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January 17th, 2011


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08:06 am
For those lucky few of you who are having the day off, please celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King with respect and thoughtfulness. The rest of us have to go to work.

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From:vampireanneke
Date:January 17th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I had to be in at 6:15 this morning...
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 17th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
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My point exactly.
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From:uvula_fr_b4
Date:January 17th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
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MLK Day is the only federal/"bank" holiday that my employer sees fit to observe: I've never gotten President's Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day off, and while the branches used to get those latter holidays off, it's been well over a decade since that was the case.

As for "respect and thoughtfulness," I can't help but remember a long-ago Saturday Night Live skit wherein two cubicle drones, played by Adam Sandler and -- someone else -- talk about getting drunk and going to Atlantic City on MLK Day, only to have a fellow drone played by Tim Meadows guilt-trip them into committing to showing up at his church for an all-day observance and gifting him with their (presumably personal) laptops.

The skit ended with the two white doofuses fleeing and Meadows's character meeting with a black woman (the actress's name escapes me) who asks him what he got; he shows her the laptops and asks her what she's going to do for MLK Day, to which she replies: "Get drunk and go to Atlantic City!," whereupon they both laugh uproariously. End skit.

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From:mycroftca
Date:January 18th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
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Well, I have a different spin on the matter. I remember what it used to be like, and I know what it's like now, and now is better. A lot of that is due to what was done by all the people who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, and Martin Luther King, Jr, is only one of those martyrs. So I must view this with "respect and thoughtfulness".

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From:uvula_fr_b4
Date:January 18th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Mmm. So I'm guessing that Mel Brooks's The Producers ("Spring-time for Hitler and Germany!") and History of the World, Part I ("The Inquisition! What a show! The Inquisition! Here we go!") also meet with your frowning disapproval.

Personally, I don't think that laughing at either movie takes away from the horrors of, respectively, Nazi Germany and the Spanish Inquisition, any more than laughing at an SNL skit about a common, on-the-ground reaction to having MLK Day off detracts from the accomplishments, set-backs and unhelpful tangents of the civil rights movement; but, to each their own.
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From:mycroftca
Date:January 18th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Brooks is pretty over-the-top, but if I was going to suggest a movie of his that matches yesterday's holiday, I think I would have mentioned Blazing Saddle. But that's just me.

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