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Friday, February 13, 2009

Is it bad luck?

I have long been fascinated with all things related to the calendar. Last February, I received three biweekly paychecks, a phenomenon that's possible only once in about every 56 years.

This year, we're having two Friday the 13ths in a row, in February and March. This only happen when February 1 is on a Sunday AND February is NOT a leap year, or about thrice every 28 years. (I say "about" because the non-leap year century marks such as 1900 and 2100 throw off the calculation.)

I was born in 1953, which was one of those years. Subsequent paired Friday the 13th years were in 1959, 1970, 1981, 1987, and 1998. The next ones will be in 2015, 2026, 2037, 2043, and 2054, when I'd be 101.

This means my birthday will be on a Saturday, same as my birth day. (Hey, hearts players, game at my house on that day.) This would be more special had I not made the decision years ago to take off my birthday from work anyway. So this year, I'll take off the day before my birthday and get a massage.

The one downside is that I was unable to go to the annual MidWinter's party in the MidHudson of New York State, about an hour and a half south of Albany. Usually, the first Saturday of February is followed by the first Sunday of the month, and I can blow off that one church service. However, this year, the first Saturday is followed by the SECOND Sunday, which begins our church's Black History Month celebration.

In fact, I was leading the conversation in the Adult Education class this past Sunday, using that NAACP timeline as a starting point. Conversations about whether to show the D.W. Griffith movie "Birth of a Nation" or how public education has become resegregated in the decades after Brown vs. Board of Education ensued.

All in all, I'm feeling pretty lucky today, all things considered.
I'm Lucky by Joan Armatrading, from the Walk Under Ladders album

I'm lucky
I'm lucky
I don't need a bracelet
No salt
For my shoulder
I don't own a rabbit
No clover
No heather
No wonder
I'm lucky


Rebecca Hickman said...

I almost forgot about Joan Armatrading! She's is fabulous. I've been to a few concerts. When was in college, I saw show at the D.A.R. hall in D.C. (Thank you Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt!)

Greg said...

I miss playing hearts. I used to play all the time in college, but now I don't live near anyone who plays. I'm sad.

david brickman said...

Would you consider it lucky or unlucky to be born on Friday the 13th? I was (in June) and always thought it was a good thing. However, last month in the midst of my 13th year working for The Daily Gazette, I got laid off. That doesn't seem lucky at all! On the other hand, I was lucky to have a job for all that time, no? Can you tell I don't believe in luck? Happy Friday the 13th - my honorary birthday - and happy birthday to you, Rog. -db

GayProf said...

I want to discuss how schools have become resegregated.