Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Let the Good Times Roll, Right Here

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Let the Good Times Roll, Right Here

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Do you have the feeling that everyone else in the world is having more fun than you are? Do you find yourself thinking, "If I have only one life to live, let me live it in a beer commercial?" Too many hours of watching television during the long, dark, winter months can do that to you.

Here are some ways to overcome that feeling. Choose one:

A. Get a self-activated laugh track so that your every remark draws a hearty chuckle, a snide snicker or a solid 20 seconds of outright and prolonged laughter. You are so witty!

B. Stop watching the tube, and read Dickens - your life will seem like a picnic in comparison.

C. Misery loves company, so entertain a few friends for Mardi Gras; include your kids and make your own good time.

(Hint: C is the right answer.)

If we lived in New Orleans, we would now be reveling in Carnival. Carnival begins on Twelfth Night, January 6, and continues in a crescendo of parties and parades, lasting until midnight before Ash Wednesday, March 1. "Carne" means meat (as in chili con carne) and "vale" means goodbye.

If we lived in New Orleans, we'd decorate our world in green, purple and gold, the official Mardi Gras colors.

We'd do this so that tourists who come down from St. Louis looking for a good time would think that everyone in New Orleans is actually leading a life of wild abandon. (If we really lived in New Orleans, we'd probably just worry about why it looks like everybody else in the world is having a better time than we are. We might also worry about why we couldn't drink our own tap water.)

But we don't live in New Orleans, we live here, a place where people seldom swing from balconies.

And where, if we are going to celebrate Mardi Gras, it's basically up to us to plan the party.

There are two choices in Mardi Gras parties. There's the cold beer and hot shrimp way, or you can eat pancakes.

If you opt for pancakes, then you should probably celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the day to repent your sins. In early times, Shrove Tuesday was a day in which the "collops," or leftovers, were used before the Lenten fast began. …

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