Even in centuries-old calendars, November was a piggish month.
I have an assignment due November 1. I will spare you the details, but it is a component in a semester-end presentation (social media marketing course). As a midlife-challenged learner, I inspected the calendar for a reality check on my schedule. After all, November is a busy month.
For instance, consider November 1. Key decision moment: Do I throw away the leftover bags of miniature Halloween candy or stash them in a hiding place for future nibbling? I love coffee-choco combos for breakfast. Better yet, do I hit bargain-priced end-units chock-full of candy for further furtive stashing?
Then Thanksgiving looms. Marathon eating consumes families. That includes snacks for the legendary Iron Bowl on November 29. (In case you live on another planet, that marks the heated Auburn-Alabama rivalry.)
No. 4 Auburn upset No. 1 Alabama in last year’s Iron Bowl.
I sit in the lifelong cheap seat: a couch. The median price for a secondary ticket sale is $535, according to Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen. He quoted this figure in mid-August. (I must note that he attended non-SEC Colgate University.) Likely, the price has shot up. Even if their teams have taken a beating, Alabama and Auburn fans always ante up.
Fortunate and impassioned ticket-holders will have a field day tailgating.
In addition to these events, I discovered that November is fraught with themes and special dates, according to National Calendar Day. In fact, the list of celebratory occasions quadruples the number of days in the month. (A skim reveals a few worthy causes—I leave that to your perusal.)
If I were an ardent blogger, I could easily post an item three times per day. Not happening.
What struck me was the November food and drink pile:
National Cook for Your Pets Day
National Vinegar Day
National Deep Fried Clams Day
National Deviled Egg Day
National Candy Day
National Doughnut Day
Sugar rush! Follow that truck.
National Nachos Day
National Men Make Dinner Day
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
If you remember the 1970s, Harvey may have been your friend.
National Cappuccino Day
National Harvey Wallbanger Day
National Vanilla Cupcake Day
National Sundae Day
National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day
National Indian Pudding Day
National Spicy Guacamole Day
National Bundt (Pan) Day
National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
Raisin Bran Cereal Day
National Fast Food Day (a daily holiday for some Americans)
Go vintage on Fast Food Day. Grab a burger at the oldest operating McDonald’s, located in Downey, California.
National Baklava Day
National Pickle Day
National Vichyssoise Day
National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
National Stuffing Day
National Cranberry Relish Day
National Cashew Day
National Eat a Cranberry Day
National Sardines Day
Dreamy and creamy–the perfect parfait
National Parfait Day
National Cake Day
Tie One on Day
National Bavarian Cake Day
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
National French-Toast Day
Banana Pudding Lovers Month
National Georgia Pecan Month
Spoon + Jar = All you need
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
National Pomegranate Month
Plum and Pomegranate Month
Spinach and Squash Month
Sweet Potato Awareness Month
National Fig Week was hardly a thriller for Adam and Eve.
National Fig Week
No doubt, there is serious corporate PR behind some designations. Even if I abandon the food list, I can imagine a thematic tie-in between certain brands. Consider these two November occasions: Intimate Apparel Week and National Impotency Day. Does this portend of a hookup between Victoria’s Secret, Cialis, and Viagra? That’s quite a threesome.
But I digress.
Is it any wonder that almost 79 million American adults are obese or more than one-third of adolescents and children are overweight or obese ?
I now weigh in differently on the meaning of November. To thwart temptation on All Saints’ Day, I will stay out of the candy aisle on Halloween, turn off the lights, and pretend I am not at home. Even if you are my best friend or relative, walk your children and grandchildren to somebody else’s door.
Scared straight: no more junk food . . . well . . .
It is possible to become a “glutton” for good sense. For instance, we can take action during American Diabetes Month and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 15–23).
A clean fridge has its own special holiday. Only in America.
In addition, I will celebrate National Absurdity Day on the 20th and National Clean out Your Refrigerator Day on the 15th. . . .
So, dear readers, what is your favorite day?
Scoreboard courtesy of Superdupereditor
Club sandwich courtesy of Memm
Krispy Kreme truck courtesy of Bob Palin, https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobpalin
Harvey Wallbanger courtesy of Jay Keaton
Pickle courtesy of Renee Comet
McDonald’s in Downey, California, courtesy of Bryan Hong
Parfait courtesy of Ishikawa Ken (chidorian), https://www.flickr.com/photos/chidorian/
Peanut butter courtesy of Pingouperrios
Jack o’ Lantern courtesy of Toby Ord