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On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

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Feasting on turkey that I've helped cook.
  2400 votes / 12%
Feasting on turkey that someone else has cooked.
  5764 votes / 29%
Feasting and cooking, but no turkeys involved.
  783 votes / 3%
Feasting, no turkeys, and letting someone else cook
  852 votes / 4%
Doing work to cover for everyone feasting.
  788 votes / 3%
Having a mostly uneventful and ordinary day.
  9135 votes / 46%
19722 total votes.
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On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 18, 2012 @07:18PM (#42022565)

    Indeed. Thanks, war4peace, for covering. And unlike most other first world countries, there is no legally mandated minimum yearly vacation in the US. Some workers may get no vacation at all during the year, so these holidays are a welcome time off.

  • Loy Kratong (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 18, 2012 @11:17PM (#42023819)

    November 28 is the Thai holiday "Loy Kratong". It is an ordinary weekday (this year), but in the evening my family and I will go to the park to LOY (float) our KRATONG (flower boat) to give thanks to the Goddess of Waters for another successful year and hope for the future. (Or thanks to Jehovah, or Allah, or Buddha, or Vishnu, or whomever you prefer to thank.)

  • by Killjoy_NL (719667) <slashdot@remco.p[ ] ['all' in gap]> on Monday November 19, 2012 @08:39AM (#42025819)

    Wow, in the last 10 years I have had +/- 42 paid vacation days per year here in the Netherlands, I am taking 14 to 2013, so I will have +/- 56 next year.
    I do have to say though, I work in a school and we get +/- 17 more vacation days than the private sector.
    Since I work in our IT department, I don't even have to follow all the school holidays and take my vacation in the off season which is cheaper.
    We don't have the "sick days" system that you guys have though, if I get sick for 7 weeks, then there will be no consequences.
    I guess I am just a lucky guy :)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19, 2012 @11:49AM (#42027397)

    Wow, in the last 10 years I have had +/- 42 paid vacation days per year here in the Netherlands

    See, this is why Europe is circling the drain right now. An entire continent of people feeling entitled to being paid to take more than 2 months of vacation each year. And that's assuming a 5 day work week, you probably work 3 or 4, so it's probably closer to 2 and a half to three months.

  • by SirGarlon (845873) on Monday November 19, 2012 @11:53AM (#42027429)
    Yeah, if you bear in mind that the Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded by religious nutters who were too repressive for seventeenth-century Europe (!), that explains a lot about America.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19, 2012 @04:26PM (#42031011)

    ...and yet they get more done in that shorter amount of time than other countries that don't have such policies...

    This is a cliche Europeans like to fool themselves with, and it may be true in grocery stores and restaurants, where Americans like the place to be clean, and like to receive actual service, so more people tend to be employed. This is made possible by the low taxes, which make it affordable to hire people for menial jobs. In Europe, this is simply too expensive, and menial work barely gets done at all. That's why there's garbage and poop in the streets everywhere, and you have to pack your own groceries.

    I've spent a lot of time (maybe too much) in the country the GP mentioned, and I can tell you that 'getting more done in that shorter amount of time' are words you will swallow if you ever take a look outside Europe. In China, they'll build a 15 storey building in two days. A main road that's broken up, disrupting traffic for for months on end with very little visible progress each morning is something I've never seen outside of Europe.

    The quality of life is certainly fine in many parts Europe, but actual productivity most definitely is not something to boast about.

  • by HornWumpus (783565) on Monday November 19, 2012 @05:36PM (#42031915)

    It's simpler then that. The real flat foots drag down the average productivity.

    Europe's higher long term unemployment keeps the worst of their idiots out of the worker pool. Hence higher average productivity (active workers as denominator) but lower productivity per capita.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19, 2012 @07:38PM (#42033563)

    +5 Insightful?

    What a load of crap. The US has provided more to the western world economically, technologically, and culturally than any one else, especially over the past 100 years. If you believe the US is a third world country, you're blinded by either jealousy or hatred. We're no saints, and we do have some backwards laws, but you would need a massive redefining of "third world" to classify it as such.

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?


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