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‘Main Street Cafe’ Recap For Wednesday July 3

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July 3rd is the first day of “The Dog Days of Summer.”

July 3rd is also the start of “Air Conditioner Appreciation Days.”  FYI: the first store in Sioux Falls to offer air conditioning was Woolworth’s on Phillips Avenue back in 1941.

July 3rd is also “Stay Out Of The Sun Day,” which brings up the question, why does the sun lighten our hair but darken our skin?  And if you’re needing a good trivia question, what’s the scientific name for sunburned skin that peels off?  Blype.

Shortly after asking the question on the air, and talking about how too much sun wrinkles your skin, listener Evelyn emailed me a great story that tied in perfectly:

An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo.  Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.  “You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint,” a girl in the line said to the little fella.  Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head.  His grandmother knelt down next to him and said, “I love your freckles.  When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles.”  She said this while tracing her finger across the child’s cheek.  “Freckles are beautiful.”  The little boy looked up and said, “Really?”  “Of course,” said the grandmother.  “Why, just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles?”  The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma’s face, and softly whispered, “Wrinkles!”

July 3rd is also “Compliment Your Mirror Day.”  If you missed the reading of the poem “The Mirror” by John T. West Jr., here it is:

The other day, I happened by chance, as I passed a mirror, to give it a glance.

And I wondered who that old man could be, who, with his mouth wide open, was looking at me.

His bald head was sprinkled with a little gray fuzz, and he wasn’t at all handsome (like I always was).

He looked like a sack of mis-mated parts, put together without aid of instructions or charts.

And while I know that my shoulders don’t slump, this person’s were misshapen in one ugly hump.

Now, if that was my image, I only can say, they don’t make mirrors like they did in my day.

Shortly after, a listener called up and said, “If you look in the mirror and see a beer belly, bald head, big red nose, varicose veins, and a complexion like leather – look on the bright side – at least your eyesight is OK.”

And then another listener called up and said she starts every morning by looking in the mirror and saying, “Mirror, mirror, shiny glass, tell me that is not my a–!”



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