March 9th is National Panic Day.


This is not about the legitimate anxiety disorders or mental illnesses that people suffer from. This is about panic in general. It’s okay to panic today. I am panicking because I did something really stupid while doing yard work and had to ask for help.

Things that can cause panic in the Seattle area:

Melodramatic parka-clad news reporters
Routine traffic stops
Republicans being elected to office
Wearing sandals without white socks
Inadequate access to walking trails
Plastic grocery bags
REI closing for any reason
Vehicles that travel over 30 mph on I-5
Trader Joe’s running out of sizzling little samples of stuff on sticks
Impulsive foliage cuts with a dull pole saw

Please know that I take most of these things very seriously. But in the tradition of Almost Live, we need to find ways to laugh at ourselves on days like Panic Day.

Join me in sweating over how I’m going to fix my stupid yard work mistake (no, I won’t give details) and feel free to let out a hearty Washingtonian yell as we slosh our way through yet another late winter monsoon.



If you’re ever stuck in some thick undergrowth in your underwear, don’t stop and start thinking of what other words have ‘under’ in them, because that’s probably the first sign of jungle madness. -Jack Handey

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