If an American were to look at the special Basque wedding beret we were given on our wedding day, she may very well conclude that we were married today, July 10, 2013. You see, my wife’s family knew that Those Wacky Americans wrote the date in a different order, but they weren’t exactly sure what order. In doing so, they came very close to my very favorite date format, ISO 8601 (with the most significant digits to the left, just like our numbering system). They put the year first, then the month, and then the day, which would be ISO 8601, but they only used two digits for the year. So, in reality, our wedding was 2097 days ago, on October 13, 2007.
“Arrasate” is the Basque name of my wife’s home town, and “Zorionak” is Basque for “Congratulations”. We’ll have to celebrate again in October, for the European date format.
So, happy alternate-date-parsing anniversary, to my lovely wife, Marga!