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So many holidays

I woke up on the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day thinking about how many holidays we don't take off.

There seems to be an upward trend in the number of days that are declared holidays. Of course, all of the presidents had their days lumped together since there were getting to be way too many. But most holidays end up being workdays, unless you are a banker or work for the government.

I always work on New Year's Day because I have this superstition that what you do on the first day of the year sets the tone for the rest of the year. And I work on Veteran's Day in protest because it seems like the veterans are the only ones can't afford to take a day off.

Here's a humorous take on the subject. Not new but worth revisiting ...

The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired. That leaves 133 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work.

Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work.

Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for state and city governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

And there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.


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