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President’s Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

Today, February 19th is President’s Day here in the United States.  Do you know what President’s Day actually means?   Sure it means that it’s a holiday and there are lots of President Day sales going on; but, it’s much more important than that.

President’s Day is intended to honor all of the American Presidents but most significantly George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

George Washington is considered the “Father of His Country” and was born on February 22, 1732.  In 1787, Washington was unanimously elected president by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and took the oath of office in 1789.  He served two terms of office from 1789 until 1797.  After the presidency, Washington retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.  Do you know Washington’s famous quote?  “I can not tell a lie… I chopped down the Cherry tree.”

Abraham Lincoln was known as “Honest Abe” and was born on February 12, 1809.  Lincoln became president in 1861.  He wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and the The Gettysburg Address.  Lincoln was also the first US President to be assassinated.  He was shot in the Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.  Do you know the address to the White House?  It’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500

Happy President’s Day to all of our wonderful Presidents that have served our country!

#45 – Donald Trump (2017-Current)

#44 – Barack Obama (2009-2017)

#43 – George W. Bush (2001-2009)

#42 – William J Clinton (1993-2001)

#41 – George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)

#40 – Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

#39 – James Carter (1977-1981)

#38 – Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977)

#37 – Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

#36 – Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

#35 – John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

#34 – Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

#33 – Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

#32 – Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

#31 – Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

#30 – Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

#29 – Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)

#28 – Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

#27 – William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

#26 – Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

#25 – William McKinely (1897-1901)

#24 – Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)

#23 – Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

#22 – Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)

#21 – Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)

#20 – James Garfield (1881)

#19 – Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)

#18 – Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)

#17 – Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)

#16 – Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

#15 – James Buchanan (1857-1861)

#14 – Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)

#13 – Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)

#12 – Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

#11 – James K. Polk (1845-1849)

#10 – John Tyler (1841-1845)

#09 – William Henry Harrison (1841)

#08 – Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)

#07 – Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

#06 – John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

#05 – James Monroe (1817-1825)

#04 – James Madison (1809-1817)

#03 – Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

#02 – John Adams (1797-1801)

#01 – George Washington (1789-1797)

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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Do a Grouch a Favor Day –

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

Today is Do a Grouch a Favor Day.  Do it today and make the world a better place!

Everyone has been a grouch at some point in their lives.  Some people are occasionally grouchy while others maintain that grouchy attitude all of the time.  You know who they are.  Sometimes people get grouchy because they are tired, had a bad day and the weather outside is bad.  It doesn’t take much sometimes to put people in a grouchy mood.

Today your goal is to look around for someone that is in a grouchy mood.  Do them a favor that will cheer them up.  Hug them.  Lick them.  Be nice to them.  Bring them the paper.  You know – do something nice for them to see if you can see a smile on their face.  You can do it.  I know you can!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Get a Different Name Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

“Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world!”

February 13th is Get a Different Name Day – This day is created for those who are not fond of the name given to them at birth.  It wasn’t our choosing.  Rather, our parents bestowed it upon us.  If you like your given name, fabulous!  If NOT, then today is the day to take advantage of it and change your name for the day.

What will your new name be?  I was bestowed the name of Rockford Pygmy Sciuridae.  I know, it’s a mouthful.  That’s why I go by the name of Journalist Rocky the Squirrel.

Bacon’s full name is Bacon Porkchop Thompson.  I interviewed the little pig and asked him what he would change his name to for the day.  The little chap has a sense of humor.  He had a few and here are some of them:

  • Brad Bacon Pitt (He thinks he can get Miss Piggy with this name)
  • Bacon Bond 003 1/2   (The pig watches too much James Bond)
  • Kevin Bacon (Even I rolled my eyes on this one)
  • Hamm (He said he wanted to try another breakfast meat – that pig!)

What would your name be for today?  I would love to know.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2018 in Journalist Rocky the Squirrel

 

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Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day –

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –


February 7th is Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day – I tell you what – they come up with a lot of strange holidays here don’t they?  This day is the *perfect* opportunity to greet your neighbor with a big wave – be sure to use all of your fingers.  Without a doubt, this day was created to put a smile on your face and upon your neighbors face.  It’s intent is meant to be friendly, create a better relationship with your neighbors and to make people smile.   – I *know* you can do it.

So go out and greet those neighbors with a big big five finger wave with a big bright smile on your face

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in Journalist Rocky the Squirrel

 

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National Thank a Mailman Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

Friends, yesterday February 4th was National Thank a Mailman Day.  But the mailman doesn’t run on Sundays.  So we need to make sure we acknowledge them today.  Do you hear that pups? That means don’t chase the mailman on this date! Instead of chasing the mailman, today gives you a chance to say thank you. They deliver the mail six days a week regardless of the weather either by postal truck and walking routes. Do you remember the old Pony Express motto? “Neither rain, nor snow, nor death of the night, can keep us from our duty!” This motto is believed to be taken in part from a motto dating back to ancient times! You also hear it this way some times, “Through rain or snow, or sleet or hail, we’ll carry the mail. We will not fail.”

So pets near and far away, go sit by the mailbox today. Maybe bring a bone and give it to the mailman. Tell him thank you.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2018 in Journalist Rocky the Squirrel

 

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Rocky’s Nut Brunch

Brigham Young University has a very strict dress code.  Of course, you might see a single ear piercing in each ear on a woman but more than likely no more than that.  And of course, none in men.  You won’t see tattoo’s either and no tank tops bearing midriffs. And you won’t see any of the colorful hair designs or spiked hair that you might see at some other colleges.  But here’s something you might not know.

Male students enrolled at Brigham Young University need a doctor’s note to grow a beard.  Yep, you heard that right.  It’s in the Brigham Young University honor code.  No beards.  Men can have a trimmed mustache – but no beard.  The only exception is for medical reasons and then there is a step by step process to get approved to grow a beard.

Thoughts?

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2018 in Rocky's Nut Brunch

 

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National Groundhog Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here – 

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

February 2nd is National Groundhog Day. Yes, even the groundhogs have a day, hard to believe I know. This is the all important day of knowing if Spring is coming or Winter is staying.
See, they trust us animals for the important things in life.

According to Groundhog Organizers (there is a group!), groundhogs are about 75-90% accurate. Animals rules!

Did you know?
Every year, the largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. They have gathered since 1886 to celebrate this holiday and crowds are as as large as 40,000 humans.

And did you know that in Wiarton, Ontario they even have a statue of groundhog Wiarton Willie!

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In Atlanta, Georgia (my home town), we have General Beauregard Lee. He lives in a plantation style house at the Yellow River Game Ranch.  He’s been on the computer checking things out and talking to the local weather peeps to get a heads up here 🙂 snort

Humans take this day very serious!

According to folklore, here are the options of the Groundhog:

  1. IF it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early.
  2. IF it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow thus winter will continue for six more weeks.
 
 

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