Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Week of Thanksgiving

It seems ironic, in an economic environment when many have less to be thankful for, that Thanksgiving seems to have become a week-long holiday. I was amazed to find, when I was driving home last Friday night, that I95 North looked much as it did on the Friday before a summer long weekend. Then I came to work yesterday, only to find that a lot of folks did not.

If we weren't so desperate in our industry to get things sold and closed by the end of the year, it might be nice to have a week in which to play catch up. We could do all the things that we haven't had time to do since Labor Day, and take a little extra time to get ready for the holidays ahead. However, when you are trying to finish up deals, recruit, collect bills, track down deposits, and negotiate next year's contracts for services, it's disconcerting to learn that many calls go unanswered and emails bounce back.

Yale gets the whole week off, and my running buddy was amazed this morning to see a school bus, since he thought all schools got the same vacation. Hopkins did, but the public schools are still in session. That should mean that some people must still be around! So where are they? And why aren't they answering their phones?