Happy Labor Day! It's Labor Day today and a few days ago it was a national holiday in Slovenia (Day of Uprising Against Occupation). I've never been too big on holidays like these, especially the patriotic ones, because I think if it weren't for countries and national borders there'd be a lot less to bicker over. And to kill people over. But something happened the other day that made me have a change of heart.I was at home, when the door bell rang. Naturally, Mr. Fartz started barking and I, naturally, thought: "Fuck me, who now..." I went to open the door and it was the mailman - some package came and I had to sign for it.
"Sign here and here. And here you put down the date."
"Ok. What's the date today? I have no idea."
"Don't you know? The 20th of April."
"Mmm..." No, I don't, who cares.
"Today's the birthday of the best person in the world."
"Yeah? Who's that?" And now you're probably going to say "me" or "my mother" and I'll have to be polite and giggle.
"..." What?! "Oh, really... That's cool... To know..." Smile. Nervously.
It was only then that I noticed his head was shaved. Was he being sarcastic? Was he being brutally honest? Is his hair thinning so he has to shave it? Does he have a swastika tattoo on his chest? I didn't and still don't really care, I just found and still find it peculiar. But knowing stuff like that does make sense: We have to remember our history in order not to repeat it. So do you know what this Labor Day is all about or are you just happy you get a day off from work?
On May 3rd 1886, a strike was held in Chicago where one worker was killed and several were injured by police (the event know as the Haymarket Riot). Workers were on strike because they wanted to secure an 8-hour workday as a part of the national campaign of the 8-Hour Day or 40-Hour Week Movement. Of course, workers gathered again the next day and several more were killed and even more injured. But obviously not in vain. And it'd be a bitch if we forgot that.
If Adolf was still alive today, it'd be his 124th birthday and he probably wouldn't be too happy about today's holiday since he thought that it was work that made you free. I must say I prefer the 40-Hour Week Movement's slogan: 8 hours labor, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest. No doubt that by recreation they meant party.
Posting days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so see you back on Friday. Hope you had a work free Labor Day or at least only an 8-hour workday.