Thursday this and that’s

Thursday is an underrated day. It does not get the credit it deserves as the peek-a-boo day into the weekend. When I worked, Friday was a day to just to crash and veg out – the restaurants are to crowded and the bar/ restaurants are too boisterous. Yet, we often would go out to dinner on Thursday as it was a little more relaxing and we need only worry about one work day, if we finished off the wine.

Couples get into nice rituals around how to yin and yang with each other. This goes beyond the intimacy part, so we will keep this PG rated. I was tickled by a line from the movie “All my Life,” which I recommended the other day in post, when the girlfriend invited her boyfriend to move in. She said “If you suck at being a roommate, I will kick you out.” This was after she laid out her rules and he countered, such as closet space is 80/20 in her favor, he would cook three times a week, but she would sample things, eg. to which he agreed.

So, going to dinner on Thursday instead of Friday is one of those rituals. Now that we are retired, we tend to go out to brunches and lunches, especially with the COVID pandemic. Fewer people to come across is a safety issue these days. Other rituals we tended toward is take out food on Friday, even still today. Chinese, Mexican, seafood, pizza, etc. are in the rotation. During harvest months, we tend to go to brunch on Saturday where there is a Farmer’s Market in the parking lot. And, with children, we had to have a date night. Full stop.

Yet, Thursday remains a good day, even when retired. But, it won’t find itself in songs. When I did a series of posts based on songs with the days of the week, Thursday was a less used day. Tuesday seem to get more attention, maybe because the first syllable could be accentuated more. Thursday also won’t have a restaurant named after it as do TGI Fridays or Ruby Tuesday. Maybe that is why it gets less respect.

So, go enjoy Thursday today. (For my Australian friends, I hope you had a great one). Go help the hurting restaurant industry and dine al fresco or get take out. Or, while it is still pre-fall back on the time, go for a walk after dinner in the neighborhood. You might even see a few neighbors doing the same, at least I do.

One final note, when drinking was still a thing for me, Thursday did lend itself to a concept called “Thirsty Thursdays,” where beer was cheaper. This was especially dangerous at the minor league baseball park with its quarter beers in small cups. You definitely needed a designated driver or a designated memory person in case you met someone you liked and were to inebriated to remember her (or his or their) name. Now that we don’t drink anymore, those days are behind us.

So, a toast to Thursday. May it get the attention it deserves.

Thursday by Jim Croce

There are not too many top of mind of songs about Thursday. In fact, I had to go searching for a good song, as my efforts last week for a song a day, ended when I switched gears. In turns out I found a song by the late, great Jim Croce which I already knew, but did not know its title.

Here are a few lyrics from Croce’s wonderful song called “Thursday” about what happens so much in life.

Well it started out just like a dream
And like a dream I knew that what we had,
Would have to end
‘Cause I was lookin’ for a,
Lifetime lover and,
You were lookin’ for a friend
Someone to be there
After all your night time lovers had gone,
The way they came
Someone who knew the way
And helped to play your daytime game
It’s not the same

One person is looking for a lifetime lover and the other is looking for a friend. How often in life have we each had that kind of mismatch of desires? How many times have we liked someone more than they liked us? Or, maybe the shoe was on the other foot, where a good friend is more smitten with you than you are with him, her or them.

I remember the scene in “Four Weddings and a Funeral” with Hugh Grant, when his best female friend (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) confides that she has always been in love with him. The words shared by the two of them after that moment are tender, affectionate, but not love like she wanted.

Even though he died much too young, Croce left us with a huge body of work like this. “Thursday” was not a huge hit, but it is a lovely song. Here is a link, so give it a listen. It is vintage Jim Croce. There are a few other Thursday songs to give a listen to.

https://spinditty.com/playlists/songs-about-thursday