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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The History of the Pledge of Allegiance

I'm fascinated by the process where things go from inception to tradition to sacred. The Pledge of Allegiance is one of those things that has gone from a thing written by one guy (a socialist, no less), to a tradition, but one that could be altered even sixty-something years later, and then finally to something that gets people into paroxysms about the sanctity of it. Anyhoo, this was an interesting little history of the Pledge of Allegiance.

This process happens again and again though. Heck - Stagecoach used to be an improvisational story, and then it was written down, and nowadays if someone alters a single word, there are frowns from those who know better.

Well, off to home for me. I have to get ready for a monthly tradition I'm hosting this time in my office. One time my boss invited us down to taste some pear vodka with treats to go with it. We decided it was such a good time that we should do it again. So the tradition of First Friday Cocktails was born. Will it make the leap from mere tradition to sacred and unalterable? Unlikely, but you never know.

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