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October 4, 2015

Today we celebrate:

International African Disaspora Day - This is a day to remember the disbursement of African natives to other countries beginning with the slave trade hundreds of years ago and continuing today because of wars, famine, economic necessity, etc.  Other countries have experienced disaspora ( The displacement of natives of a country to numerous other locations when said natives continue to identify themselves as belonging to their original country.).

Kanelbullens Dag (Cinnamon Roll Day) - This is a Swedish celebration that is worthy of being a world wide day, in my opinion.  Melt in your mouth cinnamon buns began to be celebrated with their own day in Sweden when the Swedish Home Baking Council celebrated its’ 40th Anniversary of operations and created this day.  I can smell them already.

National Golf Day - There are several golf days sprinkled throughout the year because people love to golf.  This one seems to be sponsored by the PGA since 1952 and many courses will have special events and direct proceeds to charities.

National Ships-in-Bottles Day - This is a day to appreciate the amazing works of art that Ships in Bottles are.  I have no idea how much patience it takes to painstakingly assemble a ship, piece by piece in a bottle, but I know that I do not possess nearly enough of it.  This day was chosen for the celebration because it is the birthday of the first President of The Ships-In-Bottles Association of America, Jack Hinkley.

eDay - This is a New Zealand day attempting to raise awareness of the dangers of electronic waste to the environment.  We need to stop throwing our electronic devices into landfills and instead recycle them to be made into other electronic devices.  There are chemicals in these devices that are seeping into our groundwater and being ingested by people, animals and plants and they are causing some potentially serious problems that could cost billions of dollars to fix in the future if we don’t stop it now.

The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi – The Patron Saint of animals, the environment and a Co-patron Saint of Italy. This is the day after the anniversary of his death in 1226. After growing up wealthy, and converting to a life of poverty and preaching, he began his own religious order which was eventually endorsed by Pope Innocent III in 1210.

Blessing of The Animals Day – This day coincides with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi because of his love for all animals. So take your animals to a local Catholic church for their blessing today.

World Animal Day - Also celebrated in conjunction with the aforementioned Feast Day, this is a day to take some kind of action on behalf of animals all over the world.  Animals have rights too and we need to be mindful of their welfare.

National Taco Day – A taco is the Mexican version of a sandwich. A tortilla wrapped around a filling of beef, pork or fish. There are countless variations on the taco so feel free to come up with your own.  You don’t need to go by what Taco Bell puts in it and it doesn’t matter if your tortilla is a hard shell or a soft flour or corn tortilla.  You can even make a breakfast taco with eggs and cheese and bacon.  

Improve Your Office Day – On this day, office workers all around the world are required to clean up, organize and decorate in order to make their work environment clean and safe and it wouldn't hurt for it to be healthy either so make sure you use disinfectant on phones, keyboards, mice, desks and anything else people touch regularly. I know it’s a Sunday this year but this is a project that is worth going to work on a Sunday for.

Ten-Four Day – This is the fourth day of the tenth month and is a day of recognition for those radio operators who use the code words “ten-four” instead of the word “yes” on the radio. Do not ask me why radio operators need these code words, I do not have the answer for that.

National Vodka Day – The word comes from the Russian word “voda” which means “water”. This was traditionally a European drink and didn't become popular in the United States until after World War II. It is a very potent drink with a high alcohol volume so be careful when you drink it.

International Toot Your Flute Day – This is a day to brag, brag, brag. Don't be shy about telling everyone how great you are and all of the awesome, wonderful things you can do!  Toot your own flute because no one can do it better since no one knows you like you do.

Change A Light Day – Celebrated on the first Sunday in October, this is a day to make a change for the good of the environment. Change at least one of your old light bulbs to one of the new energy efficient light bulbs. Even though they tend to be more expensive than the old bulbs, they will end up saving you money over the long term.

World Communion Day - Celebrated on the first Sunday in October, this is a day for Christians all over the world to come together in faith to remember and affirm Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church.

Country Inn Bed & Breakfast Day – Also celebrated on the first Sunday in October, this is a day to celebrate inns, innkeepers and visitors of Bed & Breakfasts in North America. Some of them celebrate this weekend with special rates so if you happen to be enjoying a B&B today, ask about that.

To celebrate today, all day substitute “ten-four” for “yes” when you talk to people making sure you tell them all about how wonderful you are.  First thing this morning, head to your office to clean it, changing one of your light bulbs while you are there.  Recycle your electronics instead of throwing them away.  Then, make sure you are not late getting your pets and any other assorted animals you find on the way to church for their blessing and to participate in Communion. Next, have a feast of tacos, cinnamon rolls and vodka for lunch. This afternoon go golfing with a displaced native of Africa before you spend the rest of the day building a ship in a bottle.

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