Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Confused. Once Again

So was yesterday a holiday or not? I kind of took it on faith ever since last week that yesterday was Veterans Day. I've never really been sure of what are and what are not "real holidays" and especially after my time at Duke (2-0) where the only holidays we had were MLK day and when we win a basketball national championship, so when my mom called and told me she didn't have to go to work I assumed she knew what she was talking about.
But then as I was slacking off yesterday I noticed all regularly scheduled programs ( I feel that irregularly scheduling would not be good for ratings) were proceeding, and more importantly to me it seemed that all blogs were blogging per usual. Which made me feel like even more of a lazy bum. But yet there was no mail.
So as I normally do in such occasions of cloudiness (in my mind there are a tonne) I checked wikipedia. According to the Veterans Day page

The Uniform Holidays Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. After protests by veterans' groups, it was moved back to November 11 in 1978 (most states had reverted to the original date during the '70s). Even though it is a federal and state holiday, it is formally observed in most parts of the United States only by government offices and banks. Some schools and almost all businesses stay open on regular schedules. Most public transit systems thus stay on regular schedules. Most businesses cite the holiday's proximity to Thanksgiving (when many businesses close for a four-day weekend) as the main reason for staying open on Veterans Day, but some schools and most businesses also stay open on Columbus Day, a full month earlier.

Anything that causes so much disruption by stopping mail delivery (if i were actually expecting something) and closing the banks (if i had to go) must be a real holiday. Plus i believe in a strong federal government- damn states rights. (and isn't it obvious that capitalism is trampling on our opportunity to remember those soldiers who sacrificed so much for their country? to quote a billy ray cyrus album title: all gave some, some gave all)

Did this post have an actual point, I'm not actually sure. Either way, in conclusion I didn't post much yesterday not because I'm a slacker but rather it's just

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

and I enjoy my laziness. obvs.

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