We are back to the real world of work and waiting five days to get us to another weekend. Let the countdown begin!
Video Games Day – always on July 8th / National Video Games Day – always on September 12th These two dates celebrate popular video games that made their way onto the market and changed the way that people play games. From Atari to Nintendo to Xbox, video games provide way too many hours of playing time on television sets all over the world. I remember when I was a child, we played imagination games, running through the woods pretending that we were in an enchanted forest, or playing on the beach making up wild and exciting stories about being pirates. My family spent time around the table playing card games and board games. I learned many counting and math skills with Dominoes with Dad and strategy with Yahtzee and Gin Rummy. Today’s children are far too sedentary, spending way too much time on their games, phones and computers. Friendly family competition is languishing by the wayside while members of households separate to their individual corners, ignoring each other. It’s just another symptom of a nation of people who don’t hold family time as important, and as a result we are falling apart. But, heck, for the sake of this holiday, if you have a game system take a whirl at a couple of the games. I may get onto the Wii tonight and bowl a few games with hubby. I don’t feel so bad about that sort of games – gets us up and moving.
International Town Criers Day – In the old days, when there was little access to printed media , town criers were a central part of life. They were responsible for keeping the people up to date with the latest news and events, and for spreading information from the ruling classes to the rest of the population. Now, the ease of access to printed and digital media has rendered the town crier obsolete. One thing I found that was really interesting was that because the Town Criers spoke on behalf of the rulers, their safety was key. Killing a Town Crier was treason and often punishable by death. That’s where the term “Don’t shoot the messenger” came from. Today celebrates what an important role the town criers played throughout the history of the world.
This Day In History –
The U.S. State Department issues the first passport. (1796)
Food Celebration of the Day –
Kevin Bacon’s Birthday – I giggled. I don’t know why they just didn’t call this National Bacon Day, but I guess anything for a chuckle. And who needs a special holiday to celebrate bacon anyway? Any meal with bacon is a good meal. Here are a few ideas to get you started from www.food.com Have fun!
- Twisted Bacon
- Maple French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes
- Bacon & Spring Onion Pancakes
- Bacon Cheese Pull-Aparts
- Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bacon Skewers
- Lentil Soup With Bacon
- Cheesy Bacon Potatoes
Well I guess the plan today will be to shout some news to the world, or at least to those in our general vicinity, eat some bacon, then work it off with a vigorous game on the Wii! Wow, put that way, it seems like a doggone good day! Have a wonderful time! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!