Jerame thought I should post on this. It didn't really matter to me. Since it's already spurred some discussion around the old homestead, I thought I'd compromise with Jerame on the post.
It's leap year. Today is Feb 29. Big deal.
Yes, it only comes around once every four years. So do Governor's races and I'm not usually celebrating those either. I think there's a locust that's on a four year cycle too.
After all, what's the celebration for? A band-aid.
When we adopted our calendar a while back, there was some sort of cosmic screwup. Not everything measured out properly, so we ended up with an extra day stuck in every four years.
Do scientists not have someone out there who can actually fix this problem instead of just stuffing a book under our measurement of time's table leg? Do all the engineers work for Microsoft now and have fallen into the "just patch it" mentality?
"But what if your birthday was the 29th?" Jerame counters.
"I'd pick a new birthday," I said. "There's always Feb 28th or March 1st."
Apparently though, that messes up your karmic mojo and makes filling out those free astrological reports online absolutely impossible. Claiming midnight on Feb 28th just isn't good enough.
Of course, that would just be a band-aid too.
Apparently while I'd just call myself pragmatic, some think I'm the Grinch That Stole Leap Year. Next thing you know, we'll want to have leap seconds and think of many damn gifts and cards that'll require.