Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Birthday George Washington, can I get 50% off on that mattress?

Today is President’s Day and it is one of those holidays which aren’t actually a holiday but people say it’s a holiday so they can have the day off and get things on sale. So I thought I would compile a list of what President’s Day means to me.

Government Offices Closed – This makes me mad. I feel that if the government shuts down for a day everyone should shut down for the day. So basically I am bitter about having to be at work today.

Schools Closed – This usually bothers me but today it didn’t because the Girl Scout Cookies I ordered from a co-workers daughter was actually delivered by daughter since she didn’t have school. Kudos to her parents for making her deliver cookies to complete strangers and introducing her to the working world. (Side note: the girl, who I have known for years, was in complete amazement by the crap I have on my desk. I think it was the Pirate Troll that really rendered her speechless.)

Post Office Closed – Normally this wouldn’t bother me but when I realized that with no mail pick-up today means my three DVD’s I have going back to NetFlix won’t arrive until Wednesday which means I won’t have new DVD’s until Thursday, I became very agitated.

Less Traffic – I love days when my normal commute time is cut in half because there are less cars on the road. The traffic reporter on the radio station I listen to in the mornings was coming on every ten minutes and just saying “Nothing. I’ve got nothing.”

Banks Closed – Okay, so maybe not all banks are closed today, but it doesn’t really make a difference either way. I don’t think I have physically been in a bank for over a year and since the ATM still works no matter what, I think I will be able to survive 24 hours.

Massive Sales – Since I don’t need a mattress or a new end table, I don’t think I will be partaking in the economic stimulus known as “The President’s Day Sale” at any of my local retailers. But kudos for you who in these difficult times lie away at night, thinking of your non-existent 401K and stop and think “Wow, this is an uncomfortable mattress. I need to do something about this.”

So everyone head out to a bar tonight to ponder the impressiveness that is the American President and remember, Ben Franklin, though he is on the $100 bill, was not, in fact, President.

~ The Office Scribe


Lis said...

I have three DVDs waiting to get sent back as well. Makes me angry. And really, why does presidents day always involve a mattress sale?

butterfly said...

You always have the most interesting take on things! I will say this though, about the schools being closed...and that is that none of them were closed. Every district around here used today as a snow makeup day, so we all had to be at work too. You're right though - it does suck having to be at work when everyone else has off.

The Office Scribe said...

If they would have tried that around here it would have failed because the teachers union would have thrown a royal fit about a day they were promised off being taken away from them. In the state of Illinois I am more afraid of the teachers union than of our politicians. And that is saying something.

David said...

Let's hold off on bashing the teachers. It gave my girlfriend the day off.

And as a contractor, I got the day off as well.

And we bought a kitchen table on sale.

And I am waiting for something in the mail. So if only we'd had GS cookies delivered, then I would have embodied your post.

Holly said...

No holiday when you are on deployment.