It’s 11-11-11. People are making a fuss over it and I don’t get it. 11-11-11. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another ordinary day. I mentioned this to a friend today while in line at Dunkin Donuts. A man, a complete stranger, inserted himself into our conversation by exclaiming, “Well! It is a big deal. There will never be another 11-11-11.”
I said nothing…just stood there… incredulous…staring at him. Did he really say there would never be another 11-11-11? He paid for his coffee and smugly sauntered out the door with a self-satisfied grin on his face. Ha! He must have been thinking I told her!
The thing is, there will never be another 11-10-11 either, nor another 11-12-11, nor, for that matter, another 3-10-62 (that’s my birthday…in case you’re wondering), but you don’t see people making a big deal about those days. Days (and dates) come and go and 11-11-11 is no different. It’s just another ordinary day.
I’ll give you this much. 11-11-11 would make a cool birthday and an even cooler wedding day. Talk about leaving your husband with no excuse to forget anniversaries! Speaking of anniversaries, I forgot mine this year. It’s not what you think. I missed the one-year anniversary of the launching of Just Another Ordinary Day, a personal blog that was supposed to catapult me into the cast of Dancing with the Stars.
September 22, 2010
I am addicted to Dancing with the Stars. And for reasons I can’t explain, I really want to be a contestant on this show. I know what you’re thinking, “this woman hasn’t got a chance…she’s not a star, she’s just an ordinary person.” It’s true. I am quite precisely just an ordinary person. I have an ordinary life, which I live each day in an extremely ordinary way. I’ve never walked on the moon, won Olympic gold, or starred in a blockbuster movie. I’ve never headlined the cast of a Broadway play, hosted a talk show, and I am not the daughter, mother, wife (or even ex-wife) of somebody famous. I’m not an aging entertainer, a has-been, nor a wannabe. In fact, I simply am an ordinary person. So I will write about my ordinary experiences. I will share my ordinary thoughts, and make ordinary observations. Maybe, just maybe, some ABC executive will happen upon my blog, find it interesting, and think to himself, “Hmmm. Having an ordinary person on the show might be good for ratings.” In which case, this ordinary woman just might be given the very extraordinary chance to dance among the stars.
A lot of stuff has happened since I launched Just Another Ordinary Day. I meant to celebrate it all too, but…well…I forgot. I didn’t even realize it till it was too late. 10-22-11 came and went and there will never be another one.
What the heck. From this day forward I claim today, 11-11-11, as the day to commemorate the launching of Just Another Ordinary Day. Happy Anniversary to me…
Antoinette Datoc launched Just Another Ordinary Day on September 22, 2010. To date she has posted 144 humorous columns, accumulating nearly 200 subscribers. To subscribe please visit Just Another Ordinary Day and click on email subscription just under the archives on the right side of the home page.
Antoinette is still waiting for an invitation to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars.