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January 7, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Distaff Day - This is the day after the feast of Epiphany and is also known as St. Distaff’s Day.  It is a somewhat unofficial Catholic holiday.  In Europe, this is the day when women traditionally resume their housework after the twelve days of Christmas.

International Programmer’s Day - When I was a child, programmers didn’t exist.  Now, it’s a job that you can find in almost any major company.  As technology advances, the programming jobs change so they have to be very versatile.  We would not have smart phones without them, let alone all the tablets, and computer programs that are commonly used today.

National Pass Gas Day - Well, it makes sense that this day follows National Bean Day.  I can’t say I’m a fan of this day, but it is something that everyone does on a fairly regular basis.

National Tempura Day – Everything tastes better dipped in batter and deep fried. This is a popular Japanese dish that originally came to them via Portuguese traders and missionaries.

National Old Rock Day – Today is a day for finding, excavating, or just appreciating old rocks of all kinds, including fossils and gemstones. For the adventurous among you, there are lots of rock related activities for adults and children that I found on this web site. For the less adventurous and somewhat naughty among you, simply pull out that coal that Santa left in your stocking and admire it for a while.

I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day – And you shouldn’t either! Today is a day of action. Whatever it is that upsets you...your job, your hair, your weight, your love life, your children tracking mud and snow into the is the day to fix it. Look for a new job, get a new haircut, go to the gym and start a diet, kick the bozo to the curb and go out and find a new bozo, make your children wash the floor whenever they make a mess. Whatever it is that is making you crazy....find a way to fix it!

Harlem Globetrotter's Day – On this day in 1927, the Harlem Globetrotter's played their first game. That first season they won 101 out of 117 games. For more fascinating information about this team named after Harlem in NYC see this website.

Orthodox Christmas – Orthodox Christians working from the Gregorian calendar celebrate Christmas today. Those of us who celebrate on December 25 are using the Julian calendar, which supposedly predates the Gregorian calendar but I don't know anyone old enough to verify that information.

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