We Need More Holidays

Quote of the Day:

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” –MLK

TB really enjoys MLK day. It is one of the most timely three-day weekends of the year, in fact, along with Labor Day, Memorial Day, and sometimes Independence Day. It still rankles that we lost Good Friday somehow–maybe if we paid more attention to the reason we celebrate Labor Day…..but that’s another subject for another blog.

The point is we’ve got a lot of weeks that could use a longer weekend. Coincidentally, or not, we also have a lot of reasons to celebrate that are going, um, un-celebrated. Yes, Third Week is gaining momentum, but that’s the big prize of the “add more holidays movement.” We must keep our eyes on it. In the meantime, it oughtn’t be so hard to achieve smaller goals. There is no shame in this. Somebody once said, “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

I have a dream that one day my own Little Scamp will not have to wake early every Monday, but just have to be on time Tuesday. Don’t be afraid to join the TB movement for more holidays! Just build “a dike of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” And remember, “the hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined non-conformists who are dedicated to justice, peace,” and long weekend road trips.

Whew, pretty much all of the above is a digression. All I really wanted to say was, we pretty much have MLK, Lincoln and Washington, and Columbus as the only humans sired by a mortal in all of recorded history who are honored by a holiday. I submit for your discussion a few more worthy options to get us nearer the utopian world of the permanent three-day weekend:

  • Day of The Dude–Everybody just wears an old robe all day and walks around staring incredulously at whoever is dressed normally, whatever that is. The truly devout display a holiday rug, to really bring some room together.
  • John Boehner Day–I think the cause of mental health in this country could really be helped if once a year, on a Monday, we all just stayed home, got drunk and wept, just for the hell of it. And then had to watch ourselves on video.
  • Barack Obama’s Birthday–On this day, we’ll all agree not to believe the data on one another’s birth certificates (there is no way I was born as far back as 1970). Also, husbands get to take credit for things like reducing leakage from the bathtub seals 40 percent while everyone appears to ignore the continuing rot and mildew coming out the other side of the wall. Wives all get together for afternoon tea.
  • Pete Rose Day–Every talk radio show in the nation can debate whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame on a February Monday after the Super Bowl. If the subject is raised at any other time, by anyone, anywhere, it will be a crime punishable by being made to watch 24 hours of Sarah Palin video without crying on the next scheduled John Boehner Day.
  • Willie Nelson’s Birthday–Because too many musicians give dying young a bad name. We’ll contemplate the heights to which an old dude like Willie has risen. We’ll celebrate mountains, clouds, and Redwood trees in Willie’s name. We’ll say “hi” to everyone we meet or just flash’em a thumbs up if they’re grinnin’ wide enough. We’ll sing Willie-carols like John Prine’s Illegal Smile and Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “The Boys from Oklahoma” and Afroman and Snoop songs and we’ll wear bracelets that ask the eternal question, “what would willie do?” and we’ll all eat Twinkies for dinner and oh, man, Willie Nelson Day has unlimited potential.
  • Buford T. Justice Day–we get to cuss all we want. In fact it will be considered socially unacceptable if you don’t drop an F-bomb or violate the relevant commandment in at least every third sentence. Diablo sandwiches and Dr. Peppers for everyone, but there will be no time for hush puppies.

Time to quit. I got things to do. Gotta make up for having yesterday off. Ya’ll help me with the forty-plus Mondays still unaccounted for.

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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11 Responses to We Need More Holidays

  1. Hobby says:

    the MLK quote seems very poignant considering the times and add me to the proponents of John Boehner Day!!

  2. irvineredd says:

    My boss has decided that we’re taking a monday off in March, since we don’t have MLK day (we’re all in the midst of our busy season), for Johnny Cash Appreciation Day. There will allegedly be t-shirts made stating our reasons for being closed.

    • They have a Johnny Cash Flower Pickin’ Festival in Starkville, I think in the spring.

      I’ll second the nomination for this holiday. The T-shirts need to be black.

  3. Jessie Lou says:

    National Bittersweet Chocolate Day was January 10th – I’d like that day off to gorge myself on dark chocolate. 🙂

  4. sippydog says:

    February 21–Rob the Cradle Day. In honor of Rue McLanahan’s promiscuous character Blanche on Golden Girls, and in honor of Kelsey Grammer’s lack of character in his every day life everyone over the age of 50 will be encouraged to bed a twenty-something. There will be cakes in the shape of body parts, the good parts. The person who gets the piece with the Viagra pill bottle inside gets to keep going until the end of the week, or until their heart plays out, whichever comes first.

  5. Mac says:

    The Dude abides.

  6. Jessie Lou says:

    Love the Rob The Cradle day – I always thought I’d end up with someone much older but did just the opposite. I now want to watch the Big Lebowski – come on maan!

  7. Smilyj says:

    Naked Monday. Of course.

  8. Smilyj says:

    au naturally….

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