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Since I haven’t celebrated my birthday in 3 years I am now getting ready for Monday, February 29, 2016, but more about that in another post!

To me my birthday is February29–not February 28 or March 1–so I only celebrate it on February 29, once every 4 years.  It was 39 years ago that I celebrated my 10th Leap Year Birthday and it was one of the biggest of all I celebrated.

Long story short–I lived in Memphis, Tennessee and I had a party, in 3 parts, for 300 ‘of my closest friends’ at the Hilton Airport hotel. It started with a jazz cocktail hour followed by a prime rib dinner and ended with a full band, dancing and dessert. There is a whole epilogue to tell but that is another post. All 300 of my ‘friends’ have disappeared from my life!

In any case since then I have had 9 additional Leap Year celebrations and am looking to my 20th birthday next year.

I made this slideshow of the last 10 celebrations and here are the years as mixed up as they are!

1. 1976  2. 2008  3.  1984  4. 1992  5.1996  6. 2000  7. 2004  8. 1976  9. 1980  10. 1984 11. 1984  12. 1976  13. 2000 14. 1996  15. 1996  16. 1984  17. 1976  18. 1976  19. 1988  20.2012

They were 10 great celebrations but the best is yet to come! (And if you want to come let me know–remember it is February and in the rest of the USA it is cold and snowing while here in Fort Lauderdale it is in the high 70s and low 80s with sunshine!)


Posted April 27, 2015 by greatmartin in LEAP YEAR BIRTHDAY

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7 DECADES SERIES LEAP YEAR 2000 PART 25 A   Leave a comment

On February 29, 2000 I celebrated my Sweet 16 Leap Birthday and divided it into 2 parts. For lunch I took 12 people to The Cheesecake Factory and I ordered a slice of each kind of cheesecake they had. In the evening I took 26 people to eat at The Ark which has a Captain’s Buffet table consisting of most anything you could think of to eat.

You can see ‘scenes’ from both The Cheesecake Factory and The Ark in the collage that James made for me–which is a good thing because I am unable to find the pictures that were taken that day except for the ones shown here. (By the way I will be going to The Ark also to celebrate the 19th. oooops! No I didn’t as the Ark was closed by then !)

I received many great presents that year but one of the best was a complete BBQ dinner from Corky’s in Memphis that Chuck sent and how could one not love a ‘money balloon’–I still don’t know how they got the bills in the balloon but I did wait for all the air to go out before I ripped it open and took the money out! LOL Also, since I was fairly new working on a computer, I got ‘tech’ stuff from Betsy, Bob, Nancy and Doug!

I only had to wait 4 more years for my 17th birthday and that would be a memorable one–some of the folks here at Gateway who came are still talking about it!

People ask “What day do you celebrate during the ‘off’ years?” and my answer is “I don’t!” I only celebrate my birthday every 4 years and when I do it is usually all month! LOL I am now starting to save for my 20th Leap Year birthday in 2016

Posted May 14, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I was born on February 29th which comes once every 4 years therefore I celebrate my birthday only in years divisible by 4 and this year isn’t. Folks, I am only 19 and 1/4 years old starting to  plan for my 20th birthday on February 29, 2016, but some people are just pushy and insist I am a year older this year so, against my better judgement, I am going along with them. (And some people think I am not nice–HA!)

Though it wasn’t part of my unbirthday plan I was surprised when I decided NOT to write/post a blog either Tuesday or Wednesday but even more surprising the world didn’t end nor did I suffer any withdrawal pains! I might release myself from feeling I have to post every day–oh stop the cheering!!

Just some quick notes about the above pictures–this week was like any other week with a few additions which I wouldn’t mind every week.

#1  I was at home waiting to find out whether I was getting tickets to see Stephanie Powers in “Looped” which was opening at the Parker PLayhouse. I got a call asking if I would be home as they had a delivery–I explained the situation and he said he would be over within 40 minutes and he was with a package in his hand. He told me to put it in the fridge which I did knowing it was a carrot cake just from what the box said on it “” and I was right!! As it turned out I never got the theatre call BUT I didn’t even have a slice of the carrot cake.

