Monday, February 23, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not February 23 History Curling Is Cool Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—February 23, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and the Academy Awards did not disappoint you and you are still anxiously awaiting the start of the Iditarod in 14 days (when it starts properly befitting my Alaskan heritage and homage to the Last Great Race on Earth I will post daily standings). As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and relevant quote by Admiral Nimitz with a smile on your face, enjoying a margarita, 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 any memorable event 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. Terminalia—celebrated in ancient Rome to honor Terminus, the god of boundaries which then related to properties but day should be observed by Putin as he eyes more Ukraine and perhaps the Baltic Republics and definitely should be honored by humans in establishing their own personal boundaries.
       2. Curling Is Cool Daywhere else can you combine the indoor pastime of bar shuffleboard with honing your sweeping skills—great Olympic sport that could put our professional indoor hockey rinks to use during the hockey off season.
       3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1965, as part of a 2 week run but a million records sold This Diamond Ring by Gary Lewis and the Playboys; a short lived 60’s band led by the son of Jerry Lewis that started playing at of all places, Disneyland.
        4. National Banana Bread Day—great way to utilize the too many bananas purchased at Trader Joes’ bargain price of 19 cents each and toasted with melted butter a great taste treat.
        5. Sing With Don’t Talk To The Hand Day—commemorating, with apologies to Terminator III, the birthday on this day in 1685 of George Frederic Handel, noted 18th Century composer, probably best known for The Messiah.
On this day in
     a. 1455 the Gutenberg Bible was printed, the first book with moveable print moving the dissemination of ideas from the snail crawl of the copying quill to an exponential increase and fueling the need for literacy.
     b. 1836 the battle at the Alamo commenced. 
    c. 1903 Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay in perpetuity to the United States; since Obama wants to close Gitmo be wary that our nominal lease payment will not be made so the Cubans could cancel the lease.
     d. 1927 President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Radio Communications Act which created the Radio Communications Commission (later renamed the Federal Communications Commission) to regulate radio.
     e. 1945 in a moment that will cause the Marine Corps to live forever, the U.S. Marines with a Navy corpsman plant the American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima; honor while you can the few, the proud, the U.S. Marines who served in World War II and without the fear of immediate passing the U.S. Marines who have served and continue to serve this country thereafter.    
Reflections on why we must never, ever not support the U.S. Marines: Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue." - Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, US Navy, 16 March 1945.  
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