March 13, 2023
🥱 Feeling drowsy? The antidote you seek is within...
HAPPY NATIONAL NAPPING DAY!
Here's a PSA for all the people who whine about the clocks moving forward because they're "losing" an hour of sleep: stop fighting common sense and get with the program!
Daylight Saving Time is the one true way to live. Elected officials come and go; if anything is going to motivate me to move out of my birth country, it will be a change to make Standard Time permanent year-round.
Besides, you know what's even better than an "extra" hour of sleep tacked on to your regular sleep schedule? A good, wholesome midday nap!
I took one yesterday afternoon around 4:30PM, woke up around 6PM, and was delighted to discover it was still sunny out! It is a wondrous thing, bidding adieu to my Seasonal Affective Disorder. I look forward to aggressively photosynthesizing these next six months.
Naps are (sadly) not a daily occurrence in my life and are primarily a weekend delight, but truly — to paraphrase the bard, naps are so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
Save Ferris...a seat at the dinner table. He's busy getting 20 winks.
GIF via Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Today is also National Coconut Torte Day. If anything is going to knock me out for a spell, it's a slice of that heavenly creamy, jammy, nutty confection. *chef's kiss*
Here are some additional birthdays and historical events of note from March 13ths of yore to impress people with as they grumble about their failure to get to bed on time last night:
• On this day in 1697 Nojpetén, capital of the last independent Maya kingdom, fell to Spanish conquistadors. This was the final step in imperial Spain's conquest of Guatemala and parts of Belize inhabited by the Itza people.
• While we're on the topic of cultural subjugation, it was on this day in 1862 that the Act Prohibiting the Return of Slaves was passed by the US Congress. This act effectively annulled the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.
• On this day in 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus. What a creep!
• On this day in 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency. It was a Thursday, and I had to send a very distressed email to you the following day freaking out about how Boredwalk may be dunzo. We survived, but I think we can all agree it's been a very long, strange trip since then!
• Birthdays: Author and "religious" con artist L. Ron Hubbard (1911), jazz drummer/composer Roy Haynes (1925), actor William H. Macy (1950), U2 bassist Adam Clayton (1960), actress Annabeth Gish (1971), rapper/actor Common (1972), and MLB pitcher Johan Santana (1979)
• Pour one out for: Breonna Taylor, who was brutally murdered by police officers that forcibly entered her home in Louisville, Kentucky on this day in 2020 (March 13th 2020 was not exactly a banner day in US history), activist Susan B. Anthony (1906), lawyer & activist Clarence Darrow (1938), and businessman Robert C. Baker (2006), who gave us the chicken nugget.
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We'll be back here in your inbox on Wednesday with some more random holidays to observe, historical tidbits to acknowledge, and fun links to entertaining content! Until next time...
Peace, love, and naps,
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