By Mike Pound
Friday the 13th is on Friday this month
Is it bad luck to mention that today is Friday the 13th?
I'm going with no. I mean, if it is, why do people do it all the time? Walt Kelly, in his classic comic strip "Pogo," used to do it all the time. Of course, Kelly's dead now, so there is that. But it's pretty hard to say that Kelly died because he mentioned Friday the 13th a lot. It's just as likely that Kelly died because he was human, but I don't know.
Actually, as "Pogo" readers know, Kelly really didn't mention Friday the 13th. What he did was mark the arrival of the 13th of just about every month, regardless of the day of the week it fell on. Say the 13th would fall on a Tuesday. In his strip, Kelly would have one of his characters note that "Friday the 13th is on Tuesday this month," which always used to make me laugh.
It still does.
Speaking of things that always make me laugh, the late great George Gobel still makes me laugh. My favorite George Gobel line (and I've mentioned this one before) is one he used on the "Tonight Show." George was talking to Johnny Carson about his uncle's reputation as a drinker. This is what George said: "My uncle was the town drunk ... and we lived in Chicago."
Now, that's funny.
So I'm guessing that if Walt Kelly was still drawing "Pogo," he would have one of his characters say today that "Friday the 13th is on Friday this month."
Now, as far as Friday the 13th being a day rife (it's a word; I looked it up) with bad luck, I don't know. I mean, I usually don't need it to be Friday the 13th for bad things to happen to me.
Here's an example. Thursday morning (and this is true), I was getting ready to put our iron away, but before I did, I wanted to check to see if the iron was still hot. So, like a moron, I put my hand on the bottom of the iron. Guess what. The iron was still hot.
Now if that had happened today, I might have been tempted to say, "Well, I burned my hand because it's Friday the 13th." But instead, it happened on Thursday the 12th, so I have to say, "Well, I burned my hand because I'm a moron."
Here's another example. Tuesday morning, I was walking our dog, Shilo. When I walk Shilo in the morning, I always carry a travel mug full of coffee. Shilo is a German shepherd and not so much trained in leash etiquette, so walking her and drinking coffee - even from a travel mug with a lid - can be a challenge. On our walk Tuesday, Shilo spotted a squirrel and decided she needed to see about the possibility of putting the squirrel in her mouth, so she took off running. It just so happens that as Shilo was in the process of running, I was in the process of sipping my coffee. Have you ever tried to sip coffee while holding the leash of a German shepherd chasing a squirrel?
When Shilo nearly yanked my arm out of its socket trying to get the squirrel, the lid on my coffee mug went flying, as did some of the coffee in my mug, which was a bad thing, but not the worst thing.
The worst thing was that after I picked up the lid, I put it back on the mug, then took a sip of coffee and discovered that I didn't exactly secure the lid to the mug. So I managed to pour the rest of the coffee in the mug all over me.
To me, something like that should happen on Friday the 13th. But it didn't. It happened on Tuesday the 10th.
Of course, my wife doesn't think pouring coffee on yourself is Friday the 13th bad-luck material. My wife is a true Friday the 13th bad-luck believer. My wife thinks a guy escaping from an insane asylum, wearing a hockey-goalie mask, is Friday the 13th bad-luck material. This evening, my wife has a very important job-related event to attend to. I'm thinking she's a little wigged out. I'm thinking she would be a little more wigged out if she knew today was Friday the 13th. But I don't think I'll tell her. Instead, I think I'll wait until next month to tell her.
When Friday the 13th is on Monday.
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