Jason Schulte

Last week I turned another year older. 

Safely ensconced in middle age land, the days of an all-day celebration to when you’re a child are long gone.  

Texts from friends and family wishing you a good day along with your Facebook friends has worked for me the last couple of years. 

Yet, to break up the normal nightly routine, it is nice to do something different, which the wife and I did that night. 

Before children entered our lives and ruled our world, we ate at the Melting Pot one night in downtown Minneapolis. 

For those who don’t know, it’s a fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy several fondue cooking styles for cheese and chocolate along with entrees and salads. 

Is it expensive? Sure. But, again, the last time we ate there, my hair was nowhere as gray as it is now. 

Since it had been so long, I forgot how small the bites were. For example, the cheese fondue was served with breads and fruits and veggies. I think I could put a whole row of those on my fork. 

I was definitely filled afterwards and it was a good experience. 

It’s always been said after turning another year older, you are supposed to feel wiser. After a few days, do I feel another year wiser? Let’s see how the next couple of weeks and months go before I answer that question. 

President Day’s Facts

Random facts about some of the 45 men who have been Presidents of the United States (thanks to officeholidays.com and legends of America.com)

James Madison and George Washington are the only Presidents who signed the Constitution. 

John F. Kennedy was the first President who was a Boy Scout. 

The ‘S’ in Harry S. Truman does not stand for anything. 

Martin Van Buren was the first President to be born as a citizen of the United States. The presidents before him were born as British subjects. 

Four presidents were born during February – Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, George Washington and William Harrison. 

President Gerald Ford was the first President and Vice President without ever being elected. 

Ulysses S. Grant smoked 20 cigars a day, which probably caused the throat cancer that resulted in his death. 

Zachary Taylor didn’t vote until the age of 62. Until that time, he had not established an official place of residence because he had moved many times as a soldier. 

George Washington was the only American President to be unanimously elected. 

Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph never mentioning that he served as president. His epitaph read, “Author of the Declaration of American Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and the Father of the University of Virginia.

Jason Schulte can be reached at editor@osceolasun.com.


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