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Labor Day To-Do List

September 3, 2018

Labor Day To-Do List

Happy Labor Day. Now that September is upon us, remember:

1. The 2018 NFL season starts Thursday, September 6th. Get snacks & beer.

2. Air out woolens.

3. Buy leaf bags.

4. Do not wear white shoes after September 3rd. 
Persons in the continental United States wearing white shoes past that date are assumed to be illegal aliens from the Southern Hemisphere, and will be treated accordingly. You have been warned.

More:

“Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?” Kathy Benjamin, Mental Floss

“The Reason(s) Behind the No-White-After-Labor-Day Rule (Blame the One Percent!),” John Surico, Village Voice

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day,” Laura Fitzpatrick, Time

Related:

“When Labor Day Meant Something,” Chad Broughton, The Atlantic

“How Labor Day Was Celebrated When Unions Were on the Rise,” Eliza Berman, TIME

“Early Labor Day parades included cigar-making, beer, and proposed live animal slaughter,” Phil Edwards, Vox

“8 facts about American workers,” Sara Kehaulani Goo, Pew Research Center

“US unions are shrinking. These 7 charts show what that means.” Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

“Why white men hate unions,” Edward McClelland, Salon

“More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft,’” Steve Greenhouse,New York Times

“No union mines left in Kentucky, where labor wars once raged,” Dylan Lovan, Associated Press

“Workers Organize, but Don’t Unionize, to Get Protection Under Labor Law,” Steven Greenhouse. New York Times

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Labor Day To-Do List

September 7, 2015

Labor Day To-Do List
Happy Labor Day. Now that September is upon us, remember:

1. The 2015 NFL season starts Thursday, September 10th. Get snacks & beer.

2. Air out woolens.

3. Buy leaf bags.

4. Do not wear white shoes after September 7th. 
Persons in the continental United States wearing white shoes past that date are assumed to be illegal aliens from the Southern Hemisphere, and will be treated accordingly. You have been warned.

More:

“Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?” Kathy Benjamin, Mental Floss

“The Reason(s) Behind the No-White-After-Labor-Day Rule (Blame the One Percent!),” John Surico, Village Voice

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day,” Laura Fitzpatrick, Time

Related:

“When Labor Day Meant Something,” Chad Broughton, The Atlantic

“How Labor Day Was Celebrated When Unions Were on the Rise,” Eliza Berman, TIME

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Labor Day To-Do List

September 1, 2014

Labor Day To-Do List

Happy Labor Day. Now that September is upon us, remember:

1. The 2014 NFL season starts Thursday, September 4th. Get snacks & beer.

2. Air out woolens.

3. Buy leaf bags.

4. Don’t wear white shoes after September 1st. 
Persons in the continental United States wearing white shoes past that date are assumed to be illegal aliens from the Southern Hemisphere, and will be treated accordingly. You have been warned.

More::

“Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?” Kathy Benjamin, Mental Floss

“The Reason(s) Behind the No-White-After-Labor-Day Rule (Blame the One Percent!),” John Surico, Village Voice

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day,” Laura Fitzpatrick, Time

Related:

“When Labor Day Meant Something,” Chad Broughton, The Atlantic

“US unions are shrinking. These 7 charts show what that means.” Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

“Why white men hate unions,” Edward McClelland, Salon

“More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft,’” Steve Greenhouse, New York Times

Vaguely-related rant:

“Labor Day Is a Scam To Keep You Poor and Miserable Forever,” Ken Layne, Gawker

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Wardrobe Adjustment

May 26, 2014

Wardrobe Adjustment

Today is Memorial Day, a special time when this great nation pauses a moment to look for its white shoes and straw hats. This is the official Unofficial Start of Summer, so get your seersucker suits out of storage.

In Baltimore, “Straw Hat Day” was May 15th; farther south, other rules apply. But remind yourself that today is about more than wearing light clothing, burning meat, or buying major appliances. There’s a reason we observe a moment of silence at 3:00 PM.

Related:

“National WWII Museum Poll Shows 80 percent of Americans Unfamiliar with Memorial Day’s Real Meaning” (Press Release).

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Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?

April 15, 2014

Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?T

The Haggadah (הַגָּדָה‎) is a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover ritual meal, the Seder.

“There’s a reason the haggadah feels goyish: Formally speaking, it’s Greek. It’s a Judaicized version of a Greek genre called ‘symposium literature’. Plato loved the form. So did Xenophon. The symposium enshrined the most appealing traits of the Hellenic personality: conviviality, Epicureanism, a love of good conversation.”

–”Platonic Form,” Judith Shulevitz, Tablet Magazine

The ancient Greek symposium (συμπόσιον) was a drinking party; drinking four glasses of wine is a Passover obligation. Diners are supposed to recline while they do so, just like the Greeks.

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Happy New Year & Lucky Legumes

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year & Lucky Legumes

Happy New Year to you and yours from NotionsCapital.com

Remember: If you must eat black-eyed peas and drive, roll down the windows.

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Labor Day To-Do List

September 2, 2013

Labor Day To-Do List
Now that September is upon us, remember:

1. The 2013 NFL season starts Thursday, September 5th. Get snacks & beer.

2. Air out woolens.

3. Buy leaf bags.

4. Don’t wear white shoes after September 2nd. 
Persons wearing white shoes in the continental United States past that date are assumed to be illegal aliens from the Southern Hemisphere, and will be treated accordingly. You have been warned.

(more…)

Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?

March 26, 2013

Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?

The Haggadah (הַגָּדָה‎) is a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover ritual meal, the Seder.

“There’s a reason the haggadah feels goyish: Formally speaking, it’s Greek. It’s a Judaicized version of a Greek genre called ‘symposium literature’. Plato loved the form. So did Xenophon. The symposium enshrined the most appealing traits of the Hellenic personality: conviviality, Epicureanism, a love of good conversation.”

–“Platonic Form,” Judith Shulevitz, Tablet Magazine

The ancient Greek symposium (συμπόσιον) was a drinking party; drinking four glasses of wine is a Passover obligation. Diners are supposed to recline while they do so, just like the Greeks.

(more…)

To-Do List

September 3, 2012

To-Do List
Now that September is upon us, remember:

1. The 2012 NFL season starts Wednesday, September 5th.

2. Air out woolens.

3. Buy leaf bags.

4. Don’t wear white shoes after September 3rd. 
Persons wearing white shoes in the continental United States past that date are assumed to be illegal aliens from the Southern Hemisphere, and will be treated accordingly. You have been warned.

Related:

“The Reason(s) Behind the No-White-After-Labor-Day Rule (Blame the One Percent!),” John Surico, Village Voice

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day,” Laura Fitzpatrick, Time

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Wardrobe Adjustment

May 28, 2012

Wardrobe Adjustment
Memorial Day. It’s that special time when America pauses a moment to look for its white shoes and straw hats.

This is the official Unofficial Start of Summer.

Note: In Baltimore, “Straw Hat Day” is May 15th. Farther south, other rules apply.

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