This coming holiday weekend (or rather, the rest of this non-holiday week) will be another chance to observe if the trend I think I’ve been noticing is really happening: the American beehive is slowing down. Since last year, I haven’t been the only one who’s had the impression that activity (in the workplace, anyway) has been quicker to wind down before a holiday period, and slower to restart after a holiday. The general pace of bustle, we agree, has faded ever so slightly, and this is most observable around holidays. Are people just tired of making-it-or-faking-it?
Yesterday morning when I started off for work at my usual time, the roads were nearly empty, which shocked me until I realized the 4th of July was this weekend. Then again, road traffic is not really the best indicator any more, since a lot of people may be carpooling or taking the bus. The level of “buzz” in the air at work or in the grocery store may be more accurate. I suppose the real test will come in the fall when kids start going back to school.