National Talk in an Elevator Day was established in a simpler era to encourage strangers riding in a vertical travel metal box to stop ignoring your compatriots and chatter a bit. In most cases this was met with stony silence or renewed focus on the smartphones held in front of us. This is what elevator … Continue reading National Talk in an Elevator Day
The last Thursday in July is National Chili Dog Day and there are many regional variations here in the United States. In Washington D.C. they serve up Half-Smokes, in Michigan they call it a Coney Island Dog, in Rhode Island it is known as a Hot Weiner, in North Carolina they add slaw (really?) and … Continue reading Yum – National Chili Dog Day
Monday Monday As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
The timing of this national day should not come as a surprise as yesterday was National Cousins Day. After all, without aunts and uncles you couldn't have cousins. See how I went all profound there? I didn't do a post on cousins day yesterday, but did a year ago. You can find that here... https://walterthinnes.blog/2019/07/24/national-cousins-day/ … Continue reading National Aunts and Uncles Day
What a delicious national day! When done well the perfect combination of yeast and mold, I mean wine and cheese, can be sublime. You can find much advice online and certainly from your sommelier and cheesemonger. As for me, my brother is something of an expert on wine and I am very cheesy. So be … Continue reading National Wine and Cheese Day
Today's National Day is very much based in the motor age and Drive Thru windows have been around for less than a century. I imagine a horse and buggy pulling up and yelling into a speaking tube to order. "Aye sir," he is told, "trot up to the first window and pay the maiden there … Continue reading National Drive Thru Day
I'm old-fashioned. I love baseball. I have missed it so. Tonight is a long delayed Opening Day because of the Coronavirus Crisis. The season is trimmed from 162 games to only 60. Teams will play in empty stadiums and only regional teams and with special rules. This season will certainly carry an asterisk. No problem. … Continue reading Baseball 2020 Style is Here!
It was a great loss to the world when Civil Rights Icon John Lewis passed away Friday night. He was called to the movement early in life and accomplished more than nearly any other man in that pursuit during his 80 year lifespan. He was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington and the … Continue reading In Memoriam – John Lewis
Isn't it amazing? After four millennia of civilized progress we have evolved into extraordinary sophistication and language progress. Or maybe not... As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
As my quarantine beard hews closer to that of James A. Garfield's, it is only fitting that my most recent read was this excellent book by Candice Millard. She fills out a fascinating story of our 20th president who only served for about half a year before being shot by Charles Guiteau. I had a … Continue reading Book Review – The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
I usually urge experiencing the focus of National Days highlighted here, but if you choose to enjoy, please do so responsibly. And pro tip - bring extra sunscreen for those oft hidden locations. You'll thank me later. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.coma and on Twitter @walterthinnes
If you happen to be on the island of Manhattan this evening you will see the setting sun framed perfectly in the concrete canyons lining our cross streets. You can find many previous posts on this site explaining the science but the real thrill is the experience. Get to a crosstown street and today you … Continue reading Here we go again with another Manhattanhenge
It's been several months since I posted a health update. Partly because my recovery seems insignificant in context of the global pandemic and partly because I am in a stage of incremental improvement and hopefully final stages. My ankle is essentially locked forever due to the rod holding it together. I am finally acclimating to … Continue reading Footnotes #24 – Getting around and about
It is no secret that I love cookies. I love making cookies but I especially love eating cookies. Today is National Sugar Cookie day but I am not publishing a recipe today. I have done that in past posts and you can find them scattered around my blog. Instead I am helping you keep them … Continue reading How to keep all the cookies for yourself
Yep, it's that day. Often on this day I enjoy a slice of my favorite, Black Forest Cake from a good bakery. For today, I found a new interesting recipe that I wanted to try. You can find a link to it here. https://bakeitafterall.com/cherry-chocolate-cheesecake-bundt-cake/ This Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Bundt Cake is a little easier to … Continue reading Making my birthday cake
When New York and the the world went into shutdown in mid-March, it seemed impossible that live theater could resume anytime soon. Broadway will certainly not be back very soon as 2021 is the earliest projected date and many shows are setting March and April openings, though these are still subject to change. There is … Continue reading When will theater return?
Happy 4th of July, Happy American Independence Day. This is a nation still being born. The Founding Fathers had a fascinating concept that is still not fully realized. We're getting there but it is slow going, especially for citizens who still do not benefit from all the grand ideas. I have faith we'll get there, … Continue reading Ramble on Independence Day
After an interruption from a particularly nasty virus Major League Baseball gets underway today in an abbreviated season. Schedule adjustments and rule changes abound to squeeze in a semblance of a season as training will be held at home stadiums and Opening Day will happen on July 23. There is good and bad news for … Continue reading 2020 MLB finally getting underway – Go Reds!