Hoping that all Father's have a very special day and that all children have a reason to make it a very special day. Being a biological father is not an automatic reason to be celebrated but the love they give, the protection they provide and the lessons they instill make this a time to honor … Continue reading Honor your Pops on Father’s Day
Last year on this date I advocated turning this traditional holiday into a Federal Holiday and clearly Joe Biden was listening to me. Rather than printing the background information again this year you can go to it by clicking here. https://walterthinnes.blog/2020/06/19/happy-juneteenth-and-a-note-about-federal-holidays/ I'm very pleased that things have changed enough to make this happen and hope … Continue reading Welcome to Juneteenth, the newest Federal Holiday!
Early tomorrow morning about two dozen motorcyclists and a few chase vehicles will start a week long ride for charity through the upper midwest intersecting several times with the upper Mississippi River. I have had the pleasure to join this wacky group for part of one of their previous rides and they are a great … Continue reading Bon Voyage to the Long Reach Long Riders tomorrow morning…
International Bath Day is celebrated every year on June 14 because it is classically considered the day of Archimedes' greatest discovery. I remember that day well. Let me explain. Archimedes (we called him Archie, but that's a story for another day) was a pretty smart fella and an innovative mathematician. He got the whole measurement … Continue reading Eureka! – I have discovered International Bath Day!
Back again with another motorcycle product first look review. The Viking Cycles company has sent me their Ironborn Textile Jacket so that I can review it. Below you can link to watch my five minute video review on YouTube, but first a few notes. This jacket is high quality, seems very functional and and looks … Continue reading Initial Review of the Viking Cycles Ironborn Textile Jacket
Today, June 7, 2021, is the 54th anniversary of the death of one of my favorite authors, Dorothy Parker. Most people who know Dorothy Parker know her for her witty bon mots - you've probably heard her most famous - "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." One even addressed her eventual demise. … Continue reading A Tribute to Dorothy Parker
Today is National Fish and Chips Day, not here in the US, but in the United Kingdom! And let me tell you, they know and cherish their Fish and Chips. I've eaten authentic Fish and Chips in England and there is nothing I have found to match it here in the states. I also have … Continue reading National Fish and Chips Day
You remember what your mother told you as a child - "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Hope you learned your lesson well, but today, take it one step further. Please go out of your way to say something nice. Let's increase civility and let it start with us. This … Continue reading National Say Something Nice Day
For those of us in the United States, it is Memorial Day. The unofficial start of summer it is set aside to honor those who died in the nation's armed services defending our nation. For those around the world, the World Health Organization uses May 31 to encourage all those addicted to tobacco products to … Continue reading Two special days in one…
Summer in the USA is the classic time for a road trip and so the Friday before Memorial Day is dedicated to reminding you to make your plans. Sometime this summer I plan to take my motorcycle to my happy place - The Blue Ridge Parkway (and throw in the Skyline Drive in Virginia just … Continue reading National Road Trip Day
I'd like to take this opportunity of National Brother's Day to salute and celebrate my favorite brother (and for that matter my only brother) - Ron. He is extraordinarily special in every way and I can confidently tell you that because I have known him his entire life. He was exceptional in school, indeed he … Continue reading Happy National Brother’s Day!
Follow the link below for a video review of a Viking Bags Axe Medium Motorcycle Backpack. The Viking Bags company sent it to me for me to review and this is my initial take. This video is just short of eight minutes. I will be doing a followup after I road test the backpack on … Continue reading Review – Viking Bags Axe Medium Motorcycle Backpack
I am hoping to take a long ryde on my Can-Am Spyder in the coming weeks. (We Spyder Riders pretentiously call an outing a ryde to mimic our product name.) Because of the band width needed this blog page does not allow direct posting of video images as I used to do. Instead one must … Continue reading Testing a new way to view my quick trip videos
During the pandemic lockdown Times Square and the theater district here in New York were a ghost town. Unimaginable before we experienced it. But there are several signs things are getting back to normal. More than half of the Broadway Theaters have announced performance dates starting on September 14 and stretching through the end of … Continue reading Tipping Back to Normal?
People love to play with date numbers. March 14 (3.14) becomes Pi Day. May the 4th (be with you) becomes Star Wars Day. Because today, May 13, mimics the area code (513) of Cincinnati it becomes unofficially, of course, Cincinnati Day. Enjoy a bite of Goetta, eat a Skyline Chili Cheese Coney and top it … Continue reading Happy (unofficial) Cincinnati Day!
One of my favorite buildings in New York is the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building which serves as the primary New York City Library Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street next to Bryant Park. I have spent many happy hours writing there in the astonishing Rose Reading Room. And every time I visit, Patience and … Continue reading Happy 100th Patience and Fortitude
In the US today it is Mother's Day (remember last week I reminded you to get your card in the mail and your gift ordered?). Hope you did and that all moms have a terrific day today. The exact date of Mother's Day shifts about the calendar as dictated by the Great Hallmark in the … Continue reading Mom and Socks
Some National Days are helpful and celebratory. Others are silly and fun. A long time ago in a galaxy very close to ours some nerds took the date "May the Fourth" and added "Be With You" and created a special day honoring a certain film franchise. You are bound to see people breathing hard into … Continue reading May the 4th be with you
In the United States the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day. Usually I post on that day with a celebration of my own mom, but that does you, the reader, little good if you have not prepared. So this is a friendly and helpful reminder to get your card in the mail or order … Continue reading Public Service Announcement for NEXT Sunday
Short+Sweet Play Festival is a franchise of sorts that started in Sydney, Australia. There are Short+Sweet Festivals in Hollywood, Dubai, Singapore and a number of other cities. A judging committee selects a "shortlist" of short plays and distributed them to a group of directors who choose one or several, cast them, rehearse them, and present … Continue reading Shortlist for Short Plays Down Under
If you follow this blog you have seen various accounts of motorcycle trips I have enjoyed in the past. (If you go to my website... https://www.walterthinnes.com ...you will find a bunch of fun photos from my bikes and my adventures.) I am working with a company that makes motorcycle gear to test and review some … Continue reading Watch for future motorcycle gear reviews!
Today's National Day has nothing to do with warming your porcine pals (though that would be very nice of you). Instead it celebrates the favorite hors d'oeuvres at a munch reception. It is always the first plate to be emptied and always the star of the party. A simple miniature hot dog wrapped in some … Continue reading National Pigs in a Blanket Day
National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day occurs on the Third Friday of April every year. If you take a thorough look you may find unused and out of date medications that have collected there and clutter up the space. Worse, these medications can be dangerous to you or others in your household. Don't just … Continue reading National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day
Today is National Cherish an Antique Day and I really appreciate just how much you cherish me. I know I'm old but holding me in your heart makes feel so much better. Actually, I really prefer to be called retro or vintage instead of an antique which is a little pejorative and ... wait a … Continue reading Today is National Cherish an Antique Day and I thank you for caring…
Christmas has made the most inroads to non-Christian people as the ubiquitous Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, has had the greatest impact for cultures around the globe. Part of that is the ubiquitous marketing campaigns of our consumer culture. But for Christians, the holiest of holidays, is Easter. With the theme of resurrection, renewal and … Continue reading Happy Easter and renewed hope to all