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Thursday, July 19 Living

Summer needs at least 1 more holiday

Summer has barely begun, and already I am drifting in the doldrums.

I sense I am not the only one in this boat.

Usually I don’t get this feeling of listlessness until August, but this year it has arrived early. The Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday deserves much of the blame.

There is no worse possible day to celebrate a holiday than “hump day.” No matter how you play it in terms of scheduling time off, you come up wanting. There are no good options.

This past week, for example, you could have taken the two days off before the holiday, thereby giving yourself a long weekend on the front side. But that means you had to go back to work bright and early on Thursday with the reverberation of fireworks and cocktails still pounding in your head.

Or you could have taken the two days off after the holiday, thereby giving yourself an extended weekend on the back side. If you did that, it means you have to go back to work tomorrow. And the only thing more depressing than having to go back to work on a Monday is having to go back to work on a Monday after a long weekend, or worse still, a vacation. We should have a name for the Sundays before such Mondays. We should call these Sundays “Day of the Dread.”

The third option is to just take the single day off. The problem here, of course, is that this choice turns a perfectly fine holiday into a “Day of the Dread.”

I’ve given this a lot of thought — you have a lot of free time when hanging out in the doldrums — and the best solution I can come up with for dealing with a midweek holiday is to expand it. Whenever one falls on a Wednesday, extend it to include Thursday and Friday … as well as the following Monday.

Anyone have a problem with this?

Regardless of when it falls, however, the Fourth of July is always a bit bittersweet given it is the last holiday for two months.

I may have mentioned this before, but we need an additional summer holiday in early August to balance the calendar and provide a day off every month during the summer.

While I don’t imagine anyone opposes this concept, where disagreement may arise is over who or what the new holiday would commemorate.

I think we can rule out politicians, athletes, billionaires, historical figures and occasions, performers, CEOs, television preachers, groups that already have a designated day and any and all Kardashians.

What we should honor, in my view, is an often maligned and much overworked entity that works tirelessly on our behalf every minute of every day.

I am talking about the password.

I mean, we have national holidays remembering and honoring those who have fought in wars to protect our way of life, and deservedly so.

Why not do the same for something that serves to protect our privacy, our bank accounts, our social interactions, our access, our communication, our Netflix account.

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This recognition is long overdue. Nothing is more widely forgotten than the overburdened and under appreciated password. So why not make the first Friday in August Password Day?

I’m not sure what traditions might be adopted to recognize this new holiday — certainly beer and grilling would be involved — but other rituals might also evolve over time.

Maybe it could be turned into a day to change your password, you know, altering it from, say, 1-2-3-4 to something less obvious like 4-3-2-1. (When it comes to passwords, you can’t be too tricky.)

Anyway, something to think about. And again, sorry about work tomorrow.

Jim Shea is a lifelong Connecticut resident and journalist. jimboshea@gmail.com; Twitter: @jimboshea.

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