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Okay, now that it's November 12, I can feel free to hate on the veterans in public again.

Dear Veterans,
I don't much care for you
Love,
Some Woman

First I tried to go to the library to check out a museum pass, but they were closed for Veterans' Day, even though it seems like a holiday upon which they could really capitalize by having a huge display of recommended veterans reading, and maybe Soldier Story Time for the kids, and hell, a big party with books and cake to celebrate the learning.

Luckily, Janeowit's library observed Veterans' Day on Friday, so they were open. There was a committee meeting involved in deciding whether or not she should be allowed to have a pass because her old one wasn't checked in yet, because, wait for it... they were closed for Veterans' Day and things that should have been checked in on Friday were not. After all the heated discussion, the votes were tallied and she was allowed to check out another pass.

Phew. We get to see history! So we meander over the Sibley House grounds, insomuch as my Honda Civic meanders. We saw a sign for an Historic Monument, so we made a quick diversion, because I am not one to miss out on anything marked with a brown highway sign. It turns out that we had already stopped by this monument once before, but it was nice to revisit the plaque. My poor directional sense then lead us into a Ye Olde cemetary, which was, in retrospect, a good thing. The sitting buck and standing doe in the cemetary were to be the highlight of our excursion.

Having visited Ye Olde dead people, we were off once again to visit the home of Minnesota's first governor. We get to the Sibley site, but observe that no other cars were present. We get out of the car and walk up to the vistitors' center/DuPuis house (incidentally, made from brick from Milwaukee).

CLOSED

For Veterans' Day, presumably. This makes no sense to us. What could possibly be more celebratory of Veterans than learning about history?! Note: the closure of this property means that Historic Fort Snelling was also closed. That makes the least sense of all. If you visited HFS on November 11 and can verify that it was open, please do tell. Anybody? No? No.

So the janeowit (I think her name is 'naners now) and I settled for climbing on history and peering into Ye Olde windows. There was a cat hanging around that will have to battle the deer for Best Exhibit.

Regular Admission: Peering in windows is free all day, every day. I don't recommend doing so after dark, due to Ye Olde no lighting and Ye Olde tresspassing charges.
Overall Grade: D+ The cat saved the day.
Re-visit?: Maybe if they were actually open.

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[AoM] Henry Sibley House

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  • Two weeks ago my mom and I were discussing the fate of a family we used to know, since she had heard they were all living at home again. At last we heard the oldest daughter had given a baby up for adoption and its father decided to become a priest. The crack baby who spent his life on medications for his ADD had moved on to illegal drugs. We hadn't heard much about the other son since he scored very low on an IQ test and got put in special classes. As for the youngest daughter, she was forced to be the old
  • Sounds remarkably like when I was in the USA last year. It was closed. I mean everything was closed. Even McDonalds. Over here, McDonalds is open 364 days a year. Along with many other shops and places of interest. But no, it was really strange to find America closed for thanksgiving. It was like stepping back in time 30 years...
    • by turg (19864) *
      Well, Thanksgiving in the USA is a little different. The stores aren't closed because of some rule* -- they're closed because it there aren't enough potential customers leaving their homes on that day.

      *Which is not to say that I am familiar with the rules in every jurisdiction in the USA.
      • by ces (119879)
        Well, Thanksgiving in the USA is a little different. The stores aren't closed because of some rule* -- they're closed because it there aren't enough potential customers leaving their homes on that day.

        With the exception of some states with 'blue laws' restricting what can be sold on a Sunday (typically alcohol) there really aren't any rules in the US as to when a private business can be open or not.

        The reason most will close on really major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter is both that ther
        • Yeah, I'd have to put this under the heading of "If you don't familiarise yourself with American holidays, you get what you prepared for". :)

          Thanksgiving & Christmas are the two days out of the year in America that yes, most everything will be closed. I can't imagine eating McDonalds on Thanksgiving. Well, let me rephrase that. I can't imagine eating McDonalds. :D

          But if you go to an area with a large or burgeoning immigrant population (meaning: there are ethnic restaurants run by same), you'll likely fi
          • I have actually dined at a Chinese buffet (with Mongolian BBQ!) on Christmas day. It was sort of an odd Christmas. The huge family Christmas was postponed, but we still wanted to get together with my sister and her family, so we decided to meet halfway (a 2 hour drive for each group) at a hotel and grab some dinner. The grabbing some dinner bit proved harder than we had envisioned. Picture not-quite-rural Iowa on Christmas day. There just aren't a lot of ethnic restaurants around there. We drove for 4
            • by turg (19864) *
              That's odd. Around here (as well as in NYC, IIRC), Easter is one of the busiest days of the year for brunch at restaurants.
              • That's kind of how I envisioned Easter to be, but every place around me except for gas stations and Walgreens was closed. Of course, I didn't live by any brunch-type restaurants.
  • Okay, now that it's November 12, I can feel free to hate on the veterans in public again.

    Dear Veterans,
    I don't much care for you
    Love,
    Some Woman

    Thanks. I appreciate your candor. <sniffle>

    Timex
    (Four years active Navy, 12 years Navy Reserve)
    • You know, I'd like you a lot more if you'd stop shutting down my libraries and historic sites. ;^)
      • by Timex (11710) *
        Now that I'm home on my own system...

        You know, I'd like you a lot more if you'd stop shutting down my libraries and historic sites. ;^)

        There are several places that one can find that have the history of Veteran's Day, including this one [infoplease.com]. From the article:

        World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the

        • Let me distill the journal entry down for you: "I hate veterans because the library was closed." How can you possibly take that statement seriously? My blaming of veterans for all that went wrong on Saturday is just like when I blame the cat for not washing the dishes. (I do, in fact, do that. She never defends herself against the charges.)

          By the way, Henry Hastings Sibley was a veteran. I simply wanted to honor his contributions to this country by visiting his historical home in the former Wisconsin Te
          • by Timex (11710) *

            Let me distill the journal entry down for you: "I hate veterans because the library was closed." How can you possibly take that statement seriously?

            I didn't. I didn't mean to make it sound like I did.

            I hear a lot of people these days, complaining about one thing or another, where veterans (those that are currently serving and those that count it part of their History) are involved. Please accept my apologies for taking the frustration out in your general direction.

            On the other hand, I know what you mean:

          • by tomhudson (43916)

            I blame the cat for not washing the dishes.

            Well, duh! Everyone kows its the dog's job to lick them clean so you don't have to wash them :-)

            (Normally, I don't let the dogs lick my dishes, btw. Its gross. Takes forever to wash the saliva off.)

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