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Mar 29 2012

I hate Thursdays

Mondays aren’t bad—I’ve had the weekend to get ready and get some of the backlog cleared away, so I can go into class prepared and confident. Wednesday’s pretty good, too, since that’s actually the day with my lightest teaching load. Tuesdays and Thursdays, though, my morning is effectively blocked out with nothing but teaching, and then there are the committee meetings, and to cap it all off, there’s a seminar class from 5 to 6pm…and worse, by Thursday all the momentum I had acquired over the weekend is exhausted, and I’m scrambling to do the prep work for my Friday classes.

Friday is Friday, and you’ve got to love Friday. But Thursday…oh, man, it’s the armpit of the week.

And today is Thursday.

Never mind me. I just had to get that gripe off my chest.

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  1. 1
    A. R

    Eh, it’s Tuesdays for me. You don’t get to complain about it being Monday, it’s not hump day, it’s not one day before Friday, and it sure as hell isn’t Friday.

  2. 2
    Louis

    Seconded on the Thursday thing. It’s the one thing I think Douglas Adams got wrong. The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul occurs on Thursdays not Sundays.

    I agree with A.R. that Tuesdays also suck, but Thursdays….man. Very rarely had a good one.

    Louis

  3. 3
    lexie

    I quite like Tuesdays but agree that Thursdays are dreadful.

  4. 4
    Zeno

    My Thursday mornings are jammed with classes, too, but I’m a community college teacher and our entire focus is on instruction — so no research responsibilities and relatively few meetings. Today, however, there’s a high-stakes meeting in which candidates for a faculty opening will be discussed. That’s always an interesting exercise. It would be more fun if it didn’t entail the inevitable disappointment of most of the part-time colleagues that hope to move into the full-time ranks (and it’s “all” of them instead of “most” if you decide to hire someone from outside).

    Not a fan of meetings.

  5. 5
    Paul Durrant

    Douglas Adams wrote this:

    Arthur Dent: “It must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”

  6. 6
    duvelthehobbit666

    Thursdays are pretty good with me. The department pub is open which means good beer at low costs and I have a GURPS campaign I go to.

  7. 7
    carlie

    Cheer up PZ, today has a robotic octopus with a free hugs sign shirt from woot t-shirts!

  8. 8
    carlie

    Oops – permalink instead of current link.

  9. 9
    LuminiferousEthan

    There’s also a great Cephalopod t-shirt over at Nonfiction Tees. They’ve got some great science shirts. Darwin’s finches, DNA, arachnids, circuit boards etc.

  10. 10
    pentatomid

    Yep. Thursdays suck.

  11. 11
    robro

    Thursday’s child has far to go

    or perhaps the Beatles

    Thursday night your stockings needed mending

    but Robert Smith said it all:

    Monday you can fall apart
    Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart
    Thursday doesn’t even start

  12. 12
    rorschach

    Fuck are you talking about, it’s obviously Friday ?

  13. 13
    darksmurf

    What Paul Durrant said was absolutely correct. I also have Thursday troubles.

  14. 14
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    Now I get to spend Thursday with Rebecca Black’s “Friday” stuck in my head.

  15. 15
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought

    Now I get to spend Thursday with Rebecca Black’s “Friday” stuck in my head.

    Gee, thanks for that. Because the day just wasn’t shitty enough yet.

    Yeah, I hate Thursdays.

  16. 16
    Didaktylos

    The only time in my life when Thursdays didn’t suck was a few years back when in the job I had at the time, I worked Monday and Tuesday, had Wednesday off and then worked Thursday and Friday before having a normal weekend.

  17. 17
    I'm_not

    My beautiful partner and I are both physically exhausted by Thursday so we put on some Schumann, open a bottle of something very nice and share a bubble bath and….. oh man I love Thursdays.

  18. 18
    Thursday's Child

    As a long-time lurker and very infrequent commenter, perhaps it’s time for me to step up and defend the honor of Thursday in this den of lions.

    So here goes…

    Aww f**k it, Thursdays suck.

    Although they might be a bit more interesting if Thor actually existed.

    Keep the Thor in Thursday.

  19. 19
    Eurasian magpie

    Thursdays are nuthin’. Tell me why I don’t like Mondays.

  20. 20
    Alverant

    I don’t like Thurs either. Friday is there, tempting you like dangling a piece of bacon at a dog with a patio door between you. You run out of energy for the week and the weekend seems so far away. An additional reason for me is that I subscribe to several vblogs that come out on a regular basis and none of them are on Thursdays.

    It’s also the end of the month and the quarter and I need to know if my contract is going to be extended to make getting the monthly train pass and 3-month parking pass worth it. (Combined, they’re more than a day’s take home pay.)

  21. 21
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Aw come on everyone! Thursday is Thor day – and who can dislike a day named after the original god of the hammer? – and it is also Friday’s Eve! Now Tuesdays…there is a day that is hard to like!

