Friday’s reputation is unearned. Do not let Friday swindle you.
August 15, 2019 1:31 PM   Subscribe

 
or, you know, you could just chill on Friday, and then you'll be healthy and relaxed on Saturday.

/born middle-aged
posted by jb at 1:34 PM on August 15, 2019 [14 favorites]


See, I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

(but I know where my towel is)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:36 PM on August 15, 2019 [46 favorites]


Froods know what the best day of the week, if they're hoopy enough anyway. Sass me sometime if you don't grok my meaning.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 1:38 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


"Thursday on My Mind" doesn't scan as well, though.
posted by not_on_display at 1:42 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


I disagree with their day ranking. Monday is not the worst day, Tuesday is. Psychologically, it is the furthest point from the weekend. On Monday, at least you have a little calm left over from the weekend to buffer you. But by Tuesday, any positive effect the weekend offers have definitely worn off, and you still have three more days to go.
posted by Garm at 1:42 PM on August 15, 2019 [41 favorites]


An unspoken assumption for this ranking is that you hate your job and are only living for the weekend.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 1:44 PM on August 15, 2019 [15 favorites]


Thursday is the hardest workday, especially for those who work under the assumption that Friday is a restful workday. Thursday is testing day in school. Thursday is almost never a vacation day, except for Thanksgiving, and when it is only like 50% of jobs get Friday off! So it's a lousy holiday day. Thursday has its merits, it's a better tv day than Friday and Saturday, but it's not the best day of the week.
posted by The_Vegetables at 1:45 PM on August 15, 2019 [7 favorites]


"Thursday is full of surprises."

This is true, and why Thursday is the best day. Thursday is the day likeliest not to have anything planned for it, and thus is open to whatever events may spring along. Thursday is the most chill of days. Everyone is most likely available for Thursday, so good things can happen.

And if you end up treating Thursday like a Friday or Saturday, you can just suffer through Friday, and it won't matter (as) much. Plus, you have a day to say "I was at the show last night!" or whatever.
posted by Capt. Renault at 1:46 PM on August 15, 2019 [4 favorites]


but it's friday i'm in love :(
posted by dismas at 1:48 PM on August 15, 2019 [27 favorites]


Working a 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off but in theory work an extra hour each day) vastly boosts the relative ranking of both Thursday and Friday compared to the other days
posted by TwoWordReview at 1:49 PM on August 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


Sorry, Thursday is all "Fuck you, it's not Friday!"
posted by briank at 1:53 PM on August 15, 2019


Mondays are horrible, but there's still a lingering hope this week will be different, better. It's a false hope but hope nonetheless.

Tuesdays aren't entirely bad either. There's still room for improvement.

Wednesday is the worst day. Hope is officially dead. The wasteland looks endless from all directions on Wednesdays.

Thursdays are lovely. That's the day hope is reborn. Nothing great happens on Thursdays, but you feel certain it will soon. It's that two-days-before-Christmas feeling.

But maybe the most existential time is Sunday afternoon. That moment out in the pleasant sun, surrounded by happiness, when the dreary thoughts appear and won't go away. The understanding that everything you love will one day be ash.
posted by Teegeeack AV Club Secretary at 1:55 PM on August 15, 2019 [38 favorites]


"Tuesday is the optimistic day" – Merlin Mann
posted by SansPoint at 1:55 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Thursday we have Dean's Lunch, when faculty and staff can get a mildly subsidized hot lunch that walks the line between "cafeteria" and "catered." We eat and we and complain about the weather, our students, and colleagues who are not there.

Some Thursdays, that lunch is Taco Bar.

Taco Bar Thursday is the King of Thursdays.
posted by BrashTech at 1:58 PM on August 15, 2019 [6 favorites]


The best TV shows were always on Thursday night.
posted by JoeZydeco at 2:00 PM on August 15, 2019 [7 favorites]


Last Thursday I got asked to go for "a drink" that ended up with me in the basement of a seedy gay bar surrounded by men in harnesses, so: article checks out.
posted by Automocar at 2:01 PM on August 15, 2019 [18 favorites]


But maybe the most existential time is Sunday afternoon. That moment out in the pleasant sun, surrounded by happiness, when the dreary thoughts appear and won't go away. The understanding that everything you love will one day be ash.

