February 08, 2005

Nature Abhores a Vacuum

I haven't seen word one about Mardi Gras today at my usual haunts. Was it cancelled? Did I miss the memo?

YIPS from Steve: Ummmm, yeah.
Well, no matter, because Zach Wendling of In the Agora points out that, thanks to the Poles, it is also Paczki Day. If your principled Frog-bashing has put you off all things French, here is a wonderful alternative.

By the way, I don't know if it's just me, but I'm not the slightest bit ready for Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday or Lent. It's all waaaaay too early this year and has completely fouled my internal seasonal clock.

YIPS from Steve: Here's the problem: the Stupor Bowl was way too damn late. The Super Bowl is the event that's supposed to end January, as it is in effect the culminating event in our national sports calendar. We are supposed to have a nice, quiet 3 weeks where it is cold and nothing is happening---sure, you've got some hockey and NBA boxscores in the paper, but that's kind of like news from some long-running border war in Africa: you are aware of its existence, but it's not influencing the price of your Rice Crispies. Amidst this interlude of quiet you get yer Groundhog Day, which now thanks to Harold Ramis and Bill Murray has come to ascend to its proper place in our calendar as the "What? Hey, fuck yeah! Winter's half over" holiday. Then, after another week or two of relative quiet, the New Year's Day of our secular sports calendar begins: the Daytona 500 kicks off, and pitchers and catchers show up for spring training. Once you see fast-driving smiling rednecks in mullets popping up and seeing their shadows on the tee-vee you know you can go stick a fork in King Winter. He's done.

This year, it's all screwed up. Super Bowl after Groundhog Day? What is up with that? You see, this is where we could use a non-corrupt, humanitarian United Nations, to prevent tragedies like this.

The real sign, however, that Mardi Gras came so early this year is that the sudden visiting of the Angel of Death upon distant grandmothers and great-uncles that descends like the last Plague of Egypt on my students the Friday before Mardi Gras didn't happen: this is the first year in ages where I haven't had a whole bunch of students who've suddenly gone down with family emergencies that require their absence from campus during Mardi Gras week.

Me? I blame the liberals.

Posted by Robert at February 8, 2005 02:37 PM

"Our Gals May Be Big, But Our Rates Are Petite!"


I'll be here all night.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at February 8, 2005 03:02 PM

I'm at work here in Mandeville but the party rolls on right South of me right accross the causeway.

Fat Tuesday this year is the earliest it's been in 15 years -- so far from spring break that it kept much of the college crowd away.

There also was room to walk in the French Quarter, where it's often hard to fit even a Hurricane go-cup between revelers on Mardi Gras.

Merchants and bartenders said business was brisk in the Quarter, though down from previous years. They blamed the weather and the calendar: the annual pre-Lenten bash falls early this year.

Posted by: Kevin Watkins at February 8, 2005 04:11 PM

Your internal clock is fouled? Maybe you need your clock cleaned!

Posted by: babs at February 8, 2005 05:25 PM

According to the report from TOON GIRL, Mardi Gras in New Orleans was the absolute BOMB!!

Thanks, Guys.

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