Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Does your state or city have their own holidays...

....that others do not?
We do. In Utah.
Tomorrow. July 24th.
Banks close. Businesses close. No trash pick-up...big sales at car lots....
...the "usual holiday fare...

We celebrate the Mormon pioneers arriving in the valley and declaring "this is the place"...

"Pioneer Day"

More fireworks and hell-a-ballo than the 4th of July.....or would that need to be "heck-a-ballo"??

Anyway, stories say that as they came over the crest and viewed the valley below – they announced...

"This is the place."


I donno – after months on the road, in handcarts, fighting who know what and not having deodorant – or mapquest....
......maybe just seeing the valley, with the lake very much in sight as they headed down Emigration Canyon, having just spent a pretty rough amount of time just getting OVER the mountain range....

...maybe someone in the v-e-r-y back yelled to the guy in the front....

"Oh yeah,, this had BETTER be the place.....my feet are killing me.
Uh huh.. And you need a bath, mister, don't you forget it.."



So, the guy in the front, not NOT wanting to have the last word, said ...

"this IS the place..right?? you know..what' s it's name???.....You know...that place we've been talking about????....what'd we call it??"

Then someone in the back again, shouting to the front, (what's with all that shouting?? .........
..ohyeah, the oxen are pretty loud, clomping around..and those squeaky handcarts..)

"Utah..."

"What??"

"U-TAH...."

"Yeah.. I know I taw it ......I know...but whaddaya call it??"

"U-TAH!!!"

"I KNOW .............but what's it called ???????"

Hmmmm......wonder if Abbot & Costello were Mormons......

I'll have the whole day off of work to figure out that one....



-me

6 comments:

Betty said...

Another hilarious post from you..."u tah" that one coming, didn't you? Have a great holiday, y'hear?

Patty said...

My hubby use to live in Salt Lake and I hear the pioneer day is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy the day

Irish Cottage Dreams said...

We've got many "holidays" here in Germany. Most of which have another day after attached to recover from the previous days merryment (a.k.a. beer drinking).
(no offense to Germany...I love the 20 days off a year!)

Have a good one!

~kimme

white o'morn cottage said...

Have a great Utah Day! How did it get that name?
Reminds me of Sylvester the cat...
Utah utah a puddytat
Utah utah u did.....

Mary said...

We have canoe races down the Bloody Run, so named for the time the Indians killed so many men that the river ran red. It's now the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River. We do have some rich history here in PA.
Enjoy your Utah Days, sounds like fun!
mary

Julie said...

You are a funny writer!

ND does not have a yearly holiday but we had a huge celebration when ND turned 100. But as statehood day was in November, we held the party in July.

"Party on the Prairie: We had a party on the prairie and everyone came!"

Well, at least 100,000, and ND only has about 600,000 people. Yes, I was there. It was only a few blocks from my house.