Monday, February 20, 2006

I don't want a holiday in the sun

Today in the United States is President's Day, something the British will not be commemorating for obvious reasons: They won't want to celebrate the general who used volunteers to beat the best Army in the world, nor will they want to celebrate the president they tried to undermine in the midst of the Civil War.

As we mentioned before, in the UK it's a long slog between New Year's Day and the first bank holiday (Good Friday). And I can't really call in sick, because I'd just be calling into myself.

"Hi, Smitty, this is Smitty. I'm not feeling well today, so I don't think I'll be able to walk from the bedroom to the office."

12 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

Good idea... think I'll call in sick tomorrow... "Hi Sarah....

11:28 AM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

The three day national holidays are an inconvenience for us - no mail, no banking, etc. Tomorrow we will get five newspapers in the mail (that's right - five) which means I'll spend most of the day reading papers - can't waste the papers we spend good money on.

1:34 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

Smutz, I can't believe you said that! Celebrating the life of our first president and the one who kept the Union together is not an inconvenience, especially for Government workers like me! You need to read Team of Rivals and 1776 so you can fully appreciate the two of them. They were very amazing men!

3:50 PM  
Anonymous The Old Man From Scene 24 said...

Well most people in the US are at work today anyway.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

O.K., don't listen to Schmutz (whoever he is) and just celebrate your the first and best GW and the only good Republican who ever lived.

6:03 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

MK, I decided to not let Schmutz get me down. I'm celebrating the day by reading Team of Rivals (which I received as a generous gift from my sister for my birthday), sitting by the fire. (I'm sitting by the fire because our furnace broke during the current cold spell). It is amazing that during Lincoln's day it is the Republicans who were progressive. They were mostly anti-slavery, while the Democrats were more likely to try to protect slavery.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Werbenmanjensen said...

You're having a cold spell, Oldest Kid? What is it, 60 degrees F? Betcha can't convert to Celsius!

8:41 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

Sadly, it's about 41F (that's about 4C, I think) right now, and was in the 40's all weekend. Why couldn't the furnace break when it was in the 60's? The furnace guys just left, but not before they set off the smoke detector. At least now we know it works. I can hardly wait for the house to heat up!

9:52 PM  
Blogger oldest kid said...

And, it's supposed to be 70 tomorrow!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous pseudonymous in nc said...

Oh, British politics towards the US during the Civil War is much, much more complicated than you think. Certainly, there were newly-represented areas with strong ties to the South, but what came out of Westminster was a bit different.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

Mrs. W, we're having a cold spell, and, yes, that means highs in the low to mid-60s. And I can't convert it to Celsius. So there.

2:00 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Oh, British politics towards the US during the Civil War is much, much more complicated than you think. Certainly, there were newly-represented areas with strong ties to the South, but what came out of Westminster was a bit different.




Yeah, but it's more fun to joke about it this way.

6:53 AM  

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