Today Seems To Be All About Food . . . and Motorcycles.

Jun 17th

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday!  I got to spend a couple hours with my parents, which was nice.  Even though we live close to each other, our schedules don’t always allow us to spend much time together, so having an evening of visiting is always a nice thing. 

Eat Your Vegetables Day – It’s the time of year when fresh vegetables are everywhere.  Fresh produce stands are open and something delicious is in every one of them, just waiting to find their place in your meal plan for the day.  Today is a great opportunity to re-introduce a healthy portion of vegetables into your diet, but keep this going – don’t just limit it to today!  Today we are all encouraged to eat vegetables for every meal and for all snacks.  Any vegetable will do, just get all of your portions in!  Fresh, crunchy, delicious vegetables – what a wonderful way to celebrate a warm summer day!

Stewart’s Root Beer Day – In 1924 Frank Stewart decided to develop the world’s best tasting root beer.  He intended to sell it to supplement his income as a school teachers.  With his secret recipes in hand, he soon opened up his first Stewart’s Drive-in, where he served iced-cold Stewart’s Root Beer in tall, frosty mugs.  The creamy taste of Stewart’s Root Beer was an instant success and has been enjoyed by many for over 75 years!  For the first 66 years in business, Stewart’s Root Beer was only available at Stewart’s root beer stands, and later, at Stewart’s Drive-Ins.  In 1990, Cable Car Beverage Corporation acquired the bottling rights for Stewart’s and began selling the root-beer in 12 oz amber glass bottles.  Since 1992 they have expanded their line to include many different flavors, including Cream Soda and Ginger Beer.  This one is an easy one to celebrate – just stop by your grocery store and pick up a bottle of the Stewart’s and enjoy!


Ride Your Motorcycle To Work Day – This day was an inspired idea set up for people to ride their motorcycles or scooters on this day to demonstrate:

* The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
* That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
* That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
* That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
* That motorcycling is a social good.

The first annual Ride to Work Day even was proposed in Road Rider Magazine (now called Motorcycle Consumer News) in the May 1992 issue.  There was a portion in an article in that issue that mentioned how it would be a good idea if there was one day a year when everyone who owned a motorcycle used it to ride to work.  The idea took off!  The first event date was July 22, 1992.  For several years different motorcycle businesses informally promoted every third Wednesday in July as Ride to Work Day.  The event grew from an informal grass roots demonstration every year until 2000, and that year a non-profit organization – Ride to Work – was formed to help organize and promote Ride to Work Day.  The first event led by this group was the third Wednesday in July of 2001.  This was the annual day until 2008, when it was changed to the Third Monday in June.  This change was made to better accommodate riders world-wide with a better climate, and to give more people an chance to participate.  So for today – if you have a motorcycle – and weather permits it – enjoy a ride to work today!


Food Celebration of the Day –


National Apple Strudel Day – The word “strudel” means “vortex” in German, coming from the many layers that swirl around and around the filling.  No matter WHAT it means though, this is one incredibly delicious dish! 


Enjoy your Monday – may your week be productive, filled with laughter and sunshine, and may you find something wonderful to celebrate each and every day.  God Bless You! I’ll see you tomorrow.


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