We've finally reached the official end of summer, with the start of a new month. They have to have it at the end of a month, so that we notice, since the weather has been rotten all "summer." I should probably have shouted "rabbit", or is that on the first Tuesday of the month?
Anyway someone, who shall remain nameless (for the time being), emailed me to gloat about Americans getting the Monday off when the rest of us poor sods had to struggle in to work.
So I checked my calendar, and indeed, folks in the US are celebrating "Labor" Day. (In Canada there is a similar festival called "Labour Day, eh?"). Apparently the one thing that people don't do on labour day, is, erm, labour, i.e. work. This accounts for the lack of blogging activity, though it didn't stop Bee being first on Chris's blog, which I think was a bit unsporting when she should be lying around taking it easy (at least until I'd got a comment in).
I can hardly complain about the concept of people having days off - it's all very civilised. I think, though, that we should reconsider the names of our holidays and make them a bit less, well, boring. We call most of ours "bank holidays", and lots of us get time off who don't work in banks. They can't be celebrations of banks, surely?
Suggestions for renaming days would be welcomed. I'm going to start by proposing that Americans call today "Idle Day". Not only does the name conjure up a picture of blissful inactivity, but it could double as a celebration of Monty Python. And then we'd have to celebrate it in Britain as well. Which would be an end to gloating emails.
Happy Idle Day to my North American readers, and anyone else who's been lucky enough to have a lazy day. I would have posted this greeting earlier, but some of us had to go to work...