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From the desk of Jazon Zara, Staff writer: Another day in the weekend

March 23, 2001

I have a plan to change the world.

And like most of my great ideas, it came from my wife.

Every week we have a number of things that we want to get done and just don't have time to get to them. So my wife has started saying she'll do them on "Krisday," that extra day she plans to insert between Sunday and Monday.

I've got it all worked out.

First, we subtract three hours from each day, allowing us to add an eighth day. Eight days at 21 hours each … nobody would really miss the hours between 2 and 5 a.m. anyway.

While my wife can have credit for creating this extra day, I don't think we'll name it for her. The official name will be family day, though it will informally be called lazy day.

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Oh, I haven't told you the best part. Everything will be closed on family day. Nobody will have to work, nothing will be open. It will be a day to spend catching up on chores, spending time with the family or staring mindlessly at the walls just because you can.

Imagine it. Job stress would be down, children would be guaranteed attention from their family, there would actually be time to organize photo albums, file important papers and countless other critical jobs that never really get done.

And think of the boon for the economy. Watch-makers and clock-makers would make millions. Artists would get commissions for new calendars. All those shows that got canceled even though they were good because they couldn't compete in prime-time could be brought back.

So how do we subtract three hours from our day without problems? Easy. First, shorten the work day by 90 minutes. Nobody really works hard for eight hours straight anyway, so we'll just take away that 90 minutes of dawdling and leave a crisp, productive work day in its place.

Next, drop the hour of frantic cleaning, sorting and organizing you do after work. Save it all for family day. Finally, we'll all have to give up 30 minutes of sleep, but with shorter days you should never notice. In fact, if you currently sleep eight hours a night, or one hour of every three, you'll be getting 30 minutes more rest in a shorter day.

And here's the best part. Since everything is closed on family day, that means no bars. No bars means all the people who partied really hard from Friday night to Sunday (and you can now party all through Sunday instead of feeling obliged to call it an early night) will have a whole extra day to sober up. Between the extra sobriety and the extra sleep of a day off, Monday mornings will no longer be a dull gray area that everyone muddles through and hopes to survive.

Everybody wins. We all get three-day weekends, businesses get more productive employees, families get time together. And to get it implemented, all we have to do is get a bunch of politicians to vote for another day off. How hard can that be?

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