How many 13s on this page? |

How many 13s on this page?

by Gail Davis

Are you a friggatriskaidekaphobic? If so, you will probably be staying at home today…not venturing out into the crazy world where weird and unpredictable things happen on this the most superstitious day of the year: Friday the 13th. It’s sort of a double whammy bad luck day because Friday has long been associated with dread and when you add 13 to it, you have a plethora of doom and misfortune to call on. And to add to the weirdness, there are three of them this year spaced precisely 13 weeks. What’s up with that?

Dr. Donald Dossey, a psychotherapist who specializes in helping people with irrational fears, has coined a new buzz word to describe those suffering from this malady:paraskevidekatriaphobia. Isn’t it interesting that according to Dossey studies, in the 21st century there are about 21 million people suffering from a fear of Friday 13? Hmmm 21 and 21, does this mean something?

The ancient Egyptians and Chinese consider 13 to be lucky. After the pharaoh era, the stigma attached to 13 changed from a look to the afterlife as a hopeful spiritual goal to an association with death and all the negatives that one can add to the tale. It sounds to me like someone got bored and decided to start a few rumors or stories to stir the pot, so to speak. In looking up a list of common phobias, we might wonder why someone would be afraid of some of them, and how they might function in their daily life.

We probably won’t find any xerophobics (fear of dry places, especially deserts) living in our community.

There are plenty of qualified fears and many irrational fears out there as well as one to cover the fear of everything: panphobia. As you might have guessed, I have a few of my own. Fellow katagelophobics (fear of being ridiculed) can appreciate how difficult it is to do things that might reinforce our fear. I’ve decided to compensate and overcome my own katagelophobia by fully addressing my oenophilia (love of wine) with a glass, or two, tonight.

Won’t you join me?

Just remember: don’t change your bed sheets on a Friday the 13th because you will have bad dreams. And for heaven’s sake run as fast as you can if someone with a hockey mask comes toward you today.

Reminder: tomorrow is the Ruhenstroth Volunteer Fire Department annual barbecue at the fire station on Pinto Road. The cost is only $6 for adults and $3 for those under 12 years old. The activities run from 4 p.m. to midnight with entertainment by Randy and Theresa Daggs of Dyna Mic Duo. Come out to support those who help keep us safe and thank them for all that they do.

Have a Ramblin good week.

Reach Gail Davis at, or (775) 400-1265.