As with most legal holidays in the USA, the great majority forget what the day commemorates - and simply concentrate on their own hedonistic personal pursuits of happiness. For let us never forget what a spoiled and entitled people we have truly become. I know this because of all those years I spent busting a hack a minimum of 12 hours a day - surrounded by colleagues from all over the world in pursuit of the better life we all take for granted.
So anyway... as with back in the old days...I got a little perspective on this past holiday courtesy of the guys who work the counter at the 14th Street Papaya. At about 10 A.M. yesterday morning, I eased into their spot to order my egg special and couldn't help but notice that there was absolutely no business at what's usually a busy oasis. And thus I observed to the Arab at the register "Where's all the business today?"
"This holiday," he answered...and went on to ask (knowing that I was American)..."What holiday today?"...in a notably friendly fashion as somehow he could tell that at some point in my life, I too had worked side by side with immigrants at some sort of menial task. So I gave him a quick education.
"Today is Labor Day. It's the one day when guys who work hard for a living get a day off with pay!" And then I winked at him and asked the inevitable "So what the fuck are you doing working today?"
By now, the Mexican short order cook who was finishing up with my eggs joined in - cracking a big smile as the Arab observed "Every day holiday in America," with an innuendo about how soft Americans really are. And I summed up with a sincerely American perspective..."Yup! The land of the free and the home of the lazy!"
Big smiles all around and then...I was off for the crib with my egg special. I know it sounds ridiculous...but it really was a magical moment. Ya know...connecting with real guys like I used to be. Ya know...grunts who actually work for a living!
I remember how good I used to feel after 12 hours behind the wheel...with a cabby wad (mostly ones and fives) of profits in my pocket...riding the 5:30 AM bus across 14th Street...just me and the totally Queens type bus driver asking me "So how's hackin', buddy," leading to a jawing session about the trials, tribulations, and humiliations of ferrying people to and fro for a living. Talk about the good life!
Anyway...that's all over...and I'm an asshole now - just as entitled as any other American douche bag. But it wasn't always that way. I was a laborer...and I know the meaning of Labor Day - although when I was a laborer, I always worked on Labor Day. Draw your own inference on that point!
Moving on! Happy unofficial end of summer to all. You'll note that BLUE ANGEL (917-615-3281 - check out Bianca's new pic) has returned (vacation over) and GANA, ROSE and GIA of HOT ASIAN (646-841-8167) all have new pix. The girls are gearing up for fall and counting on you guys to throw some discretionary income their way. What else is new? Time for an egg special. I'm out.