My clever wife just asked an important question. We get New Year's Day off primarily to sleep off New Year's Eve. Even if one does not imbibe, the neighbors will party till the cows come and and then party with the cows. The Fourth of July is the same. Those bad neighbor kids--and where ever you live, there are bad neighbor kids, even if they are in their fifties--have been to reservation for illegal fireworks and tonight is going to sound like election night in Baghdad. Even if we get to sleep by one or two, we aren't going to be allowed to stay asleep till Thursday. So , why, she asks, why are we expected to go to work on the fifth of July?