So Friday 13th rolls around again.  So what, I say.  Not to put too fine a point on it, superstition about Friday 13th is rubbish pure and simple.

This superstition rises from many sources.  One suggests that it derives from the Last Supper or a Norse Myth that if 13 people are seated at a dinner table, this will result in the death of one of the diners.

What poppycock.

Same with walking under a ladder or crossing the path of a black cat.  I have done both innumerable times.  No bad luck.  No nothing.

Why do these ridiculous superstitions have such a hold on so many people?  Are we all that credulous.

On this Friday 13th I am looking forward to as lucky a day as any nmother – maybe more so.  I plan to finish this posting, then Catharine and I are going to the  Margaret Thatcher film which opens today in Montreal.    Then a nice brunch and the rest of the day for reading.

Who has time to spend energy on superstition?  It’s a racket.

Does Friday the 13th bother you?

What do you say?


  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Neil asks:

    “Does Friday the 13th bother you?”

    It better not; it’s my birthday today.

    I’m 57 and by my crude calculations, I’ve had seven Friday the 13th birthdays in my lifetime and I can’t remember having an unlucky day amongst them.

  2. 2
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    happy birthday Toni, I hope that you have a good day.

  3. 3

    I am not superstitious except I do believe “what goes around comes around”- I suppose that is a form of superstition.

    Happy Birthday Tony! You are just a “young whippersnapper”.
    Mine is on the 18th. #69! I don’t make plans because the weather doesn’t cooperate.
    Now, if you lived here, your plans wouldn’t be panning out so well. There is a snow storm. Yesterday & today-the 1st significant snowfalls for the season.

  4. 4
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Thanks to all for the birthday wishes, although I wouldn’t have mentioned it except within the context of Neil’s discussion. Indeed, I haven’t really celebrated my birthday since turning forty. Something to do with the fact that, inside, I still feel like an immature 16 year-old and can’t understand the discoonect between how I feel and my chronological age…a sort of reverse Dorian Grey.

  5. 5
    graham nurhal Says:

    I agree with Neil that Friday the 13th is no different from any other day-why should it be?

  6. 6
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Happy birthday, Tony. Glad you mentioned it. You are a paid-up member of our merry band of bloggers.

  7. 7

    I can relate to Tony’s description of the disconnect between how we feel and our age. I thought that I was forever 18, and quite shocked when I would catch a glimpse of the reflection of “that old lady” in a store window as I walked by. 🙂
    I’ve started to feel differently since age 55 and also grateful for every single day.

  8. 8

    PS: Neil refers to Tony as “a Paid up member”.
    Tony, Neil pulled a “Sneaky Peeky” on you…none of us p a y!

  9. 9
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Anyone who comments regularly is a paid up member of this blog.

  10. 10


    I paid three thousand dollars dues!

  11. 11
    Jim Says:

    Tony – Happy Heinz Day. The worst is yet to come. You just have to look at Neil to see what I mean. Sometimes Friday the 13th was a luckey day by way of the baker selling us a baker’s dozen.
    Littlepatti – My computer will be in for repairs when the 18th rolls around. So have a happy 69 when it rolls around. – Jim

  12. 12

    Many thanks, Jim. We’ll look forward to your reappearance.
    Tony: “Too soon old, too late smart”. I’m sure Neil will give you a refund, old fella!

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