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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.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

October Birthdays Galore

Of all the months in the year, October is the busiest birthday month at Buzzy's Country Store.  With a total of 19 October birthdays that the Buzzy Family celebrates, it is the most of any month.   Guess that that is only appropriate because Buzzy's birthday fell on October 11th.  Just like Bernie Sevel in yesterday's post, Buzzy would have notched 97 this time around were he still here with us.  

But on the upside of Buzzy's-would-be-birthday-celebration, it is nice that the 11th is being formally recognized as a National Holiday in his honor.  (OK, so it is not "official" but hey, if they can monkey around with switching it from Columbus Day to Indigenous People Day why not switch up and call it Buzzy Day?!) 

But just to see if my small Buzzy sampling of what month has the most birthdays correlated to some national trends, the folks who track these things show that August is the most popular birth month (click here.)  My Buzzy totals for August are only 11.   My theory as to why October is Buzzy's busiest has to do with January being our coldest month of the winter.   All those couples a cuddlin' and nine months later - baby makes three. 

While we have already celebrated a couple of October birthdays at Buzzy's this month, check out the ones that we have still to celebrate:

Rita (Cole) Murphy's is today.  Mark Dominiak's is also today.  Tomorrow, we will be having a very special get together for Charlie Simms in recognition of him turning 95.  Stop and think about just how cool that is to be in some jook joint place like Buzzy's drinking and partying with a 95 year old celebrating his birthday.  Uh, it just doesn't happen too often so swing by and wish Charlie a good one.

As for other Buzzy birthdays the rest of October my good neighbor Doug Byrne celebrates on the 9th, Robby Norris the 12th, Chief Larry and Janet Whitt 15th, Joey Porter 17th, Bev Hall 18th, Pam Koon 22nd, Puggie Pulliam 24th, Connie Lynch 25th, David Norris 28thWinky the 29th, Ned Pratt and Bruce Price on the 31st.  So save the date, put it on your iphone or whatever it is you do to remind yourself of things you want to do and plan on dropping into Buzzy's to wish these folks a happy one. 

Speaking of getting older, couple of geezers here got together to lay down a somewhat depressing and bleak tune that, ironically enough, inspires me to NOT want to waste away any of the days that I have left here in this country store called life.  I think the Zimmerman said it best when he sang "he not busy being born is busy dying."

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