#2 & 3  I had received a gift set box of movie musicals by Rodgers & Hammerstein including “Carousel”, “Oklahoma”, “The King and I”, “State Fair”, “South Pacific” and “The Sound Of Music” a few weeks ago and was waiting for a special time to watch them. I figured between the DVDs, the carrot cake and my unbirthday I would stay in this weekend but look at picture 2–obviously I have mice in the apartment so I have to eat the cake before it is gone!

#4 & 10  Tuesday, before going to see “Les Miserables” we grabbed a quick bite at the DRB (Democratic Republic of Beers #10–don’t ask–see my review Saturday) and this afternoon we had lunch at Wild East Asian Bistro–#4–(see my review next week).

#5 & 6  Gift cards to Subways and Home Depot

#7, 8 & 9  At “Les Miserables”–#7 is a publicity still–#8 Are Charlie, the PA, and Charlotte, PR, for Broadway Across America at the Arsht Center opening night–#9 is something I have to stop doing–it is the cast taking their curtain call! (Next Tuesday we go to see the stage production of “Flashdance” before it heads to Broadway.) You can see my review of “Les Miz” at now

#11  My unbirthday table–can you see the blooming February birthday/unbirthday cactus?

I would like to say “Thank You” to those who posted happy ‘unbirthday’ wishes as part of your blogs and those who added your comments. I love the ecards many of you sent and, of course, those who sent snail mail cards.

Okay folks start saving your pennies to come to my 20th birthday party on Monday, February 29, 2016–well actually I celebrate that birthday all week long!

Posted February 28, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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From my written diary in 1968 :

“February 29–for my 8th birthday Bernie and Alex threw me a party at our new apartment–about a dozen people–the night before we celebrated at the Blue Ribbon and had dinner at Sun Luck–the day after Durinka, Bernie, Alex, Ronnie, Gino and I ended the celebrating with brunch at the Scandia smorgasbord .”

The year before–March, 1967–I had joined Weight Watchers and by September, having lost 75 pounds at that time, I went to work for them lecturing 6-7 classes a week plus working various waiter jobs like lunch at Miller’s in Wall Street and Dan Dowd’s on 47tha lot would happen after that from Bernie and I becoming partners in December–he, Alex and I renting a 2 bedroom apartment at 301 East 22nd street–Bernie getting the Weight Watchers Memphis franchise in June, 1969 and my joining him in Memphis on October 12 that year and then, before I knew it, I was 9 years old!! And now I am 19–where did the decade go? LOL

For my 19th birthday I will, for several reasons, be going on a different track to celebrate my birthday by not giving a party. Thanks to Corine, Charlotte and Charlie I will be going to the opening night at the Broward Performing Arts Center on February 29 of “Billy Elliot” which I am eagerly looking forward to seeing. In the afternoon I plan to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, which will include a piece of their Godiva Chocolate cheesecake.

On February 18 we will be driving up to the ‘new’ Plaza Theatre in Manalapan to attend a Master Class on musical comedy theatre given by THE Donna McKechnie and in the evening seeing her one woman show “Musical Comedy Life”. As far as I am concerned I am spending an evening with Cassie from “A Chorus Line” and if I don’t get too tongue tied–yes me!!!!–hopefully I can get a picture with her!!

In between the class and show we will go for a bite to eat at the Old Key Lime Restaurant which claims to be the oldest restaurant in Florida and is on the water–I haven’t been there is a couple of years and it was good back then.

Before and after that Saturday I plan to treat myself to restaurants that I have enjoyed previously or those I have always wanted to try such as: Morton’s Steakhouse, Eastend Brasserie at the Atlantic Spa on the beach, Seasons 52, Eduardo De San Angel, Cafe Vico, Marriott Harbor Beach, China Grill at the Hilton on the beach, Steak954 just to name a few. Some things never change and one is that my Leap Year birthday will revolve around food–at least 19 restaurants! So far I have been to:




After The Cheesecake Factory and the Key Lime House only 10 more to go!


