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March 5, 2016

Today we celebrate a more reasonable number of holidays:

National Absinthe Day - Absinthe is a very potent alcoholic beverage that is made with anise, sugar, herbs and thujone.  It is green in color, and may have been invented in 1792 by Pierre Ordinaire, a French Doctor.  It is so potent that about a hundred years ago it was banned in many countries.  That ban has been lifted in some of them, I’m not sure about America.

Cinco de Marcho - Begun in 2007, this is a tongue in cheek holiday that is here to get you into tip top shape for St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon. By this I mean, those of us (over 21 please) who do not drink alcohol very often, or very much, should use this day and every other day between now and St. Patrick’s Day, to gradually increase your alcohol consumption so your body gets used to it before you get to the party. This way you will be able to consume a reasonable amount of alcohol without falling over and embarrassing yourself and your date.

National Cheese Doodle Day – These tasty, puffed corn treats first appeared in the 1930's. They are sold all over the world under different brand names. But tasty is tasty no matter what name it has. I could not find out who created them but whoever it was obviously had a great idea.

Saint Piran's Day – St. Piran lived during the 6th century and is the patron saint of tin miners. For reasons I don't understand, this day is associated with heavy alcohol consumption along with lots and lots of food.

National Multiple Personality Day – Now known as Dissociative Identity Disorder, this would be a good day to watch the movie Sybil. This also means that it's okay to be caught talking to yourself today. We make jokes about this issue sometimes but we need to remember that for many people, it's a very real and very life altering disorder.

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