"There's never a need to worry that someone will outshine us. It's not a competition. We all need to shine the brightest we can in our own unique way. It's not possible for there to be too much light in this world. Shine…and let shine."
"I guess I'm officially 'old'. I just spent ten minutes chasing an eye floater with a fly swatter."
A man finds a wallet with $700 in it. A few days later, he reads a notice stating that a wealthy man has lost his wallet and is offering a $50 reward to anyone who returns it. He soon locates the owner and gives him the wallet, and the rich man counts the money and says, “I see you have already taken your reward.”
The poor man responds, “What are you talking about?” The wealthy man continues, “This wallet had $750 in it when I lost it.”
The two men begin arguing, and eventually they go to court to sort out their differences. Both men present their case, the poor man first, then the wealthy man who concludes by saying, “Your Honor, I trust you believe me.”
The Judge says, “Of course.” The rich man smiles, and the poor man is devastated. Then the Judge takes the wallet out of the wealthy man’s hands and gives it to the poor man who found it. “What are you doing?” the rich man yells angrily.
The Judge responds, “You are, of course, an honest man, and if you say that your missing wallet had $750 in it, I’m sure it did – but if the man who found this wallet is a liar and a thief, he wouldn’t have returned it at all, which means that this wallet must belong to somebody else. If that man steps forward, he’ll get the money – otherwise, it stays with the man who found it.”
“What about my money?” the rich man asks.
“Well, we’ll just have to wait until somebody finds your wallet with the $750 in it.
It's Evaluate Your Life Day! Take a day to slow down and really look at if you're headed where you want to be. Time to ask those hard questions and make adjustments.
--Dress Like a Dork Day: today is in honor of those social misfits we love, the ones who are out-of-touch and similar to nerds and geeks, choose an outfit that screams Dork!.
--International Adjust Your Chair Day: observed on the 3rd Monday of October; today is a reminder for the desk-bound to adjust their chairs for the best posture and support of their backs; today raises awareness of the problems poor posture can cause.
--International Gin and Tonic Day: today is a salute to a cocktail that began during the reign of the British East India Company in India during the 1700’s. Malaria had been roaming around in India and became a problem. To treat Malaria, George Cleghorn, a Scottish doctor, discovered that quinine, a flavor component of tonic water, could be used to treat malaria. However, not many liked the taste; British officers in India in the early 1800’s began adding water, sugar, lime, and gin to the tonic water, and thus a gin and tonic was born. While tonic water isn’t used as an antimalarial treatment, tonic water contains less quinine and is sweeter. As for the gin component of the cocktail, gin is made explicitly with juniper berries and was sold in 17th century Holland as a cure for medical issues like gout, gallstones and stomach problems; gin and tonic became a popularized British drink, one that would even transcend into popular culture. One of the most famous references for this drink was in the movie Dr. No from the James Bond series. Bond talks about one of these drinks in Jamaica, a recipe where you would squeeze a whole lime into the drink itself, making the drink tart and refreshing.
--LGBT Center Awareness Day: today is a day of awareness promoting the vital services of community centers that provide support to the LGBT community.
--Multicultural Diversity Day: observed on the 3rd Monday of October and started by Michigan educators who developed diversity curriculum for their classes; today is a day to remind us to notice and embrace the many cultures and diversity around us in our everyday lives.
--National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day: there appears to be 2 celebrations of cleaning your desktop--October 17 and the 3rd Monday of October; today is a reminder to clean up your computer; it's a good day to backup your files, delete old files and pictures no longer needed and remove the icons from your desktop for programs you no longer use.
--National Seafood Bisque Day: today is a salute to the smooth, creamy, highly-seasoned broth of French origin; often made with lobster, crab, crayfish and other seafood and seasoned with wine or cognac and a savory bouquet of spices; what's your favorite?
--New Friends Day: observed July 19, October 19, January 19; today is a day to remind us of the importance of the support of friends and to encourage us to make room for new connections as we embrace the potential of new friendships and strengthen recently started friendships.
--World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day: part of Bone and Joint Action Week; today raises awareness of musculoskeletal conditions of children and educates health providers; also looks at the effects of obesity on the musculoskeletal system of children.
Halloween Trivia from bing: While carving vegetables into faces is a tradition in many parts of the world, the carving of jack-o'-lanterns around Halloween originated in Ireland in the mid-19th century, using potatoes or turnips. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to the US around the same time and discovered that the native pumpkins were much easier to carve.
More Halloween trivia: The term jack-o-lantern refers to Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack is a character in an Irish folk tale who tricked the devil on two separate occasions into not taking his soul. But he was so devious that when he died, heaven wouldn't take him either. So, he was cursed to spend eternity walking between the planes of good and evil with a burning ember inside a hollowed turnip to light his way.
--In 1985, video rental Blockbuster superstore premiered. From bing: "Software entrepreneur David Cook opens his first video rental store in Dallas, offering customers a streamlined experience and large selection. The Blockbuster chain will grow to more than 8,000 stores by 2010 before competition from online and streaming services run it virtually out of business." A moment of silence for the departed.