EVERETT — Viva libido.
Wednesday is National Sex Day.
What’s up with that?
The sensual holiday with a sense of humor is June 9.
National Sex Day is whatever you make it. Lovey-dovey or fuddy-duddy. For those not making it, it can be a time to remember fond intimate moments with a loved one. As Mae West said: “Sex is an emotion in motion.”
Unless your employer is really cool, chances are it’s not a paid holiday. There will be mail service, and sperm banks will be open.
Sure, it’s just another of the hundreds of “national” days made up by marketers. June 9 is also Donald Duck Day, in honor of the cartoon debut. June 10 is Ballpoint Pen Day. June 11, Corn on the Cob Day.
So why write about sex instead of ducks, pens and corn?
After a year of social distancing, National Sex Day marks a return to embracing life. Making whoopee day was pretty much called off last year due to the pandemic.
“You are your safest sex partner,” the Washington Department of Health said in its “Sex in the time of COVID-19” guide.
For quarantined coupled folks wearing frayed sweatpants and not showering for days, the bedroom wasn’t exactly a playground, either.
More people are getting in the act now that hot and heavy breathing can be done without a mask and sex doesn’t have to be six feet apart.
A survey of about 800 adults to gauge their libido levels during and after the pandemic found that 57% planned to have more sex after getting vaccinated and 46% were more comfortable hooking up.
Here’s the kinky thing: The survey was done by a national lawn care service.
LawnStarter is an app-based platform to connect yard owners and landscapers. It’s like Uber for lawn care.
Their blog is about more than leaf gutters and weed eaters.
To promote National Sex Day, LawnStarter also made a lustiest cities list and sent it to media outlets as a news release.
The 200 biggest U.S. cities were ranked based on nine indicators of sexual arousal, including the single population, Google search interest in adult content and sex-toy sales.
The top 10 turned-on cities seems a mix of odd bedfellows: Paradise, Nevada; Orange, California; Hollywood, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island (founded by Puritans); Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Newark, New Jersey (hometown of the guy who played George on “Seinfeld”); Dayton, Ohio; Tempe, Arizona; and Baltimore, Maryland.
Of the 10 least-lusty cities, seven were in what the survey deemed “Sexless Texas”— McKinney, Plano, Brownsville, Laredo, Amarillo, Frisco and Midland. Others were Omaha, Nebraska; Cape Coral, Florida; and Naperville, Illinois.
If you believe what you read, Washington is no hot-blooded hotbed. Tacoma ranked 54 on the lust list. Seattle was 92.
On the topic of grass, in LawnStater’s “2021’s Best Cities to Get Stoned,” Seattle did better: It placed 25.
If you don’t get lusty on June 9, don’t worry. International Sex Day is Aug. 21. That’s also National Spumoni Day.