Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Readers Write and Brett’s Monthly




I received an email from accountant Bruce R, following the Funny Friday jokes about accountants. Bruce has been asserting that the common depiction of accountants as dull, humourless people lacking in personality and who get turned on by calculators and spreadsheets is far from the reality and the truth. 

Here is Bruce’s email, which followed Funny Friday . . . 


I dreaded today in the expectation of a severe lambasting to me and my profession. Alas, is that the best you can do! I think we come out of it as caring, precise individuals who happily try to make the lives of those we care about more enjoyable. Why it was only last night when I was feeling romantic that Shane [Bruce’s wife. Otto] asked me to tell her about what happened during the day. Strangely after about an hour or so she asked me to stop as she needed sleep. Ah, for the good old days of romance! 



Thanks, Bruce. 

I stand corrected and will henceforth look at accountants in a new light. 



Byter Wayne B, a man of few words, sent me an email: 

Love the history. More please 

Wayne b

Thanks, Wayne, will do. 



Sue P also gave a brief comment in response to the post about unkillable people, one such person being Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who was nuked at Hiroshima, travelled to Nagasaki with his wife and children and then was nuked again. He survived and became a spokesperson for peace. 

Sue’s email: 

Brilliant story re Yamaguchi San, thank you Otto. I must have missed it first time around. 

Thanks, Sue 



Robyn T commented on the post about 6 year old racial discrimination victim Ruby Bridges: 

Hi Otto 

Thank you for the timely reminder about the story of Ruby Bridges. The more things change the more they stay the same. How far has the US actually moved on from that momentous day, when one considers the latent racism whipped up by that loser Trump? 

The depiction of the event by Norman Rockwell is one of my favourite paintings of all time. 



Thanks Robyn. 

I know that some readers are pro-Trump and will object to the above description. Anyone disagreeing with Robyn can send me an email. 

Whatever one’s outlook, everyone must agree that it is sad and wrong that a 6 year old child had to be accompanied to school by armed US Marshalls to protect her from hate and harm, as much as it was/is to place children behind razor wire in detention centres in Australia. 

Ruby Bridges’ mother passed away last month, the following article being from TMZ at:



Lucille Bridges, who made a historic walk with her 6-year-old daughter, Ruby Bridges, in 1960 -- into a segregated New Orleans public school -- has died. 

Ruby announced her mother's passing Tuesday night ... calling her a hero and "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." Lucille's cause of death is unknown but Ruby paid a touching tribute to her saying, "Today our country lost a hero. Brave, progressive, a champion for change. She helped alter the course of so many lives by setting me out on my path as a six year old little girl." 

Lucille -- who gave birth to Ruby the same year as the landmark decision of Brown vs. Board of Education to end racial segregation in schools -- is memorialized alongside Ruby in Norman Rockwell's famous painting, "The Problem We All Live With" ... which shows Ruby carrying her school supplies as U.S. Marshals escort her. 

When the NCAAP requested Ruby attend the all-white William Frantz Elementary School as a first-grader in 1960 ... Ruby's father, Abon Bridges, was reluctant. But, according to the National Women's History Museum, it was Lucille who insisted because she wanted Ruby to have the education she herself missed out on. Lucille walked Ruby to school every day amid hateful and racist rhetoric spewed in their direction. 

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said, "Lucille's strength was unbounded during this period. Lucille insisted, seeing the action as an opportunity to help all Black children, and walked Ruby, with federal marshals, past chanting and taunting white protesters and to the schoolhouse. Mother and daughter both revealed their character and courage." 

Rockwell's painting came back into the spotlight during the run-up of the presidential election ... with an adapted version showing now Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walking with Ruby's shadow cast on a white wall. The painting's been dubbed "That Little Girl Was Me." 

Ruby wholeheartedly approved the image saying, "I am Honored to be a part of this path and Grateful to stand alongside you, Together with Our fellow Americans, as we step into this Next Chapter of American History!" 

Lucille had 5 children. Her husband died in 1978. 

She was 86. 


I have deliberately not posted photographs of the protests against Ruby Bridges when she was 6 because of the hateful nature of the protests and signs, and in the belief that society has moved on from there. Anyone who wants to see what it was like for Ruby, click on: 



As we enter December and count down to Christmas, Brett has (as usual) sent his list of the month’s special and wacky days . . . 

Thanks Brett. 

Click on the daily ones to expand each event.

December, 2020 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

December 1

 Eat a Red Apple Day

World Aids Awareness Day

December 2

 National Fritters Day

December 3

 National Roof over Your Head Day

December 4

 Santa's' List Day - we hope you are on the "Nice" list

 Wear Brown Shoes Day

December 5

 Bathtub Party Day

 Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I'll drink to that!

December 6

Bartender Appreciation Day - in Europe

St. Nicholas Day

Mitten Tree Day

Put on your own Shoes Day

December 7

International Civil Aviation Day

Letter Writing Day

National Cotton Candy Day - would you like some fairy floss?

Pearl Harbor Day

December 8 

National Brownie Day

Take it in the Ear Day

December 9

Christmas Card Day

National Pastry Day

December 10

Human Rights Day

Nobel Prize Day

December 11

National Noodle Ring Day

December 12

National Ding-a-Ling Day

Poinsettia Day

 December 13

Ice Cream Day

International Children's Day - Second Sunday in December

Violin Day

December 14

International Monkey Day

National Bouillabaisse Day

Roast Chestnuts Day

U.K. National Postal Worker Day

December 15

Bill of Rights Day

National Lemon Cupcake Day

December 16

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17

National Maple Syrup Day

December 18

Bake Cookies Day

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

December 19

Look for an Evergreen Day

Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20

Go Caroling Day

December 21

Crossword Puzzle Day

Forefather's Day

Humbug Day

Look on the Bright Side Day

National Flashlight Day

Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year, date varies

December 22 

National Date Nut Bread Day - or September 8!?  

December 23

Festivus - for the rest of us

Roots Day

December 24

National Chocolate Day

National Egg Nog Day

December 25

Christmas Day

National Pumpkin Pie Day for recipes see Pumpkin Nook 's Cookbook

December 26


December 27

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

National Fruitcake Day

December 28

Boxing Day - date can vary

Card Playing Day

December 29

Pepper Pot Day

December 30

Bacon Day

 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

December 31

Make Up Your Mind Day

New Year's Eve

Unlucky Day


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