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Top Ten Things Not To Do On Memorial Day (Today)

Here is the 47th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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10. On Memorial Day, do not accept an invitation to your boss’ house for a picnic even if you think it will be good for your career. If you do, at best, you might just have an awful time. At worst, you might be pressed into service as one of the wait staff.

9. On Memorial Day, do not accept an invitation to your friend’s parents’ house on the lake. If you do, at best, you might be subjected to uncomfortable questions about why you don’t eat potato salad which has been left in the sun for an hour. At worst, you won’t notice the potato salad and end up riding to the ER in an expensive ambulance.

8. On Memorial Day, do not try for the record number of drinks in an hour set by the Legend last year before he died. If you do, at best, you will feel awful the next day. At worst, you just might meet up with the Legend to compare notes.

7. On Memorial Day, do not show the crowd how many hot dogs or anything else you can consume in less than sixty seconds. If you do you, at best, you may get off lucky with just one. At worst, you may eat enough hot dogs causing you to go into a Nitrite coma which takes days to wear off.

6. On Memorial Day, do not try to better any story being told by someone who has served in the military. If you do, at best, you might be actually telling the truth, but will look like a braggart. At worst, you might get in so deep that you will need to join up just to make the stories come true.

5. On Memorial Day, try to resist the beer bong challenge. If you don’t, at best, you will need to find a ride home. At worst, you will have lost all power to reason and the ability to talk which will make great discussion topics for the next day, not to mention the cell phone pictures on Instagram.

4. On Memorial Day, do not offer to light the fireworks display. If you do, at best, you will be contributing to an illegal act in most places. At worst, you may just set off the whole pile and be faced with trying to explain to Homeland Security exactly what your intentions were, hoping you can talk them out of a planned water board session.

3. On Memorial Day, do not decide to join in the volley ball game if you don’t know how to play. If you do, at best, you will slowly learn how to play and eventually stop making points for the other team. At worst, your team mates will decide you need to be eliminated and will hire someone to take you for a long ride out of town.

2. On Memorial Day, do not wear any bathing attire which doesn’t fit or is designed for competitive racing. If you do, at best, the rest of the party will try to ignore the sight. At worst, your picture and all the stuff that doesn’t fit in the suit will make the internet rounds on sites titled: “What not to wear in the pool this summer.”

1. On Memorial Day, do not think you need to entertain all your friends with stories of horrific behavior on Memorial Days past. If you do, at best, everyone will eventually walk away as they lose interest and you’ll be left with the Golden Retriever. At worst, someone remembers your antics and is able to top your story with an even more embarrassing tale about you which you may or may not remember.

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

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  1. What a hilarious list, Marie! Ugh, number 7…have you ever watched one of those hot dog eating contests on ESPN? It’s so gross!
    Have a wonderful holiday! I like Audra’s plan!


    1. Oh, my, no, I’ve never watched food-eating contests. My stomach flips when I see people gorging themselves! I hope you had a wonderful holiday too!


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