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Sinko De Mayo

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...

 

 

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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Comment balloon 34 commentsJay Markanich • May 05 2011 06:42AM

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Good thing you are writing instead of speaking, because with your tongue so firmly stuck in your cheek, no one would understand you!  Great humor, thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ann Bellamy (Hard money lending for investors in NH and MA) about 8 years ago

Jay - a local radio station did a promotion on Cinco De Mayo where they dunked their top personality into a huge vat of, yup, mayo. 

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 8 years ago

Tongue in cheek Ann?  Then how could I taste my sandwich?

Carol - was the mayo provided by Mexico?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Good morning Jay;  You tell the story so good that some folks will think it's fact, not fiction.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) about 8 years ago

Ken - boohahaha, boooohahahaha, he laughs, dastardly...  I should curl my mustache between my fingers like Snidely Whiplash.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Jay, I, for one, appreciate the truth behind the celebration. Now, from what I hear, there was a Wallenda there helping to quell the French, but one would expect that anyway.

If you had only posted this in one of the groups I moderate I would have featured it, but alas, that is not the case. You will have to settle for a suggest from me.

 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 8 years ago

Thanks Andrea.  It is important to get the truth out.  And the Wallendas were with the French contingent.  I didn't know you moderate groups - which ones?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Ham...thin slice of tomato, little lettuce...a touch of dijon mustard....and slather one side with ....mayo....mmmm...that will sink your appetite !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 8 years ago

All good S&D!  I will be right over.  Can my slice of tomato be kind of thick?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

I help with both Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul and Bananatude... go join if you don't belong already that is.

Are you sure he was with the French? Was that the black squirrel of the family?

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 8 years ago

Oh, paleeze, do I really need to answer that?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Andrea - Bananatude seemed like the perfect place to put it, so I joined and did!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

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!

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 8 years ago

Jay - I can always depend on you for the story behind the news. Thanks for enlightening me.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 8 years ago

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

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) about 8 years ago

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

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 8 years ago

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

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

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?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

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!

Posted by Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor (Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA) about 8 years ago

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.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Interesting history lesson.  Very creative.  Love it.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

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.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 8 years ago

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.:)

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 8 years ago

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.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Sounds more like someone was sea Sicko de Mayo to me

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 8 years ago

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

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

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

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

"Allll for one and one for allll!"

The Three Mayos

Words, and friends that will live forever.

 

Eaglet says hi.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

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

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 8 years ago

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

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

I had to come over and mustard up an answer to your blog Jay:)

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 6 years ago

Thanks Conrad!  An oldie but a goodie!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is very creative and very funny too. Thanks for the morning chuckle.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 19 days ago

Glad you enjoyed it, Sheila!  An oldie but a goodie.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 19 days ago

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