Sometimes our technology empowers us with more confidence than we should have. Having made a recent purchase of a new wall calendar, I was reminded of an event of two years ago when a dear friend with terrific computer graphic skills produced a limit edition of calendars. They were absolutely beautiful and tastefully done. I bought one from her and proudly displayed it in my kitchen.
I use my calendar to keep track of all sorts of stuff. I don’t use my computers for anything like times and dates. I broke my Palm Pilot years ago and never replaced it. If I need to do something it gets written on calendar in the kitchen. That is my main memory and I rely on it.
So I hang my friend’s calendar in the honored position, and I use it the way I’ve used all preceding calendars, and it is reliable, but it all fell apart in June. I was invited to a party for Love Anon's husbands birthday on I believe June 22nd. I looked it up and yes there was indeed a Sunday, June 22nd just sitting there ready for marking.
As you can well gather, I am not one who normally goes to parties, but I try to never miss a Love Anon party. On the third Sunday in June I drive out to Svensen, and find a few people surprised to see me. I had missed the party by one day. I couldn’t figure what could have possibly happened. I’m not normally a date flake.
When I got home I took a closer look at the calendar and saw that there was a Saturday the 22nd and a Sunday the 22nd. She had two 22nds. The Sunday was the one that caught my eye first so that’s where I wrote the party down.
I called my calendar friend and told her the problem I had, and she was already aware of it. The calendar was off by one day for the rest of the year. I had to do the unthinkable. I switched calendars in mid year.
My dear poor friend made new calendars the next year and gave each person with a faulty previous year calendar a new one. I tried to comfort her by suggesting new themes for future years, but I think she has totally left that business behind.
One theme she considered (and it was her idea) was Historic Criminals of Astoria. Now that’s a calendar worth buying. Another idea is to create calendars that are totally messed up so one can use them to avoid just about anything and blame it on the calendar.