No Huge Cinco de Mayo Party

It’s only the 5th of May for 15 more minutes here in Florida and I’m posting with a quick thought or two about the occasion.

The celebration is not about Mexican Independence. It is about the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla which pitted Mexican forces under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza against a detachment of French Foreign Legionaries.

On the very same day that General Zaragoza’s troops repelled the French Legion, the Battle of Williamsburg was raging here in Virginia, a not-insignificant engagement in our own Civil War.

Be that as it may, for many of us Anglos, Cinco de Mayo is just a really good reason to enjoy a banquete mejicano and quaff a Dos Equis. Or two.

Well, I’m at the stage in life where those things still seem awfully cool, but I’m not too excited about the noise, the crowds and the pretty hefty price tag that usually come along with the party.

For me, tonight was pretty low-key, merely a host and a toast! A little bit of chips and salsa, one margarita and some wonderful conversation.

And no expense for me, the only guest.

For what more could anyone ask on Cinco de Mayo?

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

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It’s September 1st and I’m Thinking About…

It’s September 1st and I’m Thinking About…

It’s the first of September and I have some pleasant thoughts associated with this particular milestone in our annual journey. It means college football is about to start. That’s a marvelous thing. I look forward to it each year.

It means that Labor Day and cooler temps are right around the corner. Love both of those things, bring it on!

But it’s also true that when I see the first of September roll around, I think of Hitler invading Poland. Yeah, I do that. That reveals two very significant things about me: the first, that I’m a boomer and so many of us had Dads who served in WW II. So that whole “Nazis streaming over the border” thing isn’t as bizarre as it may seem.

Well, that and the fact that I minored in history and have studied that conflict and our Civil War in a serious way; those things factor in, too.

So the second thing that pervasive thought reveals about me is that I do worry about stuff more than most folks and more than I should, truth be told. Not in the sense that I think we’re about to be invaded, but just that I often see the darker side of things in general; I’m more inclined to see the potential for trouble, drama and disappointment rather than the “good stuff” which may happen as I navigate some new juncture on life’s path.

It would have been much better for me if Hitler had chosen the 2nd of September to send his Panzer divisions and Storm Troopers across the Polish frontier; that date would not have bored its way so deeply into my grey matter!

Two things I’m going to do today to get past this less-than-rosy recollection: get focused back on the arrival of those crisp Autumn days, and reach for a beer! That’ll work!

 

The last bulwark against the Nazi Apocalypse, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile