by Max Barry

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Region: Texas

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Mardi Gras

National Pancake Day
National Almond Day

Quotes of the Day:
“Abandon yourself to the moment, and you will find every day new openings, new light, new insight. And those new insights will go on changing you. One day, suddenly you will see you are each moment new.”- Osho

“You have to be able to tolerate what you don’t necessarily like so you can be free.”- Larry Flynt

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”- John Steinbeck

Music of the Day:

Batman Medley! - Harley Quinn Vs Joker vs Cat Woman, & Batman! Family Friendly | Screen Team
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FBu5pI_vYI

On This Day In History:
1659 1st known cheque written (£400), now on display at Westminster Abbey
1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica
1923 Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb and finds the sarcophagus
1992 Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow & blue
2006 The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army
2020 'Ghost ship' cargo vessel MV Alta washed up on the Irish coast near Ballycotton by Storm Dennis, after drifting across the Atlantic from Bermuda

Mardi Gras

It’s Mardi Gras time, arguably one the best celebrations in the world. It stretches from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas) all the way until Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” to reflect the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It’s also a time to bring out those colorful beads and masks and party! This celebration goes on in many parts of the world in various forms. So get out there and join the Mardi Gras celebrations on February 16, and party with the world!

MARDI GRAS TIMELINE
3,000 B.C.
The Beginnings of Carnival

Carnival (the same thing as Mardi Gras) dates back thousands of years to pagan festivals of Spring and fertility.

March 3, 1699
Mardi Gras comes to the US

French explorers land in what will become Louisiana. They celebrate and name the spot, "Point du Mardi Gras."

1762-1800
Spain cancels Mardi Gras

There were no celebrations during the Spanish possession of Louisiana.

1827
The colorful costumes begin

Students danced through the streets of New Orleans imitating the revelry they'd experienced in Paris.

2013
The Super Gras

New Orleans hosts Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl at the same time.

MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES
Go to New Orleans

Arguably one of the best and most famous Mardi Gras celebrations happens in New Orleans. Anyone will tell you Nola does it right. Enjoy the dancing, the explosion of colors, the food, and the fantastic music!

Join a Mardi Gras dance group
Have you seen those incredible dancers in the Mardi Gras parades? Would you like to learn how to do that? Well, you can! Dance groups are springing up all over the country. Amaze your friends with your awesome moves, and maybe end up in a local parade.

Host your own Mardi Gras Party
You know how to throw a party. But this time, you get to add riots of color. The more outrageous, the more ostentatious, the better your party will be. You really can't go wrong. Tell everyone to bring their craziest costume ever. They'll love the chance to set their imaginations free.

WHY WE LOVE MARDI GRAS
The Mardi Gras Dancers are awesome

It's one of the first things that come to mind at Mardi Gras. The dancers are so graceful and their costumes are amazing. They're incredibly flexible and their rhythmic moves would send most of us straight to the chiropractor. They're what makes this one of the world's greatest parties.

It encourages us to be silly
Mardi Gras is when we let our hair down. You can do any goofy thing and everyone will cheer you on. Put on your most outrageous costume and boogie. Wear a tutu, don a headdress, or maybe just put on a lampshade and dance on a table. It's all good. That's the spirit of Mardi Gras!

The people-watching is unbeatable
Even if you're not one of those awesome dancers or marchers in the parades, it's still all about having fun. This is the best day to share laughs and artistic expression. People save their creative juices preparing for this event and it shows. Enjoy the costumes and imagination of the revelers. Soak in the sights that only come about once a year. Walk through the streets with thousands of friends you've never met before.

https://nationaltoday.com/mardi-gras/

Winter weather: 3 dead in North Carolina tornado; millions still without power in Texas; more ice, snow coming
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/16/deadly-winter-storm-texas-tornado-north-carolina/6761409002/

'It's like we're trying our best to help the virus': A fourth wave is looming if US fails to contain COVID-19 variants, experts say
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/02/16/covid-19-us-fourth-wave-variants-coronavirus/4460958001/

Working from home during COVID-19? Here’s what that means for your tax returns
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/taxes/2021/02/16/taxes-2021-when-you-file-how-wfh-could-affect-returns/6752273002/

President Biden to extend mortgage relief, ban on home foreclosures through June
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/02/16/mortgage-relief-ban-home-foreclosures-extended-joe-biden/6755036002/

Trump era in Atlantic City to end with a blast Wednesday with implosion of Trump Plaza:
“This is the fitting end of Trump’s era,” Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. said of the Feb. 17 implosion of Trump Plaza’s long-vacant hotel tower.

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/travel/news/2021/02/16/trump-plaza-last-atlantic-city-hotel-set-for-implosion/6753196002/

5 Cold Weather Precautions for People With Heart Disease
https://www.verywellhealth.com/precautions-people-with-heart-disease-3863189

Cold Weather and Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/consumer-healthcare/what-is-cardiovascular-disease/cold-weather-and-cardiovascular-disease

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Sci-Fi Short Film: "Ji" | DUST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzUCWj8hBhQ

10 Inventions That Made Normal People RICH!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEcxMTWI16M

"Sepulchre" -- a Star Trek fan production
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s06KKk9Y6ek

King Arthur: The Life and Legend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fuVAnAZXHU

King Cake is Mardi Gras' Most Famous Dessert | Legendary Eats
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDB_nBwm_Gk

Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans | National Geographic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkIZwXbSh-Y

What Is Mardi Gras? The REAL History & Traditions Explained.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5VJe_XIuhM

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Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 20: Texas Trails BINGO

There are many great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and scenic trails in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Trails!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Trails BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,
Riverplace Nature Trail,
The Lighthouse Trail,
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail,
Lady Bird Lake Trail,
Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
The Window Trail,
Lost Mine Trail,
Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail,
Emory Peak Trail,
Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Knob Hill Trail,
North Shore Trail,
Turkey Creek Trail,
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
White Rock Lake Trail,
El Paso Tin Mines Trail,
Chinquapin Loop Trail,
Canyon Ridge Trail,
Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Hillview Nature Trail Loop,
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail,
Walnut Creek Trail,
San Gabriel River Trail,
Wolf Mountain Trail,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/BjXDySh.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Trail for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/BpeHm54.png

To start the game, today's Texas Trail to strike off is: Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe Mardi Gras Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

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