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35 Things I Did NOT Do For

Updated on September 2, 2014

1910 Ford Motor Co. assembly line

As promised. I am publishing this hub at 11:19 p.m., (cdst), Sept. 2, 2014

Each Tuesday, Sept. 2, is such an exciting time for the American worker. After a traditional three-day weekend, he or she gets to grab a “cup of Joe,” and listen to coworkers share what they did on Labor Day, the day before. It’s always a festive and cheerful time.

Personally, I think this was the secret strategy of the Federal Government when they made Labor Day an official holiday in 1894, in the late 19th century, to not only to give American labor force an extra day off to be with their family and friends, but some great tales to share on the Tuesday after, thus helping to keep the morale up in the workplace.

Henry Ford and his famous Model T automobile

Wasn’t that an humble move

by the labor movement and the Federal Government? Let’s try to remember this the next time we are tempted to complain about what the Federal Government is or is not doing.

This story is in a way, a new avenue for me. A new and sometimes-scary departure on the “Highway of The Unknown,” completely traveling away from any celebration one could have on Labor Day. I said all of this to simply say, “I did not celebrate Labor Day, 2014.”

Before you start calling me a hippy, anti-American, even the anti-Christ, I am none of these. I didn’t celebrate Labor Day as a personal experiment to see what it would be like to just rest quietly in my home and not have a grill to clean and a huge amount of garbage (complied by many mouths eating Labor Day foods) to be taken out at day’s end.

Ford Motor Co. assembly line 1949

The many faces of Labor Day

Cartoon of workers
Cartoon of workers
Modern workers
Modern workers
Iconic American workers and families Labor Day picnic
Iconic American workers and families Labor Day picnic
Labor Day collage
Labor Day collage
"Rosie, the Riveter," saluting the women workforce during WWII
"Rosie, the Riveter," saluting the women workforce during WWII
American worker poster.
American worker poster.
Typical early automobile assembly line
Typical early automobile assembly line
What do I want to do for a job when I graduate?
What do I want to do for a job when I graduate?
Traditional Labor Day grilling
Traditional Labor Day grilling

So, I am including you, my cherished-friends and followers, into my first hub of its kind, and in a way, help to celebrate a history-making moment in my life even more enjoyable by reading my sensitive list of . . .

“35 Things That I Did Not Do on Labor Day, 2014”

  1. Drink excessive-amounts of cold beer.

  2. Pass-out in front of my family and friends from that excessive-drinking of cold beer.

  3. Throw rocks at what stray dogs passed my house.

  4. Watch anything on PBS.

  5. Talk about anything shown on PBS.

  6. Call old friends and wish them a happy Labor Day.

  7. Get nostalgic and set-off on a drive to Detroit, Michigan, to see the auto plants that are shut-down.

  8. Shuck ears and ears of corn for grilling.

  9. Mix-up pounds of ground beef for grilling in the hot Alabama sun.

  10. Wave to everyone who passed by my house on Labor Day 2014.

  11. Call what few old buddies I have left to visit me so we can sit around and rehash our “glory days.”

  12. Play or listen to any recording by Bruce “The Boss” Springstein.

  13. Sit and drown in envy of Steven Spielberg for his numerous film successes.

  14. Do impressions of Jackie Gleason and other comedy legends.

  15. Participate in sack races held bv any Masonic Lodges near my hometown.

  16. Talk in complimentary-terms of John “Slacker” Krasinski, of The Office.

  17. Watch any reruns or DVD’s of The Office.

  18. Start any new diet that People magazine says will let me lose weight and still eat ice cream.

  19. Do my impression of Peter Graves when he starred on the original Mission Impossible.

  20. Fight with my wife.

  21. Fight with my cats, Festus, Lightning, and Hobollenia.

  22. Start a barbershop quartet on a spur-of-the-moment idea that spiraled through my head.

  23. Call any radio station to make any request for song by Bob Dylan.

  24. Drink any V-8 juice cocktail.

  25. Talk about how much weight I need to lose.

  26. Talk to myself while my cats and wife wonder what has come over me.

  27. Call the “800” number of The White House and ask for Michelle Obama to get her recipe for hot cocoa.

  28. Run nude through my conservative neighborhood yelling, “Great job, American labor!”

  29. Eat a half-dozen Krispy Kreme chocolate dough-nuts.

  30. Plan my next campaign to win “Hub of The Week,” on HubPages.

  31. Write a 37-page essay on the “Marilyn Monroe Effect on American Politics.”

  32. Take a two-hour nap on my front lawn.

  33. Shoot fireworks for my own pleasure or at my conservative neighbors.

  34. Go on a long nature hike to celebrate Labor Day.

  35. Stay wide-awake as Labor Day 2014 slowly faded into memory.

What did you do? Or didn’t do?

