Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 6 History National Nurses' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 6, 2015 Trust you survived Cinco de Mayo in good order and your Wednesday is proving to be a great one.  If you are rattled by the difficulties inherent in waiting to the last moment in picking out the appropriate Mothers’ Day gift which (see below) is easy to solve. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Wishing Well and a relevant quote from Finley Peter Dunne, looking forward to topping off a meal with a crepe Suzette, 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 Mothers’ Day, 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. International No Diet Day—celebrated since 1992 and promoting acceptance of all weight sizes and body diversity and a healthy life style. Nice, noble sounding proclamations but the fact of the matter is that Americans are becoming more and more obese each year with significant long term health problems like Type II Diabetes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. The best exercise one can do is limit the number of times one lifts the fork or spoon and lower the weight of the food on either.                                                                   
       2.  National Nurses Day—commemorating since 1982 the vital contribution nurses make to the delivery of health care of this nation and the beginning of National Nurses Week. Where would patients be without the caring buffer of nurses between them and the unholy trinity of doctors, hospital administrators and insurance bean counters?
       3. 1988 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1988 on a brief one week run Wishing Well  by Terence Trent D’Arby, an American pop and RandB singer of the late 80’s and 90’s who is still performing.   Here is a link to a music video of him performing Wishing Well.
       4. National Crepe Suzette Dayif you have a small CO2 fire extinguisher and can disconnect your smoke alarms this is a great desert to impress your guests at home with--
crepe with beurre Suzette, which is a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier or orange Curacao liqueur.  The alcohol is set afire and evaporates quickly, resulting in a fairly thick, caramelized sauce. If not, go to a restaurant and have the waiter prepare it at your table.
       5. If Only the Jihadists Were Fans of Silent Films--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1895 of one of the icons of silent films, Rudolph Valentino who was noted for such films as the Sheik and the Son of the Sheik, whose films will always be silent as he died tragically at the age of 31 following complications after appendicitis.  
      6. Ride a Bike to School Day—a great way to start your kids off on a life of exercise; encourage them to ride their bike to school even if later in high school it may not be cool although will be on college campuses like Stanford or any other campus which is reasonably large with classrooms a good distance from living accommodations on campus.  
On this day in
       a. 1844 in proving the old adage that it is better to go to the snow and ice than to have the snow and ice come to you, the Glaciarium, the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink, opened in London.    

      b. 1882 in one of our more xenophobic moments, the Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited skilled and unskilled laborers and those engaged in mining from entering this country or becoming citizens. The act was finally repealed in 1943 to the joy of our ally China. Talk about gratitude for the countless Chinese laborers who died building the Trans Continental Railroad through the Sierra Nevadas.
       c. 1949 EDSAC, the first practical electronic digital stored-program computer, ran its first operation. Looking back one can only ask how visionary must have the early computer scientists have been to envisage the evolution of the computer to where it is today with no end in sight in terms of improved capabilities at faster speeds.
       d. 1954 Roger Bannister became the first person to break the four minute barrier for running the mile.
       e. 1994 former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton claiming he assaulted her in 1991. The case was settled by a payment of $895,000. If Hillary becomes president, for the sake of the country, one can only hope with his bypass surgery, Clinton has lost some of his libido such that we will not be embarrassed with a repeat of a Monica Lewinsky type scandal by the First Man.
Reflections on National Nurses’ Day: “If Christian scientists had more science and doctors more Christianity, it wouldn’t make any difference which you called in — if you had a good nurse. ~Finley Peter Dunne, 19th and 20th Century humorist and writer from Chicago. As the son of a Registered Nurse I can attest to the veracity of that statement.
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