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Edit: New Poll is up Buddies. Nyah ha ha ha! :)

By the way, I am feeling much better today. Thank God! However, I am still on supplemental oxygen due to breathing problems. :(

NewTexas wrote:National Be a Millionaire Day - we are not sure being a Millionaire is all that it is cracked up to be unless you are a Multi-Millionaire. So what if you have a million dollars when you turn 65? Is that enough? Enough to live out all the days of your lives? We are not so sure. If you live for 30 more years, that is only about $33,000 a year (before taxes) to spend (not factoring in compound interest). Is that enough? Just how much is enough?

Indeed Buddy. Having a million dollars when you turn 65 years old might not be enough to live out all the days of your lives. As for just how much is enough, it depends on your health and physical condition, lifestyle and investments, saving habits and expenditures.

NewTexas wrote:Thank you for the food for thought, Fort Verden. There might be a Poll question in there, but we sure do not know what the options would be aside from the obvious ones that would be on the ridiculous side.

You are welcome Buddy! Thank you for the poll suggestion :)

NewTexas wrote:Waxing philosophical as we approach retirement age and really not looking forward to being a Door Greeter at Wally-Mart.

Big Tex my Buddy, I cannot imagine you as a Door Greeter at WalMart and hope you will never need to become a Door Greeter at WalMart or anywhere else after you retire from your current job.

Trecdom2 wrote:Didn't realize on Tue that I was a few steps shy of my goal. I went for a run, but running doesn't count accurately. That means the trend of reaching my goal started over yesterday, oh well.

Good luck Trec Buddy but what was your goal?

Trecdom2 wrote:Day 23: Favorite Cult Classic

The Back to the Future trilogy, the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pulp Fiction

Trecdom2 wrote:Feeling blue? Is he turning into a Bolian or Andorian? Maybe he should try turning a different color? Just not yellow or red.

Nyah ha ha ha! Oh God Buddy! Yesterday evening, I was wallowing in pain, sickness and self-pity while curled up on my side of the bed until my Beloved Wife Leia informed me about your post. She was laughing so hard and she had not laughed like that for a long time so I wondered what happened. Anyways, her laughter must have been infectious because as soon as I understood the reason for her laughter, I started laughing as well and I laughed so hard I felt much better afterwards despite my breathing difficulties which has resulted in my need for supplemental oxygen.

Thank you very much Trec Buddy! :)

Issues Test Bed wrote:

I haven't made a full recovery. I do not have the capacity and endurance I had before, mostly under lots of physical stress. I'm at roughly 90%, but the most I can brag about. That last 10% took years. However, some of that leveling off in recovery my also be lifestyle and age.

You have not yet made a full recovery? Oh God! That sucks Buddy :(

Issues Test Bed wrote:

The book is outstanding. I would read it, even if you already saw the movie.

Thank you for your recommendation Buddy. I will read that book :)

Issues Test Bed wrote:Not to worry on my part. It is my goal to come sliding in at Death's feet in a well used body with these words on my lips, "Wow, what a ride. What's next?"

Nyah ha ha ha! I believe you are already in the process of living your life to the fullest but I wish you good luck Buddy! :)

Temujin Cenghis Khan wrote:That’s terrible Verner and Issues Test Bed. I’ll pray for both of you to make a full recovery. Texas won't be the same without the two of you in it so we need you two in good health. :)

Thank you for your prayers Buddy! Greatly appreciated :)


Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Indianapolis 500
National Brother's Day
National Scavenger Hunt Day
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

National Wyoming Day
National Yucatan Shrimp Day
National Escargot Day

Quotes of the Day:

“Anyone in America can build wealth. The only thing holding you back is you. Get out of debt. Save consistently. Keep your spending in check. Let time and compound interest do their magic. If you’re willing to work hard and keep the long-term goal in mind, you’ll reach the million-dollar milestone,” - Chris Hogan, #1 national best-selling author and financial expert.

“Confidence comes from discipline and training.” - Robert Kiyosaki

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” - Samuel Johnson

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” - William James

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” - Muhammad Ali

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

“You were born an original, don’t die a copy.” - John Mason

Music of the Day:

P!nk & Willow Sage Hart (P!nk’s Daughter) - A Million Dreams/A Million Dreams (Reprise)

On This Day In History:
1976 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)

1978 American management consultant Marilyn Loden first coins the term "glass ceiling" to describe invisible career barriers for women

1983 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students

1986 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel

1988 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute

1999 Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.

2000 Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.

2001 Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

2001 The Democrats gain control of the US Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent

2002 Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.

