Lucky Day

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No, I'm not referring to Steve Martin's character in The Three Amigos. Although if I were, I'd probably call you a son of a motherless goat, or say something like this:

"In a way, each of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be the actual El Guapo."

But that's not what I'm referring to. I actually mean that today is my lucky day. Yessir. I have one each month, whenever the 27th rolls around. Now, I've got no data to back up this claim. In fact, a fair amount of crappy things do tend to happen to me on my lucky day. Perhaps it's because I'm setting too high of expectations, being more sensitive to what happens on this date; perhaps it's because people are out to get me. But, irregardless, I always smile when I flip the calendar on the 27th because, well, it's my lucky day.

In case you haven't guessed it, my lucky number is the seemingly random 27. When a friend called me on the oddness of such a choice last year, I had to pause. Why, exactly? And then I remembered:

The Fireball Jr., a.k.a. the Front Runnin' Fairlane. It was easily my favorite Hot Wheels car. Whenever my friend Derek and I had car races (and we had billions of them), Fireball Jr. always took the checkered flag. I guess the color scheme was appealing-- it's not a coincidence that my favorite color is also red. But it also rolled so smoothly; what wasn't to love?

Additionally, my (one-time) favorite player on my (one-time) favorite hockey team wore #27. See Roenick, Jeremy. (Again with the red.)

All of this goes to prove... what, exactly? Oh, that little things from your childhood can manifest themselves into your adult life without you noticing. Which can make for awkward explanations-- I expect one day a month to go differently based on a childhood toy? But I can't control my idiosyncrasies; I can only hope they provide entertaining conversation.

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