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Green Room - Week 5 - Day 3

How is your Triskaidekaphobia doing today? Your Paraskevidekatriaphobia? Friggatriskaidekaphobia?

How is your Idoldeadlinephobia? Because that is coming up on Sunday. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/968050.html

If you still need some help and guidance, stop in the Work Room and our special guest Mentor will be glad to help you out!


It's funny - because I remember as a kid and well into my teens I *loved* Friday the 13th. It was my favorite day.

Then it stopped being anything at all.

At some point I realized that I had taken on the cultural "Oh no - bad luck!" without really *meaning it*. It was like it had just seeped into my head "that's what you say about it".

That's the danger of just letting these things slide passed you without thinking too hard about them. Even completely ridiculous things like having an opinion about a day of the year. Because "mainstream culture" has a way of just sliding in and making no sense whatsoever - and if you're not going to make any sense, it should be YOUR version of "not making sense"! :)


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Jan. 13th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
First! I got my idol entry done. Yay! Now to concentrate this entire long weekend on writing my 20 page term paper. Boooo.
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:52 pm (UTC)
Note the icon. Happy Black Kitty Awareness Day!
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:55 pm (UTC)
I have a show scheduled tonight to perform at SF Sketchfest, so I've been mentioning to people that it's on Friday the 13th, but I keep forgetting the fact that it's Friday AND the 13th until I link them together.

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to write something this week because I wasn't feeling the motivation, but somehow I managed to knock something out last night, so now I'm good. Though nervous about the content.
Jan. 13th, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
Still musing on the topic. Still have no clue where I'm going to go with it... although at least the ideas are beginning to flow.

I like Friday the 13th. Although, I personally have several memorable (and not all good or all bad) events/anniversaries that fall on the 13th, so that tends to make it more about that than the "ominousness" that is the Day.

Jan. 13th, 2017 04:53 pm (UTC)
The number thirteen is a lucky number for my family, so Friday the thirteenth is especially lucky. Very much doubt I can get out for a lottery ticket though.

Think I have an idea. Might be able to get the bones down today. That would be a good thing.
Jan. 13th, 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
I guess this whole Friday the 13th is related to the Last Supper with 13 at the table - but why isn't it Thursday the day that's considered unlucky, since that would have been the day of the Last Supper, Good Friday being the next day... unless you just wanted to do a mash-up?

I'm not a big believer in such issues. More recently, we've seen workers wrap a ton of tape around a ladder to a scaffolding on a sidewalk, making it IMPOSSIBLE to walk under said ladder. I think that's a bit of overkill.

Different people need different things to get through their days/lives. If it works for them, there's no point in criticizing it!
Jan. 13th, 2017 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm betting the wrap-the-ladder thing had more to do with liability insurance.
Jan. 13th, 2017 09:55 pm (UTC)
It's just another sign of the power of the Big Tape lobby.
Jan. 14th, 2017 08:13 am (UTC)
It wasn't even red tape!
Jan. 14th, 2017 08:11 am (UTC)
Eventually, it all comes back to money.
Jan. 13th, 2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
I read that there are 13 full moons in a year and that Friday was considered the Day of the Goddess so pagans, who celebrate full moons as sacred events, found Friday the 13th to be a day to celebrate. And then, as with many pagan celebrations, the best way the Christian's could help convert people to Christianity and drive them away from the pagan celebrations was to demonize everything the pagans celebrated. They tended to either say that pagan worship was evil and of the Devil or they'd kind of take over the symbols like bunnies at Easter which are a symbol of fertility and have nothing to do with Jesus at all.

Anyway so yeah Friday the 13th turned into an evil day and then an unlucky day. Weird. Having many pagan leanings myself, I like to look at Friday the 13th the way the pagans do - as a day of beauty and a symbol of the cycles of life.
Jan. 13th, 2017 10:37 pm (UTC)
One of the best things about a Friday the 13th is the deal you can get at most tattoo studios!

I'm still working on....three different approaches to this prompt. It's hanging me up because it's a (I read this on the internet so it must be true) misquote of a Saint Hilary sentiment...I'm trying to get to the heart of the intent of the line. Hmmmm....
Jan. 14th, 2017 06:34 am (UTC)
haha, funny you mention this I was looking for a deal today. Do you know the origin behind tattoo deals on Friday the 13th?
Jan. 14th, 2017 04:32 pm (UTC)
I don't! *grabs popcorn*
Jan. 15th, 2017 04:01 pm (UTC)
So did you find a deal? Most involve the number 13, eh? ;) I don't know the origin. It seems, to me, to be a moderately new-ish thing.
Jan. 14th, 2017 06:36 am (UTC)
Hi everyone I am celebrating insomnia with reruns of The OC with the biggest pillow ever.
Jan. 14th, 2017 04:20 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've really cared one way or another about the 13th. I may watch full moons with a bit of trepidation (although without any particular worry regarding lycanthropy), but the number means different things across different cultures. Now, if there were a "Friday the Giraffe," I'd be scared.

Actual moment of panic: when the NYE ball dropped in Times Square on December 31, 1999. Logically, I knew it wasn't a big deal (just a one number increment, and the millennium technically started in 2001), but I did have this moment of caught breath, as though I wasn't quite sure if the universe was going to continue to exist in 10 seconds ... 09 ... 08 ...
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