1. Dude, it's a Monday

You had the whole weekend before to mark the occasion and you won't have a day off to recover afterward if you knock back a few too many.

Unless you're one of those lucky folks in Boston who still gets "Evacuation Day" off -- thanks to some quick-thinking politicos who discovered Colonial forces drove the British out of that town on the same day newly arrived Irish city workers honored St. Patrick -- you don't even have this day off, never mind the next. A Tuesday hangover isn't a good look for any grown adult, but it's the kind of thing that can make the entire week a disaster.

Thinking about taking a sick day tomorrow, maybe? How original. Just consider for a moment that the day after St. Patrick's Day is also when the play-in games of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament are scheduled. According to a survey by MSN and Impulse Research, 7% of survey respondents said they take time off from work to watch the tournament, while 12% of those polled admitted to calling in sick in the past so they could watch the game.

Those folks usually hold off until the Round of 64 later in the week, but do you really think HR isn't going to see that one coming? Ceridan reports that at least 11% of HR groups report a spike in sick days after holidays or televised sports events such as the Super Bowl and March Madness.

If this was a Friday, we could see the argument, but starting the week off on such a painful note isn't going to increase your affection for beer, St. Patrick or Ireland in the slightest. If anything, it may make you a bigger fan of sports drinks, pain relievers and the inside voice.

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.

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