In the end, it's the Sunday afternoons you can'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.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:01 PM on August 15, 2019 [26 favorites]




Every other week, Thursday is my Friday, which is awesome.

But I'm sad the article didn't name-check The Kings and their awesome early-80s song "Switching to Glide", with the lyric "nothing matters but the weekend from a Tuesday point of view".
posted by suelac at 2:04 PM on August 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


Thursday was always the most fun night to go out (before I grew up and got responsible). You’re excited for Friday but also feeling naughty for being out on a weeknight, and the bars are never as crowded as they’ll be on Friday or Saturday. And all your pent up work energy wants out!
posted by sallybrown at 2:09 PM on August 15, 2019 [10 favorites]


I bet Thursday people are all like "actually, Christmas Eve is more fun than Christmas Day"
posted by prize bull octorok at 2:10 PM on August 15, 2019 [20 favorites]


I disagree that Monday is the worst day of the week. Tuesday is the worst day of the week. Monday is the first day back to work after a weekend, and that's not great. But it's also the first day back to seeing your co-workers and usually there's some socializing and catching up on everyone's weekend and catching up on emails and easing into the week. Tuesday is the worst day of the week. You're already back to work. It's not yet the middle of the week and you've already expended your fun weekend news. Wednesday is the mid-point of the week and therefore at least better than Monday or Tuesday. You made it to the half-way point. It's the home stretch. Thursdays aren't bad, Fridays are pretty alright. Weekends are tied for first place.

Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
posted by Flotsam Rosewater at 2:11 PM on August 15, 2019 [13 favorites]


At least this wasn't another stupid 'top ten' list.
posted by MtDewd at 2:11 PM on August 15, 2019 [7 favorites]


If you work and have small children, Monday is often the Best Day as you get to bring the little darlings to child care and go in your quiet car to your quiet office with all the hot coffee you can drink and easy takeout options for lunch.

That isn't to say that weekends aren't fun with small kids, buuuut by 4 PM on Sunday I'm checking the clock a lot.
posted by castlebravo at 2:12 PM on August 15, 2019 [12 favorites]


I bet Thursday people are all like "actually, Christmas Eve is more fun than Christmas Day"

It is, it is!! Maybe some people are Anticipation People and others are Reward People, or something. Christmas Eve is so magic.
posted by sallybrown at 2:12 PM on August 15, 2019 [16 favorites]


Yeah, team Christmas Eve all the way. Christmas is like the last day of vacation when all you have planned is packing and going to the airport.
posted by Automocar at 2:18 PM on August 15, 2019 [16 favorites]


I feel like I keep buying into "you can always be a little hungover at work on Friday, maybe even roll in a little late and just chillll out" and then friday comes and HOLY SHIT FIRE DRILL, HEY ALSO FOLLOWING UP ON THIS GIANT THING YOU DIDN'T ADDRESS ALL WEEK, HEY FORWARDING YOU THIS 9AM MEETING INVITE, HEY FUCK YOU
posted by windbox at 2:18 PM on August 15, 2019 [34 favorites]


On Mondays, I never go to work!
On Tuesdays, I stay at home.
On Wednesdays, I'm never feel inclined,
work is the last thing on my mind.
On Thursday it's a Holiday!
And Fridays I detest,
Oh it's much to late on a Saturday,
and Sunday's the day of rest.

Oh yes, yes practice trumpet every day...
posted by Hermeowne Grangepurr at 2:18 PM on August 15, 2019 [9 favorites]


My ability to enjoy Friday hungover ended at age 25, and my ability to basically sit upright and survive Friday hungover ended at age 30.
posted by sallybrown at 2:19 PM on August 15, 2019 [10 favorites]


Thursday is usually my biggest workday, because I have to finish all the shit I was supposed to do all week before Friday, because otherwise I'm working late on Friday and that fucks up the weekend.

So Thursday is the day I get home latest / spend the most time at work, which in turn makes it the Worst Day.

