Another Camping reservation

Another Camping reservation

We do have another camping reservation coming up in about ten days.

I am off today on this fine Labor Day and my thoughts are turning to hiking trails and propane-fired camp stoves as I get ready to fire up our grill here at home.

By the way, I truly am happy that I’m not working today and I’ll have more to say about Labor Day in the next post.

The banner photo is from a camping adventure not very long ago. I’m not in the woods today, but I won’t have to wait much longer…

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2020 Ben Lawrence Basile

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It’s Labor Day and you should…

It most certainly is Labor Day and you should take life easy today!

I’m off and I hope you’re not having to put in your eight hours today.

If you’d like to know a bit more about the history of this auspicious holiday, just follow this link.

I’m so aware that we have some time today to just chill and maybe fire up the barbie because of the sacrifices of so many workers before us.

I do not–and never will–take that for granted.

Enjoy the day and take a moment to reflect on the importance of remembering that the working people in this country are one of the main reasons that America is great.

Best wishes to all of you who may pass your eyes over this post today.

Especially those of you who work for that paycheck.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile

Thoughts on Labor Day 2018

First of all, let me wish all my friends–especially those of you who work for a paycheck–a very happy and relaxing Labor Day!

I come from a long line of working people. My grandfather was a mason and marble contractor in New York City in the period between the two World Wars.

It was a common trade for Sicilians and he was good at it.

I was the first in my family to graduate from college but it never became a defining factor in my working life. I’ve only held two jobs in the many years since graduation where my degree was a consideration and I’ve mostly worked in the hospitality industry.

That’s very common, as you no doubt know, for people here in Florida.

I most certainly am in that large category of American workers who depend on that paycheck and would have dismal prospects if or when their gig and that precious check it generates ever stop.

I don’t get this awesome holiday off every year, but am off today by shear dumb luck; I’m feeling mellow and relaxed as I type this. The Yankees are playing the A’s on the tube right now; sports are happening all day and night today!

Having said that, I do agree with folks who encourage us to think about the meaning behind these “3-day weekend” kind of holidays. Days like Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day, too! We’re inclined to see them merely as another cool day off with a barbecue and/or a beach trip.

It’s a wonderful thing that we do have a day to commemorate the American worker–and maybe even give him or her the day off–as having such a day was never a given but was, in fact, born from the darkest days the American worker had ever seen.

If you’d like to peruse an interesting and informative piece about Labor Day and what it’s all about, just click on this.

I am so ridiculously mellow and care-free today as I relax, blog a bit and watch some sports! I  hope your holiday is going well, too, and that your working life is not a painful dead-end you take part in just to keep your head above water.

But regardless of those particulars, may today and your future have lots of work, purpose and pay! Some happiness, some fulfillment and lots and lots of dinero!

And some leisure time to reflect on work, workers and why it all matters.

 

 

A relaxed puppy today, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

A little post-script: I know the theme of this blog is awesome outdoor adventures, but I’ve opted to stay in because I did work the whole weekend before today, there’s a ton of good sports on TV and I really avoid the crowds you find at beaches and parks over these holidays! But more good outdoor stuff is coming soon!

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

 

What is Labor Day and Why Do Americans Celebrate It?

Monday, Sept 4, 2017

Ben writes: Let me wish all of you who work for a paycheck a happy–and very easy–Labor Day. Don’t forget that we stand on the shoulders of workers who fought–and sometimes died–to give us things like safe working conditions, a 40 hour work week and overtime pay. Our struggle is not over by any means. But for today–just take it easy!

We’ll be back at work soon enough. Working for our wages, but for other things, too; at the top of that list is respect. A living wage would be nice. A little gratitude, a little recognition, and little respect. These things are not too much to ask.

Accept the thanks of one worker to another. We do great things, don’t we? Yeah, we’re the ones who keep the wheels turning and the lights on and folks fed. And starting tomorrow, we get back to work. But for right now, take it easy and reflect on why there’s a day for workers like us.

Labor Day became a national holiday after a bloody strike by railroad workers in Chicago.

Source: What is Labor Day and Why Do Americans Celebrate It?

It’s September 1st and I’m Thinking About…

It’s September 1st and I’m Thinking About…

It’s the first of September and I have some pleasant thoughts associated with this particular milestone in our annual journey. It means college football is about to start. That’s a marvelous thing. I look forward to it each year.

It means that Labor Day and cooler temps are right around the corner. Love both of those things, bring it on!

But it’s also true that when I see the first of September roll around, I think of Hitler invading Poland. Yeah, I do that. That reveals two very significant things about me: the first, that I’m a boomer and so many of us had Dads who served in WW II. So that whole “Nazis streaming over the border” thing isn’t as bizarre as it may seem.

Well, that and the fact that I minored in history and have studied that conflict and our Civil War in a serious way; those things factor in, too.

So the second thing that pervasive thought reveals about me is that I do worry about stuff more than most folks and more than I should, truth be told. Not in the sense that I think we’re about to be invaded, but just that I often see the darker side of things in general; I’m more inclined to see the potential for trouble, drama and disappointment rather than the “good stuff” which may happen as I navigate some new juncture on life’s path.

It would have been much better for me if Hitler had chosen the 2nd of September to send his Panzer divisions and Storm Troopers across the Polish frontier; that date would not have bored its way so deeply into my grey matter!

Two things I’m going to do today to get past this less-than-rosy recollection: get focused back on the arrival of those crisp Autumn days, and reach for a beer! That’ll work!

 

The last bulwark against the Nazi Apocalypse, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

Fave Fotos: My Star Spangled Futon

Fave Fotos: My Star Spangled Futon

Several months ago I found this amazing specimen of patriotic folk art at a discount store and brought it home. I’ve still not found a suitable place to hang it on the wall so it’s living against one wall of the dining room.

I haven’t hung it, but I sure did snap it! Truth be told, taking shots of it was my aim from the beginning. It may never adorn my wall but I’ve made it into four or five photos that occupy a special place within my patriotic heart. For this one, I laid the flag on my futon while the light was streaming in from the bedroom window.

One of the more clean, simple results of that shoot has been featured here on my blog before this; that post is called You’re a Grand Old Flag and was posted on July 4th of this year. This shot is just a bit more artsy; I thought the way the shadows lay across Old Glory made for a good photo. The shoot produced more than those two pics but I’ll stick with these two for now.

I hope you’re doing well today as we reach the 1st of September. Labor Day is right around the corner. It’s not autumn yet, but we’re awfully close. It is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. A lot of photo opportunities and a lot of good sports going on. Ah, but those are topics for other posts on other days.

I hope you like this flag-futon foto. The American flag wall hanging, residing on my futon with beams of light from the bedroom window cascading over its surface.