Happy 4th of July

Some say have a “Safe and Sane 4th of July”.

For me that is bullshit. If you look at the guidelines for Safe and Sane, there is little fun there. I am more old school than that. I do have more common sense (other then momentary lapses of reason) as I was raised in a time where you paid attention to your elders or you ended up hurting yourself. I like to listen to my elders tales of misadventures, or their experiences in general.

I would support changing our observance to the first Friday in July… Of course I think that November 1st could stand to be a holiday, so that teachers do not have to put up with our kids all hopped up on candy.

 

For me, it is have a “Safe and fun 4th of July.”

Enjoy the day, have a wonderful night, and good luck tomorrow being sleep deprived.

 

 

Pearl Harbor Day –

I know that most of us are younger in relation to the WWII vets…

Please take a moment or two to think and reflect on those who lost their lives in Pearl Harbor as well as those that were there but survived. There are not that many of them left.

Should Columbus Day be observed at all?

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before I start, since Columbus discovered the New World on October 12th, why did they choose to make it a floating holiday. It was a set date, why not just let it fall on October 12th each year instead of letting it move from year to year?)

 

Okay with the all of the opposition to Columbus Day (other than the Italians and Latinos) why is it still being celebrated?

Four states do not celebrate it. Some locations have re-designated it to Native American Day (though we know that there are no true native people to the North American continent) or Indigenous People’s Day, the Latino community refers to it as Dia de la Raza (day of the race). Hawaii calls it Discoverer’s Day and it is held on the same day.

 

Some state are no longer paying for that day off.

Wy not drop it form the calendar?

 

5th of July should be a holiday

Gogglez had another idea for our country…

If the 4th of July does not fall on a Friday or Saturday, then the 5th of July needs to be a holiday as well.

While we are out showing our patriotism and celebrating the birth of our nation, much of which happens after dark, we end up awake too late.

We need the 5th off to allow us to get the rest that we missed out on due to our revelry or more than likely our neighbors’ revelry.

So here it sit suffering due to even over our window mounted a/c unit acting as a white noise generator, the night sounding like Beirut.  I love the fireworks and for me the bigger the better. I just hate having to get up the next morning. The two stiff fuzzy navels that I had helped me relax a little, but it still took until 1pm before I was ready to put my mask on and call it a night (until 5:40).

Geek Pride Day

Okay, today is Geek Pride Day.

It is a home run for geeks:
It is Towel Day (You Dougles Admas fans), The anniversary of the release of Star Wars, Glorious 25 May from Discworld, and major geek factor for today’s date. . .
5 + 25 + 12 = 42

If you fail to grasp the significance of 42, then you may well have your geek union card revoked.

It’s 5+25+12=42! Do you know where your towel is? Grab your lilacs, towel, or pin & win loot: http://j.mp/KI2olG #GeekPrideDay

Happy Armed Forces Day

I am not sure why this page did not post when it was supposed to…

It is a holiday that is being forgotten.
I would have forgotten about it this year except Reality101 was able to remind me before we took off for the weekend.
Until 1949, We had Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day. (Since the Air Force was so young it is surprising that they had their own day yet)
The days were combined into one holiday, except that the Marines did not make that adoption, though they do support Armed Forces Day, they still feel the need to have their own day since they are special.
Take some time today to appreciate that we have our men and women putting their lives in harm’s way for our protection.
While it may not be mentioned, keep the Coast Guard in your thoughts as well. They too serve for us and keep us from harms way and often pluck us from the jaws of death.

420 – certainly a much celebrated topic

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Before I start I want to take a moment to remember that this is the anniversary of the shooting at Columbine HS. God rest their souls.

 

April 20th, 4/20, 4:20… It has become such a strong cultural (perhaps just sub-cultural) reference.

putting four and twenty together often causes snickers from teens.

Can you think of good cannabis related songs? I am not looking for a collection of links to videos either.

I would much prefer the titles, maybe with the artist if you know it.

 

Here, I will start it off with a favorite of mine: The Devil Went To Jamaica. (I wish I knew it well enough to do that one at the bar, but with the regular lyrics on the screen just to hold the surprise.)

 

St Patrick was no saint

I do not celebrate St Patrick’s day… As I take a more Old Religion take on things.

St Patrick is credited in the modernized tales as driving the snakes from Ireland.

There were never snakes in Ireland. He wasn’t even Irish, but a Brit. I do not know why the traditional color of blue was changed to green, unless it was just for the stereotype, or just went better with the Irish image.

St Patrick’s Day is yet another predominantly American holiday (other than in Ireland itself where it is a state holiday and there is a special mass), like Cinco De Mayo. It was bolstered in the 70’s to what we see today.

One of the versions that I have heard over the years makes more sense.

So if we take the modernized tale as He drove the snakes into the sea but take it back to the older language… He drove the serpents into the sea.

If serpents were Pagans, and you had witnessed an untold number of men, women, and children being driven into the sea, THAT would be a good reason to get drunk.

So no, I do not celebrate it, I find it to be more of a day of mourning. (Other than it is my sister’s birthday and mom joked about her being born green after her water broke.)