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Earth Day

 Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

April 22nd is EARTH DAY.  Every year, more than 1 billion people in 175 countries will participate in various Earth Day events on this date.  It is the largest civic observance in the world.  The purpose is to raise awareness about important environmental issues.

The first Earth Day took place in 1970.  After witnessing the affects of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, US Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a grassroots environmental teach in on college campuses across the country.  Many people believe that this first Earth Day celebration marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement.

Celebrate today – plant a tree, help clean up a beach or park and/or participate in an event near you.  Help to keep this world a better place for everyone!

And a little blast from the past you might remember that deals with Earth Day – Captain Planet and the Planeteers.  Do you remember this show?  It was an American animated environmental program created by Ted Turner, Robert Larkin III and Barbara Pyle.  It came out on September 15, 1990.

The basis of the program was set with Gaia – the spirit of the planet.  She is awakened by drilling which is above her resting chamber.  To control the damage, she sends out five magic rings to youths around the world who will become the Planeteers.

Kwame is from Africa and has the power of Earth with his ring.

Wheeler is from North America and has the power of Fire with his ring.

Linka is from the Soviet Union and has the power of Wind with her ring.

Gi is from Asia and has the power of Water with her ring.

Ma-Ti is from South America and has the power of Heart and telepathy with his ring.

All five can use their rings special powers to call the super hero – Captain Planet for help.

I think today would be the perfect day to check out this old classic of helping the environment!

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Rocky’s Nut Brunch

Do you remember the cartoon The Flintstones?  It is often played here at the Hotel Thompson.  Bacon’s mom says it goes all the way back to her childhood way back in the 60’s.  Gulps.  That does tell Bacon’s moms age doesn’t it..ssshh we won’t tell her we said that.  Well the roll of Fred Flintstone was based off the character Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners.  You know Ralph Kramden was played by Jackie Gleason.  Fred Flintstone’s character makes sense now, right?

Do you remember Fred’s catchphrase?  Yabba-Dabba-Doo!  In the original script, it called for Fred to just say, “Yahoo”.  Doesn’t have the same feel to it, does it?  Alan Reed was doing the voice over for Fred Flintstone at the time.  He said that his mother used to say, “A little dab’ll do ya”.  It doesn’t say if Reed ad-libbed the phrase or asked to change it to the ever knowing, “Yabba-Dabba-Doo!”, but it stuck and as they say… the rest is history.

Do you remember the other close characters in the show?  There was Wilma, Fred’s wife.  Then there was the close neighbors – Barney and Betty Rubble.  And let’s not forget the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos Lodge that Fred and Barney were members.  What a fun show it was.  I think I’m off now.  I gotta go catch up on Pebbles and Bam-Bam.

 
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Posted by on 04/22/2018 in Rocky's Nut Brunch

 

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Of Course I Won’t Laugh

Snorts – I couldn’t resist this one my friends.  I saw this on the internet the other day and almost peed myself.  I couldn’t wait to show it to mom and dad.  Trust me, they needed this laugh right about now here at the Hotel Thompson.  Happy laughing my friends!

 
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Posted by on 04/21/2018 in Bacon

 

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Paw Time with Houdini

What does one do on a cold and rainy day?  Well us anipals here at the Hotel Thompson find warm spots and take a little shut eye.  You see mom and me were on the sofa first listening to the rain outside the front window.  It was peaceful so I shut my eyes.  The next thing I knew, Hemi joined the party by sitting on mom’s legs.  Bacon was sleeping in his room and dad was on the other sofa sleeping.  It passed for rainy day time in the living room.  Mom said she would have made a fire for all of us but she didn’t want to get up and wake us all up again.  Do you have these kind of days too?  Aren’t they the best?  After a while, I think we finally moved to the bedroom for naptime together.  It was a great lazy Sunday day afternoon after all 🙂

Now I leave you with Jokes from Daddy.  I actually got him to record a new one for you today.  Have fun!

 

 
 

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Texts from Bacon

There comes a time in a little pigs life that he needs to start thinking about his future. I thought perhaps I had a career picked out but mom set me straight – thank goodness. My texts are in blue and moms are in gray. Enjoy.

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Posted by on 04/19/2018 in Bacon, Texts from Bacon

 

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National Animal Cracker Day!

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world.

April 18th. is National Animal Cracker Day.  Isn’t this fantastic!!  Elephants, lions, tigers, bears and monkeys oh my.  These are small little sweet cookies shaped like zoo animals.  They were first brought to the United States during the 1800’s.  The demand for these wonderful little cookies skyrocketed and demand was over the roof!

Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania.  Other local bakeries came together under the National Biscuit Company or “Nabisco Brands”.  In 1902, the famous Barnum’s Animals circus theme box came out.  Bacon’s mom says that she remembers her parents bringing her these little boxes as a treat.

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Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals included in the Barnum’s Animal Crackers?  Today, more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year around the world.

I think Bacon does his share in the intake!  They are one of his biggest treats that his mom has to get him in the economy size!  I can’t tell you how many of these huge buckets that he has gone through in his day.  In fact, this one is what the Easter bunny brought him and it’s almost gone.  Time to reload.

So on this National Animal Cracker Day – enjoy a box OR TWO of these sweet delectable bits.  Just remember though, if you are going to eat in front of the pig, you have to share!

 
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Posted by on 04/18/2018 in Journalist Rocky the Squirrel

 

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Travels in Chicago

Last week we talked further about our trip to Chicago, Illinois and a visit to a little restaurant called Portillo’s.  Portillo’s has great Italian beef sandwiches… however, they also have great dogs.  You might be asking yourself at this point just how good is the food at this joint?  Well, I can tell you a short story and you decide.  We went one day to try this restaurant and its great food.  The next morning we planned to eat at a different restaurant after my sister ran an errand.  While my sister was running her early morning errand, a decision was voted on in her absence.  When my sister returned, we explained to her that the breakfast place was a most followed by a second breakfast back at Portillo’s.  Yep, you heard that right… a second breakfast.  That’s how great Portillo’s is to eat.  Now don’t worry, the first breakfast place will be highlighted next week.  But this week, let’s finish up Portillo’s.

They have awesome dogs!  My hub *had* to try an original Chicago style dog.  It came with mustard, relish, celery salt, freshly chopped onions, sliced red tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun.  Doesn’t it look awesome?  Of course we learned really quick that a true Chicagoan refers to this style of a hot dog as “dragging the dog through the garden“.  Fitting huh?

Now, I found fascination in the char-grilled Maxwell Street polish sausage dog.  You can also get this dog filled high with grilled onions.  This day, I passed on the onions and just went mustard and sausage dog.  I couldn’t get enough of these dogs!!  You could hear and feel the ‘snap’ of the casing of the sausage.  That is a true sign of greatness in my book.

It didn’t matter which side you go on these dogs, both of them were great on their own… even if it was a second breakfast of the day – giggles.

 

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