Not enough days in the year to accommodate causes

I am fully in support of various causes and events of awareness, but the days of the year are quickly being consumed by “special” days.

RE: Nelson answering Black Friday with Customer Appreciation Day.

I am fully in support of various causes and events of awareness, but the days of the year are quickly being consumed by “special” days. Failing to stem the tide we risk finding ourselves with a day shortage.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Toonie Tuesday, Superbowl Sunday and Seniors Thursday leave only Wednesday and Saturday unclaimed. Floater days remove a vast number more. Boxing Day, Halloween, Valentines Day, Worldwide Celebration of Weights and Measures Day, Wookie Life Day and others are quickly eliminating ordinary 24-hour stretches.

Weeks are also falling prey to unilaterally declared causes, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Global Entrepreneurship Weekend Worldwide Breastfeeding Week are examples. With fewer weeks available conflicts are arising.

The UN-declared World Space Week finds itself at odds with the Marijuana Users Association which wants to use the same time slot for World Spaced Week. However, Geography Awareness Week organizers have gone into talks with their counterparts at the Directionally Challenged Week offices. Both groups are hoping for a mutually productive collaboration.

Months are no exception to the onslaught. October was declared 4-H Month, as well as American Cheese Month. November’s competition sees Banana Pudding Lovers, Pecan Eaters and Novel Writers all vying to have this same slot as their own. Future conflict can be assured.

I submit that we end this penchant for special days, weeks and months. To have a simple Saturday where there are no concerns other than sitting would be satisfying. A mundane Monday where I do no more than mumble about the morons around me would be marvelous. Weeks without World Alliance groups waving placards and months devoid of declarations of various sorts seems desirable. Act now before the days, weeks and months of your calendar are as gone as your choices.

Ryan Lengsfeld

Nelson

 

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