Happy Palindromic Day, 01-02-2010!

This is the first palindromic day we’ve had since 2001. Because of the phone number to the first BBS I ever ran (437-2734), I’ve become sort of a collector of numeric palindromes. Hubby’s current cell phone number is a palindrome, as well. And the reason I keep such an unflattering amateur radio call sign as I was dealt (ending in UTI) is that UTI is a palindrome in Morse code (di-di-dah dah di-dit).

But I digress. Today’s date, written in the traditional American format (or at least the Texan format, unless you’re going by the French Revolutionary Calendar, as some still insist upon doing), is a palindrome: it reads the same backward and forward. Racecar! Bob!

And it’s only the second palindromedate (speaking palindromedarily) experienced by most of us living today. The previous one was Oct. 2, 2001 (10-02-2001). There’s one coming up next year on Nov. 2, 2011 (11-02-2011). There’ll be twelve of them in this century. Aaah!

Experiencing three such dates in one lifetime, say the pundits, is exceedingly rare. Before 2001, the last palindromic date was more than 629 years ago, on Aug. 31, 1380 (08-31-1380). Was anyone counting?

We also enjoyed that blue moon on New Year’s Day. Twice the insanity! Twice the freaky weather!

Hubby ate a dozen tamales in addition to his usual fare of black-eyed peas and cornbread. I know that will bring us luck in the coming year. I’m now going out to get our lotto ticket. Keep your fingers crossed.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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