Happy Labor Day

September 7, 2009 · 0 comments

Summer is over.  Sure, the first day of fall isn’t until September 22nd, but you can feel it in the air.  The days are getting shorter, the nights a bit cooler.  Kids are back in school.  Traffic in the morning all of a sudden just sucks.  The A/C isn’t blasting as hard as it has been.  But we have today.  Labor Day.  It’s a Monday, and we have the day off.

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Our next day off will be Columbus Day (another Monday) – October 12th, more than a month away.

Today is the last day of summer.  Enjoy it.  Wear white today.  Go for a drive.  Get on the highway with the windows down and the stereo blasting and break the speed limit.

Do you remember this song?  Do you remember 1984?  Remember Guns n Roses?  Remember that white headcover he had for his mic?  What a friggin nutjob.  GnR missed a handful of shows with Metallica because Axl’s voice was shot – and he wouldn’t slow down from his three packs of reds a day habit.  I think that was when Metallica was touring on the Black album.

This song gets me going.  It makes me think of summer and makes me want to go out hard – not so gentle into that good night, a la Dylan Thomas’s poem about his dad going blind.  I’ve got it queued up in my car stereo for tomorrow morning, to remind me not to forget to remember that summer is over.

If this doesn’t get you going, do 20 pushups while it’s playing.  Then get out there and enjoy the day.  Have fun.  Do something active.  Or just sit on your ass and read a book.  But for cripe’s sake, don’t sit on your ass inside all day and flip channels on the idiot box.  Get outside and enjoy the weather, before you need a jacket and a sweater.

Harvest time is coming up.  Yes, that means Thanksgiving and possible tryptophan overdose, but before we get to do all that eating, we have to do a shitload of working to reap that harvest.  Yup, you heard it:  there’s a lot of work coming down the pike.  So take today and do something with it.  Forget about tomorrow, it’s not here yet.  All we have is today, and it’s the last day of the summer.

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