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January 4, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Calendar Girls drawing unemployment?

Every year it was a fresh challenge: finding just the right calendar. One you could face every day. One that would become a best friend – trusted with a year of your life.

Not a simple thing.

Not just the yearly dilemma of “to buy now or not to buy now – when will they go on sale?”, publishers printed tons of calendars in every shape, size, and format. Spiral, hanging, horizontal, vertical. Endless variations.

Everyone was on the hunt. Find just the right one and, then, discover it was dog-eared, or smudged. Did you like it enough to live with that for a year?

Calendars at work were a mine field.

Calendars selections would be nakedly displayed at the office: everyone at would see and judge. Format choices can say so much. Casually hanging from a wobbly tack or a leather-bound formal desk model? One day per page? (So busy. See it’s all here. No, it’s not micro managing.) Week at a time? (Careful, tight scheduling) Or risk the entire month at a glance? (Capable of seeing the big picture and planning long-term)

Choice of calendar subject so revealing.

Calendar image from Amazon

Go with a hobby like sailing? (Oh, you have enough money to have one of those?). Or golf courses of the world (Hey, I didn’t know you played. How about joining us…?) How about fishing or hunting? (Uh, you have guns? Do you watch catfish noodling on TV?) Perhaps a sophisticated one from the Met. (Do you like foreign films?) Or  go philosophical with thoughtful sayings to reflect upon. (Do you do yoga? Vegetarian? Support PETA?) Or maybe self-improvement calendar like New-Word-a-Day, affirmations, or motivational passages? (Do you have to be so cheery?) One with Bible verses? (Shhh. don’t cuss in that hall.) One with the kids’ pictures each month? (In case you forget why you are putting up with so much?) Or a humorous one like Dilbert (To say what you’re afraid to say?). Uh, maybe go with one that could go in a drawer to escape analysis by office snoops sociologists.

Calendar image from Amazon

No wonder Day-Timers exploded.

Beaming professionalism, productivity and organization. Neatly bound and safe out of sight. A phenomena that swept the working world. Be the image. (“Here, let me just check. Yes, I’ll pencil you in between this meeting and that.” ) Always in reach. Showing commitment to work. Bringing a new page: calendar stress. Calendars actually leashed to their owners as precaution against loss – and total panic.

Then calendars got charged: digitized.

Digital calendars were sports cars: sleek, fast, and desirable.

Laptops, Blackberries, iPhones.

Electronic zaps forward.

Logical evolution. It’s only right.

Fewer trees to destroy. Less pollution from paper production.

Less clutter –

on desks anyway.

So print calendars are obsolete?

The Calendar Girls filing for unemployment? Not so fast. Publishers still have strategies. Realtors and some hardware stores still hand them out as marketing tools. Charities raising money still show up at your door, calendar in hand. (Admit it. You’ve got one from the scouts, VFW, Lions Club, or garden club…). And it’s hard to pass up Garfield or the Sierra Club (Just got it for the illustrations.)

Realistically, the sexy girls and posed fireman may prevent extinction of the paper version.

And some will yearn to be old-fashioned.

Digital calendars are like falling stars: blazing brightly, then gone without a trace?

Paper calendars are a lot like sea shells:  hold a sea shell and you can hear the sea.

Hold a paper calendar, and hold a year in your hands.

Measuring the daze by the sun,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Just for fun, here’s a great song about calendars.

(Go ahead, hum along – it’s perky.)

1961 “My Calendar Girl” Video

 Sung by Neil Sedaka. (Video: great 1961 Calendar Girls for each month)

I love. I love. I love my Calendar Girl.
Yeah, sweet Calendar Girl.
I love. I love. I love my Calendar Girl.
Each and every day of the year.

January, you start the year off fine.
February, you’re my little Valentine
March, I’m gonna march you down the aisle.
April, you’re the Easter Bunny when you smile.
Yeah. yeah. My heart’s in a whirl.
I love. I love. I love my little Calendar Girl.
Every day (every day). Every day (every day) of the year.
(Every day of the year.)

May, maybe if I ask your dad and mom.
June, they’ll let me take you to the Junior Prom.
July, like a firecracker all aglow.
August, when you’re on the beach, you steal the show.

