My husband and I spent the weekend in San Antonio with my daughter and her husband, mostly with her because he had to report for Air Force Reserve drill. We enjoyed our time together.
In other news... Genetic testing is completed and results are negative for gene mutations. Of course, I can't be complacent because there are also environmental and lifestyle factors that can contribute to cancer. But it was still a relief to find no gene mutations.
Speaking of lifestyle and environmental factors, a man was smoking a cigar outside of a restaurant I went to the other day (I can't stand the smell), and it made me think of that phrase, "Close, but no cigar!" Where did that even come from? Well, I have answers.
In 1902, Robert Machray wrote a book called The Night Side of London. In it, he talks about reaching a certain score in a game to win a cigar. Back in the 1920's and 30's in the US, fairs and carnivals travelled the country setting up booths and games. The games were targeted to adults, and the prize would be a cigar.
So it is likely the phrase, "Close, but no cigar," resulted from someone who failed to get enough rings around the bottles, or some other type carnival game. Since these carnivals travelled the country, the saying spread along with them. You can still hear people say, "Close, but no cigar," today. It would sound silly to say, "Close, but no giant sized stuffed bear."
Which brings me to funnies.
|As an English teacher, this was one of my BIGGEST pet peeves!|
|I know a lot of people went to see the new Top Gun movie. I've never seen the first one all the way through. Maybe I shouldn't admit that!|
|I don't watch the Batman movies, either, but I watched the show back in the 60's.|
|They do instruct you to put your check on a dark background.|
|Or dog hair! But this is not to see only people with cat hair on their clothes are happy, of course.|