... at age 5 I was earning .25 cents an hour working in tobacco and vegetable fields. Actually, that was pretty good money considering the farms around home hired all of my 5 brothers and sisters, my mother, and as many of the other families as possible. This was back before welfare and child labor laws. Some folks even characterized it as "Reconstruction", the South still trying to recover from Yankee occupation.
I'm not complaining, mind you, I've always enjoyed a hard days work, and it was a chance to get ahead. Now, after a lifetime of work, skin cancer, and a bad ticker I still don't think ill of those days.
... unfortunately, our Congress is still trying to find their work ethic!
The House under new Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also is committed to working longer hours. But the chamber was not in session last Monday, when some members attended the national college football championship game in Arizona. This Monday, Congress is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
There also are the occasional interruptions, such as the Republican retreat that will shut down the House on a Thursday and Friday later this month. House Democrats hold their retreat the following week, making two three-day work weeks in a row.
... what are BBs? Bastards and Bitches ... of course.