On August 2014

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.

In non-leap years, no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, but in leap years February starts on the same day of the week.

August and November end on the same day of the week every year

August (then called Sextilis) was the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar

August (still Sextilis) became the eighth month around 700 BC by King Numa Pompilius, but it had only 29 days

Julius Caesar added two days to August (still Sextilis) in 45 BC

Sextillis renamed August in 8 BC to honor Augustus

August’s birthstone is Peridot, a greenish said to have magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares … plus bring power, influence, and a wonderful year to the wearer.

August’s birth flower are Gladiolus and Poppy … meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage, and family

August’s Zodiac signs are Leo (ending August 22) and Virgo (starting August 23)

Moon for August as multiple names: Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon

Only two Shakespeare plays mention August: Henry VI Part I and The Tempest

Anglo-Saxons called August by the name Weod-monath (weed month)

August is also called Augustus (Afrikaans, Dutch), Gusht (Albanian), Avqust (Azerbaijani), Kolovoz (Croatian), elokuu (Finnish), Αύgoustos (Greek), Ogos (Malay), Awissu (Maltese), Thang-Tam (Vietnamese), Awst (Welsh)

August is a month-long holiday for many Europeans

August and February are seasonable equivalents in opposite hemispheres

August is the month to increase awareness of Children Eye Health & Safety, Bystanders, Traffic, Immunization, Psoriasis, Child Support, Motor Sports, Minority Donors, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Children Vision & Learning, Pet Immunization, Cataracts, Romance, and Studious Behavior

August is the month to celebrate Black Business, Panini, Goat Cheese, Catfish, Indian Heritage, Breastfeeding, Dirty Harry, and Peaches

August is the month to appreciate American Artists, Water Quality, Tomboy Tools, Neurosurgery Outreach, Audio, and Inventors

August is the month to participate in American Adventures, American History Essay Contest, Truancy Prevention, Don’t be a Bully, Get Ready for Kindergarten, What Will Be Your Legacy, Mutt-i-grees Rescue, Win with Civility, Happiness Happens, Midnight Moon Parties, and Plan Ahead for Halloween

Take time to celebration these anytime in August. Did you listen to any of the August songs? If so, which?

On Truckin on the Highway

I don’t like passing trucks when it’s raining because they put off too much spray – but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I know that more road damage is due to trucks (than cars), which increases road maintenance costs – but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I know it’s more economical for shipping to occur by rail than by truck, but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I don’t like driving behind trucks because they block my down-the-road vision – but that’s not the trucker’s fault.

I don’t like driving behind trucks whose driver decides to control the flow of traffic – and that IS the trucker’s fault! These pompous clowns must think just because they have a big vehicle, with a better view since they are high, and maybe even the advance reports received through CB communications – so must know what is best for everyone.

Traffic was slow last Friday on I-75 – slower than normal – and yes, I was behind a truck. Since my exit was about a mile ahead and the right lane was moving a little faster, I moved into the right lane – and lo and behold discovered part of the issue!

There was a significant gap between the truck and the next vehicle ahead, thus being behind it, I didn’t know. Then, slightly ahead was another trucker who was doing the same thing! Who and the heck appointed them governors of the highway?

This event reminded me of something that happened a few years ago. I was on my way to the airport, then traffic came to a crawl. Seems that two truckers (one in each lane) were controlling the pace and flow of traffic because a construction project a few miles ahead.

Once I noticed that, I got in the median and passed the truck … and then another truck same from the right lane moved left to block me! But I just kept moving, thus passed that one too! To top it all off, I had no problem at the bridge construction. So these clowns were controlling traffic the way they saw best for everyone – which simply wasn’t right.

What a bunch of nonsense! Concentrate on safely driving your rig and stop making decisions for the rest of us. These few are damaging the reputation of the rest of the truckers. Then again, that seems to be the way live happens anytime the clueless take their spot in the population.

Let’s end with something light – such as 18 Wheels on a Big Rig by the fabulous Heywood Banks.