A year or so back, one of my nieces asked me what my plans were for the summer vacation. I explained that other than the one week I’d take off to attend the family reunion, I’d be working the whole time. I tried to explain that I only get about three weeks of vacation, and those tend to get used up around Christmas and the family reunion in the summer. Other than that, I work the whole year through. Since she’s still in school and her father is a university professor, she doesn’t understand how most people work hard throughout the year.

I say most people because not everybody does. But if you can’t tell the difference between work and recess, you are congressional material!

Based on Uncle Jay’s calendar, Congress had only 97 work days in 2007. By comparison, I have 253 work days in 2009. Boy, am I in the wrong business!