Fat Tuesday


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  1. “So did anyone else celebrate today?”

    No, and tomorrow there won’t be any ashes on my forehead. When I was a kid we were expected to wear the ashes all day, but after mass, we’d immediately rub them off. Go figure.

    Comment by iD — March 8, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  2. I stopped a parade so I could transport a little old man who fell down and went boom. Pretty funny watching the high school band march in place for 10 minutes.

    Comment by EMT-P Cracker — March 8, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  3. Nothing today as I have been home sick.

    I plan to make up for it later in the week, though.

    Comment by mech — March 8, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

  4. I hate you. I started my diet for summer yesterday.
    ( thankyouverymuchKrispyKremePuddingandicecream )

    Comment by SondraK, Lympian Slayer — March 8, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

  5. My old (Episcopal) church used to have a pancake supper every year that we went to on Fat Tuesday. After the Episcopal Church got too political (and WAY too liberal), we left it and went to a Lutheran church (because it was stylistically similar, a lot more apolitical, and, uh, just across the street). The new church doesn’t have an annual pancake supper, however, so we haven’t been for several years, now.

    Today, out of the blue, Mom called up and suggested we all meet at the IHOP for an impromptu family Pancake Supper. Not the best food in the world, but it was nice to “celebrate” Fat Tuesday again.

    Comment by David A. Tatum — March 8, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

  6. I celebrated today as I have celebrated many days since I got my planetary doomsday device. I didn’t use it.

    And if’n y’all are lucky, I’ll celebrate tomorrow too!

    (Melissa: how’s my accent. been practicing :) )

    Comment by Clinically Insane — March 8, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  7. I started my diet for summer yesterday.

    But… but… those jeans

    Why God …why?

    Comment by The Ugly American — March 8, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  8. CI…
    Hell yeah!
    I celebrated by not choking the life outta someone today :)
    I avoided downtown Austin like the plague, they have their own version of Mardi Gras Drunk A thon going on down there!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — March 8, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

  9. Just so ya know…
    when I say hell yeah… it goes somethin’ kinda like this:

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — March 8, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  10. ^ you weren’t looking at the winter binge in the FRONT! :D

    Comment by SondraK, Lympian Slayer — March 8, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  11. Winter binge… LOL!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — March 8, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  12. Just now, right in the middle of watching “Master and Commander” again, I remembered the whole trip about “What are you giving up for Lent?”

    That’s the whole idea of Fat Tuesday– a feast before the sacrifices of Lent. We were expected to give up something. Dessert? TV? I could never figure out what was appropriate, so I learned to say “homework”. Most got the joke, but sometimes I got the raised eyebrow. Then I’d say, “But I love homework!” Works every time.

    Comment by iD — March 8, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  13. iD… you mean they bought it?
    Holy cow!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — March 8, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

  14. It helps if you’re a straight-A nerd, as I was.

    Comment by iD — March 8, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

  15. you weren’t looking at the winter binge in the FRONT!

    Looked pretty good from where I was standing.

    Comment by The Ugly American — March 8, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  16. My dad was having trouble with the grip on his 38 Spcl and he had it re-gripped last week. I took him to the range today to celebrate!

    Comment by accipiter NW — March 8, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  17. I celebrated Fat Tuesday at a local restaurant called “The Big Easy.” Great Louisiana cooking, live dixieland jazz, a special on “hurricanes,” and beads being passed out to one and all (with no flashing necessary). Good times!

    Comment by Stilton — March 8, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

  18. I went to the big biker deallio in New Hampshire one year and got double zeroes when I wouldn’t flash the goofballs on the side of the road doing biker boobie Olympics…

    Comment by SondraK, Lympian Slayer — March 8, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  19. Wellp, I did go to the Morning Service at my local where the waitresses (Hooters-quality, one of ‘em) call you Hon’ an’ Darlin’ and have your coffee on the table before you get your jacket hung, and the buffet section has eeeeeeevrything, but the eggs are made-to-order by the cook who steps out to ask how you want ‘em this mornin’, and the Mutt’n Jeff black guys in the next booth say “Hey” an’ talk about the race car they’re buildin’, and the H-q waitress’ little daughter skips past and says “Hi,” and the waitresses lean over close to ask, “Doin’ all right, hon’?” ’cause my head’s always down in a book, and the cashier asks why I’m not on the Harley this mornin’.

    Comment by DougM — March 9, 2011 @ 7:03 am

  20. Sondrak, I got a chuckle outta “flash the goofballs”. I’m sure I read it wrong.

    Comment by AZHolmes — March 9, 2011 @ 7:41 am

  21. Polish Wife made “plinskas?”, , well however you spell ‘em, they were deliscious little Pollack Pancakey/donut/fruit things.

    My boys snarfed ‘em up.

    Happy Ash Wednesday!!

    Comment by Wollf — March 9, 2011 @ 8:31 am

  22. My religious observances start about 5pm on the 17th, and last quite a while.

    Comment by mojo — March 9, 2011 @ 9:53 am

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