Friday, January 18, 2008


Since Peace Corps Washington actually hires someone to keep an eye on our blogs, I thought I would use it as a forum to request a significant and necessary reform of Peace Corps policy that is long overdue.

For years Peace Corps volunteers have needlessly suffered because of this unfair policy. We toil and work and don’t receive this most basic consideration. For all we do, we are sorely put upon on. We suffer needlessly and it needs to stop.

Put simply, we need to have Super Bowl Sunday declared a holiday for us. Not designating it as such is patently un-American. It makes me think the Iron Curtain remains and that the terrorists have already won.

My great-great-great-great-great grandfather fought the British in the Revolutionary War to ensure his future spawn would not be deprived of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Watching football brings happiness, but since the Super Bowl occurs early Monday morning in Georgia, and since I have to teach school that day (and I’ve sort of used up all my vacation days), and the Hangar Bar in Tbilisi is the only venue that shows the game, I’m simply out of luck.

Without being able to watch the Super Bowl, Peace Corps volunteers risk losing touch with their American culture. Our morale weakens, as does our resolve and determination. Being able to join together and eat chicken wings while watching Brett Favre end the Patriot’s perfect season helps us maintain our mental health and moral fortitude.

So I call on the US Government to make Super Bowl Sunday a holiday for all Peace Corps volunteers, not just here in Georgia, but across the world. It would be fair. It would be just. It would be the right thing to do. And it would be an especially shrewd political move that would be remembered quite favorably in the coming elections.


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