Thursday, November 18, 2004

Happy Belated Mail Man Day!

Wow, can you believe than another Dia del Cartero ("Day of the Mailman") has already come and gone? It seems like forever that you're counting down the days for it to arrive as you put up your Mailman Day decorations, arrange your Mailman Day party, send out the appropriate cards, and all that fun stuff. Then suddenly, wham! and it's over, just like that, and it's time to deal with the post-Mailman Day blues.

Now, for those of you who feel might be feeling guilty about not having properly celebrated Day of the Mailman this past Novermber 12, take heart: here in Mexico, there's a day to celebrate special people practically every other week. I do have hope for May 15, or Dia del Maestro, was always a good time. The students will have a special song they'd sing for the teacher, and some (usually the ones with poor grades and/or attendance) will even bring me little treats.

Not long after Dia del Maestro comes another fun one: Dia del Economista, or Day of the Economist. I believe that one is a floater, always falling on the last Friday of the month, which also just happens to always be payday.January has a couple of special days, including Dia del Policia (Day of the Cops) and then Dia de la Enfermera (Nurse Day). And August is another month loaded with good times, for that's when we all celebrate Day of the Taxi Driver (12th), Neighbor's Day (15th), Day of the Fireman (22nd) and Old People's Day (28th).

I had the honor of witnessing some of these great events, but by far was the day of the taxi drive in Oaxaca, Mexico in August 2003 during my first trip to Mexico. All the taxi cab drivers dressed up their car with ribbons and paraded down the center of town, tossing candy to everyone and screaming: Taxi! Taxi! It was quite a show that I will never forget. Unfortunately, I did not react quick enough to grab the candy, so i lost out.

Well, I'd go on, but I think that the store down the street has its After-Mailman Day sale going on right now and I don't want to miss out on the savings!

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