The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, including the Florida Sea Base, is closed today to celebrate Labor Day. Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia about Labor Day:
The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congressunanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair. All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.
But I guess I don’t understand the concept of “federal holiday” and “state holiday”. A lot of people will be working today. Me, maybe you, military, police, fire and EMS personnel, restaurants, lifeguards, amusement parks, theaters, hotels, motels, botels (hotels where you can dock your boat), gas stations, grocery stores, retail stores, and on and on. So a “federal” holiday means the top dogs and “non-essential” personnel get a day off? The banks are closed. Mail delivery is interrupted. You can’t see a doctor unless you go to the ER. I think my barber is closed. But aren’t barbers generally closed on Mondays anyway? It would be interesting to know what percentage of employed US citizens work on Labor Day.
Don’t get me wrong. I certainly appreciate that many people do get the day off. I just think it’s weird that the federal and state legislatures take the time to debate this, declare it a non-working day, and then so many people are working. I know, let it go. Tell us what’s going on at the Florida Sea Base.
Everyone was off yesterday. I saw Capt. Rich for three minutes, Capt. Carol for two minutes and had an unofficial business meeting with Paul Beal, the General Manager, at his residence for about 30 minutes. I don’t think I even saw any other staff members.
I have been selected to represent the Florida Sea Base at the Sam Houston Area Council’s celebration of the BSA’s centennial on 08 – 10 October. I was a Cub Scout in that council back when they recorded dates in Roman numerals. I think it was in MCMLIX through MCMLXI. The “SHAC JAM” will be held at the Texas World Speedway on Highway 6 south of College Station, Texas. Do not confuse the Texas WORLD Speedway with the Texas MOTOR Speedway north of Fort Worth. In the mid to late 1970s I went to the Texas World Speedway to watch races. It was billed as the fastest oval track in the world due to its outrageous banking in the corners.
The cars could go full throttle from the green flag to the checkered flag. Brakes were an option. The best day I had there was a double race. The stars were “King” Richard Petty (my personal all time favorite) and local Houston hero A.J Foyt. The first race was a 250 mile sprint in stock cars. The second race was a 250 mile sprint in Indy cars – same drivers. It was incredible. I left sunburned, dehydrated, deaf, and grinning from ear to ear.
Oh yeah. Sea Base news, not recollections of an old man. Let’s see. Weather! We had some weather yesterday. It was mostly sunny and HOT. We had a thunderstorm about 22:00 to 23:30. Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service:
Labor Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Southeast wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 81. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tropical Storm Hermine was born overnight. That’s the system on the Campeche Bank I mentioned yesterday. It is NOT forecasted to make hurricane strength and should make landfall tomorrow near the Texas/Mexico border. The remnants of Gaston are still threatening to return to Tropical Storm status, but haven’t made it yet; maybe tomorrow. Another wave has emerged from Africa but it’s WAY to early to know where it’s headed.
College Station (where the SHAC JAM is being held) is the home of Texas A&M University. My dad taught fire fighting at the Fire Sciences school there for a few years while serving as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the fire department at Carswell Air Force Base. My dad wanted me to attend A&M. I applied and was accepted. But I decided to attend a smaller university where I didn’t feel so overwhelmed. My dad was thrilled that I went to college (and graduated) but I know he was disappointed that I didn’t attend A&M.
Anyway, the Sam Houston Area Council serves about 600,000 of America’s youth (according to their website). They send several crews to the Florida Sea Base every year. The SHAC JAM is advertised as the second largest BSA Centennial celebration – second only to the National Jamboree. So maybe I will see some friendly faces while I’m there. Maybe I’ll see you on Saturday, 09 October.
I hope you are one of the lucky ones who gets to enjoy a day off today. The work load will be light around here. I’ll try to stay on topic a little better tomorrow.
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