Good morning and happy Sunday fine people. Thanks for joining us again and including The County Line as part of your well-balanced breakfast.
Also: See ya ‘round showers, hello flowers—April is over and May is upon us (looking out The County Line’s office window in Columbia, however, it appears that April showers might be here just a bit longer, so let’s hope May flowers don’t get impatient).
Regardless of the old saying, it is May 1st, and the shortest day on the entire calendar (to write, in terms of the physical length of the text) comes with—apparently—the shortest faux holiday of the year as well. Today is National Law Day, a finely named holiday for sure, but vague enough to require a little more research.
Turns out, this one dates all the way back to the Eisenhower administration, and has roots dating back even further, to a “Know Your Liberties – Know Your Courts Week” that was created by the Oklahoma Bar Association. It sure doesn’t sound like Oklahoma has the most fun bars in the world, but those saloon owners and bartenders apparently really care about… oh. Never mind. Where were we? Right. Anyway, Ike first proclaimed Law Day in 1958.
It seems like Law Day is mostly an educational tool for students, a reason for 12-year-olds to learn about laws, how they are written and enforced, and the court system without even having to get arrested.
This is mostly unrelated but Law Day also reminds me of one of the most unintentionally funny movie quotes of all time, from “Tombstone”—one of this author’s all-time favorites: “Listen now, Mr. Kansas Law Dog—law don’t go ‘round here. Savvy?”
Today is also International Workers Day, which is basically Labor Day, but for the rest of the world. It’s metric vs. imperial all over again—another case of the U.S. doing its own thing while the rest of the world has already decided in unison. For whatever it’s worth, today is also National Fruit Compote Day, National Horse Protection Day, and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, but this writer determines the worth is “not much.”
The interns earned the day off today, so no official weather report. Expect clouds through the morning and plenty of sun this afternoon, with a high in the mid to upper 70s.
We’re wishing a very happy and special anniversary today to Charles and Amy KuyKendall. The County Line’s resident TV and movie expert, Jordan Willis, who’s achieved fame for his THE ART OF BINGE WATCHING weekly column, celebrates a birthday today as well. Watch the Sunday NBA Playoff games in his honor.
With April now officially in the books, our joint effort with Splash Carwash to collect as many birthdays and anniversaries as possible is now complete. The drawing for a year of free carwashes will be held tomorrow, and the winner will be announced after he or she is notified.
Thanks for joining us this morning, and check back later today for more news and commentary, always from local voices.