Monday, January 15, 2007

Why Martin Luther King Day is my favorite Holiday

Most people enjoy holidays, but I think they mostly just cause stress. So let's look at the holidays from a stress standpoint:

Christmas is obviously right out.

Many holidays involve a social obligation. God forbid you stay home. Everyone wants to know "what are you doing for ? This includes New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving.

Halloween involves work if you need a costume.

Some holidays give you a 3-day weekend, but then people feel they need to DO something on the day off (the whole beach/picnic thing). Which is fine, except then you're stuck with "we have to get there early to get parking". Or even if you just have a BBQ in someone's backyard, you still have to deal with everyone else in the long lines at the supermarket. That eliminates Memorial Day, Labor Day, and 4th of July.

So if ignore days like Arbor Day, and stick with the days we get off from work (which is a good thing) that pretty much leaves MLK Day and President's Day. No gift-exchanging, no parties, no worries. MLK gets the slight advantage because in my experience, more people have the day off for President's Day. But on MLK Day, I get to stay home or go to the store or do whatever I want while many other people are still going to work. Columbus Day is probably similar.

So that's why Martin Luther King Day is my favorite holiday.

Oh, and he said neat things about equality and stuff.

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