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Bregalad
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posted February 15, 2002 00:44     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw somewhere recently a proposal to create a Canadian holiday in February. The idea was to model Presidents' Day in the US and call it Prime Ministers' Day.

I, for one, want no part of a celebration of corruption and ineptitude at the highest level.

I propose that Canada name Valentine's Day a national holiday. Those who already enjoy Feb. 14 get a day to be with their beloved. The rest can stop whining about being alone and simply enjoy a day off with pay. Everybody wins

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Snaggy
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posted February 15, 2002 08:59     Click Here to See the Profile for Snaggy   Click Here to Email Snaggy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bregalad, I love that idea!

And can you imagine the tourist boom that would result... Canada, the country where Love is a National Holiday.

Pretty soon all us Canadians would be working in the tourist industry on Feb 14th.

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EngrBohn
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posted February 15, 2002 09:40     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, the reason we have President's Day was because the birthdays of two very-admired Presidents both fell in February. They used to be celebrated as separate holidays, back in the day when holidays were celebrated by the day of the month instead of the day of the week.

Somewhere along the line, someone realized
- two holidays in the middle of the same month is a little much (never mind the two holidays that occur a week apart at the end of the year)
- we can't really redefine the Presidents' birthdays so they always fall on a Friday or a Monday (never mind that later we did just that to MLK's birthday and that we redefined the day Columbus "discovered" the Americas from "October 12" to "Monday")
- if we celebrated more Presidents' birthdays as holidays, there might be too many such holidays (never mind my remark that GW's & AL's birthdays were celebrated because they are admired)

Now, didn't "The Simpson's" have an episode about "Love Day"?

You know, I bet the Singles' Bars could do some great promotions with a national "Valentine's Day" holiday. "Don't have a Valentine? Then on your government-sanctioned day off, come find one at The Love Shack, where there's no cover charge and all drinks are half-priced on February 14th!"

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Steen
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posted February 15, 2002 12:51     Click Here to See the Profile for Steen   Click Here to Email Steen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bregalad wrote:
I saw somewhere recently a proposal to create a Canadian holiday in February. The idea was to model Presidents' Day in the US and call it Prime Ministers' Day.

I, for one, want no part of a celebration of corruption and ineptitude at the highest level.

So... you're saying you don't do anything special on April 1st?

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Bregalad
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posted February 15, 2002 17:30     Click Here to See the Profile for Bregalad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EngrBohn:
Thanks for the lesson on US holidays. I was already aware of the history behind Presidents Day, but I'm sure many of the other non-Americans here weren't.

I regularly shock my American friends with how much I know about their country. It must be possible to gain knowledge through osmosis or something. I'm sure proximity to the border is one of the variables involved.

Canada doesn't admire or revere our Prime Ministers. Despise or tolerate are probably the appropriate terms. Trudeau seems to have been an exception, but there's no love for him in Western Canada, he gave us the middle finger (literally once, figuratively for most of 20 years).

Steen:
I don't enjoy playing evil little tricks on people I like and it's next to impossible to get near those who really deserve nasty surprises in the morning.

As for celebrating such fools, one is stuck in a catch-22. Who is the bigger fool, the one in office or the one who voted for him/her?

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EngrBohn
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posted February 16, 2002 03:43     Click Here to See the Profile for EngrBohn   Click Here to Email EngrBohn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Holy crap! I just noticed this:

- EngrBohn -
(never mind my remark that GW's & AL's birthdays were celebrated because they are admired)

Okay, for the record, I'm referring to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Not GW Bush and Al Gore.


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ZorroTheFox
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posted February 16, 2002 08:15     Click Here to See the Profile for ZorroTheFox   Click Here to Email ZorroTheFox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since Al Gore is just an android anyway I doubt that he has a birthday, perhaps a manufactuing date...........Z

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Swiss Mercenary
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posted February 18, 2002 02:09     Click Here to See the Profile for Swiss Mercenary   Click Here to Email Swiss Mercenary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EngrBohn,
never crossed my mind that you were talking about anyone else.

I mean if you saw what some of the satirical programs over here thought about Dubya, it would not have crossed yours either.

Of course, twenty or thirty years down the line, one might have to think twice.

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Super Flippy
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posted February 18, 2002 07:39     Click Here to See the Profile for Super Flippy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Swiss Mercenary:

I mean if you saw what some of the satirical programs over here thought about Dubya, it would not have crossed yours either.

Do you get That's My Bush? I've watched an episode, and it's actually not half bad. Sort of "Married With Children" meets "The West Wing." They're showing several episodes this week, IIRC, in "honor" of Presidents' Day.

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Charisma
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posted March 05, 2002 20:01     Click Here to See the Profile for Charisma   Click Here to Email Charisma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahhhh... what a funny show. I haven't watched it in a while though...

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macadddikt18
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posted March 06, 2002 06:51     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
but zorro, would we really want to celerbrate al gore's birthday. Instead we shoudl celerbrate teh day he invented the internet.
Nayt

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ZorroTheFox
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posted March 06, 2002 16:50     Click Here to See the Profile for ZorroTheFox   Click Here to Email ZorroTheFox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
on that day we could party just like Al Gore >;o) , just hope I don't fall asleep before anyone shows up ...........Z

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macadddikt18
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posted March 07, 2002 08:23     Click Here to See the Profile for macadddikt18   Click Here to Email macadddikt18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yeah, you would not want to be alone with al gore in a room now would you.
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ZorroTheFox
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posted March 10, 2002 18:53     Click Here to See the Profile for ZorroTheFox   Click Here to Email ZorroTheFox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
anytime you are with Al Bore, you are truely alone.........Z

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