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#1042 – Thank a Veteran

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”(click here to read more on the history about Veteran’s Day)

I marked this item off the list last year, but I feel like it should have it’s own post stating that I do thank veteran’s from all the military branches that protect and defend the country I live in from harm. I would also like to extend thanks to all those that put their life on the line (police, firefighters, …..) This is one item we should definitely repeat, each and every day as well as really acknowledging it on the official holidays.

I’m including photos of those veterans in my family from the civil war to World War II.

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#1873 Learn the Names of the Seven Films in Which John Wayne Dies

Not sure why this is a must do, but now I’ll have to watch the movies, not just learn their names.

  1. The Shootist
  2. The Cowboys
  3. The Alamo
  4. Sands of Iwo Jima
  5. Wake of the Red Witch
  6. The Fighting Seabees
  7. Reap the Wild Wind

Whenever I think of John Wayne I can’t help but also think of a joke I heard a long time ago that totally cracked up my mom and sister too. I googled to see if I could find the description online and came across one post that had it titled that it was John’s favorite joke about himself:

To tell this joke properly requires a physical demonstration. I’ll describe it, then hopefully, you’ll know how to act it out.

This really was the Duke’s all-time favorite on himself. It takes place in what was his favorite restaurant, Ambrosia, on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California where he lived.

As he was having dinner, a distinguished gentleman approached, introducing himself as Dr. William Thompson. “Mr. Wayne,” said the doctor, “you have been a hero to me for so many years. It is such a privilege to shake your hand.”

“Thanks, Doc,” Wayne responded with his famous grin.

The doctor then bent over and said quietly into Wayne’s ear, “Mr. Wayne, as a physician I couldn’t help noticing that when you went to the men’s room a while ago, you came out with your pants leg wet. Mr. Wayne, I really am a fairly prominent physician here in Balboa, and if you have any medical situation, it would an honor for me to treat you at no expense.”

Wayne stood up, towering over the doctor. [You now have to stand up.] “Well, Doc, you see, it happens every time. I’m standin’ there at the urinal… [you stand with your hands at the appropriate position]… and this feller comes and stands next to me. Then he looks up and says… [you look up in amazement, hands still there, pivot sharply right and shout]… ‘You’re John Wayne!'”

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#37 Learn to Drive a Stick Shift

I learned to drive stick shift in a BMW car in Germany. I lived there for about one year with someone (around 2002). We purchased the car and got stick because it was cheaper. He and some friends drove out to the back roads for me to practice on. Well, first, I learned how to at least start from first gear up to 3rd in a parking lot. One thing about parking lots in Germany, they are A LOT smaller than ones here in the US.

After I learned to start and get going, we went to the back roads and I practiced going longer distances. up and down on the gears. From what I remembered I only stalled a few times; and was only late in shifting a few times.

I enjoyed driving in Germany especially on the Autobahn. Side note, there is in fact a speed limit on their freeway, but it’s pretty fast speeds. The thing you have to be very careful of are slow downs, those can come up fast if you aren’t paying attention. Like sudden stops. It was interesting when renting a car, they would break into any music on the radio if there was a traffic report needed to be broadcast in the area.

I also didn’t care much for driving the larger car. It was tight fit in the parking lot spaces and some of the roads.

It’s been quite a number of years now since I’ve driven stick. I know I would have to re-learn how.

Do you know how to drive stick shift?

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#1237 Learn at Least 3 Palindromes

First I had to look up the definition because I couldn’t quite remember what it is.

It is is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction.

Oh, well in that case, it will be easy to learn and list.

Noon
Murder for a jar of red rum
16461
(and one more for good measure) Mom

Do you have any favorites?

 

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#819 – Know the difference between ʻAʻā and Pāhoehoe

Time to look up the words in Wikipedia. Turns out these words are for two different types of Lava.

Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

ʻAʻā means “stony rough lava”, but also to “burn” or “blaze”) is one of three basic types of flow lava. ʻAʻā is basaltic lava characterized by a rough or rubbly surface composed of broken lava blocks called clinker. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

The loose, broken, and sharp, spiny surface of an ʻaʻā flow makes hiking difficult and slow. The clinkery surface actually covers a massive dense core, which is the most active part of the flow. As pasty lava in the core travels downslope, the clinkers are carried along at the surface. At the leading edge of an ʻaʻā flow, however, these cooled fragments tumble down the steep front and are buried by the advancing flow. This produces a layer of lava fragments both at the bottom and top of an ʻaʻā flow.

Accretionary lava balls as large as 3 metres (10 feet) are common on ʻaʻā flows. ʻAʻā is usually of higher viscosity than pāhoehoe. Pāhoehoe can turn into ʻaʻā if it becomes turbulent from meeting impediments or steep slopes. ʻAʻā lavas typically erupt at temperatures of 1000 to 1100 °C.

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Photo from United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Pāhoehoe means “smooth, unbroken lava”), also spelled pahoehoe, is basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface. These surface features are due to the movement of very fluid lava under a congealing surface crust. The Hawaiian word was introduced as a technical term in geology by Clarence Dutton.

A pāhoehoe flow typically advances as a series of small lobes and toes that continually break out from a cooled crust. It also forms lava tubes where the minimal heat loss maintains low viscosity. The surface texture of pāhoehoe flows varies widely, displaying all kinds of bizarre shapes often referred to as lava sculpture. With increasing distance from the source, pāhoehoe flows may change into ʻaʻā flows in response to heat loss and consequent increase in viscosity. Pahoehoe lavas typically have a temperature of 1100 to 1200 °C.

And that concludes the lesson for the day. Bucket List mission accomplished!

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#83 – Become Familiar with Duende

What does Duende mean? According to the dictionary, it is “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.”

If you look up the word on Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s webpage, it  also includes this information: “Did You Know? The word duende refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means “ghost” or “goblin” in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase “dueño de casa,” which means “owner of a house.” The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote in his essay “Teoria y Juego del Duende” (“Play and Theory of the Duende”) that duende “is a power and not a behavior . . . a struggle and not a concept.” Nowadays the term appears in a broader range of contexts to refer to one’s unspoken charm or allure.”

Let us see how “trusty” Wikipedia explains Duende. On that webpage it says it could be another name for an elf. Or can be mythological; an artistic expression in a dance; novels or poetry; German trance DJ’s; independent artist cooperative in Netherlands; or a Canadian song title.

I think I like the reference that it’s basically the Latin culture’s version of a leprechaun; believed to be a mischievous forest spirit.

Do you think we have now become familiar enough to be able to cross it off this list?

The TV show Glee mentions Duende in an episode with Ricky Martin guest appearing. Here is a scene that was fun to watch and made me want to jump up and join them.

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#682 – Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions

No New ResolutionsWhat does a “resolution” really mean? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary it has lots of different meanings, but the part that probably matters for this subject is that it; “is the act of answering, the act of determining, something that is resolved (made a – to mend my ways)”. Taking a close look at the word and definition shows me that it doesn’t really fit what people mean for it to be at the beginning of each year. I guess they are determining what they want to do for the next calendar year, but should it really be labeled a “resolution”?

I have stopped making New Year’s resolutions and started making goals for that year. Planning a trip or two and continuing some goals that I have to keep improving myself, such as working on a healthy and fit lifestyle & keeping life interesting. I think that is a much better way to welcome in the new year, you have a whole 12 months to schedule and plan and have fun with.

heartI recently saw this cartoon from The Awkward Yeti that also shows why one should stop making resolutions. It has an argument supporting both sides, but I liked the brain telling the heart that it’s really just another day of the year. No reason to treat it as something new. But just like sometimes it’s fun to have a start date for a something to work on; the first of the year, the first of the month, even the first of the week helps make it fun to celebrate. To note that on THIS DAY I’ll begin this journey to completing that goal or project.

Do you keep making New Year’s Resolutions? Have you stopped? Do you treat the New Year as a start for a goal or treat it as just another day?

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Buy This Book!

2,001 Things to Do Before You Die by Dane Sherwood

This was listed on the last page of the book. My opinion is that this should have been the first thing you see.  I was browsing around the book store one day and saw this on one of the center tables that show off best sellers and random books. The “things to do before you die” grabbed my interest and I started browsing through it.

2001 Things to Do Book

My goal is to use this as inspiration to do new things. Or old things and find the photos and write a post. If I can’t find photos, maybe I will redo the experience. There are some that will make me ponder with deep thoughts. And I know there are some that no way I will be doing that item. No matter what, books like this one help change up that daily routine. There are plenty of simple, little, or big items that one can do to keep life from getting boring.

Have you bought this book? Send any recommendations of other books like this. 

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On This Day: #224 – Read or listen closely to “I Have a Dream”

I originally had this already checked off the list.  I did some school project (probably a few times) with the “I have a dream” speech.

However, the nation is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  marched for civil rights in Washington D.C. and gave this speech.  So, I think it is fitting that it gets it’s own post on the day of.

I’m white (I admit it) and you might say the civil rights he was talking about didn’t affect me.  But I would say back to you that it HAS affected me.  I have grown up in a world where there is integration of races (even of sexes) in so many parts of my life.  I watch those old movies and history documentaries and cannot even begin to imagine how weird it would be to be surrounded with only other whites (and mainly females).  If I think hard about it, I could list all the things I that might be different nowadays if the way things were back then hadn’t changed.

I know there are still places that might be unchanged, but not where I am and not in the many places I’ve been to.

And you have to admit, his speech is pretty universal and touches the nerve to all.

My final thought as I listen to this speech on the day it first was spoken 50 years before; having  President Obama speak it and show history how far we’ve come in our cultural prejudices is pretty darn neat.