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If I Die Young

Pretty Ramblings

So lately I have been really worried that I might be dying. I know dramatic, but if I live to see this blog become successful, all of you (my future devoted readers) will learn that I am a very dramatic person. But seriously, I have been having some awful chest pain and I think I might be really sick. I’m think my lymphoid is swollen and from what Web MD (predictor of your death) said about my symptoms, I may not have much time left on this earth. So it got me to thinking about life, how important being with the people you love is, and how important LIVING life is as well. So after figuring out what I would say to all those I love, I decided that since I would be unable to accomplish all my dreams and goals in life, I’d make the rest of the world do it…

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October 9 – National Moldy Cheese Day

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

National Moldy Cheese Day
and National Grinder, Hoagie, Hero Day

Today’s Food History

1906 Joseph Farwell Glidden died. Glidden, an Illinois farmer, received a patent for the first commercial barbed wire on November 24, 1874. The beginning of the end to open range and the cowboy. Glidden formed the Barb Fence Company with Isaac L. Ellwood, and became one of the wealthiest men in the country.

1941 Carmen Miranda recorded ‘The Man with the Lollipop Song.’

1946‘The Iceman Cometh’ opened in New York City.

1985 Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City’s Central Park, was dedicated to John Lennon.

1996 World’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, 3,000 pounds.

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What’s In A Name?

Gardens For Goldens

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare

Hundreds of dogs come through Homeward Bound each year. Some arrive with names; some are given to them. And sometimes – it seems – they just get it wrong!

Flowers names are pretty true to form. Sunflower…

Black-Eyed Susan…

Coneflower.

Simple enough. This beautiful boy arrived as ‘Hank’. Does he look like a Hank to you?

Since there were other Hanks in residence, he was named Hank Spoon. It is a ridiculous name.

Rationale #1: “He has a tongue like a spoon.”

He does not.
Rationale #2: “ He’s like that character in Lonesome Dove.”

That would be Jake Spoon – a lazy gambler and drinker. Hank’s not lazy, but he may drink, and if he did gamble, he’d be taking points – betting the underdog. He may also be…

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Chasing After That Little White Ball

"Here I Stand"

Outside of Kansas, the other state of my life seems to be all about Iowa. With a new KU men’s golf coach and no home matches this year, chasing after the little white golf ball called me back to Iowa again, this time to Burlington for the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

As soon as I saw all of the 12 and 16-passenger vans in the parking lot Monday morning, I knew I was in the right place. Most in simple white, but many were decked out in school colors.  The giant Mercedes van tricked out in Iowa Hawkeye black and gold topped them all as it flaunted its great length – its booty sticking out illegally anywhere but at a golf course. Boosters donated one of these monsters to the KU women’s golf team. Seating is beyond plush. For the rest? If they thought about it, many an athlete surely could trace…

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