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November 4, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Use Your Common Sense Day – Created by Bud Bilanich, this is a day that encourages us to use applied common sense. Mr. Bilanich says that most people have common sense and know what to do in most situations, they just don't actually listen to their common sense. This is a day to listen and apply what our senses tell us in business and in life. Mr. Bilanich chose this day because it is Will Rogers' birthday. You may remember that Mr. Rogers once said, “common sense ain't all that common.”

National Waiting for the Barbarians Day - I can’t find much information on this aside from the fact that it is the title of a book by J. M. Coetzee who is a Nobel laureate from South Africa and was published in 1980.  In the story the natives to the area the story is set in are considered to be barbarians by the people who have decided to colonize the area.  That’s the extent of my knowledge on this subject.

Election Day – This is the day set aside for the general elections of public officials. It is the day after the first Monday in November. Federal elections only occur on even-numbered years but state and local elections happen for something every year.

King Tut Day – On this day in 1922, Howard Carter and his team of archaeologists found the entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt. It took many years to excavate the whole thing and find all of the gold treasure that had been buried with the King who was only 19 years old when he died.

National Candy Day – Funny how this comes so soon after Halloween. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that most people still have lots of candy left over.

National Chicken Lady Day – The Chicken Lady is Dr. M. Tina Dupree who works to train and certify professional speakers and authors. I haven't been able to determine why she is called The Chicken Lady, only that it is an endearment, not an insult.

To celebrate everything in one day, head to the library to borrow National Waiting for the Barbarian and ask them to help you look for a King Tut exhibit that is traveling around the world somewhere.  If it is not near you, use your common sense and don’t try to get to it but instead, see if you can find pictures online which you can look at while you listen to online speeches from the Chicken Lady and eat candy.  Finally, don’t forget to get out and vote!

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