Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 24, 2016 National Bartenders Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 24, 2016. Unfortunately, still 331 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 10 days until the start of and my daily updates on the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. Interesting theater in Nevada for the Reds with Trump winning his third state in a row and Hillary refusing to release the transcript of her $650,000 speech before Goldman Sachs—so much for transparency.  I trust your Wednesday is off to a great start and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Van Halen, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by Amy Bloom looking forward to munching some tortilla chips, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or  anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem  at a great price  tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Bartenders Dayhonoring that time honored and somewhat at times stressful profession of serving drinks and therapy to patrons, some of whom may have had one drink too many.    
2. Dragobete (Romania)celebrated in Romania to announce the coming of spring, coinciding with the time that birds start constructing their nests and mating and for the youth to give their targets of affection spring flowers that have come through the snow cover.                                       
3. 1984 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1984 on a run of five weeks in that position Jump by Van Halen. Here is a link to Van Halen performing Jump:
4. National Tortilla Chip Day—celebrating a great way to scoop up salsa or guacamole while watching a sporting event on TV.  
5. An Apple a Day Makes a Man Wealthy and Wisecelebrating the birthday on this day in 1955 of an entrepreneur who spent one summer picking Macintosh apples and went on to cofound Apple Corporation, one of the iconic technology companies in the world and who died way too soon in 2011 from cancer.
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1803 the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Marbury v. Madison ruled that it had the power to determine the constitutionality of legislation and executive actions.    
b. 1903 the U.S. entered into a lease “in perpetuity” with Cuba to lease Guantanamo Bay for a naval base and which has now become a center of controversy over President Obama’s plan to close the detention facility there and transfer the detainees to federal prisons or military facilities here in the U.S. 
c. 1938 the first toothbrush with nylon bristles was introduced to the American consumer; it was the first product to have commercialized nylon yarn.  
d. 1988 the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Hustler Magazine v. Falwell   ruled 8-0 that the First Amendment barred the awarding of damages to public figures who had suffered emotional distress due to attacks by the press and overturned a $200,000 award against Hustler Magazine.
e. 1997 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved six brands of “morning after” pills as a safe and effective way to prevent contraception.                                                  Reflections on the melding of psychotherapy and bartending: “I spent a lot of time listening to people. But it's also true that I liked details and listening to people when I was a bartender and when I was a waitress and probably when I was a babysitter as well. I suspect that's part of what drew me to psychotherapy rather than the other way around. Amy Bloom, noted American writer and psychotherapist
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