This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Merry Month of May

There are two explanations for how this month was named May.  

One notes that it was named after the Roman Goddess Maia who oversaw the growth of plants.  Another take has it that it comes from the Latin word maiores , "elders" who were celebrated this month.  (Next month the juniores or youngsters get their month named for them.  (For more on all this useless trivia click here.)

As my alliterative post title indicates above, the month of May also seems to be heavy on the M's.  For example, we start off with celebrating May Day and then a couple days later party hardy on Cinco de Mayo.  Catholics celebrate May as Mary's month.  Throw in Mothers Day and then conclude the month with Memorial Day and I think you get my my my drift that it's a month for the M's.  (And just because I had nothing else to do, I played a hunch and checked out when Mickey and Minnie Mouse got married.  However, turns out that it was not in May.  It also turns out that there is some discussion as to whether or not those two kids are even married at all  (click here.)  How can that be?  Living in sin all these years!

But speaking of playing hunches, another May event is the Kentucky Derby usually held on the first Saturday in May.  I say usually, because last year it was not held until September due to the pandemic crap.  (Remember favorite Tiz the Law getting beaten by Authentic, trainer Bob Baffert's horse?  Well, I didn't either, but click here to refresh your memory.)

I only mention this because Baffert has an "M" horse entered in today's Derby named Medina Spirit.  Since there are a couple other M-named horses in the race too including Keepmeinmind and Highly Motivated, you may not want to go betting the rent money using my M theory here.  In fact, in deference to my main man Charlie Simms, I believe that if I were to plunk down a hunch wager today it would be on a non-M Derby entrant by the name of  Hot Rod Charlie.  He is trained by Doug O'neill, who, like Baffert, has won a couple of Derby's previously as 2012 and 2016 so he's due.

The Derby goes off at 6:45 and we'll have it on at Buzzy's Country Store so drop in and check out the greatest 2 minutes in sports.  Before the race, you can be checking out all the pretty mademoiselles in hats parading around the Derby.  (See how I slipped that M-mademoiselle reference in there?)  I'm guessing that the filly shown here in white is a 2-1 favorite.   Too, I'm betting her name starts with an M!  

The Buzzy birthdays in May list looks like this: my daughter Reagan celebrates hers' on 19 May; my niece Regi Hofmeister celebrates today; Patrick Ridgell is on 6 May; Dave Berg 10 May; my cousins Joe White and Sister Marianne Ridgell also celebrate on 10 May; Robby Norris' Carol on 11 May; Kevin Adkins 14 May; my nephew Todd's wife Sherrie also the 14th and then their daughter Piper on 18 May; Kim McKay celebrates on 17 May;  Clyde Ridgell 18 May and Richard Mandeville on 19 May; my Daughter-in-law Stephanie's Dad Eddie Elgersma on 30 May; and Bootsie Norris on 31 May. 

Never knew May was so busy did you? 

Music-wise Rod's Maggie Mae would be the obvious choice but I've got a curve ball here for you.  Instead, check Donna out and you'll see what I'm talking about at the 1:00 mark:

Just to put a bow on this, you had to know that Donna's Mom was named Mary (click here.)

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