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Published April 15 2010

Mercer: Share silly side on High-Five Day

I’m a guy who likes silliness.

But I like my silliness taken seriously: straight-faced, deadpan silliness taken to extremes otherwise reserved for truly meaningful efforts.

That’s my defense for establishing the Fargo-Moorhead High-Five Association (FMHFA) and successfully lobbying Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker and Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland to issue declarations making today, April 15, High-Five Day in their respective municipalities.

The language of the proclamations really explains why we need such a day: “WHEREAS, The Fargo-Moorhead area has reason to celebrate with jubilant high-fives following the relatively non-destructive passing of the 2010 flood;” “WHEREAS High-fives encourage camaraderie and community spirit;” “WHEREAS April 15 is also tax day and, therefore, residents will be in need of the spirit-lifting effects of en masses high-fiving;” and “WHEREAS High-fiving is just plain fun; (Fargo proclamation only)” BE IT RESOLVED …

Furthermore, the proclamations also note that April 15 is National High-Five Day (www.

nationalhighfiveday.com). After all, we don’t want to get in trouble with the high-five authorities.

But you don’t need all that legalese to know why people need high-fives. It’s an expression of joyful exuberance, so it feels great. It’s also cathartic; high-fiving is a socially acceptable way to hit another person who will, most likely, even be grateful for being struck.

Furthermore, it’s accepted as a greeting of kindness. It’s like saying, “You’re my buddy!” Yet, you’re also hitting someone so guys don’t have to worry that it looks less than masculine.

On a more personal

level, as a product of the gregarious culture of the South, high-fives allow me an avenue for venting my slightly redneck urges for attention-garnering expression in ways that are not frightening to plains-dwelling Midwesterners.

So how should you celebrate High-Five Day?

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734