20.2.07

Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the last day before the season of Lent, the 40 days before Easter, the annual remembrance of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. If that last part was unfamiliar to you, then I guess you won't be doing anything special tonight. And if you are one of those who insist on calling today "Mardi Gras," you can just go back to France.

If you aren't planning on observing Lent, then there is no reason for you to celebrate Fat Tuesday. And there is no reason to indulge in excesses if you aren't planning on practicing abstinence and moderation for the next 6 weeks. Eating to excess is only fine if you are planning on starting a diet tomorrow. Drinking to excess is only okay if it's the last you'll be doing for some time. Flashing strangers is only okay if it's something you occasionally do but will be giving up for the next month (although I think I'd have noticed if that was the case).

If none of these apply to you, then admit that you're partying for the sake of partying and just call it another Tuesday.

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