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12-12-12 slow to attract love birds in El Paso County

By: CAROL MCGRAW
December 11, 2012
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photo - Lorraine Crocker Photo by MICHAEL CIAGLO/The Gazette file
Lorraine Crocker Photo by MICHAEL CIAGLO/The Gazette file 

Where have all the romantics gone?

Or at least those lovey doveys who carry a rabbit’s foot, lucky charms or maybe search for Bigfoot.

You see — be still your heart — it’s 12-12-12.

And alas, on Tuesday it didn’t seem like anyone in town was going to get married that date. But then, with no crystal ball we can’t say this with authority.

This progression of numbers in the calendar where month day and year match up is considered good fortune and usually elicits a lot of nuptials. Many people got hitched on 07-07-07 and 11-11-11.

But for some reason the twelvsies didn’t seem to resonate locally, even though there will be no 13-13-13 or any other date like that in the rest of our lifetime.

We talked to a few wedding businesses and no one reported any brides who came in early to pick out 12-12-12 carrot cakes smothered in fondant the color of their chosen corsages.

A better indicater, perhaps, is as of Tuesday there had been no lines of those wanting to plunk down $30 at the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder office to get their license so they could celebrate on 12-12-12.

“Maybe they will come in at the last minute,” said Sandy Hook, county recording department manager.

The year that was big here was 07-07-07 because it is considered a lucky number.

“But six-six-six, not so much,” Hook said. After all, who would promise eternal love on a date mirroring the numerals of the apocalyptic mark of the beast?

Those in the wedding business said the lackluster interest in 12-12-12 may be because it comes mid week. It’s also cold. On 07-07-07 it was the middle of bridal season, noted Janice Montoya of Briarhurst Manor. She had one military couple choose 11-11-11 a year and a half in advance, because it was Veteran’s Day and on a Saturday. Happy couples chose 10-11-12 and 9-10-11 because they wanted to stay that way. No chance of forgetting those anniversary dates.

But those who believe in the auspicious dates can rest assured that Lorraine Crocker is having two birthday parties Wednesday, one at her retirement home, and one planned by The Woman’s Club.

Her birthday is 12-12-12. That means Crocker, who is 100-years-old experienced those lucky numbers twice in her lifetime — in 1912 and in 2012.

Contact Carol McGraw: 636-0371 Twitter @mcgrawatgazette Facebook Carol McGraw

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