Monday, October 09, 2006

You call THIS a holiday!

My first day back from vacation and it is a "bank holiday." It is the commemoration of Cristobal Colombo's first land fall in the Bahamas! Sailing on, and losing ships, "Columbus" eventually "discovered" Cuba, Central America, and a bit of the South American continent. Never once did he step foot on good ol' US of A!

The day was October 12, 1492. However, as "Columbus Day" began to lose favor, the "holiday" was moved to the Monday most likely to fall nearest to the day -- the second Monday of October. A long weekend for the bankers, but not many others. Since my work is so tied to the banks, I worked only a three hour day! So much for my "raise," huh.

However, all is not lost. For those that don't like Columbus, by a stroke of providenciality, today was actually Lief Erikson Day as well. How odd, but apparently the first organized immigration from Norway landed in NYC on Oct. 9, 1825!

I have some Nordic blood in me, I'm sure. So where is my present? :-)

And for our Hawaiian brothers - Happy Discoverer's Day. They got smart and realized that Columbus never even knew Hawaii existed. They honor Captain James Cook instead.

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