As you are aware of by now (hopefully) we have embarked upon the year 2013 AD and I am quite worried. First off, I am a little concerned that for the next 12 months, we will be putting “13” at the end of dates as in 1/2/13. This can’t be considered very lucky. They don’t put 13th floors in hotels because of bad mojo and I don’t think we should celebrate a year with 13 because nothing good will happen. How do I know this? Let’s look at history.

One hundred years ago in 1913, the temperature in Death Valley, California reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit, still the highest recorded temperature in the world. When a glimpse of hell comes topside like this, you have to worry. Two other big events that took place in 1913 are the creation of the national income tax and the Federal Reserve Bank. Break out the candles and let’s celebrate. But wait, there’s more. Both Richard Nixon and Jimmy Hoffa were born in 1913.

A year ending in the number 13 does not bode well for the rest of us and I don’t know what to do. If I continue to write “13” on checks and correspondence, it will just reinforce the negative vibe of the number. The only idea I have come up with so far is to write the date as 1/2/12+1 but you know how people hate to do math.

If you have a better idea of how to cope with the flood of “13”s we will see this year, please let me know. Now I’m toying with the idea of showing my dates as 1/2/Fillmore, since Millard Fillmore was our 13th president, therefore the 13 would be implied. i could also write the date as 1/2/Millard would just look silly.

Obviously I need help. What’s your idea?

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