Happy Labor Day!

Since this last weekend was Labor Day, we happened to notice that no one says “Happy Labor Day”.  I mean everyone says Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, Happy Valentine’s Day and of course Happy New Year.  In fact, some people will wish you a Happy New Year all the way into March but no Happy Labor Day.  What’s up with that?  Could it be that Labor Day brings up images of guys with shovels and picks working in the hot sun?  And no one wants to seem as if they are wishing the other person was on a chain gang in Alabama?  Or is it that no one wants to invoke the image of a woman in labor.  You know one of those nightmare scenarios that go on for hours and the poor woman is cursing out the husband, the Doctors and maybe even the good Lord Himself and no one wants to wish that either.  Maybe it’s some other thing too but we’re just happy to have the day off and not have to say “Happy” to everybody or hear “Happy” either.  Also with the absence of not having to say “Happy” you don’t have to worry if you’re offending anyone by saying “Labor Day” instead of “Holiday”.

And another thing we wondered about around here was the cell phone.  We realized that the first people we saw use the cell phone were the guys and gals on Star Trek.  But we also noticed that there was no texting.  And no one ever sent other crew members pictures.  Like Captain Kirk never sent pictures of his privates to any of the women he made it with, neither, earth women or even Alien women.  And when we say Alien women we mean from a galaxy far, far away and not someone without a green card, so it might be a necessity.  I mean maybe they’d never seen one before, a human one that is.  And then, there was no video streaming or music.  Were there Star Fleet regulations against these things?  Or is the question will there be Star Fleet regulations against these things?  Will the future be political correctness run amuck?  And, who wants to sign up for that?

And, is it just us or do you get the feeling that if the Mass Hysteria could manufacture hurricanes, they would?  They not only seem excited as some catastrophe approaches our shores, they seem delighted.  The higher the winds, the heavier the rain the higher the category they can possibly give the storm, the more breathless they become.  Now of course they’re doing all this because they care.  They will stand on the shore as the angry sea comes crashing over boats, docks and sea walls.  Stand there as the rains drench them and the winds whip their hair, as if they are the brave Odysseus adrift in the cruel sea, after he’s lost his ship and all his men.  Then they will look solemnly into the camera and tell you to.  “Stay inside”.  Then the camera will take you back into the studio where two perfectly coiffed humans will give you an update which will be the same thing they told you fifteen minutes before.  But their faces will be slightly grimaced, their heads will be shaking slightly and they will end the latest update with.  “Stay inside.”  And you’ll know in that moment, even if you never realized it before, that someone cares.

And, since probably no one else has done so, here’s hoping you had a Happy Labor Day.

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