The Curmudgeonly Professor is a great fan of Page-a-Day Calendars. However, he is not certain that there are actually 365 days or pages in the calendars since the calendar company fudges each weekend and crams Saturdays and Sundays onto one page. I haven't counted the pages but I would think I would need to deduct 52 pages for each calendar which comes to 313 pages a day. So if they claim they have 365 French words, or 365 Spanish words, do they have two words per day? on some days? I need to check this out.
My wife is not thrilled with my passion for Page-a-Day calendars. We already have five lined up on the kitchen counter where we eat. We have a flower-a-day, a New Yorker cover a-day, an inspirational quote-a-day, a Mary Engelbreit cutesy little kid one a-day, and 365 Spanish words. Plus, I have two Page-a-Days in my bedroom. One of them is on February 11 2011 (1000 Places to See Before You Die), and the other one has 365 Movies to see, dated February 13 2011. The movie I am supposed to see today is the Graduate and the place I am supposed to see is the Lesser Antilles. I change these two calendars by a couple of days each year when I return to St. George so I assume they will last long after I have departed.
Now for the bonanza I have received today right on my doorstep. Here they are:
- 389 Senior Moments for 2015. Well I certainly need 389 Senior Moments.
- 365 Bible Verses a Year for 2015. Will save me reading the Bible.
- 365 New Words a Year. I can certainly benefit from expanding my limited vocabulary.
- the Book Lover's Calendar for 2015. A year's worth of great authors, great books, and great reading.
- 365 French Words a Year. I can certainly use this one. I had to have a reading knowledge of both French and German to get my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. I learned French the best I could commuting from Falls Church VA to downtown DC to the U.S. Treasury Dept. where I was a fiscal economist, sort of. French was kind of like misspelled English and I managed to pass that reading test. I'll tell you more about German another day. I did pass it. On the sixth and last allowable try. By 1/6 of a point! The Germans just string words out forever and you have to read stuff backward. Or something like that. They didn't have a 365 German word calendar.
- 1000 Places to See Before you Die. I'll be lucky if I can get to Albertson's grocery and the Dairy Queen a couple of times.
- 365 Meditations and Reflections for 2015 for Women Who Do Too Much. I got this one for my wife. Living with me, she definitely needs some meditation and reflection. I asked her this morning if she wanted to know what was wrong with me today. She said, "No, not today." The conversation, apparently, was over at that definitive point. But she can now meditate and reflect.
The thing about these calendars, dear reader, is that by April 15 they are cheap, cheap, cheap. I expected my wife to have a fit when she saw the stack of calendars. When she has a fit, she rolls her eyes. All she did was merely to say "I see you have a batch more of calendars. Where are you going to put them?" I was disappointed. I thought she would be ticked off when she saw them. But no. Hardly worth buying them.
But now I can expand my knowledge. For 15 years, the Hispanic produce seller I have purchased fruit and produce from has greeted me with "Hi". Last year he greeted me with "Hola." So I realized I needed to upgrade my Spanish beyond counting to five, undele, or however you spell hurry up, and hola. One of my granddaughters just returned from a Spanish speaking LDS mission speaking fluent Spanish and is already off to Spain for study abroad so I realize I need to learn more Spanish to converse with her. I will keep you all posted on my acquisitions of new light and knowledge and foreign terms I can throw around and impress you with. I'll bet none of you will learn as much new stuff as I learn this year with my wonderful Page-a-Day Calendars. Now, where in the heck can I line them up so I can look at them?