The “true beginning” of Fall

The “true beginning” of Fall

I think you know that the beginning of Autumn falls each year around the third week in September.

It truly does.

But for me, I really feel like it’s Fall when we get a week or so into the month of October.

So many good things happen at this time of year: the temps begin to moderate; that’s a really big deal for those of us here in the Sunshine State.

A few weeks in the season, NFL games begin to matter. Not to mention the start of the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Here’s a big one: we start to feel a sense of anticipation about all the holidays which we know are just around the corner.

There are many more good things I could mention here. The list is pretty long.

The bottom line is that I truly do love and take great delight in this time of year.

And I sincerely hope that Autumn brings a lot of wonderful things to you and yours.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

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Thought this day would never…

Thought this day would never…

I’ve been going through that awesome, suitably vintage-y Peanuts desk calendar I love so well, counting the days until… until TODAY!

Because it’s the 29th of September, National Coffee Day!

Yeah, it IS a big deal for this juiced-up java head! I loves me some stimulation in the mornin’ and a steamin’ hot cup o’ joe is just what the doctor ordered!

This post was going to be just a bit longer but I’ve got to cut it short.

I’m headed to Jeremiah’s Java Jungle over at 4th and Swizzle; for a mere $12.95, they’ll hook you up to one of those trendy, doctor-approved coffee IV’s!

It’s small-batch, cold-brewed, fair-trade Sumatran! The good stuff!

What are you waiting for?!

 

“Javadog Ben” Basile

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day

Today is National Public Lands Day and it provides a good occasion to learn more about our National Park system and public lands in general. And to learn what volunteer opportunities there are to preserve and improve America’s public lands.

If you’d like to do any of that, this link would be a pretty good place to start.

The current administration seems to be pulling in the opposite direction. This is not a good thing. Not at all.

If you’d like to take a look at that issue, just follow this link.

Happy National Public Lands Day to all of you today. May we do all we can to keep our Country’s parks and public lands some of the best on the planet and pass this wonderful legacy on to the generations to come.

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Ben is not the owner of this splendid photo and believes it to be
covered under Fair Use

It’s Labor Day and you should…

It most certainly is Labor Day and you should take life easy today!

I’m off and I hope you’re not having to put in your eight hours today.

If you’d like to know a bit more about the history of this auspicious holiday, just follow this link.

I’m so aware that we have some time today to just chill and maybe fire up the barbie because of the sacrifices of so many workers before us.

I do not–and never will–take that for granted.

Enjoy the day and take a moment to reflect on the importance of remembering that the working people in this country are one of the main reasons that America is great.

Best wishes to all of you who may pass your eyes over this post today.

Especially those of you who work for that paycheck.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile

National Read A Book Day

National Read A Book Day

Yes, that is what day it is today!

I’m going through two tomes at this moment.

The first is Hunter Killer by Lt Col T. Mark McCurley. It’s all about the use of drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you like books that shed light on newer developments in weapons technology or just like Military History in general, it’s a good read.

The author and his colleagues in the USAF were pioneers in the employment of RPA’s and their use is only going to become more important in the conflicts of the future.

The second book I’m reading right now is Incredible Pirate Tales, edited by Tom McCarthy and it’s a real page-turner.

I’m going through The Ghost of Captain Brand at this moment and am enjoying it immensely!

If you’re not already immersed in a good book, it’s time you were. And what better time to recover your love of reading than on National Read A Book Day?

“Bookdog Ben” Basile

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Today is National Moon Day

Today is National Moon Day

As you may know, today marks exactly 50 years since Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Lunar soil.

It is, indeed, a monumental occasion. For so many reasons.

One of the many things that have happened as a result of this historic mission is that today, July 20th, has become National Moon Day.

So today we look back over that amazing achievement. It is, in my estimation, the Crown Jewel for NASA and quite possibly for the US.

I will never, never forget what I was doing at the moment Mr Armstrong thrilled our Nation and the world with this stellar feat of human achievement.

And it’s a very good time to just reflect on how awesome it is to have our luminous and singular moon.

And to think about space exploration and new vistas in general.

It’s ever onward and upward!

“Moondog Ben” Basile

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No Huge Cinco de Mayo Party

It’s only the 5th of May for 15 more minutes here in Florida and I’m posting with a quick thought or two about the occasion.

The celebration is not about Mexican Independence. It is about the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla which pitted Mexican forces under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza against a detachment of French Foreign Legionaries.

On the very same day that General Zaragoza’s troops repelled the French Legion, the Battle of Williamsburg was raging here in Virginia, a not-insignificant engagement in our own Civil War.

Be that as it may, for many of us Anglos, Cinco de Mayo is just a really good reason to enjoy a banquete mejicano and quaff a Dos Equis. Or two.

Well, I’m at the stage in life where those things still seem awfully cool, but I’m not too excited about the noise, the crowds and the pretty hefty price tag that usually come along with the party.

For me, tonight was pretty low-key, merely a host and a toast! A little bit of chips and salsa, one margarita and some wonderful conversation.

And no expense for me, the only guest.

For what more could anyone ask on Cinco de Mayo?

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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