And what a wonderful morning it is, too! It’s threatening rain, the base is having it’s annual family day (read “picnic” or “BBQ”) and I’m running the Emergency Communications Center and teaching a class in the middle of all that!
Yes, it’s definitely a wonderful day!
Tune in later on in the issue, if I can somehow find the time, and I’ll give you an idea of how incredibly wonderful my whole WEEK has been.
And yes, before you ask, THAT should have ALSO been in the, yet to be invented, “Sarcasm” Font.
Time is a river – You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
Yesterday, Friday, June 2nd, was National Doughnut Day! Needless to say, I was a little busy.
”$2.99!!!!!! On National Donut Day they are supposed to be free!” is exactly what I said to the store manager and consequently, the police officer whom he called. Absolutely no sense at all! I won’t go so far as to say the name of the grocery store, due to possible legal issue with a still “possibly” pending lawsuit, but I’ll bet if you look around a little you can probably figure it out.
National Doughnut Day started in 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago‘s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.
Soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of US enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed “huts” that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service. Typically, six staff members per hut would include four female volunteers who could “mother” the boys. These huts were established by The Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers.
About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an “instant hit”, and “soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts”. Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day: “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.”
Soon, the women who did this work became known by the servicemen as “Doughnut Girls”.
A misconception has taken hold that the provision of doughnuts to US enlisted men in World War I is the origin of the term “doughboy” to describe US infantry. But, the term was in use as early as the Mexican-American War of 1846–47.
In Chicago and other cities, National Doughnut Day is still a fundraiser for The Salvation Army. In 2017, the organization joined with Russ’s Market, Super Saver, LaMar’s Donuts, Hurts Donuts and Krispy Kreme in Lincoln, Nebraska to raise funds on National Doughnut Day.
In the Second World War, Red Cross Volunteers also distributed doughnuts, and it became routine to refer to the Red Cross girls as Doughnut Dollies as well.
There are three other doughnut holidays, the origins of which are obscure. International Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day is widely recognized as June 8 (occasionally as June 9). National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day is celebrated on September 14. Buy a Doughnut Day occurs on October 30.
The birthday of the United States Marine Corps was once referred to as National Donut Day, in a successful ruse by American prisoners of war at Son Tay prison camp to trick the North Vietnamese into giving out donuts in honor of the occasion.
Wow! Now THAT was some interesting information on Doughnut Day. So, I guess you have to be being shot at in order to get free doughnuts! And then you only get them from the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. Now THAT sucks!
Hey, they’ll probably be some more donut stuff later…. just sayin’.
Okay, so that’s a really good question! What the hell people? The amount of money that you put into those spikes for all your different locations, you could have built inexpensive housing for some of the homeless…especially some of the homeless vets that are out there. Just like the point that instead of sending money to other countries who hate us, how about spending that money right here on people who love us!!!! What kind of sense does that make? Why do we have men and women who have served our country, went places and did things that no sane human being would EVER do on purpose, and made it back home only to be living in a cardboard box (and that’s if their lucky!)? THAT IS NOT RIGHT!
Okay, so time to kick that soap box back under the counter.
I’m guessing this is next on my list…
Okay, I’m rapidly running out of time, and for that I’m very sorry, but I want to give you this other article from the Washington Post on National Donut Day because it’s got some really cool information on it.
I’m sorry my friends, but it’s late and I do have to work tomorrow. God Bless you all.