A holiday weekend is fast approaching, the last hurrah and unofficial end to summertime activities, for most people that is, but in San Diego, the environment is like summer year round allowing residents to partake in outdoor activities and never have to take out “winter clothes”. In San Diego the culture of work and play are inseparable, getting business done and having time to play, surf, jog, bike, are standards of living, like the minimum wage, and it’s only fair, right? Appreciating the hard workers by giving them time to play is exactly what Labor Day is all about, although most people don’t really know more than the fact that it is a day off, the banks close and mail stops, and like it or not, you are put in a weekend holding pattern.
The US Department of Labor claims the origination of Labor Day is unclear exactly, but is believed to be created by either Matthew Maguire, a machinist, or Peter McGuire a secretary for the Brotherhood of Carpenters, but either way was put in place to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold”, commencing for the first time September 5th 1882.
The holiday is all inclusive and honors each and every American that contributes to society by working towards a goal or, the American Dream.
Working in San Diego can make you feel like a kid in school waiting for the bell to ring so you can run outside since the weather is always beautiful! Thankfully everyone else is on the same boat, taking the same cruise, and the way San Diegans have adapted to doing business is like having class outside, remember those days?! Perhaps that is why San Diego and the beach communities within have repeatedly made lists such as the “happiest seaside community” and apparently we have some pretty killer pizza too. According to a recent report by Trip Advisor, San Diego served sweeter slices of pie than New York or Chicago!
With over 80 miles of coastline, the average air temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the year round professional and laid back atmosphere, most San Diegans hardly need a day off from the blood sweat and tears of most, but will however, gladly take the opportunity to enjoy some non labor intensive activities. Perhaps lifting a nice cold beer or paddling in the low 60 degree water (Friday evening is the best chance for any surf) is on the anti laboring agenda. Perhaps your day will involve emptying your e-mail boxes, organizing the garage, updating your finances, or other chores you’ve been putting off, but in San Diego most people are guaranteed to be outside and avoiding anything that remotely resembles Labor! Have a relaxing Labor Day weekend to all those who work so hard each day of the year.