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"You keep using those words 'holiday weekend.' I do not think they mean what you think they mean..." - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"You keep using those words 'holiday weekend.' I do not think they mean what you think they mean..."
It's only fair, I suppose. Most veterans don't get Veterans Day off in this country, so why not work over Labor Day weekend?

Today was a project in need of a few peaceful hours. The case goes back to 2009, the work in question to last summer, but the deadline set by the Court is Tuesday. Yeah, the day after the holiday weekend. Thanks for that, guys:P  The work itself went quickly, but the minutiae took longer. It's an appeal of a decision that I won twice already, but the drill involves preparing, filing and serving multiple color-coded and picky-rule-compliant briefs. Service was easy; I dropped copies in the mail. But the color-coded copies are for the Court, and that list of persnickety requires a copy job beyond my capabilities, so it was off to Office Hax, which still hasn't finished the order. Tomorrow we will be on our Move and Clean Final Mission for the kids, probably beyond their Sunday hours, so I've arranged to pick up the copies on Labor Day itself, when, they assure me, they will be open.

That won't be the only work on Monday for me. (Eleanor's working, too, for four hours of the day.)  I have another needing-peaceful-hour project that has to be finished by noon on Tuesday, so I hope to have THAT done during the Labor Day hours, as well.    The noon delivery of that, and the sometime-that-day delivery of the color-coded copies to the appellate clerk, will also be joined by a first-time meeting with clients over what could prove to be a big piece of business for the next several weeks-to-months (or even longer). We'll see about THAT in about 72 hours.

Plus there's the usual backlog of bankruptcy filings- at least three in middle-to-final stages of completion plus at least one or two others in the queue behind them- and at least two September hearings in cases I filed earlier this month. Plus my three days of Not Court this past week have been only delayed, not canceled, and they will be coming back on me sometime soon.   Of the nineteen workdays following Labor Day, I have at least one thing already scheduled on fifteen of them, with multiple commitments on several of those.

At least there aren't a lot of sporting distractions. The Mets fell over and died well over a month ago, our local AAA team has a Tragic Number of one to be eliminated from the playoffs, and don't even get me started on how horrid the Bills are looking right now.

But on the brighter sides? The Doctor is back (it's recording now- we were finishing Despicable Me 2 when the second episode began), the kids will be completely settled in by this time tomorrow, and when those nineteen workdays finish? It will be our 27th anniversary in my favorite season of the year. And that means the exact wonderful things that I think it means:)
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thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: August 31st, 2014 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it getting more common for people to work over the holiday? I ask because I've a phone interview with a uni in Texas for Monday, which, until you mentioned it, I'd forgot was a holiday in the US. I remember everyone being off and/or on time and a half, but that was 7 years ago.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: August 31st, 2014 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It's definitely more common in retail and professional lines to require work, and a lot more societal pressure to Plan Plan Plan to do Things Things Things on the occasion if you're not working. Oddly, Cornell used to start classes on Labor Day before ending the practice in my final year.

Totally off that issue, but I thought of you when I read it: have you worked professionally with Cam's Mary Beard? She got a significant writeup in the current New Yorker (get it fast whilst the paywall's down), and sounds like good mentor material if you could get it.
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: August 31st, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I don't know her. But I'm not a proper Classicist any more so no one would touch me. :(
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