Six weeks into school, all of us are deserving a little break.  While many of my friends went home yesterday in time for Yom Kippur, I am still in town, as I have a midterm tomorrow in Opera.  Then it’s off to Williams College to visit my friend Sarah, followed up with a day-or-two visit to Boston.  Cheers to you, Columbus.

Has anyone seen the recent Columbus Day Old Navy commercial?  The only reason I bring it up is because I’m slightly disturbed by the fact that the first line in the commercial is “forget when Columbus sailed to America…!!” and then plugs their 1492 items of clothing up for sale.  I hope that’s not the lesson we’re teaching young America.  Materialism plagues us all, but I don’t think marketing Columbus Day as the pre-Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas day to shop wasn’t what the fellow had in mind.