LABOR DAY 2019

The 8 best ways to celebrate Labor Day in Houston

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown will thrown another Labor Day Luau. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown/Facebook

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

Labor Day is upon us, which means fall is fast approaching and, soon, we will no longer have to deal with this scorching-hot weather for much longer. It's that first Monday in September where we celebrate all the accomplishments hard-working men and women have made throughout history in building, shaping, and molding this country.

Labor Day is also a great day to kick back, and we've rounded up eight fun events to enjoy your long weekend.

a'Bouzy

Our favorite champagne dispensary will have a Labor Day brunch where bottles of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut will be served for $49. This is a must for those who've always wanted to pop bottles and dance around like Damon Dash in old Jay-Z videos. Reservations are required. 10 am-6 pm.

El Segundo Swim Club

H-Town's only private outdoor swim club and bar will have special hours and access this Labor Day Weekend. On Friday, access is free, but it's $20 Saturday through Monday. Food is available for purchase during peak hours via food truck. 3 pm-sunset (11 am-midnight Saturday; noon-midnight Sunday; noon-7 pm Monday).

Gallery Auctions, Inc.

If your idea of a fun Labor Day is bidding for stuff during an auction, these guys have a special day for you. Along with bidding for furniture, antiques, etc. the Astros Shuttle Crew will be on hand, giving away two pairs of Astros tickets. They also have lite bites for breakfast and a complementary bar during the entire auction. 8 am-4 pm.

ISKCON of Houston

Labor Day is also Houston's Free Day of Yoga. So, get all loose and limber and one with your body with a free yoga class at this temple's main hall (taught by local yoga queen Farida Morsi), followed by lunch at Govinda's. Bring some extra cash and enjoy wonderful vegetarian cuisine together. 10 am.

Lone Star Flight Museum

The hallowed museum has a bevy of things planned for Labor Day. You can take tours inside the DC-3, talk to the mechanics, make and take crafts, and step in the simulators, which will be open all weekend. Plus, there will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks — and this is all for a mere $5. 9 am-5 pm.

Continue on CultureMap to see what's going on at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, and much more.

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We need to mask up. Image via: SEC Network/Screenshot

Texas A&M is taking this coronavirus crisis very seriously.

How seriously? The school recently announced the following changes:

  • Attendance at football games will be held to 25 percent of Kyle Field's 102,733 capacity.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the stadium.
  • Drinking fountains will be turned off.
  • Concession stands will only provide "grab-and-go" items and have plexiglass barriers between customers and workers.
  • Customers will have to pay with credit cards (no cash transactions).
  • Social distancing will be enforced everywhere (including restrooms).
  • Elevators will have reduced capacity.
  • Fans in suites must stay in those suites (no suite-hopping).
  • Yell leaders must keep off the field.
  • The famed Parsons Mounted Calvary cannon won't be fired after A&M scores (they taped the cannon's sound earlier and will play that).
The college hired extra security personnel to enforce these safety rules. Security would have the authority to eject protocol violators from the stadium.

A&M isn't missing a trick, good for them. It's critically important to enact these extraordinary rules, especially with coronavirus cases rising lately in Texas and 20 other states, according to Johns Hopkins University. Young adults are driving the increase in cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texas A&M recently reported about a 10-percent positivity rate.

I know that wearing a face mask can be unpleasant and I'm like you, I keep forgetting to bring a mask as I approach a store and have to shame walk back to my car to retrieve one. I haven't been to an athletic event, but I'm certain that sitting for several hours wearing a mask can't be fun. But if we're ever going to kick coronavirus and return to the "old normal," we need to mask up.

Saturday night I watched the A&M vs. Vanderbilt game on TV. Every time the camera panned students in the stands … no social distancing and few masks. I don't know how other Southeastern Conference teams are enforcing coronavirus safety protocols. A&M was the only game I watched Saturday. From what I saw on TV, there was little enforcement.
You know, enacting a rule is one thing …

What would Ken do?

Last week, I had one of those "What Would You Do?" moments. I was in a supermarket, and a guy passed me with his mask down around his neck, like the Lone Ranger's kerchief, not over his mouth and nose.

Don't know about you, but this infuriates me. I don't care about your reason – "It's not a law! I think masks don't work! I am not a sheep! I don't like breathing my own carbon dioxide! I heard a doctor say it's unhealthy! – just wear the damn mask. Or shop online. Or send a friend to do your shopping.

Now I had two options during my supermarket visit: ignore him or confront him. I chose option three, I squealed on him to a supermarket employee. I come from a long line of cowards. The employee did tell the man to either pull up his mask or leave. The man didn't put up an argument and pulled up his mask. I'm thinking I may be related to the guy.

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