As the work day drew to a close today, my colleague-as-boss was berating those of us in the office to go out and enjoy the holiday. He yelled, “Take your 59 minutes!”
To those in civilian government service, this means you get to work one minute and get paid for one hour. Hence, if your work day typically ends at 4:00pm, you can leave at 3:01pm on days when “59 minutes” is granted.
Okay, okay, I can hear the complainers already – “Who gets to leave work at 4pm?!!”
“Why are my tax dollars being used this way?!!”
Let’s focus on the positive here, the government recognizes that its employees are human and will respond to recognition and reward. I hope your private employer provides the same and if not, I hope you demand it.
In any case, as I started to ponder the value of celebrating U.S. Independence Day abroad, my mind wandered to The Legend of Zelda, naturally.
Did you know that the original game was named in honor of Zelda Fitzgerald?! I didn’t know that until I looked it up tonight. How exciting, a United States link to one of the only video games I am still willing to play as an adult (sports games on the Wii don’t count, that’s exercise , duh).
I started thinking about The Legend of Zelda a couple of months ago when I was touring Taiwan with my cousin Maddie. We visited a national park called Taroko Gorge and I felt transported both spiritually and experientially; the sheer natural beauty was overwhelming and yet I felt like I was walking through the landscape of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This post reminds me that I have kept my Taroko experience largely to myself…it was so special I’m not quite sure how to talk about it yet.
Since that time I have been contemplating ordering the game for our Wii, and with today’s U.S. reference discovery, the purchase is in the bag. During my rigorous research for this post, I came across proof positive that another Zelda player recognized the same scenery at Taroko Gorge. I leave you with his creative representations…