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April 18, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Pet Owners Independence Day - Our pets have a pretty good life, don’t they? If you are a good pet owner, then your pet really has nothing to complain about.  Well, this is a day to change places with our pets. Life life like your pet does. Find a sunbeam and enjoy lying in it. Chase a ball for a while, go for a walk and ….well, you probably don’t want to go quite that far, you might get arrested. The point is that you should relax and enjoy yourself today.

World Heritage Day - This day was created by the United Nations in 1983 which recommended that all “Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year ‘International Monuments and Sites Day’.” Their goal is to encourage people to make the effort to preserve their cultural heritage. We need to remember where we came from if we are going to know who we are and why we do the crazy things we do.

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.

Income Tax Pay Day – All right American people, if you haven't filed your taxes yet, today is the last day to do so. Get busy with it so you can avoid penalties.

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.

National Golf Day - Celebrated for the last 9 years, this is a day to NOT play golf. I’m sure that this news surprises you and I hope you have someone close by who knows CPR. NO GOLF TODAY. Instead, this is a day to go to Capitol Hill and TALK about golf, which is almost as fun, I’m sure. The powers that be in the golf community want to make sure that rules and regulations governing golfing are fair and appropriate so they spend some time every year discussing this with our Senators and Representatives.

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.

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.

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.

Boston Marathon – This year will be the 120th Boston Marathon. This is an amazing event with an incredible number of runners in one place along with all the volunteers to help keep them hydrated, medical people to help with any problems that come up like cramps, sprains, dehydration and exhaustion to name a few, and of course, plenty of friends and family to cheer on the runners.

Patriot's Day – Always celebrated on the third Monday of April, this day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which were the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Re-enactments are performed in Lexington and Concord on this day every year. In some states it is an official holiday with schools being closed, other states didn’t make it official, but they still encourage their citizens to celebrate.

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