My excuse for missing Monday? I was observing one of my favorite holidays: President's Day.
That's right, I'm one of the three people who celebrate President's Day.
President's Day got it's start as an observance of Washington's birthday. Once it became obvious that Washington wasn't going to declare himself dictator for life the holiday was extended to the rest of the Presidents. Because lord knows that power, priviledge and a lifetime's worth of lucrative speaking tours isn't enough the bastards need a holiday too.
I like to celebrate President's Day by spending hours reflecting on a different President each year. This year was one of my favorite Presidents: Martin Van Buren.
Now that is a handsome man.
Fun Facts about Martin Van Buren!
- He was the first President that was born an American citizen (all the other Presidents had lived under British rule prior to the revolution) yet his first language was Dutch!
- Van Buren rode into office on the coat tails of Andrew Jackson!
- Van Buren was widely considered a shitty President (his nickname? Martin Van Ruin), was voted out after four years, and died of Pneumonia!
- Wikipedia Trivia: "In an episode of The Monkees entitled "Dance, Monkee, Dance", Martin Van Buren is the answer to a trivia question entitling callers to a free dance lesson. Later in the episode, Van Buren himself shows up for the lesson."
Tune in next year, when I celebrate the exciting life and times of President Millard Fillmore!