A Guide to Your Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patty’s Day!!! Around the U.S. we hold many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, the day when everyone turns a little Irish. The first parade occurred in New York in 1762, and since we have continued to grow. In Chicago, they turn the river green every year. Boston always holds a large parade in South Boston “Southie”, and Dropkick Murphy’s performs every year at House of Blues. In New York they still have the tradition of their parade, but here is a complete list of things to do, so that you can find what suits you best!

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For those of us on the West Coast, we have plenty of opportunities to celebrate too. In San Francisco, you can enjoy the annual parade, next year, as it took place on March 11th this year, but the Holiday Block Party is happening on the 17th, so still festivities to enjoy!! In Los Angeles, they have a Parade, and pub crawls, like everywhere, they also have a number of races you can check out for those of you wanting something a little healthier.

If you are really into the celebrating you could hit up parties (or races) on the East and West Coasts, and still get back in time to work on Monday! Now that would be some incredible dedication!!! Whatever you decide, please have fun, and be safe, and if you are going to hit the town, please call Lyft, or Uber, or ca cab, for paid rides, AAA for a free ride, or maybe even try a parent, or friend. It is only ignorant if you don’t ask.

Winter Officially Begins

Today is Winter Solstice, officially the 1st Day of Winter! Hopefully you were not already complaining of the cold, we still have a ways until it is over. Today is the shortest day and longest night of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. I have found this cool website illustration and explanation.  Bundle up!!

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Grab the kids, a thermos full of hot cocoa, some blankets and hit the town tonight and check our the BEST COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN MODESTO – Here’s the list, map and preview of the house – Sing some carols while you’re out there, and be sure to stay warm though, the weather is changing on us!

Christmas Caroling

Have you ever wondered where did the tradition of going around in the freezing cold singing songs on friend’s doorsteps began. Turns out early Christians took this once pagan tradition over. Carols (the word originally meant “to dance around something”) were first sung in Europe, they were pagan songs, sung at Winter Solstice (December 21 this year) as people danced around stone circles. The Roman Catholic church ordered a song called the “Angel’s Hymm” be sung in about 129 A.D.  Read more on the history here.

Top Christmas Gifts From Pets

We receive companionship, peace, laughter and entertainment from our four-legged friends, so here’s our chance to give back.  I found this website with everything from Pet Selfie Sticks, to the famous “Woof Washer” and everything in between! And if you are familiar with Birchbox there’s “Barkbox” for your pup!

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If you are as close to your dog as I am to Melky, you might want to consider getting your dog insured, especially those pure breeds. Here is a link to the reasons that you should consider this for your animal!

Christmas Card Day

I’m sure the intent is to get those snail mail cards in the U.S. Postal Services hands, or maybe you have already. Did you know the greeting card industry takes in about $7 billion annually, and that the average card cost around $4.  Christmas cards account for 75% of the overall annual card revenue.

 

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But maybe you’d like to send a digital greeting card this year?  If you do, you’ll join the “new” tech savvy group that’s responsible for a 5% annual drop in traditional card sales.  Which digital cards to send?  Here’s a pretty nice review of the Top 10 U.S. online greeting card apps… Imagine a JibJab of your family?  LOL!!

Happy Thanksgiving

A day to gather, celebrate gratefulness, and maybe eat some good food.  I could regal you with the history, the Macy’s Day parade, the world record turkey (86 lbs), the fastest time carving a turkey (3 min 19 seconds) or the largest pumpkin pie (3,669 lbs).

Instead I’m thinking of the 10 Best Thanksgiving Movies –  Charlie Brown makes it to #1.  Can you guess the rest?

The Sunday Drive

Many of the cases I handle involve automobile accidents, both personal and commercial.  I started out researching the actual statistics of the number of auto accidents on weekends versus mid-week, but as so often happens, I was diverted on the Internet highway to the history of the “Sunday Drive”.

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The Sunday drive tradition has it’s roots in the U.S. and New Zealand and actually began long before automobiles.  Back in the horse and buggy days when families took Sunday’s off to attend church and then took their time heading home or would take advantage of the light work day to “sight see”.  This tradition became even more entrenched during the beginning of the automobile era in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  The idea was that automobile’s were not used for commuting or errands, but for pleasure.  So much so that eventually “Parkways” were constructed for “recreational” driving and excluded trucks and other heavy vehicles, many were strictly roads that went through the scenic route to a destination.

How many movie plots in the past center around driving for pleasure, too many to count. The movies go back decades, and I found hundreds of sites on the web with the “Top Driving Movies”. I found this one to be pretty cool for its’ diversity, The 29 Greatest Car Movies Ever. At this time, the only thing that seems to have an effect on driving for pleasure is the price of gas. Gas rationing in the 70’s definitely had an effect as did the incredibly fast rising gas price of the mid 2000’s, when the average price rose as high as $4.85 a gallon. We tend to park our fun little gas guzzlers when the prices get so high.

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On the eve of this “driving holiday” known as Thanksgiving, I pray you’ll be safe and have some fun with your family. I am really glad the cost of a gallon of gas is not $4.85 a gallon.  Maybe you can take advantage of gas prices and consider taking the “scenic route” home. Here is a list of America’s Most Scenic Roads.