Three Day Weekends

Matt Yglesias noticed the same thing I did:  This past three-day weekend seemed more relaxing than usual.  His explanation is plausible:

I’ve really enjoyed this rare Friday-off three day weekend. I think it’s been a lot more fun than your traditional Monday-off three dayer. I think it’s the difference between a weekend that psychologically feels like it has two Saturdays and a weekend that psychologically feels like it has two Sundays. But whatever the reason, I think we should formalize the switch, eliminate our “observed on Monday” national holidays and shift them to Fridays.

A surprisingly bitter discussion ensues in his comment section.

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  1. odograph says:

    I didn’t do too much reading over the weekend … though I did zillow-surf oregon real estate a little.

    This morning though I had to pop back here and gift to Steve Verdon this preemptive strike.

  2. It may well be an iron law of blogging that almost any post, however innocuous, can degenerate into a surprisingly bitter discussion (although I suppose we should drop “surprisingly” from the description).

  3. fester says:

    I third the notion that a Friday led long weekend is better than a Monday end long weekend. The holiday I want more often is the random Wednesday off as that makes the week a very nice split without the concurrent work pressure to get everything done before you leave for the holiday.

  4. tom p says:

    What 3 day wkend? I worked on friday.