So January is finally behind us!
And as the butler here in this billionaire's world, all I can say is "Thank God"!
But with February, of course, comes the onset of deep winter in North America, and the restriction of most of our favorite outdoor activities.
At the same time, many of us are still dealing with post-holiday blues. And some of us are struggling with new year's resolutions made -- and already broken! Ha!
So unless you're a serious winter sports enthusiast, February is not the most fun month on the calendar, is it?
On the other hand -- this is the last really-harsh month until we can look forward to spring. Right? And it's usually just twenty-eight days of misery!
But this is leap year! Dear God! So we've got one more miserable day this month to deal with!
This whole business about our calendar needing a leap year is so annoying I can't even think straight!
I guess we have Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory to thank for the Gregorian Calendar that many of us follow in this world.
But Gregory realized that if some correction wasn't made in Julius' calendar (by adding an extra day to February once every four years), that Christian holidays such as Christmas Day and Easter Sunday (based upon lunar events) would eventually collide into the same month!
Now what kind of mess would that be? Ha! (I'm sure Gregory was thinking "How the heck can you hunt Easter eggs in the snow?" omg!)
I've seriously researched whether ancient Egyptians or the Persian King Xerxes or the Mayans had better calendars. But apparently not. They're all off by seconds or hours, that require correction.
And while I'm complaining about one extra day every four years -- some of the lunar calendars (as Gregory realized) require a full month for correction! What?
Can you imagine having to wait thirteen months instead of twelve to get your income tax refund! Not to mention having to pay an extra month's rent during the year! Ha! No way! Lunar calendars suck really bad!
So in the absence of something better, I guess it's preferable to accept this clumsy calendar we follow now -- and hope that someone more brilliant in the future will finally get this all straightened out!
In the meantime, when it's our time to get to heaven, we can only hope they won't say something rude like -- "What's up dude? You're a day early!"
Sorry for the craziness tonight -- but I'm really not happy about one extra day of winter misery this month!
But I must admit I do appreciate the Vatican's effort in preventing us from having to hide Easter eggs underneath our Christmas trees! Ha!