Something for Next Year for “Guy Fawkes Day”

Unfortunately, I did my grocery shopping too late, so I missed a chance to utilize these helpful suggestions on how to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night according to one of my local grocery stores.

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Hey, it turns out that Guy Fawkes lead the conspiracy and not Robert Catesby.   Who knew?  And Guy Fawkes also did some time travel too because the Kingdom of Britain did not exist until 1707.  I thought it was still the the Kingdom of England and Wales in 1605.  He must have used the TARDIS.  The Doctor never seems to go anywhere apart from London, as far as I have seen.

Regardless, so what are Americans supposed to do, since there are no fireworks, bonfires, nor parades around these parts (although there used to be in early colonial days in New England)?  Well, it looks like we are supposed to drink Irish tea with chocolate covered digestive “crackers”.  Perhaps we can snack on baked beans on top of Irish beer-flavored potato chips.  Sounds pretty lame.  Is that all?

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The grocery store also gave an idea for a meal to fix along with some more specials.

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Ah!  It’s Cinco de Noviembre!

Considering we have some of the best Mexican food in the Chicagoland area, this could work.  Instead of the bonfires, we can make Guy Fawkes into a piñata, fill him with a lot of that leftover Halloween candy, and have the kids hit him with sticks.  And we are always looking for reasons to set off fireworks and explosives.  This is America.

What do you think?

I Have a New Favorite Word.

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Photography of the defenestration of the stuntman Louis-Marc Marty for the film “Parrallèle extrème”.

I cannot believe I have been on this planet for 42 years, and I never heard of this word until The Boffin taught it to me this morning.

Defenestration

The act of throwing something or somebody out of the window.

To think of the number of times in the past when this word would have been handy.

I looked it up, and there is another definition.

The act of dismissing someone from a position of power or authority

I hope that means you do so by throwing the person out a window.

Because a few names come to mind…

Remembrance Day vs. Veterans Day

Both Remembrance Day and Veterans Day are celebrated on November 11, but they mark very different occasions and have very different tones to them.

Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day) marks the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 that World War I officially ended and is observed by most countries who fought in the war, including the Commonwealth nations.  I know in the U.K., the main commemoration involving the Royal Family and other dignitaries includes two minutes of silence at 11:00 at the Cenotaph at Whitehall, and the other ceremonies throughout the nation happen on Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday closest to the 11th.

Last year, to honor each life lost within the British Empire during the Great War, an installment of 888,246 ceramic red poppies was displayed around the moat of the Tower of London. "Tower of London Poppy" by JeyHan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tower_of_London_Poppy.jpg#/media/File:Tower_of_London_Poppy.jpg
Last year, to honor each life lost within the British Empire during the Great War, an installment of 888,246 ceramic red poppies was displayed around the moat of the Tower of London. It was the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.  Red poppies have come to symbolize Remembrance Day because of the poem, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.  The Royal British Legion adopted it as a symbol in 1921.  “Tower of London Poppy” by JeyHan – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Over here, Veterans Day is a different thing entirely. It is a day that honors those who have served in the armed forces, living or dead. Wartime, peacetime…it doesn’t matter. So, if you signed on the dotted line, it’s your day. That is why you will see lots of memes on Facebook thanking veterans today from the Americans.  Because we have Memorial Day on Bank Holiday weekend in May to honor those we lost, it’s a lot less somber than Remembrance Day.

Case in point, this is what The Boffin told me this morning.

“Happy Veterans Day! Go find some free shit.”

Yes, businesses here give veterans stuff for free on Veterans Day.  Here is what I can get locally and some national deals.

I also found out I can get a free tall cup of coffee from Starbucks.  Like the vast majority of Americans, I don’t care what color the cup is.  I’ll just take a Sharpie and draw Stars of David on it.  Or not, because the coffee tastes like water brewed through compost.

So it’s the same date, but different days.  However, it is all down to honoring our troops, and I appreciate them in whatever way they served and are still serving.  Thank you, all of you.

3-Day Quote Challenge Down to One

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Alison nominated me for the 3-Day Quote challenge, and I thank her.  But I am going to do some twists on it, because I am a contrary little shit.

First of all, I am only doing one day because I don’t have the attention span to do three.

Secondly, I am going to do make this into a little quiz as compensation. So, here’s the quote.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Now we can debate whether this is a bold statement regarding self-esteem or this is a perfect excuse for victim blaming.  (I think it is both depending on the context.)  But the question I have is, did she really say or write this?

Now, don’t cheat and Google it.  If I were omniscient and you did Google it, I would be all Judgy McJudgerpants on your ass.  Hey, if I am giving myself superpowers, I would have telekinetic ones too, and I would do more to you than bend your spoons.

Yeah, I am talking about you, Uri Geller. I know how to bend spoons. Just give me a tub of hard ice cream. Dweeb. Photo courtesy of Taylor Herring. https://www.flickr.com/photos/taylorherringpr/16098401967
Yeah, I am taking pot shots at you, Uri Geller. I know how to bend spoons. Just give me a tub of hard ice cream. Dweeb. Photo courtesy of Taylor Herring. https://www.flickr.com/photos/taylorherringpr/16098401967

It didn’t help that I had a dad who used to yell at the TV, “He’s rubbing the damn spoon!”

Anyway, back to Eleanor. Did she say it?  Write it?  Cast your vote down below.  I’ll give the answer later today in the comments.

Let’s See What’s Going On With the Presidential Election.

As we know, there is a lot going on with our favorite motley crew.

By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
“Ben Carson by Gage Skidmore 3” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Donald Trump September 3 2015” by Michael Vadon – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons
“Chris Christie at the 2015 CPAC by Gage Skidmore” by Gage Skidmore
“Carly Fiorina by Gage Skidmore 3” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
“Ted Cruz by Gage Skidmore 6” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Sen. Lindsey Graham by United States Senate [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Sen. Lindsey Graham by United States Senate [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“Mike Huckabee speaking at HealthierUS Summit-uncropped” by United States Government – http://www.healthierus.gov/steps/photo/. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons
“Bobby Jindal by Gage Skidmore 4” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
By Michael Vadon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ]
Gov. John Kasich by Michael Vadon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ]
“Rand Paul by Gage Skidmore 8” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Former Governor George Pataki by Christopher Peterson” – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
“Ringo Starr (2007)” by Tina 63 – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
“Marco Rubio cpac 2012” by Gage Skidmore
Jim Gilmore courtesy of Gage Skidmore https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/12999393015
Jim Gilmore courtesy of Gage Skidmore https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/12999393015
“Rick Santorum CPAC FL 2011” by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Rick Santorum. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Gov. Martin O'Malley - See page for author [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gov. Martin O’Malley – See page for author [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
“Hillary Clinton speaking to supporters – New York Oct. 15th 2007” by Veni Markovski from New York, USA – Hillary speaking to supporters, New York. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

(Blink, blink, blink, blink)

(Scratches head)

(Sighs.)

Forget it. I’m going to Magic Happy Bunny Land. Those who want to join me are more than welcome.

Photo courtesy of jennicatpink. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jennicatpink/5643862337
Photo courtesy of jennicatpink. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jennicatpink/5643862337