(Why not get more work done earlier in the week, you ask? To which I say, you are obviously one of those people who did summer reading/homework on the first week of summer vacation, and I will never understand you, you monster)
posted by thefoxgod at 2:23 PM on August 15, 2019 [7 favorites]


As a night person with a day job, there's no way any day of the week that is followed by a workday could ever end up better than the ones that aren't.
posted by invitapriore at 2:26 PM on August 15, 2019 [10 favorites]


At least this wasn't another stupid 'top ten' list.

The best days are the ones without a "top ten" list.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:26 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


This is very nearly correct.

I have tried to convince people of my ranking for days of the week ranking many times, which goes:
1. Saturday
2. Thursday
3. Sunday
4. Friday
5. Wednesday
6. Monday
7. Tuesday
8. Also Tuesday

today, though, I woke to someone on Tinder messaging me with "Friday Eve!" and thought, am I still dreaming
posted by Caxton1476 at 2:28 PM on August 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


You could do what I do and simply dread every day equally, for variable but equally valid reasons ranging from "having to get to work on time" to "having to enjoy your time off."
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 2:29 PM on August 15, 2019 [10 favorites]


At least this wasn't another stupid 'top ten' list.

I love this "top ten days of the week" idea! I'm sure we could come up with the other three if we put our heads together. (Right now I got nothin'.)
posted by sjswitzer at 2:31 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


An unspoken assumption for this ranking is that you hate your job and are only living for the weekend.

I like what I do, but I really love sleeping as well and sleeping on the train isn't as satisfying as sleeping in my bed.
posted by betweenthebars at 2:32 PM on August 15, 2019 [6 favorites]


all the days are the worst day
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:41 PM on August 15, 2019 [6 favorites]


Add another Thursday, only call it Thor's Day, and take Friday off. Three-day weekends every weekend! I guess you'd have to change the calendar to have this fabled eight-day week ("Eight days a week, I luh-luh-luh-luh-love you!), but someone will figure that out.
posted by kozad at 2:43 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


If you're unemployed, every day is equal parts Monday, Thursday, the weekend, and a bottomless void from which not even light escapes.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 2:44 PM on August 15, 2019 [16 favorites]


Thursday. Because anyone can fake a Friday.
posted by Chuffy at 2:46 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


This twitter account agrees.
posted by msbutah at 2:50 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


(I just remembered that the French revolutionary calendar had ten days, and Wikipedia tells me that the ancient Egyptian and Chinese calendars did too. The origins of the seven day week are somewhat obscure. It got injected into global culture from the Jewish tradition, but whether they picked it up from the Babylonians remains controversial. Anyway, it's amazing to me that we've been counting days of the weeks [less so years!] consistently for at least 8000 years.)
posted by sjswitzer at 2:55 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


Some of my very best days have been days on which I did not remember what day of the week it was, nor did I care.

That also describes some of my very worst days.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:55 PM on August 15, 2019 [6 favorites]


I love this "top ten days of the week" idea! I'm sure we could come up with the other three if we put our heads together.

1. Since so many of the days of the week are based on Norse gods (Tiw's or Týr's, Odin's, Thor's, Freyas's), and the others are based on astronomical features (Saturn, Sun, Moon), I propose the following:
- Lokisday
- Venusday
- Uranusday ('cuz I can't resist)
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:57 PM on August 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


Monday is not the worst day, Tuesday is.

Monday remains the worst for me, because every second Tuesday is payday. It stays payday for about four hours, and then I'm back to waiting for payday again.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:59 PM on August 15, 2019 [8 favorites]


Thursday is only the best day because it's THOR's DAY.
posted by djseafood at 3:01 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


- Lokisday
- Venusday
- Uranusday ('cuz I can't resist)


Venusday doesn't fly because Frigasday is already Venus. But I am totally down with Lokisday. Surely the top of the top ten.
posted by sjswitzer at 3:02 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Uranusday is holey day.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:05 PM on August 15, 2019 [11 favorites]


OK, Jupiday then.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:06 PM on August 15, 2019


I am not sold on this Thursday argument.

On Monday, at least you have a little calm left over from the weekend to buffer you.

Nope, because I have a 2 hour long meeting every Monday at 8 a.m. and I'm already wishing for death. I admit Tuesday's selling point is "at least it's not Monday" but ever since I started doing Tuesday karaoke nights, now I love me some Tuesday...night, at least.
posted by jenfullmoon at 3:08 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


I have a 2 hour long meeting every Monday at 8 a.m.

