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July 11, 2014

Are you ready to be cheerful?  There are seven billion people on this planet and I imagine that a good percentage of them are lonely so you have your work cut out for you today on:

Cheer Up The Lonely Day – This is a day to seek out those who are lonely and do your best to cheer them up in any way you can.  Be creative, be compassionate, and most important of all, be cheerful.

Bowdler's Day – Thomas Bowdler was born on this day in 1754. He was an English physician and a philanthropist who published The Family Shakespeare for modern women and children (of the time). It was supposed to be more understandable than the original versions although if today’s children read his version, they would probably not find it any easier than the original.

Day Of The Five Billion or World Population Day – On this day in 1987, the world had reached a population of five billion people according to the United Nations Population Fund. We have now surpassed 7 billion people.

Slurpee Day or 7-Eleven Day – On this day every year, 7-Eleven gives out free slurpees. Make sure you get yours today.

National Rainier Cherries Day – Rainier cherries are a kind of cherry apparently. I don't know much about cherries since I'm not a big fan of them. If you are, check out your local top restaurants because there is bound to be at least one that will have a delicious cherry dessert to celebrate today.

Chick-Fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day – On this day, all over the country, Chick-fil-A restaurants are honoring the cow by giving a free meal to any customer who shows up to their restaurants in a cow costume. What you are not allowed to do, is ask me why a chicken restaurant is celebrating cows.

Collector Car Appreciation Day – This is the fourth annual celebration of this day which seems to be scheduled for the second Friday in July. This day was begun by a U.S. Senate resolution sponsored by Senators Jon Tester and Richard Burr. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of automotive restoration and collection, at least to automotive restorers and collectors and possibly to many more people in this country whom I do not know.

National Blueberry Muffin Day – Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. I love to go blueberry picking every year and make muffins with the fresh berries.

To celebrate today, go forth, in your restored car, amongst the billions of people on the planet and stop at a 7-Eleven for your free slurpee.  Then head to a place where there are sure to be lonely people, like a bus depot maybe, and read modern Shakespeare aloud to cheer them up. Then put on your cow costume and go to Chick-Fil-A for  a free dinner followed by blueberry muffins and Rainier cherries for dessert.

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