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Songs That Get Stuck in a Parent’s Head, Part I

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
I now have a one year old, so a lot of songs get stuck in my head at times that I never imagined would before I was a dad.

I decided to include a few of them now and I can revisit this theme in the future.

The one I seem to get stuck in my head the most recently is The Hot Dog Dance from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Here are a couple from Bubble Guppies.

First, the Outside song:

And the Time for Lunch song is another one on Bubble Guppies that can get stuck in your head (as is the theme song) but thanks to people not allowing their versions to be embedded, I haven’t been able to include them.

Another couple of songs that can get stuck in your head come to us from Doc McStuffins.

One is Time for your Check-Up:

The other is I Feel Better (I haven’t included it because none of the embeddable versions are good quality.)

Luckily, there have only been a few times I’ve gotten Wiggles songs stuck in my head, including this one:

This promo from earlier in the summer features Sofia the First (we had that theme for the baby’s first birthday party) and Jake and the Neverland Pirates – they ran it so much during commercial breaks this summer that it got stuck into my head to the point I even caught myself singing along once.

This one from Jake and the Neverland Pirates can get pretty annoying too:

That probably covers most of them for now. I’m sure as she gets older, I’ll have more.

Today is Washington’s Birthday NOT Presidents Day

gwashingtonOn the OPM website, there is a list of federal holidays as a reference for what days off federal employees will get.

For February 18, 2013, the holiday listed is Washington’s Birthday with an asterisk.

At the bottom of the page is this explanation:

* This holiday is designated as “Washington’s Birthday” in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

Townhall, the Barbara Bush Foundation and the Cato Institute all refer to it as Presidents Day. The Heritage Foundation focuses on Washington but their blogger mistakenly thinks it’s Presidents Day apparently.

We need a resurgence of people referring to the holiday as its proper name. I don’t want a holiday that celebrates Presidents Carter, Obama, Clinton Harding, Grant, F.D. Roosevelt, and others I find not worthy of praise and I’m sure the same goes for everyone else (with a different list obviously.) Even if it is easier for people having mattress sales or people who want to include every worth president, it’s not the correct name.

If we’re only going to honor one President with a holiday in his name, then there is no one more fitting of that honor than George Washington.

One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in NYC today

Freedom Tower construction
I took the above picture in November 2012.

WTOP has today’s news:
One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday. Workers will erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet high, just enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

The milestone is a preliminary one. Workers are still adding floors to the so-called “Freedom Tower” and it isn’t expected to reach its full height for at least another year, at which point it is likely to be declared the tallest building in the U.S., and third tallest in the world.