  22. 22
    Your Dogma is Showing

    Time to pull a page from Pavlov’s book! I scheduled my poker game for Thursday nights and now I actually look forward to Thursdays. Well, to be more accurate I look forward to the card game but it’s a close enough association to get me through the day.

  23. 23
    AJS

    I don’t mind Thursdays. It’s Tuesdays I can’t stand.

    For most of Monday, I’m still feeling a bit of buzz from the weekend. And from Wednesday lunchtime onwards, the week is already half over. But Tuesday, one weekend has worn off and the next one is a long way off.

    (Though at least for the next eight Tuesday nights, Murdoch Mysteries is on Alibi. That takes the sting out of it a bit.)

  24. 24
    Anthony K

    and who can dislike a day named after the original god of the hammer?

    For those of us who are neither Scandinavian nor comic book nerds, this argument isn’t all that compelling.

  25. 25
    Louis

    Paul Durrant, #5:

    Ah yes, but he also wrote this:

    “In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn’t cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you’ve had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o’clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul.”

    Of Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged.

    Now don’t get me wrong, as a staunch Adamsian I yield to no man or woman my admiration of Dent. However, when it comes to ennui I believe that Wowbagger, an immortal, has primacy on this issue.

    I am, of course, prepared to have a schism about this.

    Louis

  26. 26
    PZ Myers

    Wait…if it’s Thor’s Day, I should celebrate by bashing someone with the banhammer. It’d be cathartic, and even the non-Scandinavian non-comic book nerds could find something to celebrate in it.

  27. 27
    Louis

    Brownian, #24,

    Ahhh but surely there is a third category of Thor admirers. Those people who appreciate the large, muscular, oiled, blond gentlemen usually portraying the deity in our visual media.

    That is a sizeable group. Mind you, I think these people should be campaigning to change “Thursday” to “Thomasoffinlandday”…

    Louis

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    'Tis Himself

    Thursdays are the fourth Monday of the week.

  30. 30
    Alverant

    Tuesday is NCIS night. It’s also when my group in my MMORPG goes out and does the week’s special raid (not the right terms, but using the right terms would take too long to explain properly). So Tuesdays are good. Thursday nights have nothing I’m interested in doing or watching.

  31. 31
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    For those of us who are neither Scandinavian nor comic book nerds, this argument isn’t all that compelling.

    Party pooper!

    ITA with Louis (dashes from ghey secks with Brownian queue to group secks queue with Louis. Yes, I am that fickle! lol)

  32. 32
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Blast! Blockquote fail! :( That first bit was Brownian’s quote.

  33. 33
    Louis

    (dashes from ghey secks with Brownian queue to group secks queue with Louis. Yes, I am that fickle! lol)

    Yessss, yesssssss. They all come running. My master plan to take over the world via the medium of a gigantic sweaty pile of humping humans is coming to fruition. Mwah ha. Mwah ha ha haaaaaa. Mwah ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Louis

  34. 34
    Rasmus

    Yup, it’s also known as “Thunderday” in German…

  35. 35
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Rasmus, I just have to say, “Thunderday” is awesome. I love even saying that!

  36. 36
    Anthony K

    Wait…if it’s Thor’s Day, I should celebrate by bashing someone with the banhammer. It’d be cathartic, and even the non-Scandinavian non-comic book nerds could find something to celebrate in it.

    [Gets the feeling today would be a good day to get some work done rather than wiseassing on Pharyngula.]

    Thursdays are the fourth Monday of the week.

    I know this is true because I like to get drunk on both types of Monday.

    My master plan to take over the world via the medium of a gigantic sweaty pile of humping humans is coming to fruition.

    I’ll forward you the list of customers with complaints. They’re your customer service headache now.

    But it’s probably for the best. From what I hear, you’ve engaged in levels of filth and depravity that would blow me away. I don’t know how I got this reputation anyway. I’m so vanilla, I don’t burn in bright sun, I brûlée.

  37. 37
    Louis

    Melanie Phillips and Richard Littlejohn and Jon Gaunt and Nick Ferrari and James Whale and Peter Hitchens and Kelvin MacKenzie and and and and and and and and and and…

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE!

    OH NOES TEH HATE SPIRAL!

    Quick, quick, I have to pull out of Teh Hate Spiral! Think about bunnies. Mmmmm bunnies. Bunnies being skewered by big pointy objects and bunny blood everywhere on everything smearing myself with the blood of slaughtered bunnies…

    …BREATHE.

    Louis

  38. 38
    Louis

    Oh bottoms. Wrong thread. Still. They appear on Thursdays too. I HAS TOPICUL RELEVUNCE!

    Louis

  39. 39
    Anthony K

    Also Louis, everyone keeps spelling ‘sex’ wrong. An orgy is no excuse for letting orthographic standards slide. Don’t people find linguistic prescriptivism arousing anymore?

