Well, it’s another Labor Day here in the States, and I couldn’t be happier. Last week was a slog, but a productive one—I managed to get caught up on all grading and even get a good bit of writing done, even though I was suffering from a gnarly head cold. Hopefully by the time you read this I am on the mend. I’ll have spent the weekend enjoying some rest and relaxation in Athens, Georgia, with my girlfriend and our dogs.
It being Labor Day, I’m going to observe the holiday in the spirit intended, and keep enjoying the rest. That means some glorious reblogging today, looking back past Labor Day posts.
Labor Day has always been a pleasant holiday early in the academic year—the symbolic end of summer, and a chance to catch one’s breath before the mad dash to Thanksgiving. It also seems to usher in the “spooky” season building up to Halloween.
As a child, we used to attend a massive Labor Day picnic my childhood church hosted every year at a campground in a rural portion of Aiken County. I loved that picnic, especially the opportunity to explore the woods with a fried chicken leg in my hand. It was a chance to play at being an adventurer, while still indulging in my beloved childhood obesity.
I’m not sure if there will be any picnicking today, but I can assure you I’ll be eating something decadent and unhealthy. With that, here is “Memorable Monday IV: Happy Labor Day !“:
It’s Labor Day 2020 here in the United States, and it’s been a productive weekend for yours portly. My girlfriend and I completely recreated my weed-strewn flower beds, and I felt like my parents—wandering around the garden centers of Lowe’s and Home Depot looking for cypress mulch and discount flowers.
Today, I put down some more mulch, and the beds are looking quite nice. I also swept out my barn—filled with the corpses of roaches caught in the latest defogger blast—and did some light vehicle maintenance. The in-cabin air filter in my little Nissan Versa Note SV desperately needed replacement, and I can now breathe easier knowing a clean filter is in place. I vacuumed out the car, too, and took the opportunity to hose down its filters and various components, which are now drying outside.
Looking back to my Labor Day post for 2019, it’s striking to note the difference in my activities. That Labor Day I played video games; this Labor Day, I’ve been a productive adult American. Granted, I was sick, but perhaps I’m finally growing up.
Regardless, the rest of today will be spent relaxing a bit, as well as doing some planning and grading for the short school week ahead. Next weekend I plan to hit the yard with a new battery-powered string trimmer, pending its shipment and weather permitting. It’s interesting how I will put these necessary home improvement projects off for weeks, but when I finally get to them, I don’t want to stop! Such is the joy of homeownership.
With that, here is last year’s Labor Day post, “Happy Labor Day 2019!“:
It’s Labor Day here in the United States, a day to celebrate the hardworking men and women that make our country great. Yes, I’m sure a holiday engineered by labor unions (like the radical nineteenth-century union the Knights of Labor) has some seedy progressive origins, but I think we can all appreciate a Monday off.
It’s been a pleasant weekend here at the Casa de Portly. All the ambitious plans to grade and catch up on work predictably flew out the window, and I’ve gotten loads of much-needed rest. My hacking cough is virtually gone, and I’m feeling rested and relaxed—a rare sensation for yours portly.
I also rediscovered a fun little turn-based strategy game that has devoured some of my time this weekend: Delve Deeper, from Lunar Giant. You manage a team of five dwarfs as they “delve deeper” (get it?) into critter-infested mines, all while competing against other, AI-controlled teams to mine and loot the most treasure. It’s simple and not exceptionally deep, but it’s quite fun.
I’ve also played some Left 4 Dead 2 with the boys, and watched the heartbreaking finale of the USC-UNC game. Knocking off top-seeded Alabama in a couple of weeks is looking less and less likely. Ugh…—but Go Cocks!
That’s it for today. We’ll be back to history, politics, and the culture wars tomorrow. For now, enjoy some downtime with your family, and try not to think about the collapse of Western civilization for at least one three-day weekend.