By Haddon Libby
As it looks like we may be spending more time at home in May than we would have expected prior to the pandemic lockdown, we need to come up with a new set of things to celebrate while we spend most of our time at home.
First and foremost, May 1st is recognized globally as an international celebration for the workers of the world. Here in California, we have far more humble celebrations as gig economy aka 1099 workers finally get the chance to apply for unemployment. It is a sad reflection on our State’s ability to help its people that it took nearly two months to help these hardworking folks.
The month of May is Clean Air Month according to the American Lung Association – something that has improved globally due to the shutdown of the economies of the world.
The month starts out strong for sci-fi lovers as May 1st is Batman Day. This caped crusader was born 81 years ago. Given that you are already wearing a mask when you go out, if you want to have a little bit of fun on Batman’s birthday, throw on a body leotard, put your silkiest underwear on the outside and go shopping as Batman.
May 2nd is Naked Gardening Day. When outside, remember your sunblock and mask…as well as city ordinances.
‘May the fourth be with you’ say sci-fi lovers as they celebrate Star Wars this year. If Star Wars is more ‘your thing’, go out dressed up like a scarved Luke Skywalker while carrying your UVC lightwand.
In the past, people of have thought of Cinco de Mayo as the time to celebrate with friends at their favorite Mexican restaurants. As that won’t happen this year, consider celebrating Hand Hygiene Day with a homemade margarita. Trump nemesis, the World Health Organization, started this day of recognition in 2017 in order to get people to fight antibiotic resistance cause by people’s poor hygiene practices.
May 7th is National Reason Day. The White House have yet to announce if they will be commemorating the day in an unique way that does not involve Clorox Cocktails or lighting up a UVc blunt. While the next statement should be obvious to anyone with an IQ higher than a chair, never ingest poisons or stick lights of any kind into any orifice no matter who tells you to do it.
Remember that Birthmothers Day is on Saturday May 9th while Mother’s Day is the 10th.
The 13th is yet another alcohol-focused day – National Cocktails Day.
As the Preakness will not be held on the 16th, redirect your efforts toward a Salute to Silliness with Do Dah Day. Do Dah Day was started in Birmingham, Alabama in 1979 as a well to raise money for local charities. I plan on relabeling a can of Whipped Cream as Whipped Lysol for dinnertime fun.
Started in 2018 and celebrated on the 18th is (and I kid you not) National Supply Chain Professionals Day. If there is ever a year to give special attention to these often unrecognized men and women, this is the year. This group of most essential workers deserve their day in the sun covered with UVC light in a mist of Lemon-scented Lysol on a podium scrubbed by Mr. Clean.
Started three years ago in Australia, the 20th is International Clinical Trials Day. This is another group of people whom we have seldom thought of in the past. Now these unheralded workers could be the key to a return to life as we once knew it.
Remember Harold Camping? He is the Family Radio Christian broadcaster who started National Rapture Day aka The End of the World on May 21, 2011. Five years earlier, sisters Kate and Alice Clark started Wig Out Day on May 22nd. Shouldn’t Wig Out Day come before the Rapture?
This year, Memorial Day weekend will be like none other. Given that social distancing measures will still be in place, let’s hope that the weekend serves not only as a time to remember our fallen soldiers but a time that represents the beginning of the reopening of America.