April E. Clark
April in Glenwood

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February 25, 2014
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Oh, what a day!

Last Saturday was National Margarita Day, so my friends and I decided to celebrate. I contemplated an “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” tattoo.

I opted for the drink instead.

My research hasn’t revealed exactly why Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day. I’m thinking maybe because winter is still lingering around this time. It’s the warm-up for spring break. People start thinking about sun-baked beaches and fruity boat drinks. Jimmy Buffett’s Parrotheads begin to come out of hibernation.

I hear they are extremely thirsty.

I did discover there is much folklore behind the invention of the margarita. One person hasn’t been officially named the inventor of the tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime (or lemon) cocktail, but many of the possible margarita origins date back to bars and clubs in the 1930s and ’40s. One story says the drink may have been invented for a Texas socialite named Margarita Sames at a holiday party and caught the eye of hotelier Tommy Hilton in 1948. Some say the margarita has been around much longer, with origins in Tijuana.

There has to be a good story behind that story.

By no means am I complaining that Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day. I’m always up for a party.

Unless it’s the day after National Margarita Day.

These days, there is a day for everything imaginable. A quick Internet search also names Feb. 22 as National Banana Bread Day. Lord knows I love a loaf of banana bread, especially when my mom makes it with zucchini and chocolate. I wonder if there’s a National Chocolate Zucchini-Banana Bread Day.

Because there should be.

According to the website daysoftheyear.com, the day after National Margarita Day is Curling is Cool Day. I couldn’t agree more. Admittedly, curling is a bit of a mystery to me. I watched it in the Olympics. I was in awe of the curling teams’ abilities to make that granite stone move so strategically across the ice.

I mostly enjoyed all the yelling.

The day after Curling is Cool Day is Tortilla Chip Day, which I most certainly appreciate because I love the heck out of chips and salsa at home and at my favorite Mexican restaurants. In celebration this week, I enjoyed some tortilla chips with melted cheese on the snack’s big day.

Everything is better with cheese, am I right?

I was also thrilled to discover the day after Tortilla Chip Day is Clam Chowder Day. That’s another culinary favorite that’s worthy of a clambake-type party on a beach somewhere.

Elvis was really onto something.

For namesakes’ purposes, today is one of the greatest of all the celebrated days of the year. It’s For Pete’s Sake Day. Knowing a few Petes out there in the world, who are really nice guys, I especially like this one.

Pete, you know who you are.

Daysoftheyear.com says For Pete’s Sake Day is singled out for a 24-hour period when offensive words or phrases are substituted for less offensive alternatives. They mention St. Peter as the reason behind the phrase. Basically when we want to swear like in an episode of Jerry Springer we do the saintly thing and say “For Pete’s sake” instead.

To that I say, “Oh, for Pete’s sake.”

The day after For Pete’s Sake Day is Chili Day, which is equally as exciting to me. I may love banana bread, but I’m a freak about chili — the hotter the better — and I think it is most deserving of a day of festivities. I hope firehouses across the country unite in brother- and sisterhood by cooking up giant batches of three-alarm chili. I will be making my famous crock-pot chili that has been known to make people sweat. And to the dismay of most people who aren’t Hoosiers, I will be adding spaghetti noodles to my batch of chili on Chili Day.

I might even pair it with a margarita.

— April E. Clark can’t wait for Fill Our Staplers Day on March 10. She can be reached at aprilelizabethclark@gmail.com.

For namesakes’ purposes, today is one of the greatest of all the celebrated days of the year. It’s For Pete’s Sake Day. Knowing a few Petes out there in the world, who are really nice guys, I especially like this one.


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