Thursday, July 25, 2013

All or Nothing Day, Aunts and Uncles Day, and talking in elevators may not be as subversive as it once might have been

Several of the Usual Suspects suggest that Friday, July 26 will be All or Nothing Day -- a day to remember to live each day as if it were your last. That's fine advice, of course, but we can't find out why July 26 should be singled out for the purpose of making this reminder.

If you observed Cousins Day on the 24th, your cousins' parents -- i.e., your aunts and uncles -- may have felt left out.

They needn't have worried. Salve the unintended rift in your family by making a big fuss over Aunts and Uncles Day. No, seriously. Several of the Usual Suspects put that on the docket for Friday as well.

But the big microminiholidayette for Friday appears to be Talk on an Elevator Day.

Ooooh, subversive, right? Rebuild that lost sense of community, one elevator car at a time....
We tend to think not. Have you been on an elevator lately? If you do talk chances are no one will hear you because your fellow elevator passengers are grooving out on their headphones or earbuds. If someone does hear you, they'll probably figure you're just talking to your phone. People do.

Burns and Allen
Even if it is rude.

Friday is also Independence Day in Liberia.

And it was on July 26, 1948, that President Harry S Truman signed Executive Order 9981, desegregating America's armed forces.

George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin. It was Shaw who said, "England and America are two countries separated by a common language."

Gracie Allen (of George Burns and Gracie Allen) was born on July 26, 1895. Say goodnight, Gracie.

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