Monday, February 29, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 29, 2016 Leap Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 29, 2016. Unfortunately in this leap year, still 326 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 5 days until the start of and my daily updates on the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. Interesting theater today as the Reds and Blues gear up for Super Tuesday and the Reds frantically try to figure out a way to derail Trump in a primary that is getting uglier and uglier each day.  I trust your Monday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Debbie Gibson, factoids of interest, an anonymous  relevant quote while looking forward to enjoying a an appropriate surf and turf combo like steak and lobster, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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. Bachelor’s Dayobserving a day if a bachelor in Ireland and wanting to stay that way that one might want to avoid single women bent on marriage since this the day that women can ask men to marry them.      
2. Leap Day—celebrating an employer’s best gift, an extra day of work without an extra day of pay.                                        
3. 1989 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1989 on a run of three weeks in that position Lost In Your Eyes by Debbie Gibson. Here is a link to Debbie Gibson performing with her trademark Liberace grand piano Lost In Your Eyes:
4. National Surf and Turf Day—celebrating a really great way to go off the diet and ramp up the cholesterol—steak and lobster or steak and shrimp in both cases with copious amounts of garlic so no one will get close enough to lecture you.     
5. It Takes Heartcelebrating the birthday on leap day in 1972 of the lead singer for the Drowning Pool metal band, Dave Williams, who sadly died from an undiagnosed heart disease at the way too early age of 30.
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1796 the Jay Treaty which facilitated trade between the United States and Great Britain for the next ten years came into effect.      
b. 1916 in a win for children, the minimum age in South Carolina to work in factories, mills and mines was raised from 12 to 14.
c. 1940 although the Oscars last night lacked any color diversity, Hattie McDaniel for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind became the first African American to win an Oscar. 
d. 1940 due to the war in Europe Ernest Lawrence received the Nobel Prize for physics in Berkeley as opposed to Oslo.
e. 2008 in a royalty does have benefits even if you were born second moment the British Ministry of Defense pulled Prince harry out of Afghanistan after his deployment there had been leaked by the media. .                                                                      
Reflections on Leap Day: “Happy Leap Day! Enjoy it while it's here...because like a Kobe Bryant pass, it only occurs once every four years." —Anon Now that he is retiring at the end of this season, the day will be even rarer.  
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