Leap Year

Leap Year…one of those non-holiday special days that no one really seems to know what to do about it.  That includes this blog person.  I just know – as a lover of birthdays – how much it would suck if my birthday was February 29.  Considering I was born during a leap year, I’m surprised I don’t actually know anyone with that birthdate.  My husband could have fallen victim to it if he was born about 3 weeks later.  I suppose you’d get a big celebration every four years when your actual birthday rolls around, but what do you do the rest of the time?  Celebrate on February 28?  March 1?  The first 6 hours of March 1 since the extra day is to account for the extra quarter of a day it takes Earth to make its path around the sun?  And is it an exact 6 hours or has some scientist figured out that we’re going to need to add in another extra day 343 years later in order to account for the Earth really taking 365 days, 6 hours and 7 minutes to make one complete lap?  What if the Earth speeds up or gets lazy?  You see, this is why I had to switch from being an engineering major in college.  There would have been that whole mess with physics.  There was a time I would have actually attempted to calaculate that kind of nonsense.   No one cares about leap year.  Unless you’re Hollywood and need to come up with some gimmicky movie like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etm4VMLrSnc&feature=player_detailpage

Of course I’d love to check this movie out, if only because I adore Amy Adams and would like to add a few non-animated, non-special-effects-laden overblown budget flicks to my movie resume.  Happy Leap Year!

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9 Responses to Leap Year

  1. hairygrim says:

    One of my fathers friends had the exact problem. He decided to celebrated alternately, one year february 28th, the next March 1st.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    That girl in the movie trailer looks familiar. Where might I have seen her?

    I think it would be horrid for a small child to deal with a Feb. 29 b-day … just one more thing for other people to tease you about.

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      You’re right. That would be tough for a little kid. And speaking of little kids…you must have taken someone to see “The Muppet Movie” (the new one) or possibly “Enchanted”. Amy Adams seems to have cornered the market for sweet, innocent and naive heroines who get a rude awakening. Even if you consider her small role in “Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby”, she still plays that same kind of character. I adore her much like Anne Hathaway (the “Princess Diaries” and “Devil Wears Prada” girl.)

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  3. I was afraid my first son would be a Leap-Year baby, since he was due on the 14th and everyone said that first babies are late…yeah, right…he was born on the 6th.But let me assure you being born on Feb.29th would not have been the worst thing that could have happened to him. My mother-in-law was a bit of a religious nut and when she heard of the due date, well, can you guess what she really wanted us to name him? Valentine….Valentine Skube…child abuse, pure and simple!
    (We named him Anthony).

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      Well your first son shares a birthday with my hubby! (And Ronald Reagan….yeah, I’m just a fountain of useless knowledge) Yes, Valentine would be a name likely to get you daily butt-kickings in the schoolyard. I’m sure Anthony appreciates that too. 🙂

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  4. My cousin is a leap day baby. He has a super big party every four years.

    Yes, the Amy Adams movie is great! The hero is quite swoon-worthy. I saw it because I like her, but I fell for him, too!

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    • Micki Gibson says:

      Now I definitely HAVE to watch that movie. Plus she goes to Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so it’s definitely a great Feb/March sounding movie. 🙂

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