NO, I’M NOT REFERRING TO BILL SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY!
Yesterday’s strike is over! I struck out! Judge Susan (who many of you know) has issued a temporary restraining order (a lot of folks think I should be restrained permanently!) which requires me to go back to work and write another humorous blog post. If I do not comply, she will hold me in contempt. (I’d rather be held in her arms, but I digress.) Well, you know what they say about the long arm of the law. So…..
Did you know that Labor Day has NOTHING to do with pregnancy? The holiday is always celebrated on the first Monday in September. Oregon was the first state to make it a legal holiday. (On February 21, 1887) It became a federal holiday in 1894, when signed into law by Grover Cleveland. (Cleveland was born in New Jersey, which was very confusing. Supposedly, his parents wanted to name him Hoboken, but they were afraid that the neighborhood kids would call him “Hobo.”) All right, I just made that up, but it’s still funny.
In recent years, Labor Day has become a huge retail sales day. (Second only to the Christmas season’s “Black Friday.”) It also marks the official end of summer, and in high society, the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear a seersucker suit. (I once saw a suit at Sears, and I was the sucker who bought it!) I used to buy my clothes at Robert Hall. (Robert threw them out and I hauled them in!) I also had a pair of Buster Brown shoes. (Brown on the top and bustin’ out of the sides!) Right now I’m wearing my summer clothes. (Summer mine, summer my brother’s!) All right, all right, I’ll stop with the clothing jokes!
My wife (the health nut) asked me to join her at Pilates class this morning. I thought she said “pie and latte,” so I went with her. God, what a disappointment. They asked me to leave! Did you know that it is considered inappropriate to take video of a woman in tights? Sounds like I’m “stretching the truth,” but that class was really weird. (No coed showers? What’s that about?)
Hey, my beautiful daughter, Rachel, was featured on KVUE this week. (A local station here in Austin) They were doing a segment on local artists and Rachel’s work was highlighted. She does extraordinary custom paint designs for all sorts of businesses in the city. (Great interview, but she failed to mention her father or any of his books!)
Speaking of books…… (nice transition, eh?) My new publisher, Murder Ink Press, has come up with an outstanding new title for the re-issuance of THE PRESLEY PLOT. (I’m not supposed to let the cat out of the bag until the release date.) The new cover is also terrific, and I think that all of my fans and followers will be quite pleased. The revised edition will be released sometime in September.
Well, I must leave you now. I am off to a wonderful barbecue at Jaime and Gary Rubinstein’s house. They have a gorgeous new home in Lakeway, and they are superb hosts. A great time will be had by all. (Gary does the cooking, and believe me, he makes food fit for a king. Here King, here King….. )
Again, happy Labor Day. And remember, if work is so great, how come they have to pay you to do it??? Love to all…..