Monday, 23 March 2009
What to do about Mondays?
I've mentioned my boring but strange dreams before. I had a seriously epic one last night. It involved riding on buses, and noting that the same numbered bus route was the one I wanted at home, in Manchester, and ... somewhere else. I'm afraid I'm not sure where else my unconscious spirit got to. However, as you can imagine all of that travelling takes a lot of time, probably mainly spent waiting at cold bus stops, and consequently I got up far too late this morning.
Next time, I'll drive, and I bet I'll be awake an hour or two earlier. And they wonder why no-one likes public transport?
On the other hand, if those buses had been a bit later I wouldn't have had to get up at all. This thought occurred to me right after I remembered that I hadn't done any ironing at the weekend. And after an unbroken run of two weeks where I had my whole week's clothes ready. And because my washer drier has stopped washing/drying and started making disconcerting metallic banging noises instead, my laundry situation isn't what I'd like it to be, either. And my extensive journey had made me exhausted, so I'm still not properly awake yet. No, it might have been better for me to have skipped today.
Does anyone like Mondays? I think there are too many of them. Perhaps it would be better to have a ten day week. That way there would be a 30% reduction in Mondays. You'd work for 7 days, and then have a 3-day weekend. If you abolish public holidays, you end up with about the same number of working days in the year.
The metric week. After all, there's nothing special about 7 days. It's almost a quarter of a lunar cycle, but everyone knows that the numbers don't quite work out, so who cares?
Of course, there'd also be a 30% reduction in Bee's Friday meetings with the Great Oz, and I'd have to write 30% fewer Wordy Wednesdays. I'm struggling to find any disadvantages. Religious people would probably want to have Church days every seven, but they could do that and work some weekend days instead.
We would have to find names for 5 days (since the religious types would want to keep Sabbath and Sundays for their calendars). We could name them after continents: Ameriday, Antday, Afriday, Euraday and Ozday. Other schemes, including the French 10-day week, seem to want to number them firstday, secondday, etc, but that seems a little clunky to me.
Maybe I should start a campaign. As long as we called it the Metric Week, there would be loads of saddo-standardisers and Europhiles who'd love it. But we'd know the real reason behind it was a hatred of Mondays...