Not to be that guy, but I'm pretty sure the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over this sort of thing.
posted by mrgoat at 3:22 PM on August 15, 2019 [11 favorites]


I've had two separate jobs where one of my duties was to prepare weekly reports on Friday, with data to be provided by my cow-orkers by 3PM... half of whom provided it by noon so they'd have nothing left to do and the other half who struggled to make it by the 3PM deadline. And I had to finish the weekly reports before I left and put them on my boss's desk, even though he'd usually left early and wouldn't see it until Monday morning (unless he happened to drop by the office on Saturday and would give me grief if he couldn't see the weekly reports then).So Friday was not a good day for part of my working life.

Thursday was better, partly for the Must See TV shows in the evening: Cheers, Night Court, Seinfeld, Hill Street Blues and if you changed channels theoriginal Magnum P.I.

But Wednesdays were my personal favorite, just because they were "Wendell'sDay", duh.
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:33 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


Tuesday is worst day.

I always start the week (monday) super jazzed to be productive and Do All The Things. And i totally blow my wad and spend tuesday tired and unmotivated and grumpy.

Thursday is a contender for best day. A friend a calls it "friday jr"
posted by supermedusa at 3:37 PM on August 15, 2019 [4 favorites]


Monday is my favorite workday. I like my job but find it draining, so my quality of life in the workweek drops daily until I hit the weekend.

Saturday is the day I'm most likely to eat brunch, so Saturday is best.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 3:40 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


OK, Jupiday then.

Surely *Joviday...?
posted by The Tensor at 3:47 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


In university, largely due some kind of scheduling issue, Thursday was a prime party day. But I always had an early morning friday class. So I never enjoyed it much. Here I am middle-aged and for the last 18 years Thursdays have been my busiest days - I regularly put in double of my usual hours. So no Thursdays are not the best day for me. Fridays on the other hand are very mellow. Sundays are the worst because it reminds me of all the stuff I haven't gotten done around the house.
posted by Ashwagandha at 3:48 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Thursday was the Big Night To Go Out for some reason when I was an undergrad, too. Which made more sense than Wednesday, which for some *really* inexplicable reason was the Big Night To Go Out in my hometown. With my current work schedule I work every other Saturday but have every Friday off, so Friday is The Best Day.
posted by The Card Cheat at 3:55 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


At schools with lots of athletes Thursday is party night because Friday practice is in the afternoon whereas Saturday practice is in the morning, leaving no time to recover.
posted by vogon_poet at 3:58 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


OK, Jupiday then.
Surely *Joviday...?


The planet isn't named "Jove". And stop calling me Shirley
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:13 PM on August 15, 2019


Tuesday is an asshat.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 4:14 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Tuesday is the three AM of the week. It's the existential despair day, the day without hurried productivity or anticipation of anything at all. Even restaurants suck on Tuesdays.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 4:15 PM on August 15, 2019 [7 favorites]


The one thing I like about Tuesdays is that it’s quiet, because everyone is experiencing Tuesday existential despair and no one wants to try and bug you to make small talk. It’s nice the way that it can be nice to have a sick day or nice to have a rainstorm that gives you an excuse to sit inside and read.
posted by sallybrown at 4:19 PM on August 15, 2019 [4 favorites]


The best day is the day after tomorrow.
posted by sjswitzer at 4:30 PM on August 15, 2019


Frankly, all my weekdays are equally horrid from the time the alarm goes off until the workday is over; after that they get better.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:33 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Top ten days when you've got a week's vacation:

10. 2nd sunday --last day, boo
9. 2nd Saturday -- packing up and saying goodbye, also boo
8. first Sunday -- nothing much goes on
7. thursday -- the end is near
6. wednesday
5. tuesday
4. monday
3. first saturday -- lots to do but its the first day of vacay
2. friday -- big blowout fun
1. every day of vacation is pretty sweet
posted by OHenryPacey at 4:53 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


Friday to Thursday: bye, Felicia.
posted by Bee'sWing at 5:03 PM on August 15, 2019


Tied for last is every day you have to get out of bed, toil, interact with others.
Tied for first are the days you don't have to, but might, if you feel like it.
posted by rodlymight at 5:10 PM on August 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


An unspoken assumption for this ranking is that you hate your job and are only living for the weekend.

