October 8th, 2007
I'm sitting here wondering why the hell the mail hasn't shown up yet, when it strikes me that oh yeah, today is a holiday. Sort of. The feds close their offices, but the city libraries are open; I'm not sure about the state. Metro runs its regular schedule. Some schools are open, some aren't, depending on how they are juggling their holiday & break schedules.
I have to wonder if some of the ambiguity isn't the growing acknowledgment that Mr. Colombus' arrival on the shore all those years ago brought a number of unhappy consequences that don't really deserve to be celebrated. Happy Introduction of Smallpox and Other Nasty Diseases Day! or maybe Impending Genocide of Indigenous Populations Day! I can't be the only person who has thought on occasion that Manifest Destiny was essentially the US version of Lebensraum...
The state is open, the country is not. It took me forever to figure out why none of my emails to HR people at new job hadn't been answered today.
Smith didn't celebrate Columbus Day. Instead, the college president would pick a pseudo-random day sometime between the start of classes and midterms to give everyone off. If you woke up to the college carillon ringing, classes were canceled that day. It's called Mountain Day because a lot of people go hiking or biking into the hills that day.
I always rather liked that, especially since it acknowledged the real meaning of a holiday to college students: a day without classes.
|Date:||October 8th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)|| |
Oh, that would explain the young lady with the megaphone on the HUB lawn shouting "Support indigenous people, abolish Columbus Day!" I saw the booth with the signs on my way in, and later I heard her with the megaphone, and neither time did I twig to it actually being Columbus Day. Huh.
|Date:||October 8th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)|| |
Apparently I've already abolished Columbus Day, at least in my own mind.
Or there's this link
for a fine alternative, that another friend posted to his journal.