2004 North Korea bans mobile phones.

2018 Record US fentanyl seizure of 120lbs (54kg) confirmed by police in Nebraska in April, enough to kill 26 million people, one of largest drug busts in US history

2018 US President Donald Trump cancels summit with North and South Korea because of hostile statements from North Korea

2018 World's largest cat-proof fence (44km) completed at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, central Australia to protest endangered species

2018 US President Donald Trump signs into law the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act easing financial regulations and reducing oversight for banks

2019 Brazil's Supreme Court votes to make homophobia and transphobia crimes

Indianapolis 500

They call it “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” — for a reason. The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s most iconic automobile race. Indy cars, as opposed to the stock cars of NASCAR, whiz around the 2.5-mile oval track at speeds exceeding 200 mph for a total of 500 miles. (That’s 250 times around!) First run in 1911, the race is now held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — known to racing fans around the world as the Brickyard. If you go, get there early, bring sunscreen, and get set to witness motorsports history.

Frenchman Simon Pagenaud qualified with the top speed this year — making him the pole-sitter — meaning he’ll start the event on the inside of Row 1.


Name says it all

Aptly-named Australian Will Power won the Indy 500 although he didn’t hold the lead for good until the the final laps. The win gave owner Roger Penske his record 17th victory. “I want to cry," said Power. "I was wondering if I would ever win it."

She's #1 (for a while)

Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead the Indy 500, although she didn't go on to win.

Photo finish

Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by less than a half-second, the closest Indy 500 ever.

Four-time winner

AJ Foyt became the first quadruple winner of the Indy 500.

Long drive

Ray Haroun won the first Indy 500 race with a time of 6 hours and 42 minutes.


Nearly 5 million viewers watched the Indy 500 last year on ABC. Pop some popcorn, plop down on the couch, and join the excitement. You never know what might happen in the unpredictable spectacle of Indy car racing.

Join the fun at the Brickyard
Even people who aren't big fans of automobile racing have the Indy 500 on their bucket list to attend. Like the Kentucky Derby, or the Super Bowl, or the Masters golf tournament, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Learn about the history of the race
Many books capture important moments in the history of the Indy 500. You might start with "Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500," about the race in 1964 that began with a massive wreck that killed two drivers.

Who's that kid?

Troy Ruttman was 22 years old when he won the Indy 500 in 1952.

Arie Luyendyk clocked in at 237.498 mph during a qualifying lap in 1996.

Four trophies
Three drivers have won the Indy 500 four times – Al Unser, AJ Foyt, and Rick Mears.

Got milk?
Indy 500 winner Louis Meyer drank a glass of buttermilk in Victory Lane after the race in 1936. It's been a tradition pretty much every year since.

Conserving fuel
Both World Wars put the Indy 500 on hold — forcing cancellation a total of six times. Other than that, the race has taken place every year since 1911.

A century of speed

This is the 103rd running of the race. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosts the event, was built in 1909. The first race took place in 1911.

There's lots of drama
In 2011, Dan Wheldon of Great Britain overtook American J.R. Hildebrand on the final lap to win. And racing legend Al Unser was almost 48 years old when he won in 1987. Who says older people can't drive?

It's huge!
The IMS is the largest sports venue in the world, with a seating capacity of 257,000. You could fit the entire city of St. Petersburg, Florida inside!

National Brother's Day

May 24 is National Brother’s Day, so call your brother and tell him you love him, even though he’ll say you‘re weird afterwards. When you were younger, you argued over LEGOs or whose turn it was to sit in the front seat. Yet in some strange way, those childhood squabbles served to make you closer over the years.

The word brother stems from the Latin root frater and the Proto-Germanic word brother, which itself comes from the Proto-IndoEuropean root bhrater. Regardless of origin, both in words and in blood, our bothers have our backs over and over again. They’re our closest friend, and sometimes, the most annoying people we know. But we love them anyway. Even some of the most famous people in history had brothers to lean on and be annoyed by.

1. Henry and William James
Henry James was one of America’s most acclaimed novelists in the late 1800s and early 1900s, penning books such as “The Portrait of a Lady” and “The Turn of the Screw.” His older brother, William James, was a renowned American philosopher and considered by many to be the father of psychology.

2. The Bee Gees
Famous pop group, the Bee Gees, was made up of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. They have sold more than 120 million records worldwide making them one of the world’s best selling artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and were presented the award by Brian Wilson, the frontman of another famous family act, The Beach Boys.

3. The Sullivan Brothers
Following the loss of their friend in Pearl Harbor, George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan enlisted in the US Navy. All five were serving on the USS Juneau during World War II when it sunk in a 1942 naval battle. When three uniformed men called upon their parent’s house, their father — bracing for the bad news — asked “Which one,” to which the lieutenant commander replied “I’m sorry. All five.” Because of them, the US War Department established the Sole Survivor Policy to protect those who lost family members in military service from combat duty.


A band of brothers

The Jackson 5, composed of brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael Jackson, formed in Gary, Indiana.

