03/23/22 ~ 39AHC Special Bulletin! Well that was an engaging reality lesson in social media. 1) I can't afford to pay for advertising on Twitter (which would likely lead to more engagement), and 2) I haven't done much in the past 1-2 years to expand my followers.
So darn ... I couldn't award a free Blast from Your Past paperback book about the pioneering Rock Radio DJs (1950s or 1960s), from our big bro site, BlastFromYourPast.net.
But there will likely be a "next time" as I bump up my marketing efforts and want to have some fun while I'm at it. In the meantime ...
Back to our regularly scheduled blog ...
Wow. The first two months went by fast, didn’t they? It seems this year is all about getting motivated and back into life again. It’s a good busy!
֎ Celebrating MARCH 39ers ~ And
Along with new, personal images many of us are sporting for the New Year, businesses and organizations too, are glowing in makeovers. 39 and Holding Club is also going through the throes of renovation. Throughout the year, I’ll be revising some key pages, upgrading club info and member criteria — hint: everyone 39+ are automatic 39er members! — and adding/revising commercial products on Café Press. Make it a habit to check back and see what’s new!
It’s also Small Press Month, sponsored by Small Press Distribution, which ties right in with one of our special days. I began writing books through just such a company and try to promote small press and independent book stores whenever possible. Regardless of how you acquire books, just do it. Reading is good for the soul. And if you don’t see anything you like ... write one!
March 14th: is Write Your Story Day! Though there is no official link for this day, 39 and Holding Club always has links for any day we celebrate! At our Mama-site, Penchant for Penning, we call this one “Writing Your Legacy“ day. Technically the same ... get the basics on how to start, to leave a legacy, create an autobiography, or conjure up a fictional account of your personal stories. They’re all important—whether you publish them or not. Do it!
March 17th: Of course it’s St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you consider yourself Irish-American or not Irish at all, it’s okay to celebrate the greenest day of the year with a shamrock in your hair (or on your shirt) and a pint o’ Guinness in hand. The Irish think everyone’s family, so there’s a wee bit o’ Irish in everybody on this day. Celebrate!
Are you ready to learn something new? Well, new to me, and if you’re not into
cooking this signature dish, you likely didn’t know it’s National Sloppy Joe Day! Like so many “special days” the link associated with it
doesn’t mention “the day” or any special designation found on the calendar. I
tend to bypass those types of listings, but I had to include this one, because
it taught me something.
The “original” Sloppy Joe at the New Jersey’s Town Hall Deli, “birthplace of the Sloppy Joe,” has nothing to do with the common tomato sauce-ground beef Sloppy Joe we know so well and love to eat, any day. Their story is entertaining, if not what is expected.
March 18th: Yawn. I’m finding it difficult to wake up on World Sleep Day! So I’ll just close my eyes for another couple minutes ... Wake UP! As the creator of this day says, Quality Sleep – Sound Mind – Happy World. Even if it’s just your own little world. We’re finally beginning to recognize that sleep is not only important in our health, but enough sleep is vital to good health. Go ahead ... take a nap!March 22nd: THIS IS IT!! Welcome to 39 and Holding Club’s first “39 and Holding Day”! I scanned calendars for the perfect day, at first, gravitating toward February 14th, because it’s Jack Benny’s birthday. If you’ve roamed our site at all, you know the funnyman is credited with first eschewing turning 40 because, “There is nothing funny about 40. I am ‘39 and holding’!” But there is a long list that joins Valentine's Day celebrating, so what better day to celebrate 39 and Holding Club than ...
March 22nd is also noted on the public calendars for “As Young as You Feel Day”! Sadly, there is no official link, but a couple years back I learned of the vintage movie, As Young as You Feel (1951), that purports it is Marilyn Monroe’s debut supporting role in a film. Up ‘til then, Marilyn (in several name incarnations) was known as a bit player, and even for this movie, initial promotional posters did not even include her name. It wasn’t until shrewd marketing folks noted the fan-stir she caused, that her name was added; and later, her prominent image. And the rest is celebrity history.
The movie is charming, as only a 1950s film can be, flaunting its black-and-white comedic imagery in the best 20th Century Fox cinematography of the day, complete with happy ending. So today, 39ers, find a classic copy or head over to YouTube where you can view the full movie. Hint: it’s about a 65-year-old guy who feels his company has forced him into retirement. His antics and hijinks to look and act young again and reclaim his job, is a hoot. Bombshell Marilyn is his cohort in crime, as his secretary.
