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Ahhh, Saturday, when i don't have to be at work (on the every other Saturday that i do work) until 9am. If that's not a reason to be thankful, then newspaper is a reason to be thankful.
Newspaper? Yes. Our old-fashioned selves still get a newspaper. It makes me thankful on many counts.
It's one of the only things that is still delivered to your home (and will be redelivered if it ends up wet, scattered across the yard, or stolen, which happens at times). The milkman and the Charles' Chips man and the dry cleaner don't deliver any more, but the newspaper guy does.
The newspaper gives me exercise fetching it each morning.
It comes in a handy plastic bag that i save. Some plastic bags i take to the church nursery (they are great for putting a nasty diaper into so it doesn't stink up the whole room), some i use when walking the grand-dogs, and some i keep for my work. There's nothing like a small, disposable plastic bag for holding all kinds of icky stuff a janitor can run across.
The headlines make sure i know a bit of what is going on without overwhelming me with information the way the TV news does, as i only have to read further if i want to and can stop when i want.
Sweetie has a great time yelling at the headlines each morning over breakfast, which can be very entertaining.
Our newspaper is owned by a person who prints a Bible verse every day on the Op-Ed page.
The local columnists are entertaining, and i really like the restaurant critic.
There are puzzles and crosswords that i can use to challenge my brain when i get a chance to sit down.
Newspaper makes the best material for cleaning glass, mirrors and stainless steel. There is no substitute!
Tripod SissyCat has decided she doesn't like the regular litter, she wants shredded newspaper in her box, and it works just fine. Newspaper also comes in handy for putting on the floor any place you need to keep clean, or where something may get tracked in.
Old-fashioned perhaps, but i am very thankful for my daily paper.
Is there anything, even something old-fashioned, that makes you thankful that you would care to share? You can make up a list (it does not have to be ten, there's no penalty if it isn't) and post it at Ten Things of Thankful. The delightful Josie Two-Shoes is our hostess, and i am also very thankful for her.
Day of Cancelled Expectations -- according to William Least Heat-Moon in his autobiography, Blue Highways
Dita e Pavaresise -- Kosovo (Independence Day)(2008)
Feast of Shezmu -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (god of the winepress; date approximate)
February 17 Revolution Day -- Libya
La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo -- Tucson, AZ, US (celebrating the Old West heritage; through Feb. 25)
Galesburg Historical Society Chocolate Festival -- Galesburg, IL, US (home made and commercially made chocolates, all you can eat for the price of the low admission fee; through tomorrow)
Hachinohe Enburi Matsuri -- Hachinohe, Japan (festival with prayers for a good harvest; through Wednesday)
Hadaka Matsuri -- Inazawa Cho, Japan (thousands of loincloth-wearing men try to touch the closely guarded Shin-otoko [a man chosen, stripped naked, and shaved totally] as he is on his way to the shrine in the oldest "Naked Festival" in Japan, held every year since 767)
Last day of Celtic Tree Month Luis (Rowan)
Lemon Festival/Fete du Citron -- Menton, French Riviera (through Mar. 4)
My Way Day -- today, determine your identity all by yourself, apart from what other people say you should be; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
National Cafe Au Lait Day
National Indian Pudding Day
National PTA Founders Day -- US
Nice Carnival -- Nice, France (dating back to the 14th century, this celebration is one of France's best; through Mar. 3)
Practice Your Free Throws Day -- spread around the internet by someone who really loves basketball
Quirinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a/k/a Feast of Fools)
Random Acts of Kindness Day -- US (unofficial, but a great idea)
Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri -- Saidai-ji, Okayama Prefecture, Japan (Spectacular and atmospheric Naked Festival, dating back to the 14th century, in which a Shinto man strips, is completely shaved, then runs through town while up to 10,000 loincloth-wearing [and sometimes drunk] men try to touch him while guard's throw cold water on them; they also battle for sacred wooden sticks [shingi] tossed into the air by priests.)
Snow Ice Cream Day -- internet generated; if you want to try it, and are sure your snow is reasonably clean, add sugar, milk, a touch of vanilla, and enjoy
St. Fortchern of Trim's Day (Patron of bell-founders)
Tanis Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar (To honor pigs)
League of United Latin American Citizens (Lulac) Founded, 1929
Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio, 1809
Vanessa Atler, 1982
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 1981
Paris Hilton, 1981
Jerry O'Connell, 1974
Bryan White, 1974
Billie Joe Armstrong, 1972
Denise Richards, 1972
Michael Forbes, 1967
Ronald "Bell Biv" DeVoe, 1967
Michael Jordan, 1963
Lou Diamond Phillips, 1962
Richard Karn, 1959
Rene Russo, 1954
Brenda Fricker, 1945
Jim Brown, 1936
Alan Bates, 1934
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), 1934
Lee Holby, 1926
Hal Holbrook, 1925
Arthur Kennedy, 1914
Clarence Lindon “Buster” Crabbe, 1908
Red Barber, 1908
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879
William Cadbury, 1867
Samuel Sidney Mcclure, 1857
Friedrich A Krupp, 1854
A. Montgomery Ward, 1844
Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, 1781
Thomas Malthus, 1766
Arcangelo Corelli, 1653
"A Prairie Home Companion"(Radio), 1979
"BC"(Comic Strip), 1958
"Madame Butterfly"(Puccini Opera), 1904
"Un Ballo in maschera"(Verdi Opera), 1859
"Siroe, re di Persia"(Handel HWV 24), 1728
Today in History:
Miles Standish is appointed the first commander of the Plymouth colony, 1621
The first volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is
The first ship passes through the Suez Canal, 1867
Women's suffragist Esther Morris is appointed the first female justice of the peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
Sardines are first canned, by Julius Wolff of Eastport, Maine, 1876
Madame Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan, 1904
The first minimum wage law in the US takes effect, in Oregon, 1913
Johnny Weissmuller sets the 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds), 1924
The first telecast of a sporting event in Japan, a baseball game, 1931
The first issue of "Newsweek" magazine is published, 1933
Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution, 1959
Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T, 1972
Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match, 1996
Kosovo declares independence, 2008
In racing, Danica Patrick becomes the first woman at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to win pole position, 2013
The discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific is announced in research journal "GSA Today", 2017