I knew I could count on MetaFilter to explain my contempt for Wednesdays in terms of the capitalist boot on my throat.

One more day to the weekend, people. We can do this
posted by Mayor West at 5:13 PM on August 15, 2019 [6 favorites]


Taco Bar Thursday is the King of Thursdays.

Friday is pizza day, the best day of the week.
posted by sideshow at 5:21 PM on August 15, 2019


Thursdays are the day I usually dedicate to my hobbies, so I agree!

What percentage of adults work Monday-to-Friday jobs, anyway? I haven't since the 20th century.
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:23 PM on August 15, 2019


The worst point in the week is Sunday 11pm when I can no longer sustain the pretense of being a man of leisure and the only hope I have left is that I will die in my sleep before having to go to work on Monday.
posted by um at 5:24 PM on August 15, 2019 [8 favorites]


A colleague referred to Thursday as “Little Friday” once, in passing. It’s one of the nicest offhand favors anyone’s ever done me. Occasionally since then I’ll wish people at work “Happy Little Friday” on Thurdays.Their faces often go blank for a second (“Wait, it’s not Friday! What did...”), and then break into expressions of surprised happiness.
posted by cupcakeninja at 5:28 PM on August 15, 2019 [4 favorites]


Saturday is the best day. Every other day is ranked according to its distance from Saturday -- not chronologically (because Saturday is so good some of its goodness carries over into subsequent days) but equi-spatially, with ties decided by chronology (except Sunday, which gets the slight edge because you're probably not at work).

1. Saturday
2 (tie). Sunday
2 (tie). Friday
4 (tie). Thursday
4 (tie). Monday
6 (tie). Wednesday
6 (tie). Tuesday

It's obvious.
posted by penduluum at 5:42 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


"Funny thing about weekends when you're unemployed. They don't mean quite so much. 'Cept you get to hang out with your working friends."

What percentage of adults work Monday-to-Friday jobs
I haven't worked a straight M-F pretty much ever, but I think it's still quite common, depending on your field.

Now what hours you work those days can vary immensely by industry, but according to the BLS the big part of the curve still seems to be 6AM-6PM, heaviest in the 8-4 zone.
posted by aspersioncast at 5:47 PM on August 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


What percentage of adults work Monday-to-Friday jobs, anyway? 

Seriously. I typically work six days a week, at a minimum. Often seven. Not all day on the weekends, usually. But sometimes.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:52 PM on August 15, 2019


An unspoken assumption for this ranking is that you hate your job and are only living for the weekend.

Not living for; I was assured, back in 1981, that everyone was working for the weekend; that everyone wanted a little romance, and needed a second chance.
posted by nubs at 5:55 PM on August 15, 2019 [19 favorites]


Don't get me wrong, it wasn't always this easy. But I'm on a big roll now! Except for Monday, which was never good anyway; Tuesday I feel a little sideways; Wednesday, I feel better just for spite. Thursday and Friday take too long, and before I know it Saturday's gone. When it's Sunday, you can bet that I'm all right!
posted by traveler_ at 6:11 PM on August 15, 2019


Not living for; I was assured, back in 1981, that everyone was working for the weekend...

No one makes that comment for 4 hours, then you beat me to it by 25 minutes. Only on a Thursday, man.
posted by TedW at 6:19 PM on August 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


I can kinda see this. I work IT operations. Friday is an odd blend of folks who are prepping for a weekend of relaxation, and folks who are preparing for maintenance work and upgrades. Thursday, everyone is reasonably chill.
posted by MrGuilt at 6:27 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Seriously. I typically work six days a week, at a minimum. Often seven. Not all day on the weekends, usually. But sometimes.

I hope you guys are all getting paid sub-~$35K (well, I don't actually hope that, but at least I'll know the 7-day week is not your personal choice) or at least $225K (approx. what a first-year in Biglaw makes assuming standard bonus). If you're in between, you're letting yourself be ripped off.
posted by praemunire at 6:28 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


What percentage of adults work Monday-to-Friday jobs, anyway?

