Labor Day: Working 9 to 5

Working 9 to 5

We learn and expand our knowledge. We are challenged to be creative. We develop relationships with people.

Labor Day became a legal holiday in 1894, to join the company of only a couple others at the time. George Washington’s birthday (often now referred to as President’s Day) was already a legal holiday, as was Christmas Day. The 4th of July was the only other at the time, although it was only an unpaid holiday for federal employees and not recognized as a federal holiday until 1938.

America was working its fingers to the bone! Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker, but oddly enough there’s discrepancy as to who originally suggested the idea for the holiday. What we do know is that during the late 1800s, there wasn’t much to protect the interest of American workers. The average American at the time worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, only to barely make ends meet, and on top of it, often in unsafe and unsanitary working conditions.

It was around this time that organized strikes and rallies protesting working conditions and wages were organized by labor unions, bringing awareness and the beginning of changes to workers’ rights. One particular strike resulted in the deaths of workers at the hands of federal troops dispatched to break the strike, and the official adoption of Labor Day was at least in part the attempt of the government to make amends.

So that’s the low-down on Labor Day. Whether we think about what it’s for or not, we know it’s a long weekend, and there’s probably going to be a cookout somewhere!

Even though we have it a lot easier than it used to be, we often still complain about work, don’t we? How many of us can’t wait to retire? That’s what we always say anyhow. But is it really true? Sure, in many ways I can’t wait, but how many people do you know that get jobs after they retire?

Why is that? It’s because we need something to do. I’ll be the same way. We’re not built to sit around and do nothing. Think of how stir-crazy you would get, and it’s simply not healthy.

We may all complain about working throughout our lives but think about what we get from it. Of course, we earn money, which is ultimately the reason we work, but we get a lot more than that. We learn and expand our knowledge. We are challenged to be creative. We develop relationships with people.

My coworkers are some of my best friends. It makes perfect sense. You see them every day. You work, laugh, complain, argue and eat lunch together. You pool together for the lottery when it gets really big and commiserate together when you don’t win. You build a relationship with coworkers that’s as important as any other in life.

Working is part of American culture, and we find ways to have fun at it, especially when we find ways to poke fun at it. There are movies about it. Who hasn’t seen Office Space? And there are songs about it. Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” is a hysterical approach to the thoughts of the American worker — as was the movie. Huey Lewis is taking what they’re giving ‘cause he’s working for a livin’. We all have Manic Mondays, just like the Bangles. We all work hard for the money like Donna Summer, and sometimes we’re just working for the weekend, like Loverboy.

Think about it. Where would we be without work and without our jobs? We’d have no money, but we’d have no friends and no direction. We should be glad that we work. But that doesn’t mean we don’t work hard and don’t deserve a holiday. This one is for us. Here’s to Labor Day!

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While systems can and will differ, here’s a look at common ADAS features, their general configurations and calibration requirements.

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) require the use of a scan tool for diagnostics, and the majority of the time, it’s required for post-repair calibration. ADAS, like any other system, requires a diagnostic routine, which begins with a base knowledge of the system. Knowing ADAS will help understand fault symptoms and scan tool data for the most efficient diagnosis.While systems can and will differ, here’s a look at common ADAS features, their general configurations and calibration requirements.Parking assist sensors, of which there can be more than one, are generally located in the front and rear bumpers. They are the inputs that affect active parking assist and parking collision warnings. Any time they are disturbed in any manner, a static calibration must be performed with a scan tool.Side object sensors, sometimes called collision avoidance sensors, are commonly located in the rear bumper. These sensors provide input for blind spot warnings, lane change alerts and rear cross traffic warnings. Static calibration with a scan tool is required when these are removed or replaced.Rear vision cameras will be located in the rear decklid, liftgate or tailgate, and act as either a backup camera alone, or part of a surround view system if the vehicle is so equipped. These cameras generally require a dynamic calibration, and no scan tool is required.A forward-looking camera is sometimes located behind the grille, and usually part of a surround view system. These too do not require a scan tool, but a dynamic calibration must be performed when they are removed or replaced.Different ADAS features may have dedicated control modules which can be located in various areas, often behind interior panels. As with most control modules, these require scan tool programming when replaced and, depending on the system, both static and dynamic calibrations may be required.The Haptic Seat Motor creates the vibration to provide a safety alert for blind spot, forward collision, lane departure, lane keep assist, parking collision and rear cross traffic warnings. These motors, sometimes called seat warning actuators, generally require no type of calibration.Cameras located in a sideview mirror are part of surround view systems. These require calibration when removed or replaced, but most of them dynamic, and no scan tool is required.The steering angle sensor located in the steering column is an input for lane keep assistance, and a static calibration is required with a scan tool any time it is removed or replaced, or any time a wheel alignment is performed.Last, but not least, is the front view, or forward-looking camera located in the windshield area. This camera is a vital part of adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and lane keeping assistance. A scan tool and static and dynamic calibration are required after removal and replacement, but also after windshield removal or replacement, or any service that affects the ride height of the vehicle. TS

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