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September 27, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Woman Road Warrior Day – Road Warriors are people who travel for a living. This day is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday in September and honors the traveling businesswomen. Women road warriors often find it a more difficult way of life than the men do because they suffer from the guilt of leaving behind sick children and other family obligations more than men typically do.

National Corned Beef Hash Day - Today it’s all about meat and potatoes. Specifically corned beef meat and fried potatoes. It’s delicious with fried eggs.

National Crush A Can Day – This is an odd day that doesn't seem to have a specific purpose or history that I can find. I can speculate that it is a stress relieving day as some people like to relieve their stress by breaking or crushing things. I prefer to recycle my cans but I guess I can make an exception today.

Ancestor Appreciation Day – This is a day to dig into your family history and find out where you came from so you can appreciate your ancestors, whoever they happen to be. Without every single one of them, you would not be who you are. So, even if you find that one or more of them are not necessarily people you would be proud of, you should be thankful for their role in ultimately creating you.

Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Created in 2008 by the National Association of People with AIDS, this is a day to recognize that although gay and bisexual men are only about 2 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 61 percent of all of the newly diagnosed HIV infections in the year 2009. Since this is the demographic that is most at risk of developing this devastating disease, it stands to reason that men who are gay and bisexual need to be tested regularly and, even better, take precautions to protect themselves against becoming infected in the first place.

National Chocolate Milk Day – Chocolate fans everywhere, heads up! This is a day for you. Carry some chocolate around with you today so you can add it to your milk at every meal. If you don't usually drink milk at meals, you might want to change your habits today. I really like to use Ovaltine as opposed to Nestle or Swiss Miss or other chocolate milk mixes because it is chock full of vitamins and minerals and makes really good chocolate milk.

World Tourism Day - This is a day to focus on the value of tourism. The theme for this years’ celebration is “Tourism For All, Promoting Universal Accessibility.” A lot of communities depend on tourists for their livelihood, but there are a lot of places that people with disabilities cannot get to. Whether the disability is permanent or temporary, at some point in almost everyone’s life, they will find a place that they want to see but won’t be able to because it is not accessible. So today we focus on trying to change that and make every place accessible to everyone. The organizers want to know how you will be celebrating so they ask that you send them photos based on the theme to the WTD Facebook album and label your tweets about it with #tourism4all #WTD2016.

National Voter Registration Day – Participation is vitally important when you live in a democratic society. If you don’t participate, you leave the decisions up to the ones that do and you don’t get a voice.  Sometimes it seems like voting is pointless especially if you are part of a minority party, but you still need to realize that your voice is important and you have the right to speak. And if you speak up loud enough, you may be able to sway others to your point of view and then you can create change. So if you are not registered to vote in your local area, get out there and register today. This is celebrated on the fourth Tuesday in September.

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