Labor Day, that fading-summer Monday, has always been central to the biorhythms of parents in the New York area. It means vacations are done and the start of classes, mercifully, is just a day or two away. Except this year, when the calendar revealed a remarkably early arrival of Rosh Hashana, beginning Wednesday night, prompting school districts in New York City and many suburbs to postpone opening day until Monday, Sept. 9, a full week after Labor Day. Jim Slattery, a lawyer making his way to work on Tuesday morning, was well aware of how the scheduling this year was disrupting his wife’s end-of-summer time at home in Westchester County, with their two daughters, ages 9 and 12, having nowhere to go. “She’s not happy,” Mr. Slattery said. “The girls are tearing up the house.” He made it clear, however, that it was her predicament to manage. “This is not my problem,” he said. [NYT]

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  1. Posted by HotKarl | September 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Story postscript:

    Jim Slattery isn't getting a BJ anytime soon

  2. Posted by Hugh G Rection | September 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I think it's been a long time since Mr. Slattery had the pleasure of a BJ from his wife……………

  3. Posted by Ron Burgundy | September 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    No eye contact!

  4. Posted by Chiarb | September 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    That quote is going on the fridge.

  5. Posted by Guest | September 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Does one wish one's Jewish friends "Happy Rosh Hashana"? Or "Have a good Rosh Hashana"? Or is it best not to bring it up at all?

    - Confused Gentile

  6. Posted by investorcluzo | September 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I got 99 problems…
    - J. Slattery

  7. Posted by guest | September 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Both work, as does "Happy New Year."

    -helpful jewish guest

  8. Posted by Nervous Jew | September 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I get very nervous whenever gentiles talk to me.

  9. Posted by ILoveLamp | September 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Mr. Slattery continued, saying, "I'm a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That's what kind of man I am. My wife is just a woman with a small brain. With a brain a third the size of mine. It's science."

  10. Posted by guest | September 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Needs more ellipses.

  11. Posted by Guest | September 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I like Jewish holidays.

    –Gentile surfing the web at the office all day

  12. Posted by Abe_Froman_ | September 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Probably 100 now

  13. Posted by Guest | September 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    How about "Killed Jesus lately?" Or is that considered rude?

  14. Posted by Darien | September 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    This is what country clubs are for. Although, our kids did start school on Tuesday, what am I talking about..

  15. Posted by A Jerk | September 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I prefer when they try and I get the, "Shoshanna…teva! Did I get that right?!?"

  16. Posted by Charles Barkley | September 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Just don't wish anyone a happy Yom Kippur.

  17. Posted by merkin_capital | September 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    He likes to fuck and now he's got fucking problems.

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