Monday, September 2, 2013

Think big and take another look on September 3

Chicago's Tribune Tower.
Tuesday, September 3 is Skyscraper Day.

Skyscrapers are the trees of the urban forest. As Paul Simon once sang, one man's ceiling is another man's floor. In a skyscraper, even the proverbial little guy can go up in the world.

We could go on in this vein, but you've got the idea.

Tuesday is also Another Look Unlimited Day, the idea being that you should take another look around your house (or your office in the skyscraper) and see what you can discard. Don't throw it out -- give it to charity or repurpose it. Taking another look may help avoid filling landfills prematurely.

Tuesday is also Welsh Rarebit Day. Usual Suspect advises that Welsh rarebit is a snack made with cheese on toast.

Cartoonist Mort Walker turns 90 on Tuesday. Actress Valerie Perrine turns 70 on Tuesday. And TV's enfant terrible Charlie Sheen will be 48 on September 3.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

You already know Monday is Labor Day

You might even remember that September 2 is Victory over Japan Day.

It was on September 2, 1945 that a Japanese delegation boarded the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay to sign the Instrument of Surrender. Thus, September 2 officially became Victory over Japan Day according to President Harry Truman -- even though, by this point, America had been celebrating since August 14 (August 15 in Japan) when Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender over the radio.

V-J Day is a legal holiday (called Victory Day) in the State of Rhode Island.

Salma Hayek
Those are pretty substantial observances. What's left over is rather, well, meager, even by the low standards of microminiholidayettes. There is some support for Monday being National Blueberry Popsicle Day and National Beheading Day. Beheading? Really?

Musician Billy Preston was born on September 2, 1946 (he passed away in 2006). Teacher-turned-astronaut Christa McAuliffe, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger disaster, was born on September 2, 1948.

Actor Mark Harmon turns 62 on Monday. Tennis legend Jimmy Connors will be 61. Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw will be 65 on Monday. Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek turns 47 on Monday.