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Weekend? Or Weak Ending?

Updated on April 6, 2012

Opportunity knocks once and then batters down the door!

Well, which will it be?  Resting up, calming down, or "straight ahead and don't spare the horses?"
Well, which will it be? Resting up, calming down, or "straight ahead and don't spare the horses?" | Source

I bet I'm not alone!

One of my favorite topics is weekends. Maybe yours, too?

If you figure the weekend is Friday night to Sunday night, it seems as if it could be considered three days, but it's only two. Friday night is a "stinger". Most folks, especially the "youngers" by which I mean anyone younger than I am, plan their Friday nights with consummate planning. A movie, a night with friends, dancing perhaps, camping out or hiking, even studying...but don't count on a heavy vote for that one!

By the time Saturday morning rolls around, it's recovery time! Sleeping in has long been a favorite start for Saturdays, especially if the Friday night was long and exhausting, or even a disappointment.

Barbershops and hair salons see one of their busiest days, so that accounts for an hour or so every couple of weeks. If the family is taking a trip, that can gobble up the whole weekend, but may be creating memories for a lifetime.

Lots of folks lay in the groceries taking advantage of stores' "door openers" designed to pull them in for the rest of their more expensive shopping. Hardware stores are a favorite stop for the guys, as the "Honey, do's" get a little attention. And there is a stop to be made at the auto parts place for what's needed to keep the family's second biggest bill rolling down the road, perhaps even using a little less gasoline to get there!

By noontime, some food snuck into the schedule. Refortified and ready, the rest of Saturday floats by toward Saturday evening with chores, fun, TV, or something called exercise or work, depending on whether it was sought after or preferably avoided.

Somebody hits the kitchen to whip up some supper, or hits the phone for pizza, if the urge to avoid having to do dishes hasn't enticed a trip to a restaurant and paying triple or quadruple what the same meal might have cost using that new supply of groceries. The alternate choice: fast food and milk shakes at the nearest, crowded hot spot.

Saturday nights are sometimes a mirror image of Friday nights, especially if Friday night was not the big night of the week. More money spent helping the flagging economy, or sheer exhaustion saving the shekels for that hole in the monthly budget.

By the time Sunday morning rolls around it is usually "wind down time." The Sunday paper can tell us what other folks did the day before or will never be doing again. The sports scores and the new recipes, the weekly quick glance at world news usually makes us thankful we are where we are doing what we do, rather than where they are doing what they have thrust upon them.

Some of us get into our Sunday best and head off to our worship services. Others take the chance for a quiet day spent at a trout stream, finishing that last half of the lawn, or even more strenuous undertakings such as whipping up a barbecue to feed a horde of hungry visitors who "were just out for a drive and thought to stop by and say 'Hi!'" (perhaps easier handled by calling the pizza shop again!)

By Sunday night it is time to recite a West Point cadet's favorite lament: "Sunday night is here again; another weekend down the drain; another week in which to excel; another weekend shot to hell!"

Another take:

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Do you typically work harder on the weekends than you do during the rest of the week?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      hoteltravel: Time to weigh the weekend possibilities again for it is almost here once more! Thanks for the stop by Comment and voting. Knowing you from your Hubs, the dust doesn't settle on your sandals!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Oh, yes, time to draw up that "Do Saturday List." Best bet? Keep it realistic, especially if you are getting older (and we all are.) Short tasks for that sense of accomplishment. One or two major tasks that can't wait; and, time for self, God, neighbor and family (as Dave Matthews writes: "not necessaarily in that order" If the other days don't have the "fast pace of 'the chase'," then it's time to volunteer at school, church, etc., or write more with thought and research. Nature abhors a vacuum. (God probably does, too.)

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      Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Perspycacious, I have been retired for almost 2 years. I used to marvel at the possibility of having everyday a Saturday, but it has become boring at times. I have missed the 'thrill of the chase' during the week that made the weekend victory all the more appreciated.

      But that is ok, I would not go back to the rat race to deal with relatively small discomfort.

      Great article and great fun! Cred2

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Perspycacious: My weekends are a time for me to share real quality time with my family and my God, and not necessarily in that order.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      My weekends are busier than weekdays, prepping for a hectic week ahead. At times I have rued why we have weekends at all. But in a way this is a blessing. I never had to sit idle and let my mind rot. Reading this hub made me sit back and think about this topic. Voted up and interesting.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      writer20: Friday night to Saturday night = 1 full day. Saturday night to Sunday night = 1 full day.

      But you are right in feeling that a busy weekend = 2.5 (or sure seems that way!)

      Deborah Brooks: Who knows? Perhaps this could go in a time capsule, so that people 50 years from now will know what folks were doing on weekends in 2012! I might have to describe a summer weekend and a January weekend, too, because those can vary from this "average presentation."

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I agree with writer and its always nice when Friday comes around/.. but i don't spend my weekends like I did when I was younger.. I am way to old for that.

      great hub.. voted up and interesting


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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You made a good point, Friday night thru Sunday is like 2 1/2 days off. Voted up and interesting.