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I just want to wish y'all a Happy (and safe) President's Day today. I'm stuck at work (I'm a contractor at a military base), but I'd like for everyone else to have a great day today. Fun fact: Thomas Jefferson and John Tyler, both presidents of the US, were also avid violinists? In fact, John Tyler had aspirations of concert violinist, but chose to pursue law instead.
Thanks iBud. We had to work just the same though.
I was at work as well. I am a contractor with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), working on a government-awarded contract, and it went a little like this: we could have the day off and have GDIT foot the bill for our hours, or GDIT could bill the government for our hours, we still get paid, but have the government foot the bill for our hours. GDIT will always take the cheaper way out. Lowest bid contractor, right?!? GDIT doesn't even give us Veteran's Day off as a holiday. I mean, they're one of the largest military contractors, and a lot of us are retired military, myself included. I still don't get the Veteran's Day thing, but I normally use a day of leave for that one.
It's nice to remember the presidents and consider their awesome task, that of running the country. Trying to put ourselves in their shoes makes their accomplishments seem, at least to me, that much more amazing. Of course, I don't agree with all of the former presidents, but it still doesn't take away from the honor of having served as a President of the United States.
That aside, I knew that Jefferson was a violinist, but was not aware of Tyler's desire to be a concert violinist until I did a little research. Imagine had he not become a lawyer, would we know of him today?