Holidays geared toward three-day weekends

At our age over the years we’ve witnessed the change where many national holidays are now saluted either on a Friday or a Monday.
The change has come about because the majority of the working public is subjected to a five-day work week with weekends “off.” This meant it was logical to add a Friday or Monday date to the already off-days of Saturday and Sunday and thus allow for a three-day weekend.
Date changes became particularly noticeable to me this week when I looked at my May calendar and Monday, May 28 was shaded and marked “Memorial Day.” A closer look drew a smile. In addition I also observed the midweek non-shaded Wednesday, May 30, square with the words, “Memorial Day (True)” also marked on my calendar.
I don’t want you to think I’m disgruntled with the current three-day weekend for employees (and bosses as well). It is when I look back to years ago how weekly newspaper staffs battled to get out a newspaper when a holiday fell on the newspaper’s regular publication date and no three-day holidays.
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The break in warm weather has brought out the golfers and they are now honing their skills. Golf season is now in full swing and competition among golfers is becoming intense. In fact, one early season tournament play on another community’s golf course has already been reported.
Even though it was early season, that tournament reflected serious play from both players and enforcement of rules.
Apparently a tournament official caught one of entrants driving off about a foot in front of the teeing mark.
“Here!” the official cried indignantly, “you can’t do that. You are going to be disqualified.”
“What for?” demanded the golfer.
“Why, you’re driving off in front of the mark.”
The player looked at the official with pity. “G’wan back to the clubhouse,” he said tersely. “I’m playing my third stroke!”
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Did you hear about the millionaire, examining a prospective son-in-law? The father demanded:
“Would you love my Gwendolyn just as much as if she were poor?”
“Yes, of course, sir,” he replied.
“You’ve said enough. We don’t want any fools in this family,” her father concluded.
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It’s been said: “Better that a girl has beauty than brains because boys see better than they think.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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