Sunday, February 21, 2016

Reasons for Canada to become the Fifty First State!

  • They can easily add a star sized maple leaf to Old Glory for the new flag
  • Canadian funny money would have Monopoly status only
  • The Prime minister could become Assistant Vice President (ceremonial status)
  • Americans could finally enjoy the "real" Niagara falls without crossing the border
  • Benedict Arnold could finally be exonerated
  • Canadians would have to stop bragging about the War of 1812
  • Saying "Eh" at the end of every sentence would slowly disappear
  • Americans would learn how to win at hockey
  • Canadians would be part of a real army for once
  • No more painful border crossings either way
  • Everyone likes the sound of Americanadians
  • The Sasquatch could no longer escape across the border, and would soon be caught
  • Alaskans would really be connected to their fellow compatriots
  • No more Queen of Canada (she's a nice lady, but there's been too many Royal shenanigans)
  • Americans would learn how to pronounce Saskatchewan
  • Finally, Americans would have easy access to real beer like Moosehead!

  • Feel free to add your own reason to the list :-).

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Valentine's Day Lowdown

Let's start with the city of Valentine, Nebraska. You might want to book a "Sweetheart Package" at the Rosebud Casino Hotel, or visit the Valentine National Wildlife Reserve located 25 miles south of Valentine on Highway 83 to see Beavers and Sandhill Cranes. "The 71,500 acre refuge was established in 1935 to create a sanctuary and breeding area for migratory birds and a variety of wildlife."

I'm not sure if the founding fathers of Valentine actually named their town after the Patron Saint, but we must give a nod to the man who actually inspired Valentine's Day. Apparently he was a Roman priest under the rule of Emperor Claudius II in the 2nd Century AD. He ignored the ruler's edict not to marry Christian couples, and ended up beheaded. Could that be the origin of the old saying "losing your head to love"?

Unfortunately Al Capone and his band of hoodlums gave a sinister taint of infamy to February 14th by orchestrating the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. He succeeded in ending "Bugs" Moran's control of the North Side, but the foul deed brought more unwanted attention from the Federal government that ultimately led to his demise.

Here's a nice idea for a unique gift instead of the usual chocolates, sweets, and flowers. For approximately $145 U.S. you can give your Valentine 2 acres of Brazilian Rain forest. This is sponsored by the World Land Trust, and they'll throw in a box of Green and Black's Fair trade chocolate to boot!

Don't forget your Valentine this year and remember...

"The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love."
~ Henry Miller