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School days and confused

The boys of summer have gone, school's not out forever and it's time to return to that most dreaded abode of learning — the classroom. Or maybe it's just another week as a wage slave, strapped in your cubicle with eyes glued to the telescreen.

Either way, you need two days off before Monday creeps in with that petty pace to the last syllable of recorded time. Here's some ideas.

The sales tax holiday is on, and you need to take advantage of it. Clothes are in; wine is out. Computers are tax free; coffee, not so much. I suggest stocking up on winter apparel now. Thumb your nose at the establishment as you purchase your mittens. You've earned it, loyal taxpayer.

While you're fighting the crowds at the shopping center, think about my second suggestion to keep away the school day blues — Connor Christian and the Morning Star Revival at 10 p.m. Saturday at Scruffy Murphy's. No, I don't know anything about the band. I'm more interested in sitting on the back patio, sipping on rum and cokes lathered in tax. It's easy access to the bathrooms from out there. Think about it, won't you?

On Sunday, relish your last few moments of freedom with an evening stroll around your neighborhood. The temperatures have dropped to a pleasant clime by 7:30 most nights these days. Wonder in the sounds of cicadas as you frolic along dusty sidewalks, great oaks draping their growing shadows overhead.

Or you can alphabetize all those new school supplies you just bought. Your choice.