Thursday, December 20, 2018

Calendars For Dinosauers

In this case, "dinosaurs" are those of us who depend on paper and ink calendars for appointments, events and a list of the new year's upcoming birthdays.  Yes, I am well aware that these listings are easily posted to an app on your phone.  But what if the batteries die?.  Then what?


One of the great seasonal amusements to me is buying the next year's calendar in, say, November, but not touching it until January 1st of the new year.  Then I go through it, marking birthdays, doctor appointments made in the old year for the new year and using a fluorescent pink pen to mark the dates when I have to be somewhere.  At a glance, the pinked items pop out at you.  No excuses, Mabel.

The brick and board bookstores have always had a very good selection of calendar themes - not only dogs, but specific breeds of dogs!  Destinations - Paris, Tokyo - on and on.  You can pass ("waste" some say)  a half an hour poking through the selections on offer.

Some time ago, a movie came out called "Calendar Girls" about a village in England whose gardening club put out a calendar to raise money for medical treatments for a member's husband.  It became a sensation; the movie of the calendar (possible?) spawned  a play.  The ladies raked it in.

Richie who always pays attention when money is involved proposed that the South Bay Writers make a calendar of us!  The writers.  This is not a really good idea due largely to our ages and girth (yes, that was deliberate.)   I said, "Bless your heart" and turned my attention elsewhere.

Today is running Irish Farmer Calendars and they are delightfully whimsical.  This shot stands out in memory - an Irish farmer (their word; not mine) is on one knee in the middle of a rural road, fully clad, (note to the ladies - shirtless is as good as it gets.  Pity, too.  Some of them are quite fit looking.)  wearing a bright yellow-green vest, holding up a sign that reads "Stop" to assist a fat red hen picking it's way delicately across the road.

Proceeds from this 10 year long calendar event go to aid rural farmers.  Useful eye candy.  Rare in this old world.

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