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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

HAPPY PIONEER DAY! WHAT???

I am drunk, so if this post makes no sense to you or offends, so be it. You have been warned!
Today at work I had the opportunity to attempt to explain to our out of state customers about Pioneer Day and why we are closed for it. See, when I told them we would be closed for Pioneer Day, of course their reaction was "Um, what's Pioneer Day?" but I could tell in their voices they were actually thinking "WTF?" I had a really hard time explaining it, since I am not Mormon nor celebrate this traditional state holiday. I mumbled something like: "It's a celebration of when the Mormon settlers came to Utah and either kicked out, converted or killed all the Indians and laid claim to the land." Maybe not those exact words, but I got a laugh out of it anyway. Tonight at the Owl after party, we were discussing this topic and Max (a good friend and pickle sharer) said "It's no different than other state holidays". WHAT? Is there other states that celebrate similar holidays? PAID time off other than the regular federal holidays? REALLY?? I don't mean to be ungrateful here, cause hell...like anyone else I'm not going to look a paid day off in the eye, but this makes no sense to me for many reasons. First of all, the company I work for deals mostly with out-of-state customers who would probably prefer us to be open on a mid-week day since they couldn't care less about our state holiday. Second, can you say "separation of state and religion?" Oh. And I don't get drunk often because I'm old and my body doesn't recuperate as well as it used to, but tonight I had good reason to celebrate. I got a promotion to another department at work today. I'm stoked. I get to learn something new! YAY ME! Passing out now...

5 comments:

Alex said...

Trust me, you are not alone.

Michael said...

I wish I had the day off.

The Dave said...

LOL you really shouldn't complain. I actually don't know of any states that have a state holiday like this. I know California celebrates when it became a state but nobody takes the day off for it.

Al said...

Nan, Please tell Max that he is full of shit (you can quote me on that!). I have lived in 2 other states, one of which is no where near UT and neither of them had PTO for state holidays, like Utah.

In NM we have Cinco de Mayo. I am fully aware that many people in all states celebrate this Mexican holiday because it's an excuse to get drunk, but we SHARE A BOARDER with Mexico and do not get the day off of work. Unless, of course, it falls on a weekend.

Congrats on the promo, btw!

Anonymous said...

Massachusetts has Patriot's day that is a statewide holiday... 3rd Monday in April... It comemmorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord...