What with one thing or another, almost the entire month of January has gone by, and I haven’t written a single post honoring any of the many august January holidays, such as:

Jan. 4  –  Trivia Day
Jan. 7  –  Old Rock Day
Jan. 9  –  Play God Day
Jan. 10 – Peculiar People Day
Jan. 16 – National Nothing Day
Jan. 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day

So, in the spirit of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I will now try to make up for my oversight – at least in part – by assuring each holiday that being a part of one post beats being the whole of no posts. I’ll start with a trivia question in honor of Trivia Day:

Who originated the phrase, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER? (Hint: it wasn’t a, c, or d)

a. Barack Obama, in defending his late response to the spread of ISIL/ISIS
b. Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales
c. Rip Van Winkle, in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
d. Michael Bloomberg, in planning a possible run for President as an independent

Old Rock Day – I’m no geologist, but isn’t all rock old? For example, it’s possible there’s big rock in Little Rock, but new rock? Though everything may be relative, no matter how you roll it, any rock worth its salt has to be eons older than Einstein….at least, that’s my theory. In any case, a rolling stone gathers no muse, but a Rolling Rock definitely does:


Play God Day, in my judgment, is redundant, because many ideologues and religious Grand Poobahs play God every day. So let us move on to the next day, which includes ideologues and Grand Poobahs, but is more broad.

Peculiar People Day – Spotlight broad, Sarah Palin. All others pale-in comparison.

National Nothing Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day – Here’s a squirrel I can not only appreciate, but appreciate even more the place where it makes its ending exit:

That does it for January make-up days, but the month isn’t over yet. We still have tomorrow to look forward to (or do we?):





19 comments on “BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

  1. Joseph Nebus says:

    My Squirrel Appreciation Day started with seeing a squirrel plummet from its tree and faceplant in the snow. The squirrel seemed to recover but it surely helped that it didn’t know anybody was laughing at it.

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  2. scifihammy says:

    All these days passed me by – and I never knew! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  3. hooklineandinkwell says:

    I had a squirrel watch me work for five days straight and each time i sat next to the camp fire, it would sit atop a branch a few feet away and i swear i could see him roasting his nuts. This is brilliant!, your post I mean, not the squirrel roasting nuts, although that was impressive, too 🙂

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  4. mistermuse says:

    Brilliant? Well, they say it takes one to know one (sounds like a mutual admiration society to me – between you and the squirrel, too.) 🙂


  5. arekhill1 says:

    Isn’t Old Rock Day the day you get drunk and listen to Bob Seger albums? In either case, Rolling Rock would work.


  6. RMW says:

    So happy you posted about Squirrel Appreciation Day as squirrels in general are SO underappreciated… I went looking for a Squirrel Appreciation Day card at the Hallmark card store in the mall and there was nary a one… and not one squirrel has ever been nominated for any kind of award… this situation must be remedied.

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    • mistermuse says:

      You’re right – squirrels get little attention (unless you count Sarah Palin). Even in the cartoon world, there’s Rocky (of Rocky & Bullwinkle), but he doesn’t come close to the fame of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Porky Pig, etc. That’s just plain nuts (and not a very good pun, either).

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  7. Don Frankel says:

    Don’t know where these squirrel people come from but there’s got to be a whole lot of nothing to do around there. How do you think of something like this?

    But I do like the idea of august days in January. We could use a few.


  8. mistermuse says:

    I don’t know how the squirrel people came up with it, but at least it’s harmless — unlike the nutty ideas some of our political candidates (like The Donald) come up with. But the squirrel and The Donald do have one thing in common — neither should be taken seriously (although, unfortunately, The Donald IS taken seriously by too many).


  9. Don Frankel says:

    There were two Donalds playing ball in Vleigh Place Park. I was the one who could hit and run and field and throw.

    While no one has voted yet, the reason he’s being taken seriously is, look at everyone else who is running. It’s a motley crew.

    I’m waiting for Lucy Lou, as she wouldn’t be the only Mutt in the race, just the real thing.


  10. mistermuse says:

    Unlike the old rock group Motley Crew, which called it quits after 34 years, motley crews of politicians never go away — only the faces change over time. They still pander to the crowd and promise their version of the moon (usually on the cheap), and we still fall for it every time.

    Because the current crew of politicians is even more motley than usual, it is good that Lucy Lou is running, because if the country is going to go to the dogs, she is obviously the most – indeed, the only – qualified candidate:


  11. Don Frankel says:

    Muse, I’m looking into Lucy Lou’s eyes, especially in this clip and damn, if there’s not something Lincolnesque there.


  12. mistermuse says:

    I believe you’re right, Don. Also, like Honest Abe, Lucy Lou doesn’t tell lies and was born in Kentucky. Sounds pretty Presidential to me.


  13. Peculiar People Day was pretty awesome hahah … Thanks for the laughs 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  14. mistermuse says:

    Thank you. Your “theme song” is pretty awesome too:


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