Today (the 24th), I arrived at my office once again eager to continue work on an important project of mine. All of my research materials, as well as my work accomplished thus far, were within my office at UNF where I left them the day before (the 23rd). Unfortunately, I found the entire building where my office is located closed and locked up (and me without key). Coming home, I learned from the UNF website that the university is “closed for the holidays” and will not re-open until January 5, 2009–almost two weeks from now!!!
I find my consternation on this fact to relate well to my frequent frustration at the lack of availability of food and entertainment options during the peak hours of 2am-5am. Just as I am confident that I am not the only person ready and willing (even eager) to work today, I am quite confident that I am not the only individual clamoring for pizza at 3am.
And thus, my general observation becomes: WHY DOES ANYTHING EVER CLOSE? McDonald’s is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week (365 days a year). This is not difficult. For every individual that expects to have late December off because they are Jewish (Chanukah) or Christian (Christmas) or Pagan (Winter Solstice) or black nationalist (Kwanzaa) or whatever the case is, there are individuals like myself who enjoy the opportunity to work at a time when it is cold and there are less interesting things to be doing outside of work. People are different, have different wants/interests/needs, thus an infinite plurality of “schedules” are appropriate with no one schedule being authoritatively required. If people want late December off, then by all means take it off and let those of us who want to continue functioning go about our daily business uninterrupted. Similarly, when I want to go to Cancun in March, or Paris in July, I will take time off and let those who do not wish to, continue to work in my place. And so on.
This problem is not unfamiliar to me. When I worked for the state government, I used to eagerly volunteer to work during the last weeks of December (when many others desired time off) in exchange for precious time off for New Year’s and Spring Break. If state offices in Tallahassee are open during these times (with the exception of the 25th), why is a state university closed and locked for almost two weeks??