    [Looks down at hands, notices lubricant stains, tries to suppress OCD reaction.]

    Really, you’re helping me out more than you know.

  40. 40
    Louis

    Brownian,

    I’ll forward you the list of customers with complaints. They’re your customer service headache now.

    The only thing with a queue that does not immediately descend into yet another orgy in the gigantic orgy that is Teh Queueueue For Teh Groop Secks With Louis is the line for the Complaints Department.

    The entrance to the department is very long, very narrow, with blaring white noise (for your convenience), uncomfortable surfaces, chilly winds and free bonus ethanethiol aroma patches. Anyone that can organise an orgy in that environment, or indeed manages to get through the series of hurdles placed in the way of complainants, deserves to be able to complain.

    Our operatives will be happy to serve you once you have run this gauntlet and navigated our simple 36765 step automated call centre filtering process, conveniently directing you to the right team. Any team will be situated in a nation that does not speak your language. Whatever your language is. And will absolutely not have been trained. Our feeling is that if you are dumb enough to complain at an orgy, you probably deserve it.

    Louis

  41. 41
    Randide, Mais il faut cultiver notre jardin

    Tuesdays are the worst. At noon on Tuesday, you are as far away from both the previous and the next Friday as mathematically possible.

  42. 42
    Anthony K

    Our operatives will be happy to serve you once you have run this gauntlet and navigated our simple 36765 step automated call centre filtering process, conveniently directing you to the right team. Any team will be situated in a nation that does not speak your language. Whatever your language is. And will absolutely not have been trained.

    This is all connoted by the term ‘Complaints Department’. No need for wordy redundancy.

    Our feeling is that if you are dumb enough to complain at an orgy, you probably deserve it.

    I don’t like having sticky hands.

  43. 43
    Louis

    I don’t like having sticky hands.

    Wear. Gloves.

    Louis

  44. 44
    A. R

    And we’re back to rabbits.

  45. 45
    A. R

    Louis: Do I need to bring the LOLstar over here from TZT to deal with your conquering ambitions?

  46. 46
    Louis

    A.R., #45,

    Louis: Do I need to bring the LOLstar over here from TZT to deal with your conquering ambitions?

    Do your worst. My orgy powered Fuck-A-Tronic 3000 will see off any LOL-o-caust. However, to avoid derailment any further, or indeed any further derailment, I shall combat your threats silently and without comment. The Fuck-A-Tronic 3000 has a stealth mode, specially developed by harnessing the power of teenagers shagging next door to their parents.

    Louis

  47. 47
    Don Quijote

    What’s all this about Thor? It’s Jupiter, therefore, jueves.

  48. 48
    'Tis Himself

    It’s Jupiter, therefore, jueves.

    What does being young have to do with anything?

  49. 49
    chigau (違う)

    I bet Thor was a juvie (in his youth).

  50. 50
    Grumps

    Thursdays fuck with my mind. Always have. As a kid they were great because that was when the BBC aired their brilliant comedy (Dad’s Army, Steptoe and Son etc), but they were also terrible because it was also the day I was forced to attend Boys’ Brigade and therefore missed the aforementioned comedy unless I could find a good enough excuse not to go. Therefore Thursdays were the days of many feigned colds, tummy bugs etc..

    But that was then and this is now. Now, it’s close enough to the weekend to be rather lovely but still allows my boss to say “get it to me by tomorrow”. A mind-fuck day for sure.

  51. 51
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Oppressive calendarist!

  52. 52
    Anthony K

    Wear. Gloves.

    This is all really gross.

  53. 53
    'Tis Himself

    This is all really gross.

    That’s why you and Louis are discussing it with such interest.

  54. 54
    Louis

    That’s why you and Louis are discussing it with such interest.

    Gotta admit, the man makes a damned fine point.

    Louis

  55. 55
    Anthony K
    That’s why you and Louis are discussing it with such interest.

    Gotta admit, the man makes a damned fine point.

    In my defence, it’s not yet the part of the Venn diagram where Fourth Monday and I’m Drunk intersect.

  56. 56
    crocswsocks

    Man, Thursdays have always been good to me.

  57. 57
    FossilFishy (NOBODY, and proud of it!)

    Hang in there North Americanites. I’m speaking to you from the FUTURE…Future….future…. and I have to say that it’s pretty stellar here on Friday. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and my robot butler is almost finished polishing my hover bike.

  58. 58
    billforsternz

    I don’t exactly hate Thursdays, but Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are still tainted for me from my upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness. From the age of about eight (when I figured out it was all nonsense), to the age of about fifteen (when I managed to start asserting some rights of free association), I had to endure the five hours a week of meetings (Tue 1, Thu 2, Sun 2) that come with that accursed cult. And thirty five years plus on, those days *still* don’t feel as good as the other four days of the week.

  59. 59
    shala

    “For you, grading my final exam was the most important day in your life, but for me…it was Tuesday.”

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