26.2.08

#153 Love Everlasting


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Thank You bigappleforclay, gerwhisp, toni7babe, and PermaSwooned
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Leap Year Traditions

Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage. In many of today's cultures, it is okay for a woman to propose marriage to a man. Society doesn't look down on such women. However, that hasn't always been the case. When the rules of courtship were stricter, women were only allowed to pop the question on one day every four years. That day was February 29th.


St. Bridget's Complaint

It is believed this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about women having to wait for so long for a man to propose. According to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning females could propose on this one day in February during the leap year.


February 29th in English Law

According to English law, February 29th was ignored and had no legal status. Folks assumed that traditions would also have no status on that day. It was also reasoned that since the leap year day existed to fix a problem in the calendar, it could also be used to fix an old and unjust custom that only let men propose marriage.

The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. They also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss to payment for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.



Sadie Hawkins Day

In the United States, some people have referred to this date as Sadie Hawkins Day with women being given the right to run after unmarried men to propose.

Sadie Hawkins was a female character in the Al Capp cartoon strip Li'l Abner. Many communities prefer to celebrate Sadie Hawkins Day in November which is when Al Capp first mentioned Sadie Hawkins Day.



Greek Superstition

There is a Greek superstition that claims couples have bad luck if they marry during a leap year. Apparently one in five engaged couples in Greece will avoid planning their wedding during a leap year.


March Calendar

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The music playing is the JBT medley of the 70's by Spotlightlover.






Video is Clay performing Everlasting Love on Disco Night.
I remember nearly every guy in town had at least one shiny shirt like that!






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22.2.08

#152 Clay Aiken ~ Country Time


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Photos used for blends thanks to:
BigappleforClay, Toni7babe, Ambassador of Love, Snix, Invisible926


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Olivia Newton John was the guest judge for Country Night that will be airing this weekend on AI2 Rewind, but we never heard her comment.


There is a glimpse of her giving Clay a standing O at the end of the video.


When Clay is finished singing the beautiful I Know How the River Feels, (or you can turn the player off--it's at the end of this blog),
click the video to see Clay's Country Night ~ Someone Else's Star.





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16.2.08

#151 Clay Aiken - Mysterious and Magical


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"You're... you're... a mystery. You have your own look. There's something very... magical about your look. And your voice is so pure. I don't know in the contemporary world what's going to happen with you, but something exceptional is going to happen for you along the way because you are pure. You're wonderful."

quote: Gladys Knight - 2003


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Photos thanks to Invisible926, Scrpkym & Fivegoldens


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Gladys Knight was right on the spot with her prediction. Clay has many exceptional happenings since he's been on the road to discovering his personal grail, and we have been with him every step of the way. I believe he is just getting started, don't you?!


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