Monday, February 8, 2016

February 39ers ~ What Color is Love?

Hearts and harps. Sweets and suites. Who can resist Valentine’s Day? 

 In the eyes of retailers, rather than red, its signature color should be gold for the bullions they’ll rake in. Even singles boost sales, scarfing up on the chocolate discounts. Yum! 

Besides dark chocolate, what color is February for you? 
If you’re a February 39er, the color gods paint you in a kaleidoscope of hues – early Feb Aquarian Water-bearers (Jan 20-Feb 18), can dip into the pool of your moods, with turquoise green, bright blue, or purple. 

Walking through the sands of time with Pisces Fish (Feb 19-Mar 20), all shades of green keep you cool. (Not a red heart in sight.)  

And though there are other noble reasons to commemorate February along with CupidWorld Radio Day (13th), Presidents’ Day (15th), and Marijuana Awareness Month – for the 39 and Holding Club, February 14th is also “Grandpa” Jack Benny Day! Why? Why ... he's the reason we're here.
Deadpan funnyman Jack Benny* segued from family night around the console radio to family night in front of the TV, with delightful dry humor and self-deprecating one-liners. 

A Valentine baby, Mr. Benny (February 14, 1894-1974) is the sole reason the 39 and Holding Club exists. Having celebrated his 39th birthday on-air with fans, he looked forward to it again the following year.
He leaned toward the microphone to declare his 40th birthday … and couldn’t do it. “There’s nothing funny about 40,” he said, and declared instead, I’m 39 and Holding!” 

Appropriate to his Valentine birthday, “Love in Bloom**” became Mr. Benny’s television theme song, in spite of its incongruous application to the man and his show. (**1934, music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin.) 

Healing crystals & edible violets!
Other famous Valentine babies: the infamous Jimmy Hoffa; dance man, Gregory Hines; and the Brady Bunch mom, Florence Henderson

At 39AHC, we celebrate the whole month of quirky Aquarians making way for the dreamy Pisces folks. Neither are shrinking violets, although the violet is February’s lovely flower, a complement to the spiritual clarity of amethyst, the month’s mystical gem. 

As you prepare to party with your February birthday friends, remember to make it a fun, UN-birthday party, the 39 and Holding Club way!  

Happy UN-Birthday February 39ers,
(Special shout-out to Birthday 39er, Sharon!)
Share on Twitter: @39HoldingClub 

*Seriouslyclick on the link for a glimpse of what comedy was and should still be, with the Smothers Brothers on The Jack Benny Show. Back when comedy was funny, not crass.
     And this link is a classic clip of Liberace, with Mr. Benny in a rare violin performance as they mix chuckles and charm on Benny’s signature song.

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