Five Things to Start Your Day: Jan. 30

A few facts, figures and tidbits to start your Wednesday.


Wednesday: Near record warmth with highs from 55-60! Peeks of sun possible. Showers & downpours (even a rumble of thunder) at night.

Thursday: Some very early morning rain (before 7am), then rapid clearing. Colder with highs in the mid/upper 40s early, then falling to mid 30s by afternoon and evening.

Friday: Cold and dry. Mid 20s to lower 30s. More clouds than sunshine.

2. CHICKEN PARM WITH ELDRIDGE: Come by Mt. Calvary Church at 472 Mass Ave. in Acton for a tasty dinner tonight with your friends and neighbors from 5-6 p.m.

The dinner will be provided by State Sen. Jamie Eldridge and his staff. They will serve chicken parmesan.

All are welcome, free of charge.

3. LEARN ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA: Two residents of Sudbury, Bob Cargill and Phil Hollows, will host their 17th Sudbury Social Tweetup on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Bistro 20, at 120 Boston Post Road in Sudbury, from 6:30-8:30 P.M.

The purpose of this networking event is to bring together business people, marketers and professionals who live or work in Sudbury and the surrounding communities who want to meet others from the area and learn more about such social media channels as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogs.

The Sudbury Social Tweetup is held on the last Thursday of each month. At each Tweetup, there is an informal discussion about a different social media-related topic. At the January meeting, Phil will give a short presentation on using Twitter for customer service. He will also lead a group discussion on how small, grassroots advocacy groups can use social media to get the word out about their respective causes.

4. WHAT TO CELEBRATE TODAY: Today is National Inane Answering Message Day. Yes, I agree, sounds a bit weird.

Some people think it's a typo, and the day should read "National Insane Answering Message Day." However, the title is correct.

First lets clarify the meaning of an "inane" answering message. We all get them on our answering machines. An inane message is a senseless or meaningless message, or a prank call. Or, it could be an insane message.

So, National Inane Answering Message Day is a day to end those numerous, annoying inane answering machine messages. Trouble is ... how do you do that? In today's world, caller ID is a great tool to accomplish this goal.

5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1649 — King Charles I of England was beheaded; 1933 — Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany; 1948 — Gandhi was assassinated; 1968 — North Vietnamese forces launched attacks against the South Vietnamese, beginning the Tet offensive; 1972 — British troops opened fire on civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland, sparking the "Bloody Sunday" massacre; 1979 — The Iranian civilian government announced that the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini would be allowed to return.


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