That’s the official term for fear of Friday the 13th.
I’m not superstitious. I don’t believe that any day of the year takes precedence over any other day. Our Calendar is a made-up human concept…and as we know, it’s been “adjusted” and changed numerous times in the last millennia. Jan 1st is no different from Jan 2nd, or July 4th for that matter…if you remove humans from the equation. Seasons change, days grow longer or shorter, but to claim that one day has more significance than another, that’s just how humans organise their world.
And yet, today of all days, and to me, of all people, things seemed to go awry. A total SNAFU, more like.
Do a favour for a friend, go above and beyond the call of duty…and someone else shoots you down in flames. My job is done 75% of the time on my mobile device, so I have good reason to always be on my phone. And yet today, Friday the 13th of May 2016, as I’m babysitting 2 dog boarders in the yard, one of the kennel hands in the next yard looks over and chews me up and spits me out for being on my mobile device, saying I should be playing with the dogs, not playing on my phone! I replied that I had social media posts to write and send out, and I was actually doing my work, and by babysitting the 2 dog boarders I was actually doing her, the kennel hand, a favour. I was only trying to help, out of the goodness of my heart. I knew they were short-staffed and running ragged this week…which is why I agreed to help babysit boarders in the yard while the kennel hands walked other dogs or cleaned their kennels. Which is why I agreed to help give a customer’s 2 dogs a hydrobath…even though that’s not in my job description.
I’m thinking…Next time I’ll just sit in my office instead, and watch them struggle with being short-staffed. But that’s just not the way I am.
Then, while I’m out with the 2 dogs, my walkie talkie goes…and it’s one of the Office Staff wanting me to take a photo of a dog getting adopted. Which, of course I have to disappoint her with my reply, as I’m stuck in the yard with the 2 dogs.
Later, as I’m trying to eat some lunch, I’m told to watch out for 2 more dog adoptions coming through, and to take their photos. So, I’m hanging about the lunch area waiting for these dogs to appear with their new owners, when the same Office Staff member radios me again, demanding to know where I was and could I please make sure I was on standby right away. Hello? I’m standing 5 metres away from the exit gate already.
Post this, don’t post that. Put this photo up. No, take it down right away. Repost that. Reschedule these. No, that photo looks bad. Use this one, instead. No, I didn’t ask you to repost that. I never said that, SHE did. Why did you do that? Why didn’t you do that? Send me some photos. Send me some more photos. No, not these, I want those. Come here. Go there.
And All.Night.Long too…
Boy, am I glad this day’s nearly over.
The next Friday the 13th is in January 2016.
I think I’ll take that day off. I really don’t need this kind of s%=÷.
So much for going to bed early.