Tuesday, February 20, 2018

20 February 18

I have no special occasions to pass along for 20 February, but I will note that this year if you write the digits for the date and add a single line, you get 20 - 2 = 18. It's been a long time since I wore this Dilbert® tie, and sometimes I do feel like my work spirals around and around.

Monday, February 19, 2018

19 February 18

How is your vision today? The man who designed the famous eye test chart, Herman Snellen, was born on this date in 1834. And here's your trivia-bit for today: Since its inception, more copies of the Snellen Chart have been sold in the United States than any other poster. (Wikipedia, citing an article in the Seattle Times from 9 August 1995.)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

18 February 18

Today marks the birthday of stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933. This design featuring dragonflies is from one of his spectacular lampshades.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

15 February 18

Today's noteworthy birthdays include Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and Henry Steinway (1797-1871). But I'm catching up on National Handwriting Day, from 23 January. That date is selected to honor the birthday of John Hancock, who famously signed the Declaration of Independence with huge script so that the King of England could read it without glasses. This is a brand new tie featuring cursive handwriting (from "Wild Ties"). I can still write this way when required, though I much prefer printing, and my cursive signature is inscrutable. In elementary school my grades for penmanship were always "Needs Improvement."

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

14 February 18

This is the longest-running tradition for my ties: For 9 of the last 10 years, I've worn this tie (which says "I'm Too Sexy For My Tie," with additional red hearts) on 14 or 15 February. In the missing year (2014), Valentine's Day was on a no-tie Friday. Beth agreed to marry me 43 years ago today! She says the tie's message is still true.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

13 February 18

For the last ten or eleven years, David Anderson has been one of our sons! Our connections started at Richmond First United Methodist Church and Eastern Kentucky University. We have followed his progress in political science and student services through Ohio University, University of Vermont, Florida State University, and now the University of Colorado. Today is his 30th birthday, and we are sending him love from Berea to Denver. He chose this tie for me to wear today because he would love to share a Coke with me.

Monday, February 12, 2018

12 February 18

Today is Darwin Day, honoring the birthday in 1809 of Charles Darwin. I'm wearing my bright chameleons tie to recall some of the lizards that helped Darwin establish the laws of natural selection. Abraham Lincoln was also born on the same date -- an ocean apart.