Last week, someone tried to tell me that Thursday was the best day of the week. I have to admit that I was a touch confused by this and felt that it was something of a controversial choice. For myself, I've always liked that feeling you get on a Friday that the whole weekend is stretching out in front of you.... but perhaps that's too obvious and I was missing out on something? I had to know:
"How do you work that out then?
"Because you are as far away from a Monday as you can be."
I thought about that for a moment. I think that's a fairly negative view of the week. I myself am no great lover of Mondays - the looming presence of Monday is often enough to ruin a perfectly good Sunday evening - but do I hate Mondays enough to make being as far away from them as possible my only criterion for choosing my favourite day of the week? No, that seems to be going too far. It's too simplistic. Is Thursday a better day of the week than Saturday simply because it is further away from Monday? Does the fact that Thursday itself is part of the working week not count against it? Saturday may be closer to Monday, but for most people they at least get to lie around in bed for a bit before pulling on some jeans and perhaps wandering into town for a potter around the shops before coming home for some nice tea and maybe a bottle of wine. I agree that Friday itself is nominally a working day, but it's a comfortable kind of working day when everyone is just that bit more relaxed, perhaps even wearing business casual and bringing in cakes. Long lunches that would be considered unacceptable on a Thursday are pretty much the norm on a Friday.... not to mention the fact that everyone leaves work early and Friday night is the best possible place to view the weekend stretching out before you.
Thursday? Well, it's alright.... but is it really anything special?
And anyway, the whole theory is bollocks. How can it be true in a seven day week?
Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday ->THURSDAY<- Friday - Saturday - Sunday
Thursday has two clear days on one side from a Monday, and three on the other.
Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday ->FRIDAY<- Saturday - Sunday - Monday
Could you not therefore stake a claim for Friday as being equally far away from a Monday?
Or am I over-thinking this?