Use the rest of the day to enjoy how you are as young as you feel regardless of your age, on 39 and Holding Day! Dance to the movie’s peppy opening song, “You Make Me Feel So Young” and enjoy! This is just the beginning of our 39AHC Day. The rest of this year will be used to fully develop the day for March 22, 2023. Because ... Age is a number, LIFE is attitude! Stay tuned! ♪ You make me feel so spring has sprung ... ♪
March 30th: Let’s round out the month and
head into Spring with Virtual Vacation
Day! Things may be loosening up after the past two pandemic years, but
travel can still be iffy. If you’re not ready to take that first step back into
the world-at-large, this site has more than enough fun places and resources to
go and enjoy virtually!
From virtual reality equipment to virtual travel in apps or online, you’ll find the best the world has to offer—visit the Louvre, Galapagos Islands, my hometown, San Diego, or even take a trip into Space—right in your own home. That’s just the tip of the Arctic icebergs. So many locations to choose from ...
♪ Monthly Song of Note:
Warning! Listening to this song may leave you craving a sugary cereal breakfast! Why? Because “You are the One" is sung by the "Sugar Bears"... a springy in Spring song by an animated bear and his chums. Cute. In the 1940s “Sugar Bear” became a commercial charm for Sugar Crisp, the precursor to Golden Crisp cereal produced by the General Foods Corporation (now defunct).
By 1971 Sugar Bear became the lead singer of the bubblegum pop studio band, complete with a fan-favorite marketing program that printed a cut-out record on the back of Super Sugar Crisp boxes. Pop rock with your breakfast! ♪ Baby, you’re my mornin’ sun ... ♪
Do you know our Big Bro site, BlastFromYourPast.net has a different Monthly Song of Note? Check out the WCFL/Chicago March 1972 chart-topping hits with Sugar Bears at #24... 50 Years Ago this Month.
It seems most astrologers are predicting this month will be particularly auspicious for many of us, regardless of your Zodiac presence. Let’s hope so!
Let’s start with our people-pleasing Pisces 39ers (Feb 19-Mar 20) as they help us rise from the pandemic ashes armed with emotional energy and sensitive love. Pisces makes it a point to know everyone in their societal realm, because, well ... you never know when they can connect you to someone else who can help. Networking at its best!
As for our airy Aries 39ers (Mar 21-April 19), usually a scattered ray of energy, they home in on this month with heightened mental acuity. If you’re looking for an Aries to love, they’ll be plentiful during the Ides of March; meanwhile, your Aries work buddies turn into dynamos after the 18th’s full moon. Watch ‘em work or join in the fun.
All-in-all, it’s an active month for the Zodiac personality in all of us. Go in peace with Pisces’ healing colors of green, but be open to assertiveness in the passionate red of Aries. Sláinte!
֎ Aging with ATT-i-tude Platitude
As young as you feel is a state of mind, not a state of years. It’s all in the ATT-i-tude! ~ L. Rochelle
to your Happy UN-Birthday 39ers ~
This one’s for you, kids – Steven, Pat (IM), Susan, and Jim (IM)!
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Club 39 Nifty Gifts
03/22/22 ~ 39AHC Special Bulletin! Finally, a day we 39ers can all celebrate regardless of your birth date. March 22nd is now “39 and Holding DAY”! Check your Twitter feed ... follow @39HoldingClub and reply to today’s post: “What Keeps You “Young at Heart”?
By end of the day, we’ll tally all the replies and how many *likes* each receives. Most likes receives a free Blast from Your Past book about the pioneering Rock Radio DJs (1950s or 1960s), from our big bro site, BlastFromYourPast.net. Bonus: you may find something in others’ replies that will help keep you young, too!
Original Intro 03/01/22: Argh! Caught with my Shamrock down again! So sorry ... the days get away and time slips by before you can blink. I’m working fast and furiously to post your 39er UN-Birthday MARCH article asap. Please come back for fun and frolic ... it’s a-comin’!
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Are you a 39er this month? Feel free to share your UN-birthday comments below (click on Comments or if it says No Comments, click that to be the first) and tell us how you really feel about your age and aging. Keep the stories coming!
LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!