Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hug an Australian?!!

There is a long list of 'days' for April 26th. And given it's Saturday, and for the first time in weeks (feels likes months) the sun is shining in Vancouver - so I only want to celebrate the sun. The choices for today are:

- Bob Willis Day
- Hug an Australian Day
- International Marconi Day
- Rebuilding Day
- Richter Scale Day
- World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

So who is this Bob Willis anyway? Bob Willis is the "man that added soul and jazz to country." (The Daily Texan) and in Turkey, Texas - this year marks the 37th annual Bob Willis Day with music, food and festivals. Looks like fun. That works on a sunny day in April. Maybe I could go swing dancing?

International Marconi Day is the celebration of Giuglemo Marconi - and all I can hear is Jefferson Starship's "We Built This City" - and wondering if Marconi really did play the mamba? So on a beautiful day like today, I could sit in the sun, "listening to the radio", and celebrate the brilliance of Marconi. That could work on a sunny April day.

National Rebuilding Day is a day to revitalize communities and preserve affordable home-ownership. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of Rebuilding Day. It would be something that the City of Vancouver could buy in to... create some pride in ownership and community involvement for some of the city's lower income neighbourhoods.

Not necessarily a good tie in to Richter Scale Day... the birthday of Charles F. Richter. Richter invented the earthquake magnitude scale used to compare the size of the earths rock and roll. Let's hope the earth doesn't celebrate this one with us today. Especially after rebuilding.

So what will I do today to celebrate? Know any Aussies?

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