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    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011 edited
     
    Happy Columbus Day, the day Americans celebrate Christopher Columbus bravely sailing across uncharted waters to discover America. Locally, we celebrate by sleeping late, shopping heavily, and drinking beer. Every American holiday calls for alcohol of some kind. Some towns have Italian pride parades and eat Italian food, because Columbus was Italian, even though he was sailing under the Spanish flag, and what he "discovered" had already been discovered centuries earlier by more primitive people who were living there at the time, and who subsequently became Columbus' slaves in his never-ending lust for gold.

    Frankly, it had nothing to to with the United States at all, except that it's possible that on a different voyage, Columbus might have accidentally bumped into Florida at some point [insert joke about men never wanting to stop to ask for directions], but we're pretty sure it was somewhere in the Bahamas [insert joke about geographically challenged Americans], but even if it was Florida, goddamit, it wasn't "Florida", it was native land, inhabited by an estimated 350,000 people of over 100 different groups and languages, and I don't know what any of them called it.
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      CommentAuthorkumbaya
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
     
    Do you guys actually get a day off for that, or is it sort of an in joke?

    Our in joke is that today we have the day off up here in Canadia for Thanksgiving. Yes, we actually have it at about harvest time up here, as opposed to three days before Christmas, like thiose silly American type people. I think the US record diet weight loss between Thanksgiving and Christmas was 2-1/2 lbs, and that was with a 5-lb margarine of error :)

    Anyway, Happy Florida-finding. We Canadians snowbirds also discovered Florida years later, but we paid for it fair and square.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
     
    It's a federal holiday, thumble.

    Nobody in the US loses weight between Thanksgiving and Washington's birthday. There's all the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, nuts, and pies on T-day, about the same on Christmas, except we start celebrating on Thanksgiving night with butter cookies, candies, and everything right up until Christmas, then there's a week to recover before *another* feast on New Year's Day (and all the champagne and hard liquor and party foods the night before), when most people have prime rib or some other beefy treat. Then there's another lull, but it's winter, and nobody loses weight during winter because the days are so fucking short and dark nobody feels like doing anything. Then there's the wind up to Valentine's day, which usually starts around January 2nd, and we're constantly having chocolate shoved in our faces by well-meaning friends, and of course, the romantic 77-course dinner men *must* take their spouses/lovers to, and the wine that goes with V-day, and then there's Presidents day, which is usually around Washington's birthday, so we celebrate with cherry pies and--guess what? MORE CHOCOLATE! Chocolate covered cherries, chocolate cherry cake, and the new trend of chocolate and wine. (EW)
    • CommentAuthorsuzulu
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
     
    I didn't know you celebrated a Columbus Day!
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      CommentAuthorcassbtt
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
     
    Sigh. So this is why nobody in the States was answering my email yesterday. We in Canada had "Thanksgiving", but I thought those guys down there were at work!
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2011
     
    Yes, Sue, we celebrate Columbus Day for Columbus' disvovery of


    AMERICA!





    The native Floridians called it home, just like all the other places, like Massachusettes, Virginia and New York. :}
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    It's a federal holiday that many places where I live do not celebrate whatsoever, and I say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, do not celebrate the cruelty that the Aztec descendants and the Mayan descendants had to go through. A lot of people I know feel the same way I do about Columbus Day -- GET RID OF IT. We don't have an Abraham Lincoln Day anymore, but we have a Columbus Day. WHY? WHY? WHY? We don't have a honor Native Americans Day, which we should have, but we have a stupid Columbus Day.
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    What else can I bitch about? Anybody? Ideas?
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      CommentAuthorkumbaya
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
     
    The Blackberry Outrage? Sorry, Outage.
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
     
    It is questionable if Columbus is the first exploer to find this country, but, his not so respectable self is given credit, but fortunately we are not Columbia. The Aztecs were not exactly within the bounds of the US but their virgin sacrifices were interrupted by the
    Spanish.
    How do you figure the Canucks paid for centuries of pain and conflict fair n square, Thumb, baby?
    Snowbirds? Good come down and rent my beach house next week. I am tired of playing housing project on my new hardwood floors. Just to say.
    I spent Columbus Day working...out!:cool:
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    I spent it working.
    • CommentAuthormrsthing
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
     
    Columbus was definitely not the first to visit North America. Leif Erikson was the first European to find North America, as far as we know. Vespucci, for which the continent and our country are named, according to one historian, got here in 1497--a year before Columbus landed on the North American mainland.

    He is, however, revered as a saint in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. There is a church in which there is an old iron casket that is said to hold the remains of Christopher Columbus. It's small--about two feet long and maybe a foot deep and tall, iirc. The two uniformed, armed (M16s and ammo belts!) guards refused to tell us, though our guide told us once we got outside that all the casket held was a piece of knee cap believed to have belonged to Columbus. Nevertheless, the natives believe it's his, and they guard it 24/7/365. God only knows why; I mean he virtually wiped out their ancestors. There is little trace of the Taino and Carib in the faces of the people, though you do find some very interesting genetic combinations, like the little girl I saw there who had blue eyes, pale skin, and a blonde afro, and the beautiful teenage boy with the pale green eyes and cafe au lait skin. And sweeter, well-behaved children you're not likely to meet here in the US.

    But yeah, some people work on Columbus day, despite it being a federal holiday. But in my neck of the woods, we have a lot of Italians, and they have parades on Columbus Day, so we all get it off.
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      CommentAuthorkumbaya
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
     
    Lovely analysis, MrsThing.

    My generation all got it off on Woodstock Day.

    Budda boom....
    • CommentAuthorzelda
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011 edited
     
    Off the subject a bit are the Berber tribes of North Africa who mated with "pale eyes" sometime in history. The most beutiful people I have ever seen are the blue or green eyed Berber's with amber or warm colored skin with hair covered in scarves in medina's or washing clothes on rocks in the countryside as they have done for generations. Man's need and desire to explore have left their souvenirs in many beautiful ways throughout history. ( Yes,I know the downside)