Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Super Fat Tuesday
Today presidential primary elections took place in states all over the U.S. In any election year, "Super Tuesday" is a very big deal. Even so I couldn't help thinking that people all over the world are celebrating Carnival right now, dancing, drinking, listening to music, feelin' sexy. People are all dressed up in masquerade, playin' "mas. No matter what, shouldn't Fat Tuesday be a day to celebrate? Why not?
Except here of course. There were parties planned all over the District tonight where people will gather to watch the news, find out who wins which primary and where. There will be drinking - count on it - but not a lot of celebration, unless the parties are focussed around Obama.
The cliché is so true - that if the U.S. were a high school, DC would be the Debate Club. An alternate cliche is that DC would be the Chess Club. Braniacs - that's the District of Columbia.
I love this city - I do. But sometimes ...
Tonight I'm remembering Carnival in Trinidad, in San Francisco, in New Orleans. The forms that joie de vivre takes in DC are just so weird. We are a city of nerds. Maybe that's one reason I feel so at home here.
Gotta get back to the news, now.