Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 8, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Octopus Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 8, 2016 Only 31 waning but increasingly vitriolic days to go until the only polls that matter close for Trump to continue his pivot before we elect a new president and if he has any chance of winning closes down his Twitter account for the duration and like Clinton concentrates on debate preparation (the lights better burn late on the latest revelations of his crude and scathing remarks over women); one prays for the Americans, six of whom have been killed and over one point four million of whom who are without power in the path of Hurricane Matthew as it slammed Florida while  lollygagging as it moves up the coast and may loop back for another run at devastation;  Trump is caught on tape nine years after Bill Clinton was having oral sex and lying about it with Monica making disparaging remarks about women that has released a firestorm of criticism; better yet are leaked emails from WikiLeaks involving Podesta and HRC that clearly show she advocates open borders and when it comes to Wall Street  is a hypocritical, Wall Street sycophant money sucking leech and for want of a better word bitch; as Matthew headed toward Florida the Hillary campaign fearing it would lose was begging the governor to extend the date for voters and in the Blue case illegals to be able to register and wisely he refused; in a very chilling news item far worse that the voting of dead people in Blue controlled cities like Chicago, growing evidence that Russia is trying to hack into our electoral process to alter the election (are we so completely helpless under this feckless weak administration that we do not have the ability to cyber counterattack and for example shut down Russia’s only source of income, its oil production?).
         As Trump is trying to become more presidential, going to is a great way to start your day along of course with and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons and if you want some music in your life with a little satire--
         As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Four Seasons,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Sy Montgomery,  while  looking forward to enjoying some pierogi, 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. World Octopus Day—celebrating by perhaps going to an aquarium to view this eight tentacled creature, immortalized in the 1983 Bond flick Octopussy.     
2. Alvin C. York Day—honoring the deeds of Sergeant Alvin C. York on this day in 1918 on his winning of the Congressional Medal of Honor in France by destroying several German machine guns and capturing 132 German prisoners.       
3. 1962 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1962 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Sherry” by the Four Seasons. Here is a recording of the Four Seasons  with Frankie Valli performing the song: Great song but to make it really eternal I would have used the romantic French Cheri.
4. National Pierogi Day—celebrating thanks to immigration from Eastern Europe another stuffed dumpling with a variety of meats and/or vegetables and then boiled, fried, or baked.
5. Chase A Vacation—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of one of the great SNL action comedians Chevy Chase and probably the best portrayal of Gerald Ford we will ever see.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1600 San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world, totally landlocked by Italy, adopted its Constitution and is now the oldest nation under a constitutional form of government.    
b. 1860 in another making the nation smaller moment the telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco was opened for business.  
c. 1956 Don Larsen of the New York Yankees in game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers  pitched the only perfect game in World Series history and with the death of Yogi Berra in 2015 is the only living player in that historic game.        
d. Cats opened on Broadway and was performed for the next 18 years. 
e. 2001 following the attacks on 9/11, President George W. Bush announced the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.              
Reflections on the animal we honor on World Octopus Day:” I heard one story about an octopus in a home tank who would get out, cruise around the house, take knick-knacks, and drag them back to its tank. Like a dog! They're so smart that there are octopus enrichment handbooks so you don't bore your octopus. I've seen them play with Legos, Mr. Potato Head, you name it!” Sy Montgomery, noted naturalist and writer of children’s books   Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
© October 8, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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