Excuse my naiveté, but I had never done anything like this before. I wrote an online legislative proposal to Governor Deval Patrick’s office regarding the Monday following Super Bowl Sunday. As sports fanatics, we all know it should be a holiday.
I hit send on the email and grinned like the Grinch who stole Christmas. I knew they wouldn’t take my proposal seriously; but regardless, it was fun writing it, and I was hoping someone on the other end would find it funny.
You can imagine my shock when I hear the phone ring 45 minutes later and, wouldn’t you know it, the Governor’s office was calling me. A deep-voiced man was on the other end. It was clearly not the higher-pitched Deval talking to me. One of his assistants, rather. He told me that he reviewed my proposal.
I was a little nervous but ecstatic at the same time. Yes, it’s only an assistant talking to me. And yes, it was a harmless humor letter. But this assistant had a very deep, intimidating, non-Jewish voice. And apparently the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE was taking my proposal seriously!
I asked the assistant what he thought about my proposal letter. He told me he had no comment on that… pfff, typical politician. But at least he directed me to the right place.
He informed me to write the letter to my local Senator and Congressmen’s office. So I did, and now I play the waiting game. But in the meantime, you, the reader, can help with a click of a button.
If you’re a Massachusetts resident who believes that workers in this country don’t get enough time off, and you happen to be a football fan, then please read and share this letter with your fellow “Commonwealthians.” Heck, you could even copy-paste the letter below and forward it to YOUR local Congressmen.
I understand some people may think this legislative proposal may sound desperate and silly, but what’s a life worth without a little fun and risk…? And what’s life worth if the French are getting 35 vacation days per year, while you’re only getting 10…?
Dearest Governor Deval Patrick,
I know that this idea may sound funny, but given that Americans are some of the hardest workers in the western world, yet have one of the smallest vacation-to-work-day ratios, we clearly need more time off.
Now, I know it may be a stretch to ask for a state-wide mandatory of 21 days off per year. So perhaps this would be a more realistic measure:
Super Bowl Sunday is regarded by many as a national holiday. The problem is that when the following Monday comes around, many of us are hungover–not necessarily from alcohol, but from the emotions of the game.
The game normally ends around 10:30-11pm. And thereafter many of us are starting to wrap up the Super Bowl parties. By the time we get home or finish cleaning up, it may already be 12:00am or later (and that’s not including if there’s a storm).
I propose that you make the Monday following the Super Bowl a holiday, so that as a Commonwealth we can enjoy Super Bowl Sunday to the fullest.
Thank you very much for reading this letter.
Boston Jew, Author of The #1 Shittiest Humor Blog in Boston