February 29th is special…

It’s the reason that a season comes at the same time every year.

If you’re born on Leap Day… Welcome Home!

Just 15 days to our next birthday!

Posted February 14, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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  • February 29, 1288 It becomes legal in Scotland for a woman to propose marriage to a man.

  • February 29, 1504 Christopher Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican natives into providing his crew with food. (And I went to Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx 444 years later!)

  • February 29, 1504 Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians

  • February 29, 1528 “Patrick Hamilton, student of Parid, Louvain, St Andrews, Marburg, Abbot of Fearn, burned at St Andrew for heresy, the first Reformation martyr in Scotland”

  • February 29, 1692 “Sarah Good & Tituba, an Indian servant, accused of witchcraft, Salem”

  • February 29, 1696 English ex-premier Earl Danby accused of corruption (Some things stay the same!)

  • February 29, 1704 “Queen Anne’s War: French forces and Native Americans attack and destroy Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 100 men, women, and children.”

  • February 29, 1712 “February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.”

  • February 29, 1720 “Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I.”

  • February 29, 1784 Marquis de Sade transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille

  • February 29, 1796 “Jay’s Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England”

  • February 29, 1816 Dutch (King) Willem II marries Russian grand-duchess Anna Paulowna

  • February 29, 1848 Neufchatel declares independence of Switzerland

  • February 29, 1856 Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease

  • February 29, 1864 “American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails – Plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.”

  • February 29, 1880 Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens

  • February 29, 1892 Britain & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea

  • February 29, 1892 “St. Petersburg, Florida incorporated.”

  • February 29, 1904 “Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7 man committee to study Panama Canal”

  • February 29, 1908 Dutch scientists produce solid helium

  • February 29, 1916 “Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.” (And 96 years later Newt wants kids to work for nothing.)

  • February 29, 1932 Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland

  • February 29, 1932 “TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William “”Alfalfa”” Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.”

  • February 29, 1936 “Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.” (And 28 years later I go see Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl”.)

  • February 29, 1936 FDR signs 2nd neutrality act

  • February 29, 1940 “””Gone with the Wind,”” wins 8 Oscars”

  • February 29, 1940 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations

  • February 29, 1940 “For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.”

  • February 29, 1940 “In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, due to the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives his 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from the Sweden’s Consul General in San Francisco.”

  • February 29, 1944 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death

  • February 29, 1944 “US troop land on Los Negros, Admirality Islands”

  • February 29, 1944 World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in the American General Douglas MacArthur-led Operation Brewer.

  • February 29, 1948 “Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died”

  • February 29, 1952 Dick Button wins his 5th consecutive world figure skating title

  • February 29, 1952 The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.

  • February 29, 1956 Islamic Republic established in Pakistan

  • February 29, 1956 President Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term (And Obama does same 56 years later????)
  • February 29, 1960 “An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.”

  • February 29, 1960 “Earthquake kills 1/3 of Agadir Morocco population (12,000) in 15 seconds”

  • February 29, 1960 Hugh Hefner opens the first Playboy Club in Chicago.

  • February 29, 1960 “JFK makes “”missile gap”” the Presidential campaign issue”

  • February 29, 1964 “Frank Rugani sets badminton shuttlecock distance record, 24.3 meters”

  • February 29, 1964 “In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).” (And 8 years later I go to Sidney!)

  • February 29, 1964 LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter

  • February 29, 1964 North Carolina high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime

  • February 29, 1968 “Beatles’ “”Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”” wins Grammy” (43 years later I see “Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles”)

  • February 29, 1968 Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell announces the discovery of the first pulsar (a star that emits regular radio waves).
  • February 29, 1968 US end regular flights with nuclear bombs

  • February 29, 1972 “Hank Aaron becomes first baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year”  (And 1972 is one of the best years in my life financially!)

  • February 29, 1972 “Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party” (Some things never change!)

  • February 29, 1972 “Vietnam War: Vietnamization – South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.”