Yeah, yeah, my heart’s in a whirl.
I love. I love. I love my little Calendar Girl.
Every day (every day), every day (every day) of the year.
(Every day of the year)

September, light the candles at your Sweet Sixteen.
October, Romeo and Juliet on Halloween.
November, I’ll give thanks that you belong to me.
December, You’re the present ‘neath my Christmas tree.

Yeah, yeah, my heart’s in a whirl.
I love. I love. I love my little Calendar Girl.
Every day (every day). Every day (every day) of the year.

40 Comments

  1. Angus Lewis / Jan 4 2012 2:01 pm

    I remember that song when it was on the radio. In 1961.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2012 3:00 pm

      That tune always sticks in my head about this time of year. (Must inflict it on others…) Thanks for visiting

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  2. Homestead Ramblings / Jan 4 2012 2:26 pm

    Love it.

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  3. Abby / Jan 4 2012 3:20 pm

    One of my magazines is actually focused on the gift/stationery industry, and I can vouch for the fact that print calendars are still very much in demand! While a lot of people have gone digital, many still respect and crave that visual representation, me included. (If I don’t write it down, I don’t remember. Even then I still forget.)

    Plus, the designs and creativity with print are vastly superior to something on a PDA 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2012 3:34 pm

      There’s just something about paper people love – the texture, the slick inks, the smells and sounds even. Paper can transport ideas from dreams to reality? (and it’s still there the next day – even if the battery/electricity is dead.) Have you noticed that paper utilitarian items like artistic shopping bags and vintage calendars are gaining popularity for collectors and decorators? It’s always interesting. Thanks for adding to the dialogue

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      • Dana Winvalley / Jan 5 2012 9:42 pm

        The love of paper is the reason why books won’t die out, as well. It is just the feeling you have, holding something in your hands – to turn pages, to smell the paper, the binding et cetera.
        And sometimes you are just faster using a pen and some paper. And you have it almost always. I personally do not have my computer with me everyday. Just scribbling down some ideas or inspirational thoughts on an old newspaper, because you haven’t got any other paper is just brilliant, isn’t it? 🙂

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 10:52 pm

          Paper is sensory. Amazing how many good ideas get their start on scraps of paper. Appreciate your taking time to add the dialogue. Thanks

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  4. sportsattitudes / Jan 4 2012 5:24 pm

    I love wall…and desk calendars. When I was working outside the home (which I hope to do again shortly…) I had calendars everywhere. Got them from donating to certain causes, from suppliers, etc. and kept them all. Drove my co-workers nuts. Heck, the walls were so dull and lifeless why not dress ’em up? Of course, the start of a new month meant five minutes or so of tearing away the prior month from the walls…the desk calendars were a daily update but I had only a handful of those. Huge Dilbert fan…gotta have my Dilbert. Now all I have to do is figure out why I want to go back to that existence…oh wait…money. Never mind.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 4 2012 5:29 pm

      Calendar club! It’s just amazing how they show up like stray cats. (guess they know who will find room for them) Good luck in your job hunt and hope the new year offers great adventures (and some that pay well!) Thanks for adding to the noise here.

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  5. rumpydog / Jan 5 2012 12:53 am

    I am not much of a paper calendar person now that I have a smart phone. It’s amazing how easy it was to get used to going to the smart phone for so many different needs.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 1:14 am

      And Rumpy, the smart phones just make such a nice crunch when they fall – much better than paper and cardboard. No, I agree they are convenient, but I have to admit I’m still fond of paper ones. I wasn’t planning to buy – the phone does it all…but there they were…and it needed me. Just like that puppy at the animal shelter…..Thanks for roaming by!

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  6. kewsmith / Jan 5 2012 1:25 am

    I like a wall calendar in my office but I like to pick it out myself. My husband picks up free calendars everywhere he goes. He’s a sucker for anything free and in a small town, there are lots of calendars. He then puts them on my desk or on my car visor or on the fridge. Calendar overload. I slowly dispose of them during the year when he isn’t looking.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 3:42 am

      Free calendars are their own genre. Some are very quaint and interesting. I like the ones with moon phases, agriculture items, and such. So many calendars, so few walls.Thanks for stopping by to hang out for a while.

