Let’s talk about November where you spend 1/12 of your life every year. November is one of four months with 30 days. Some of you are already saying it, “Thirty days hath…..” It is an ancient Roman word which means nine. Now to the important stuff.
Baseball season is finally over. I have lost interest in baseball since the strike of 1994 which ended the season and there was no World Series. I have not watched a game since. But basketball season begins. Go Hoosiers! I am expecting another exciting year in revamped Assembly Hall.
Did you know that November is Sweet Potato Awareness month? Now you are aware. There is also a Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day on the 19th. Drink up. This is one I love, Have A Bad Day Day on the 19th also. Go on. You deserve it. There is also a celebration of World Toilet Day where the goal is to have everything come out alright. And there is one especially for our Granddaughter Audrey, International Drum Month. She is a percussionist in her high school band.
In a morbid sense there is Plan Your Epitaph Day on the 2nd. I don’t understand this but there is a Marooned Without a Compass Day on the 6th. Who would celebrate? How would we know about it? BW likes this one: On the first it is Men Make Dinner Day. I vote for going out to eat that day. She would too.
Darwin would be proud because on the 24th it is All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day. Who sponsored that? I suppose King Kong had something to do with it.
It is election month. Each presidential election I become bone weary of all of the diatribe and vilification spewed from the mouths of candidates like vomit from the mouths of drunken sailors on Saturday night. Enough.
Of course Veterans Day is the 11th. I wish it was still Armistice Day, although it is appropriate that all veterans are honored. We just returned from Branson and every show we saw honored veterans and I admit feeling quite emotional during those moments.
Christmas season begins. Well it used to. It now begins in July with the first catalogs and special offerings. I would not live in Frankenmuth, Michigan, as they celebrate Christmas all the time. That would become as tiresome as Aunt Bertha’s organ recital about her latest physical infirmities.
I must mention the biggie - Thanksgiving. Fact and fiction ride along as passengers in the car with Thanksgiving and I like most of them, especially family gatherings and the eating part. You can’t dislike that. I am astounded by the number of people who do neither and eat out on that day. That makes me feel sad. There is an unThanksgiving day also. It is a sunrise celebration on Alcatraz Island of indigenous peoples to celebrate and promote their rights and to commemorate their survival of the European Invasion of America.
November is an exciting month.
Larry Vandeventer is a Calvertville Native. Reach me at Goosecrick@aol.com or 317-839-7656. Read about me, my books, and my columns on my Website – Larryvandeventer.com I am a graduate of Worthington High School and Indiana State University.