Monday, January 2, 2023
Partly cloudy. High 57 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner.
The first full Community Board 7 meeting of 2023 will be held on Tuesday, January 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be online via Zoom, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The link to register will be on the CB7 website here. And here’s our recent story on community boards for some background.
By Carol Tannenhauser
The New York Times ran a story on Friday about how crummy it can be to have a birthday in late December, when many people are out of town or “too exhausted from all the other celebrations to put in much effort for a birthday.”
Yesterday I realized there is an even crummier time to have a birthday, and that’s on January 1st — New Year’s Day — a.k.a. “National Hangover Day.”
National Hangover Day was founded by a group of friends in Arkansas and approved by the registrar of the National Day Calendar® as a national holiday in November 2015. It is not to be confused with a “federal” holiday, which requires an act of Congress to be created. There are only 11 federal holidays in America (12 in a presidential inauguration year), while there are thousands of national holidays, listed on websites like calendarr.com and nationaldaycalendar.com.
Because it falls on New Year’s Day, which is a federal holiday, businesses and schools are always closed on National Hangover Day, which is a good thing, since workers and parents are generally not at the top of their games. “Symptoms of a hangover are: tiredness and head and muscle aches. Some people also get an upset stomach and may feel dizzy for most of the day. It is certainly not a pleasant feeling.” In fact, it’s downright crummy, and not at all conducive to hosting or attending a birthday party.
It’s bad enough being a grown-up with a January 1st birthday, but imagine being a kid. After awhile, you could come to dread, even, dislike your birthday! To avoid — or mitigate — that result, The Times suggests making “an extra special effort…to make a late December birthday distinct.” Add a couple of extra extras when the birthday is January 1st.
In that spirit, West Side Rag would like to wish a belated, but extra-extra-special, happy, and distinct birthday to late-December and New-Year’s-Day babies. And a very happy and healthy 2023 to us all!
Today, January 2, 2023, is World Introvert Day, Thank God It’s Monday Day, Cream Puff Day, Buffet Day, Personal Trainer Awareness Day, and Science Fiction Day.