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Note to self: buy more beer

Well! I’ve just gotten a work email (yes, I get them at home) reminding me that next year is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. We’re going to party like it’s 1620!


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: March 20, 2019, 11:08 pm

1492-1992 was a bust. Americans just not as interested in those type of celebrations.

Comment from Tomfrompv
Time: March 21, 2019, 3:16 am

What do the Brits celebrate? That a bunch of religious nut cakes finally left the country? Except for rowdy crew, these were Puritans, right? They wanted to create a godly world which wasn’t possible in Olde England.

What’s to celebrate?

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: March 21, 2019, 11:37 am

March winds and April showers bring Mayflowers

and Mayflowers bring pilgrims

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 21, 2019, 2:08 pm

We had a fine (really ugly brown clay looking) tea cup and saucer somewhere that is alleged through family history to have come over on the Mayflower.

By ‘we’ I mean one of the female Durned line, not me.

I rather reckon it’s all right up there with high cheekbones proving we’ve got Passamaquoddy Indian blood in us too.
I’m thinking of asking Lizzy Warren if she needs a faux running mate.
(Yes, there really is a Passamaquoddy tribe…not just a joke thing from Pete’s Dragon)

Comment from technochitlin
Time: March 21, 2019, 2:27 pm

It’s a funny thing, many ‘murricans assume they have an indian ancestor somewhere; I always did (ruddy skin, can’t grow much of a beard, high cheekbones). Then my dear sister, bless her heart, bought me one of those 23’n’me DNA kits, which I eventually sent in.

Turns out I’m WHITE. I mean, glow-in-the-dark white. ALL my genes came from Scotland, Ireland, and Scandy. So much for my dream of tribal membership and goodies from the government.

My next step is to get a helmet with horns and a big axe or a claymore.

Comment from Ripley
Time: March 21, 2019, 2:45 pm


Jamestown 1607

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 21, 2019, 5:20 pm

@technochitlin – no goodies? whatchyoumean?

The Vikings wuz here first! The whole country belongs to you man!

Or was it the Celts?

Or the Phoenicians?

Or maybe the Phoneticians and their allies the PhoneSanitizers.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: March 21, 2019, 5:26 pm

Good Lord, watch for yet another frenzy of lamentations for slavery, genocide and racism.

I wish the left would just chug some Drano and leave everyone else alone.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 21, 2019, 9:54 pm

I have no idea which ship my ancestors used to reach the U.S. I know that the German side of the family arrived sometime before the American Civil War; early enough to be invited to play for the Union team, but family legend says that our English was still bad enough that (my grandfather speaking here) “some damn dumb Irishman” misspelled my ancestor’s name on the rolls and he couldn’t get it straightened out. If he wanted to get paid, he had to spell his German name with the Irish spelling…. and thus we became who we are, stilling muttering about it 150 years later.

Comment from bds
Time: March 22, 2019, 12:18 am

@technochitlin – That actually doesn’t mean anything. Unless it’s a tribe that shares DNA with south of the border natives, it won’t show in DNA tests. The tribes are apparently very down on DNA testing, so there’s not enough data to show any results for American Indian/Native American. My great-grandmother was either full or half blood (definite, not just Elizabeth Warren-level rumor) and my DNA testing only shows Britain and northern Europe.

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