Here is a perfect recipe for National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day that would be great for a Halloween Party or Thanksgiving Get-Together. ===============Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Baked in a 9-by-13-inch pan, these are sliced into bars that are easy to serve and eat. If you want to make them a bit fancier, you can reserve some of … Continue reading National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
This is the second best way to consume delicious Gin (a martini up with olive is the best, but that is a whole other day). That is, of course, if you like Gin as much as I do. It is not a taste that everyone appreciates. It has long been my theory that Gin and … Continue reading International Gin and Tonic Day
My brain is full of useless information. Sometimes I find more utterly trivial stories to add to the pile. On October 16, 1956 there was an astounding water landing in the Pacific Ocean that made headlines because it was the first forced water ditching where all crew and passengers survived. It was Pan Am Flight … Continue reading On this Date 1956: Pan Am Flight #6
On October 14, 1935, a dedication ceremony was held for the brand new Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan. It turns 85 years young today and looks amazing for its age! Nestled on a ridge between Inwood and Hudson Heights it has stunning views of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. It is home … Continue reading On This Date: Fort Tryon Park Dedication Ceremony!
Big Reds Machine manager Sparky Anderson with second baseman Joe Morgan I grew up idolizing my Cincinnati Reds and through the 1970's they were the greatest team in Major League Baseball. Their amazing second baseman, Joe Morgan, passed away yesterday. He was a powerful hitter for what was a smaller than standard sized player. He … Continue reading In Memoriam – Joe Morgan
For a long time the second Monday in October has been celebrated as Columbus Day here in the United States. As we have gained a better understanding of the truth and impact on peoples of the Americas that Columbus "discovered" many states have also incorporated the term Indigenous Peoples Day for the holiday. If, like … Continue reading What Shall We Call Today?
In 1975, 45 years ago, NBC broadcast the first episode of what has become a comedy and music standard - Saturday Night Live. It has been good and it has been bad, it has never stopped experimenting. It has introduced legions of new comedians and showcased classic music groups. It has had iconic moments and … Continue reading On This Date: The First Saturday Night Live Broadcast
Autumn motorcycle riding is exhilarating. For various reasons I have not been able to ride my bike lately. That is unfortunate but I hope to address it soon. Meanwhile, I have some terrific memories of rides past. Riding Sylvia the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, here at its highest point. Riding Josephine alongside … Continue reading National Motorcycle Ride Day
If he had not been taken from from us senselessly and far too early, John Lennon would today celebrate his 80th birthday. I would love to have heard his take on the last forty years and especially the last four years. When I was growing up we often classified ourselves as either Rolling Stones or … Continue reading John Lennon would have been 80 years old today
Chili con Carne is a wonderfully warming dish for this weather and celebrating both in this week and this month. There are endless varieties and recipes to be found for this favorite food. Personally, I love Cincinnati Chili but it is certainly an acquired taste. You likely remember the quick weeknight version cooked up with … Continue reading National Chili Week in National Chili Month
When I was growing up, my mom was a Detroit Tigers fan because it was the city where she was born and grew up. When I was ten years old they were in the World Series but my mom taught me respect for the dominate opposing pitcher, Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals. His … Continue reading In Memoriam: Bob Gibson
The news that President and First Lady Trump were infected with the Coronavirus has set the world on its ear. While I am not a fan of Trump's policies or comportment or pronouncements or - just about anything - neither do I feel Schadenfreude. Schadenfreude is one of those wonderfully compound German words that perfectly … Continue reading No Schadenfreude Zone
The first Reds postseason in seven years was painfully short. We didn't score a run or win a game. The Atlanta Braves gave us a nasty spanking. But now we Reds fans take up the motto of the last thirty years. "Wait till next year!" Go Reds! Time to put up the 2020 uniforms. As … Continue reading The Unfortunate End of the 2020 Cincinnati Reds Season
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I've only been publishing this blog for a few years and the Cincinnati Reds have not been in the playoffs since 2013. So this is the first time I can revel in October baseball for my favorite club. They start the series in Atlanta in this compressed oddest of baseball years. Only a three game … Continue reading Let the Playoffs begin!
There is nothing better than starting the day with a really fine coffee. My favorite coffee is Cafe du Monde, the chicory laced delight from New Orleans. The very finest. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy it and start your morning right! Happy National Coffee Day! As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter … Continue reading National Coffee Day Again Already?
For the first time in 7 years my Cincinnati Reds will be in the post season! Finally! All long suffering Reds fans are thrilled and will take whatever asterisk people want to attach to the 2020 season. After middling play for most of the season the Reds caught fire in the final weeks and this … Continue reading Cincinnati Reds are in the 2020 Playoffs!
Sometimes the stars align for surprising coincidences. If you are an aspiring actor and you birthday is today, you are in good company. Take a quick look at the number of birthdays today: 1944 - Michael Douglas1951 - Mark Hamill1952 - Christopher Reeve1968 - Will Smith1969 - Catherine Zeta-Jones1983 - Donald Glover Happy Birthday to … Continue reading On This Day: Performer Birthday Bonanza
In a time of social media, where punctuation is evolving and seemingly random, it is good to remember how simple punctuation marks can change the meaning of a phrase, create misunderstandings, and seemingly encourage run-on sentences. Take this sentence for example: I'm giving up drinking for a month. This sentiment can be utterly altered by … Continue reading #NationalPunctuationDay
This post is being uploaded at the exact moment of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, Eastern coast of the United States: September 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM. At this moment the sun is directly over the equator. Day and night are the exact same length. Summer departs and fall begins. Life hangs perfectly … Continue reading Autumnal Equinox 2020
We are down to the last week of this shortened baseball season. My Cincinnati Reds have gotten hot when they need it most and have reached .500 and are in the group who would be in the playoffs if the season ends today. But there are six games left to go and my Redlegs must … Continue reading Hoping my Reds don’t Break my Heart
This is the 25th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day so don't be surprised if someone suggests you walk the plank today. Brush up your pirate lingo to fit in with the cool kids (or more likely us aging boomers trying desperately to be cool). Aaaargh Matey! Shiver me timbers, I am no longer … Continue reading International “Talk Like A Pirate” Day
I'm usually a big fan of National Days but this one makes me queasy. When was this created - in the Mad Men era? I mean, this is just creepy and I recommend for once you do not embrace this National Day or your Boss for that matter. Especially if your Boss is Harvey Weinstein. … Continue reading National Hug Your Boss Day
On September 17, 1949 Warner Brothers introduced a new cartoon named "Fast and Furry-ous" with new characters created by Chuck Jones. It included the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote and the ever resourceful ACME Corporation. You've seen so many of them. But did you know that Mr. Jones had a nine rule formula that guided … Continue reading On This Day: Road Runner Rules
I love standing under a waterfall and letting it stream over me. The doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is scheduled to open a flagship store in Times Square here in New York City today. The shop will feature the world's largest "Hot Now" sign and a giant glaze waterfall in the window. If you see a … Continue reading Welcome Krispy Kreme to Times Square