I suffer from triskaidekaphobia. I’m not sure it’s contagious but it was passed to me by my mother (who had a superstition for even the superstitions ). What is triskaidekaphobia – it’s a fear of the number 13. I’m much better with this than I used to be but it still bothers me.
I won’t book row 13 seats on planes. My rational self tells me if this row has a problem on the plane there won’t be much chance for the rest of plane …but, well you never know.
I will not book a room 13 or 13th floor in a hotel, and though I love upgrades I would never take it in these rooms. When my grown up kids went on their first holiday to New Zealand they booked their own holiday. It wasn’t until they returned that they dared tell me the floor number of the hotel they were in. You guessed it I’m sure !
I found this interesting piece online (follow the link)
Even in the modern world, superstitions hold immense sway over people’s daily lives. “Several surveys of Americans suggest that roughly half say they are at least slightly superstitious,” said Stuart Vyse, professor of psychology at Connecticut College. “A 2007 Gallup poll found that 13 percent of Americans would be bothered by staying on the13th floor of a hotel. Nine percent would be bothered enough to ask for a different room.”
Oh the irony in the numbers contained in the statistics referred to in this passage.
I would never have that number guests to a gathering. I’d invite extras to get around it or cull numbers at a lower number.
I was so stressed when the 13th loomed near the birth of both my children. When it ticked over to the 14th for my son , then the 26th (halve this number if you dare!)ticked over before the birth of my daughter I was so relieved. I know many have it as their birthday, but its not their fear.
I’m always conscious of Friday 13th. When I notice it coming up I do have a dread in my heart .
So, as this year has carried this number and I’ve had to say it and write it too often for me to know , it is with much excitement I look forward to 2014!!!
Right now I’m trying to plan a really special way to celebrate New Years Eve . I want to wave the year off for good and welcome 2014 in… Such a relief! Living reasonably close to Sydney the harbour was my second choice. But , like trying to book accommodation to celebrate on Hamilton Island ( my most favourite destination in the world and first choice for this occasion) , I have left my run too late to book a room on a good numbered floor , with a view of Sydney Harbour.
I’m happy to travel but not too far as it would only be for about four days as my husband will have to return to work. I thought of Auckland as its going to see the year off first. I don’t want to go west of eastern standard time as it’s only going to drag the year out a bit further.
Have you celebrated the New Year somewhere special ? Have you got some thoughts on where I could go? I look forward to your help with some ideas for me 🙂
The number 13 definitely hasn’t been written that many times this post in either written or numerical form…I know cause I’ve been counting of course 🙂