Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ugly Truck Day, Woodie Wagon Day, more

July 20th, 2013, is Moon Day, Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day, Friends Day, Chess Day, Ugly Truck Day, Independence Day (Colombia), National Lollipop Day, and Fortune Cookie Day.

July 20th is Moon Day, commemorating the day in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and Armstrong became the first man to set foot there. Do you remember where you were on that historic day? Were you even born?

We could all use a bit of the advice this holiday offers - Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day. Give yourself a break, move on from past mistakes, and aim higher in the future.

Friends Day is the creation of Enrique Febbraro, an Argentine teacher and musician, who was inspired by the global unity of man's first moon landing in 1969. The holiday has been celebrated primarily in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Spain.

Today is Chess Day. Celebrate by playing a game, or, if you're a chess newbie like me, start to learn how.

Ugly Truck Day is here. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, but a road-worn old truck has a certain charm, an aura of time passing.

The third Saturday in July is Woodie Wagon Day. Should make you smile, if you're old enough to remember when they were common. Get your photo fix at

If you're in Canada, pack a picnic basket, grab your sports equipment, and head out to a local park. Today is Canada's Parks Day.

Colombia observes its 201st Independence Day on this date, celebrating independence from Spain. Parades and other festivities are planned.

Lollipops put me in the mind of Shirley Temple singing "Good Ship Lollipop" and the Lollipop Guild from Wizard of Oz. More recently, Mika recorded "Lollipop." Enjoy the videos and have a happy National Lollipop Day!

Your fortune cookie fortune says.... "Reading The Holiday Whiz every day leads to a long and prosperous life." Or maybe not. In any event, today is Fortune Cookie Day.

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