Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Holidays for August 20th 2013

Bad Hair Day

Have you ever had a bad hair day? A messy mop, misbehaving bangs, tangled tresses or limp locks may often spell hair disasters. However, on August 20th, short-of-perfect styles are all the rage.

August 20th is Bad Hair Day. Go ahead. Skip the shampoo today. Don't be a tease. Tie a scarf on your head or wear a hat, if you must. Leave home with wet hair. Better yet, cover your head with curlers, and head for the mall. Bad hair is rad hair on this style-free occasion.

Perhaps ironically, American boxing promoter Don King (the perennial poster child of bad hair) was born on August 20, 1931.

Hair we go - once a year - for Bad Hair Day on August 20th.

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

August 20 is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. While some people would think that is one busy and sweet drink, I look at it as an opportunity to make yet another delicious dessert cocktail.

Pecans are the only tree nut that grows naturally in North America, and were a major food source for Native Americans during the autumn months because of their plentiful supply. The word “Pecan" is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe any nut needing a stone to crack.

Pecans were also used to produce an intoxicating liquid called, Powcohicora.

To celebrate National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day, we will be making a chocolate pecan pie cocktail.

What you will need:

1 oz Praline Pecan Liqueur
1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
½ oz Kahlua

Fill rocks glass with ice
Add Praline Pecan Liqueur
Add Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Add Kahlua
(as a variation, a splash of cream can be added to give it that “ala mode” taste)

You have now created a sweet and delicious after dinner cocktail, a fantastic drink to sip while relaxing on the couch or soaking in the hot tub.

National Lemonade Day

Today is National Lemonade Day! Lemonade originated in the Mediterranean region in the 13th century and the recipe eventually made its way to Europe and then to America. The beverage was sold as an everyday refreshment and as a tonic, used to treat colds and other ailments. In France, you could purchase a glass from street vendors known as “lemoadiers.”

To celebrate National Lemonade Day, make your own homemade lemonade to share with friends and family. Dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of hot water. Then stir in 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 gallon of cold water. Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

International Radio Day

Tuesday, August 20th is International Radio Day. You remember a radio, that gadget with knobs and dials on it, AM and FM frequencies? Personally, I remember going to bed while listening to a few good radio shows when I was a kid.

Some of us may even have had a shortwave radio that would allow the world into our houses. Some of us may even remember the mono sounds of a transistor radio by the likes of Juliette.

While transistor radios and even some of the old time boom boxes are a thing of the past, music, shows and radio listening in general is alive and kicking; on line.

Thanks to internet radios from Grace Digital, Logitech and Tivoli, not only can you listen to your local programming,, but local programming for Mexico Maine, or Mexico City Mexico, Lebanon New Hampshire, or Beirut Lebanon and many more. Grace Digital’s sets also offer Pandora on their radios as well.

Aside from those table top sets, the online radio listening craze has become totally portable, thanks to Wi-Fi hot spots, 4g phone service and even mobile audio. There are several sites you can either listen to or download apps from to celebrate this milestone. They span genres, operating systems and devices. There are so many out there. Some are more popular and very well known, and others are a bit less known, but none the less broadcasting the world. There is even an app that allows you to listen to Police/Fire/EMS bands from over the world or across the street.