Yesterday, for example, was National Coffee Day. A lot of people really like coffee. I really like coffee. So, coffee gets its own special day.
The day before yesterday was National Beer Drinking Day. A lot of people really like beer. I really like beer. But Saturday honored more than beer itself; it recognized drinking beer. That meant it was a day for drinking the stuff – not just consuming one beer, or two, to honor the stuff, but rather throwing back multiple beers, respectable quantities of brew. Saturday was a good day.
America has so many national days. Many of those days pay homage to foods. National Cheeseburger Day took place recently. Cheeseburgers deserve their own day, for sure, and that special observance gives a person every right to eat cheeseburgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner that day. National Cheeseburger Day should be a holiday, for Heaven's sake.
Many foods, however, do not have their own day. Escargots do not have their own day. I browsed the Internet and found no national escargot day. How could there not be a special day for buttery, garlicky snails? I love those things. Some folks tell me that the only flavor associated with escargots is garlic. OK. And the point is what? Those people
obviously do not appreciate sticking that little escargot fork inside the shell; snatching out that plump, little snail and popping it into your mouth; adoring the texture of the snail and the flavors of the butter and garlic, while sticking a little piece of baguette bread onto that little fork; and then pushing the bread into the shell, soaking up the garlic butter, retrieving the soaked bread and pushing it between your lips. Don't forget to rinse your palate with a sip of rosé before going in for the next snail. Twelve repetitions will do nicely before contacting your congressional representative about sponsoring a bill to enact National Escargot Day.
I love cheese popcorn, but it, too, has not been graced with it's own day. There's a National Popcorn Day and a National Cheese Lover's Day, yet there's no national
cheese popcorn day. I do adore a bag of cheese popcorn, and sometimes I opt for the white-cheddar variety as a change of pace. Before you know it, it will be Christmastime, and that's time to get one or two or three of those big cans of popcorn with cheese, caramel and butter-flavor corn. I usually devour the cheesy section right away, and the buttery and caramel sections take some time. That alone is a clear indication that cheese popcorn should rate it's very own day somewhere on the calendar.
National days can honor more than food and drink. I think we should have a national Sally day in remembrance of my lovely neighbor Sally Wiseman, who died of colon cancer. Sally and her husband, Al, were both retired, and occasionally Sally observed what she called a "Sally day." She would arise at no special time in the morning, and she stayed in her pajamas or slipped on some sweats. Then she settled into a day of relaxation, reading, television and doin' nothin' – no chores, no errands, no running to the store, nothing. My wife would call next door: "Hi, sally. What are you doing?" And Sally would say: "Nothing, Anne. I'm having a Sally day." We loved Sally, and we miss her dearly. We should observe a National Sally Day.
Music is important to me. I don't play an instrument, and I can't sing a note, but I must listen to music. So, I'm glad there are national music days. The National Music Day this year was on Friday, June 21. We also have National Rock 'n' Roll Day, National Country
Music Day, and even larger in scope is International Jazz Day. Different people enjoy different music, and we all have our favorite songs. Realizing that, I'm thinking our lawmakers should make a law that makes one day officially titled National Create Your Own Top 40 Day. For example, my Top 40 would look like this:
"Over the Rainbow" by Eva Cassidy
"Je Suis Malade" by Lara Fabian
"Imagine" by John Lennon
"At Last" by Etta James
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
"People Get Ready" by Aretha Franklin
"You Ain't Alone" by Alabama Shakes
"Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman
"Cruisin'" by Smokey Robinson
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations
"Take Five" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
"Love the Way You Lie" by Rhianna and Eminem
"Mon Amie la Rose" by Natacha Atlas
"Layla" by Eric Clapton (Derrick and the Dominoes)
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
"Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin
"I Love Rock 'N' Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
"Dream On" by Aerosmith
"Hey Jude" by The Beatles
"Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding
"Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC
"Wasted Time" by The Eagles
"Let It Be" by Carol Woods and Timothy T. Mitchum
"I'm in the Mood" by John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt
"When You Say Nothing at All" by Alison Krauss
"What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" by Joan Osborne
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers
"While my Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison
"I Was Made to Love Her" by Stevie Wonder
"St. Louis Blues" by Bessie Smith
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Someone to Watch Over Me" by Linda Ronstadt
"House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals
"I Love L.A." by Randy Newman
"The Story" by Brandi Carlile
"Blue" by LeAnn Rimes
"What You Do to Me" by BlakRoc
"I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Otis Redding
"Crying" by Roy Orbison and k.d. lang
"What a Wonderful World" by Eva Cassidy
Hey, that was fun, so I now proclaim this day to be, unofficially, Create Your Own
Top 40 Day.
I think I'll proclaim tomorrow to be National Crispy Fried Bluegill Day. I'll hit the lake early in the morning.