At my last job, I worked full-time, but it was Tuesday-Saturday. Management was good about giving everyone 2 days off in a row (except one guy who requested something different). A few people shared "workweeks," but for the most part ours were all different. We'd commonly refer to our last shift before our days off as "my Friday," as in:
Me: "See you tomorrow!"
Coworker: "Nope, today's my Friday, I'm off tomorrow!"

So my "Friday" was actually Saturday. But for a couple of my coworkers, that was the middle of their work week. I wouldn't see them until the following Thursday, because they were off Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The typical Monday-Friday sentiments sort of applied, but they were transposed differently for all of us. I actually hated my "Fridays," because Saturdays were busy and I had to work the late shift with someone I didn't like. Whereas my "Wednesdays" were cool, because Thursday tended to be a slow night. As for "Thursday," it was fine, I guess. At least I didn't have to work late.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 7:02 PM on August 15, 2019


I have all Fridays off. Thursdays can be a little stressful.
posted by donpardo at 7:21 PM on August 15, 2019


If you're a graduate student, Thursday is the day you start getting really anxious/guilty about not having gotten any research done yet this week because you've been too busy with classes/meetings/random other shit people schedule. There's a few ways this can play out:

1) You have classes/meetings on Thursday but not Friday (me this summer), and you spend all of Thursday lamenting the fact that you're in classes/meetings because it means you're going to have to cram all your research time into Friday.
2) You don't have classes/meetings on Thursday, but you have them on Friday, so you spend all of Thursday rushing to get any research work in you can and feeling guilty when you dick off.
3) You have classes/meetings on Thursday AND Friday and spend the whole time lamenting the fact that you'll be the first person to take 270 years to finish their thesis.
4) Theoretically one could not have classes/meetings on Thursday or Friday and could dedicate both to research but it has never happened to me and frankly I think it's a myth.

Either way, Thursday is Impending Research Doom & Gloom Day.
posted by brook horse at 7:36 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


We used to meet every Thursday Thursday
Thursday in the afternoon
For a couple of beers and a game of pool
We used to go to a motel a motel

A motel across the street
posted by bendy at 7:49 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


I was having a good one, but then I took ill. Hopefully I won't grow worse tomorrow.
posted by Reyturner at 9:19 PM on August 15, 2019


The logic in this article is that Thursday is good because it often exceeds expectations. But once expectations rise, Thursday will disappoint, and Saturday will rise to its proper place at the top.

Thursday's still pretty good, but the best Thursdays are the ones before a Friday you have off work. You can do something fun that evening, and places aren't quite as crowded as they'll be on Fridays.
posted by explosion at 9:19 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


"Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Thursday, Sunday, Saturday..."

-Apollonia Corleone
posted by clavdivs at 9:20 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


I thought University students partied on Thursdays because lots of them would go back to their parents on the weekends and so wouldn't be around on Friday or Saturday.

For me, I have 3 little kids, so Monday is my best day. They go to school, I get some peace and quiet. I mostly like my job anyway.
posted by Literaryhero at 9:27 PM on August 15, 2019


FRIDAY CAN FUCK THE HELL OFF RIGHT FUCKING NOW

FRIDAY IS A GODDAMN BITCH WHO SAVED EVERYTHING FOR THE LAST MINUTE AND NOW THINKS EVERYTHINGS EVERYONE ELSES GODDAMN EMERGENCY
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:15 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


Fucking fridays
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:15 PM on August 15, 2019


I guess we work at the same place, Slarty?
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:42 PM on August 15, 2019


Metafilter: "a bottomless void from which not even light escapes"

Also, a fair description of the observable universe.

As far as the best day of the week? My preference is a superposition of preferring Friturday and preferring Satunday. Sumonday is also pretty decent since nobody has yet been in the office to find things I need to fix. Thuriday is the most likely to induce dread since it is occasionally followed by the worst of all days, the dreaded Friturunday.
posted by wierdo at 10:48 PM on August 15, 2019


I don't drink anymore but I used to and for years would get very excited for going out on Friday nights. I spent too many years as a student, grad student and then immature, maladjusted adult to see much beyond the prize of the weekly Friday night freedom party. Long after my friends had moved on to career making and family planning I was still giddy Thursday evening anticipating Friday. I guess I'm still in the habit of getting excited Thursday but for naught, it's just a reflex that won't fade away no matter how far I put it behind me. So now Thursday night I'd insomnia night, but at least tomorrow is Friday and it's only a day away from living in the moment rather than living in my past.
posted by waving at 11:14 PM on August 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


In the old days when Blue Laws kept all the stores closed on Sunday, Thursday night was the night that the stores stayed open late, like until 9pm! I always loved that I could buy records at night—on Thursday!

