Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not for January 19, 2015 Robert E. Lee Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 19, 2016, 367 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Nervous time as we await the markets to open after a three day hiatus with great uncertainty as the price of oil continues to free fall but hope your Tuesday is off to a great start with all or a majority of your  New Year’s Resolutions still being observed; as always, I hope you enjoy Tuesday’s holidays and observances, a music link to Evelyn Knight; factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Walt Whitman, looking forward to enjoying a large bowl of popcorn, blessed with a positive attitude 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. National Printing Ink Day—even as we try to be more and more paperless in our communications time to honor the use of printers ink to facilitate communications and  disseminate information and knowledge.                
2.  Robert E. Lee Day—commemorating in certain Southern states the birthday of Robert E. Lee which most likely given the removal of the Stars and Bars and the sense of political correctness is a holiday not long for this world. 
3. 1949 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1949 on a run of seven weeks in that position A Little Bird Told Me by Evelyn Knight. Here is a link to Evelyn Knight performing A Little Bird Told Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiKrclcBPXY
4. National Popcorn Day—celebrating a quintessential snack that is cheap and tastier unless bought in a movie theater.
5. Ravens Never More--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1809 of the iconic poet Edgar Allen Poe.
On this day in:  
a. 1883 the first overhead electric lighting system designed by Thomas Edison with wires began service in Roselle, New Jersey.
b. 1903 the bicycle race “the Tour de France” was announced; a great race but corrupted by Lance Armstrong with steroid enhancements.
c. 1920 the U.S. Senate rejected the United States admission into the League of Nations.                                                           
d. 1952 in a what took you long moment the PGA approved Afro Americans to participate in PGS events.
e. 2016 on the day before the founder of the Eagles, Glenn Frey died—Winslow, Arizona is in our hearts as the Eagles generated the great music.                     

Reflections the genius of a poet Edgar Allen Poe: “In a dream I once had, I saw a vessel on the sea, at midnight, in a storm. It was no great full-rigg‘d ship, nor majestic steamer, steering firmly through the gale, but seem‘d one of those superb little schooner yachts I had often seen lying anchor‘d, rocking so jauntily, in the waters around New York, or up Long Island sound — now flying uncontroll‘d with torn sails and broken spars through the wild sleet and winds and waves of the night. On the deck was a slender, slight, beautiful figure, a dim man, apparently enjoying all the terror, the murk, and the dislocation of which he was the centre and the victim. That figure of my lurid dream might stand for Edgar Poe, his spirit, his fortunes, and his poems — themselves all lurid dreams.”  (Walt Whitman, The Washington Star, November 16, 1875.)
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