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Leap Year Shenanigans

WOO we get an extra day this year. An entire 24-hours to do anything you would like. A freebie day. A second chance. An actual birthday for some of you.

What are you going to this fine day of February 29th?

Work. Because it is a DANG MONDAY.

Not only will you work (or go to class) but it is a Monday on top of all of this. We get to waste our special extra day on the worst day of the week. Our 366th day is wasted on hating the world.

But if you’re going to sit there on an extra day of the year, you may as well know a few interesting facts about it.

Here’s what you did not know about Leap Year:

1. It takes the earth a little bit less than 365 ¼ days (365.242 days) to orbit the Sun (solar year). For this reason, the full day is only added once every four years. Gross, math. blog1

 

2. Women are [allowed or] encouraged to propose to men on Leap Year…guess it’s good luck or something? So, in other words, Leap Year is a feminist holiday.

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3. There is a 1 in 1,461 chance a child will be born on Leap Year. So if you’re a Leapling, you should probably never gamble. 

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4. People with annual or fixed salaries actually don’t get paid for the extra day…work for free? No thank you. Power to the unemployed post-grads!

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5.  Two important things happen every year there is a Leap Year: a presidential election and the summer Olympics. We have an extra day to watch the shenanigans of election season; aren’t we lucky?! 

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God Help the Outcasts

Of all places who would have thought that a disney song would perfectly point out the flaws in the mind of some politicians and their supporters?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not the most famous Disney movie, but it’s still a classic. I mean, really, what girl wasn’t just a little jealous of Esmeralda? >insert dancing emoji<

As I was skimming though Netflix for a distraction while I “read” for class, I found this old favorite of mine.

Enter music scene, God Help the Outcasts. Esmeralda is strolling through the cathedral as she claims sanctuary from the evil Frollo. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the song, and if not I put the lyrics at the end from Wikia, movie version. {You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head}

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As the song played, I couldn’t help but be reminded of our current political chaos, also known as election season.

There are certain candidates that speak of being Christian all the time: in every speech, at rallies, on their social media pages. However, a lot of other things they say are inherently not Christian. There are also many things they do that are not Christian.

I am Christian. I am not your stereotype Christian. So you can’t say I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m Catholic, and I believe in helping those less fortunate. But I actually believe it. I don’t just say I’m Christian. I am not Christian for show. I am Christian. That’s one problem today; any person can say they are spiritual and regurgitate verses and sermons back to you. But how people act and their political views tend to be very different than what comes out of their mouths.

[Note: I AM NOT STEREOTYPING PEOPLE. I am saying things I have noticed in my life, things I have seen with my own eyes, things I have witnessed from friends and those around me. Now, this may be a small population sample I’m using to draw my conclusions, but just please keep in mind that this is all my post is about….what I have noticed in my twenty-odd years on this lovely planet}

Anyway, let us break down these lyrics so you know what I am talking about.

The beginning: the fictional character states how she herself is a gypsy (aka an outcast of society) but then she questions how God (or Jesus in this case) was an outcast, too, when He was here on Earth. Isn’t that a pillar of the Christian faith? Jesus was a nobody to the people around Him. He was a Jew. He was poor. He was born into a family of unwed parents. He was crowned with thrones and forced to carry a cross for miles…in the HEAT OF THE DAY. I’d say that’s pretty outcast-like for the time period.

I think some people forget how the roots of Christianity and God himself are in favor of outcasts, those less fortunate, those selfless genuine kind beings. I know it’s hard to not feel better than people around you when you’re filled with faith and spirituality, but that’s completely opposite of how we are told to be as Christians. You are supposed to lower yourself. Why do we support politicians and people who act like they are better than everyone else, then?

Why do so many of the politicians today want to ignore those less fortunate? Weren’t we always told Jesus could be that homeless man you walked by, or that single mom you judged, or that refugee who is literally running for his or her life that you shunned?

It is very easy to donate some clothes to the Salvation Army or give some canned goods to a local soup kitchen (and it’s really good to do that, I’m not diminishing this work). But it is also easy to create laws and regulations to hinder those same people who need help.

I know security is important to consider such as in the case of refugees, but more importantly, my point is that some candidates throw their faith into your face while also vehemently urging for a giant wall to keep everyone out from freedom. What if Jesus was on the other side of that wall? I know it’s not a simple answer, I understand that. But, I also want to really point out how the deep values of a political party are not always in line with the deep foundations of faith.

[[Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’]]

How people behave is more of an indicator of faith, not what they say.
Continuing with the song, the parishioners in the scene are mocking the image of Christians. They depict churchgoers as asking for their own blessings, their own desires, not true needs. It makes you think. Then comes Esmeralda back saying she’s asking for nothing but only asking for Him to help others who are less fortunate than her (a little background, gypsies were not rich by any means and usually had to rely on manual labor to get some spare change). I think this part really opens up our minds of society today how we always ask, ask, ask for more for ourselves. How often do we solely pray for someone else or pray for those strangers out there who are less fortunate than us? Can you honestly say you have done that recently?

