Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 31, 2014: Trust your Labor Day Weekend is off to a great start and that you enjoy the holidays of dubious distinction in the shadow of Labor Day Weekend along with the factoids and quote from Eldridge Cleaver with a smile on your sunscreened face, a positive attitude and a copious amount of trail mix, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient. Great game by the Cardinal but unfortunately also great game by the resurgent Trojans—will be interesting at the Farm next Saturday.
1. Love Litigating Lawyers Day—honoring the parasites of the world that have created such chaos; this has to be a joke and if we honor litigating lawyers it should not be for a day but rather the normal billing increment—6-15 minutes.
2. Eat Outside Day—honoring a tradition that started to appear in the 1900’s when the first sidewalk cafes were introduced in Manhattan; given the heat wave and humidity the creators of this holiday ought to move it to a day in the spring or fall when one could enjoy the ambiance of eating outside as opposed to being drenched in perspiration.
3. National Trail Mix Day—honoring one of the great snacks for energy when hiking or camping.
4. Even An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks Day –celebrating the birthday on this day in 1935 of Eldridge Cleaver, an early leader of the Black Panther Party, who in the 80’s finally saw the light and discarded his violent left wing views and converted to Mormonism and became a conservative Republican, which means there is still hope for our President to recognize the errors of his ways.
5. Founder’s Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1870 of Maria Montessori, a very influential educational pioneer and creator of the Montessori mode of education for young children.
On this day in
a. 1803 Lewis and Clark left Pittsburgh to start their epic exploration of the territory purchased by the United States from France.
b. 1895 Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patented his lighter than airship, the Navigable Balloon which became a feature in long distance air travel until the explosion of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst Naval Station, New Jersey in 1937, a disaster captured on film and memorialized in the movie The Hindenburg starring George C. Scott and Anne Bancroft. The last surviving crew member just died at the age of 92.
c. 1920 the first radio news broadcast was made on radio station 8MK from Detroit, Michigan.
d. 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales and mother of Prince William and Prince Harry, and her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris.
Why there is hope that whatever racial or religious divide that exists in America is not permanent: "If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America." Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice
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