For the Love of Mike Day (Reprise -2007)

Today is offical For the Love of Mike Day. I’ve written about this before (click here or here to see), but I’m not anymore educated on the history or meaning of the day now than I was back then. However, that in no way should be regarded as an indication of my lack of respect for this deeply meaningful holiday.

That’s right. I called it a holiday.

My name is Mike. And for the love all things me, well, love me. Shower me with adoration. Tell me how great I am. Embarass me with false compliments propagating my bass playing skills. Regale me with stories about how I’ve positively influenced your life. Explain to me why you believe I might be the greatest, wittiest, and least-ugly non-good looking guy in the blogosphere.

Or you could just donate money to me. I’m fine either way.

And can someone please tell me why this day actually exists? And shouldn’t I get like a free taco or something today? Seems to me like this would be a good excuse for an Arby’s or a Tastee Freeze to have a For the Love Of Mike Day promotion. All Mike’s get a free sandwich at their local In-N-Out Burger.

Actually, and much more importantly, why are there no In-N-Out Burgers here in the midwest? I mean, for the love of Mike, they make a very good hamburger and we need at least one franchise here in Chicago.

Anyway, my name is Mike, and today is my day.

Holiday footwear and shrimp to boot.

Christmas is just days away.

For my Hannukah celebrating friends, of which there are many, I wish you a happy eight days.

Regardless of what we celebrate, and I’m going to avoid the whole topic of what’s polically correct or not, we all look forward to the holiday season. Whether it’s because we love to get gifts, give gifts, or just have time to be together with friends and family, it’s a fun time of year for most of us.

Personally, I enjoy the season for one reason: a lot more women wear skirts with those almost knee high leather boots. I just love those things. I’m not sure what it is about that look, but I’ve always been a fan.

I can’t help but wonder though, where do particular tastes for particular looks come from? Could this particular “fetish” have stemmed from being a fan of superhero shows as I went through puberty? Shows where female superheros (Batgirl, Wonder Woman) wore very little in the way of clothing but what they did wear included sexy heeled boots?

I think I blame Wonder Woman more than anything.

But regardless, the tall boots and skirt, that’s just a good look. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

What else do I love about the holiday season? Shrimp. Every year on Christmas Eve my family has gathered to celebrate and every year we have a shrimp tray laid out as an appetizer and every year that shrimp lasts about as long as free donuts in the work place. You’ve really got to get in there and stake a spot near the table lest Uncle Joe make a dent in the shrimp so big that the ocean will call to say that they’re running out of shrimp. If it’s not Uncle Joe, it’s Uncle John. Of course Aunt Barb and Aunt Gloria aren’t exactly inoccent bystanders in the shrimp attack either. But then again, there are cousins to look out for as well. Clare, though soft-spoken and stealthy in her approach, is probably the most dangerous, having learned from her big sister. But Dan and Matt are sophomores in college now, so they have no shame when it comes to hoarding food. What I should do is post the picture of Dan in his red holiday sweater vest. But since it’s the season for giving, I think I’ll spare him that embarrassment.

I do love the holidays. And as I get older I enjoy them more for the memories of Christmases past. Traditions change, as do the people who join the celebrations. But the thing that stays the same year after year is the enjoyment of the moment.

I’m particularly looking forward to the Christmas in Rockford this year because of the gift I bought for the grab bag. Of course, being as how my Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Tricia are regular readers here, I can’t give away exactly what the gift is. But rest assured, it’s fun. It’s not the sort of thing that anyone would actually buy for themselves, but it’s defintely something they’d all want. Whether they admit it or not.

Anyway, I just felt like sharing a couple of the things about Christmas that I enjoy. And you know what? Screw it, here’s the picture of my cousin Dan.

I Think It Was the Dandy Warhols Who Said, “Every Day Should Be A Holiday.”

It has just come to my attention that February 22 is official For The Love of Mike Day.

I’m not making this up.

Click here for a complete list of all the important holidays you’ll need to mark on your calendar.

But back to For The Love of Mike Day. I have no doubt that most of you are asking yourselves the same question I am right now.

“Mikey, how is that I never knew about this holiday, and how can I make up to you all the days I’ve missed giving you the recognition you deserve?”

Well, frankly, I’m not sure you can ever truly make it up to me. There’s 31 years worth of day long love that the world owes me. I’ll try to put together a schedule. It’ll be tough to squeeze everyone in, but check outside my cube in a couple days and I’ll post the whole schedule. If you’d like to switch timeslots with someone, just let me know and I’ll make something happen.

Even though I know that most of you are relieved to learn about my day, there might be a few of you out there who are questioning why it might be that I have my own day. Some of you might be saying to me right now, “Mikey, my name is Chad and I have dimples, why isn’t there a dimpled Chad day?”

Well, dimpled Chad, there is, in fact, a day dedicated to you. It just so happens that it falls on January 4. Of course, the day is supposed to be dedicated to chads left over from election day ballots, but I’m sure an exception can be made to include you as well.

Here are some more of my favorite days:

January 23 – Snow Plow Mailbox Hockey Day
February 20 – Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day
March 3 – What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
July 15 – Be A Dork Day
August 8 – Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbors Porch Day
Novemeber 8 – Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

One day they’ll give us the day off for Groundhog Day. I can feel it.