Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Now, I ask you, is it likely?

A friend quizzed me by SMS last Saturday as to whether I was out & about on the bar scene - "at a Halloween party".

I was flabbergasted!!

a) I don't go out to bars all that much. Really. (Not on the weekend, at any rate....)

b) I don't go to parties in bars. Ever. (Well, not unless they're organised by friends of mine....)

c) Halloween is not an English holiday (not as it is nowadays mostly 'celebrated', anyway, with all of that costume partying trick-or-treat malarkey). It is strictly an American thing, and not something I have any interest in. (OK, I like Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras - but not Halloween. What do you want from me? Consistency?!)

d) I do rather hold to the view that you have to celebrate special events (Christmas, birthdays, New Year, St Patrick's Day....) on the actual day on which they fall - not on an adjacent weekend. Call me a fuddy-duddy, if you will; but there you have it - it is one of my inflexible principles.

So, was I in a bar celebrating Halloween on October 27th??? I should say not!

Tonight, on the other hand, is a whole different question.....


fg said...

"flabbergasted" - A great word.

"What do you want from me? Consistency?!)"

It seems you should forgive your friend as there has been much talk here of your enjoyment of Thanksgiving, Mardi Gras and American women. Surely Halloween parties would be THE place to meet such women?

(Just be sure to pretend you might dance later and that you don't know anything (what me?!) about Saturdays game.)

he he

Froog said...

Ah, you may have a point....

Bugger - missed my chance for another year!

Maybe it will actually fall on the weekend next time round.

Hmm - should be on a Friday, I think (the Olympics are always held in a Leap Year, aren't they?). Good enough.

The British Cowboy said...

Well, the Olympics will be in a leap year 97 times out of 100.

So you are pretty close to being accurate.

Froog said...

They skip some Leap Years? That's a piece of triv I'd never come across before. Not really a big calendar-obsessive, you know.

And if we're playing JimBob's arch-pedant game, the Winter Olympics these days are never (almost never??) in a Leap Year, which potentially scuppers your 97% figure.

The British Cowboy said...

The last year of a century is only a leap year if the first two digits are divisible by 4 as well. So 2000 was a leap year, 1900 wasn't.

I think.

The Winter Olympics are the Winter Olympics and are silly. The Olympics take place in summer, and in leap years (usually).

Froog said...

And of course The Summer Olympics aren't at all silly. Oh no.

The British Cowboy said...

Running from A to B quickly is boring, yet not really silly.

Sliding down a tunnel of ice on a tea tray is less boring, but largely because it is indisputably silly.

Froog said...

Ah yes, and then there's curling. That business with the brooms cracks me up every time!

fg said...

When I first saw curling on TV I was mesmerised... so apparently were millions of other people. The Irish team I saw play became D list celebs over night.

Watching a game once every 4 years is plenty though.