the original members could carry on their conversation uninterrupted. It was also used to intentionally disrupt certain boards. Star Wars fans often entered Star Trek BBSs specifically to “spam” them. Soon there were other macros created that dumped huge amounts of text on the boards. These macros were all referred to as “spam” within the community. As the Internet grew and junk email became a common thing, it was an easy leap for BBS “spam” to lend its name to email “spam”. Today it has become a catch-all term for anything that qualifies as “Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages”. Pretty fun stuff to know!
National Cat Day – I love cats. I have always had pet cats and I will always love them. Cats have their own personalities, they are completely unique and independent and always special. When I hear people say they hate cats it makes my blood boil. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but when I ask WHY they hate cats and they say “just because”, it makes no sense! I even know people who hate cats because their parents did, or their grandparents did, or they just never had one. Well, so what? Why does that have to automatically translate into hating cats? If you have never gotten to know one, how do you know unequivocally that you hate them? They are God’s creatures too and they do not deserve the disrespect of being hated simply because of their species. That’s about as bad as hating someone for their skin color. It’s ridiculous and it’s mean spirited. Prefer dogs over cats if you must, but don’t hate the animal simply because you are prejudiced against them. Today is National Cat Day and it’s a day to give these furry loving creatures the respect that they deserve. It was hoped, when this day was created, that it would get people to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cats in their lives for the unconditional love and companionship that they give us. Every night as I prepare the blog for the next day, my cat Pepsi is sitting on my feet, keeping them warm and staying close enough to be petted while I read through a few paragraphs. My other cat, Itty Bitty, is often sitting just to my left on the love seat begging for attention too. They just want to be loved! Estimates reveal that there are about 4 million cats entering shelters every year, with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under appreciated because they don’t have “jobs” like dogs do, and they can’t be trained in the traditional way that dogs can, but that doesn’t mean that they are not worthwhile companions. Statistics show that having cats lowers blood pressure, they offer unconditional love and companionship, and they are fully capable of alerting their owners of danger. If you are able, visit a local shelter today. Offer some love and life by adopting a homeless cat. It could be the best decision you ever made. (The left picture is Pepsi, and the one on the right is Itty Bitty. Pretty cute, hm?)
This Day In History –
1929 – The New York Stock Exchange crashed on what came to be known as “Black Tuesday”, starting the Great Depression.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Oatmeal Day – Many think the Quaker Oats man is William Penn, of Pennsylvania fame, but a 1930s commercial artist dreamed up the rosy-cheeked gent, known as “Larry.” Well, there’s a bit of trivia I didn’t know. Hmmm. . . I may need to whip out a batch of my Grandma K’s oatmeal cookies. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate this one.
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pie
- Irish Steel-Cut Oatmeal
- Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins
- Creme Brulee-Style Baked Oatmeal
- Oatmeal Carmelitas
Well, I could have made those a lot longer. The Internet alone could have taken up LOTS more room. I try to whittle it down to a reasonable length so that readers won’t fall asleep in the middle of things. Have a wonderful day! Tomorrow we will be mid-week already and hurrying towards the new weekend. Amazing how fast time flies, isn’t it? God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!