  • February 29, 1980 Gordie Howe becomes first NHL player to score 800 career goals

  • February 29, 1980 “Michael Bracey ends 59 hours 55 minutes trapped in an elevator, England”

  • February 29, 1980 “Yigal Allon, former Israeli foreign minister and supporter of Israeli independence, dies at age 61.”

  • February 29, 1984 Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he is leaving office after serving over 15 years.

  • February 29, 1988 Mark Greatbatch scores 107 vs England on Test Cricket debut

  • February 29, 1988 Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WWII deportations

  • February 29, 1988 “NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a “”WIMP”” in the war on drugs”

  • February 29, 1988 South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town

  • February 29, 1992 Dawn Coe wins LPGA Women’s Kemper Golf Open

  • February 29, 1992 The Professional Spring Football League begins

  • February 29, 1996 “A Peruvian Boeing 737 crashes in the Andes, killing all 123 people aboard.”

  • February 29, 1996 “Daniel Green is convicted of murdering the father of basketball star Michael Jordan during a 1993 holdup, and is sentenced to life in prison.”

  • February 29, 1996 Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup

  • February 29, 1996 Novelist Joan Collins awarded US $1 million from Random House for breach of contract. (And she didn’t give me any of it for my 15 Leap Year Birthday!)

  • February 29, 1996 “Soyuz TM-23, lands”

  • February 29, 2000 “Six year old Dedrick Owens shoots and kills Kayla Rolland, also six years old, at Theo J. Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Michigan. Rolland is currently the youngest victim of a school shooting
    2000 Feb 29 Destiny’s Child Release “Say My Name” Single in the US

    “Say My Name” is a song by American R&B group Destiny’s Child. The song was the third single from the group’s 1999 album The Writing’s on the Wall, released through Columbia label in 2000…
    2000 Feb 29 The Smashing Pumpkins release MACHINA/The Machines of God

    MACHINA/The Machines of God is The Smashing Pumpkins’ fifth studio album, released on February 29, 2000. A concept album, it marked the return of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and was intended…
    2004 Feb 29 76th Academy Awards

    The 76th Academy Awards ceremony honored the best films of 2003 and was broadcast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on ABC beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST, February…(And I wasn’t invited!!!)
    2004 Feb 29 Jean-Bertrand Aristide is Ousted from Power in Coup d’État

    The 2004 Haiti rebellion was a coup d’etat that happened after conflicts that occurred for several weeks in Haiti during February 2004. It resulted in the premature end of President Jean-…
    2008 Feb 29 Boston Celtics defeat Charlotte Bobcats, 108-100

    While several players talked openly about the likely addition of veteran point guard Sam Cassell, Celtics coach Doc Rivers had a more immediate issue on his mind. “I’m not worried abou…
    2008 Feb 29 FDA Approves Wyeth’s Pristiq

    Desvenlafaxine is an antidepressant (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor type-SNRI) used in the treatment of depression. It works by restoring the balance of natural substances

Posted January 22, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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(Leap Year Wall)

The picture above only represents 9 birthdays, 36 years, but I remember all 18 of them! I consider myself very lucky  that I am a Leap Year Baby, having a birthday only once every 4 years, and I have always taken advantage of that fact. Of all my birthdays I ‘remember’* (more about that later) the 10th for many reasons including that I was at the zenith of my career, looks, finances and life and I had someone to share it all with me.

Feb. 29, 1976 My 10th (40th) birthday–I rented the Memphis Hilton Hotel Ballroom and 2 banquet rooms–invited 350 of my closest friends–had a jazz cocktail party with Southern themed appetizers to start, then a sit down prime ribs with Yorkshire pudding and  Caesar salad dinner, with a band to play music while we dined, followed by a dessert, liqueur and dancing ending. In  the pictures near the bottom you will see a 5 tier carrot cake! Made the front page society section of the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper. The party cost me $14,000–remember these are 1976 dollars! :o)

I was thrilled that Dick Hershey and Mary Culleton (she was the clerk at the first Weight Watchers meeting I ever attended) flew down from New York, Cleo, (my Dad’s mistress, but that’s another blog LOL) from Kansas City. Dr. Robert and Ginny Pozos (she died a few years ago from cancer–I loved her dearly and for some reason, well for many reasons, Maria reminds me of her!) came in from Duluth, Minnesota, but I was disappointed that quite a few people didn’t come like Bernie, my ex, Clara and a few others from Weight Watchers, Gene, my father, my brother and sister-in-law and my beloved Flo.