Hollywood Brothers

The Marx Brothers debut "Duck Soup," their most famous Hollywood film

December 17, 1903
Brothers in Flight

The Wright Brothers make the first successful flight

Fairytale Siblings

The Brothers Grimm publish Grimm's Fairy Tales


14% decrease in obesity
Apparently living in the same home with our siblings keeps our weight in check. Studies found risks of obesity drops by 14% for every additional sibling in a household. Perhaps this is because siblings tend to keep each other physically active, especially brothers who like to be competitive with each other and make any type of situation some form of a race.

2% lower divorce rate
For every sibling someone has, their odds of divorce falls by 2% according to a study. More siblings can mean more experience dealing with other people, which creates an advantage when it comes to negotiating the ups and downs of marriage.

50% of genes
Full siblings are considered first degree relatives and, on average, share 50% of their genes. Half-siblings are genetically second degree relatives and share about 25% overlap in their genetic variation. However, whether you share the same two parents, one parent, or no parents, your sibling is your sibling and genetics don’t affect how much they add to your life.


Is today National Brothers Day?
If today is May 24, then you’re in luck, because it’s National Brothers Day! Wow, what excellent timing!

Which day is Brothers Day in 2020?
In 2020, Brothers Day lands on a Sunday. The perfect day to take your brother out after work for some beers and laughs!

Is Brothers Day celebrated in India?
Though India does not celebrate a Brothers Day, they do celebrate the Hindu Holiday Raksha Bandhan, which acknowledges the bond between brothers and sisters, much like our National Brothers and Sisters Day on May 2!


Indulge in your favorite bonding ritual
Beer? Ballgames? Barbecue? Brunch? Whatever you guys like to do, today’s the day to do it together. Even if it just means grabbing a bite to eat, take time out to bond with your brother.

Tell him what he means to you
This doesn’t have to be as touchy-feely as all that, but it ought to be a bit more meaningful than slurring “I love you, man!” after a couple of Jameson shots. Just let him know that you appreciate all he’s done for you, or that you really dig hanging out with him.

Buy him a little something
Unlike Mother’s Day, when it’s basically de-rigeur to spring for flowers, perfume, or a brunch buffet, there are no guidelines when it comes to buying your brother a treat. How about a funny t-shirt you saw online, a book he’d enjoy, or movie tickets? If he’s a whiskey aficionado, get him that special bottle he wouldn’t buy for himself. Who knows, maybe he’ll share.


Brothers understand you like no one else
There aren’t many people who can communicate volumes with one raised eyebrow or a kick under the dinner table, but brothers can. Over the years, you forged a bond built on long, boring car trips, Mom’s lame puns, and fighting over the last serving of Dad’s famous 4th of July potato salad.

Brothers have your back
Forget scorned women — hell hath no fury like a protective brother. From schoolyard spats to a family fracas to a barroom brawl, your brother will be there for you. Unless, of course, you’re the one fighting with him. Stay on his good side, though, and you two can take on the world.

Brothers are in it for a lifetime
Robert Frost famously said, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in,” and that extends to wherever your brother’s home is. You’ve fought over girls and you’ve gone without speaking and you’ve maybe said some choice words about one another, but at the end of the proverbial day, he ain’t heavy. He’s your brother.

National Scavenger Hunt Day

Scavenger hunting, which originally evolved from folk games, became especially popular in the U.S. during the 1930s, and regular events are still held today, notably at schools like the University of Chicago. One of the reasons for their continued popularity is the fact that, unlike a treasure hunt, most things you’ll look for in a scavenger hunt are not valuable at all — in fact, they may well be completely useless, but the random nature of the searched-for items is all part of the fun. Some versions are rather like the old-fashioned I Spy game, with participants taking photos of what they “spy” in order to win, and other versions require a sophisticated level of strategic thinking. Whatever style appeals to you, celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24 by either participating in a hunt, or planning one of your own!


Organize a scavenger hunt
An easy way to get started is by establishing a theme, which will set the tone for all the items to be collected, as well as for the clues, and even the location for the hunt. For example, if you’re in a fashionable urban environment, you could have a “Great Gatsby” theme, where participants hunt for (and take photos of) men wearing fedoras, women with bobbed hair, and anyone wearing fringe and dancing the Charleston. Prizes could include classic Gatsby-era cocktails like The Bee’s Knees.

Do a scavenger hunt at work
This could be a fun way to motivate your team to finish a troublesome project: the “items” to hunt for could be ideas for marketing an upcoming event, or revamping your social media image. When the project is finished, reward your scavengers with an office pizza party!

Plan a romantic scavenger hunt
Use your imagination to surprise your sweetie with a love-themed scavenger hunt. If your style is classic romantic, plan to hunt for candles, wine, and ingredients to cook a special dinner together; if you’re in a spicier mood, clues could lead to a date night movie and private coupons, to be redeemed by you when the hunt is over. Très romantique!


