The Jotbook

The Splash Pad

 What a great addition for our community, the opening of the Reston Splash Pad was a great success. It is open to the public 10:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. and there is no age limit on having fun.

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Music in the Park

 Reston’s first Music in the Park of the summer will be Wednesday, July 11 with Leona & The L Tones.

Reston Farmer’s Market

 Reston’s first farmer’s market will begin on Thursday, July 12 at the R.E.S. parking lot from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Grab a mitt and get in the game

Pipestone Fun Days is Saturday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15.

Being a grandparent

  A lady was just in and congratulated me on being a grandma, I said thank you and said I was so excited about going to the rink, ball games, swimming lessons and attending all those activities again. She said, “Yes but it’s even better the second time around because you don’t have to be on any of the committees. You just show up and enjoy it.” I never thought of the advantages of getting old.

Oreo Cookies

 Whether you prefer taking your own sweet time licking it, or devouring it in one go, or slowly dipping it in a glass of milk, you have definitely savored the Oreo cookie at some point or the other. After all, Oreo was the top-selling cookie brand of 20th century, and is still widely loved today. But while having the time of your life while enjoying an Oreo, did you ever stop to pay attention to the dashes and bars and circles and other strange symbols designed on the cookie? Probably not. Read along because you’re in for a grand surprise!

 The design on the Oreo is a reminder that it is not only the buildings and cathedrals that are built with caution and intelligence. Something as minor as a cookie can also be designed with clever tactics. Oreo is a dip into the distant past as the designs incorporate the Cross of Lorraine (carried by Knights Templar during the Crusades) and the 12 Templar Cross Pattees.

The Cross of Lorraine design gave rise to the Nabisco logo, which eventually became the European symbol of quality. On the cookie you can see this logo as the circle that contains the brand name Oreo and a line crossed off by two dashes on top. Mind blowing, right?

 There is a whole debate as to how our favourite cookie got its name. Continuing the Templar association, some claim that Oreo is made of ‘Or” and ‘Eo,’ the former meaning dawn or light in Hebrew and the latter meaning the same in Greek. Another theory proposes that ‘re’ is pulled from the word ‘cream’ and then inserted between the two O’s of ‘chocolate.’ Thus, O-RE-O. Well, you can buy whichever theory best suits you, while I go and buy another packet of Oreo!

Just for Laughs

The founder of Ikea has died. There will be a small gathering of close friends and family to assemble his casket.

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