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Friday, March 13, 2020

Friday the 13th ~ Picture of the Day ~ Edgar Allan Poe ~ Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf ~ Rick Castro ~ National K9 Veterans Day

Good 26º clear sky, everything frozen, geese honking, Friday the 13th morning. 


Do you have a fear of Friday the 13th? If so, you have a condition called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Some people are so fearful of this date that they don’t even leave their homes. As a result of so many people staying indoors on Friday the 13th, airfares are cheaper, and there is less traffic. But what’s the big deal about this date? Why do people consider it unlucky?
Since 7 is considered a lucky number, we thought we would balance things out by giving 7 myths about Friday the 13th and the supposedly unlucky number 13.


1. The Last Supper Had 13 Guests
Jesus had one last meal with his 12 disciples before his crucifixion. This means there were 13 guests at the last supper. It is believed that Judas was the 13th person to take his seat. Judas is infamous for betraying Jesus and committing suicide afterward.
2. The God of Mischief and Disorder was the 13th Guest
According to Norse mythology, when 12 gods sat down together at a feast, an unwelcome guest named Loki showed up. Loki was the god of mischief and disorder. Because there were 13 guests at the table, one of the gods died during the meal. Still, to this day, some hosts refuse to have 13 guests at their table for fear, one of them will die.
3. The Biblical Meaning for the Number 13 Isn’t Good
In the Bible, the number 13 is often associated with rebellion and lawlessness. This number represents all the governments that were created by man and inspired by Satan. In the book of Mark, Jesus says 13 things defile a person. Some of these things include evil thoughts, murders, thefts, wickedness, pride, and an evil eye.
4. Friday Is an Unlucky Day of the Week
Many people love Friday. In fact, you have probably exclaimed, “Thank God It’s Friday.” However, Friday is historically an unlucky day of the week. This goes back to the 14th century when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote Canterbury Tales. Chaucer wrote, “and on a Friday fell all this mischance.” In Britain, Friday was the day when criminals were hung. For this reason, Friday became known as Hangman’s Day.
5. The Arrest of the Knights of Templar Began on Friday the 13th
The Knights of Templar were a Catholic military order founded in 1119. They were also known for being proficient bankers. After losing the war to England, King Philip IV of France became heavily indebted to the Knights. On Friday the 13th, the king ordered the arrest of all Templars. Following a trial in Paris, some of the Templars were burned at the stake.
6. The Curse of 13 Letters in a Name
According to an old superstition, if you have 13 letters in your first and last name, you are cursed. You might laugh at this idea, but here are some names with 13 letters:
  • Charles Manson
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Adolfus Hitler (the baptismal name of Adolf Hitler)
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Osama bin Laden
Of course, this doesn’t mean that if you have 13 letters in your name, you are an evil person. But, interestingly, so many evil people have 13 letters in their name.
7. An Italian Composer Died on Friday the 13th
This might not seem like such a big deal. There are probably a lot of people who die on Friday the 13th. However, the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, regarded Fridays as an unlucky day. He also regarded the number 13 as an unlucky number. He died on November 13th, 1868. It was a Friday.
What do you think of Friday the 13th? Do you stay indoors? Do you purposely avoid having appointments or events on this day? If so, you’re certainly not alone.

Picture of the Day .... LOL


Edgar Allan Poe was an author and poet, famous for his dark mysterious poems and stories, including ‘The Raven’. After serving in the U.S. Army, Poe enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A popular legend states that he won a court martial by showing up to a drill naked except for a hat and a cartridge belt. In 1831, a court-martial tried the young cadet on charges of gross neglect of duty and disobedience of orders. Sergeant Major Edgar Allan Poe was found guilty of both charges and discharged from the service of the United States only seven months after he had arrived at the academy.

Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf

Blend ketchup, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce to help pack flavor into this Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf. Add shredded Mexican-style cheese and chopped veggies and you've got a great weeknight entrée! Try Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf any night of the week.
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
1/4 t. ground black pepper
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup tomato ketchup, divided
3 T. lite soy sauce
1/4 t. Lea & Perrins Worchstershire sauce
2 pounds ground turkey breast
36 Ritz Crackers, crushed
1 cup Mexican Style shredded four cheese, divided
Heat oven to 350º.
Cook and stir red peppers, onions and garlic in hot oil in large skillet on medium heat 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in black pepper; cool.
Mix egg, 1/2 cup ketchup, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce in large bowl until blended. Stir in vegetable mixture. Add turkey, cracker crumbs and 3/4 cup cheese; mix just until blended. Shape into 10x5-inch loaf in shallow pan; top with remaining ketchup.
Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until done (160º), topping with remaining cheese after 50 min.

Today is a special birthday.. our long time friend Rick Castro (LASD ret and married to the vivacious Lynda.. also LASD ret) HAPPY BIRTHDAY KICKSTAND!!! xooxox

(Rick's special nickname...given to him by my Jerry. If you want to know why.... just ask me!!! LOL)

Historically this date.....
1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.

1938 – World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.

1943 – The HolocaustGerman forces liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Kraków.

1957 – Cuban student revolutionaries storm the presidential palace in Havana in a failed attempt on the life of President Fulgencio Batista.

1991 – The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

1997 – The Phoenix lights are seen over Phoenix, Arizona by hundreds of people, and by millions on television.

2000 – Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino retires from the National Football League after 17 seasons.

2008 – Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

And births this date include.....
1935 – Leslie Parrish, American actress

1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter

1950 – William H. Macy, American actor

1956 – Dana Delany, American actress

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Friday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

March 13th recognizes National K9 Veterans Day and the dedicated K9 units who’ve served since World War II. 
A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. We rationed oil, leather, and rubber. The military draft men into service. Women rolled up their sleeves and built war supplies.
And dogs were called to duty. During the first world war, the United States took notice of the European use of canines as sentries, message carriers, and several other functions.
A private citizen, Mrs. Alene Erlanger initiated a program called Dogs for Defense. Along with the American Kennel Club and a handful of breeders, the group aimed to train the dogs for military use.
By November of 1942, the military prepared the first Dogs for Defense for duty in North Africa. While at first, they were gun shy, they proved to be well trained.
As the war progressed, Dogs for Defense was unable to keep up with the demand, and the Remount Branch, Service Installations Divisions took over the training of the dogs.
Over the years, the military, police, and rescue have developed a variety of training methods for K9 units. Their training is tailored to meet the demands of the job, and each animal and handler carries out his or her duties to the fullest.


National K9 Veterans Day is celebrated on March 13th on the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps, which was formed in 1942.  Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day.