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some presidents are more equal than others

Happy 272nd birthday George Washington!* U.S. Code and traditionalism aside, I'm happy to call it Presidents' Day if it makes it even a little harder for the people at the Legacy Project to get a national holiday for Ronald Reagan alone.

The thing about today being a national holiday is that it was kind of difficult to get into the monstrosity that is the Health Sciences Building for a 10 am meeting. But now the library is end of the world empty.

* According to the Office of Personnel Management: This holiday is designated as "Washington's Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law. [opm]


he wouldn't have collected much social security..

"Washington enjoyed less than three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, for he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799."
1) You would cite that as 5 U.S.C. § 6103(a) (2000). According to the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Citation Manual, at least.

2) The holiday known as "Washington's Birthday" is the third Monday of February, not any specific day.

3) I'm listening to the Flaming Lips.


1) Thank you for your guidance. I felt it was best to quote the OMB website in their formatting, but in future referenced to the U.S. Code I will follow the advice of the A.L.W.D.

2) By my calculations, Mr. Washington would be 271.9781 years old. Since today is the official day of observance, why not round to the integer?

3) I will be listening to the Flaming Lips live and in person on May 2 in Indio, CA. You should too!


I will be getting ready for the most important four academic tests of my life on May 2nd, as those tests will be occurring in the two weeks after that.

I think going to Coachella would be a serious detriment.


just think of the long plane rides: perfect for concentrated studying!