What holidays do mean is extra days off from school for the kids. As a single parent, that's always fun and exciting, or at least exciting. At the moment, he's off communing with the dogs watching a movie (imagine two large dogs and one eleven-year-old in an armchair). It won't last.
The other blah is that I'm starting to get clerkship applications from law students again. The USPS holiday does not eliminate e-mails with attached resumes! Every year, I get six to ten of these things, usually from first-years who want exposure to IP stuff. Leaving aside that I'm a solo practitioner, the applications reflect some real ignorance in career-services offices. It is especially difficult to get clerkships in IP, for some good (and other not-so-good) reasons. Then there's the whole issue of whether solo practitioners would be interested in blind applications. So, guys, save yourselves at least one stamp or e-mail attachment: I'm not looking. I won't be looking this year. And, for confidentiality reasons, I doubt that I'll ever be lookingand even then, I will work through the College of Law (at least as long as I'm in this area) and will probably want assistance with a specific task only.