Ridley's Believe It Or Not—September 2, 2014: Trust your Labor Day Weekend was a great one such you are hitting the decks running fully charged and that you enjoy the holidays selected along with the factoids and quote from Gore Vidal with a smile on your sunscreened face, a positive attitude and a tasty blueberry popsicle in your mouth, 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 this Saturday. Go Cardinal!
1. V-J Day—celebrating the victory over Japan and the ending of World War II. Photo is from the USS Missouri where the surrender took place—definitely a must see if visiting Honolulu.
2. No Risk No Reward Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1948 of Crista McAuliffe, the first teacher to go into space on the Space Shuttle Challenger which sadly exploded minutes after blast off killing all aboard.
3. Footballs Rule Javelins Drool Day—honoring one of the great quarterbacks in professional football born on this day in 1948, Terry Bradshaw who led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships and who wisely even though in high school he had thrown a javelin over 245 feet gave up track to pursue football.
4. National Blueberry Popsicle Day –even though summer has come to a close, still a great reason on a hot day to have one of these in your mouth.
On this day in
a. 1789 the U.S. Treasury Department was created.
b. 1885 the Rock Springs riot occurred when white immigrant miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming trying to unionize and angered over the mine owners policy of preferring to hire Chinese immigrant because of their lower wages rioted and killed 28 Chinese miners, wounded 15, drove 300 out of the town and destroyed scores of Chinese homes—not a good day for race relations.
c. 1901 then Vice President Teddy Roosevelt at the Minnesota State Fair uttered this wise advice to the nation—“Speak softly but carry a big stick.” Today our mantra seems to be from the President “Orate with teleprompter loudly and theatrically but carry no stick, not even a smidgeon of a very small branch.”
d. 2013 to the joys of Bay Area commuters, the new eastern span of the Oakland-Bay Bridge was opened to traffic, making it the widest bridge in the world.
Vidal was right on point although now the figure is not 2 but 17 and in 2 years more like 20---the Perfect Storm of nightmares: “The last best hope of earth, two trillion dollars in debt, is spinning out of control, and all we can do is stare at a flickering cathode-ray tube as Ollie ''answers'' questions on TV while the press, resolutely irrelevant as ever, asks politicians if they have committed adultery. From V-J Day 1945 to this has been, my fellow countrymen, a perfect nightmare.” Gore Vidal noted American writer.
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