Ridley's Believe It Or Not—September 3, 2014: Trust your Wednesday is proving to be a good one and that you enjoy the holidays selected along with the factoids and quote from Federico Garcia Lorca with a smile on your sunscreened face, a positive attitude and a tasty warm Welsh rarebit in your hand, 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 last Saturday but unfortunately also great game by the resurgent Trojans—will be interesting at the Farm this Saturday as the Cardinal is favored by 2 ½ points. Go Cardinal!
1. Merchant Navy Day (UK)/ Merchant Navy Remembrance Day (Canada)—commemorating the contributions of the merchant navies of these two nations to their economies and honoring the sacrifice of those thousands of seamen who lost their lives during WWI and WWII due to Axis surface ships, submarines and aircraft.
2. U.S. League Bowling Day—celebrating the sport of league bowling established here around 1895 with the establishment of modern bowling in New York City—still a fun way to spend some time with your family, especially now that smoking is now banned in most bowling alleys and one’s eyes are not assaulted by the polyester shirts bowlers years ago used to wear.
3. Skyscraper Day—honoring one of the great marvels of engineering—the skyscraper, the tallest of which is located in Dubai and is more than one half mile high.
4. Welsh Rarebit Day –celebrating a snack whose name belies what it is—here toast covered with melted cheese, a very popular pub snack in the United Kingdom.
5. There Is No Substitute Day—honoring the birthday on this day in 1875 of one of the iconic engineers Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche.
On this day in
a. 301 San Marino, one of the world’s smallest nations at 24 square miles and its oldest republic still in existence was founded by Saint Marinus.
b. 1895 Dave Brailler became the first American football player to be paid for his services, receiving $10 ($285 in 2014 dollars) to play for the Latrobe Athletic Association in its 12-0 win over the Jeanette Athletic Association—amazing how far salaries for pros have come although in 1895 the average wage in the U.S. was only about one dollar a day, making ten dollars for two or so hours of a work a princely sum.
c. 2004 the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia ended after three days with over 300 deaths more than half of whom were children following the storming of the school by Russian security forces, resulting in consolidation of power by Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin and allegations by the U.S. that Putin was using the tragedy to roll back many democratic that had been instituted in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union—clear indication of the measure of the ruthless nature of the man we are dealing with today.
Interesting observation on skyscrapers that reach in the heavens and blot out the sun that only a poet could provide. “There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them.” Federico Garcia Lorca. One of the most noted Spanish poets and dramatists of the 20th Century
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