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July 29, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day – It looks like your goal today is to catch some mice so you need to sacrifice some cheese for bait. I don't have an mouse to catch, thank goodness. If you do, better get some good cheese so they are very tempted.

Lipstick Day - This is a day to celebrate an item that has been used to beautify women for thousands of years. Who knew that lipstick had been around that long? Of course, it hasn’t always been in those convenient little tubes. There was a time when wearing lipstick was considered scandalous and only women of ill repute would dare do so. But we live in a more enlightened society now and everyone can wear it without fear of being judged. I don’t wear it much because I like to kiss my kids every chance I get and they get mad if I leave telltale marks on their faces.

National Lasagna Day – Delicious layers of a wide and flat pasta and cheese and whatever else you like to put in your lasagna. I prefer a meat filled lasagna but vegetables are good too.

Rain Day – The history of Rain Day is too involved for me to get into here so I will post a site where you can read all about it. I will say that it began with Byron Daly in 1874 in the Daly & Spraggs Drug Store in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and involves rain, betting, hats, lots of celebrities and a Rain Day Prophet. Fascinating!

National Chicken Wing Day – Proclaimed in 1977 by Mayor Stan Makowski of Buffalo, NY, this day has been celebrated with enthusiasm every year since. Apparently the people in Buffalo REALLY love their chicken wings and eat thousands of them every week. That is why they are sometimes called Buffalo wings. I have also seen evidence that this is also an international day so anyone who wants to can celebrate with you.

Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps – Celebrating its’ 241st year of supporting the faith of the armed forces with an incredibly diverse group of Chaplains. There are a little less than 3,000 Chaplains from about 130 different faith groups including a Hindu Chaplain and two Buddhist Chaplains who signed on a few years ago. I had no idea they supported that many different faiths. They also have Muslims, Orthodox and Jewish, as well as the standard Catholic and Christian denominations.

National Talk In An Elevator Day – Celebrated on the last Friday in July, this is a day to gather your courage, take a deep breath, in an elevator. Normally, people riding in an elevator with strangers will stay silent which can sometimes feel awkward. So break the silence today and talk about whatever comes to mind. Word of caution, however….it might be better to talk to your fellow elevator riders and not just to yourself. Otherwise, the awkwardness will probably skyrocket.

System Administrator Appreciation Day – System Administrators make our working lives possible these days. You would be hard pressed to find any job that does not in some way rely on a computer system in order to function, and system administrators are the ones who set up the systems, make sure they work properly, back up anything that needs to be backed up and upgrade anything that becomes out of date. Make sure you find one and thank him/her today. This day is also celebrated on the last Friday in July.

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