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Day 281 - Meditation on Gratitude

Sunday, September 06, 2015

We attempted to go boating this afternoon, but the battery on the boat was dead. Apparently the 12V port (formerly known as a cigarette lighter) cannot having anything plugged into it when the boat is parked.

We have a charger, so the battery is getting a boost. We tried starting it with the charger attached, but there's not enough power transferred to turn the engine over. So we are going to let it charge for an hour or two and take a nap.

On this American Labor Day holiday weekend, it's important to actually think about why this holiday was created, and why it's important. Take a moment to read this:

www.dol.gov/laborday/his
tory.htm


There was a time in this country when workers (most of them poor, recent immigrants or first-generation Americans) had to enduring punishing conditions and very low wages, just to be able to have a job and put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Some brave souls decided to get together and try to negotiate for a better environment and living wages.

Having workers organize and bargain for their livelihoods has become one of our strongest American values. There are still some people who believe that "Labor" is bad, oftentimes equated with another capital-L word that is sometimes said with derision.

I for one am grateful for those people who climbed up from the depths, spoke out about their plight, and fought to make their lives - and the lives of others - better. In the end, we have greater productivity, a stronger workforce, and improved working and living conditions for millions of people.

Thank you to all American workers (and to workers around the world) who only want the best for themselves, their families, and their country.
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  • PICKIE98
    I hope you get your battery charged enough to go out on the water and use your sunscreen!! Going fishing for dinner perhaps?
    2153 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    I could not agree more! I live in WI, where the labor movement has taken a big hit, but I won't get into politics here......Great post, as always, my friend!
    2153 days ago
  • WENDYANNE61
    Great blog, Steve! How easy it is to forget that a lot of the privilages we enjoy toda,y are a result of other people having stood up and pointed out unjustice in society!
    2154 days ago
  • TENNISJIM
    Great blog. Hope you can go boating today (Monday, September 7)
    2154 days ago
  • JJMPLSMN
    One of the reasons that Labor Day inevitably got so much attention, and became a national holiday, was the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in March,1911 in New York City, where more than 140 garment workers lost their lives, because the idiots that owned the company blocked all the fire exits and the women could not get out. It brought a lot of awful things to light, showing that the owners were more concerned with the women taking too long on their breaks than their safety. I wrote a paper on this, and it still makes me mad to think about it.

    I'm all for Labor Day!!

    You have a Sparktacular Labor day!!
    2154 days ago
  • OBIESMOM2
    hope tomorrow works out for a boat ride

    enjoy the rest of your weekend
    2154 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Sorry the boat didn't work. But I have had similar situation with my car. I would leave my GSP plugged in the light port and it drained the battery. Don't do that anymore! Good article. Enjoy the time off and thanks for being so resourceful and sharing with us.
    2154 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Well said Steve! Too often, too many forget the reason for holidays and it is just a day to enjoy. We must remember those who strived to make America a land where equal opportunity was more than empty words. There are those in this country that would take away labor's right to bargain, voting rights, women's rights, and most recently the right to marry the person that you love.
    These are not empty threats, they are the campaign promises of some who would be President. Be proud, be brave and make your voice heard.

    I hope everyone enjoys Labor Day and honors those for which it was named!

    Dottie
    2154 days ago
  • no profile photo GREENWOODTAM
    Great attitude. Hope boat got going.
    2154 days ago
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