X-nay on the holiday....I realize that in some quarters I am well-known as a curmudgeon. But nothing brings out the bad humor in me more than three-day weekends. I hate three-day weekends, particularly if the holiday is on Monday, and it always is.
Most of these Monday holidays have a patriotic bent: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day, are always on Monday, Then other holidays sometimes fall on Monday like Fourth of July and of course, Labor Day. This makes it almost unpatriotic to gripe about the holidays.
The reason I dislike Monday holidays so much is because we are a weekly newspaper and Mondays are a big day in our publication cycle. Since we go to press on Tuesdays for delivery on Wednesdays, Monday is the day we start getting it all together, getting real serious on Tuesday. A Monday holiday disrupts that cycle.
As a result, we usually come back from a holiday and have to work late on Tuesday. We usually sell fewer ads because we have one less “selling” day that week. (Although retail stores probably profit, I wonder how many other companies lose money on weeks with Monday holidays?)
My house is more messed up from people, myself included, laying around an extra day. Either that or I’m more tired from going somewhere and all that packing, loading into the car, driving somewhere, unloading, unpacking, etc. I’d rather stay home and work. It’s less tiring.
I’ll bet there is more drinking, bad driving, domestic arguments, and nonsense occurs on holiday Mondays than other times during the week.
You’re probably thinking that I am just getting old. Not the case. I’ve ALWAYS hated holiday Mondays, I just didn’t have the nerve to complain about them. But I am getting old because I no longer care who I offend. I have the guts to complain about Monday holidays and Republicans in general and certain Democrats. Yeah, well, maybe I am getting old.
It’s not too late......You can still sign up for the “Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee” to be held Sept. 18. It promises to be a party with food and fun. Tickets to attend are $15 and it is a fund raiser for the Fort Bend Literacy Council. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
We are practicing our spelling words even as I write this and hope to get through the first round at least!
Hurry and sign up. It is going to be a b-l-a-s-t!.
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