Lastly, the song finishes with the plead to help the poor and downtrodden. According to the dictionary: Downtrodden = (adj) oppressed or treated badly by people in power

Power can include knowledge, monetary, gender, or character powers. Men generally have more power than women. Those who are rich generally have more power than poorer people. Aggressive, competitive, demanding people generally have more power than quieter, peaceful, agreeable people (no matter the education level). Certain degrees and careers have power over others. This is downtrodden in today’s age: the middle to lower class, the less educated, non-science or political majors, the less financially set, women, and minorities.

Aren’t we all children of God? Aren’t men, women, heterosexuals, homosexuals, paler skinned, tanner skinned, tall, short, fat, skinny, graduate level educated, high school level educated, and everyone in between all children of God?

Aren’t the children who suffer from poor education laws downtrodden? Aren’t minorities who are treated unequally downtrodden? Aren’t the ecosystems and people affected by climate change downtrodden? Aren’t those who are denied equal rights and genuine aid downtrodden?

It’s a tough thing to think about, and I thank everyone who kept reading this blog until the end. It’s hard to write about it and put my thoughts out for everyone to read. But it’s also harder to sit back and not say anything. I hope I helped at least one person think about this deeper.

Thank you for reading, friend.
xOX
[[1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?]]
[[ Other interesting articles:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28298-why-i-am-a-christian-democrat

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28192-why-i-am-a-christian-republican ]]

God Help The Outcasts
–   Disney Version

Esmeralda:

I don’t know if You can hear me,

Or if You’re even there.

I don’t know if You would listen

To a gypsy’s prayer.

Yes, I know I’m just an outcast,

I shouldn’t speak to You.

Still, I see Your face and wonder…

Were You once an outcast, too?

God help the outcasts,

Hungry from birth,

Show them the mercy

They don’t find on earth,

God help my people,

We look to You, still.

God help the outcasts,

Or nobody will.

Parishioners:

I ask for wealth

I ask for fame

I ask for glory to shine on my name

I ask for love I can possess

I ask for God and His angels to bless me!

Esmeralda:

I ask for nothing

I can get by.

But I know so many

Less lucky than I.

Please help my people,

The poor and downtrodden.

I thought we all were

The children of God.

God help the outcasts,

Children of God!

 

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I’m Done With: Driving (in FL)

Florida’s driving experience in one sentence:  Driving across a bridge for days next to a million-year-old person from ‘up North’ and running over construction cones. Welcome to the Sunshine state.

One, OLD PEOPLE.

Not only do they drive slowly, but they drive erratically. But that’s probably because they are sitting so far up in their seat that their forehead touches the windshield. One cannot properly drive if his or her chest is caved into the steering wheel. Also, old people are so short that you never know if someone is actually in the driver’s seat or not….”Maybe it’s one of those new driver-less cars!……oh no, just a hundred-year-old man again.” #disappointed

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Second, SNOWBIRDS

What’s worse than old people all over the roadways? Snowbirds. They are old people from out of town, which means they cannot drive by default plus have an out-of-town handicap. let me define snowbirds for you: people who want to escape the cold but clog up our roads and create severe rage among Floridians. When the sign says 45MPH, it means 50MPH is the socially acceptable speed, 45MPH is the you-must-have-just-gotten-a-ticket speed, 40MPH is you’re-testing-my-patience-speed and anything else means you need to get off of the road right this second. Snowbirds always go 10MPH under the limit. Plus their sense of proper driving must completely escape their brain once they depart from their home state. Stopping traffic so you can move over 4 lanes for a right turn coming up in 2 miles IS NOT OKAY.

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Third, CONSTRUCTION

It never ends. Probably because our state never ends. But still, once you think you’ve made it to a clearing in traffic, WHAM. It is all a cruel game the government plays with you. One moment you are cruising, peacefully above the speed limit, and then within seconds you have to completely stop and merge three lanes into one. And people wonder why one of Florida’s cities is at the top of the country’s road rage list (cough, cough Miami).

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Fourth, WEATHER

Honestly, cars in Florida should be half boats. See when it rains, it pours. Flooding is a given between the months of June and September. But Floridians don’t stop for rain, hail, hurricanes, or anything. We’ve been through it all and nothing phases us. But what it does phase is our cars. You’d think we would learn that we stall out when the rain is up to the top of our windshields, but nope. Every time there is a wave of rain, there are a bunch of cars making their final trip to the junk yard. RIP grandma’s Lincoln Town car.

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Lastly, BRIDGES

Florida has many long bridges because nothing is connected here. We have bodies of water everywhere, so it is nothing new to be crossing a bridge for over 15 minutes. Literally, you take a bridge from some places just to get to a grocery store or a gas station. Those warnings to check your gas tank levels are all too real. Who even remembers they need gas for their car? Well, you remember when you’re on a bridge for more than 10 miles.

 

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So if you plan to visit Florida, be prepared to test your driving limits. And if you live in Florida, I’m so sorry for having no patience left anymore.

– God speed and good luck –

xOx

 

 

 

 

 

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