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September 2, 2015

Today we celebrate:

Pierce Your Ears Day - I didn’t know there was a day for this!  If I had, I would have had my daughters wait until this day came around years ago when we had their ears pierced.  Some places that do this kind of thing might have discounts that you can take advantage of today.  Ear piercing is a kind of peculiar thing to do, if you think about it.  Why put a hole in your body?  There will probably come a day when people won’t do that anymore but right now wearing earrings is fashionable and a way to make yourself look and feel more beautiful.  It’s not for everyone, so if you don’t like it, don’t do it.

National Beheading Day – Okay, who came up with this one? If you can find out, please let me know. All I could find out is that this is a day to celebrate all the beheadings that have occurred throughout history whether they happened to regular people or royalty. Kind of gruesome, if you ask me.

Victory over Japan Day – On this day in 1945, Japan's surrender became official with the signing of the surrender document. There was a formal ceremony in Tokyo Bay, Japan aboard the USS Missouri.

Old Timer’s Day - This is a great day to honor the ones among us who have lived the longest.  They have the honor of being called “Old Timers” and should be venerated and respected for their years and years of wisdom and experience.  Do not use insulting words to describe them like decrepit and antiquated, unless you are the old timer, in which case you may feel free to use any words you want.

Bowling Shirt Day - Bowling shirts date back to the 1950’s and should never be tucked in.  I’m not sure why this particular day is important in the bowling shirt year, but it is so dig yours out of the closet, call the rest of your past or present bowling team, and get together for a game today.

Spalding Baseball Day - This is a day to appreciate baseballs.  We wouldn’t be able to enjoy a baseball game without them.  On this day in 1850, Albert Spalding was born.  He was a major league baseball player for the Boston Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings.  Stockings?  Really?  I’m glad they changed that name.  Mr. Spalding started a sporting good store with his brother in 1876.  Perhaps you’ve heard of them, Spalding Sporting Goods.  If you play any kind of sport that uses a ball, you probably have.  They standardized baseballs and were the makers of the First Major League Baseball in 1876 and the First Major League Baseball Glove in 1877.

National Blueberry Popsicle Day - Popsicles were invented in 1905 by an absent minded child, Frank Epperson.  Frank left his fruit juice outside on a freezing winter’s day with a stirring stick in it.  The next morning it was frozen solid and delicious.  This is a day to enjoy the blueberry variety.  If you make your own, with fresh blueberries, it is heavenly.

Bison-Ten-Yell Day – This is a day to celebrate the bicentennial of the invention of the Bison-Ten-Yell. Yes, I know. That information didn't make me any less confused either. Well, maybe it will help if I tell you that it has something to do with a set of 10 battle yells that were used as signals during battle. And this was incorporated into football in order to help the players remember the plays.

To celebrate today, watch a documentary on World War II and make up your own battle yell as you stage a reenactment of your favorite battle with your family.  Then, read a biography on someone famous who had been beheaded way back when that used to happen while you eat a blueberry popsicle. Next, get your ears pierced before you put on a bowling shirt and use a Spalding baseball to play catch with an old-timer.

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