February 17, 2015 – Fat Tuesday – Laissez les bon temps rouler
Fat Tuesday. Laissez les bon temps rouler! It’s Mardi Gras, ya’ll. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. Laissez les bon temps rouler is translated from the French as “Let the good times roll.” This is a day or night, or all day and night filled with hardy partying. If you show me your virtual tits, I will throw you some virtual beads. Please do not send photos, I will take your word for it.
Fat Tuesday is also a day of repentence. The date of Fat Tuesday coincides with that of celebrations of Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” What a deal. Sin on Tuesday; Confess on Wednesday. I suppose participating in the sins serves as thinking about them.
But tonight at the stroke of midnight it all comes to a screeching, confession-oriented halt as Fat Tuesday morphs into Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy season for Christians. I can never recall if Ash Wednesday is a day of abstinence from meat or not. I sent a Friend Request to PF (Pope Francis), asking, but he has not responded. So I had to Google it. It appears that if a creature walks on legs, it is not to be consumed on Ash Wednesday.
My favorite is when the priests and ministers stand on the street corner at the stop light. You stick you head out of the window and receive your ashes all before the light turns green. I am not sure if this level of ashes distribution has progressed to the BV. It was a big deal in Austin and surrounding areas.
But that is tomorrow. For today – Wear a brightly colored mask with feathers and sequins, overturn social conventions and let the good times roll.