(The article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal with the sketch made by the paper’s artist.)

That’s me in the light brown tux in each picture and in the picture on the bottom right, standing on the left, was at that time my partner Johnny who now lives in Texas.

The dancing fool is me! I’ll talk about the other folks very soon–it is a mystery!

On the lower left from left to right are Cleo, the mistress LOL, Barbara and Margie who left WW to come with me to open Our Weigh–by the way I was so drunk I was SINGING! And I don’t even carry a tune–let’s talk about that being drunk.

On January 21, 2012 I will celebrate 31 years of sobriety. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case on February 29, 1976 when I vaguely remember(ed) the cocktail party and am not able to tell you a thing that happened during and after dinner. I, literally, have hundreds of pictures taken that evening but just in the pictures above I can only name 6 of the people. Who are, where are, the 350 people who came to that party? Looking over all the pictures I can, maybe, name a dozen but I only know where one is today!

Do you recognize anyone from 35 years ago? maybe I should put a slew of pictures on Facebook and see if anyone responds!?!

Strange to have memories of something you don’t remember but I do know it was a highlight of my life–figure that one out!





February 29th is special…

It’s the reason that a season comes at the same time every year.

If you’re born on Leap Day… Welcome Home!


Just 41 days to our next birthday!


Posted January 19, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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I consider myself very lucky in the fact that I am a Leap Year Baby, having a birthday only once every 4 years, and I have always taken advantage of that fact. I don’t celebrate the ‘in-between’ years but I have a blast, and memorable times, when Feb 29 falls in a year–by the way it is any year divisible by 4 and comes out in  presidential election and winter Olympic years.

In 1940 when I celebrated my first Leap Year birthday I had my picture on the front page of the newspaper–I am in the center of the picture surrounded by 4 friends with our mothers in the background and a chocolate cake with candles in front of me. Above was the invitation to my 14th Leap Year birthday party.

Some other highlights:

Feb. 29, 1964 My 7th birthday–Barbra Streisand, (Hey, it’s my birthday and I can name drop if I want!) who I ‘met’ in the 1960s at the Bon Soir nightclub on 8th street in Greenwich Village and, if I remember right, at the  Blue Angel on 52nd street, is going to make her debut in “Funny Girl” at the Winter Garden Theatre–Pepe buys opening night tickets for original announced opening date at end of February–doesn’t happen–show postponed a half a dozen times–we finally celebrate my birthday, her opening, a month later!

Feb. 29, 1976 My 10th (40th) birthday–I rented the Memphis Hilton Hotel Ballroom and 2 banquet rooms–invited 350 of my closest friends–had a jazz cocktail party to start then a sit down prime ribs and Caesar salad dinner with a band followed by a dessert, liqueur and dancing ending. Made the front page society section of the Memphis Commercial Appeal paper It cost me $11,000–remember these are 1976 dollars!–and I had money back then. :o)

Feb. 29, 1980–hired out The Sandpiper (a gay supper club in Fort Lauderdale) and a blast was had for all for 7 hours–dinner, drinks and other ‘things’

Feb. 29, 1984–12th (48th) birthday–my friend Michael threw a surprise party for me–I gave him the list of people to invite (Tacky? Who cared!?)–on his pool barbecue patio

Feb. 29, 1988–an evening at the Golden Spike Restaurant on Federal opposite Kennedy’s church–an upscale buffet eatery–many friends came from out of town.

Feb. 29, 1992–I had open house at my place from noon to midnight–a surprise guest.

