An American Holiday

Today was that most American of holidays, the Super Bowl.   It’s a holiday that almost everyone observes, because it involves food and booze.  Almost everyone likes that and/or the actual sport.


This is not my stadium made of food, it’s a picture from the internet that captures the spirit of the event.   This would be quite a boring post without a picture.

I was invited to a friend’s house for an impromptu party.  Almost as important as the game is the advertising, companies spend millions of dollars to get people talking about whatever they’re flogging.   So we had to pay some attention to both the sport and the commercials.

Last year the Colorado team was playing (and they were roundly defeated).   You could have rolled a bowling ball down the main street and it wouldn’t have hit anything.   Even though the Colorado team didn’t make it to the finals this year it was still an occasion for lots of parties.  There was not much traffic on the road and you could tell who was hosting the parties by all the cars parked nearby.  It is both interesting and a little disturbing that sport has replaced religion or patriotism in people’s lives.

Next holiday is Groundhog Day (Feb. 2nd) in which a prognosticating rodent determines whether there will be 6 more weeks of winter or not.  Booze is optional for this holiday.



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