* Flea Market
* Notes from the Office
The EIT Weekly
1-75 Super Flea Market
Shop 'tilyou drop!
This weekend, on Saturday, March 3rd, we
are headed to the 1-75 Super Flea
Market in Ocala.
Flea Markets are very popular in the
United States. At the 1-75 Super Flea
Market in Ocala, there are approximately
1000 different vendors selling stuff..
everything from music, to vegetables, to
jewelry. This will be a great chance to
buy some inexpensive gifts for people, to
see a very interesting part of U.S. culture,
and to practice your English!
WHEN: Saturday, March 3rd, meet at
10:00am at Norman Garage. We will
return to Gainesville around 3:00pm.
Please sign up on the activities board by
5:00pm Thursday, March 1st.
COST: FREE! However, bring money
for anything you plan to buy and for
lunch. The amount of money you
should bring depends on what you want
to buy...most stuff at flea markets is less
expensive when compared to regular
The Cultural Immersion Program is
announcing a new student e-mail list-serv
to let you know more about activities on
campus. We will begin sending out a CIP
list-serv this week. It will include non-
sponsored and sponsored CIP activities
and events at UF and Gainesville. The
first e-mail will be sent out on
Wednesday, February 28th (to all ELI
students). If, for some reason, you do
not wish to receive these messages, you
will be able to opt out after the first
The following are ELI Birthdays for the
week of March 2-8:
March 3: Jue Young Hong
March 3: Barbara Hess Earp
March 4: Debbie Neuzil
March 6: Debbie Kellerman
March 6: Sonja Pealer
Q: Why don't women in Gainesville wear
A: Many do. Gainesville is not necessarily
any different from anyplace else as far as
makeup use is concerned. It's a matter of
personal choice. Some women like to
wear makeup, some women feel
uncomfortable without it, some women
prefer a more natural look, and some
women really hate the feeling of makeup
on their faces.
Q: Why do American men wear their jeans
below the hip so that their underwear shows?
A: Like so many things, it's a matter of
fashion. It's a current fashionable trend.
Many people like it. Of course, there are
still many people who don't. Purely a
matter of choice.
Q: What days are holidays in the US?
A: We have quite a few. Starting in
January, there is New Year's Day. Most
businesses are closed or operate on a
short schedule, and there is no mail or
banking. Next is Martin Luther King
Day, which is a Monday holiday in which
many schools are closed along with banks
and government offices. Valentine's day
doesn't see closures; it's just a day to tell
those close to you that you love them.
Presidents' Day is what we call a bank
holiday; federal government offices and
banks are closed, but not much else is. St.
Patrick's Day, like Valentine's Day,
doesn't close things down, it's just a day
to celebrate the Irish spirit in America.
Easter is a religious Sunday holiday. Many
businesses close on that day. Also, in
some places (not here in Florida), the
Friday before and/or the Monday after
can be holidays. Memorial Day in May is
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a day in which we remember people who
have died in wars. It's a Monday bank
holiday, and schools are usually closed,
too. In July, we celebrate Independence
Day. That's a big holiday in which most
schools and businesses shut down. On
the first Monday in September, we
celebrate Labor Day. Most schools, gov't
offices, banks, and many businesses are
closed. In October, there is Columbus
Day, which marks Christopher
Columbus' discovery of the New World;
it's a bank holiday. Halloween isn't a day
off, but it's celebrated by nearly everyone
with costumes and parties. Veteran's Day
in November is the day in which we
honor people who have fought in wars;
it's a bank holiday and many schools
(including UF) are closed for it.
Thanksgiving is our biggest family
holiday; it's on the fourth Thursday in
November, and we usually also have the
Friday off. Finally, in December, there is
Christmas. It's also a very big traditional
holiday in the US, and nearly everything is
closed for it.
Q: Why do mostAmericans say "Bless ou"
when someone sneezes?
A: Back in the Middle Ages, many
people thought that sneezes were an
opportunity for evil spirits to enter the
body. They would say "God bless you"
when people sneezed. Even though most
people probably don't have the same
views about evil spirits today, it's a
tradition that continues.
Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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