Oh, yes, March is holiday season

Mar 18, 2016 By Robert H. Peck, Staff Writer

I was out with some friends yesterday for St. Patrick's Day. It was a great time (though I can't say I'm a big fan of Scotch Eggs). Our revelries done, we went our separate ways, but with a long weekend ahead I'm looking to keep the festivities going.

If you didn't get a chance to let loose for Patrick, or if you're also pining for some more fun, please see the following series of more obscure holidays rounding out the month of March.

- March 20 marks Extraterrestrial Abductions Day in the U.S., although it seems like this holiday, if any, should transcend national boundaries. Be careful, though, because nearby aliens might decide to celebrate as well. Ironically, the 20th is also International Earth Day (separate, of course, from the Earth Day most of us are familiar with, which falls on April 22).

- National Chip and Dip Day comes this year on March 23. I've got a great guacamole recipe for you if you don't mind a little spice (OK a lot of spice). Otherwise, there's plenty of jarred stuff at the store. This is definitely one I'll be celebrating--as is its partner, Chocolate Covered Raisin Day, which comes the day after on March 24. I may even keep things going for Waffle Day, rounding out the series on the 25.

Man, that's going to be a great week.

- On March 26, get creative with Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. Don't worry. Silly as many of these are, I haven't decided to celebrate that one early. I could do a lot better than "Extraterrestrial Abductions Day" if I had.

- Get excited March 28 for National Something on a Stick Day. What should you put on a stick? It depends, but if you've got any batter of chocolate left from the raisins or the waffles, you're well on your way.

Your stick item doesn't have to be edible, I suppose, but I think it's probably in the spirit of things to make sure it is.

For added fun that day, watch the Coen Brothers move "O Brother Where Art Thou?" specifically for the scene in which Delmar, played by Tim Blake Nelson, offers George Clooney's character a freshly roasted rodent on a stick with ever-quotable line "Care for a gopher, Everett?"

- Smoke and Mirrors Day falls on March 29. Whoever created this holiday must have been worried about something disastrous being hidden. That person must have felt better, though, as March 30 follows up with "I am in Control Day." Way to grab life by the horns!

- March 30 also marks Take a Walk in the Park Day. Celebrating that one seems easy enough, so I urge you to get defiant. Walk by a river instead, or climb a tree. Don't give Walk in the Park Day what it wants so easily.

- March wraps up on the 31st with Bunsen Burner Day and National Clam on the Half Shell Day. I'm fine with the Bunsens, but I might give Clam Day a miss and go for a reprise of Waffle Day instead.

Happy holidays.

Editor's note: Riverton native Robert H. Peck is a graduate student in the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa.