Sunday, October 12, 2008

Columbus, DeSoto and Oldsmobile

"Will the wind ever remember, the names it has blown in the past?" - Jimi Hendrix, circa 1966

As times and the culture change, some notable dates fall by the wayside (i.e., Pearl Harbor Day, May Day, the day JFK was shot) while others are "moved" for "convenience." Columbus Day is one of those days. The "real" C-Day is October 12. On this day in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue... you know the old rap.

Columbus Day is well on the way toward bastardization. It's now "Columbus / Italian American Weekend" and ther are "festivals" commemorating that being held here and there (and even here in the Capital Region).

It's sometimes sad to see the old traditions fall gently by the wayside. One wonders if historians in the distant future (assuming humanity isn't obliterated by a comet or asteroid or nuclear war) will be to re-assemble the components of the traditions for students to learn in school.
Okay, now I must digress: I don't recall the name of the book, but two sumemrs ago I read a novel set in the time of ancient Egypt. The research done by the author gave me a "fly on the wall" insight to day-by-day life in that time period. If I ever come across the book again, I'll not the title and author and post it here.
Another pair of old traditions that may soon bite the proverbial dust: General Motors and Chrysler, driven by the total insanity of the "sudden economic depression" considering a merger. What will they become? GMC, perhaps, as in "General Motors Chrysler"?!?

I'll really start worrying when they decide to move Christmas day to the last Monday of every December. That'll be the confirmation of culture collapse in these parts.

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