Emotion is a Terrible Substitute for Truth

On February 26, 2018 the American Enterprise Institute, “a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world,” hosted an event, Reforming Foster Care Systems at the State Levelat which Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was a keynote speaker. During the panel discussion and Q&A session following Governor Bevin’s initial remarks, he provided one of the best responses I’ve heard to a question addressing gun violence in schools, specifically in reference to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Governor Bevin’s commentary was thoughtful, truthful, and unencumbered by impulsivity and knee-jerk emotion. read more

The Best Super Bowl Ad You Never Saw

I woke up this morning to this headline at the top of my newsfeed.

Almost Nobody Caught This Super Bowl Ad, But When You See It, It Will Leave You In Tears!

Given we just published JAOD’s Top Ten Super Bowl Ads of 2018, the headline grabbed my attention. I read the article and sure enough, I’d completely missed this powerfully poignant Doritos ad featuring wounded American veterans. Odd. Unlike most folks, I make a point of visiting the bathroom and fixing snacks during the actual game so I can plant myself firmly in front of the tube during the commercial breaks. All of this I do with the express intention of NOT missing a single ad and yet, I missed this one. Like I said… odd. read more

How Will You Spend Valentine’s Day This Year?

You know those those social media quizzes that analyze your profile and render some sort of profound insight about you? I did one today to find out how I’d be spending Valentine’s Day. This was the result.

Funny, but there is a very good chance I will find myself at the movies with my sugar daddy  husband on Valentine’s Day. We’ve been seeing a lot of movies lately, often three or even four a week. In fact, this may be the first time ever, in my entire life, that I will have seen every film nominated for an Academy Award before the award show airs. Too bad there’s not enough Pepsid in the world for me to watch. Anyway, why have my sugar daddy husband and I become such filmophiles of late? Two words: Movie Pass. read more

(Belated) Happy National Saxophone Day

One of the things we do here at Just Another Ordinary Day is raise awareness of obscure, unofficial holidays that otherwise might be misconstrued as just another ordinary day. We’ve helped you celebrate National Make Your Bed Day, National Dog Day, National Chocolate Day, National Talk Like a Pirate Day and, for obvious reasons, one of my favorites National Hug a Newsperson Day. As the mother of a saxophone-playing newsperson, National Saxophone Day also holds a special place in my heart. It’s a day that honors saxophones and saxophonists, most notably Adolphe Sax, the musician who invented it. . read more

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! Arrr, today be September 19… nay…it not be jus’ another ordinary day. It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  In order t’ be celebratin’ this auspicious occasion with zest and swagger, ye best be talkin’ like a salty sea-dog. Arrrre ye ready?

The Basic Rules o’ Talking Like a Pirate

  • Always say aye nay yes.
  • Always say ye nay you.
  • Always say me nay my.
  • Always roll yer R’s.

Jus’ Another Ordinary Day Glossary o’ Favorite Seafarin’ Hearty Words and Phrases

ahoyinterjection; used to express a greeting as in hello
ahoy, mateyinterjection; hello, my friend
aaarrrggghhhhinterjection; an exclamation of discontent or disgust
avast yeverb; look at this
ayeadverb; used to express affirmation or agreement as in yes
blimeyinterjection; used to convey surprise; short for God blind me!
blow me downinterjection; used to express strong emotion like surprise or shock as in oh, my gosh
bootynoun; stolen goods, especially jewelry, cash and precious metals like the family silver
bungholenoun; the opening in a bottle, especially beer and rum, that is plugged with a cork or stopper
cap’nnoun; short for captain; used as a term of respect
dead men tell no tails: idiomatic phrase; pirate’s excuse for leaving no survivors
deadlightsnoun; eyes
grognoun; diluted rum or any alcoholic concoction
ho: interjection; used to convey surprise or joy, attract attention to something (especially when pointing) or to encourage onward
hornswoggleverb; to swindle, cheat or hoodwink
landlubbernoun; an unseasoned sailor; a slow. clumsy person
meadjective; my
nayadverb; not
saltyadjective; experienced
scallywagnoun; scamp, rascal, scoundrel, rogue
scurvy dognoun; a disgusting, foul person
sea-dognoun; an old pirate or sailor
shiver-me-timbersinterjection; used to convey excitement or surprise as in oh my gosh!
swabverb; to mop or clean
three sheets to the windadjective; extremely inebriated
yo ho hointerjection; used to express great joy; typically repeated over and over at increasing volume while consuming grog as in yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! read more