The Day After 12-12-12

13 Dec

A day after all the hubbub regarding 12-12-12, I’m here to restore our fixation on – and celebrate? — the #13:

• The year before 2013 had three Fridays fall on the 13th of the respective month. According to a Time article, the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates that $700 million to $800 million are lost every Friday the 13th because of people’s refusal to travel, purchase major items or conduct business.

• Everybody’s heard of the original 13 colonies, but have you heard of the Thirteen Club? In 1881, the organization’s original 13 members attempted to improve the number 13’s reputation. Reportedly, at the first meeting, the members walked under ladders to enter a room covered with spilled salt. The club lasted for many years and grew to include five U.S. Presidents, only two of whom were shot: William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

• Okay, to finish on a positive streak, my two most exhilarating in-person sports moments this year were:

– Kevin Na holing out from the 13th fairway for eagle in the second round of the Masters Tournament

– Chipper Jones wacking a walk-off home run in extra innings against the Phillies to break a 13-13 tie

• My wife & I are due to have our second daughter in early 2013.

• And finally and most topically, my dearest godchild turned 13 today… on the 13th. “My last day of being 12 was on 12-12-12,” she said. Happy Birthday, Cochran!

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One Response to “The Day After 12-12-12”

  1. Greg C. January 10, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    “The club lasted for many years and grew to include five U.S. Presidents, only two of whom were shot: William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.” – Hilarious. I might add that, I believe, only one of whom was shot and killed.

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