DAILY DIRT: Is it just another manic Monday, or the first step toward another weekend?


Daily Dirt for Monday, May 8, 2023

Who didn’t love The Bangles? … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 602 of The Daily Dirt

1. Is it Monday already?

“Unpopularity is only the beginning of Monday’s problems,” according to Dr. Thomas Rutledge of Psychology Today. “Monday to most people is the emotional equivalent of the rock in Charlie Brown’s Halloween candy.”

Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Is there any question that Monday is the least popular of our seven days? Monday, according to various studies, is associated with the highest levels of emotional stress, the lowest rates of work productivity and higher rates of suicides for both men and women.”It’s no wonder that Monday has been the subject 

of a number of songs with rather melancholy sentiments. Caroline Rogers of huffpost.com noted “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas, “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters, “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats and “Manic Monday” by the Bangles as examples of this.But Mondays don’t necessarily need to be such a bummer.Monday can be an opportunity to forget the previous week and start fresh with a positive frame of mind, much the beginning of a new year or a new month. Monday can also be the best day to regain your focus. 

Monday is also an anagram for the word “dynamo”. 

Personally, I have always thought of Monday as the next step after surviving one weekend and the first step toward the next. How about you?

Here’s how some others have viewed Monday through the years:

Gold medal:“Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed.” — author Jim Butcher.

Silver medal:“So. Monday. We meet again. We will never be friends — but maybe we can move past our mutual enmity toward a more-positive partnership.” — author Julio Alexi Genao.

Bronze medal: “Mondays are the potholes in the road of life.” — comedian Tom Wilson.

2. This my nominee for one of the best song titles of all-time.

Who can remember smiling when the Johnny Taylor soul classic came on the radio in 1968: “Who’s Makin’ Love To Your Old Lady (While You’re Out Makin’ Love)?”

And the ending of the song was as memorable as the title. Johnny revealed to us in the last verse that:

Somebody was-a lovin’ my old lady,
While I was out making love

3. Think about the following for awhile, and see if you were as impressed as I was when I stumbled across the ensuing information:

Miguel Cabrera, who is in his final MLB season began his career in 2003, faced Greg Maddux.

  • Maddux faced Pete Rose.
  • Rose faced Warren Spahn.
  • Spahn faced Jimmie Foxx.
  • Foxx played with Ty Cobb.
  • Cobb faced Cy Young.
  • Young faced Cap Anson.
  • Anson played in MLB’s first season back in 1871.

You’re welcome.

Steve Thought O’ The Day — Every club in the American League has at least one player on its team with all the letters of “ASTRO” in his name — except the Houston Astros. Trivia is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. The Blues Brothers have an excellent cover of “Who’s making love…”

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