Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day

For my followers from Canada, the UK, and Texas:  Labor Day is an American federal holiday, held the first Monday in September.  Also known as the "Unofficial Last Day of Summer," it celebrates economic and social contributions of working men and women.

Peter McGuire
Noted Labor Figure, Canadian watcher, and Dead Person
"Betcher ass I came up with the idea.
Plus, it's McGuire not Maguire."
  
  The idea of such a day was first proposed in 1882 by Matthew Maguire, a machinist who was then serving as a secretary for the Central Labor Union.  

  Some folks say this honor more properly should be given to Peter J. McGuire who got the idea while observing the annual labor festival in Toronto, Canada (which pretty much only involved flapjack tossing and rolling on logs in the river).
"Anything to get these labor people off my ass.
I wanna go get me a sandwich or something."

  Faced with huge labor unrest, highlighted by the Pullman Strike (look it up if you feel like)  and the great "Should They Be Called Yellow Stickies or Post-Its?" controversy, President Grover Cleveland signed the Congressional proposal to adopt Labor Day as a national holiday in 1882 (which you would have already known if you read the second paragraph).

  As a result, backyard barbecues throughout the nation proliferated as legions of schoolchildren began bitching that they had to go back to school.

  Oh, yeah, and labor people got a day off.


Labor:  
v.  labored, -boring, -bors  
1.  To work; toil
2.  To clean your garage because it's a big frikkin' mess
n.  1.  Physical or mental exertion of a physical nature
2.  Snooki reproduction
3.  The internal conflict which arises when trying to decide whether to clean the garage or make use of that empty couch


Okay, I made some of those up, but still...

No brainer on #3


Labor Day:
The Bad News:  It's the end of summer (I know it doesn't really end until the end of September, smart-ass).
The Good News:  Only 35 more days until Canadian Thanksgiving.








39 comments:

  1. I had to laugh at the Snooki thing Al, seriously though, thanks for the lesson man because I honestly had no idea what the whole Labour Day thing was about. With that said here's hoping you have a great one my friend, even though it's a little sad that Summer's coming to an end but ah well, it'll be Spring time soon enough!

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    1. Mrs. Penwasser saw that picture of me on the couch. Guess what we're going to do later on......?
      Dammit.

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  2. Yay for Canadian Thanksgiving :D It's pretty cool that the origins and meanings of Labour Day were exactly what I thought it was. A holiday to give the working man a thumbs up and tell him to just take the day off.

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    1. Canadian Thanksgiving is much more preferable than the day which is celebrated (?) here in the States on that same day: Columbus Day. I got tired of the parades, Cannoli Eat-Offs, and passing out smallpox blankets at the casinos.
      I especially don't like their buttons compared to what you get on St. Patrick's Day. Instead of "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" we get "Up Yours, I'm Italian."

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  3. Labor Day is such a strange holiday. Cool that Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I'll have to mark that on my calender . . . because two thanksgivings is just awesome.

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    1. True story: I was invited to a Canadian Thanksgiving meal by a Canadian (I would think that would be obvious) officer I worked with when I was in Iceland. Even though the NFL wasn't on, it was fabulous.

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  4. It also means no more white pants, white shorts, or white shoes until Memorial Day. Such fashion standards we have here in America.

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    1. To say nothing of not being able to wear socks with sandals anymore.

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  5. For us it also means that all our weekend warriors go home and we finally get our neighborhood back. :) Not that I don't love them all... but seriously, I haven't seen this much traffic on my dirt road since, well... last Labor day.

    Enjoy your nap!

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  6. My mom actually had a doctor's appointment today, and drove all the way to the clinic to find it closed. Great office staff they have there.

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  7. @Juli: And THAT is something to be thankful for.
    @Adam: My son actually has classes at Virginia Tech today. That's kinda weird.

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  8. Well if it is american or not, we are all hot to trot for it is labor day up here too and I do not have to go to my work zoo! Thanks for letting me know how long until thanksgiving as well. And ummm were you expecting a probe again? hahaha

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  9. So today is not the day all babies are born? Man where have I been?

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  10. Thanks for the info Al. One day I'll tell you about Whitsuntide.

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  11. @Pat: That's pretty cool. Is it for the same thing as down here?
    @Bushman: Making babies?
    @Tony: Does Whitsuntide have something to do with laundry soap?

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  12. Thanks for this post, Al. Really. I'm a former diehard SEUI Local 535 gal. We don't appreciate what the labor movement's done and sacrificed for us.

    Now, get back to work. =)

    xoRobyn

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  13. I knew the couch would win every time!

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  14. And if you are lucky, you get paid not to be at work. Or paid extra if you had to work. Honeyman worked. Surprisingly gamblers like to go to casinos on their days off. I canned beans(Go me!).

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    1. Sadly, I don't get paid if I'm not there. Not really a sweetheart deal, job-wise, but it IS a job after all.

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  15. The good news- it's finally the end of summer!
    The bad news- I've never had labor day off.

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    1. It's okay. We're back at work now and that day off is just a memory.

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  16. We have Labor day in Canada, we just spell it Labour Day. (and it has nothing to do with Snooki!)

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    1. It was too much labor to put in that extra 'u'.

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  17. Thank you Al, you are a regular Oracle Of Delphi. My learned friends and I were just debating when Labor Day was in the "boozer" last night. And I have, I am proud to say been proved right. If only I had put money on it.

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    1. But, do you know when Canadian Thanksgiving is?

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  18. Man, you look exhausted, you're not even humping the sofa. Has anyone ever thought of calling it Laborious Day?

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  19. They might as well just change the official day of when summer ends to same day as Labor day. Who cares about the whole equinox stuff anyway? Or the rotation of the earth? I mean, seriously...summer's over!

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    1. I know, it's done, bring on the chilly mornings and for goodness sakes, someone please close my pool. Those leaves are really starting to get on my nerves.

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  20. Great line about the "internal conflict!" Glad you came to a stunning resolution! Julie

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    1. Sadly, when I woke up, guess what Mrs. Penwasser wanted to do?
      Oh, never THAT!
      No, we cleaned the garage.

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  21. School starts soon. That's never good. Not even the oncoming Thanksgiving celebrations can clear away that dark cloud. :(

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    1. But, then we have Christmas. Yeah...sigh...you're right.

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  22. I think its ironic that Labor Day is the day that everyone gets off unless you work in service or retail. You know, people who actually LABOR.

    That said, I enjoyed my day off.

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    1. Wouldn't it be more appropriate if EVERYone had the day off on Labor Day?
      I mean, I can understand about Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, and Flag Day to some extent.
      But, EVERYone works!
      Well, except those who don't.

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  23. Ah, Canadian Thanksgiving - what do we Canadians have to give thanks for anyway - our currency is doing just fine - thank you very much!

    If anybody needs to give "thanks" it's Greece for that uber generous bailout...and they should be sending the Germans a basket of breaded schnitzel and some sauerkraut; that's a "thanks" giving if you ask me! Eh, Al...what'dya think? Schnitzel or Bratwurst...tough call!

    As always, you've enlightened my "laboured" mind! And I don't mind a bit! (not much mind to work with so it's all good!) :P




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  24. Nine days out of 10, I'm opting for the couch. No matter how terribly upholstered it is (sorry)...

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