Venom and Good Cheer

There’s a lot to be angry about today. Rage courses through my veins in place of blood. But if I let that venomous fluid take hold, the day and the world will lay in ruins in a matter of hours.

So, instead, I’ll celebrate. Today, the first Friday in June, is National Doughnut Day. This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The trick to celebrating National Doughnut Day is eating a (or several) doughnut(s). Inasmuch as my favorite wife is usually not inclined to indulge in doughnuts, I suspect I’ll be unable to celebrate with an actual doughnut. But for anyone who wishes to celebrate on my behalf, please have a doughnut in my name.  Through my extensive contacts with doughnut aficionados throughout the land, I have learned that participating Krispy Kreme locations will give away one free doughnut today, no purchase necessary. And Dunkin Donuts will give away a free classic doughnut with the purchase of a drink, while supplies last. From 5:00 a.m. until noon, Shipley Do-Nuts will offer a free glazed doughnut to guests who buy something else. I have no idea whether any of these shops have locations in or near Hot Springs, but if they do, I expect they will be crowded with people seeking free food.

Inasmuch as it’s unlikely I’ll have a doughnut today, I’ll also celebrate the number sixty-three. Sixty-three has a long and storied past, littered with glorious successes and deeply depressing failures. Despite that ragged history of ups and downs, sixty-three has maintained its stiff upper lip, neither overly prideful in its accomplishments nor depressed and pessimistic in its failures. Sixty-three is the model of stability, never wavering even a little. You’ll never find sixty-three behaving as sixty-two or sixty-four; sixty-three is steadfast in its numeric station. Let’s all celebrate sixty-three and raise our cups of coffee in heartfelt admiration!

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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