One of My Stranger Easters...

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    Apr 20, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    I thought we were gonna stay home and do nothing this Sunday Easter, not even cook a meal. But yesterday (Sat) my husband talked with a guy who's helping us with an upcoming political fundraiser, and with time getting short he wanted to meet us over lunch today. He picked the place, which was fine, we didn't have anything else planned.

    So at noon on Easter Sunday we're having lunch at a Japanese buffet, eating with chopsticks, with a Muslim guy. Sweet man, he hugged us both warmly and wished us a Happy Easter. From there we went to a gay bar & grill, to have a follow-up meeting with another business owner who's gonna be donating the food for the same event we're planning.

    They had door prizes there as an Easter buffet promotional, and a guy sitting next to me at the bar, wearing a Star of David on a chain around his neck, had a winning ticket. His prize was a classic Easter basket, and he's so happy he starts dancing around the place holding it up high while loudly singing "Hava Nagila". Over an Easter basket! icon_eek.gif

    Today sure wasn't anything like the Easters from my childhood, and I still wonder if I'll be waking up soon. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 20, 2014 10:21 PM GMT
    Wait.. shit was open there????

    Here in Australia everything bloody well closes!

    Brisbane is even worse stuff was closed for 2 days this long weekend!

    The nerve!

    That's my weird easter experience haha
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    Apr 20, 2014 10:34 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidWait.. shit was open there????

    Here in Australia everything bloody well closes!

    Brisbane is even worse stuff was closed for 2 days this long weekend!

    The nerve!

    That's my weird easter experience haha

    Much of the US used to close completely for holidays, even just on ordinary Sundays (we called them "Blue Laws"), and many places still do for our Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. But restaurants tend to stay open on all holidays, and will offer special seasonal meals or buffets, like this second place did. It's always a good idea to check ahead to find out what will be open or not for a major holiday, religious or Federal.
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    Apr 20, 2014 10:41 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Much of the US used to close completely for holidays, even just on ordinary Sundays (we called them "Blue Laws"), and many places still do for our Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. But restaurants tend to stay open on all holidays, and will offer special seasonal meals or buffets, like this second place did.

    That happens in Sydney but doesn't seem to happen in Brisbane. EVERYTHING closes it seems and it's really weird having spent many years in Sydney where everything is open more often then not (baring christmas and the like) to Brisbane where everything is closed it gets me (and it's kinda irksome haha)
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    Apr 20, 2014 10:47 PM GMT
    Yeah everything was closed here too I had to go all the way into town just to get to a cash machine. Where I live in particular was like a ghost town all day.
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    Apr 20, 2014 10:54 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    Art_Deco said
    Much of the US used to close completely for holidays, even just on ordinary Sundays (we called them "Blue Laws"), and many places still do for our Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. But restaurants tend to stay open on all holidays, and will offer special seasonal meals or buffets, like this second place did.

    That happens in Sydney but doesn't seem to happen in Brisbane. EVERYTHING closes it seems and it's really weird having spent many years in Sydney where everything is open more often then not (baring christmas and the like) to Brisbane where everything is closed it gets me (and it's kinda irksome haha)

    We used to have those "Blue Law" divisions among the US States. If you lived near a State border you might be able to drive across and buy anything, then return to your "side" where everything was closed.

    And some States allowed selected sales. In my home State you couldn't buy clothing on Sunday, but you could buy sporting goods and hardware, stationary, books and some other stuff, I forget all the many prohibitions & exceptions now, many years ago.

    Drug stores/pharmacies could be open, but no package liquor stores, and in most States the bars were closed, too. You could eat in a restaurant, but not get a drink there. Some States still prohibit Sunday liquor sales & bar openings. Liquor might also be barred on annual Federal Election Day, the first Tuesday in November.
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    Apr 21, 2014 5:48 AM GMT
    Out here in the burbs it's pretty much a ghost town on Easter Sunday. I remember my first Easter Sunday I tried going to some store and thinking that it was awfully quiet, because I'd completely forgotten that it's Easter.
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    Apr 21, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
    Everything is pretty much open on Easter Sunday in Canada. Retail wise.. icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 21, 2014 2:45 PM GMT
    The store I work at was opened but closed at 3. The same for Thanksgiving. Christmas is the only day it's closed all day. I wasn't supposed to work yesterday but ended up getting called in because someone called off. And even though signs have been up for weeks saying "We will close at 3pm on Easter Sunday April 20th" there were still people trying to sneak in.
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    Apr 21, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
    hairyandym saidEverything is pretty much open on Easter Sunday in Canada. Retail wise.. icon_neutral.gif
    Depending on the location ... Canada is really big and not as homogenous as people think.
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    Apr 21, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
    Well Bob, sounds like one I wouldn't soon forget.. too bad you didn't have your camera (or use the one on your cell phone) haha.

    Mine was awesome with church, some very productive time outdoors and a great family dinner.
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    Apr 21, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
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    lilTanker saidWait.. shit was open there????

    Here in Australia everything bloody well closes!

    Brisbane is even worse stuff was closed for 2 days this long weekend!

    The nerve!

    That's my weird easter experience haha

    Much of the US used to close completely for holidays, even just on ordinary Sundays (we called them "Blue Laws"), and many places still do for our Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. But restaurants tend to stay open on all holidays, and will offer special seasonal meals or buffets, like this second place did. It's always a good idea to check ahead to find out what will be open or not for a major holiday, religious or Federal.


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    Apr 21, 2014 5:26 PM GMT
    Mine was weird, doubly so because it was also 420 day. Got stoned with a couple young friends and went to a Thai restaurant for lunch and then to a matinee of "Under The Skin"… talk about WEIRD icon_eek.gif It was well done and all, very little dialogue, so the story is mostly told in scenes and images. But it is told in such a way that there is no explanation for all the weird stuff going on at all. You walk out even more befuddled than you walk in. I'd say it was an "interesting" movie but not particularly "entertaining" even with full frontal male nudity, including erections (just before the poor blokes get submerged in a vat of liquid and have their innards sucked out leaving only the skin).

    After that we went and hung out at the smoke-in on campus for a bit before heading back home and watching "Beverley Hills Chihuahua II"… LOL

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    Apr 21, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    Heh. Watching weird disturbing movies when you're stoned is not my idea of fun; I'd have just watched the Beverly Hills one.
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    Apr 21, 2014 5:48 PM GMT
    shawnathan saidCanada is really big

    Yeah, two soundstages now.
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    Apr 21, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidHeh. Watching weird disturbing movies when you're stoned is not my idea of fun; I'd have just watched the Beverly Hills one.
    Yeah, but we didn't really know what we were getting into with UTS, LOL. It was visually interesting and intriguing but, BHC was def more our speed. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 21, 2014 7:19 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidWell Bob, sounds like one I wouldn't soon forget.. too bad you didn't have your camera (or use the one on your cell phone) haha.

    Mine was awesome with church, some very productive time outdoors and a great family dinner.

    A still pic wouldn't have done "Hava Nagila" justice, while dancing around with an Easter basket, I needed to video it on my iPhone. I never thought of it. icon_redface.gif

    I remember that for Catholics the Easter Mass was REALLY mandatory. Every Sunday was also required, a sin if you didn't, but missing Easter was like automatic excommunication. Or so we were told as kids.
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    Apr 21, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    ElectroShark said
    shawnathan saidCanada is really big

    Yeah, two soundstages now.
    We hardly even use the Apollo 11 part of the studio anymore.