By Elaine Viets
I'm working this Labor Day weekend.
OK, I'm not digging ditches, manning a counter at a convenience store or working as a security guard, the way my Grandpa spent his Labor Day. I'm working on my 15th Dead-End Job mystery, THE ART OF MURDER.
To research this mystery, I've been volunteering at the wonderfully whimsical Bonnet House Museum, (www.bonnethouse.org) where I work as a bridge greeter at the Boat House. One visitor calls it "the boat garage" -- which is a terrific description. Bonnet House is a 35-acre slice of old Florida, and the Boat House is right on a mangrove swamp. Last Saturday, I saw this gorgeous Great Blue Heron hunting in the water.
But even when I was a reporter, I celebrated Labor Day with --- more labor. The news never stops happening. I'm lucky that I've always worked jobs I enjoy.
But right outside my window here in Florida, I'll see people boating on the Intracoastal Waterway, and more people cooking hot dogs -- and their skins -- at the beach. We locals can always tell the Canadian tourists in the winter in South Florida. They're the ones with the second-degree burns. One January, I asked a visiting Canuk why he didn't use sun screen. Turns out those brutal burns are status symbols. "If we don't go home with a good burn," he said, "our friends won't know we've been somewhere warm in the winter."
But if you are one of the lucky ones who's going to a barbecue, then here's a way to amaze your friends t your Labor Day barbecue. It's a video called "How to Skin a Watermelon."
How are you spending your Labor Day?
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