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Sometimes, I forget what day of the week it is. That sort of thing will happen to you when you don't have a regular job that you have to go to Monday through Friday. The days kind of blur into each other with no real difference between weekdays and weekends. One day is much like the other.
When I was working, weekends were something to look forward to. I always knew when it was a Saturday or a Sunday. No need for the snooze button, dealing with project plans and trying to frantically get the printer to spit out enough double-sided copies of your project status report for a meeting with your boss before it runs out of toner. Trust me, there's nothing worse than having to change the toner cartridge. It gets everywhere. Bosses tend to look unfavorably on you when you rush in late to a meeting with black powder all over your face and clothes, clutching double-sided project reports.
Those are the days when you really look forward to a three day weekend. When you're working, you always know when the next long weekend is. You live for it. It's what gets you through those tedious project meetings.
Not being a worker bee in corporate la-la land anymore, I'm kind of fuzzy on whether it's a long weekend. Last night, I heard some firecrackers go off. That kind of clued me in that something was up. Then, I got an email from a friend in New Zealand wishing me a happy 4th of July. Even my non-American friends are more on top of these things than I am.
To make up for my complete ignorance of not knowing that today was the 4th of July until kind of late in the game, I thought I should do something American to celebrate the holiday weekend. I did go to a pool party/barbecue on Saturday and I guess that kind of qualifies as a typical 4th of July weekend celebration, but I thought I could go one step further. So, I did. I took a US citizenship test.
Everyone who wants to become a naturalized US citizen has to pass a test on American history, geography, government etc. Fortunately, I knew that Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of July, but I was a little fuzzy on how many amendments there are to the Constitution and the Federalist Papers are kind of a mystery to me.
Good news. I passed (95%). I guess I must have paid more attention in school than I thought. Phew. I guess I can keep my passport.
I don't have any plans to see fireworks tonight, but I am going to visit a friend. Maybe we'll talk politics and the upcoming election. You can't get more American than that.
What nationality are you? What's your favorite national holiday? Could you pass a citizenship test for your country?
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