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Evacuation Day - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Evacuation Day
Aye, lads and lasses, it's Evacuation Day again. Annually celebrated in Boston by the traditional method of Revolutionary War remembrance, which is wearing green and drinking beer, and of course the great sale of corned beef and cabbage in the stores. Ah, that Evacuation Day spirit.

The city holiday was apparently signed into law in 1941 under Mayor Tobin, and is celebrated quite faithfully. I'm sure not arguing with a day off, though I do lack the opportunity to wear my green skirt to work. What with the pretty Celtic design, it's just perfect for Evacuation Day celebrations.

(I wonder who we think we're kidding.)


GRYFFINDOR!
You scored 12% Slytherin, 12% Ravenclaw, 68% Gryffindor, and 32% Hufflepuff!
You might belong in Gryffindor,

Where dwell the brave at heart,

Their daring, nerve, and chivalry

Set Gryffindors apart.




Gryffindors are known for their courage, audacity, and devotion to what is good and honest.



My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 10% on Slytherin
You scored higher than 15% on Ravenclaw
You scored higher than 99% on Gryffindor
You scored higher than 36% on Hufflepuff
Link: The Sorting Hat Test written by leeannslytherin on Ok Cupid


I usually come out Gryffindor, but that was actually a fairly good test; it wasn't one of those, "Do you like scarlet and gold or green and silver better?" types.

One question kind of tripped me up--it was basically, "Is it more important to stand up for your principles or behave reasonably and responsibly?" And my thought was, "Well, it's not reasonable or responsible to not stand up for my principles, so... er... what's the answer there?"
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likeafox From: likeafox Date: March 17th, 2005 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy Evacuation day! ;)
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: March 17th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
That one really puzzled me too. For that matter, what if reason and responsibility ARE among your principles?

I'm guessing they actually wanted to get at the difference between saying what you think no matter what and engaging in tact or judicious silence to keep things under control, or possibly between acting on what you think is right or figuring out what's going to work, but I'm not entirely sure.

persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: March 17th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
On another note, what evacuation is Evacuation Day supposedly honoring?

Or are you theoretically supposed to practice fire drills?

...Pretend to be snakes leaving Ireland?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 17th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
It's the day that the British army bugged out of Boston during the Revolution. As obscure historical observances go, it's among the most obscure I can think of.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: March 17th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I suppose I could have just looked it up, but it was easier (and sillier) to ask. :)
sonetka From: sonetka Date: March 17th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It's good to see old St. Evacuation finally getting a little attention. He got royally rooked when his feast day turned out to be the same one as that Irish guy.

ST. EVACUATION (Evacuationus) died c. 450 AD, "Evacuation The Invisible." Hermit. Little is known of St. Evacuation, though he is said to have been originally of noble birth: he enjoyed a local reputation as a miraculous healer. He was said traditionally to wear "a peculiar cloak of green" which enabled him to blend in while hunting herbs in the forest, hence his alternative name of Evacuation The Invisible. Patron saint of: The shy, the unjustly scorned, herbalists, dye-makers. Feast day March 17th.
danel4d From: danel4d Date: March 17th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I got Hufflepuff, which I like. I'm not sure how well it corresponds to my true personality, but I'd really like to be a Hufflepuff. They're /nice/.
ncp From: ncp Date: March 17th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know about Evacuation Day when I lived in Boston. I spent eight years trying to figure out which came first -- The Boston Marathon, or "Patriot's Day"?
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: March 17th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Evacuation Day. As I recall, George Washington managed to surround the Brits in Boston even though he didn't really have the firepower to back in up. That was his earliest suggest as commanding officier.
sep12 From: sep12 Date: March 17th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Evacuation Day!

Evacuation Day? Really? You get a day off for this? Huh. I need to move to Boston. We do nothing like this in Ohio.



I'm a GRYFFINDOR!


You scored 16% Slytherin, 24% Ravenclaw, 60% Gryffindor, and 16% Hufflepuff!
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.

Gryffindors are known for their courage, audacity, and devotion to what is good and honest.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 31% on Slytherin
You scored higher than 36% on Ravenclaw
You scored higher than 68% on Gryffindor
You scored higher than 1% on Hufflepuff
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