Tanya's Daily Scoop
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What a weird day I had...
Today marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo and along with that bit of information, NBCnews.com has shared a few more facts about this Mexican Holiday...
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
This victory occurred over 50 years after Mexico's Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.
2. Cinco de Mayo commemorates a military victory over France — not Spain.
3. Cinco de Mayo is a bigger celebration in the U.S. than in Mexico.
In fact, Los Angeles is host to what is routinely described as the largest Cinco de Mayo party in the world, a multiday event known as Fiesta Broadway.
4. Cinco de Mayo has a connection to the U.S. Civil War. Professor David Hayes-Bautista, has written that Cinco de Mayo is very much an American holiday.
The Battle of Puebla, he explained, occurred at a time when the Confederacy was expanding into New Mexico and Arizona, getting closer to California (which was a free state).
5. The hero of the original Cinco de Mayo was a Texan. General Ignacio Zaragosa, who led the ragtag Mexican forces to victory over the superior French army, was born near what is now Goliad, Texas. "This fact should make Americans, especially Texans, very proud of their connection to that event," said Raul Ramos of the University of Houston.
So here is a little throwback story -
I finally went to take all of my collected recyclables - yes I know you know how GREEN I am!
Anyhow I might be well organized and together with other things, but recycling ISN'T one of them.
I'm completely scattered, and do all of my sorting once I get there.
So to no surprise that when I open the door of the SUV that bottles start tumbling out. Laughing at myself, I had also apologized to the guy who was parked next to me and passing by.
As I took my place in line this same guy started doing all of my sorting for me!!
He was a super easy going laid back sort of fellow, and made conversation as he was greatly assisting me.
I found out that he had been in a huge car accident, was in a coma and is disabled!
Now, if I wasn't already feeling guilty enough for him doing all of my work for me, I took notice of his disability and felt SUPER GULITY for have a disabled man do my labor!!!
Next thing ya know, a guy on a bike is heading in our direction and the guy helping me happens to know him. He tells me that this guy on the bike is homeless...
The homeless guy on the bike comes up to his friend and begins telling him a story about how he landed several pounds of bacon. He was pedaling around a huge box of bacon!!
He offered the disabled guy some, which was gladly accepted, and then he offers me some - to which
I of course decline the offer and think about how weird this situation is...
Disabled man doing my labor for me, and a homeless guy offering me food!
Then it was finally my turn and I noticed that the very aloof employee was really eyeing my recyclables.
He didn't talk to anyone else, and yet began making small talk with me.
Asking about the cans of coconut water, and organic drinks found in my assorted collection.
He even went to the extent of asking "who are you?"!
I guess he doesn't get to see too many bottles and cans from drinks that are actually good for you!
And yes he did mention that I had the most unusual recyclables that he had ever seen, making his day very interesting and memorable!
We had got into a little chat about veganism and that was apparently the missing puzzle piece that finally all made it all come together for him. Still asking who I was, and sharing that he had never met a vegan before!
He was stunned at the fact that there wasn't one soda can, no gatorade, no milk bottles, and no beer cans.
It was a very interesting conversation and definitely made me laugh a number of times...like hearing when he tried to go vegetarian and it only lasted 5 hours! I wondered and inquired if 5 hours was his maximum about of effort with all the things he tries to do?! And so on and so on...
When I left this chore, I really felt like I had been in the twilight zone! It was all just so very very strange.
In other news, I still haven't started packing yet. I really must get to starting this today.
I also want to share with you how frustrated I get at times when it comes to planning travel...which I LOVE. The frustrating part is that I have a long wish list and of course I want to do everything!
Which I don't really see being a problem, the problem is that some of these trips that I want to plan out are winter only trips - so obviously I can't do more than one per year, and they also take up ski days...which I am not eager to do. The other problem is that I'm not the most patient person you're gonna meet!
But here is what I'm thinking regarding big trips only (as the little ones will easily fill the rest of the calendar) that is above and beyond our already published 2016-2017 calendar:
Definitely return to Banff - I've put this off too long!
Ireland for St. Patrick's Day
Central Europe Road Trip
and more - of course ;)
Either finally going trekking in Patagonia & to Easter Island
To Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls combined with a South American Cape Horn cruise
*Most likely doing the other 2 years later - as I won't be happy skipping 2 consecutive years of skiing in peak season.
I've also had the itch to go back to Sedona, so I've been staring at my calendar trying to pick out the perfect dates - when I hardly have any that are available. But I think I found some!
See ya then,