The fireweed is blooming. The silvers are running. School is in session. The hours of daylight are waning. Where did summer go?
For many Alaskans, this long three-day weekend is a chance for one last fling with summer.
Residents will pack as much as possible into each day's 14 hours of daylight. There will be that push to get everything accomplished that didn't get done in May, June, July and August. Fun stuff. Work stuff. Getting ready for winter stuff.
Many will want to eke out as much fun and activity as possible before returning to the routine of work.
So, here's our plea: Be careful. Don't take chances. Have fun.
And, remember to give credit to the reason many Americans will have Monday off: workers.
Labor Day, which is celebrated Monday, is set aside to honor those workers. They really do make the world go 'round.
Those workers and their employers face lots of uncertainties in the 21st century. What new changes will technology bring? What will the economy do? How will the old ways of doing things mix with the new? Will there be a trained work force to take the place of the one which is retiring?
One thing is certain, however: Those questions still will be with us Tuesday morning.
So this weekend, enjoy an extra day off. We hope it will be a restful, fun-filled family day for Kenai Peninsula workers. Do a few chores. Get in some hunting or fishing. Catch up on your napping. Spend time with the kids. But, by golly, whatever you do, don't open the "virtual office." The work will be waiting for you Tuesday morning. We promise.
By the way, thanks to all Kenai Peninsula workers for all you do.
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