Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happy UN-Birthday September 39ers

39ers Soar Through September

Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone … but it’s only three months until Christmas! Argh!

In September, we dutifully succumb to The Season. Kids of all ages return to school, starting it off with a flurry. From now through end of the year, there is a key activity or holiday that punctuates every month. It goes like this:

September – Major buying month, even if you aren’t of school age, because hey, the sales are great! And admit it—you’re already subconsciously “checking your list.”
October – Owwwwooooo! Don’t let the goblins get ya as we gear up for Halloween magic and madness.
November – Be thankful for everything you have, have had, or will have. Or, just be grateful you made it to another Thanksgiving and honor the memories of those you love, who didn’t.
December – Well, we’ve failed to make this once-reverently festive month “politically correct” so I say, do what makes you feel good. Whether you’re Christian, on which Christmas is based, or celebrate for other reasons, it should be a Season of charity toward all, as we plunge head-long into the New Year.

The Season begins mildly enough with September. Did I say mildly? Ha. I’ve already been accosted by three September 39ers loudly lamenting their advancing ages. 

First of all, none of them are as old as I am. So shut up. Secondly, what are we all about here? So, shut up AND remember, you’re only 39 AND HOLDING! Pat yourself on the back and raise a glass for making it to another year as you peruse the rest of the month’s fun for ya-all …

39 Years Ago this Month ~ September 1978               
Keeping you young, and thinking back to your youth … as all good things must end, The Carol Burnett Show (CBS 1967–1978) wound up its final (11th) year with a poignant, yet hilarious-as-always show.

Do you remember Carol Burnett? You’ll surely recall the family friendly show with regulars, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and a continuous string of famous irregulars. Are you smiling yet?

If you have never seen her earlier shows … give yourself a birthday treat and check out a few YouTube offerings. They may be shows of yesteryear, but their topics are as relevant today as ever.

In her heyday, Carol (now a vivacious 84) was the queen of slapstick comedy, yet she always brought an element of humanity to her show, encouraging us to be better people. Want to see for yourself?

The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special will air Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 8 p.m. on CBS. “I’m so glad we had this time together …” and with a little tug of her left ear, “So long …”

For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
The Zodiac realm celebrates Virgo’s perfectionism and Libra’s gentle sense of balance, both formidable and lovable … fairly parallel to the Holidays, don’t you think?

Before we charge headfirst into turkey legs and mistletoe, this month is a great time to reflect on the past eight months … or the last eight years … or all the Septembers of your life … not only for our own 39ers, but consider it practice for everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. This is your last chance to give the present an overhaul, before it becomes the past, and portends your future.
Then … let’s PAR-tay!

Ever wonder why so many September 39ers love blue? With the sapphire as their gemstone, what could be more natural? Although ... "sapphires" do come in other colors. Feel special, September 39ers – make it a day, weekend, or whole month filled with balloons and Morning Glories.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
If someone tells you that you cannot do something and you believe it, they are right. [So true at any age ...]
            ~ Carol Burnett; famous funny-woman and entertainer extraordinaire.

Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 

Happy UN-Birthday SEPTEMBER 39ers,
(This one’s for you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers, Scott, Verne, Chad, Thomas, Jennifer, Karen & Barb!)

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy UN-Birthday August 39ers

August 39ers Celebrate Dog Days of Summer 

Argh! How did we get to August already? Well, as much as we love our summer splashes and BBQ blasts, let’s hope the Dog Days of Summer go quickly! Not without a party or two, of course. Happy UN-Birthday, 39ers!

Aligning with the rise of Sirius, the brightest star in Earth’s night sky and a prominent star in the Canis Major constellation—get it? “Canis” as in “dog”—August has earned its Dog Days of Summer status. Even the ancient Greeks recorded its “heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.” Wow. That about sums it up!

Though interesting and great party-talk info, enough ancient history and astronomy. It’s time to feature the happenings of that timeless age, only

39 Years Ago this Month ~ August 1978                     
Amongst the spy novels that have always been popular, August 1978’s bestselling books also included two tomes that explored the human psyche in very different ways:

With feminism in full fever, Irving hit a nerve in his rather dark story of life events, as relevant today as they were fresh, exploratory, and antagonistic, then. The action in his first bestseller begins with a feminist nurse who yearns for a child but shuns marriage, and her extreme lengths to become pregnant. Enter son, T.S. Garp …

Irving is a masterful writer; and as in many writers, his prose often reveals bouts of inner disturbance, encircled by genius insight.

On a lighter note, for decades the illustrious Ms. Bombeck led many a lady to love her witty, astute life-tips. Beginning as a humor columnist, engaging us with the eccentricities of family absurdities, complete with dog, Bombeck’s books take life a little further into our psyches, and strikes a nerve of a different color than Irving …

Trading on the then-trending adage, “Life is just a bowl of cherries,” Bombeck’s book regales us with life-bombs to which we can still identify. “I’ve always worried a lot and frankly I’m good at it,” admits Bombeck. “… I worry about scientists discovering someday that lettuce has been fattening all along. But mostly, I worry about surviving. Keeping up with the times in a world that changes daily. Knowing what to keep and what to discard. What to accept and what to protest. Never, in the history of this country, have worriers had such a decade as the seventies.”

Ah … well … if only she could see us now! We still just worry about surviving. But YOU, August 39ers are celebrating another UN-birthday—proof of survival!
For 39ers who Follow the Stars   
Let’s get on with it and follow life-of-the-party Leos (07/23 – 08/22) as they turn impish Virgos (08/23 – 09/22) on to some cool party tricks during these hot, steamy days.

Wielding boisterous words with a Gladiolus stalk like the “sword lily” your birth month flower is, Leos command attention, taking your slice of summer life to the hilt.

Virgos, seeking something a little more sedate? Try a trip to Arizona for some Peridot hunting! As famous for its gem quality as Arizona is for its desert.

It’s easy to believe stories of the Peridot’s magical powers and healing properties, as the bright green birthstone mesmerizes with its multi-layered cool, green depths.

Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
As a graduate of the Zsa Zsa Gabor School of Creative Mathematics, I honestly do not know how old I am.
            ~ Erma Bombeck; 1927 – 1996, humor columnist/author.

Great cheese and wine need aging, but for 39ersAge is a number … LIFE is ATT-i-tude!TM 

Happy UN-Birthday AUGUST 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC UN-Birthday 39ers, Linda, Jim, Stephanie, and Tanya!)

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