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December 24, 2006 6:06 AM   Subscribe

Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas - a Harvey Danger song for all those who keep the wheels turning. (YouTube alert)
posted by madamjujujive (22 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

A great reminder that as bad as working retail can be, at least I have Christmas Day off.

(And Christmas Eve, too! I won the "Not Working Today" lottery!)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:15 AM on December 24, 2006

It's a wonderful life...
posted by alamo1234 at 6:19 AM on December 24, 2006

Hm, I'll try to keep it in mind tomorrow at work.
posted by Hal Mumkin at 6:36 AM on December 24, 2006

Shame Flash doesn't cooperate on my work PC.

Still it isn't actually that bad when you're not in retail. Warm room, kettle, pack of biscuits, Radio 4, Days off in Lieu... and a certain amount of praying that none of the antiquated technology I'm allegedly monitoring throws a hissy fit.
posted by Luddite at 6:38 AM on December 24, 2006

That's great! And now back to keeping the interweb running on Christmas, you can all thank me later.
posted by TungstenChef at 7:26 AM on December 24, 2006

Harvey Danger have a second song?!??!?
posted by cillit bang at 7:32 AM on December 24, 2006

What is it with Harvey Danger and "repertory movie house"? This phrase appears in about 900,000 of their songs.

Anyway, thanks, that was a nice little video. Luckily I took off this entire week. Someone else can run the p595 & the DS8300 this week, thanks.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 8:18 AM on December 24, 2006

Thank you for bringing the HD. I'd never seen this video.
posted by The White Hat at 8:42 AM on December 24, 2006

Heh. I'll be working Christmas AND New Year's. Yay me!

Happy Non-denominational Winter Holiday all!
posted by Samizdata at 8:52 AM on December 24, 2006

What is it with Harvey Danger and "repertory movie house"? This phrase appears in about 900,000 of their songs.

Sean Nelson used to be a regular columnist for The Stranger in Seattle, too, and I seem to recall him bringing up his former employment at a "repertory movie house" on occasion in his columns too.

For the record, the movie house seen in the video is the Grand Illusion, which appears to be showing "It's a Wonderful Life" on Christmas this year too.
posted by duffell at 9:43 AM on December 24, 2006

Jesus, I need coffee. I typed the word 'too' about a brazillion times in that last comment.
posted by duffell at 9:45 AM on December 24, 2006

I, too, enjoyed that, too. Thanks!

(as if I needed an excuse for another cuppa Joe).
posted by jimmythefish at 10:11 AM on December 24, 2006

Christmas Time for the Jews
posted by homunculus at 10:31 AM on December 24, 2006

A toast to all the nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers, firemen, policemen, 34th Street post office workers, snow plow folk, waiters, waitresses, bartenders, doormen, taxi drivers, pilots, airport staff, train and subway conductors, delivery guys, Macy's Day parade people, toll booth collectors, TV station staff, MetaFilter moderators...and everyone working on Christmas...
Here's wishing you more happiness
Than all my words can tell,
Not just alone for Christmas
But for all the year as well.

posted by nickyskye at 10:44 AM on December 24, 2006

The usual eyeballkid xmas sentiment. (the song, not so much the band)
posted by eyeballkid at 1:33 PM on December 24, 2006 [1 favorite]

Re: Repertory movie house.

There's a locally famous chain in Seattle called the Seven Gables, owned since the late '80s and early '90s by Landmark Theatres. When I worked for the Neptune and the Metro in the mid-late '90s, Landmark made a big deal of all the famous people who had worked at these theaters. They're sort of an institution, and one of the more distinctive little features of Seattle. I guess it's an "in" thing or something, or at least it seems like Harvey Danger makes it out to be. All I remember is that it wasn't the worst place to work, and neither was it the best.
posted by eparchos at 3:23 PM on December 24, 2006

I worked at a movie theater in college, and was surprised to learn that movie theaters are, indeed, always open, 365 days a year. We had to negotiate the schedule as to who was gonna work on Christmas, and one year I got the short straw. So I did my family thing in the morning, and went to work that afternoon.

What surprised me was that the movies are busy on Christmas. With a lot of families, going to the movies is a traditional thing. The theater had six screens, and there were six crap/end-of-their-run movies playing, so beforehand business was really slow. Christmas day, virtually everything sold out, especially the matinees.
posted by zardoz at 4:03 PM on December 24, 2006

I'm "working" on Christmas right now.
posted by Pollomacho at 4:41 PM on December 24, 2006

I'll be working on Christmas. Horses don't just disappear for a while on major holidays!

Cheers to all those who'll be laboring beside me in spirit.

As for the video, I dunno, can't watch YouTube on dial-up.
posted by zhivota at 6:17 PM on December 24, 2006

Thanks a million for this.
posted by eritain at 3:19 AM on December 25, 2006

I've worked numerous Christmas days in the past, and generally like doing so. The majority of people are in a rare good mood.

However, there is something to be said for having a complete stranger say, "You ruined Christmas."
posted by dogwalker at 4:55 AM on December 27, 2006

dogwalker: That is my favorite thing to say to people on Christmas Day, especially when they do something inconsequential or trivial.

[mom drops a fork on the floor]

Me: CONGRATULATIONS, you've ruined Christmas!

Depending on who it is, they will break down in tears or become very shocked. Of course, my mom has known me for quite a while... um.

posted by synaesthetichaze at 7:43 AM on December 27, 2006

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