The official date of this Post is April the 18th 2024.

But I am writing about yesterday’s Post on ..

Wednesday afternoon, April the 17th 2024

Only Patti, who has seen me up close and personal wrestle with this website for some years now, and other serious, long term bloggers, can fully know and understand the challenges of keeping a website active and going strong.

“What am I going to write today?” is a thought that faces all of us who are bloggers or writers who write daily columns in newspapers or cartoonists etc.

My issues are somewhat exacerbated (Once again Google! Thanks for helping me with my spelling!!) by the fact that I began this website only to share my world travels with those who were interested. Now I am no longer traveling the world. What to write about?

Here we go before Patti and I join Michael for Singapore Rice Noodles at 4:15pm. After dinner we will attend our Wednesday Putt’n Sober Meeting at 5:30pm. Then we will watch Survivor from 7pm to 8:30pm. Then we will spend an hour or so reading Dalton Ross from Entertainment Weekly as he writes about the tonight Survivor Episode 8 of Season 46. 

I do NOT want to be “up late” tonight so I am getting a “very early start” on this Post.

I will then finish it after Survivor.

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This afternoon, I was lying in bed, relaxing with Patti, reading a Grapevine Article to Patti. When I finished, I checked yesterdays Post for comments.

WOW!  I actually had received two comments. One each from Gullible and Kit. I replied to Gullible and turned to Kits comment.

Kit 57783 wrote a very short comment.

Kit Raye

It is Haiku Day.
Won’t you write a good one too?
It is really fun!

For Kit to write the above comment, means that she had to “really read yesterdays Post closely”.


April 17, 2024

It’s National Banana Day, National Ellis Island Family History Day, National Cheeseball Day, International Bat Appreciation Day, International Haiku Poetry Day, BLAH BLAH BLAH Day, Ford Mustang Day, Herbalist Day, 2A Day… and more for a total of twenty (20) categories.

Get it? Kit had to have been very closely reading the above paragraph to spy International Haiku Poetry Day and then suggest that we write one!

Your seemingly passionate reading of our April 17th Post is indeed, a spiritual gift Kit.

What on this good earth is .. taa daa ..


If there is one special thing that certain people tend to remember from school, it’s the day that we were introduced to the great Japanese art-form that is Haiku. May I ask what school YOU attended? While Haiku Poetry may have an ancient and noble history, it is likely at it’s most ignoble when a group of young kids try to cobble together Haiku in series of five-seven-five syllable words! Still, just the act of being creative can be fun and exciting, whether young or old.

These rules apply to writing Haiku..

There are no more than 17 syllables.
Haiku is composed of only 3 lines.
Typically, every first line of Haiku has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third has 5 syllables.

Haiku Day serves as a reminder that there is so much more to this style of poetry than a misspent week in high school literature classes. Instead, it’s a day to celebrate the width and depth and breadth that can be enjoyed when words are limited but imaginations are allowed to soar.

History of International Haiku Poetry Day

The history of International Haiku Poetry Day traces the origin of this beautiful, yet simple, form of poetry.

Haiku was originally found as the opening to another form of Japanese poetry called a Rengu. It took until the mid-1600’s for Hokku, the form Haiku was found in at this time, to start appearing independently from its parent form, Renga, and its Renku roots.

In the late 1800’s Hokku was renamed to Haiku when it appeared independently by the famous Japanese poet, author, and literary critic, Masaoka Shiki. Although Shiki only lived a short 35 years, he is credited with the writing of almost 20,000 stanzas, which is quite an accomplishment. He was considered to be one of the first great Haiku Masters.

How to Celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day

Celebrating Haiku Day centers all around the notion of poetry and beauty. Try these ideas to incorporate into the day:

Write a Haiku Poem
Get out a pen and paper, wander in and out of nature, and wait for something to bring a little bit of inspiration! Haiku Poetry is about the beauty that can be captured in short, simple stanzas.

With its unique style (five syllables on the first line, seven on the second, and five again on the third), anyone can write a Haiku poem. However, it sometimes takes a true master to capture the heart and mind in the space of 17 syllables!

This IS a Program of Honesty. When I attempt to select a NATIONAL DAY topic for dotnet, I look for one that I myself understand.

Kit, I hadn’t a “clue in a carload” at to what on this good earth is Haiku Poetry.

Now get this Kit!

