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April 18, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Zimbabwe Independence Day - According to the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary by Cherie D. Abbey, on this day in 1980, after many years of struggle, the white minority in charge of Zimbabwe agreed to honor multiracial elections, ending nearly 100 years of white rule over an African nation.

Newspaper Columnists Day – On this day in 1945, Ernie Pyle was killed. He was a well-known and well-respected newspaper columnist who was covering World War II. He lived with the soldiers, saw what they saw, ate what they ate, felt what they felt, and was killed by a Japanese sniper.

Adult Autism Awareness Day – The issue of Autism in children is well known and growing.  But those children grow up into adulthood and you just don’t hear about the issues that they face and the fact that it is harder to find help.  They are people just like everyone else and today we recognize the issues they face with interpersonal relationships, careers, college educations and living on their own.  Every person with autism has his/her own unique issues and abilities, it’s not a one size fits all disease so the solutions and support need to be prepared for that.

Good Friday – Celebrated on the Friday before Easter, today is the day Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is a day celebrated by many countries all over the world and each one has their own unique customs, traditions and beliefs.  One such tradition is the kite flying that happens on Bermuda every Good Friday, serving as symbolism for Jesus ascending into heaven.

National Animal Crackers Day – Begun in 1902 by the company now known as Nabisco, these crackers were originally called Barnum's Animals.

National Golf Day – It appears that there are several National Golf Days to be celebrated this year.  This is the first, possibly because most golf courses are finally free from snow and, hopefully, mud.  I know in the south the golf courses open earlier and may even be open all year round, which is hard for me to digest living in the northeast the way I do.  The next National Golf Day is on May 21st.  See you then.

National Velociraptor Awareness Day - This appears to be a tongue-in-cheek day, at least I hope it is.  I have seen several sites, one of which I added here, which describe the hunting techniques of the velociraptor and the best way to avoid becoming prey.  I compare this to the Zombie Apocalypse that my son is preparing for on a daily basis.  It was puzzling for me at first, but now I take his plans to barricade all entrances into the house and destroy the steps going up to the back deck at the first hint that the Zombie invasion has occurred, with a grain of salt.  So, it doesn’t hurt to keep your eyes open for what may be stalking you and preparing to turn you into a snack.  Just remember, velociraptors hunt in packs.

World Amateur Radio Day – On this day in 1925, the International Amateur Radio Union was founded. The theme for this year’s celebration is, “Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communications”.

To celebrate today, treat a local newspaper columnist to a golf game and discuss the problems of adult autism sufferers while you keep an eye out for any velociraptors who might be hunting you.  Then get on your amateur radio and tell everyone about Zimbabwe and their independence while you eat animal crackers.  Finally, head to your church for a Good Friday service.

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