These days I get my Thursday fun at $5 Dinner night at the food co-op. It is the easiest dinner day of the week.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:21 PM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Folks, you are doing wrong by Wednesday. Wednesday is the best day of the week to have off work. I actually flex it instead of Friday or Monday because it's just that good. You flex or take off a Wednesday and you've suddenly turned your life into a world of 2 day work weeks. How great is that? Not only that, but nobody else every takes Wednesdays off. It is so easy to get things done on a Wednesday. Need to go to the bank? Get insurance? Post office? Grocery shop? It doesn't matter. Wednesday has got your back and it's going to be quiet. You get a few things done on your Wednesday off and suddenly Saturday/Sunday are that much more free. You even get that midweek energy bump. It's like having having a nap around 1PM except it is for your entire week!

Trust me, folks, it's you gotta take a Wednesday off.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 11:27 PM on August 15, 2019 [10 favorites]


Also, Wednesday is Wing Night. Don't you like wings? Decadent sauces and fun to eat. Delicious as actual wings or in their many meatless forms. Wednesday is trying so hard to get you to like it. Why won't you like Wednesday?
posted by forbiddencabinet at 11:30 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


Thursday's great because whatever fun you get up to feels well-earned, as Thursday is a workday, and venues are less crowded than Friday or Saturday. Averaging over a lifetime, I would say that it ties with Saturday mostly because it lends itself to adult-focused activities that are hard to schedule after a day of Family Time.
1. Thursday/Saturday (tie)
2. Sunday(best family day)
3. Friday
4. Monday (for those who are fortunate to have a job they tolerate as a respite from family/community obligations)
5. Tuesday
6. Wednesday
posted by Svejk at 11:56 PM on August 15, 2019


Anyone else have a horrible job where Monday morning is the best, when I'm happy to see co-workers whom I like, and am otherwise well-rested and happy from (relatively) nice weekend times?

But then "meeting Monday" gets underway and the rest of the week is a blur and then I'm ragged, grouchy, and all kinds of exhausted. Definitely not enjoying a Friday after the week I had.

I've had two jobs like this where I worked hardest at the end of the week to make up for all the time spent on useless, frustrating, directionless meetings all week long.

In sum, Monday mornings are the best but I'm a different (bitter) person by the end of the week.
posted by Goblin Barbarian at 3:36 AM on August 16, 2019 [1 favorite]


As soon as I a dubious hot take like "Thursday is the best day," I should have known that the rationale would involve some form of drinking.
posted by Flexagon at 6:49 AM on August 16, 2019


i am extremely disappointed to once again come into a thread and find it benighted by a servile false consciousness. the tyrannous reign of capitalism has so darkened your minds that you have reified the very days of the week, and you claim that they are what keep you in chains. comrades, fellow workers, it is not the calendar that oppresses you! it is the bosses! it is the bourgeoisie and their lapdog the state!

oh wow i’m not even joking what have i become
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 6:58 AM on August 16, 2019 [7 favorites]


> Folks, you are doing wrong by Wednesday. Wednesday is the best day of the week to have off work. I actually flex it instead of Friday or Monday because it's just that good

weird flex but ok
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 7:01 AM on August 16, 2019 [2 favorites]


Not living for; I was assured, back in 1981, that everyone was working for the weekend..

I'm going to use this segue to hate on Working for the Weekend by Loverboy. The concept is not bad, but in my opinion the execution makes one of the laziest songs ever. The Ramones drummer is better. If the guitar didn't do the little 'gallop riff' then it would be all hard rock paint by numbers instead of just mostly. The keyboards put in about 1/3 the effort of the guitar player. AC/DC puts more effort into a bass line (that's not a compliment).

