Sinko De Mayo

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Perhaps unknown among most people is how much the Mexican people like mayonnaise.  One of the most important early trading partners for the young country of Mexico was France, a country then famous for its production of mayo.

The Mexicans liked mayo so much they actually named a month after it.

A favorite ship used for transport was sentimentally christened "Mayo," and used for years, filling its holds with nothing but cases and cases of mayo.

Grand celebrations would take place at each docking when finally arriving in port.

One stormy night Mayo, and its whole boatload, full of bottled, wondrous, magical sandwich spread, was battered by weather and waves, and tragically sunk into the ocean.

The whole shipment was lost.

Fortunately the crew of the boat was able to get onto a lifeboat, and struggle to shore.  Not knowing where they were, they wandered.

When the ship did not arrive to the expectant, assembled, welcoming crowd in port, panic set in.  Leaders determined to get to the bottom of the outrage, and sent out the army to discover what happened.

Running into the shipwrecked survivors, and hearing the story of the demise of their ship Mayo, and of course the awful loss of the entire shipment of mayonnaise, the commanding general was so angered he determined to get immediate revenge.

Recognizing their fate, the bedraggled, shipwrecked French had no choice but to run.  And they did.

Chasing the fleeing French survivors, the Mexican army finally caught up to them in a small mesa outside of a little puebla, and engaged the French in a decisive yet quick battle (isn't any military confrontation with the French always quick?).

Proudly securing defeat and revenge, the country of Mexico has ever since celebrated the victory of The Battle of Puebla, and the Sinko De Mayo.

Why in the world they celebrate it on May 5th is beyond me.

Gee, telling that story has made me kind of hungry.

Anyone want to join me in eating a ham sandwich?  I like mine with lots of mayo...

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Rainmaker
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Jay: A novel approach to the story in both senses of the word.  Make that a beefsteak tomato from Jersey please. You will have to wait until August, but the best is worth waiting for!

May 05, 2011 09:14 AM #13
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John Mulkey
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Jay - I can always depend on you for the story behind the news. Thanks for enlightening me.

May 05, 2011 09:27 AM #14
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Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

I new there was more to the story than the history books tell us. The government is always trying to hide something from us

Mayo on balogna and mustard on ham you barbarian

Enjoy the day

May 05, 2011 09:41 AM #15
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

No thanks on the sandwich Jay, thanks anyway but I think you've already given us enough ham.

May 05, 2011 09:47 AM #16
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Jay, A home inpector, an entrepreuner, and now a historian also... thanks for "digging deep" to give us this history lesson ;-)

May 05, 2011 10:12 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow Anne, my tomatoes are in mid June!  I start early and have them all summer.

John - as always, very welcome to help set things straight.

Don - holy cow!  You have that EXACTLY opposite!  But that's OK, I still love ya.  And history is a perspective usually written by the victors.  I think mayo won.

Robert - take'em while you can get'em!  You are what you eat.

Chris - I do a history post every Tuesday!  This recent post was on George Washington.  You missed it?

May 05, 2011 11:54 AM #18
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Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA
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Jay, remind me to pour myself a Margarita, before I read your blog next time. My ice coffee doesn't fit the post! lol However, ham and cheese sub toasted with lettuce, tomato and mayo is one of my all time favorite! Usually with wine, but I will try the tequila beverage next time!

May 05, 2011 01:45 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Lydie - who said anything about margarits and tequila?  Certainly I did not!  However, your ham and cheese sub is perfect and a great way to celebrate a holiday about mayo in Mayo.

May 05, 2011 01:50 PM #20
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
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Interesting history lesson.  Very creative.  Love it.

May 05, 2011 04:34 PM #21
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Boy I can get a bit cranking when the mayo runs out, but a whole shipment lost at sea. Those Frenchmen never sttood a  chance in battle.

May 05, 2011 04:35 PM #22
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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Ce la vie, as they say, pass the wine and stop whinging on about it.

If you are what you eat ...there's a lot a baloney out there.:)

May 05, 2011 05:40 PM #23
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Interesting Debbie?  Most people think it's a bit, well, wacky?

Jim - I agree.  The French were probably running around all snooty and boom, here comes the army!

Robert - I am partial to rump roast.  Which may be evident.

May 05, 2011 07:23 PM #24
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Sounds more like someone was sea Sicko de Mayo to me

May 06, 2011 02:59 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Charlie - am I supposed to refrigerate that stuff?  The mayo I mean...

May 06, 2011 05:40 AM #26
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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Mr Jay, You and me is probably the world's leading experts on all things Mexican and I am glad that you is in mi casa.

Nutsy, Amigo

May 06, 2011 06:23 PM #27
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

"Allll for one and one for allll!"

The Three Mayos

Words, and friends that will live forever.

 

Eaglet says hi.

May 06, 2011 07:20 PM #28
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Got any turkey.  I like a lot of mayo on my sliced turkey.

May 09, 2011 02:54 PM #29
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Turkey and mayo are good together Jack!  Gimme a call!

May 09, 2011 07:47 PM #30
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
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I had to come over and mustard up an answer to your blog Jay:)

May 05, 2013 06:57 PM #31
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Conrad!  An oldie but a goodie!

May 06, 2013 03:24 AM #32
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