Thursday, February 17, 2011

National Day of WTF?


I was sitting at my pseudo-desk at work today, slaving away (which essentially means staring blankly at my computer screen, pretending to be busy) when I came upon an article mentioning "Global Ukulele Day" on March 11th. Why had I never heard of that? Shouldn't this be a big deal in ukulele-land. You would think every uke player in the world would celebrate it as religiously as us Oregonians celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19th) and National Weed Day (April 20th - (of course)). Well after doing a little digging on the whole ukulele-day-thing it became apparent why it was not well known. There is already a National Play Your Ukulele Day on May 2nd, and some UU guys attempt to start a World Ukulele Day on Feb 2nd.

I am not big on holidays, especially silly holidays, but can't the ukulele community get together and pick one day that we can all agree on? Or change the focus or these other uke holidays...one could be Tune Your Ukulele Day, or Buy a New Uke Day, or Make Fun of Ukulele Players Day, or Eat Spam And Play White Sandy Beaches Day, or....I'm sure you can think of better ones...

...Anyway the place I work only recognizes 9 holiday days a year. Luckily Feb. 20th brings Clam Chowder Day then on March 21st is National Wiener Day (not to be confused with National Penis Day which comes a week earlier March 15th). ....So I'm looking forward to a couple three-day weekends. Sweet.

8 comments:

UKISOCIETY said...

I tune my ukulele once a year. Whether it needs it or not.

howlinhobbit said...

long time back on (IIRC) Ukulele Cosmos "International Ukulele Day" was bandied about. it's August 23rd, the day that the Ravenscrag brought the sainted *cough* quartet of Portuguese immigrants Joao Fernandes, Augusto Dias, Jose do Espirito Santo and Manuel Nunes to Hawaii so they could invent the ukulele.

and do other stuff I'm sure.

seems to me that one day is enough and that one just makes more sense. or as much sense as you can pull out of the situation anyways.

RussBuss said...

coincidentally, National Penis Day is the same day all ukuleles (solid or otherwise) magically "open up" and somehow sound better even though you've only owned it for 2 weeks. it has something to do with the cycle of the moon and tides or some shit like that.

Adelle the Great said...

At 4:20 on 4/20 you can actually hear the lighters flicking across the land.

A few years back when I was still a waitress I tried to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at work. Each new table I got I would say something like "yar! What can I get ye?". I got a lot of strange looks. Then these two guys came in & responded in kind, they knew what was up. I thought that was awesome... until they started calling me a wench.

DeG said...

I think this is Uke day stuff is kind of foolish, unless, of course, I could possible weasel a new uke out of it somehow. which reminds me that weasel stomping day seems like a festive holiday that never caught on..

I must admit that there are a couple psuedo-holidays that I like to observe:

Star Wars Day - May 4th. All you have to do is great everyone you see with, "May the 4th be with you." This doesn't annoy anybody...

Towel Day - May 25th - Don't Panic, this is a simple holiday to take part in. Really all you have to do is carry a towel around with you all day and see how many other Douglas Adams fans you might run into. http://www.towelday.org/

Boozelele said...

Sometimes I worry about you DeG.

DeG said...

@Booze, We need to hang out more. I bet you would lose the "sometimes" from that statement. :)

Adelle the Great said...

DeG wins again.

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