I am so disillusioned! I thought Sinko de Mayo was when you ate mayonnaise by the sink! Now I find out it’s a DATE? 5th of May…who knew
Apparently nobody. Cinco De Mayo has nothing to do with Mexican Independence, that was September 16, 1810. It is a celebration of an underdog victory–the Mexicans beat the French on May 5. It is usually celebrated by military parades in Mexico. In the US though, it is a holiday where all the gringos switch to tequila to get drunk.
St. Patrick’s day is a solemn occasion that reveres St. Patrick who was instrumental in converting Ireland to Catholicism. But in the USA, everyone wears green and they dye the water in the Chicago river green as well. There’s parades and pub crawls, and it has nothing to do with the celebration of St. Patrick’s day.
New Year’s Day is when we make our resolutions and reflect on the past year. Unless you’re from the US, then you start drinking Dec 30 and get so blasted that they pass out and miss the momentous occasion at midnight on the 31st.
What is it about Americans that we use every excuse to get a day off work and get drunk or high to excess? How is that fun? Why do people look for occasions to escape their lives–either by running away from work or spouse or kids or becoming unconscious? Being drunk isn’t fun. You can’t see, you can’t talk right, you can’t walk straight, you throw up, you pass out, you lose your inhibitions and do really stupid things that you regret for a long time after. Why do they have to make low-calorie beer? Is it to entice you to drink more since you won’t then gain weight? What is the matter with people?!
It has a lot to do with how people see themselves. It is not with a small amount of discomfort that I refer to myself as fat and give my fat “sentience” and a name (Obie) and a personality. If people see themselves as trapped in a job, or in a relationship, or by circumstance with a family, they will engage in escape behavior. I’ve been good all week! I deserve to have that cake, since nothing I do will ever make me thin… Counter intuitive don’t you think? I will engage in a drinking binge where I end up in a motel with someone I don’t know and have no recollection of the whole night. That should fix my broken marriage. What kind of idiot thinks like that? Quit crying or I’ll give you something to cry about. Wouldn’t the end result be continued crying at a louder volume and a longer period of time? Nobody is addressing the root cause of the issue. We shouldn’t have to feel a need to escape. We’re not in a hopeless situation. We’re not fleeing to Canada or Mexico. (BTW, Are the anti trump celebrities still here?) We have 46 million people in the US that are foreign born. People want to come here. All those other societies with free health care, and better schools and better understanding of immigrants etc, only have a fraction of the number of people going to the US. How long will the myth of the American dream last? Longer than you might think.
They all think we’re rich. We consider ourselves living paycheck to paycheck and just barely scraping by…with a new car, a 52″ screen TV, food of every imaginable type available EVERYWHERE and for EVERYONE. No lines for staples like bread and milk that run out.
Our WORST problem is that we’re all fat. Poor Americans, they have too much food. But we’re the ones trying to escape our lives? Good morning America…count your blessings.