Happy Columbus Day! (2014)
Columbus Day doesn’t get the press it used to because of various historical and political disputes that have arisen over the past few decades. Ignoring those disputes for a moment I make the following observations:
1. It amazes me that someone could travel across an ocean into a prevailing westerly wind with a sail powered ship. I know that those of you with sail boats can explain how it is done, but it still amazes me.
2. It amazes me that they crossed the Atlantic Ocean in such a relatively tiny ship. I once visited the replica of the Santa Maria in Columbus, Ohio (see photo above). It is tiny! (You may not be able to visit it anymore, see article on the WBNS-TV10 website.)
3. To play off on a quote by Neil Armstrong, “It was one one large step for man and one large step for mankind.” Columbus proved that one could travel across the ocean and return, not unlike what Charles Lindberg’s flight across the Atlantic Ocean did for air travel and Neil Armstrong’s trip to the moon did for space exploration.
So, whether you are happy or unhappy that Columbus “discovered” the New World it WAS a momentous event in the history of mankind and a reason for a day off for some.
If you have the day off, enjoy. If you are working today, just know that this week you are getting a leg up on all those who have the day off – enjoy.
Well, back to work for me.