We’re not at all fond of having Holidays fall on weekends.
In fact, we don’t like the world’s Calendar system one damn bit. Because – at a minimum – it doesn’t take the celestial timekeepers into account.
See, there are two natural “clocks” that would make more sense, they’re the moon’s roughly 28-day spin and the Sun’s 365-whatever. Solar works out four logical breakpoints: the solstices and equinoxes. Toss in a monthly day off to party and call that Festive!
The problem with non-celestial-based “festival timings” is they are prone to day-jacking.
Either for a limited use national event, religion, or domestic illusion marketing. President’s Day in February, for example, is a non-event in China. Just guessing here, but is MLK Day next month a big deal in, oh, Norway, for example?
This holiday stuff is half-past-crazy: In Germany, for example, January 6th will be Epiphany Day in three German states. Presumably, the rest of Germany is ephiphless (if we can take further indecent linguistic liberties).
Germans have to work until April 15th for their first national holiday in ’22. That’s when Germany’s Good Friday falls this year.
Here in East Texas, ALL Friday’s are Good. But where that’s a function of being in the Bible Belt, or just being tired of working too hard for too little time off, will have to be sorted out by the U.N.
Now here is a place holiday mis-dating reaches crisis levels. The Orthodox Christmas (Jan. 7) and New Year (Jan. 11) are about as detached as we can handle. But for the UN, how do they manage things like Tamil Thia Pongal Day on Jan. 14 (solar calendar, but we’re mystified as to how). Or four days later on Jan. 18’s Thaipusam which is Hindu solar calendar based.
I won’t belabor the point, except to say if the Internet really has any future of “Connecting humans globally” we don’t need USB chips implanted in our heads. Instead, we need to begin to act as one Humanity.
In the meantime, I apologize for failing to note Kwanzaa Sunday, which China, Russia, and most of the rest of the world including (officially) almost all of Africa ignored. Still, this is the second day of Kwanzaa (meaning “first fruits”) which runs until New Years. (We’re still not clear on where “first fruits” are found in America, at this time of year. Still, here in PC Texas, it’s a state holiday.)
Maybe there’s hope for 70-something fat privileged males on Wednesday of this week when Sri Lanka’s Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day pops. Or Thursday which is the Philippines Rizal Day. (I had no idea before 6:02 AM today what a “Rizal Day” is.) My bad.
These adventures in “creative calendaring” reveal a sadly human trait to “cal-jack” tribal human holidays (or just make up alternatives) in order to sell division among people. They are largely national, political, racial, or religious marketing tools.
Which then get tied in to “festivals.” Which, in turn, evolved past a big meal and getting laid (the low tech version) into Boxing Day, Cyber Monday, and all the rest of the excess consumption global business model. Which would promptly implode if people realized they could just chill. Not point trying to “buying a stairway to Heaven‘ if it drives pandemics, depletion, and climate change, is there?
Logic aside, already we are seeing a few headlines pointing in the direction of “record sales” this year. Like Holiday sales jumped 8.5% with clothing the top seller.
Again, we’re confounded and confused on two fronts. First, if we’re all working from home now, who needs clothing? Second, with the Fed’s pimping out the Monetary Base by 28% how could sales (based on dollars not unit volume) possibly NOT hit new record highs?
In Ireland, as well as elsewhere, dangers of Covid to shoppers were showcased. As in Shoppers Told To Avoid Christmas Sales As CMO Issues Stark Warning.
The real outing of Santa (who seems, oddly, exempt from a “climate change” scare campaign from the greedy Wokees) will come when the overall sales become clear just after New Year’s.
For now, Santa has left us all holding the bag…Good news? No more deer droppings on the roof for another year.
National Weather Crapshoot
One of my chilluns called from the Seattle area early this morning.
“What’s the temperature down there, dad?”
“68 – but we should hit 78 this afternoon.”
“Well, up here it’s 15 (expletives deleted) this morning and the hill we’re on has 5-inches of snow and ice on top….”
The Sunday adventures of shopping and trying to drive a car up the equivalent of the Alps, then having to walk everything 3-blocks up, vertically, reminded me The South ain’t such a bad place. Besides lower taxes and year-round gardening, I mean.
National weather for this New Year’s shortened week sees The Big Cold heading our way. But in Texas today, the only remarkable weather feature is the fog down in Austin. But what state capitol doesn’t run in a fog, for crying out loud.
I’d almost like to be up at NorthStar for this. You know, fire in the cabin, watching part of the 350-inches annual fall. But with travel advisories and Covid warnings, I’ll have to scrounge through the garden for late tomatoes, instead. Maybe play with the fire-fired pizza oven later on.
Don’t go off hating Texas; high of only 43 coming Sunday. Chicago by comparison will have a high of 22. Though we still won’t need body armor to get the mail.
And speaking of ChiTown In 2021, Chicago’s gun violence spread into neighborhoods that normally enjoy a sense of security. You go defund the cops if you’re that stupid. The Police1 site offers useful dope in How social unrest challenged law enforcement in 2021. And social unrest if fueled online by what we continue to call The Digital Uprising led by Clickbate Revolutionaries.
Now grab a brick, and let’s go shopping…
Register pet owners, not pets department: Chart of the Day: Which are the Mean Vicious Dogs Breeds? Spoiler alert: Pits and Rots. True, registering pet owners may sound extreme, but “insurance to own a gun” is the Next Big Move of the Left we see. But no insurance to own a killer breed without a Dog Safety training program? Come on, now… you do want to be able to carry a “concealed schnauzer” right?
Counterpoint from Zeus the Cat: Large Cat Breeds That Also Make Excellent Pets. I told Zeus to piss off and reminded him that “…in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces in south-eastern China, some—especially older—people consider cat flesh a good warming food during winter months…” I also reminded him my 73’rd birthday in 2-months off.
Oh! Let’s blame gift returns, shall we? Record holiday gift returns are ‘exacerbating’ supply chain issues: Optoro president. Not saying he’s wrong, though. Which is why our Christmas is a very small check run and a few transfers. Every notice no one returns cash?
War Watch continues: While 10,000 Russian troops have moved back a bit from the Ukraine border ahead of talks with Germany, it’s a 10% of forces media move, more than anything, as we view it. Ukraine President Zelenskiy under influence of radical nationalistic forces, says Putin. We continue looking for reservist call-ups are the real indicator of when it’s time to Duck!
OK, so you don’t read Watch Dog Uganda regularly. But, some good advice, seems to us, in 10 choices you will regret in 10 years.
Also worth your time is INC’s Your Goal for 2022: Improve by One Percent.
Of course, if this is too, too much for you, perhaps Kardashian Christmas Bash: Mother Of Pete Davidson Rumored is more your speed?
ATR: The Christmas Room
Price of 2-by-4’s at the local Lowes here in ETex was running $6.79 Sunday.
Got the coat of Penofin on them and ready for installation today, or tomorrow.
Elaine has cooled a bit on the grow-room project, saying the red tint of the stain “conflicts with the forest.” Which looks like several shades of battleship gray this time of year, but which outgreen’s Ireland by mid spring.
Lacking solar-angle color-changing paint (another bazillion-dollar idea of mine that the world isn’t ready for), I explained that when I was growing up, Sunset Magazine used to have amazing projects done in redwood. Penofin with rosewood oil in it, put over a light wood, is close to redwood with a coat of WaterSeal on it.
Just upgrading to cedar 2-by-4’s increases costs 3.3 times. Redwood simply isn’t available here. No telling if it ever will be, given the western fires this year.
Oh well…off to make do…and breakfast.
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