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Friday, November 23, 2018, Is ‘Acadian Day’ In Louisiana — Commemorating The Arrival Of The ‘Acadians’.

by Anura Guruge





The original Acadia in 1754. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


Yes, my beloved ‘Acadia National Park‘ is related to the Acadians but semi-indirectly. The actual ‘Acadia‘, as can be seen from the above map, was further north, in Canada. But, the notion of calling that whole NE area ‘Acadia’ persisted.

Canada has a ‘National Acadian Day’. The Day After Thanksgiving holiday is restricted to Louisiana.


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2018 Christmas Lights Go Up 2-Days Earlier Than Last Year.

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Click to access last year’s post.


Teischan (12), unashamedly, lives for Christmas — and she was hell bent on putting up the Christmas lights today, having put up her personal Christmas tree yesterday.

As it transpired I had to make a trip with her to Walmart in Rochester to replenish our stock of lights. While we were at it we got a second laser light and a lighted flying pig.

So, this year November 18 vs. last year’s November 20. But, what a difference. Last year it was balmy and she was in shorts. This year we had 6″ snow on the ground and it was FREEZING. Given the temperature and the unscheduled trip to Walmart we didn’t get all the lights up today. I am sure they will all be done by tomorrow.


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Last Time Thanksgiving Fell On November 22nd As It Does This Year.

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Not that long ago. In 2012. 6-years ago.
You may remember it.


November 22 is the EARLIEST the 4th Thursday can fall.

Bear that in mind.


The first time Thanksgiving fell on November 22 as of 1900 was 1945.


U.S. Thanksgiving has NOT always been on
the 4th Thursday of November.

It used to be on the LAST Thursday of November.

You can have 5 Thursdays in November,
as was the case 2012 & back in 1939.

The 4th Thursday in November
was made a Federal Holiday in 1942.

So, Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday
is but 76-years old.


Next November 22 Thanksgiving is in 11-years time; i.e., 2029.


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When Looking At Medicare Supplemental Plans It Helps To Create A Spreadsheet.

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At least in my case I wanted to see the total MAXIMUM yearly costs for the relevant plans.

Just the monthly premium tells you little because you have to factor in the deductibles.

I amortize the deductibles across the year and add them to the premium. That then gives me a much more representative comparison.

Creating a spreadsheet like this is trivial. I will gladly send you this … you will just have to plug in YOUR monthly premiums. The deductibles are the same for ALL OF US — and these are the 2019 deductibles.


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First Of The 3 Christmas Trees For 2018 In Place — 10 Days Earlier Than Last Year.

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The “American Girl Dolls” are also getting ready for Christmas.


Advent Calendars have been located THOUGH we have 2 weeks (14-days) to go.


Teischan (12), unashamedly, lives for Christmas — and has for most of her life, once she worked out what it was all about.

She starts talking about Christmas in September!

When she was younger we could dictate as to when preparations for Christmas would come. But, starting last year she has taken matters into her own hands. When she was little we waited until at least the first week of December before we started.

Not anymore. I see that last year HER tree went up on November 27.

Well, this year it was November 17 — 10 full days earlier. She also, with my help, brought down (from the space above our double garage) some of the outdoor christmas lights — which she intends to put up tomorrow. That is one neat thing. She insists on doing this herself. I (at 65) am off the hook.

We started listening to Christmas music, on the radio, on FM 94.9, earlier this week. They too keep on bringing forward Christmas.

Stay tuned. Christmas is still 38 days away and we have many rituals to perform and observe.

Merry Christmas.


Last Year’s post.

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