July 26, 2006

What to do on Dave Day

Filed under: humor, whatever — Brian @ 9:05 pm

Gwynne asks:

Should we all be doing something silly and somewhat dangerous on Dave Day?

In a word, yes. The “somewhat dangerous” part is totally optional, and not part of the true Dave Day tradition. That’s more me than Dave. But silly is excellent, and friendly is required. Dave Day is about meeting neighbors you might not otherwise know, and having a simple good time.

The tradition was started four years ago by Dave and his neighbors in Illinois. It was an informal get-together of whoever wanted to come, held on the lawn between houses where he lived. It was mainly a barbecue, and an excuse to meet the neighbors and hang out with friends. It was nothing heavily organized, but it was always on July 27 – weekday or not. Some skipped out from work altogether, others just early. A few would spend the day “working from home” nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

This year is the first interstate Dave Day. We’re having our own little barbecue here tomorrow starting in the late afternoon, and inviting friends and neighbors – looks like about 60 people will be here at some point in the evening. I didn’t know that we knew 60 people, much less that they’d all want to come over to our house on a weeknight for hamburgers and pasta salad.

I’d be thrilled if you do something in the spirit of Dave Day to honor his memory. Introduce yourself to a neighbor you don’t know (tell ’em some guy on the Internet made you do it if you need an excuse). Invite someone over or meet up for a quick drink after work. Ask a friend about that thing they’re interested in that you don’t know much about.

If you do do something, I’d love to hear about it.



  1. Dave Day is better than Festivus as a new holiday.

    Comment by Eric — July 26, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

  2. Heh – maybe we should incorporate “feats of strength.”

    But no Airing of Grievances.

    (Here’s more on Festivus)

    Comment by Brian — July 27, 2006 @ 7:07 am

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