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July 24, 2013

Today we celebrate:

Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day – This is a holiday in Utah that remembers the entry of Brigham Young and his group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on this day in 1847. This day is celebrated by staging reenactments, dances, potlucks and pioneer games.

Cousins Day – This is a day to celebrate cousins. Find a way to spend some time with them today or talk to them and let them know how much you love them.

National Drive-Thru Day – This is a day to celebrate businesses that allow you to not ever get out of your car. Drive-thru restaurants, or drive-thru pharmacies, or even drive-thru stores in some areas, are some of the options you have open to you today. I hope your car is comfortable.

Amelia Earhart Day – Amelia was born on this day in 1897 in Kansas. She was only the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license. She became famous for being the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Sadly, she was attempting to fly around the earth when she disappeared and was never seen again. The assumption is that she had plane trouble and went down somewhere in the ocean but there is a lot of mystery involved since many of her personal belongings have been found on various Pacific islands.

National Tequila Day – I'm told that tequila is very good and can be mixed into some delicious drinks. But when I was young, I saw a television show where a man drank tequila out of a dirty glass and there was a disgusting worm at the bottom of it. Even today the thought of drinking tequila turns my stomach. Call me crazy if you want to, I don't mind.

Tell An Old Joke Day – Laughter is a great medicine. Today is a day to get it working for you by telling an old joke to someone. Just make sure it's a good joke, and if you need to find someone who hasn't heard it before, try a neighborhood child for an audience. Well, as long is it isn't a dirty joke.

To celebrate today, get all of your cousins and your neighbors together to stage a reenactment of the day Brigham Young brought his pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. If you have any Mormons in your group, double check the details with them so you can get it right. Hit a drive-thru at lunch time in order to get lunch for everyone. Then regal your children with the story of Amelia Earhart. Follow that up with an old joke and once they are all in bed and you are home for the night (and over the age of 21), have a drink with tequila in it to wrap up your evening.

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