Monday, October 8, 2012

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

October 8,
Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on October 12, 1492. The anniversary is celebrated in many countries through out the world. The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain, as Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century.
Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937. The date has been celebrated since colonial times. There is a documented celebration in New York in 1792, celebrating the 300th anniversary.100 years later, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. Since 1971, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October.
Many areas choose the day to celebrate Italian-American heritage, while others have more recently started using the day as a remembrance of the indigenous people. There are three states, Hawaii, Alaska, and South Dakota, who do not recognize the day at all.
While I'm not sure where to go with this's celebrated in Michigan, so here's to that!
As they say in Italian - Salute!


While I cannot lie, I did enjoy using this cocktail for several reasons, one being it made me giggle  It is an incredibly delicious and popular Italian cocktail!
The only actual connection to the movie is the fact that the characters are Italian, as is Amaretto.

1 1/2 oz. Scotch
1/2 oz. Amaretto

Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice.
Stir well.

Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier. 
Christopher Columbus 

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