There’s a scavenger style for everyone
Most of us are familiar with the classic scavenger hunt, where you’re given a list of items to hunt for, and whoever finishes first is the winner. But did you know that variations include hunts with clues that first have to be deciphered before participants will know what they’re looking for, and another type involves taking photos of listed items? And for the tech-savvy (and those who may be less mobile), there are also international scavenger hunts using media and the internet that can draw hundreds of thousands of participants from around the world.

Scavenger hunting encourages creative thinking
There are many ways to learn, including rote memorization, but participating in a scavenger hunt requires a more creative way of thinking. For example — reading between the lines, analytic processes, and drawing conclusions in order to succeed. This kind of lateral thinking has been proven scientifically to not only increase intelligence, but also to stimulate the growth of brain cells. (Who knew?)

It’s a great group activity
Scavenger hunts, whether played outdoors or from your laptop, really cannot function as solo activities. With a group of friends or colleagues, and a friendly spirit of competition, scavenger hunts can create a fun sense of collaboration and community.

National Wyoming Day

On May 24, National Wyoming Day recognizes the 44th state to join the union.

Also known as The Equality State, Wyoming territory led the nation and the world in granting women the right to vote. In 1869, the Wyoming territorial legislature passed a bill allowing women the right and the governor signed the bill on December 10, 1869. Twenty years later, Wyoming would approve the first state constitution including women’s suffrage. They would be granted statehood in 1870.

In a vast open country where homesteaders had to rely on one another, man or woman, equality had real meaning, true grit.

It’s also a country where massive towers seem to rise out of nowhere mysteriously. Devil’s Tower stands starkly against brilliant blue skies or disappears into the fog. Depending on the day or its mood it can do either, or both. Explore the Native American legends surrounding the creation of the monolith, hike its trails, and wonder at its existence.

From Fossil Butte National Monument to Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming retells history. The state thrills and challenges visitors with its spectacular views in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

In The Cowboy State, rodeos provide opportunities to flex skills in the arena and amaze audiences in the stands. Whether they compete indoors or out, boots, jeans, and hats are recommended.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWyomingDay
Join National Day Calendar as we explore The Equality State. Visit the towering Grand Tetons and learn about the resilient people who live in Wyoming. Follow the trails of dinosaurs and cowboys! Use #NationalWyomingDay to share on social media.

Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

On May 24th, Aviation Maintenance Technician Day honors the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible.

Charles Edward Taylor
We all know the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Kitty Hawk, and the experiment of human flight. But how many of us know the name, Charles Edward Taylor? He came to work for the Wrights in 1902 when the research turned to powered flight. The automobile companies couldn’t supply an engine both light enough and powerful enough for flight.

Enter Taylor. A machinist by trade, with a metal lathe, drill press, and other hand tools, he built the 12-horsepower engine, which propelled the Wright’s aeroplane 20 feet above the wind-swept North Carolina beach. The longest flight lasted 59 seconds for a distance of 852 feet. It took Taylor 6 weeks to build the engine, and yet, history books rarely mention the man who helped make the historic December 17, 1903, flight possible.

Beyond First Flight
Being on the cusp of the aeronautics industry, Taylor continued to design aircraft engines for the Wright brothers as well as teaching them to build their own. When the first airport was established (by the Wrights), he was named the airport manager.

The partnership continued when the Wright brothers were awarded a military contract for the first military plane with Taylor designing and building the engine.

Taylor’s adventures continued in 1911 when William Randolph Hearst offered up a cash award to the first pilot to fly across the United States in 30 days or less. Cal Rodgers, a young pilot, accepted the challenge and hired Charles Taylor as his mechanic.

Rodgers made it, landing and crashing from New York to Pasadena, with Taylor trailing along in a car.

Charles Taylor continued in the field of aviation maintenance for more than 60 years. Like Taylor, aviation maintenance technicians around the world work in the background, keeping civilian and military aircraft safe. On May 24th, we recognize their achievements and humble history.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AviationMaintenanceTechnicianDay
Celebrate the innovators of aviation who may be behind the scenes. Learn about aviation maintenance and thank those who get us in the air and keep us there. Use #AviationMaintenaceTechnicianDay to share on social media.

Through the efforts of Richard Dilbeck, in 2001, the FAA created the prestigious Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award to honor AMTs, who had served at least 50 years in aircraft maintenance. The following year, California Senator Knight introduced a resolution honoring Aviation Maintenance Technicians annually in honor of Charles Taylor’s birthday.

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PR In Space wrote:Can I have Blood and Bitcoin from Fort Verden?

Yes indeed Buddy. Enjoy your prize! :)

Blood and Bitcoin Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.


Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner