The down side to a “short” week is that the everyone I know in the entire world is broken into two camps. The first camp are those people who, planning ahead, made the brilliant decision to disappear for the whole week on a variation of a week’s vacation. Those people are far brighter than myself, and to them I can only applaud their better sense. The second camp, unlike the first, have decided that since it is a short week, they are now compelled to cram all five days worth of “crap” into the remaining available days - (be it two, three, or in some cases four). Personally, I would like to remain neutral, but unfortunately, the second camp has drawn me in whether I wanted to be there or not. Now the week is more about trying to find someone not in the first camp to respond and deal with the issues generated by those of us in the second camp. Next year, I’m taking the whole week, since the present state of affairs is a lot like trying to dance to a waltz, while listening to a polka, being played by a heavy metal band on electric ukuleles and bongo drums. In other words, just shoot me now! ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.