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November 12th, 2003

Holidays That Aren’t

Yesterday was Veterans’ Day in the U.S., which meant that schoolkids and the Postal Service (not the band) had the day off. But who else?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not much for holidays that aren’t really holidays. If it’s a holiday, darn it, everyone should get the day off. Veterans’ Day isn’t exactly my favorite holiday (that’d be my birthday, which I should get off, too) but come on. Even conducting business on such a day is tough: are people there? Are they off? It all depends.

So I tell you what. Let’s upgrade all holidays that are out there – MLK Day, Veterans’ Day – to top dog status. Everyone gets the day off. Americans get the least amount of time off amongst any industrialized country. We’re all sad, depressed, and watching TV. Can’t we have a few more days a month to catch The West Wing? Please?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Monica
DATE: Wednesday November 12, 2003 -- 10:36:44 am
but then we'd have to buy cards all the time..

FROM: Monica
DATE: Wednesday November 12, 2003 -- 2:07:12 pm
... happy "Happy Hour Day" though! (I can't wait until Cake Day!!)

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday November 12, 2003 -- 5:05:58 pm
We had school yesterday in Fairfax County.

FROM: Dave
DATE: Wednesday November 12, 2003 -- 6:00:46 pm
I work in a school in NJ and we also had school yesterday... Although we had off last thursday and friday for the NJ teachers convention which is held in atlantic city...

FROM: paula paulsen
DATE: Wednesday November 12, 2003 -- 8:02:39 pm
i am just trying to get a mr clean coupon fo thre

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday November 12, 2003 -- 8:30:43 pm
My employer doesn't let me off for Columbus Day or Vet's Day, but my boss usually is kind enough to excuse my group about an hour and a half before we'd usually go, right when it starts to settle in that we shouldn't have been there at all.

Although, I can't complain too much because I get to take off Good Friday (?) and my birthday to make up for those two days.

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Thursday November 13, 2003 -- 1:40:33 am
The colleges were closed for Veterans day and that was nice. Gave me an extra day to catch up on my studies. I like Veterans Day. My husband is a Veteran, my dad is a Veteran and my grandfather, and uncle are Veterans. I think it is good to have this day to think of the Veterans who have been out there in the rain, slush, heat, etc. while we are inside enjoying the TV, eating til we bloat, and guzzling that beer. Do you remember what this day is really for?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday November 13, 2003 -- 2:42:19 pm
paula paulsen -- might I suggest forgetting about the Mr. Clean coupon and maybe consider looking for a "search" box?

FROM: Huyen
DATE: Friday November 14, 2003 -- 4:21:57 pm
I had Veteran's Day off because I work with the State (and a bunch of other governmental agencies had it off especially living in Northern VA and so near D.C. My friend Ellen mentioned to me that her calendar actaully said it was "Remembrance Day" and we were both like, "What the hell is that?!" Is there some new politically correct calendar with generic new names for holidays?

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Monday November 17, 2003 -- 4:17:15 pm
Veterans day was originaly armstice day. To note the end of the war to end all wars (WWI). When that turned out not to be they should have abolished the holiday. Instead they wussed out and renamed it.

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