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April 18, 2015

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.

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

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.

World Amateur Radio Day – On this day in 1925, the International Amateur Radio Union was founded. The theme for this year’s celebration is, “ITU & IARU: Celebrating 150 years of Advancing the Telecommunication Art”.  Check the website for stations to listen to.

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 disorder so the solutions and support need to be prepared for that.

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 used to prepare for on a daily basis not too long ago.  It was puzzling for me at first, but I grew to 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.

Husband Appreciation Day – Celebrated on the third Saturday of April, this is a day to appreciate your husband if you have one. Do something nice for him today, be extra sweet and maybe make his favorite dinner.

Record Store Day – Also celebrated on the third Saturday of April, this day was created in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave, and Brian Poehner to celebrate the art of music by turning it into a party for everyone to participate in.. This day is recognized world wide with musical artists of all kinds participating in special appearances, performances, meeting fans, and special releases of CDs.

Auctioneers Day – A day to reflect on one of the oldest professions in history and to celebrate its’ future. Today we have online and in person auctions to participate in, maybe in a hundred or so years we will be able to participate holographically.  This is celebrated on the third Saturday in April every year.

Teach Your Daughter To Volunteer Day - Celebrated on the third Saturday in April, this is a day to encourage the younger generation of women to go forth with enthusiasm and compassion and help people.  It benefits them as well as the communities they live in and teaches them tolerance and the fact that if we are willing to work together, there is no problem we cannot solve.

National Lineman Appreciation Day - This is a day to honor the hard work of the men and women who work so hard in all kinds of inclement weather because power outages never seem to happen in good weather. We depend upon our power for just about everything we do so make sure you show them your appreciation today.

To celebrate today, discuss the problems of adult autism sufferers with a local newspaper columnist while you keep an eye out for any velociraptors who might be hunting the husband you appreciate.  Then get on your amateur radio and tell everyone about Zimbabwe and their independence while you eat animal crackers.  Next, have your daughter volunteer to help run an auction of music albums that will raise money for a party for your local Linemen.

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