Leap Day 2016


What is Leap Day besides a extra calendar day once every four years?

According to Wikipedia: “There is a popular tradition known as Bachelor’s Day in some countries allowing a woman to propose marriage to a man on February 29. If the man refuses, he then is obliged to give the woman money or buy her a dress.”  

As a child I grew up hearing that Leap Day was the day that girls could ask guys out on dates, or take the initiative otherwise in dating. That didn’t happen a lot back then.

With the rise of feminism and gay rights, this is not much of an issue anymore.  The world is more equal now, at least here in the United States of America.

But today, you women could still go out & ask someone (a guy, another woman) to marry you, now that gay marriage and straight marriage are both allowed in America.  How times have changed…

I used to feel sorry for those born on February 29, as they don’t get to celebrate their birthdays every year, but then they are 4x younger than the rest of us. Maybe they age less too (lucky for them).

Leap Year is always Presidential Election year in the U.S. so don’t forget to mail back your early ballot for the Arizona PPE (Presidential Preference Election) coming up on March 22.

Enjoy Leap Day 2016.



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. One of my Facebook friends Patricia C. just posted this info about Leap Day:

    “This tradition is probably the best known and dates back to 5th Century Ireland when St Brigid allegedly struck a deal with St Patrick, allowing women to propose on February 29.”

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