Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 23 2014: Trust your Taco Tuesday and Popeyes Fried Chicken $1.29 two piece chicken special (eat more chicken so Foster Farms spends more money on half time entertainment at the Foster Farms Bowl on the 30th in which the Cardinal is playing) is a great one and you are basking today in the extra minute or so of daylight over the 21st and that you do not have to brace for any more days of battling the crowds in the malls. As always I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from an amazing woman Madam C. J. Walker, with a smile on your face, knowing that this may be the day to try some Pfeffernuesse (if you like it get back to me), blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, 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. Humanist Light—celebrating a secular approach to the future and way of life as opposed to religious and celebrated by humanists since 2001 although not sure if the Humanist children are thrilled by a house devoid of the magic of Santa and the absence of a tree with lights and an abundance hopefully of wrapped gifts under it.
2. Festivus—observing a parody created on this day by an episode of Seinfeld on this day in 1997 objecting to the commercialization of Christmas, now diluted by the tepid “Happy Holidays”. Give and look to receive the gift of peace on the 25th and go to http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2014/12/alaskanpoets-reflections-on-christmas.html
3. National Pfeffernuesse Day—celebrating what has to be a first for this highly evolved omnivore a snack he has never heard of nor tried but originates from Europe and involves a cookie which has very enticing ingredients including my favorite pepper.
4. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1965 and my return home from Stanford as a freshman and dancing to Over and Over by the Dave Clark Five.
5. Entrepreneurship Colors Are Green Only—celebrating the accomplishments and birthday on this day in 1867 of a remarkable woman that even back then proves that opportunity in this country exists regardless of race, gender or creed—Madam C. J. Walker, who by founding Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company, a leader in hair and skin products for blacks, became the first black female millionaire in this country.
On this day in
a. 1823 another day that will stand in monument to the need for more poets and less lawyers, the most read, recited and parodied poem in American history, The Night Before Christmas was anonymously published. One of these days in the future hopefully people will say the same about Land of the Midnight Sun http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2009/07/land-of-midnight-sun-full-version.html
b. 1947 in the first steps of the electronic revolution the transistor’s properties were demonstrated at Bell Labs.
c. 1968 the captain and its crew of the USS Pueblo illegally seized by the North Koreans in international waters were finally after almost a year of brutal treatment and torture by the North Koreans were released. The feckless response by the U.S. to this act of aggression is worth reading about in Act of War by Brad Cheevers.
d. 1972 in a tribute to the character that rugby, a sport played by this poet, builds, the rugby players who survived a crash in the Andes and were able to survive by eating the dead were rescued due to a ten day hike through the Andes in the winter by two of their teammates to reach help.
Reflections on what it takes to succeed and what it takes to build companies which entrepreneurs build not the federal government and the jobs that, contrary to what Hillary Clinton states, corporations create: “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground. I am not satisfied in making money for myself. I endeavor to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race.” Madam C. J. Walker” Is anyone in D.C. listening to voices like this woman? Doubt it!
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