It’s time to continue our look at the special days / holidays / observances of August:
- 10 Lazy Day — Here’s your excuse to be lazy this day. Put off your chores another day — they’ll still be there tomorrow. Take time to do whatever you want to do. (And here’s an important note: if cleaning is what you actually want to do, it doesn’t mean your spouse wants to. Just thought I’d throw that in there, for no particular reason.)
- 10 National S’mores Day — You don’t need a campfire to make these — a microwave will do. And you don’t need a recipe, either — just mix graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. You should make a lot of them, to hone your own personal recipe and get it just right. And you should invite me over to help you taste-test them. 🙂
- 11 Presidential Joke Day — This is not a day to make jokes about our President. It’s actually a day for them to make jokes. It started on August 11, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan was about to make a speech. He was testing the microphone, thinking it was off, and said, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.” This became quite the joke because he was speaking to a live feed!
- 11 Play in the Sand Day — I wish I was near a beach. There’s some sand pits in various parks nearby, but there are also cats and dogs that roam those areas, and so I’d rather not play in what may be someone’s litterbox.
- 13 International Left-Hander’s Day — On this day, lefties have rights! 🙂 Otherwise, lefties never do anything right. 🙂
- 13 National Filet Mignon Day — Sounds like I need to visit a steakhouse on this day! Since it’s a holiday, this particular cut of steak should be discounted, so more people can afford them and appreciate their yummy goodness. And the filet mignon should be bacon-wrapped. Mmm… mmm… mmm…
- 13 Comic Book Hero Day — Comic books should get more respect. Many of the most popular superheroes featured in movies these days got their start in comics, and their story is still being written. The movie version is just a brief summary of all the detail that is in the original story. And lest you think comics are bought only by 13-year-olds, the U.S. market for comics is between $660 and $700 million. Worldwide, comic books are perhaps the most widely read literary format. That’s not small potatoes… (So don’t be a “hater” or say that they’re just for “little boys”.)
- 14 National Creamsicle Day — This sounds like a good plan, and it’s an appropriate treat considering how crazy-mad hot it typically is in the middle of August.
- 14 Yukon Discovery Day — The name of this day reminds me of Yukon Cornelius, from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer claymation Christmas “cartoon”. He was awesome! He was the self-proclaimed “greatest prospector in the North”, always searching for silver and gold.
- 15 Relaxation Day — This is different from being lazy. Here, you’re resting and relaxing because you should. It’s important to have down-time for your body to recover from all the stuff you do. So relax, sit down a spell, and drink some tea.
- 16 National Tell a Joke Day — I’ve thought about becoming a stand-up comedian. It started when I was a kid, and I told my parents I wanted to be a comedian, and they just laughed at me.
- 16 International Homeless Animals Day — Did you know most animals are homeless? Well, not really, because they find or create homes, but I mean that most animals don’t live with humans. Besides, animals are naturally homeless.
- 16 Roller Coaster Day — On this day in 1898, the roller coaster was patented. The popularity of roller coasters has been going up and down since.
- 18 Bad Poetry Day — At first glance, this kind of holiday seems obscure and useless, but I know of a few people (who happen to be regular readers here) who seem to enjoy writing bad poetry. (That is, “bad” meaning poorly composed and consisting of mostly bad puns.)
- 19 National Potato Day — Some also call this French Fry Appreciation Day. Either way, it’s good stuff. Did you know that potatoes are actually vegetables? So I can’t say I dislike all vegetables. Taters are good in just about all forms: baked, mashed, smashed, and fried. (My brother used to say, “Everybody loves soft-fried taters.”) Just don’t make potato salad, which isn’t a food.
Once again, this list is getting long, so I’ll finish the rest of the month in the next post. Click here to find the other entries in this list.