Joy (cithra) wrote,

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...

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