Friday, February 13, 2009

All The Presidents' Days

[Warning: this post has nothing to do with self-defense.]

Once upon a time we commemorated separately the birthdays of two of our most prominent presidents. George Washington, the Father of Our Country, had his own birthday party in January; Abraham Lincoln, who presided over one of the most difficult and divisive periods in our nation's history, got his day in February. More recently, added to our nation's pantheon of great men was the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential and inspiring figures in recent history. Rather than adding another day, our presidents are now sharing a birthday. Which we celebrate not on anyone's birthday, but rather on a nearby Monday in order to make it a 3 day weekend so that we Americans can spend the day and our money shopping Presidents' Day sales or taking a trip. So please do your part to stimulate our economy by refraining from productive work -- just buy something.

However, if you do feel the need to celebrate a birthday, my mother will turn 88 years old on Monday. Happy birthday, Mom!

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