Late morning today I was shopping in Wal-Mart. I overheard some employees jabbering about other employees who had called in sick. Their assessment was that their absent colleagues had started New Year's Eve "early."
We free agents, though, don't have that option. When work comes in we jump. And work does tend to come in on every U.S. holiday, especially in a global marketplace. I backed out of an invitation for this evening because of two assignments. A nerd before the term was invented, I rejoiced at having an excuse to hunker down and be entirely task oriented.