Sunday, December 01, 2019

The Four Day Weekend

This is an idea whose time has come. I don't know about you, but it was perfect for me. On Thanksgiving we went to visit my daughter, who moved way out into Suffolk, evidently the only place anyone can afford to live nowadays. It was nice. We had fun, and my dog had a blast playing with her dog. A win-win.

The rest of the weekend I had no plans. I binge-watched season 3 of The Man in the High Castle, and started season 4, which looks to be the better of the two. I got a new iPad, and read a Lawrence Block book about Bernie Rhodenbarr, the affable gentleman burglar. I also walked my dog in temperatures ranging from freezing cold to merely cold. I feel like I've covered all the bases and now I'm ready to go back to work.

Weekends slip by too fast for me. It's like you turn around and whoosh! They've disappeared. Where did they go? No one knows. But this one was just long enough. I'm ready to go back to work and wear a non-flannel shirt for a few days. I don't know about you, but it's obvious to me that weekends should be four days year round. I'm pretty sure if I were to run for office on that plank I'd get wide support from people who actually work.

Being one of those people myself, I think I have a good feel for that sort of thing. Now I'm a teacher by trade, and perhaps you're saying, "Sure, NYC Educator, but what about the kids? What will happen to them if they only go to school three days a week?" Personally, I think they'd be a lot happier. It would be good if we let kids know we valued their time, as opposed to filling it with mountains of homework and pressure.

I've got a confession, and this won't be popular. After a while, I get tired of the summer. I love walking my little dog, but I'm not yet ready to make a career out of it. By the end of the summer, I'm more than ready to go to work. These days, when the principal says, "I hope you're back and re-energized," I actually am. I know that's not popular, because most of the room groans audibly at hearing that.

This notwithstanding, I think the four-day weekend will resolve that issue for all of us. Okay, I mean sure it might be harder for Michael Bloomberg to accrue another billion dollars if he has to wait on people to do his work for him,  but I for one am willing to make that sacrifice. Of course we'll need to increase union so greedy bastards like Bloomberg and Bezos can't go turn around and halve the weekend as opposed to doubling it.

But I think it's an idea whose time has come. What say you?
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