Wednesday, January 9, 2008

January 9 wacky celebrations

Feeling the need to get up, up, and away, in my beautiful balloon...Oops! Temporary flashback to the 60s and The Fifth Dimension.

You might need that bit of information for today's reason worth celebrating. It's Balloon Ascension Day. I've never been in a hot air balloon. Part of me finds it intriguing; part of it finds me it a scary proposition. Could be because of my fear of falling.

What's the significance of the holiday? In 1793, a Frenchman, Blanchard, made the first hot air ascension in the U.S. A tidbit of history is that America's first president, George Washington, helped construct the balloon used for this inaugural flight.

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