Here, holiday founder Drew Melbourne tells the
Once upon a time, I enjoyed steak, but the thought of eating two steaks in one day was inconceivable to me for three very important reasons:
Then one day in the waning days of Aught-Four (the third Sunday in December, unless that was too close to Christmas, in which case it was the second Sunday), everything changed.
I joined a teacher-friend and her French Club on a lunch-time trip to La Bonne Soupe in Manhattan. (La Bonne Soupe is French for "First Annual Double Steak Day." And thank you, yes, my French is excellent.) Because it was a field trip, I ate for free, though as I'm explaining it now, that sounds unethical.
Anyway, later that night, my roommate and I went out for dinner to a very exclusive fine dining restaurant you may have heard of called Chez Pizzeria Uno. And since I hadn't yet paid for a steak that day, I thought, Why not go for two?
While we were waiting for our steaks to arrive (in this version of the story, everyone else was eating steak too), my roommate and I improvised a game of checkers out of napkin bits and a checkerboard patterened table cloth.
I lost badly, but this began the tradition of playing checkers every year on Double Steak Day - so in a way I also won badly.
Then the steaks came. And they were good.
(And by good, I mean, I enjoyed mine greatly. If you can only appreciate a really expensive steak, you're going to wind up spending a lot more on Double Steak Day than I do.)
At the end of the day, I was happy and full of steak for what I vowed would not be the last time. The next morning, I had a little tummy ache, so I vowed that the next non-last time would need to wait a while.
And the morning after that, when I woke up with the same tummy ache I'd had for the past two days, I said, "You know what? It's probably a good idea to wait a full year between double steak days!"
And thus a holiday was born!
Now, I've learned a few important lessons since then:
Now, I'm not a school teacher anymore. I have a real job (i.e. one that doesn't help anybody), but even a school teacher can afford to celebrate Double Steak Day once a year, especially if they follow some of the cost-saving tips above (like preparing one meal at home and having low standards).
And as for propriety? Well... We change minds one steak-sated celebrant at a time!
Happy Double Steak Day, everybody!!!