Welcome. Every Friday, usually around 7 p.m. Eastern, the Twitter user @CraigWeekend posts the same clip. It’s from the March 7, 2020, broadcast of “Saturday Night Live,” and it features the actor Daniel Craig introducing that week’s musical guest, Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd. “Ladies and gentlemen, The Weeknd,” Craig announces, in a tone that sounds, to me, like pure surrender, like he tried to stop the performance that’s about to occur but it was no use. The Weeknd is going to perform “Blinding Lights,” and we have no choice but to give in.
As Kellen Browning and Becca Foley report, @CraigWeekend heard a double entendre — James Bond welcoming the end of the workweek — and now so do his Twitter followers, who await the moment each Friday, when, as one said, “any anxieties, any worries, any hardships that have accumulated over the past five days are relieved by a four-second clip.”
An Australian friend introduced me to the term “POETS Day” to refer to Friday. POETS is a slangy acronym: “Piss off early, tomorrow’s Saturday.” I hope you’ll observe POETS Day today and, depending on your time zone, get your rest and relaxation underway well ahead of @CraigWeekend’s early-evening announcement.
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If you’re based in the United States, how are you spending Labor Day weekend? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and location and we might feature your response in a future newsletter. We’re At Home and Away. We’ll read every letter sent. More ideas for passing the time this weekend appear below. I’ll see you next week.