Everything went very well with my surgery and thanks for all the well wishes from the “Night Ops” crew. I’m allowed to begin light running on Monday so I should be back for this weeks workout. I think that this coming week will be the last of the night ops as it should be light until after 6PM then (the 22nd) and 6:15 (the 29th aka Sadie Hawkins day) for the following week. We could make the last night run on the “Hill & Dale” course as we should have enough light for the Eagle Hill portion. I would run it backwards and turn around when I meet up with the fastest runners.
Please let me know what you think. Thanks to Jessica for covering for me this week.
Sadie Hawkins Day
In Li’l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. The “homeliest gal in all them hills”, she grew frantic waiting for suitors to come a-courtin’. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father was even more frantic—about Sadie living at home for the rest of her life. In desperation, he called together all the unmarried men of Dogpatch and declared it “Sadie Hawkins Day”. Specifically, a foot race was decreed, with Sadie in hot pursuit of the town’s eligible bachelors—and matrimony as the consequence.
“When ah fires [my gun], all o’ yo’ kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin—after givin’ yo’ a fair start—Sadie starts a runnin’. Th’ one she ketches’ll be her husbin.” The town spinsters decided that this was such a good idea, they made Sadie Hawkins Day a mandatory yearly event, much to the chagrin of Dogpatch bachelors. In the satirical spirit that drove the strip, many sequences revolved around the dreaded Sadie Hawkins Day race. If a woman caught a bachelor and dragged him, kicking and screaming, across the finish line before sundown—by law he had to marry her!
Sadie Hawkins Day was first mentioned in the November 15, 1937 Li’l Abner daily strip, with the race actually taking place between November 19 and November 30 in the continuity. It would prove to be a popular annual feature in Li’l Abner, and a cultural phenomenon outside the strip. (see Schreiner, Dave; “Sadie’s First Run”, Li’l Abner Dailies Volume 3: 1937, Kitchen Sink Press, Princeton, WI, pg. 8.)
(See also: Leap year for discussion of a similar tradition of “allowing” women to propose marriage on February 29th, which has also become unofficially known as Sadie Hawkins Day.)