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February 25, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Inconvenience Yourself Day – Celebrated on the fourth Wednesday in February, this is a day to go out of your way to do something for others. There are a million opportunities that come up in the course of a normal day that you can take advantage of in order to put yourself out and help someone. You just have to pay attention. Is there someone in one of those motorized shopping cart things at the grocery store who needs help reaching something high? Ask if you can get it for them. Let someone go ahead of you in line or while you're driving. I know if you're thinking about it, you'll find a way to help someone even if it’s just simply holding the door for someone or giving someone a smile when it looks like they’re having a bad day.

National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day – Assuming you don't have allergies to nuts or chocolate, this is a heavenly day for you. Any kind of nuts and any kind of chocolate will do. You can make your own or buy your favorites. A lot of people like the M&M chocolate covered nuts but those are definitely not the only kind out there.

National Pistol Patent Day – On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt (1814 – 1862) received his patent for a “revolving gun”. When he was a child, he would hear soldiers talking about their experiences with various firearms and how it was impossible for a gun to shoot five or six times without reloading. So at a young age he decided that he wanted to create the impossible gun. When he was 16, he got the idea for his revolver by watching a ship's wheel spinning.

National Clam Chowder Day – We had National New England Clam Chowder Day back in January, but today it doesn't matter if you like your clam chowder white or red. You can even have one for lunch and the other for dinner if you like both.

Pink Shirt Day - This is a day about standing up to bullying.  Far too many people turn away and don’t take a stand when they see bullying happen.  I was one of them when I was a kid.  I was bullied and witnessed my bullies tormenting others and I was too afraid to do anything about it.  I still feel a lot of guilt about it to this day even though I know the situation wasn’t my fault.  I should have said something to someone who could have stopped it.  I didn’t then, but I would now.  You can too.  Make a start today by wearing a pink shirt.

To celebrate today, wear a pink shirt and spay or neuter your dog or cat before you go to a shooting range to practice firing modern revolvers at targets. On the way home, watch for an opportunity to inconvenience yourself for some else.  For dinner you can have some clam chowder, and for dessert feel free to indulge in chocolate covered nuts.

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