I am not a big fan of golf and do not play myself. So I had to do some research to understand how a mulligan works. Turns out that you can reset an action or event by taking a mulligan. Apparently you should not take it too often and only with the permission of the … Continue reading National Mulligan Day
On this date in 1951 CBS broadcasted the very first episode of "I Love Lucy" with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. I can't claim to have been around to watch the premiere but I saw endless replays of the series and subsequent spin offs when I was growing up. As dated as some of the … Continue reading Seventy Years of Loving Lucy
October 14 is Be Bald and Be Free Day and it is a topic to be addressed on a Throwback Thursday. I've already featured photos of my quite copious mane of teenage hair. As time went on my forehead seemed to grow. Of course what was actually happening was my hair was steadily retreating. I … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – a Bald Tale (or more accurately a Bald Dome)
The first Wednesday in October is always National Coffee with a Cop Day. And remember that if you fail to offer coffee to a cop, they can come and get it from you. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Since I have moved back to Florida I am becoming more familiar with the whole concept of older persons and luckily it seems there are plenty of older persons than myself. In celebration I have a story that relates to this international day. Back in 1989 I was part of the team that opened the … Continue reading Happy International Day of Older Persons
Always one of my favorite National Days, I really love my coffee and there is only one kind of coffee I need... Cafe du Monde from New Orleans is a strong coffee mixed with ground chicory. My favorite flavor. May you have a great coffee today and tomorrow and always... As always you can find … Continue reading I’m Wired for National Coffee Day!
The Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 3:20 PM in the Eastern US time zone. Day and Night in balance. Heralding the great autumn season. Here in Florida there will be much less vivid fall colors than there was in the northeast. But the blessed relief from scorching temperatures and daily downpours … Continue reading The Autumnal Equinox will be different in Florida
Whenever we reach a round number anniversary of a notable event the media pulls out all the stops in their coverage and special editions. I have written previously of my experiences on that date in New York City and will, briefly, here again today. But even before I moved to the Big Apple I often … Continue reading Personal Memories on the 20th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001
Some say that today* is National Iguana Awareness Day. Some will say that the day is to help educate you on how to better keep these lizards as pets. Others will tell you that it is to warn you they could fall out of trees on top of you.** That last one takes some explaining. … Continue reading Look out above for National Iguana Awareness Day
On this date in 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of my favorite places to be. I recently took another motorcycle trip through my happy place, for the first time with a riding partner. Acie Lee Williams and I had a great time. I was thrilled to introduce him … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Recent and long past rides in the Great Smoky Mountains
August 26 is National Dog Day and this year it falls on a Throwback Thursday. I have known a number of great dogs and know some fantastic ones now (speaking of you Kane!). But today is all about our small dachshund Snooper that we got when we lived in Cincinnati and transported to Florida when … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A National Dog Day Remembrance!
When I was growing up in Ohio, our parents would take us to Dairy Queen from time to time for a special treat. When we were very young we were only allowed a Dilly Bar (vanilla ice cream in a chocolate shell). As we grew older we could move up the menu and the Peanut … Continue reading National Banana Split Day
I am still learning my way around the neighborhoods of Central Florida but one thing I know is that we are well within the bounds of Waffle House Nation. When I lived in New York City the closest Waffle House was in Pennsylvania, not far from the New Jersey border. But here in Florida they … Continue reading Celebrating National Waffle Day in the land of Waffle House!
Growing up we were all given coloring books by authority figures to occupy our restless hands and test our creativity. Did you stay inside the lines? Did you use standard or creative color choices? Did you use crayons, pencils or markers? Did you create your drawings on bedroom walls? Naughty you. Over the last several … Continue reading National Coloring Book Day
In high school I was required to take a language course. I honestly wasn't interested in learning another language, heck, I can barely speak English. But then I learned if I selected Latin I would have to also study Roman and Greek history. That sold me. I love history, always have. And all these years … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – When in Rome, do as the hippies do…
Creme Brûlée is one of my favorite desserts. I even own my own kitchen torch to crisp the top. I also own special ramekins that are broad and have low sides to maximize the crisp surface. Here is the recipe I use and you can find plenty of others online. It is a decadent dessert … Continue reading National Creme Brûlée Day
While Fortune Cookies are most popular in Chinese restaurants, they originated in Japan (think elegant desserts and folding techniques). But they were adopted in America by Chinese restaurants at the turn of the last century and exploded in popularity after World War II and are now an essential part of today's pop food cuisine. Ever … Continue reading National Fortune Cookie Day
Nope, this is not about rock 'n roll or even the Rolling Stones, today is all about real rocks, real stones. You know, the ones you find on the ground, in a stream, in the ocean. Somebody I know likes to collect rocks. Pretty rocks. Interesting rocks. Significant rocks. Rocks that grab her fancy, which … Continue reading International Rock Day
July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day and there are few better ways to start the day. To encourage you to eat fresh baked goods at home, feel free to try this simple and straightforward recipe... ===============Simple Blueberry Muffins SUMMARY: There's nothing fancy about this muffin – it's mostly flour, eggs, butter and blueberries. But … Continue reading A simple recipe for National Blueberry Muffin Day!
The second Saturday in July is International Skinny-Dip Day. Here is the naked truth, there are some places where you should not skinny-dip. A snapping turtle pond heads that list. And if you do wish to swim in the all together, look for a sign like this. The proponents of this practice give nonsense reasons … Continue reading International Skinny-Dip Day
Happy Independence Day (Observed)! Hope you have the day off. I have thrown up a few Throwback Thursday post from time to time as I came across things. But I recently came across the mother lode of images I was looking for. Sorry, but there will be many more in the weeks and months to … Continue reading A patriotic Bicentennial Thinnes Pharmacy key ring
May you have a very festive and very safe American Independence Day. Celebrate our country and our republic during these difficult and trying times. This nation has seen and overcome tougher days and we will rise from these challenges. Treasure our system of government and don't let the insurrectionists get you down. Patriotism belongs to … Continue reading Happy American Independence Day
Today is the anniversary of the famous/infamous Roswell Incident in 1947. If you are not aware of the Roswell Incident, good for you, and what rock have you been living under? You can find the story related everywhere online and started this small industry and tourism attraction. The US Air Force has been denying it … Continue reading Today is World UFO Day
July is both National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. So I expect every one of you to get out there and grill at a picnic! As for me, I will likely stay inside with the air conditioning for a while until this heat wave finishes. Let me know when the pizza delivery gets here. … Continue reading Welcome to July!
A strange thing happened during the recent pandemic last fall. Seasonal flu and other casually contagious diseases experienced a marked decline. Part of that was due to social distancing, widespread mask wearing and compulsive hand washing. Flu bugs can easily be transmitted during handshakes - and there was much less of that during the pandemic. … Continue reading Maybe not on National Handshake Day