Friday, June 4, 2010

Finally—a holiday I can get behind…

Today also marks the 72nd anniversary of National Donut (or is it Doughnut?) Day—and if you think I made that up, I swear on a stack of Krispy Kremes that that’s the gospel truth. The annual celebration—held on the first Friday of June—kicked off in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in Chicago, with the goal being to raise funds and help the less fortunate during the Great Depression…as well as to honor those Army volunteers who handed out crullers to our boys during World War I.

As with most holidays, the original intent has transmogrified somewhat into an occasion to scarf up donuts—and as you would expect, several of the more well-known donut chains will commemorate this observance by handing out free treats to interested patrons. I suppose I should amend that and say that Krispy Kreme will (here’s a list of participating stores)—you can get a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts but you have to buy a beverage.

I wish I could join the vast TDOY readership (well…I can dream, can’t I?) in their quest for free sinkers but alas, the Athens store appears to have opted out of the donuts gratis promotion. (It’s just as well—my online physician, Dr. Flick Head, would probably not approve.) I leave you now with the famous words of Chairman Simpson: “Donuts...is there nothing they can't do?”

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5 comments:

Stacia said...

In lieu of donuts, I could remind you that the certain online deep discount DVD place has a huge sale starting today. I just discovered that "The Racket" is out on DVD in a really awesomely cheap box set. No kidding. Guess what I bought?

But I'll probably buy donuts at the store tonight anyway.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

In lieu of donuts, I could remind you that the certain online deep discount DVD place has a huge sale starting today. I just discovered that "The Racket" is out on DVD in a really awesomely cheap box set.

Oh, if only I had known about that box set before I went charging over to that deep discount DVD place (or as we call it here at Rancho Yesteryear, "the house that Ivan built"). Well, I'll just "make do" with the copy I recorded from TCM in February since I went ahead and splurged on purchases of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 4 and Route 66: The Complete Third Season.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Da-a-a-aymn, Gina -- you weren't kidding about that box set! For $13.12 (after coupon code), it would be worth it just for The Racket alone! But I must not weaken...stay strong...

Stacia said...

I know, it's insane! I'll be good and not goad you on, but it's very difficult. (It also has "Alibi" and "Pygmalion"!)

I also MIGHT have gotten an out of print Bette Davis 4-movie collection for $5.99. We'll see how that turns out.

Flickhead said...

KRISPY KREME?!?!?

Dude, next thing you know you'll be trolling the aisles of Walmart on one of those ride-on shopping carts. Other than being a one-way ticket to the obesity a doctor will inevitably demand you shed, they're not terribly good doughnuts. Plus, they've been scientifically arranged to seem not filling, thereby hoodwinking the consumer into packing more (and more) into his or her mouth.

You'd be better off (and healthier) getting a big breakfast made-to-order at a greasy spoon. I'm sure a stack of fresh buttermilk pancakes with homefries and a side of fresh breakfast sausage would flow through the arteries with far more ease than six or ten Krispy Kreme belly bombs. There's no question the flapjacks'd taste better.

Jeez, Ivan, someone's gotta look out for you...