Well this is it. Once again I am writing an article about the end of summer. How did we get here? I’m hoping everyone has had a great summer 2018!
As is the norm around North America at least, the Labour Day long weekend spells the unofficial end to summer. After having had July and August off, many kids go back to school the Tuesday after Labour Day. Therefore this is the weekend when most highways and Interstates are more parking lots than freeways, as everyone comes back from their last summer vaca.
The same is true for the border crossings between Canada and the US. Average wait times into the US’s major ports of entry near Vancouver were over 2 hours long on Friday and Saturday! Sorry, but I can’t get excited about sitting in a lineup to go anywhere for that long…
This weekend can be summed up with: Pack your patience people. You will need it.
All this travel mayhem makes me pine for a simpler time. For a time decades before most of us were born, when highway gridlock was not a way of life for all of us.
The following poster from Archives New Zealand captures perfectly the calmness, and peacefulness that is missing from our long weekends today.
New Zealand Railway poster – Come out for Labour Day by Train 1930-1939
Shown here is New Zealand Railways advertising poster encouraging people to travel by train to enjoy the Labour Day Holiday.
No matter what you’re all doing this Labour Day long weekend, please do it safely. Although many of us this long weekend off, our dedicated paramedics, fire fighters, and police officers do not. These hard-working first responders would rather be in their stations washing their cars and trucks than attending accident scenes.
Have a great last hurrah of summer folks. Fall is just around the corner… And you know what that means… Holidays displays will be in the stores before you can ask: How many more shopping days before Christmas?
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