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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Better late than never, Geoffrey Chaucer, holidays, , Michael Bloomberg, , , rocks, , , squirrels, The Canterbury Tales, trivia   


    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?):

    Jan. 31 – YAD DRAWKCAB



    • Joseph Nebus 1:27 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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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      • mistermuse 6:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve never seen a squirrel fall from a tree, but if the branches were icy, snow wonder!


    • scifihammy 5:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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

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    • hooklineandinkwell 10:52 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • mistermuse 12:00 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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


    • arekhill1 2:50 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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


      • mistermuse 4:55 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I guess that depends upon your taste (in music, not beer). I’d prefer to listen to Django Reinhardt albums, myself.


    • RMW 4:13 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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 5:19 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        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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    • Don Frankel 11:22 am on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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.


    • mistermuse 2:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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).


    • Don Frankel 3:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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.


    • mistermuse 7:30 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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:


    • Don Frankel 6:51 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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


    • mistermuse 9:40 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      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.


    • The Hopeful Wanderer 10:13 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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

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    • mistermuse 10:38 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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


  • mistermuse 4:27 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Damn the torpedoes, holidays, , March 26, , Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole,   


    One would think it’s easy to make up your own holiday. How hard can it be, given the hundreds of made-up holidays continually added to the archives over the years by the compilers of such things …. not to mention the official holidays made up by Congress and state legislatures.

    March 26, for example, is also Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day, a holiday in Hawaii honoring the territorial delegate who introduced a bill in 1919 requesting that Hawaii be admitted into the union as a full-fledged state — a petition which, for the information of those who claim Congress never gets anything done, was ratified into reality a mere 40 years later (and only 37 years after the good Prince said “Aloha” to this world). But I, like Congress, digress.

    My point is that, with so many holidays heretofore (I hear two to four) taking up every day of the year, it’s NOT all that easy to come up with a new original holiday. A sampling of this week’s holidays, for instance, will demonstrate: March 24, National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day; March 25, Maryland Day, Pecan Day and Waffle Day; March 27, National “Joe” Day; March 28, Something on a Stick Day; March 29, Smoke and Mirrors Day.

    Thus, one may think one is the first to come up with a new holiday, but how can one be certain? One could examine every day of the year on every list and calendar known to man …. or one could proclaim Damn the Torpedoes Day, and full speed ahead. I say DAMN THE TORPEDOES!

    So feel free to send me your holiday nomination (accompanied by a voluntary donation). My holiday choice is obvious: my birthday. I would decree October 18 MISTERMUSE DAY. All businesses and institutions would get the day off except Congress, which must spend the day debating whether October 18th is October 18th. Any attempt to refer the matter to committee for further study would be blocked by my congressman, Phil A. Buster (if he wants to continue getting my $2 campaign contributions).

    The winning entry will chosen by an unbiased panel of distinguished friends and family,  and become official on October 18.

    • Don Frankel 5:02 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent idea Muse and I second the nomination of Mistermuse Day. But no comment to this article would be complete without the recommendation of a holiday. So I propose for one and all DAMN THE TYPO’S FULL SPEED AHEAD DAY. The day of the year will be April 26 in accordance with the Baptism day of William Shakespeare. It seems we don’t know his actual birthday. Now the Bard did not live in a time where there were typewriters, computers or typo’s but then there wasn’t any regulated use of grammar or spelling either. And the idea of this holiday is that all writers not get hung up or upset of an occasional miss spelling or mistake but keep their eyes on the prize.

      If we have some opposition to using the Bard’s day, well we could use Anonymous’s birthday in which case you pick whatever day you want and just tell your boss after you didn’t show up.


    • mistermuse 7:28 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I likewise second your nomination, Don – and I don’t even use a spell checker program (which I have had occasion to regret). Nonetheless, DAMN THE TYPOS, FULL SPEED AHEAD!


    • arekhill1 11:09 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      THE PRO FOOTBALL EQUINOX. Approximately halfway between the Super Bowl and the beginning of the new season in September, this second Monday in June is celebrated in stadium parking lots all over the land. Uncomfortable cheese hats, brightly painted faces and pointless fistfights between opposing fans are the order of the day, along with liquor in cleverly concealable flasks and beer chugged as if rushing to the gates for the opening kickoff. By four o’clock, all celebrants have achieved that numb, hollow, pre-hungover feeling that comes with watching one’s team blow a last-second field goal to lose the game, and everyone goes home resigned to watching baseball until September.


      • mistermuse 7:05 am on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I hadn’t heard of that particular celebration, Ricardo, but it sounds like an excellent event to have a beer (disguised as root beer) and football helmet (for weenies’ head protection) concession stand.


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