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Just Some of This and That

I almost ended yesterday’s blog with “Have a Great Weekend and Labor Day“. Then I decided… I will post a short blog for Friday of some random things. So thanks for playing along.  As they sometimes say at the end of a game show Put the rest on a gift certificate unless you would rather say I’d like to solve the puzzle, Pat.  I just hope you don’t start buying vowels!

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“Pumpernickel” was “invented” by Napoleon’s troops during the Napoleonic Wars. His men complained that they were often poorly fed despite the fact that Napoleon’s horse, Nicoll, always had bread. So, “pumpernickel” was coined—pain (bread) pour (for) Nicoll.

Here’s a random pic o’ for no reason:


In the shaking-hands-department, J. Edgar Hoover would fire FBI agents whose palms were sweaty when he shook their hand, because he did not think they could handle pressure.

And here is proof that necessity is the mother of invention. John Van Wormer invented paper milk cartons after dropping a bottle of milk all over his floor. His annoyance brought us the milk carton.


And finally, I hope you have a great weekend and that you enjoy all the fruits of your labor on Labor Day!




A Labor Day 2015 Blog


Whenever I start to type my Labor Day blog, I always google how the holiday started.  This year it felt like I had previously done that very search several times. I looked and noticed that I have written over 1700 blog entries … So yes, I have previously written several Labor Day blogs. It also gives me an excuse to write one blog that will be good for a few days!

Just a reminder, if you are keeping a Labor Day blog score at home. Yes, I know… no one really is keeping score…moving on.

Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. In 1894, it became a federal holiday, and officially celebrated as a holiday by thirty states. Then, it was approved as a national holiday, following the deaths of workers from the U.S. Marshals and military during the horrible events of the Pullman Strike.

Most of us think of Labor Day as the last days of the summer season, including that most pools close after this weekend. Many people will spend this weekend with family or at a neighbor’s or friend’s barbecue or picnic.

Which brings me to two quick stories. One is a story from the Bible and the other from just Daly life… or something like that.

First, Labor Day reminds me of The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard in Matthew 20: 1-16 because it is a story that involves working, pay, and contract.

I just mention it to remind you of workers who agreed to, and were happy to work for a specific wage… and then were unhappy when they heard about what others were also being paid. A rare Bible story involving labor.

The second story is a bit off the beaten path, but I throw it in because it seems just as incongruous with Labor Day, as picnics and BBQ might seem to some. But we “comfortably” connect them as we previously noted, and because blogging just takes us there.

This is the story of John Daly “living life”. Not much about labor… which might be his problem too.

From SBNATION, we’re told why Daly believes that he recently survived after he collapsed on a golf course and was left without a pulse for three minutes. He feels he is fine now because fortunately, “I only smoke two packs of cigarettes a day, not three, so I’ll be all right”.

A story that changes up the Labor Day blog!

I hope you have a great weekend… and a meaningful Labor Day!

And in keeping with the genre of picnics for our pic o’ day…



A Friday Blog Plus

Several told me that they enjoyed reading about the story of Apple in yesterday’s blog. It makes me smile when I hear that someone enjoyed the blog. I also know that there are hits and misses. I just try to have more hits than misses!

You can see that I was trying to lure you into clicking to yesterday’s blog, if you had not read it. I am also using this blog to let you know that we just sent out August eblast . We just made it under the August wire with September bearing down on us. You can sign up to get September’s eblast right to your inbox. (Here)

Since I won’t be posting on Monday, let me also wish you a good time of relaxation, grilling,  family and friends on this Labor Day holiday.



And DID YOU KNOW that Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. Until then, it was not looked upon favorably by everyone and labor had to forfeit a day’s pay if they wished to celebrate it. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. That is recognized as the first Labor Day parade.


So, How Are You?

     For a Tuesday blog, I was influenced by Monday’s Labor Day. It seemed to be a bit of an oxymoron to be off on Labor Day. Although, it was a continuing reminder that our lives are certainly framed by our jobs. Moods and happiness are an extension of our daily labors.

     Labor Day has an interesting origin. While it is observed to “celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers”; It also is a recognition that Labor was at strife with employers and government. Not until a number of workers died at the hands of the Military and the U.S Marshals, did President Grover Cleveland recognize it as a Federal holiday.

     This is not a blog to provide a history lesson. Instead, Labor Day reminded me of why I am happy at my job. 

     There have been times in my life when I was not well enough to go to work for periods of time. I remember thinking “I just wish that I was back in my routine and could go to work”.

     Now, when people give  me the perfuntory greeting of “How am I doing?” I often wonder what expression they would give if I really decided to give a health answer, instead of “doing great”.

     I could launch in to that I feel as though I am  still rehabbing my knee that was surgically repaired 10 years ago. Is it starve a knee and feed a hip? I could add that I have no cavities in my wisdom teeth. I do have a great regimen of flossing and brushing. I’m so good at it that maybe my dentist will offer me a part-time position as a motivational speaker. I must be honest though, about my wisdom teeth health; I think that such tooth celebration is really more related to having those teeth removed when I was 17.

     I could continue that I ingest heavy volumes of ice tea and coffee on a daily basis. I am highly caffeinated at all times; although, I have noticed withdrawal symptoms around 5 am each day. My kidney health is great and I regularly watch television, which shows that I have no exercise limitations.

     My mental health is great and I have no voices in my head that are singing or counting cards. Barking dogs and crying children in restaurants don’t always erode my sanity.

     I feel no real desire to go deer or turkey hunting but I do have keen eyesight and can spot good cheesecake from a far away seat. I am willing to try new types of activities and interests, as long as they do not involve airplanes. Flying does increase my blood pressure.  

     Yes, that’s how I am really doing. Instead, today I would just reply that I am doing great and glad to be back at work. Monday is a good reminder that I enjoy that I can labor.

     For pic o’ day, I went with items from the blog. Well, maybe I’m reaching just a bit.




Why Labor Day?

 I’ll start out with pic o’ day to get you in the mood for some relaxing weekend fun. Below is history on how Labor Day celebration and recognition started.

 First, this website has some history on Labor Day, including the first New York Labor Day parade that took place on Sept 5, 1882. Here are pictures of that first parade: 



 The website also has some other pictures and even a 1944 Labor Day poem. Here is the Labor Day  history, from that site:

    The holiday unofficially began on September 5, 1882 when 10,000 workers took an unpaid day-off to honor the labor force of America and marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City. It was the first-ever Labor Day parade. Participants, as well as onlookers could vocalize issues they had with employers.

      As years passed, more states began to hold these parades, but Congress would not legalize the holiday until President Grover Cleveland was forced to sign the holiday into law as an election-year compromise with labor, twelve years later.

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