Abraham Lincoln once said that ‘if you’re a racist, I will attack you with the North.’
– Michael Scott
So after three years of (borderline offensive) Martin Luther King Jr. tributes, I’m going to come out and admit that I have no idea what the government expects us to do on this day. I suppose it’s no different than any other national holiday dedicated to a single individual (and the impact of that individual on society), but it still leaves me reaching. For example, on Columbus Day I always take a short cruise and donate to my favorite Native American charity, and on Christmas Day I celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world by praising God and whatnot.
Today, all I’ve been able to muster is my third attempt at dual-booting Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It’s baffling that Microsoft will not allow an OEM product key to function with a version of Windows installed from a retail disc, or vice versa. Now I have to circumvent Windows activation because it thinks I’m a criminal, when I have a perfectly valid product key it won’t accept (of course, it took me three burned boot discs before I figured out this was the case). And I must be losing my technical touch, because these partitions have been extremely difficult to work with (using both Ubuntu’s partition editor and Microsoft’s).
No matter…it’s a joyous day. It lets us forget our troubles, embrace cultural diversity, and remember what makes America great: admitting our past mistakes by doling out commemorative holidays.