And if 'everyone is working for the weekend' (again, good idea for the song) then why does the first verse undermine that?
"Everyone's watching To see what you will do Everyone's looking at you Oh" No, they aren't working for the weekend. They are micromanaging, they don't even care about the weekend.
posted by The_Vegetables at 7:27 AM on August 16, 2019 [1 favorite]


Also the Wannadies song Hit describes Thursday musically: "Thursday is the day after Wednesday."

Finally top 10 days for the optimist:
the day after tomorrow
tomorrow
Saturday
Friday
Sunday
yesterday
Thursday
Wednesday
Tuesday
Monday
posted by The_Vegetables at 7:32 AM on August 16, 2019 [1 favorite]


And if 'everyone is working for the weekend' (again, good idea for the song) then why does the first verse undermine that?
"Everyone's watching To see what you will do Everyone's looking at you Oh" No, they aren't working for the weekend. They are micromanaging, they don't even care about the weekend.


You're misreading the song, I think. While "Everyone is watching to see what you will do", note also that "everyone wants you to come through" and "hoping that it'll all work out." This is a song about someone who has had a rough patch - maybe a recent break up, or perhaps their former lover hooked up with someone new - but "everyone" isn't micromanaging them, "everyone" wants to see them out at the club, partying on the weekend again, going off the deep end, gettin' that second chance. The singer, I believe, is offering a little romance, provided the person starts from the start - i.e., gets back out partying again, because that is the basis of how relationships are formed in this group of "everyone".

This has been my over-analysis of a silly party song about the weekend, done on a Friday, of a week where I only work two days because of a weird vacation schedule.
posted by nubs at 7:47 AM on August 16, 2019 [3 favorites]


oh wow i’m not even joking what have i become

Dude, it sounds like you need to take a Mental Health Day - call in sick or something, get some leisure time!
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:37 AM on August 16, 2019


Sunday is clearly the best day.

1. The Sunday edition of the NY Times stretches out before you, beckoning.
2. Related, the best crossword puzzle appears today.
3. Relaxation is built into the day. Sunday is for lazing about. Maybe in a park somewhere.
4. People bail on plans as their weekends dwindle down and they realize they need to accomplish more, which means MORE ME TIME
posted by sugarbomb at 11:48 AM on August 16, 2019


You're misreading the song, I think. While "Everyone is watching to see what you will do", note also that "everyone wants you to come through" and "hoping that it'll all work out." This is a song about someone who has had a rough patch - maybe a recent break up, or perhaps their former lover hooked up with someone new - but "everyone" isn't micromanaging them, "everyone" wants to see them out at the club, partying on the weekend again, going off the deep end, gettin' that second chance.

You are probably right. I was reading the 'everyone' in each verse as being parts of different groups of 'everyone', ie: the everyone beyond the 1st verse was a set of friends as you describe.
posted by The_Vegetables at 11:49 AM on August 16, 2019


Oh god, let’s just stay home on Saturday. We’ve set up Saturday to fail, people.

Sounds about right.
posted by Margalo Epps at 12:27 PM on August 16, 2019


>> oh wow i’m not even joking what have i become

> Dude, it sounds like you need to take a Mental Health Day - call in sick or something, get some leisure time!


i dunno man individual solutions to structural problems don't seem like sound praxis to me
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 5:48 PM on August 16, 2019 [2 favorites]


1. Wednesday is the worst because if you have to come in to work on Wednesday it ruins two weekends.
2. The Romans had an 8-day cycle called the nundinal cycle, which ended with a market day. Because the Romans counted things weirdly, they counted the 8 days between nones as 9, hence nundinal.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:35 PM on August 16, 2019 [1 favorite]


 If you're in between, you're letting yourself be ripped off.

You're not wrong. But I kinda do it to myself.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:59 PM on August 16, 2019


I've had two separate jobs where one of my duties was to prepare weekly reports on Friday, with data to be provided by my cow-orkers by 3PM.

Don't know if that's a profession or new slang...


I've always loved Thursdays, but my reason was always "because the next day is Friday!" I guess Im an anticipation kind of a person. But I'd like to go ahead and pat myself on the back for liking Thursday best before it was cool.
posted by LizBoBiz at 5:29 AM on August 19, 2019


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