Yesterday was Friday the 13th. It is a highly interesting day marked by compelling superstitious lore.
Today is Saturday the 14th. It is a day that is only remarkable in its extreme lack of notoriety.
Friday the 13th would have been a great day to post a blog entry. Saturday the 14th, not so much.
I am writing this on Saturday the 14th.
Oh, if only I had posted yesterday. The content possibilities would have been endless. You would have been fascinated. I would have dropped knowledge like, “Did you know that fear of Friday the 13th is called ‘paraskevidekatriaphobia’?” You would have said something like, “wow, what a kooky word. How the heck do you pronounce that?” It would have been fun.
Alas, it’s an opportunity missed.
Perhaps I can muster up some enthusiasm for this bland excuse for a day. Hey, did you know that on Saturday, October 14, 2006, 31 college football players were suspended as the result of an on-field brouhaha between the University of Miami and Florida International University? You don’t care, you say?
Yeah, I know you don’t. It’s because my heart’s not in it, and you can smell it through the Internet.
Timing isn’t everything in the library world, but it sure as heck is something. We’re purveyors of gobs of information, but we have to unleash it at the right times. There are rules. You don’t put up a Christmas book display in July. You don’t make tax forms available starting in May. And you don’t write about Friday the 13th on Saturday the 14th.
I’ve failed you, gentle readers. Curse this curse-less day.