American Indian laborers from 1906


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, "Lessly," what a cute turn of the phrase. I love your comments. They spotlight your sharp sense of humor.

      You are right. You had an absolutely perfect day.

      And I have had an absolutely perfectly day by reading YOUR comment.

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      I labor-lessly ate the barbeque my relatives made, watched the leaves bof the trees blow in the wind, listened to the kids do whatever they were doing and, spoke no opinion to anyone about anything..... the absolute perfect day!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Dear DizzyMsLizzy,

      Wow, what a warm and lively comment. I loved it. And I respect your thinking on Labor Day.

      I too am on a fixed income and I join you in the ideology of not being able to afford the party glitz and glitter anymore, but its fine.

      And as for being on the roads, same where I live. In places it is taking your life into your own steering wheel.

      Thanks again for your wonderful comment.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you sincerely for the support. I mean it. I was not tempted in any way to fight with them at all.

      It, Labor Day, was just a quite day for us.

      And thank you again for stopping by.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Actually, you are incorrect and no parting gifts. I left the booze behind me in 1989 and never looked back, but I liked your play on words.

      No wonder that you are a very gifted writer.

      I am so glad that you and the hubbers on here are all in my world.

      God bless you.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you for your nice comment. I did read 20 and 21 and you are right. I would have been a loser if I had done this stupid thing.

      I just enjoyed being at home and not going anywhere.

      Thanks again for your friendship.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear sheilamyers,

      I admire and respect what you did for Labor Day. Reading books is not such a bad thing. And talking to yourself, well, I do that often. I freak my yellow tomcat, "Festus," out by quoting TV commercials especially the State Farm ad, "Purse girls," "You gotta be quicker than that." "I got you a dollar."

      He just stares at me I know that he is thinking, and just think. Most of my cat buddies are dying to be human.

      Thanks for your sweet friendship, Sheila.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Dana,

      Your comment, like all of your comments are so cute and interesting. Who else but you would clarify beer as COLD cans of beer? I don't drink anymore, but I still had a good time doing nothing.

      Being sober. Gosh! I wish I had put that ONE as the ONE thing I did do.

      Oh well. There's Labor Day 2015.

      Thank you sweet friend for your comment.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Good man. Most of these things can lead to big trouble.

      Thank you for this and all of your comments.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      No one would definitely catch me doing any of these things.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I didn't do any those things either except drink cold cans of beer. It was too hot not to.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I didn't do any of those things either. Well, maybe there were a couple of times I talked to myself and had Smudge (my cat) looking at me as if I'd lost my mind; however, that's not just a Labor Day event. My Labor Day weekend was filled by writing one HP article before downloading a bunch of free Kindle books written by independent authors and reading for hour upon hour. You're the first person I've told about my long weekend because that long weekend is still on-going. How you ask? Since I didn't have any plans on going anywhere for vacation this year, I took all week off from work. It's nice to have nine days off and only be charged four vacation days.

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      Mgt28 3 years ago

      You are an intelligent man. Read item 20 and 21 if want to know why I say so.

      Either way you would be the loser if you fought. But because you are witty you knew better.

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      Robert Zimmerman 3 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      So are we to assume that the excessive amounts of beer you drank was WARM? Great Article!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      You sure make an article interesting. Out of all the things you didn't do I'm glad it included not fighting with your wife or pets.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL Gee--I also failed to do any of the things on your list!

      We did exactly nothing, either. It's never been a big holiday celebration for me. It seems more a somber occasion to honor the struggles of those who gave us the 8-hour workday, weekends and vacation pay.

      My father was a union member, and we never did any big celebrating when I was growing up; my ex didn't celebrate anything, (he was basically a hermit), and while my current spouse and I enjoy entertaining, we have our big hoopla in July.

      Besides, we're on a fixed income, and can't afford to be buying party trappings and 'special foods' more than once or twice a year. We make those celebrations in July, near the 4th, and December, for the Winter Solstice.

      Add to that the general bad idea of being out on the roads on holiday weekends, and wanting to stay out of the highway obituary statistics, and it makes for a pretty boring, ordinary day. With hubby's health issues, we don't have weekends or holidays anyhow to speak of. One day marches on much like any other.

      Voted up and funny.