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  7. Bongo / Jan 5 2012 1:54 am

    My person says that song is going to be stuck in her head now. I guess I’m lucky – it came out before I was born so my head doesn’t have to listen to it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 3:46 am

      That song does seem persistent…that’s why the post got written. Bongo, if you sneak up behind your person and suddenly bark really loud maybe the song will go away…maybe like hiccups? Good dog, Bongo! (Nose bumps and shoulder nudge)

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  8. Danlrene ©2011 / Jan 5 2012 7:30 am

    love this. love my calendar too. Can’t make it without one. nice post.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 3:36 pm

      Hi. Somehow I need both – one anchored at the house and one always with me ( but if it’s always with me, why the paper one at the house? OK that’s odd)Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Snoring Dog Studio / Jan 5 2012 1:26 pm

    I still must have paper calendars – several for my home and one for my workplace. I enjoy picking them out and buying them at bargain basement prices in April.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 3:43 pm

      Whoa. I didn’t know anyone else bought calendars late. I’ve even picked up some in July. (some calendars are have more than 12 months in them. And some of the photos like the Sierra Club ones are outstanding in themselves.) Thanks for adding your thoughts.

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  10. MJ, Nonstepmom / Jan 5 2012 2:30 pm

    I’m addicted to my i-gadget, it has reminder features, etc I cannot live without. But we have to have a paper calendar so that everyone can see what everyone else is up to (along with lots of sticky notes!). Picking out a paper calendar is such a project – we need lots of room to write (some have very small daily squares) and I always stress over the photo subject – “will people think I’m obsessed with my cat? ” “Do I really want to explain Far Side Cartoons to a 6 year old?”. It can be quite a daunting task!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 3:46 pm

      You’re right – where to put a paper post-it on an electronic calendar. With a “central household calendar, everyone can add on their events – and then each can plug that info into their personal one. The calendar hunt is a challenge. Thanks for joining in

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  11. Amberr Meadows / Jan 5 2012 2:31 pm

    Even if the publishing companies didn’t have a solution, I’m sure those Calnder Girls would find some way. I like the calendar with the old car photos. I’m not overly enthused by sleek digital all the time. I might be a bit obsolete myself and that’s okay. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 3:57 pm

      Paper calendar use has evolved from simple utilitarian to glossy art form and gift category. So that keeps them (and us) from being Luddite? Hey, music purists prefer record format over any other formats…if they can do it, so can calendar aficionados! Glad you stooped by to chat.

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  12. Pat Bean / Jan 5 2012 4:28 pm

    Very interesting blog. I like. And thanks for liking my most recent post.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2012 4:31 pm

      Always looking for a good read. Enjoyed touring your blog. Thanks for dropping by and adding your thoughts

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  13. csroth3 / Jan 5 2012 9:23 pm

    I do look for just the right one every year, and then it’s over, no matter how great it was it get’s tossed when it’s no longer useful.

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  14. BuddhaKat / Jan 6 2012 1:39 am

    have to have my little month X month carry in my purse CAT calendar… so this year at 1/2 price books there weren’t any cats left, so I got one that looked nice, to happily find it was a zen theme (well, it had zen in the title)… so I’m set for 2012 – don’t need one at home – even at 1/2 price books, they are sure pricey… nice little journey you guided us through w/all those amazing calendar themes… btw… song stuck in head: mission accomplished… 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2012 4:11 am

      Sometimes a calm illustration or phrase on a calendar can help when the day is insane. (maybe if you gaze at one that song will leave…it does tend to linger) Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  15. jannatwrites / Jan 6 2012 3:36 am

    I don’t have a smart phone. I still have a small planning calendar, and I have a larger one hanging on my desk at work. I love that one because it’s made by a Golden Retriever rescue so my money goes to a good cause 🙂

    My kids usually pick up a small calendar (usually puppies or kittens) from the dollar store. I don’t know why, though, because it’s not like their lives are so busy they can’t keep track!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2012 4:09 am

      Not only does the money go to a good cause, the Golden calendar is probably really cute. Thanks for supporting them! (Big woof from the German)

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  16. literarychicks78 / Jan 6 2012 7:53 am

    That song came out in 1961! I can’t bear to do the math. I feel so old…

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  17. Sunshine / Jan 10 2012 3:50 am

    Calendars and planners…both hard to pick these days. Oh, and nice way back song too 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 10 2012 2:30 pm

      Singing is always a good way to start the year. Now, after locating the perfect calendar, the next problem is how to fill all those little squares. Thanks for visiting

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  18. The Hook / Jan 10 2012 1:16 pm

    Nice one! Your song lyrics took me back, waaay back!

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  19. mfinocchiaro / Jan 13 2012 8:47 am

    Great post!

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