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It’s 4:20 Somewhere

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By Dawn Bright


Dear Dawn,

Every year around this time, the term “420” starts popping up. I know what it means, but what I don’t know is why is this still a relevant event? Marijuana is slowly being legalized around the country, and medical marijuana is even legal in Florida. This just seems like old news to me.

– Sally W. from Niceville



Well, Sally, you’re right, this whole marijuana issue has been around for a long time. Did you know cannabis has been consumed in various forms for over 5,000 years? And the term “420” was started back in 1971 by a group of teenagers trying to find a field of abandoned marijuana. They agreed on a spot to meet at 4:20 to start the search, but after several failed attempts, gave up on finding the crop but continued meeting at 4:20 to smoke pot. And that’s how the term “420” came about to signify pot-smoking time. And over time, 04/20 became the DAY to protest the fact that marijuana is still illegal, so protesters gather to smoke pot at 4:20 on 4/20.


I’m not a marijuana smoker myself, although I did give it a try once in 1980 and spent an entire evening at Red Rocks in Colorado sobbing at the moon rather than enjoying the concert. It’s obviously not for everyone. And it’s still illegal here in Florida to smoke marijuana recreationally. But government regulation has historically caused civil unrest, and this is one of those issues that has caused a lot of it. And as long as the government continues to regulate marijuana, “420” will still be a thing, so it is by no means “old news.” And if you’re interested in joining any 04/20 events, here’s a link to some of those activities:

Dear Dawn,

Recently, I was doing a little shopping on an online site and noticed an ad with a picture of a full-grown man wearing an Easter Bunny costume. Why?

Bill K. from Fort Walton Beach 



Why not, Bill? Costumes are fun! And the Easter Bunny costume is derived from the Easter Bunny delivering eggs on Easter Sunday. You see, rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (called kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. And Easter is the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection (and new life) of Jesus Christ. So, naturally, legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs, as they are also a symbol of new life. That guy in the costume? I’m sure he’ll be outside at the crack of dawn hiding colored Easter eggs for his kids. Wearing his costume. Why not?

Dear Dawn,

My boyfriend doesn’t talk much. When we go out to dinner, it’s normal for the two of us to just sit and eat. Without talking. Do you think this is weird?

– Nancy G. from Destin



It’s not that weird, Nancy. It could be he just doesn’t have anything to say. I read this one thing that said “maybe he’s one of thousands of men searching the Internet for things to converse about.” I find it difficult to believe there are thousands of men who give a rat’s patootie about finding things to talk about. I can’t imagine my boyfriend getting on the Internet to find conversational topics. He’s mostly just interested in reading his Facebook page or Twitter to find out what other people have to say about him. And in his case, he isn’t a talker either. We can sit for an hour at a restaurant without exchanging a word.


I don’t know why your boyfriend is like this, but there are several possibilities. It could be he actually has nothing to talk about. Or he’s afraid you’ll jump all over him if he does speak up. Or laugh at him. Do your conversations usually go in that direction? Because I’d be prone to clamming up, too, if I were always getting criticized or laughed at. Or maybe he’s just trying to be the “strong, silent type.” Men get a little weird like that sometimes, trying to project some personified image in order to impress.


If the lack of conversation really bothers you, you need to talk to him about it. Make sure the lines of communication are really open, and that he knows he can talk to you without being criticized, misunderstood or laughed at. And do like I do. If there’s something to talk about, you start the conversation. Otherwise, enjoy the meal…and the silence!

Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her. Email your questions to

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