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Columbus Day

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy

Subject: Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day everyone! I didn’t know what a traditional Columbus Day cake was, so I just bought a box of donuts from Krispy Kreme.” Billy says, returning home from work.

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Smallpox blankets maybe? I could go off about how we shouldn’t be celebrating a guy like Columbus, but then again, It’s hard to argue with donuts.” Frank says.

Well, It’s not like our other holidays are oh so pristine.” Sara says.

You could probably make a case for why those holidays shouldn’t be celebrated either.” Frank responds.

We could just become Jehovah’s Witnesses and celebrate nothing..” Tabitha says.

Life is full of horribleness. Columbus, Thanksgiving, etc. July 4th is basically the celebration of war and treason is it not? But good things came from all of it, and that’s what I’m celebrating.” Billy says.

Like it or not, our lives are the way they are because of what Columbus did. It’s similar to the idea that you can’t/shouldn’t actually go back in time and kill Hitler.”

That’s just tv stuff. Not real.” Frank says.

Because time travel is real anyway? I’m not arguing that we should ignore the horrible things Columbus did, or the horrible way the natives were treated, or that school programs shouldn’t be altered, but Columbus setting sail in 1492 was the start of a series of events that led to the creation of America, New York, and this apartment that we’re standing in.” Sara says.

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Tabitha quotes.

There is a difference between celebration and remembrance though.” Frank says.

Does anyone really ‘celebrate’ Columbus Day? Most people just enjoy the day off. It could be for any other reason and it wouldn’t change anything for most.” Sara says.

Not celebrating would be worse. It would be forgotten and glossed over.” Billy comments.

Do we have to call it ‘Columbus Day’ like he’s some sacred hero?” Frank asks.

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Probably not. But people don’t do change well. Things stick. Tradition. It’s the same way with Thanksgiving, which basically has the same cultural negatives to it, but we still get together with family, and celebrate life. As much as you can say ‘we should do that all the time’, it wouldn’t happen that way without the holiday. Or Christmas. I know more people that celebrate Christmas without once thinking of Jesus than celebrate it with religiously.” Sara says.

I guess as long as people continue to be educated about the truth and not think this was all lollipops and roses. I still think Columbus’ name should be left out of it. Macy’s can advertise just as well with a different holiday name.” Frank says.

What bridge do you take to get to the beer garden in Astoria Frank?” Tabitha asks.

The Triboro. Why?” Frank asks, puzzled.

Wrong. It’s the RFK bridge. People don’t adjust to change well. Some people still call the Jackie Robinson Parkway the Interboro, and that’s been like that for a long long time. But just because we’re using an archaic name, doesn’t mean we can’t fully understand or talk about the bad things associated with Columbus.” Tabitha says.

Frank laughs. “Well, you got me there.”

Enough social studies. Let’s have a donut and watch some hockey.” Billy says, flipping on the Islanders game.

October 12th, 2009 by Sara in 6th Floor, life
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Taco Wars

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Frank returns from Buffalo

Frank is leafing through a pile of receipts in the kitchen and cursing under his breath.

Hey Frank! How was your trip to Buffalo?”

Frank mutters softly under his breath. “When did gas get so expensive? Hell, when did snacks at the rest stop get so expensive?”

Where have you been man? Gas has been expensive for a while.”

I don’t think I’ve filled up my taken more than once a month at most in a year. I guess I never noticed how ridiculous it gets when you drive a lot. Yikes.”

Didn’t you go up there with him Sara? Didn’t you pay for half the gas?”

Yeah. He’s only looking at his half of the receipts.”


Those cookies and bread you brought back were yummy though.”

Yeah, they were. So Frank, how was seeing the old campus? Bring back memories?”

Oh, tons. Of a cheaper time..” Frank stares off into space…then snaps out of it. “Did you know they changed the Krispy Kreme store into a Vitamin Shop!?”

Really? That’s gotta be a sin or something.”

The Hooters is gone too.”

Wow. Buffalo has really gone downhill since you left. At least they still have wings right?”

Of course. The day Buffalo has no more wings is the day Canada annexes Western New York.”

We’d probably let them have it too.”

They can take their Tim Hortons and shove it!”

Glorified Dunkin Donuts.”

I would say the same about Mighty Taco. Seemed much the same as Taco Bell.”

You should try Del Taco out in the Vegas area. Excellent! Blows both of ’em away.”

Going to Vegas? I’m in..”

I was thinking about going to Vegas in November actually. It’s a friend of mine’s birthday.”

Should totally do it. I hear they have some awesome strip clubs out there.”

Scott can stalk strippers..the rest of us can drink ourselves silly and lose wads of cash.”

Except Frank..who will win mounds of moola despite being completely smashed… and then buy us dinner.”

Anything for a free meal huh?”

You said it.”

August 20th, 2008 by Ann in 6th Floor
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