CAP takes off federal holidays, including Columbus Day, so I’m on a weekend-style reduced blogging schedule today. Ever since coming to DC, I’ve been struck by how different Columbus Day is outside the areas of traditional Italian immigrant settlement than within. In places where good pizza is widely available, Columbus Day is a somewhat big deal with parades and celebrations and so forth. Here in DC, just a stone’s throw from the real northeast and connected to it by the Acela, we don’t have a traditional Italian-American immigrant population and thus we’ve got no real Columbus Day. This even though we (obviously) have a lot of federal employees and people who work for firms that take the federal holiday schedule, so there’s actually rather a lot of folks enjoying a day off.