I've always thought it'd be groovy for the extra day for a leap year
to be in March
instead of February. There are a few reasons -- firstly, because February is already unique in being the shortest month, and adding a day to it simply makes it slightly less so, closer to being a normal month (just one short of the thirty days which a bunch of months are already at). But to make one month of the year a 32 day month, divisible into four even stretches of eight, now that
would be something else. And, local geographic anomalies aside the borderline between March and April usually heralds a beautiful Spring
month (a beautiful Autumn
month down under
). And, lastly, since March 32 would fall one day before April 1
, amusing confusion would reign o'er those who'd forgotten the extra day; the holiday mentality of April 1 would be pushed backwards to cover the preceding day, and it would simply be twice the laughs.
I had a most interesting experience today. Went on some errands with a friend. One stop my friend made was to go to confession
(as in, in a booth, in a church
, with a priest
). Thing is, my friend is a very
, and indeed is fairly committedly nonreligious. So why go to confession? Her explanation was that it's free and therapeutic. Turns out it feels good to have a complete stranger listen to you recount the things you've done which you feel guilty about, and to then be told you're eligible to be absolved
of them -- even if you don't especially believe in the particular means of absolution offered. I asked another priest about this going on, and he acknowledged that, yes, the church was aware that some proportion of confessions are done by non-Catholics (or non-believing "Catholics"), whether on a lark, or to see what it's like, or for the aforementioned feel-good goal. But, he continued, the church is fine with this, because whatever reason people come in might bring them "back to the Church."
In other news....
My Iron-noder auditing journey "March"-es on:
-- on page 22 out of 36
(I've gone through four more pages-- but Tem added a page-- damn, son!!)
-- on page 21 out of 39
I have in some points passed joked that this was a slog; in truth, not so, for it is very much a delight to tour the many thoughts and bits of knowledge on display in these nodes.