Putting in half of a day's work on the Friday, and with sales declining you'd think a large firm would have all the employees putting in overtime to solve the problem.
Not so in publishing. No one's around to answer the phone come Friday afternoon. It's part of an old tradition, the sort of thing that the bean counters would have eliminated when they took over the business. When one is enjoying the leisure, it must be nearly impossible to give it up, and don't hard-working employees deserve a little time off for good behavior?
Go on and take off Friday afternoon. I'm taking off Thursday afternoon, and the entire day on Friday.
I won't be in the Hamptons, unfortunately, nor anywhere near a beach. But I'm nowhere near getting published either, so it all comes out in the end.