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Blue Monday

We have houseguests at the Casa, a tiny chihuahua named Leia and a huge walking hormone storm, a redbone hound named Wookie. More on their story later, but the point is that things are busy at the Casa and a post wasn’t forthcoming today. Then dad noticed today was “Blue Monday”, and between that and the political rants last night on the Golden Globe “awards”, I just had to counteract all this negativity.

What is Blue Monday?

It is calculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula. The factors are: the weather, debt level (specifically, the difference between debt and our ability to pay), the amount of time since Christmas, and how quickly we quit going to the gym in favor of going through the drive-through at McNasty’s.

It was originally conceived by a PR company but has now become an annual event.

Really? Something designed to create a sense of doom created by a PR firm? Who is NOT surprised? And what was the name of this firm Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe? Anyway, moving on…

When is Blue Monday?

The date is generally reported as falling on the third Monday in January, but can also on the second or fourth Monday, or even the Monday of the last week of January, or basically anywhere “they” need to place a holiday for a story. And too bad if it happens to fall on your birthday or anniversary.

Really? A holiday to commemorate depression? If anyone has a right to dwell on their horrible beginnings, it’s a scabby dog discovered in a crate. But I’ve discovered that time spent dwelling on the past is time not spent flouncing in the present, or more importantly, dreaming of the future.

The two best antidotes for times of depression are A: being thankful and B: giving to others who can do nothing in return… Thanks Giving. I propose that we abolish Blue Monday in favor of an early thanksgiving, one celebrated for its true meaning and not just as a prelude to Black Friday.

And the Golden Globes that was televised last night? Should have been called the Golden Gloves. I have never seen a denser concentration of smugly self congratulatory, hyper entitled wastes of space in my life. What is their claim to fame other than being paid massive heaps of money to pretend they’re someone else? I say we celebrate instead the uncelebrated, those whose daily efforts mmake the world a better place.

Today, take the time to bestow your own personal Golden Globe on a previously unrecognized but deserving recipient; you will brighten someone’s day, and probably won’t even have to listen to a fumbling acceptance speech.

Chark diem!

Join the discussion

  1. Kris Taylor-O'Brien

    I so totally agree, I had to turn the channel! Chark on!

  2. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    Want to bestow your own Golden Globe? Please like, comment, or better still, share, as these are the manna on which social media feasts!

  3. Annette Eakins

    Never watch anyway. Hear about it the next day over and over! Love this picture!☺

  4. Sam Howard

    That’s a very good idea.

  5. Karen Ragle

    I’m with Annette Eakins! I never watch that drivel. They are supposed to entertain us – not give political commentary! Elvis said it best “I’m just here to sing, not talk politics” (paraphrased).

  6. Jimmie James

    I agree ! It has been so long since I’ve watched any of the award shows. These people, like most politicians, have forgotten there is a real world outside of their gated lives.

  7. Jan Davis

    Well said Charlie, I’m a big movie freak and I was very disappointed at the majority of the globes last night..most of them wouldn’t survive a week in the real world..anyway go forward and spread the love…❤

  8. Jennifer Pershing

    i ignore tv 99 percent time . . Most things go over my head . To many good things in life to even see the bad . I have suffered from depresion still take medicine for its an i use some behavior modification tricks to keep me out of its . My bigeest things is staying away from toxic people . I have my red an white piebald mini dachsund she is my joy an best friend ..

  9. Kathleen Ellis Delatorre

    I’m on vaca right now and went out drinking with my sister. Missed the entire show. Love ya Charlie

  10. Barbara Wilson

    You are such a smarty dog! I totally agree with you Charlie.

  11. Dianne Lane

    what is your purpose Charlie? is it political?

  12. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    I’m the Charlie, I couldn’t care less about politics! disrespect breeds disrespect, no matter the viewpoint.

  13. Dianne Lane

    I think you do care because you choose to comment now and then. And I agree with you about disrespect.

  14. Christine Carr Reese

    If anyone deserves an award it is you!

  15. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    This is the 4th time I have been lectured by Dianne: there will not be a fifth. If someone is looking for a scrap, this is not the place to go looking for blood, but the place to realize that regardless of politics, we are of one blood.

  16. Michael Abbitt

    CB, I didn’t watch the Golden Globs (no typo there), but I still nominate you for the most uplifting! What shall we call the category? How about Best Spirit in Real Life Events?

  17. Jackie Sherlock

    I’m looking forward to the story and pictures on the Redbone. We have a Redbone named Sadie. They are very entertaining dogs!

  18. Cindy Casper Vondersaar

    How can there be a Blue Monday with you in the world Charlie?!!

  19. Sue Robilliard

    You’ll always be a Golden Globe winner, Charlie, or even an Oscar. And you don’t have to reveal most of your ‘girlie bits’ in order to catch the camera. Chark away!!

  20. Fran Scott

    “Dewey Cheatem and Howe” Love the tribute to Click and Clack, the Tappit Brothers 🙂

  21. Brenda Harrison

    I don’t watch the news anymore. I visit Charlie’s page and it always helps me to keep things in perspective. Thanks for all the amazing posts! ❤

  22. Andrea Bates Gerlach

    Last night was a joke. I don’t care who you voted for that is not the place to air your hatred. I have lost a great deal of respect for Meryl Streep. She was being honored but didn’t honor herself.

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