May has arrived! Tomorrow is Orthodox Easter, then on Wednesday, Cinco de Mayo, the 9th is Mother’s Day, the 13th is Ascension Day, the 15th is Armed Forces Day, and the 31st is Memorial Day.

Monday, May 3rd, is the American Legion Post 208 meeting, and then on Tuesday, May 4th, the Post hosts Bingo Night. Always a fun night. It starts at 7 p.m.

Just the other day Bill and I were discussing the early morning commute our Dad’s had, from Long Island into Penn Station, in Manhattan. Mentioning that my Dad had three other commuters, with whom he played cards during their round trip to and fro the city. But I was wondering where they got the table, or whatever they used to deal the cards, etc. Well, lo and behold the following Sunday NY Times told a story about commuters coming from New Haven to Grand Central Station in Manhattan. Four men would take a poster off the wall of the train, sit down, place the poster on the “8 legs,” brought out the deck of cards, and proceeded to play until their arrival in Grand Central Station.

Then they would replace the board on the wall, return the deck of cards to their pocket, and off to work they’d go, most likely in four different directions. Both Penn and Grand Central Stations are incredibly busy during commuter hours. Penn Station is located between 33rd & 34th Streets and 7th & 8th Avenues, while Grand Central Station is located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. There are many facilities, restaurants, etc., in both stations. But, if my memory serves me correctly, Grand Central is a bit more glamorous, and has a great history. First Lady Jackie Kennedy supervised its refurbishing sometime during the last century.

Remember the expression, “you learn something everyday?” Well, today I learned there is a poll for the World Happiness Report. The Gallup Polls provide the info. This particular poll deems the “happiest country in the world.” For the fourth year in succession Finland has been chosen the “happiest country in the world.” Other countries to score in the top ten are Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Several assumptions were mentioned why Finland was chosen. But since the other three from the same area of the world were chosen, perhaps it’s the cold weather? I know Finland makes good Vodka. That may have something to do with it.

What I consider the best weekly magazine published, “The Week,” is celebrating its 20th year anniversary. I predict it will go forever if it continues to print as it has in the last few years I have been reading it. It is a very informative publication, and I feel that it usually hits the nail right on the head. The April 16th issue printed some terrific quotes, some of which I will quote. (no pun intended) A great quote by the late Eleanor Roosevelt, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” Warren Buffet, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.” Humorist Doug Larson, “Never doubt the courage of the French, they are the ones who discovered snails are edible.” The great Mahatma Gandhi, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

A Floridian driving on one of their main highways was given a ticket for swerving out of the way of a couch flying off a truck. The police officer presented the driver with a ticket because he should have known enough to allow more space behind the truck in order to avoid the flying couch, and because he did not have control of his vehicle. I tell you, you can’t make this stuff up.

Remember, the American Legion Post 208 in Waxhaw meets Monday, May 3rd, at 7 p.m. On Tuesday evening, at 7 p.m. there is Bingo, and the public is invited to participate.

Since Memorial Day falls in May, I thought I’d give you a few tidbits of info about Arlington Cemetery. Early burials were racially integrated. But once Arlington became a national cemetery in 1864, all subsequent graves were segregated by race until Harry Truman desegregated the military in 1948. Although all Presidents have the right to be buried at Arlington, only two are: William Taft and John F. Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert, is also buried there, although that isn’t what he desired. He wanted to be buried with his Dad in Springfield, Illinois. Robert’s wife arranged the funeral service for him. Boxer Joe Louis (an Army vet) Lee Marvin, the actor, and former Marine, are buried there, Glenn Miller, whose Army Air Force Band played beautiful music for millions of GI’s, is still MIA, so there is a memorial for him.

Have a great week, schedule your medical appointments, get your COVID immunization, take time to smell the roses, but most important, remember how much ‘fina’ it is to wake up in Carolina.