“Food, love, career and mothers, the four major guilt groups.”

— Cathy Guisewite, born Sept. 5, 1951, creator of the “Cathy” cartoon strip

How cool is this? We’re — smack — five days into September and it is just now Labor Day weekend. How about that for something to be glad about?

The kids have been in school for two weeks. We could all use a little break (already). And what scratches that itch better than a Monday holiday?

But Monday’s not here, yet. Even Sunday’s still coming. What we have is Saturday. And it could be a pretty good Saturday. Heck, it will be if everyone makes up their mind to have a good Saturday.

Here’s a few things you may not know about today, that we ran across and found interesting.

Like for instance, it was Sept. 5, 1850, that Jack Daniel was born. He died in 1911, but some say, because of the whiskey that bears his name, his spirit lives on.

Did you know that it was Sept. 5, 1836, that Sam Houston was elected the first president of the Republic of Texas? Yep.

“A leader,” said Houston, “is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”

Now it was 46 years later, Sept. 5, 1882, when once again the great State of Texas was part of the United States, that the first, official, sanctioned by the federal government of the U.S. of A., Labor Day parade was held — in New York City.

But if for no other reason than it’s football season and we’re still in Texas, let’s consider this historical moment, which occurred on Sept. 5, 1906. For it was that happy day in American football that the first legal forward pass was thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University and caught by teammate Jack Schneider in a 22-0 victory over Wisconsin’s Carroll College.

Well, what have we learned from this? Let’s not let life pass us by today. There’s some fun things to do — and we’ll list a few, but surely you’ll find a few more. Be glad and be careful.

Farmers Market, Recycling

Peaches, cantaloupe, homegrown tomatoes — speaking of life being good. And if you didn’t grow your own, isn’t it nice to know those who do? Again, today, the Brownwood Area Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until sellout. In case you haven’t been before, the market is located in the shade under the Bill Monroe Overpass (Austin Avenue) at Avenues A and Brady.

And, today being the first Saturday of the month, the City of Brownwood and Keep Brownwood Beautiful will have its recycling trailer there and will accept glass, clear plastic soda and water bottles (grades 1 and 2), almost clear milk jugs, glass, cardboard, white paper, magazines, telephone books, metal cans and aluminum. Cell phones and printer cartridges are also accepted. Please, be a nice recycler, and only bring clean (or at least thoroughly rinsed) bottles, jars and cans.

Books, books, books

The Jennie Trent Dew Library in Goldthwaite is having its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Mills County State Bank in Goldthwaite. Book sales are by donation and the proceeds will go to the new library fund.

Dancing and other flings

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m. and a dance from 6 to 10 p.m. George Allison and Friends will be playing and there is a $4 admission. The snack bar will be open. No alcohol is allowed.

• The Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum will be closed today for the Labor Day weekend. Visit the museum when it returns to regular hours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Rumors Band will play for a dance at Elks Lodge, 1070 W. Commerce, from 8 p.m. until midnight. The dance is open to the public. Cost is $8 per person and temporary memberships are available. Call 646-9696 for information.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.

• The Home Depot has a Kids Workshop from 9 a.m. until noon on the first Saturday of each month. Youngsters ages 5 and older are invited to participate with their parents.