On Elevating Monday

Time for the weekend report … how was yours?

Whew … what a different weekend for me. The weather change delivered a dose of the cool and windy side of fall. My wife went out-of-town for a gathering of a group of high school friends, but hey … I kept busy with time on the ballroom, some things in the house, a college football game, and hosting the blog party.

A big thank you to everyone attending my blog celebration for post #1500. Your presence and kind comments warmed my heart … and I especially appreciate knowing that some of you visited other blogs. I estimate another milestone sometime in the next two months, but it will only be noted … after all, hosting a blog party is a lot of work! But, I’m now behind on visiting others. 😦

Celebrations for Your Week

  • (Week) Walk Your Dog Week, No Salt Week, Fall Astronomy Week, Space Week, Fire Prevention Week, Great Books Week, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Mystery Series Week, Carry a Tune Week, Work from Home Week, Nuclear Medicine Week, Children’s Week, Drive Safely to Work Week, Financial Planning Week, Kids’ Goal-Setting Week, Metric Week, Physicians Assistants Week, Spining & Weaving Week, Dairy Expo Week, Newspaper Week, Get Organized Week, Customer Service Week, Skin Care Week, Teller Appreciation Week, Pickled Peppers Week, Wegener’s Granulomatosis Awareness Week
  • (Mon) Mad Hatter Day, Ivy Day, Smile Day (again), Noodle Day, Come & Take It Day, Diversity Day, Bullying Prevention Day, World Habitat Day, Techie’s Day, German-American Day, Ecological Debt Day, Child Health Day
  • (Tues) Frappe Day, You Matter to Me Day
  • (Wed) Fluffernutter Day (YES! – Remember this one?), Pierogy Day (Awesome!), Emergency Nurses Day, Top Spinning Day, Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day, Stop Violence Everywhere Day, Touch Tag Day, Octopus Day, Walk to School Day, Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • (Thurs) Dessert Day, Fire Prevention Day, Chess Day, Depression Screen Day, World Sight Day

To send you into the week, here’s a flash from the past. Thanks to Elyse for reminding me about this one about voice recognition. Have a good rest of the week.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 187

On Politics
Congress is having a difficult time with immigration reform because they cannot decide if the law is about letting people in or keeping people out. Meanwhile, The Onion dived into the controversy by providing tips for securing the US-Mexico border.

Interesting post by FactCheck regarding two senators comments about the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Immigration Report.

Regulars know that because Sarah Palin is synonymous with nincompoop, I seldom give her any time and effort. However, the following headline (written by a Republican) is worth noting: Sarah Palin’s Mind-Boggling, Incoherent Immigration Reform Critique

Wow – I finally heard some comments on the news about whether political groups qualify for 501 (C)(4) tax-exempt status … but this point still seems to be only a tiny blip on the radar.

Attention Millennials: Because you are large demographic group, take note that the current issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and retirement will repeat itself for you in the future.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Vatican County fair sets record for world’s largest communion wafer
Bananas sweep Primates Choice Awards again
Italy, Japan advance to G8 finals
Markets in turmoil as price of money skyrockets to $90 a dollar
Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to steamy, all-female prison
Nation celebrates What is, Technically Speaking, Progress

Interesting Reads
Healthcare and the states
Click through the 10 greatest idea in science history
Weird stuff blamed on climate change
Why Middle East monarchies survive
History of Peeing in Space

On Potpourri
I favor CNN in the morning. Last week they launched New Day (6-9 am), and it is interesting to see how they use a new set, new personalities, and less substance with hopes of increasing ratings. Personally, I prefer more substance.

For the first time, Wine Spectator is featuring South Africa as its July 2013 cover story. Given I appreciate my South African readers, I’ve enjoyed the WS articles.

Last week I mentioned the controversy involving the number of stripes on Cap’n Crunch. It seems he recently used a press conference to offer an explanation.

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With the Paula Dean flap in full swing, I wish nobody used the n-word – including those who find it acceptable.

Time: The Musical returns with the Monday night/Tuesday post. The feature for Act 4 is Month, so get your songs ready with month, months, monthly, or a specific month in the title.

Similar to last week, here’s another pop song done with handbells. Enjoy.

A reminder that Friday starts Water Skiing Days, Sunday is Leap Second Adjustment Day, and time is running out to celebrate World Naked Bike Ride Month (for the northern hemisphere, thus a reminder to El Guapo).

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

To send you into the weekend, here a humorous video courtesy of Elyse. Have a good weekend. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On a Day of Elevens

November 11, 2011 – 11/11/11 – and then we can expand this to include the 11th second of the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month of the 11th year in the century. We also know that 11 is the lowest positive number with three syllables, but I have not knowingly encountered an 11-sided polygon (which happens to called a hendecagon or undecagon).

Today is much more important than a post about elevens, and important enough to forego my normal Friday feature of Opinions in the Shorts – today is Veteran’s Day.

As I looked ahead to this day earlier in the week, I was thinking about my dad, who passed away in September 2010. As an eighteen year old, he left high school early to join the army during WW II. Obviously, he was one of the younger soldiers. Being that he would have turned 85 in a few weeks serves as a reminder that the number of surviving WW II veterans is rapidly dwindling. Besides, 2011 is the year of the passing of the last surviving WW I veteran – Frank Buckles.

We baby boomers grew up in a time with that war fresh in the minds of many. Who knows how many movies, television shows, and documentaries we watched during our youth. We didn’t live that war – yet the effects of that time. We lived a good life because of the efforts of many – and led by those who Tom Brokow called The Greatest Generation.

Although a day will come when the last WW II veteran is no longer physically with us, we have memorials throughout the land that are designed as a reminder to the living.

On this Veteran’s Day, we celebrate all veterans who served in our armed forces at any time in any war and in time of peace, but a special tip of the hat to those WW II soldiers – those who fell in combat, those who have passed on, and those who still are alive.