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Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 4:06 pm | Updated: 4:18 pm, Wed Feb 2, 2011.

"February is pitiless, and it is boring. That parade of red numerals on its page adds up to zero: birthdays of politicians, a holiday reserved for rodents, what kind of celebrations are those? The only bubble in the flat champagne of February is Valentine's Day. It was no accident that our ancestors pinned Valentine's Day on February's shirt: he or she lucky enough to have a lover in frigid, antsy February has cause for celebration, indeed." - Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume.

I agree. February is my least favorite month. The excess of the holidays has worn off. The excitement of a new year has worn off; resolutions have been forgotten; I even bore my own self in February. Now we're just back to business as usual. And it's cold. Even in California. I'd never last in one of the storm-riddled states. Luckily, the month is short and we can move right through it with but a shiver.

A friend of mine from Canada calls February the "suicide month." I don't know if that's a Canadian saying, or just her opinion. I learned that February is "Suicide Prevention Month" - so maybe there's a connection.

Currently, the only things keeping me focused on the positive are:

1. My brother's birthday is coming up so there will be a fun family gathering.

2. Valentine's day is coming up (although my husband and I are beyond the point of making grand gestures . . . it's just nice to have a Valentine).

3. I'm catching up on some reading . . . (snore!).

4. Steven Tyler is on American Idol so I can start watching it again.

Steven Tyler makes me laugh. Whether he's falling off a stage or getting bleeped on American Idol for saying weird stuff, he stands the test of time in my book. I'm not a fan of most reality shows. I don't care about a rich, spoiled bachelor who needs national television to find love; Housewives of any city don't hold my interest; I absolutely don't care about the lives of a bunch of libidinous nitwits on the Jersey Shore. (I lived at the beach with some friends when I was in my twenties and you couldn't pay me enough money in the world to have a camera follow me around. I'd probably be in jail, it was the '70s after all . . .)

I do, however, like the reality shows that involve music. It's not rocket science, but it's fun to hear people digging deep and putting on their best voice. And almost as much as the competition, I love the tryouts. The show's been on the air so long that they're getting really good at editing the funny stuff and showcasing some of the wackier hopefuls. Clearly, some people are just looking for their 15 minutes and know they suck. And some are looking for fame and don't know they suck. And, of course, those are the funniest ones to watch. It's like a train wreck . . . I just can't look away.

And, bless his heart, Steven Tyler simply cannot bring himself to be mean or rude to any of these people. He even chastised Randy Jackson quietly saying "Don't be mean to him!" after somebody sang horribly. It's a refreshing change from Simon Cowell, who I actually liked for awhile, but the insults got old.

So, that's it. A few things make February an acceptable, if not extraordinary month. I think as long as we don't expect much from February, we won't be disappointed. Just push me through to March when we can start thinking about spring and summer. I seem to have more to say during those months.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:04 am on Fri, Feb 4, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    12 is my favorite number.... there are 12 bottles in a 2 pack od squirt.... it is the last year before the dreaded teen years... there are 12 eggs in a box.... and best of all there are 12 months in a year in which February is one of them... So for me... I love February... it is part of my lucky number.

  • Jim Anger posted at 9:14 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011.

    Jim Anger Posts: 89

    So! You think February is BORING, eh? Well little missy to quote Steven Tyler, "Walk this way"...
    Did you know that February is:
    National Lettuce Canning Month in Nova Scotia?
    Intestinal Worm Purge Month in Chad?
    In Cleveland they celebrate February by...pretending its another month (Goncubrary).
    February is renown for having the MOST births of kids with the name "Clarence" than any other month. Except November, August, May and April!
    February is "Powdered Milk Month", "Dreaming of a Better Month" and "Nostril Health Improvement Month" In parts of Duluth, Pueblo, and Mexicali.
    Steven Tyler's cousin Doug ate a nasty Pastry Streudel in February!! and...VERY important; February brags the lowest toxic lake algae growth in the Netherlands! (as well as in 48 of the 53 states in the U.S.!!)
    So, before you go puttin' down February, do a little research! This month is packed with festive ritual and culture. If it wasn't, why would Vaseline declare February to be chapped, chafed, itchy, crackly skin month! HUH???

  • Mike Govette posted at 5:00 pm on Wed, Feb 2, 2011.

    Mike Govette Posts: 25

    February holds not only MY birthday but my wife's birthday as well!
    We get to curl up in front of the fireplace all month, read and snooze.
    And the Super Bowl, traditionally held on the last Sunday of January,
    will fall on the first Sunday in February this year, next year, the following year,
    and...I see a pattern. Hey, Aquarii rule!
    So lighten up on my month, man!

  • Brandi Poole posted at 4:43 pm on Wed, Feb 2, 2011.

    Brandi Poole Posts: 79

    I don't really hate February. By the time I notice it, it's gone. There is usually nothing memorable about it. I love Stephen Tyler, but I don't watch A.I.
    What is gonna be cool, is that I am going to my bestie's house this weekend. I just love the time spent with her. I am also going to visit family, usually fun. I get to sneak in a visit with my daughter, always great!
    So maybe, my warmth this month will come from people well loved. Awesome!


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