Feb. 29, 1996–15th (60th) birthday–A “Death By Dessert” party at the ZanZbar Restaurant on Los Olas–desserts of animals from around the world made out of chocolate.

Feb. 29th, 2000–In the afternoon–The Cheesecake Factory, at the Sawgrass mall,  where we were served all 48 varieties of cheesecake they offered–in the evening–The Ark, in Hollywood, where we partaked of the Captain’s Table (which included lobster, stone crabs, prime ribs plus 15 other main courses and innumerable appetizers, side dishes and desserts–all you could eat of all the items)–very mixed crowd including 6 people who flew in from around the States.

Feb. 29, 2004–17th (68th) birthday–it was held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Hotel and Marina–I had 25 guests–started at 11:30 AM–featured an elegant, elaborate brunch buffet–that evening, with my  friends Gino and Chuck, the latter who came in from Memphis, we went to the Bette Midler “Kiss My Brass” show (I had invited her to the brunch but she didn’t come :o(

Feb. 29, 2008–18th (72nd) birthday–held at Sweet Tomatoes–Chuck and Terry came in from Memphis–a week of eating out, going to the movies, sightseeing, theatre

Feb. 29, 2012–Just a few weeks away until my 19th (76) birthday–some plans have been set and a few more will be coming into play–and, oh yes, I will be doing that tacky birthday gift list I have done for the past 12 birthdays!


February 29th is special…

It’s the reason that a season comes at the same time every year.

If you’re born on Leap Day… Welcome Home!


Just 44 days to our next birthday!

Posted January 17, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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For anyone who doesn’t know yet–where have you been???–I will be celebrating my 19th Leap Year Day birthday next month on February 29–for those who are bad at math you could also say I will be 76!!! Starting next week I will be doing a 8-9 part series about how I have celebrated my birthdays previously. I DO NOT celebrate the in-between years. It does surprise me how many people know very little about the day and year, how it came about, the reasons, what it means, traditions, etc. so I decided to round up some information from the Internet. A lot of this information comes from the web site. Oh yes, don’t worry–before the series ends and giving you plenty of time I will post my birthday wish list –oh, come on, that surprises you?!?!?  Obviously you don’t know me!!


February 29th is special…

It’s the reason that a season comes at the same time every year.

If you’re born on Leap Day… Welcome Home!


Just 48 days to our next birthday!


A person born on February 29 may be called a “leapling ” or a “leaper “. In common years they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28 or March 1. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year since it is the day following February 28.

Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. This phenomenon is exploited when a person claims to be only a quarter of their actual age, by counting their leap-year birthday anniversaries only. In Gilbert and Sullivan ‘s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance , Frederic the pirate apprentice discovers that he is bound to serve the pirates until his 21st birthday rather than until his 21st year.

For legal purposes, legal birthdays depend on how local laws count time intervals.

These events are or were held every four years during leap years

A leap year (or intercalary or bissextile year) is a year containing one extra day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars , a month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year . Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating ) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year . ( I DO FEEL SORRY FOR YOU COMMON PEOPLE!)

For example, in the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. 

Folk traditions

On the British isles, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland , this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from akiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. Because men felt that put them at too great a risk, the tradition was in some places tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, February 29, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap day, February 24.

According to Felten: “A play from the turn of the 17th century, ‘The Maydes Metamorphosis,’ has it that ‘this is leape year/women wear breeches.’ A few hundred years later, breeches wouldn’t do at all: Women looking to take advantage of their opportunity to pitch woo were expected to wear a scarlet petticoat—fair warning, if you will.”

In Finland , the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.

The following is from

What are your chances of being born on leap day?

About 1 in 1500.

The rules for determining a leap year

Most years that can be divided evenly by 4 are leap years.

Exception: Century years are NOT leap years UNLESS they can be evenly divided by 400.

There are 89 variations of this ‘month poem’–for the other 88 go to
Thirty days hath September
April, June and November
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, and it alone,
Has twenty-eight we do confine
Till Leap year gives it twenty nine


Posted January 13, 2012 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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