YOUR comment Kit was number five thousand and nine hundred (5,900) on our website here. Wow.

Again thanks Kit for being the inspiration for this Post!

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Get this! April 17th is also.. taa daa.


April 17, 2024

It’s National Banana Day, National Ellis Island Family History Day, National Cheeseball Day, International Bat Appreciation Day, International Haiku Poetry Day, BLAH BLAH BLAH Day, Ford Mustang Day, Herbalist Day, 2A Day… and more!


International Bat Appreciation Day on April 17 is a chance to show our flying and mostly nocturnal friends some love. As well as it obviously being a great excuse to binge a few Batman movies, it’s also an opportunity to delve deep and learn the important role bats play in the ecosystem and biodiversity. There are over 1,400 different bat species and contrary to popular opinion they aren’t blind. So, without further adieu, let’s creep a little deeper into the cave and take a closer look at International Bat Appreciation Day and everything these flying mammals have to offer.

Bat Conservation International (BCI) was founded in 1982 by a group of concerned scientists who recognized the importance of protecting bats. Bats contribute towards controlling pests, create rich fertilizer for landowners, and pollinate fruit and flowers. BCI aims to conserve bats and their habitats through a combination of education, conservation, and research.

Human activities such as deforestation, mining, and irresponsible tourism have caused a substantial decrease in the bats’ population. Bats have often been understudied and misunderstood animals. They are often perceived as disease spreaders when in reality they help keep the numbers of many pests down.

How about the below photos of my laptop, today, April 17th.

Now it is very small, and very hard to see, but at the very top maybe 1/4 of the way from the left, you can see a very small icon.


Below is a little closer look at the very small icon above.

Now we are right up close.


How about THAT. 


Again, I cannot possibly show each and every single special holiday being observed each and every day. Some days there are fifteen to twenty, some days there are two.

April 17th had twenty (20). I only selected Dames. Then with Kit’s interest and Google’s interest you have two more for April 17th.

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Smiling. Cap and Patti


    1. Cap Chastain

      Yes indeed Gullible! I have actually written a Haiku Poem. I will publish it in our APR 19 Post. Patti said it qualifies! When you and Kit agree then I will know it met the criteria. Thanks for your support and interest. Cap and Patti too.

  1. Kit Raye

    How fun Cap!
    I was out in back this morning with the dogs. This haiku came to mind.

    The trees are budding
    Soon they’ll pop with bright green leaves
    Spring has sprung here now

    P.S. i love bats.

    Keep smiling.

  2. Michael

    Ta-Da-a-a!! Another memorable afternoon dining together at one of our favorite Lake Havasu Restaurants, the Golden Phoenix…and savor the sumptuous (def: ‘Magnificent, luxurious, extremely good.’) flavors of an exotic delicacy of Singapore Rice Noodles! (you probably guessed it!). Not only was the food scrumptious but the friendship warm, comforting, divinely spiritual. Thank you so much for your love and generousity!
    I love you Cap and Patti! I will miss our communing and dining adventures. My world shrinks, becomes a tad smaller when you return to Alaska. So I find deep and reverent gratitude for the times we have shared.
    To Kit…I so love bats, too…until they are nesting in the attic or above the bedroom ceiling. I’ve experienced that and it’s kind of creepy listening to them claw their way around wood beams and plywood. Thankfully it was a temporary house-sitting adventure for me. BTW..I watched the PBS Nova program last night…it was focused on a multitude of birds existence around the globe. One segment highlighted the birds of prey that wait patiently in the skies above a Texas cave awaiting the departure at dusk of over 20million bats (the largest congregation of mammals on earth) and soar from the skys picking off their delicacies! Nature is so fascinating!
    Well, mis amigos, enjoy the day and the escalating temps! Until we chat…
    Love from Little Bit and me.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Michael that is absolutely, positively amazing! Twenty (as is 20) million Bats take to the Texas skies at dusk! Ah yes Mother Nature. Without the hungry birds would Bats take over the world? I have never lived around nor near a Bat Colony. I wonder if I have not knowing it? We too so enjoy our visits at the Golden Phoenix. Yes indeed the temperatures are now rising here in Lake Havasu City. I got so cold in the customer lounge at Big O’s Tires that the 100°F heat in our truck actually felt good when I came out to our truck. Go figure that Michael! Smiles .. Cap and Patti

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